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DISCOP Johannesburg – Africa’s #1 entertainment content market and coproduction forum – will announce a significant partnership with Germany at this year’s EUROPEAN FILM MARKET (9-19 February).


dsicAs a way of celebrating the sustained and growing presence of German companies at DISCOP Johannesburg since its inception, as well as other major strides within the German film industry including co-productions with South African producers, Germany has been named as DISCOP Johannesburg’s 2017’s official Guest Country.


Alongside a three-day market set to welcome 2,500+ production, commissioning, programming and distribution executives from over 90 countries, a special focus will be placed on relationships between South Africa and Germany, as both countries have signed a treaty for the joint production of film and television works.


The “Germany Guest Country” program will include:


◦       A special offer to potential delegates coming from Germany.

◦       The set-up of the GERMANY PAVILION in the main exhibiting floor will host a number of top German production houses.

◦       Keynote speakers from German captains of industry will take place during the opening conference and will bring together international experts invited to explore and analyze the radical changes Africa is experiencing. They will also share their vision and thoughts as new technologies, alternative-funding strategies, and consumers’ habits dramatically impact the entertainment business across the continent.

◦       A gala featuring a cocktail reception and seated dinner will honor the achievements and vision of a German media or tech entrepreneur, innovator, content creator or investor who embodies the spirit and values of cross-cultural collaborations in the entertainment sector.

◦       A special workshop track curated by experts will put under the spotlight Germany’s and South Africa’s elaborate and well-funded incentive and tax rebate programs, their excellent infrastructures, combined pool of renowned talent and highly skilled creative and technical crews. This informative track will also encourage partnerships between producing, writing, and directing talent from both countries.


The “Germany, Guest Country”  program will also be marked by an initiative to pair compelling, future-proof, and cross-border television series ideas initiated in South Africa with German production companies and content distribution platforms seeking projects that can captivate global audiences.


“With cable networks and streaming services expanding their international footprint and original programming at a dizzying rate, our ambition is to put commercially viable television series projects, co-developed by South Africans and Germans, in front of key creative, production and distribution executives scouting new projects at DISCOP Johannesburg.” says Patrick Zuchowicki, President of the Los Angeles and Johannesburg-based DISCOP Organization.


The announcement will be made as part of the AFRICA HUB at the 2017 EUROPEAN FILM MARKET where DISCOP’s Sidebar Program Director, Gert Botes, will present “DESTINATION DISCOP | THE #1 FILM & TV MARKETPLACE IN AFRICA,” a session that will share the various elements of Sub-Saharan Africa’s largest multi-platform marketplace in terms of number of broadcasters, satellite, cable, mobile and streaming services and other key elements.

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Liberty Radio Awards Roadshow – Dates Announced

Posted by radio On January - 11 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Are you planning on entering the Liberty Radio Awards, but you have several questions about your entries? Save the date in your diary for the Liberty Radio Awards roadshow and find out all you need to know about the Liberty Radio Awards, and have all your questions answered.


Roadshow dates are as follows:


17 January 2017 Cape Town

18 January 2017 Durban

19 January 2017 Johannesburg


And for the areas in the country that will not be having a presentation, don’t feel left out. The presentation will be made available on the Liberty Radio Awards website from Friday 20 January 2017 onwards.


You can also contact Lance Rothschild on 082 443 1530 if you have any issues that you would like to have resolved.


To reserve your seat or for more information, contact Phila Nkanunu –

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Mzansi Magic viewers can start blocking off 8pm in January 2017 because they won’t want to move from their couches once the channel’s compelling offerings begin airing.


MzansiMagicLogo_LGThe intriguing array of local drama and reality shows will see firm favourites returning while new shows will ensure thrill-a-minute, authentically South African viewing.


Kicking off the line-up is the new season of gripping family drama Saints and Sinners, on Sunday, 08 January. Season Three comes chock-a-block with tension as characters dodge bullets, survive emotional beat downs, deal with triumphs and betrayals – all while staying ahead of everyone else in their twisted mind games.


