SABC censorship interdicted

On Wednesday 20 July, the High Court in Pretoria interdicted the SABC from enforcing its decision on censorship. The Helen Suzman Foundation approached the High Court calling for the interdict. This news emerges after recent developments in the SABC's refusal to broadcast violent protests earlier...

2 days ago

Subscription TV stays in tough financial times

MyBroadband reports on the findings from a recent Old Mutual study of 1,000 working South African households on what they'd cut back on when times are tight. While luxury items are usually the first to go, most respondents said they would rather cut back on essentials like food before cancelling...

12 Jul 2016

#SABC8 receive Nat Nakasa award

This weekend, eight SABC journalists, known as the #SABC8 on social media, received the Nat Nakasa award for "fearless and brave journalism", as they challenged key changes made within the SABC, including the refusal to display protests on television....

11 Jul 2016

SABC 3 launches Top Chef South Africa

A local version of the American reality TV series, Top Chef, will launch locally on SABC 3 on Tuesday 12 July at 8pm. Produced by Urban Brew Studios, Top Chef South Africa will be hosted by Top Billing presenter, Lorna Maseko. Head judge on Top Chef South Africa will be Neill Anthony, a TV...

7 Jul 2016

New DStv campaign features Gabriel Macht

DStv Premium has launched its new commercial, 'What do You See', featuring its brand ambassador, Gabriel Macht, star of the TV series Suits. The TVC is about how great entertainment, sports and series shapes you into who you are. In the third chapter of these commercials, DStv Premium brings its...

2 Jun 2016

Y&R SA produces new campaign for Investec

In what is its first brand campaign in almost a decade, Investec Bank has launched two new ads, created by Y&R South Africa. The through-the-line 'Ambition' campaign stretches across outdoor, print and a digital storytelling platform that houses 'Out of the Ordinary' stories of personal drive and a...

17 May 2016

ShowMax expands local partnerships

ShowMax continues to partner with local businesses to improve access to internet TV in South Africa. With prepaid vouchers now available at Makro, Game, CNA and Pick n Pay stores, this gives access to many viewers who do not have a credit card or PayPal account. One of the major obstacles holding...

17 Mar 2016

Launch Factory game show nominated for SAFTA

Launch Factory's TV show's Down for the Guap, produced for Vuzu TV, has received a nomination for best game show at the 2016 SAFTAs. With Down for the Guap nominated after just a season, in the same category as Noot vir Noot, the country's longest-running game show, Launch Factory's GM: branded...

29 Feb 2016

ShowMax introduces prepaid vouchers

ShowMax vouchers will soon be available in more than 200 Massmart and Edcon stores nationwide. This is part of their drive to broaden access to internet TV. The internet TV service, owned by Naspers, will see ShowMax vouchers going on sale in 125 Game stores, and over 100 CNA stores across South...

25 Feb 2016

The Insurance Apprentice 2016 released

The first episode of The Insurance Apprentice 2016 has been released. Viewers can expect a seven part series that will investigate the world of the apprentices and follow them on their journey to be crowned The Insurance Apprentice 2016. Expect a glimpse of the day-to-day workings of the apprentices...

24 Feb 2016

Play Movie service launched in SA

Google South Africa has launched the Play Movie service in South Africa. Google Play Movies allows South Africans to rent or purchase movies for watching on their phones, tablets, computers and smart TVs. Movies are available to purchase or rent from R19.99. Once rented, you will have 30 days to...

21 Feb 2016

GOtv launched in SA

M-Net has just unveiled its new digital terrestrial television service for South Africa, called GOtv. GOtv will use digital network towers throughout South Africa, much like cellphone companies are currently doing. Customers will need to check if they fall within the coverage areas and will also...

3 Feb 2016

Glow TV available through new satellite channel

The eastern-inspired programme, Glow TV, will be available via an additional satellite bouquet, StarSat (on channel 570). It is already available via MultiChoice's DStv platform (channel 167) and OpenView HD (channel 108). Urban Brew Studios manage Glow TV. Channel manager, Naz Khan says, "We're...

12 Jan 2016

kykNET, ShowMax expand footprint to five new countries on three continents

South Africans living abroad have a new way to get a taste of home as kykNET expands its footprint, using the ShowMax video on demand platform to supply content to Afrikaans speakers in selected countries in UK, US, Australia, Canada and New Zealand via the ShowMax platform. With around 13,000...

14 Dec 2015

DStv opens micro agency in Alexandra Township

DStv has opened a micro agency in Alexandra Township, owned and operated by a member of the community, Zacharia Makhwedzha of Makhwedzha Satellite Solution. The Alexandra agency will benefit customers and manage everything from installations, processing payments, upgrades, repairs and decoder sales...

7 Dec 2015

New TVC for Carling Black Label

The latest television commercial from Carling Black Label celebrates the champion men who take action rather than sitting on the sidelines. Shot in September 2015, with Ogilvy & Mather Cape Town and Velocity Films and directed by Keith Rose, this TVC shows the story of a man taking immediate action...

