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Newzroom partners 1KZN, Mpuma Kapa

South Africa-based news network Newzroom Afrika has partnered with regional SA channels KwaZulu-Natal-based 1KZN TV and Mpuma Kapa TV to increase their audience reach and provide training and mentorship.

Thabile Ngwato

The initiative will enable Eastern Cape broadcasters 1KZN TV and Mpuma Kapa TV to offer live coverage of breaking news from rural areas, participate in interviews through studio-to-studio live feeds, produce exclusive content and news services, and package news inserts.

In addition, pay TV operator MultiChoice has give 1KZN TV and Mpuma Kapa TV a grant to improve their news coverage capabilities and establish news bureaus in their respective provinces. These grants will cover production equipment such as cameras, lighting, sound and computers, as well as training and technical support.

Newzroom Afrika CEO Thabile Ngwato said: “Our vision to be Africa’s leading credible news and information service will continue to be reflected in this new initiative. Supporting regional channels is a key portion of our overall strategy, which sees us delivering world-class offerings at every touchpoint.”

Edwin Mncwango, CEO of 1KZN TV, added: “In its quest to provide an authentic voice to the people of KwaZulu-Natal, 1KZN TV has been wanting to expand its news coverage. This partnership – made possible by MultiChoice – will enable us to do just that, while also building our capacity through professional training and assistance.”

Motse Mfuleni, chair of the board at Mpuma Kapa TV, said: “Mpuma Kapa TV is excited to be part of this new venture as we open up the Eastern Cape to the country and continent. As the leading broadcaster in the province, our news bureau can now open opportunities to train and shape a new generation of journalists and news reporters from the Eastern Cape.”

MultiChoice South Africa’s CEO Nyiko Shiburi added: “Regional TV stations are the lifeline for news and stories in their communities. We are committed to supporting and enabling them to improve the quality of broadcasting at grassroots level. Their partnerships with Newzroom Afrika will elevate local news to a national stage. Our hyperlocal strategy is about growing and telling local stories, and through this initiative we are seeing it in action.”

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MultiChoice Talent Factory debuts film series

Pay TV group MultiChoice has launched a series of short films from training scheme the MultiChoice Talent Factory (MTF) on its DStv platform.

Yolisa Phahle

Colours of Africa, comprising 16 short films, has been launched as a celebration of African cinema.

All of the films are directed by the MTF academy class of 2020 and are in line with the MultiChoice Group’s support for the preservation and celebration of African history, culture and traditions through film and TV.

The titles are as follows: East Africa Academy films Egna (Ethiopia), Rebirth (Kenya), Ruracio (Kenya), Johari (Tanzania) and Engaito (Uganda); Southern Africa Academy films The Secrets of the Kingdom (Angola), Cradle (Botswana), Manda Aliza (Malawi), The Lobola (Mozambique), Kegumbo Okegumbo (Namibia), NYAU (Zambia), Lost in Culture (Zambia) and Figure It Out (Zimbabwe); and West Africa Academy films Oko K3 Akuetey (Ghana), Bride Untangled (Nigeria) and Omugwo (Nigeria).

Yolisa Phahle, MultiChoice group CEO of general entertainment and connected video, said: “The Colours of Africa film series is one of the many ways that MultiChoice celebrates young film talent in Africa. We are proud to honour Africa Day by celebrating the work of the MTF Academies’ class of 2020 in this way. The film series also speaks to MultiChoice’s commitment to developing and nurturing the abundance of young talent who represent the future of our industry.”

Cheryl Uys-Allie, director of the MTF initiative, added: “The theme of the collection of films is ‘connecting generations through storytelling’. What is particularly beautiful about the series is that the MTF students produced the short films in their home countries, adding local context, voice and visuals to their cinematic expression in the Colours of Africa series. The series also speaks to the purpose of MTF to ensure that we invest in the next generation of storytellers with knowledge shared by skilled professionals in the industry.”

The series can be watched on the M-Net Movies AfroCinema Film Festival pop-up channel, DStv channel 198, GOtv Max, GOtv Plus and on Showmax on Africa Day and beyond.

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MNet launches pop-up African cinema net

MultiChoice-owned African pay TV channel MNet has launched a pop-up channel named AfroCinema in honour of Africa Day on May 25.

Aimed at celebrating African filmmakers, the channel is showcasing movies from all over the continent, from Angola to Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Uganda, South Africa, Ghana and others.