In a small screen first, Mzansi Magic’s new prison drama Lockdown should make for compulsory TV watching when it airs on Monday, 09 January. Set in a women’s prison where power and survival mean everything, the terse and fast-paced drama will take you into the lives of the inmates as they battle demons that hold them prisoner in every sense of the word.


“I think it’s safe to say that come January 2017, people will not be taking calls or going out at 8pm because they’ll be parked in front of their TVs watching DStv channel 161,” says Reneilwe Sema, M-Net’s Head of Drama. “As Mzansi Magic, we pride ourselves in being the mirror of South African society by telling stories that reflect our beautiful and complex society. Our growing content does just this.”


Tuesday, 10 January sees the return of the emotional docu-series Utatakho. Nimrod Nkosi is back in Season Four as the host and will journey with men and women on their path to find their biological fathers, and deal with the joy and pain that comes with unravelling their genetic background.


Sticking to the theme of family, Mzansi Magic will unveil a new reality show, Papa Penny Ahee! on Wednesday, 11 January. The series follows the colourful existence of legendary Shangaan disco king Penny Penny as he navigates life as a musician, polygamist, a father of 17,  community leader and son to his 90-year-old mother.


Another fascinating family reality show is The Ranakas, a spin-from the hugely successful Vuzu Amp show Dineo’s Diary. The Ranakas debuts on Thursday, 12 January, and will take viewers deeper into the world of this boisterous entertainment family who have long captivated the imagination of South Africa.


It’s going to be a thrilling January, all exclusive to Mzansi Magic (DStv Channel 161).



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DStv promises fewer repeats in 2017

Posted by radio On December - 14 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

You’ve told us that there are too many repeats. You’ve told us you want more new shows and new movies. We’ve heard you and we’re busy doing something about it.


DStv-digitalWhile we won’t do away with repeats entirely, our plan is to cut down where we can and bring you more fresh content. We’re also going to help you find more shows you might like, but never knew existed.







We’ve reduced the number of premium M-Net movie channels from six to four so you see fewer repeated movies across channels. We’ve removed AMC and True Movies and launched ROK (a Nollywood movie channel) and Zee World, which features Bollywood films that have been dubbed into English.


We’ve relooked at how we make Sunday nights THE movie night in your home. From this December, you’ll see three brand new movies on Sunday nights, instead of just one after Carte Blanche.


At 20:00 you can tune in for a blockbuster on M-Net 101, at 20:30 you can tune in to a different blockbuster on M-Net Movies Premiere on DStv Channel 104, and at 21:00 you can tune in to a world cinema movie on M-Net Edge on DStv Channel 102.


We know you love the themed pop-up channels, and we’ll continue to do more of those during 2017. We’ll also add new movies from the global stage, including cinema titles, independent films and content straight from the Sundance Film Festival.


From April 2017, there will be new movies on Mzansi Magic and Bioskop. This means that anywhere from 52 to 104 new movies will grace your screen every year! Our Afrikaans movies on fliekNET will be bolstered by some 12 new movies annually.


We’re also proud to introduce the M-Net Movie Collection on our Catch Up Plus service, which boasts 1 000 titles for you to choose from! So if you can’t find any movie you would like to see on one of our movie channels, simply connect your DStv Explora to the internet or log on to our DStv Now app.




We’ve taken away CBS Drama and CBS Action which had many series you’ve already seen on other DStv channels.


Universal and FOX channels have improved their offering with new seasons of some of their popular shows such as NCIS, Rosewood, The Walking Dead, Empire and brand new shows such as Pitch and Legion.


The Walking Dead


With our channel partners, we’ll be increasing our exclusive, first-run shows and bring you more fresh shows on a weekend. We’ll also be making more shows available as box sets on Catch Up Plus, which means you can watch an entire season of a show as soon as it has finished its run on DStv.




Documentaries and lifestyle channels


Many of our documentary and lifestyle channels stack their series over weekends – so they play an omnibus of the shows you would’ve seen in the week. We’ve asked these channels to rather give you more fresh shows on the weekend.


