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New sports channel from StarSat

This past weekend, StarSat launched its new sports channel, StarTimes Sport 2 on channel 241. To accommodate the new channel and other future channels, sports channels will now be located between channels 241-251. In addition, Fox International Channels (FIC) will rebrand the Setanta Africa and...

Shifting Afrikaans programmes is illegal: FF Plus

The SABC's decision to move Afrikaans programmes from SABC2 to SABC3 was illegal, the Freedom Front Plus (FF Plus) said on Tuesday, reports Sowetan LIVE. "The FF Plus views the decision with regards to Afrikaans as illegal as the Afrikaans community did not have any say in an administrative decision...

Look beyond Motsoeneng in SABC controversy

Aubrey Matshiqi, writing in BD Live asks "What is the controversy over the Hlaudi Motsoeneng imbroglio really about? It follows a decision by Communications Minister Faith Muthambi to confirm the appointment of Motsoeneng as the chief operations officer of the SABC. The minister's decision was the...

New StarSat channel enables movie catch-up

StarSat has launched its Fox Movies +2 on channel number 136 that is a time shift channel that enables subscribers to catch up on movies they may have missed on the Fox Movies channel. When a movie is broadcast on Fox Movies channel 135, it is available two hours later on Fox Movies +2. For more...

Madonsela to launch new probe at SABC

According to BD Live, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela "has decided to launch a new investigation into the appointment of SABC chief operations officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng". The new probe will include examining if he has the right qualifications to hold the position. For more information Madonsela to...

The Oscar Pistorius Trial Channel to pop down until 7 August

The court for the Oscar Pistorius criminal trial has adjourned, and as a result The Oscar Pistorius Trial: A Carte Blanche Channel (DStv Channel 199) will pop down until 7 August 2014. The channel will continue to broadcast live interviews and analysis of the trial with repeat programming...

BBC's global audience up 9 million

The Global Audience Estimate (GAE) of BBC's international services has increased to 265 million people a week, an increase of 9 million people on the previous year. The GAE measures the combined reach of BBC World Service, BBC World News, bbc.com/news and BBC Media Action, across the world. The...

SABC's Motsoeneng given a calf, cow... and a wife

According to an IOL report, women were lined up in Thohoyandou, Limpopo, on Wednesday, and SABC acting chief operations officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng was invited to take his pick. It's reported a 23-year-old human resources management student took his fancy. The 'gift' was apparently organised by...

'David Beckham Into The Unknown' documentary available

BBC Worldwide has announced it has pre-sold David Beckham Into The Unknown to a range of countries, with South Africa (BBC Knowledge) being one of them. David Beckham 'Into The Unknown' follows David and three of his closest friends as they explore and experience the isolation of the Brazilian...

SABC blocks City Press ads

According to a Mail & Guardian report, the SABC has cancelled a series of adverts the newspaper wanted broadcast in terms of a barter agreement with the national broadcaster. The ads apparently refer to the Marikana massacre and the EFF. For more go to SABC refuses to broadcast City Press ads -...

Hippo.co.za brings you Chicago PD

Hippo.co.za brings you Chicago PD, which is the spinoff series: moving from fire station escapades to police in Chicago's District 21. The series airs on MNet series from May. Carl Louw, Chief Marketing Officer for Hippo.co.za says, "Chicago PD was an obvious fit after the success of Chicago Fire,...

The Oscar Pistorius Trial Channel to pop down till 30 June

The Oscar Pistorius trial is scheduled to have another recess while the panel of mental health professionals complete reports on Pistorius' mental health. As a result, The Oscar Pistorius Trial: A Carte Blanche Channel (DStv Channel 199) will pop down at midnight on Tuesday, 20 May 2014 and will...

Oscar Pistorius trial reopens 5 May 2014

The Gauteng High Court trial of Oscar Pistorius is suspended during the Easter recess. Broadcasting by Carte Blanche will resume on Monday 5 May 2014 at 7am on DStv Channel 199.

More HD channels for SuperSport

SuperSport adds a seventh HD channel to its lineup. SSHD7, the HD version of SS7, will start airing at 10am on Tuesday 22 April 2014 on channel 217 to all DStv Premium customers. It will offer all Barclays Premiership and Champions League football. It will offer a variety of sport including European...

The Oscar Pistorius Trial Channel to pop down for one week

The Oscar Pistorius Trial: A Carte Blanche Channel on DStv channel 199 has popped down and will resume on Monday, 7 April. The trial has been postponed due to the illness of one of the judge's assessors. The trial will continue from 7 April 2014 until further notice, and the channel will adjust...