AfroCinema is available to DStv subscribers from today until May 30. Movies on the channel include Sew the Winter to My Skin, Bed of Thorns, Payback, Promises, I Am Not a Witch, The Train of Salt & Sugar, Ensulo, Vaya, The Ghost & the House of Truth, Heritage Africa and Sylvia.

Yolisa Phahle, MultiChoice’s group CEO of general entertainment and connected video, said: “At its essence, Africa Day is about celebrating African unity and success as well as acknowledging the challenges that lie ahead. The pandemic has hit the film industry quite hard and African filmmakers were not spared.

“This Africa Day, we want to celebrate the talent and resilience of the continent’s film industry with the launch of this festival of African films where our audiences can enjoy AfroCinema from the comfort of their own homes.”

AfroCinema is available to stream via the DStv app and can be accessed on DStv 198.

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MultiChoice racks up SAFTA nominations

Pay TV company MultiChoice has received more than 140 nominations across all categories in the 15th edition of the South African Film & Television Awards (SAFTAs).

Yolisa Phahle

The company said the achievement demonstrated its high investment in local content and is a win for the local TV and film production industry.

The TV shows nominated include telenovela Legacy, 1Magic’s The River and Mzansi Magic’s drama Housekeeper.

The KykNET channel secured 50 nominations in the TV Soap, Telenovela, TV Comedy and Feature Film categories; Gomora received five nominations in the Best Telenovela and Most Popular Telenovela categories; 2019 Rugby World Cup documentary Chasing The Sun secured four nominations for Best TV Documentary, Best Directing, Cinematography and Editing.

Showmax originals including Lockdown, Loving Thokoza and Black Tax were also nominated, while TV series Lebo M: Coming Home, Life With Kelly Khumalo and Somizi & Mohale are competing against each other in the category of Best Structured Reality TV Show.

Yolisa Phahle, CEO of general entertainment for MultiChoice group, said: “We are excited to once again see most of our shows scoop the bulk of this year’s SAFTA nominations. This is a win for local TV and film and demonstrates MultiChoice Group’s commitment to investing in local content to allow for local stories to be told by Africans.

“The nominations are also a testament to the incredible resilience of all the talent, cast and crew in various productions as our industry navigated the complexities brought on by the global Covid-19 pandemic, which were characterised by production stoppages and a period of uncertainty for many creatives.”

The SAFTAs ceremony will take place on May 22 on Mzansi Magic DStv channel 161 at 19.00.

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Nigerian Idol unveils S6 finalists

Musical reality show Nigerian Idol has revealed the top 11 contestants who will compete for a chance to win this year’s sixth season.

The top contestants out of 68 chosen by judges Seyi Shay, DJ Sose and Obi Asika are: Faith Mark, Akunna Okey, Daniel Ikechi, Dotun Deloye, Clinton Francis, Emmanuel Elijah, Comfort Alalade, Faith Jason, Beyonce Ajomiwe, Kingdom Kroseide and Faith Onyeje.

Announcing the news on Instagram, MultiChoice-owned TV platform DStv said: “Your TV screen is about to be lit! Meet your Nigerian Idol top 11. Who will you vote for?”

The show is sponsored by Bigi Drinks and Tecno Mobile and will launch on May 9 on Africa Magic Showcase (DStv channel 151), Africa Magic Urban (DStv channel 153) and Africa Magic Family (DStv channel 154 & GOtv channel 2) from 19.00.

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SuperSport goes back to school in SA

Sub-Saharan African pay TV broadcaster SuperSport has revealed a ground-breaking initiative aimed at investing in schools sport in South Africa.

Marc Jury

The SuperSport Schools initiative will broadcast many schools sporting fixtures as well as identify young talent. Schools will have access to technology production facilities and parents will be able to view school sports anytime and anywhere through the SuperSport Schools mobile app.

According to SuperSport owner MultiChoice, the focus will be on netball, hockey and rugby for the initial implementation phase, with cricket and water polo following as the programme extends.

SuperSport chief executive Marc Jury said: “This initiative is a natural extension of our mission to play our part to grow the pipeline for South Africa’s future sporting heroes. Schools sport is the foundation from which great sporting nations are built. The stronger the foundation, the brighter our future sporting stars can shine.”

The campaign aimed at taking SuperSport Schools to every corner of the continent will be spearheaded by Proteas netball captain Bongi Msomi and Rugby World Cup-winning Springbok Lukhanyo Am.

The initiative is also in partnership with tech firm Nashua, which will play a key part in rolling out the artificial intelligence automated cameras that are designed to produce and distribute live and highlight content via the mobile application and social/digital channels.