26 Nov 2015

Herbert Hadebe selected as international Emmy Awards juror

Herbert Hadebe, drama director at Urban Brew Studios has been selected as an international Emmy Awards juror. He will be judging the 'Best Performance by an Actor in a TV Drama', as part of the prestigious television awards. With over 15 years' experience in the film and television industry, Hadebe...

24 Nov 2015

21 Icons Season III repeats on Mondays

The show, 21 Icons Season III, which premiered on Sunday 5 September 2015 at 7.27pm, with three-minute short films featured each week, will now be repeated on Mondays at 5.57pm on SABC 3. This is due to popular demand from viewers and part of the SABC's programming mandate to provide quality...

2 Nov 2015

New business empowerment series from [ED]

A new show, 'Turning Point' on [ED] (DStv Channel 190 and GOtv channel 65) will be on every Wednesday night at 6.25pm, starting on 21 October 2015. Hosted by actress and entrepreneur, Nthabiseng More, each week the show will feature success stories from influential business people, prominent public...

15 Oct 2015

No joke: DStv viewership record broken by The Daily Show with Trevor Noah

According to MyBroadband, the start of The Daily Show with Trevor Noah on Comedy Central (DStv 122) last week pulled in 352,855 DStv viewers. That's "the highest viewership ever achieved by Comedy Central in South Africa since the channel launched in Africa". It's been a long-anticipated...

6 Oct 2015

Vubiquity adds BBC to VOD

Vubiquity and BBC Worldwide have signed a deal to deliver original television content to South African video-on-demand (VOD) service, MTN FrontRow. The new shows include the BAFTA award-winning Sherlock series, David Attenborough's Planet Earth, Golden Globe-winning crime drama Luther and popular...

25 Sep 2015

Four radio stations offer live coverage of Netball World Cup

This year's Netball World Cup, starting on 7 August in Sydney, Australia will be broadcast on Radio 2000, Lesedi FM, Umhlobo Wenene and Ikwekwezi FM with live commentary and RSG and SAFM will cover the matches by way of reports. Bessie Tugwana, the SABC's Group Executive: Sport stated, "As a...

7 Aug 2015

Grant's Whisky launch #IOU campaign

Grant's Whisky launched a new TV campaign entitled '#IOU Africa'. Aligned with the Grant's #IOU campaign, the TV spot challenges the notion of individual success and reflects the reality that none of us have made it this far in life on our own but sometimes we find it hard to express gratitude to...

26 Jun 2015

Licence fee forecasts requested by ICASA by 30 April

All broadcasting and electronic communications and network services licensees are requested by ICASA to submit annual forecast of licence fees and the Universal Service and Access Fund (USAF) contributions. They are further required to submit a trial balance, detailed management accounts and...

29 Apr 2015

Journalists, activists face mounting harassment in Burundi

BUJUMBURA, BURUNDI: As tensions mount in the central African nation of Burundi ahead of presidential elections, journalists and activists say they are paying an increasingly heavy price as standard bearers for free speech, reports BD Live. Civil rights in the small Great Lakes nation, they say,...

27 Mar 2015

Promoting happy pets in Montego's new TV ad

Family, love, quality and happy pets are all very important values of the Montego Pet Nutrition brand and their exciting new TV advert celebrates each of those facets with the help of an irresistible, smiling Border collie named Epic. Filmed in the heart of the Karoo at the Montego Pet Nutrition...

20 Mar 2015

Standard Bank Sikuvile Journalism Awards 2015 deadline for entries extended

The deadline for entries for the Standard Bank Sikuvile Journalism Awards 2015 has been extended from Wednesday 18 March, to 1400 on Friday 20 March. The Awards, sponsored by Standard Bank, are open to all South African daily and weekly newspapers and online publications. This year the Awards...

17 Mar 2015

New TVC for Old Mutual underlines responsible business philosophy

FCB Johannesburg has created a new 90-second TVC for Old Mutual that underlines the group's responsible business philosophy. The agency's response to the brief was to tell a story of how four different stakeholders represented by an employee, community leader, and two customers are motivated by the...

24 Feb 2015

DStv Premium channel Lifetime offers open viewing

For one weekend, 20 - 23 February 2015, all DStv subscribers will be able to access the DStv Premium channel Lifetime (channel 131). The entertainment will include 'Whitney', a biographical movie based on the life of iconic singer, Whitney Houston. Angela Basset, famous for her portrayal of Tina...

6 Feb 2015

VIDI to offer local content

VIDI has signed deals with the SABC and local producers to provide award-winning content. Available from SABC from the beginning of February is the drama 'High Rollers', the sitcom 'My Perfect Family, the children's series URBO: The Adventures of Pax Afrika and African Sky Stories. The video on...

30 Jan 2015

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