M-Net ready for star-studded night at SAFTAS

With 36 nominations across general entertainment and local interest programming, M-Net is ready for a star-studded awards evening at the eighth annual SA Film & Television Awards (SAFTAS) on 4-5 April 2014. "This is an incredible start to 2014," says Kershnee Govender, M-Net corporate affairs...

Call for 2014 SADC media awards entries

The Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) has called on all media to submit entries for the 2014 Southern African Development Community (SADC) Media Awards competition. The awards aim to recognise excellence in journalism in the area of print, photo, television, radio as well as to...

SABC's Tshabalala blames apartheid-era tests for dismal skills audit result

According to TVwithThinus, SABC chairperson Zandile Tshabalala has slammed PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC) for its skills audit at the SABC - in which it found them (skills) to be seriously lacking, and has blamed apartheid-era tests for the dismal findings. See Apartheid-era tests blamed......

StarSat discontinues TLC channel

As TLC lifestyle and entertainment channel has entered into an exclusivity arrangement with a competitor pay television network, the channel will be discontinued on StarSat from 31 December 2013. StarSat is currently phasing in new channels for subscribers and hopes to bring the number of channels...

New integrated through-the-line campaign for Hungry Lion

Digital marketing agency, Quirk, has created a new integrated through-the-line campaign for Hungry Lion. The Hungry Lion manifesto, 'We believe in more. more for every man and woman, more for Mzanzi and more for you - because you deserve it,' was brought to life in a big TV commercial, directed...

DStv offers prizes for online subscriptions

DStv subscribers can win prizes by going green this December by replacing their printed magazine subscription with a digital version. Prizes include a two-night stay at Umlani Bushcamp to the value of R19,996 courtesy of Vitology, South Africa's first dedicated online vitamin subscription and...

New ad campaign for StarSat

A new ad campaign is being rolled out now on TV, print, radio, online and OOH is a result of a collaborative brainstorming session between StarSat and ad agency Shift Joe Public. The hot air balloon ad, 'Change your View', features the townspeople of Clarens, taking to the skies, to promote the new...

MultiChoice adds new features to DStv Explora

The DStv Explora, launched in August 2013 by MultiChoice, has had an upgrade in software, which will launch automatically this week. The key new feature is episode stacking, where individual episodes of the same series in Catchup are automatically grouped in one folder. Other features...

New channels for StarSat

StarSat, previously known as TopTV, has released 10 new channels to its lineup until 1 December 2013; thereafter customers will have to upgrade to a new package to continue watching these new channels. Included in the lineup are Nat Geo Gold, a documentary channel, two telenovela channels, Star...

Glow TV officially launches Kagiso Media into TV broadcasting

Kagiso Media, in cooperation with Nolava Television, has officially launched its new free-to-air channel, Glow TV, on the OpenView HD satellite bouquet. Nolava, headed by CEO, A B Moosa, brings its relationships with top content providers and its experience in content sourcing to the venture....

New HD channel for sub-Saharan Africa from Discovery

Discovery Networks Central & Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa (CEEMEA) and MultiChoice have announced a new dedicated high definition feed of Discovery Channel, exclusively for DStv subscribers in South Africa and across Sub-Saharan Africa. It will launch in Q1 of 2014 and will also be a...

Updated version of Drifta viewer for Android

The updated version of the Drifta viewer for Android (Wi-Fi) app (version 2.0.213) has been released by DStv. It includes Miracast (a TV-out technology) detection and blocking, new branding and the removal of Wi-Fi password functionality. The update is published on the Google Play Store and...

DStv Mobile adds Mzansi Magic, kykNET

DStv Mobile has introduced two new channels - Mzansi Magic and kykNET to its offering. The local channel Mzansi Magic is in replacement of Africa Magic Movies and is largely the same as the satellite channel, but where licences have not been granted for certain movies, substitute movies have been...

New Cape Town station has presenter nominated in Huisgenoot Tempo Awards

Keeping the new Cape Town radio station Smile 90.4FM in the public eye, its evening presenter, Tracey Lange has been nominated for Presenter of the Year for her work on the television show Bravo! in the 2013 Huisgenoot Tempo Awards. Her supporters can vote for her online at...

Jerry Barnard of B&S Studios wins Wawela Award

Jerry Barnard of B&S Studios in Cape Town bagged top honours for best composition in a television commercial for his work on Bells whisky at the star-studded Samro Wawela Awards ceremony held on Friday 28 June 2013 at the Sandton Convention Centre. Visit the B&S website on www.bandsstudios.co.za...

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