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MultiChoice unveils pop-up channels

Pay TV operator MultiChoice has unveiled plans for more pop-up TV channels this year, which will be available to more subscribers to pay platform DStv on lower-tier packages.

Aletta Alberts

This initiative was revealed at a virtual MultiChoice media showcase, during which the company also discussed its upcoming content slate, sports coverage, technological advances and upcoming changes to its business.

The new pop-up channels are Fast & the Furious and AfroCinema. The latter will air on channel 198 from May 21 to 30 as a festival of African film to celebrate Africa Day (May 25).

Aletta Alberts, MultiChoice’s head of content and third-party channels, said: “The past year came with many challenges and, in a time of physical distance where the world felt a little bit smaller for everyone, it was a privilege to make things a little brighter by bringing the world’s best content home.

“In some ways, it has reignited our passion not only as a broadcaster that connects people and stories, but as a curator of an unsurpassed viewing experience. No matter where you are or what you’re into, as Africa’s most-loved storyteller, we’re lighting up the screens with serious star power and entertainment that shines above the rest.

“This year we’re doing pop-up channels like never before, with more of them but also more accessibility to DStv Compact Plus, DStv Compact and even DStv Family subscribers.”

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Mzansi Magic’s SA drama Gomora set for S2

Gomora was ordered for Mzansi Magic

M-Net’s South African original drama series Gomora is returning for a second season this month.

The series, produced by Seriti Films, was commissioned for the MultiChoice-owned channel’s local-interest network Mzansi Magic. It stars Connie Chiume, Siphesihle Ndaba, Ntobeko Sishi, Thembi Seete and Zolisa Xaluva.

Season one told the story of two families with different lifestyles and how their lives were intertwined by a tragedy, while season two will follow the pain of the same two families as they break apart and come together again.

Nomsa Philiso, director of local entertainment channels at M-Net, said: “After Gomora raked in high viewership numbers in its debut season, viewers are in for a treat, as the storyline looks set to raise emotions even higher as their favourites will find themselves squaring up against each other in this extraordinary tale of two families at the heart of Alexandra.

“Viewers are also in for a big surprise as one of the main characters in the telenovela will die and this will plunge the two families into chaos, heartbreak and pandemonium.”

Series producer Lulu Hela tweeted: “Our passion project Gomora has been renewed for season two. Grateful to our exceptionally talented and hardworking cast and crew for creating magic everyday. Grateful to our fans and supporters, thank you for loving our show as much as we do. The new season is said to bring tragedy that will shock viewers and completely change the dynamic of the two main families. It promises to be a story of betrayal, love and crime.”

Gomora S2 will debut on April 26 on Mzansi Magic DStv channel 161 at 19.30.

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MultiChoice, Airtel partner on mobile

Pay TV group MultiChoice and telecoms company Airtel Uganda have collaborated to offer tailored data bundles to DStv subscribers to enable them to access TV programming on their smartphones via the Airtel network.

Colin Asiimwe

Amit Kapur, chief commercial officer at Airtel Uganda, said that it was perfect timing to release this product considering the evolution of smartphones.

“Airtel Uganda continues to increase convenience and diversity by constantly introducing innovative products that simplify communications through strategic partnerships like this,” said Kapur.

Colin Asiimwe, head of marketing at Multichoice Uganda, added that the DStv ‘smart bundles’ will further improve customers’ viewing experiences by enabling them to enjoy the DStv app, stream live TV and catch up on premium movies, series and sports without having to be in front of the traditional TV.

“Multichoice remains committed to delivering the best video entertainment experience in Uganda through enhancing customer experience. The partnership with Airtel Uganda is a step in the right direction to ensure customer satisfaction,” he added.

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Showmax employs Working Wives

Working Wives centres on a group of Harare women

MultiChoice Group-owned South African SVoD service Showmax has picked up Zimbabwean scripted series Working Wives, produced last year by Ndiani Studios.

Working Wives is a 13-episode dramedy inspired by the Real Housewives franchise that follows the lives of a group of Harare women from a Millennial perspective. It also explores the challenges faced by a modern African woman tied to tradition in an urban world.

The series was adapted from a blog created by Sharon Bwanya and was produced by Tendayi Nyeke. It stars Tendaiishe Chitima, Dikelo Mamiala, Tendai Nguni, Nyasha Grace Munangatire, Maritawana Dhliwayo, Chipo Mugovewedenga Chikara and Megan Victor-Carelse.

