Derek Watts

Derek Watts

Derek Watts has been a journalist for nearly 30 years, presenting on South African television since 1985 as a sports anchor. Derek has been an anchor and presenter on Carte Blanche since the programme's inception in 1988.

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Imprisoned by Circumstance

02 October 2017, 12:34

There’s a fascination about prisons and life behind bars. Just ask M-Net’s Prison Break fans on a Monday night. And...

[DEREK’S BLOG] Feisty Teens and Spinning Queens

24 July 2017, 17:15

I LOVE CARS. The latest off the production line that are the forerunners to autonomous driving. They follow the road...

DEREK’S BLOG: Living Her Dream

04 July 2017, 10:46

I TRULY BELIEVE that I could be one of the world’s greatest adventurers. Well…if it was a nine-to-five escapade...

Foul Dam Water

02 July 2017, 19:00

This article was updated on 2 July 2017. Carte Blanche has taken me to some exotic locations… Mount Everest base camp...

Saving the Great White Shark

12 December 2016, 8:00

Originally published on 14 August 2016 GREAT WHITE SHARKS may be apex predators but the truth is they won’t stand...

Music and Machine

27 November 2016, 20:00

When Dan Rather left CBS Evening News, an eager reporter asked the celebrated American presenter to reveal the secret...

Making Magic Takes Time

01 August 2016, 7:58

We run a tight ship on Carte Blanche. Our crew numbers just four. Producer, camera, sound and presenter. The mission is...

Father’s Day: About my Dad

19 June 2016, 0:00

My father, Basil Havelock Watts, was a tough, straight-talking man with few social graces and no time for small talk.

The Devotees of the DJ Run

20 March 2016, 19:28

BACK IN the day (as my kids say) I ran a squash centre in Brickhill Road, Durban. It was a tough life. Playing squash a...

The Fearlessness that is Jetman

15 March 2016, 9:39

I love interviewing extreme sportsmen and women. Not because they are crazy daredevils. The truth is that they are just...

Digital Fix

20 December 2015, 19:00

It is probably one of the toughest selling jobs in the world: standing in front of a packed hall of teenage school kids and telling them that their addiction to digital devices is hurting their brains.

World Solar Car Challenge

05 November 2015, 0:00

OK THIS IS NOT Formula One. There's no roar of finely tuned engines, there aren’t spectacular crashes into safety barriers and no split-second pit stops.