Hire / Book Derek Watts Celebrity MC / Master of Ceremonies
Derek Watts wrote news for SABC TV in its infancy (1978), was the first sports presenter on TV1 News and Network (in the days when sport was separate) and then launched TopSport with Martin Locke. In 1987 Derek won a Star Tonight! Award for the best contribution in sports coverage on TV1.
Then a call from the legendary Shaka Zulu man, Bill Faure, changed his career path and led to the formation of Carte Blanche which, 21 years on, is an institution on the South African scene.
In 1992, Derek won a Star Tonight! Award, this time for the best actuality reporter on any South African TV channel.
The programme has won several awards, as have the presenters and producers…about 60 major ones. They have become part of Africa, taking viewers to the primate hunters in Cameroon, the world-beating distance runners in the highlands of Kenya, the farm grabs and clashes in Zimbabwe, the gorillas in Rwanda and to volcano devastated Goma in the Congo.
Derek flew to Star City outside Moscow and Baikonur in Khazakstan to go behind the scenes of internet billionaire Mark Shuttleworth’s space adventure.
Apart from his television work, Derek specialises in acting as MC, awards presentations, product launches and guest speaking.
His experiences and strong sense of humour make him a sought-after speaker.
He also presents and produces corporate videos and facilitates and chairs conferences.
Playing and presenting prizes at golf days has become one of his favourite events.