New historic events content will be shown on HISTORY while National Geographic is currently airing Mars (Sundays at 20:05), BBC Earth will showcase Planet Earth 2 early in 2017 and BBC Lifestyle brings Dancing with the Stars.




We’ve spoken to the channels concerns about how often some titles get shown such as Top Gear, Pawn Stars, Storage Wars, Come Dine with me, Fast & Loud and Gold Rush. Not only do we have a commitment that over time they will be played less often, channels have also promised to phase them out to make way for newer shows.


Finding something you would like to watch


We want to help you find new series, new movies and new documentaries and lifestyle shows that you will enjoy watching. There are a number of ways we do this now and we’ll also add a few more in 2017. M-Net will launch a 30 minute show which will air on Sundays from the end of January 2017, which will help you find new content, show you what is on M-Net channels this week – which shows are new, and which shows are taking a break. Everything you need to get the most of your DStv entertainment experience.


We’ll also add a way for you to tell whether a show is new, and whether there are new episodes of your favourite show.



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The nominations for the 74th Golden Globes® were announced on Mondy 12 December. The award ceremony takes place on Sunday 8 January 2017 and will be presented by talk show host Jimmy Fallon.


Below is the full list of nominees:



Best Picture, Drama

Hacksaw Ridge

Hell or High Water


Manchester by the Sea



Best Picture, Comedy or Musical

20th Century Women


Florence Foster Jenkins

La La Land

Sing Street


Best Director

Damien Chazelle, La La Land

Tom Ford, Nocturnal Animals

Mel Gibson, Hacksaw Ridge

Barry Jenkins, Moonlight

Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea


Best Actor, Drama

Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea

Joel Edgerton, Loving

Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge

Viggo Mortensen, Captain Fantastic

Denzel Washington, Fences


Best Actress, Drama

Amy Adams, Arrival

Jessica Chastain, Miss Sloane

Isabelle Huppert, Elle

Ruth Negga, Loving

Natalie Portman, Jackie


Best Actor, Comedy

Colin Farrell, The Lobster

Ryan Gosling, La La Land

Hugh Grant, Florence Foster Jenkins

Jonah Hill, War Dogs

Ryan Reynolds, Deadpool


Best Actress, Comedy

Annette Bening, 20th Century Women

Lily Collins, Rules Don’t Apply

Hailee Steinfeld, The Edge of Seventeen

Emma Stone, La La Land

Meryl Streep, Florence Foster Jenkins


Best Supporting Actor

Mahershala Ali, Moonlight

Jeff Bridges, Hell or High Water

Simon Helberg, Florence Foster Jenkins

Dev Patel, Lion

Aaron Taylor Johsnon, Nocturnal Animals


Best Supporting Actress

Viola Davis, Fences

Naomie Harris, Moonlight

Nicole Kidman, Lion

Octavia Spencer, Hidden Figures

Michelle Williams, Manchester by the Sea


Best Screenplay

Damien Chazelle, La La Land

Tom Ford, Nocturnal Animals

Barry Jenkins, Moonlight

Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea

Taylor Sheridan, Hell or High Water


Best Original Score


La La Land



Hidden Figures


Best Original Song “Can’t Stop the Feeling,” Trolls

“City of Stars,” La La Land

“Faith,” Sing

“Gold,” Gold

“How Far I’ll Go,” Moana


Best Animated Feature Film

Kubo and the Two Strings


My Life as a Zucchini




Best Foreign Language Film




The Salesman

Toni Erdmann



Best TV Series, Drama

The Crown

Game of Thrones

Stranger Things

This Is Us



Best TV Series, Comedy/Musical



Mozart in the Jungle




Best TV Miniseries or Movie

American Crime

The Dresser

The Night Manager

The Night Of

The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story


Best Actor, Drama

Rami Malek, Mr. Robot

Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul

Matthew Rhys, The Americans

Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan

Billy Bob Thornton, Goliath


Best Actress, Drama

Caitriona Balfe, Outlander

Claire Foy, The Crown

Keri Russell, The Americans

Winona Ryder, Stranger Things

Evan Rachel Wood, Westworld