“The series is an exciting pan-African collaboration shot between Zimbabwe and South Africa, starring a crew and talent from both countries in a time that sees borders fall as far as storytelling and viewing experience is concerned. Brace yourselves for a comedy drama because as crazy as life gets, it’s easier to swallow the hard pill with a good laugh,” said Nyeke.

Ndiani Studios launched Working Wives independently in 2020, with episodes available over the web via sites including Vimeo, and is available to air to international audiences with Showmax access. The series is distributed by Cote Ouest Audiovisuel.

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MultiChoice debuts new channels

African pay TV operator MultiChoice has launched two new channels on its platform: WildEarth and OneZed.

WildEarth airs on channel 183 and connects people with nature through live broadcasts and interactive experiences from the wilderness. It also focuses on live safari shows from wildlife locations including the Greater Kruger, the Kalahari, the Maasai Mara and other nature reserves.

Graham Wallington, co-founder and CEO at WildEarth, said: “WildEarth is all about sharing nature with everyone so we can all see why we must conserve our beautiful home.”

Cecil Sunkwa-Mills, MultiChoice’s MD for Ghana, added: “It’s important for us that our customers always have access to the best possible content available. We will continue to source the best possible content as we strive to bolster the channels on offer on our platform.”

OneZed is a general entertainment and family channel that blends a mix of talkshows, dramas, music shows and documentaries. It airs on DStv 172 and seeks to promote African talent.

Gus Banda, MD of MultiChoice Malawa, said: “This is one of the ways in which we continue to show how we are putting our customers at the heart of everything we do as a business and we will continue to add more value for their viewing pleasure.”

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Fugitive captures MultiChoice content

Tshedza Pictures’ Legacy

UK-based distributor Fugitive has struck a deal with South African entertainment company MultiChoice, under which the former will become the exclusive distributor for the latter’s original scripted series.

MultiChoice operates linear channel M-Net and SVoD platform Showmax, both of which have a slate of originals in development and production. Fugitive is launching three series at this year’s MipTV, with a further nine to be delivered in the 2021-22 financial year.

The first of the initial three series is Lioness, a 10×60’ crime drama produced by M-Net about a woman who is framed and sent to prison for a fraud committed by her husband, who has recently been found dead. Eight years later, she’s released and, while fighting to reunite with her children and prove her innocence, sees her husband on TV, alive.

Dam, meanwhile, is an 8×60’ psychological thriller about a woman who returns from Chile to the Eastern Cape to bury her father, only to be tormented by spirits in the farmhouse she has inherited. But with her mother institutionalised and her own meds running out, she starts to wonder if the spirits are real or just in her head. Dam is produced by Picture Tree.

The third series is Legacy (208×30’), a telenovela produced by Tshedza Pictures for M-Net. The show follows an investment billionaire who is approaching retirement, clearing the way for a family member to take the reins to the empire. The ensuing power struggle turns nasty, with a mix of betrayal, secrets, lies and revenge playing out on screen.

In addition to representing completed drama programming, Fugitive will also help MultiChoice secure future coproductions and pre-sales from the international market for titles on its originals slate.

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MultiChoice to add nothern channel trio

Pay TV operator MultiChoice is set to add three channels based in the north of Nigeria, Liberty, Tozali and Rahama, to its platform.

The move comes as part of an agreement between MultiChoice Nigeria with representatives from the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) and the Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG).

This agreement was struck after the CNG submitted a petition calling for a boycott of MultiChoice services in the northern region.

According to media publication Broadcast Media Africa, the petition accused MultiChoice, the owner and operator of pay TV platform DStv, of not featuring northern-based TV channels on its platform and also not embracing content diversity geared towards national growth and development to benefit to the region.

CNG spokesman Abdul-Azeez Suleiman said: “MultiChoice is committed to considering additional eligible and interested northern-based television channels on its DStv platform. The current situation with MultiChoice is due to a lack of credible communication in the languages understood by natives.” Suleiman also urged MultiChoice to assist in bridging this perceived communication gap.

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Rockville returns for fifth run

Rockville was created in 2013

South African telenovela Rockville has been renewed for a fifth season by MultiChoice-owned channel Mzansi Magic and will hit the screens in April.

The show was created in 2013 by South African TV production duo Connie and Shona Ferguson and produced by their production company, Ferguson Films. It is written by Phathutshedzo Makwarela, Gwydion Beynon, Linda Bere, Chisanga Kabinga, Pamela Power and Sibusiso Mamba.

