Destiny Man Magazine: Dan the Man

Dan Nicholl is an internationally respected sports broadcaster, author, MC, journalist and entertainer par excellence. The affable host of The Dan Nicholl Show gave the April edition of Destiny Man magazine the lowdown on the zany SuperSport magazine series, his career highlights and how he built his indomitable personal brand.

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The Dan Nicholl Show is back for its third season!

Season Three of The Dan Nicholl Show – made for you by BrightRock – airs on SuperSport 1 from 16 March

Season three of The Dan Nicholl Show, kicked off on 16 March  at 7pm on SuperSport 1, promising more celebrity guests, exotic shoot locations, and unexpected stories from some of South Africa’s most well-known people.

Guests in season two ranged from AB de Villiers, Akani Simbine and Kevin Pietersen, to Tumi Morake, DJ Fresh and Gareth Cliff, and after a seeing a marked increase in viewership and social media interest, host Dan Nicholl is excited about the line-up for season three.

“We have the Rio Olympics on the horizon, so look out for some Olympians coming up on the show, starting with 2012 London medallist Bridgitte Hartley in our first week,” Nicholl reveals. “We’ve also got Maps Maponyane on week one, which should send our teenage viewership through the roof, and we’ll have the new Miss South Africa and football star Quinton Fortune on the following week, so the guest list is already looking exciting.”

This lifestyle and magazine show boasts life insurance player BrightRock as its headline partner. It has a history of international travel, with past inserts having been filmed on location in Mauritius, Zambia, Switzerland, Scotland and England; season three will include time spent in Bangkok, Thailand, as well as something rather special from the Laureus World Sport Awards in Berlin, as Laureus continues as the show’s official charity partner.

“We’re also looking to continue the show’s good karma,” Nicholl adds. “(Former Masters champion) Charl Schwartzel, George Coetzee and Bertine Strauss have all won big golf tournaments since making an appearance. David Miller won a huge T20 game for South Africa, Moeneeb Josephs made a crucial penalty save in a knockout cup game for Wits, Stormers coach Robbie Fleck won his first two games of the season. Maybe we should have Steve Khompela on the show…”

The show will once again be filmed in front of a studio audience, and the #LoveChange showcase in partnership with BrightRock will continue to stock up with very personal gifts from guests. In season two, those gifts ranged from hockey star Shelley Russell’s first South African shirt, to Downhill World Champion Greg Minnaar’s winning riding goggles.

“We are immensely pleased with the growing success of The Dan Nicholl Show, which wouldn’t be possible without the fans’ enthusiastic support of the series. We are thrilled to continue this incredible journey and looking forward to Season 3, where we’ll hear even more stories of how icons have dealt with the Change Moments in their lives and careers,” concludes Suzanne Stevens, Executive Marketing Director, BrightRock.

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Dan’s back by popular demand!

Season Two of The Dan Nicholl Show airs on SuperSport 1 from 4 November.

After a very successful first season, celebrity watchers and dedicated sports fans will again be pre-scheduling their Wednesday night viewing, as The Dan Nicholl Show returns to our screens. Hosted by renowned broadcaster Dan Nicholl, season two of the popular sports and lifestyle talk show will premiere on our screens from 4 November 2015, at 19h00 on SuperSport 1 in a brand new, hour-long format.

As with season one, each week promises a trio of guests from the entertainment, lifestyle and sporting worlds who will join Nicholl in-studio, for light-hearted banter and tongue-in-cheek conversation.

The show debuts with a stellar line-up and promises to keep audiences entertained and enthralled throughout this new season. With a live studio audience cheering on the guests each week, the show largely focuses on familiar South African faces, and their stories – and as always, the conversation will touch on the topic of Change.

“We had celebrities in studios having a laugh, shoots in exotic locations, Cameron van der Burgh and me taking our shirts off – it was quite a full first season!” said Nicholl. “To have BrightRock and SuperSport on board again, and for a longer show, is a massive endorsement, and I’m extremely excited about season two.”

BrightRock’s Suzanne Stevens echoes the thought: “Audiences have loved hearing the behind-the-scenes stories of how their icons have dealt with the Change Moments in their lives and careers.”

The show has been extended from 30 minutes to a full hour, giving Dan the chance to expand his interviews, and pack even more entertainment into the format.

* This article was originally published in FA News.

Dan Nicholl, Game-Changer

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Meet the cordial, quirky talk show host at the helm of The Dan Nicholl Show, brought to you by BrightRock, every Wednesday evening on SuperSport 1.


From the mass barrage of vuvuzelas at a Pirates vs Chiefs derby, to the elegant smack of leather on willow at Newlands, from the sweaty thud of a knockout boxing blow, to a graceful dive over a try line, sport stirs our emotions and rouses our passions, as players and spectators, as individuals and as a nation.

Who can forget that sweet moment of victory as Joel Stransky booted the ball over the posts at Ellis Park in extra time, 20 years ago? Or the rainbow flags that flew from car aerials as the world came to play the Beautiful Game on our doorstep in 2010?