Rockville follows the story of two black families who represent the middle class and the working class. The storyline revolves around their ongoing feud over a series of misunderstandings and problems.

“Rockville was our very first project as executive producers and laid the foundation for Ferguson Films to start building Mzansi Magic’s first-ever drama series after the channel was launched. We’re looking forward to welcoming the squad that started it all back and introducing new and exciting characters and talent. More details about the cast of Rockville 5 will be announced soon,” said Connie Ferguson.

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Azuri brings DStv to off-grid Kenya

Pay TV company MultiChoice Kenya has collaborated with Azuri Technologies, a UK-based provider of affordable pay-as-you-go solar home systems, to provide DStv content to off-grid households in Kenya.

Nancy Matimu

With the DStv HD decoder and Azuri’s TV400 system, which has an 80W solar panel and a 160Wh LFP battery, customers will have access to DStv entertainment, local and international news, documentaries, sports and educational content.

Azuri CEO Simon Bransfield-Garth said: “We are delighted to partner with MultiChoice to bring the world-leading DStv content to our customers. By expanding the choice of content available to even off-grid customers, we are taking another step in shrinking the gap between households with and without the grid.”

MultiChoice Kenya MD Nancy Matimu added: “MultiChoice is always seeking new partnerships to find ways to offer great and affordable video entertainment to families across the country. We want to deliver our local content, telenovelas, world-class sport and blockbusters straight into the hands and homes of our customers. This partnership with Azuri is one way that we are able to ensure our content is available to the widest possible audience throughout the country.”

The Azuri TV400 system can be purchased for a down payment of KES8,999 (US$82), plus a daily usage fee of KES115 over 30 months. The DStv HD decoder offers a wide range of viewing packages.

Azuri operates in five key African territories: Kenya, Nigeria, Zambia, Tanzania and Uganda. Its East Africa headquarters are in Nairobi, Kenya, and its West Africa headquarters are in Lagos, Nigeria.

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PremiumFree TV reaches South Africa

Free-to-air satellite television service PremiumFree TV from international channels operator AfricaXP will launch in South Africa on May 1.

Craig Kelly

The new service will feature a bouquet of 18 TV channels, including BongoTV (focusing on Swahili movies), True African Channel (African blockbusters), Fresh (reality shows), Limelight (family and action movies), Romanza+ Africa (telenovelas) and LOL Africa (comedy).

Also in the bouquet are Sports Connect, Kiddiwinks, Pulse, Riverwood (Kenyan movies), RPM (motor sports channel), LifeTV (crime and investigation), DIVA (entertainment), Gospellife, Fight Night (martial arts and boxing) and Synapse (e-gaming).

Viewers can access the channels through Openview decoders, MultiChoice’s DStv decoders and universal free-to-air set-top decoders using a satellite dish.

In late 2018, AfricaXP launched PremiumFree TV in Nigeria and Ghana in West Africa with 13 TV channels as a freely available satellite TV offering. The company is bringing its multichannel bouquet to sub-Saharan Africa two-and-a-half years later after acquiring space on Intelsat’s IS20 satellite.

AfricaXP CEO Craig Kelly told SA blog TV With Thinus: “Broadcasting unencrypted not only means that the service can be offered free of charge, it also means that the channels can be instantly received on dishes and decoders already owned, installed and connected. It’s all about instant reach for us and with no extra equipment or cost for the viewer.

“After years of stagnation in the African TV market, characterised by the regular failure of new pay TV initiatives, Intelsat’s decision to seek out AfricaXP as a partner and allocate one of the few available transponders on IS20 to PremiumFree TV is a clear vote of confidence in the PremiumFree TV project. Intelsat has a clear conviction that multichannel free-to-air TV delivered over satellite has a big role to play in the future of the African TV market.”

Intelsat senior account director Christelle Meyer added: “Many countries dealing with economic disparity or smaller populations struggle with making fibre and mobile broadband work as a universal media distribution technology. Satellite will play a vital role in delivering rich media content to all corners of the continent well into the future.”

Meyer said that since January 7 PremiumFree TV has been transmitting a pilot channel on the IS20 transponder with at least 18 TV channels in a bouquet that will be tested from April and PremiumFree TV will officially launch on May 1.

“It’s exciting to be able to offer a compelling multichannel bouquet to such a large and underserved market. Free-to-air TV is critical in stimulating the market by offering value to a segment that can’t afford to pay regularly for premium content, if at all,” Meyer added.

“A strong media industry is symbiotic for the whole ecosystem. Strong free-to-air drives penetration of TV sets, stimulate content development and grows viewing habits which in turn attracts advertisers. We hope to make our contribution to stimulating activity to the benefit for all players.”

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MultiChoice to boost local content

African pay TV platform MultiChoice has revealed plans to increase local content on its channels from 38% to 44% over the next two years.

Calvo Mawela

MultiChoice Group CEO Calvo Mawela made this announcement in an interview on CNN Connecting Africa, noting that over US$136.49bn has so far been spent by the company on African productions.

Mawela said: “We have invested a lot in local content across the continent; we call it going hyper-local. Each year we spend over R2bn [US$133m] investing in local content productions across the whole continent.

“Our plan is to increase our local content composition from 38% to 44% in the next two years. We have been on this nice trajectory over a number of years and we think we should be able to achieve that.”

Speaking about the fact that international players could also have some level of local content, he told Punch Nigeria: “We go deeper into the communities and tell stories in the street language they use on a day-to-day basis and the storytelling is based on their everyday lives.

“If you look at our numbers, we are sitting at over 20 million subscribers and we think we can grow very quickly to 50 million subscribers. They are used to how we tell our stories, and I think that’s going to keep us competitive and we should be able to challenge the likes of Netflix.”

Mawela also said that MultiChoice had launched local content channels in Nigeria, Kenya and Zambia and will soon debut similar services in Uganda and Ghana.

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DStv to offer pop-up Korean net tvN Africa

tvN Africa will feature a range of Korean programmes

MultiChoice-owned African pay TV operator DStv is gearing up to debut a new pop-up Korean channel called tvN Africa.

The new channel will air on DStv 134 from March 1 for four months with new programming every weekday at 18.45. It will feature music variety shows like I-Land, Korean dramas including Encounter, romantic series and action dramas such as Signal.

Michael Jung, MD of tvN owner CJ ENM Hong Kong, said: “It is evident Hallyu fever is on the rise in Africa. We are thrilled to partner with MultiChoice, the leading pay TV provider in Africa, to be the first Korean entertainment brand to launch on DStv. We will do our best to bring all premium Korean entertainment to the fans.”

Yolisa Phahle, Multichoice Group’s CEO of general entertainment and connected video, said: “Delivering the tvN channel to millions of viewers on our continent is part of DStv’s commitment to bring the best of the world home.

“DStv customers can now explore South Korean lifestyle through tvN’s dynamic entertainment offering. Through the quality of its rich stories the channel broadens the already extensive range of viewing options we have on DStv for a variety of audiences.”

The new channel will be available to DStv Premium, Compact and Compact Plus customers.

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Nigerian Idol S6 host, judges named

Nigerian Idol host IK Osakioduwa with judges Seyi Shay, DJ Sose and Obi Asika

Music reality show Nigerian Idol has revealed the host and judges for its forthcoming sixth season.

The new season will be fronted by award-winning host IK Osakioduwa, while music stars Seyi Shay, DJ Sose and Obi Asika will be the judges.

The show, which is back following five years off-air, will be shown on MultiChoice-owned channel Africa Magic via DStv 198 and GOtv 29.

The premiere date of the show has yet to be announced.

The show is based on the globe-trotting Idols talent format from TV producer Simon Fuller and production group Fremantle and debuted in Nigeria in 2010.

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DStv to offer taste of Honey

MultiChoice-owned pay TV operator DStv will carry a pan-African lifestyle channel named Honey from February 12.

John Ugbe

The launch of the new TV channel is part of MultiChoice’s efforts to offer content that celebrates and explores African lives by focusing on lifestyle, fashion, food, weddings, dating and reality.

The channel will be broadcast in all key African markets including Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Uganda, Namibia, Botswana, Malawi, Zambia, Angola, Mozambique, Tanzania, DRC, Cameroon and South Africa.

The channel is operated by South African print media company Media24’s television unit, which is also responsible for Afrikaans lifestyle channel VIA. Like MultiChoice, Media24 is backed by South African internet group Naspers. Honey will air on DStv channel 173.

MultiChoice Nigeria’s CEO John Ugbe said: “DStv is thrilled to launch Honey. The channel is part of our commitment to keep bringing fresh, authentic, and local content to our Nigerian subscribers. For many years, we’ve seen lifestyle is a popular genre in the country; and now our subscribers will see their own talent, food, celebrations and their families as the well-deserved hero.”

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