In the words of Nelson Mandela, the man who famously wore the Number 9 jersey at that epic final, sport has the power to change the world for good.

That’s why we love sport, and few love it with as much zest, wit, or inside knowledge as Dan Nicholl, who has gone from university radio and commentating at Newlands, to become one of the most sought-after MCs, sportswriters, and TV hosts on the circuit.

Now, courtesy of BrightRock, he has a show named after himself: The Dan Nicholl Show, every Wednesday at 8.30pm on SuperSport 1. It’s a fun and fast-paced talk show that sees Dan chatting about sport and life in general, with three celebrity guests, from the worlds of sport and entertainment,  in front of a studio audience.

So whoever you support from the stands or under the oaks or the comfort of your couch, make a date with Dan and get to know the game and its players in all their infinite varieties. We caught up with Dan for a chat about his own sporting background, his views on change, and how sport can transform us for the better.


Q: What is your earliest memory of sport, whether as a player or as a spectator?

Playing cricket on the veranda, and being yelled at by mum for breaking yet another window in the French doors. She never appreciated the brilliance of the shot that broke the window, sadly.


Q: Who was your biggest childhood sporting hero, and why?

I was born in Northern Ireland so George Best – I must have been 13 before I discovered he no longer played for Manchester United!


Q: This year marks the 20th anniversary of the legendary Springbok victory in the Rugby World Cup at Ellis Park in 1995. Looking back, what do you think is the biggest lesson we can learn as a nation from that game?

The overwhelming power of sport. That day united a fractured, uncertain nation, and played a huge role in South Africa finding its feet as a newly democratic country. Madiba said it perfectly at the very first Laureus Awards: sport has the power to change the world.


Q: What is the secret of a great and memorable sporting interview?

Ask questions away from the usual. Find out who the person is, not just what they’ve done. Research their interests, and try to get to know them.


Q: How would you say sport has changed your life, for the better?

Aside from having a huge influence on my professional life, I’ve learnt innumerable lessons. The importance of teamwork, the hurt of failure, the joy of success. Sport mirrors life in so many fundamental ways. You learn so much without realising.


Q: Sport is often seen as a unifying force in our society. Do you think this is still the case, and if so, where do you see the most compelling proof?

It divides occasionally, as the opposing sets of fans at a stadium illustrate vividly, but when South African teams or athletes succeed, you see the whole country has a spring in its collective step.

1995, the football in 2010, the 2007 Rugby World Cup, Olympic success … We celebrate with such delight, and boundaries fall away. If we could somehow bottle that effect, and tap into it whenever required…


Q: When you’re not thinking about sport, what are you thinking about?

I have a wide range of interests. I love to travel, I collect wine, I’m a keen, if not always successful cook. But I’ll also be thinking about my next show, or next speaking appearance. Above all, though, my beautiful – and long suffering – wife, and my wonderful daughter, who’s the most important little person in my life.


Q: Where do you go when you feel like a change of pace?

My wife’s parents. They’re a wonderful Greek couple who live in a small town in the Free State, and like nothing better than spending time with family, and in the case of my mother-in-law, feeding me. She’s the only person on earth who thinks I’m too thin. Life slows down wonderfully then.


Q: Who is the sports coach you most admire, and why?

Sir Alex Ferguson was an extraordinary man, with an uncanny ability to get the best out of people. Gary Kirsten has done likewise, but with a very different approach. Calm, measured, and confident in investing faith in people.


Q: Do you still find the time to play competitive sport, and if so, what has been your proudest achievement?

I played a lot of schoolboy and university cricket, and a lot of social hockey. I was captain of the Mighty Dodos hockey team for many years. Not the most athletic team in history, perhaps, but certainly most entertaining! I also play a lot of golf. Victor Matfield still owes me dinner after I beat him at Fancourt a few years ago.


Q: What was the single biggest and scariest change you have ever made in your life?

Quitting my full time job as a radio presenter and sports editor, and becoming a full-time MC and presenter. Huge leap of faith.


Q: Where do you see yourself in five years’ time?

Proud dad, successful TV host, with some more writing under my belt, and a resident of a more settled, prosperous South Africa. Yacht in Barbados and holiday home in the Maldives would be a bonus.


Q: What does it take for you to change your mind?

My wife pointing out why I’m wrong and she’s right! She’s a lawyer, so I never win arguments at home.


Q: What inspires you most about living in South Africa in the 21st Century?

It’s a beautiful, friendly, cosmopolitan country that’s made extraordinary progress given so dark a recent past. I travel internationally on a monthly basis, and I’m always happy to be home. Yes, we have our problems, but so does every other country. We have some pressing issues that need addressing. But this is still the best country on earth for me.


This article first appeared in The Comet, an online newsletter by BrightRock, provider of the first-ever life insurance that changes as your life changes.