Best Actor, Comedy

Anthony Anderson, Blackish

Gael Garcia Bernal, Mozart in the Jungle

Donald Glover, Atlanta

Nick Nolte, Graves

Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent


Best Actress, Comedy

Rachel Bloom, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep

Sarah Jessica Parker, Divorce

Issa Rae, Insecure

Gina Rodriguez, Jane the Virgin

Tracee Ellis Ross, Blackish


Best Supporting Actor

Sterling K. Brown, The People vs. O.J. Simpson

Hugh Laurie, The Night Manager

John Lithgow, The Crown

Christian Slater, Mr. Robot

John Travolta, The People vs. O.J. Simpson


Best Supporting Actress

Olivia Colman, The Night Manager

Lena Headey, Game of Thrones

Chrissy Metz, This Is Us

Mandy Moore, This Is Us

Thandie Newton, Westworld


Best Actor, Mini-Series or TV Movie

Riz Ahmed, The Night Of

Bryan Cranston, All the Way

Tom Hiddleston, The Night Manager

John Turturro, The Night Of

Courtney B. Vance, The People vs. O.J. Simpson


Best Actress, Mini-Series or TV Movie

Felicity Huffman, American Crime

Riley Keough, The Girlfriend Experience

Sarah Paulson, The People vs. O.J. Simpson

Charlotte Rampling, London Spy

Kerry Washington, Confirmation

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With one of Africa’s biggest football spectacle imminent in January 2017, the SABC TV has come up with several schedule changes affecting prime time slots. A transversal approach has been put in place to ensure that television viewers do not lose out on their favourite shows. The African Cup of Nations Competition starts on SABC 1 on Saturday, 14th January – Sunday, 05th February 2017.


Afcon2015-logo300x300The announced schedule changes will affect all the SABC TV channels as follows:



SABC 1 will host the soccer tournament providing SA soccer fans an opportunity to watch a total of 28 matches live and 4 delayed. Major changes will be made to the normal SABC 1 schedule between the 17h30 – 24h00 timeslots to accommodate the soccer festival.


Key SABC1 titles such as Generations-The Legacy, Uzalo and Skeem Saam will be temporarily placed on sister channels SABC2 and 3 as follows:

Skeem Saam at 18h30 (Mon – Fri) on SABC2

– Generations-The Legacy at 19h30 (Mon – Fri) on SABC3

– Uzalo at 20h30 (Mon – Wed) on SABC2



Mon- Fri at 18:00 Tswana / Sotho News

Mon- Fri at 18:30 Skeem Saam

Mon- Fri at 19:00 7de Laan remains in the slot

Mon-Fri at 19:30 Nuus

Mon- Wed at 20:30 Uzalo

Mon at 20:00 Navy NCIS will take a break to return in a new slot

Mon at 20:00 Nhlala ya Rixaka

Tue at 20:00 Afrikaans Drama will take a break to return in a new slot in Feb

Tues on 20:00 Ngula ya Vutivi



Generations – 19h30 and High Rollers won’t be aired.

“The transversal schedule strategy has been adopted involving the 3 SABC TV channels to ensure that the interests of our audiences are adequately accommodated during the AFCON 2017 tournament. Normal programming on all channels will resume once the AFCON games are over,” says Zandile Nkonyeni, Head of PR: SABC TV Channels. “The channel will reveal a refreshed schedule in February 2017 with an exciting line up of brand new titles.”

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ShowMax is now on Android TV

Posted by radio On December - 7 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

With the release of a new version of its Android app, ShowMax has increased the base of supported devices to include media players and smart TVs running Android TV. ShowMax is now available on an even wider range of smart TVs as well as smartphones, tablets, web browsers, Apple TV (4th generation), Android media players, and the DStv Explora (in South Africa). ShowMax is also compatible with Chromecast and AirPlay.



ShowMax has released an updated Android app which now supports Android TV devices. This gives two new ways to watch ShowMax – either through a compatible Android media player or on a smart TV running Android TV software.

Speaking about this, Barron Ernst, Chief Product Officer for ShowMax said:

“Our engineering department has been working flat-out to increase the number of devices that can play ShowMax, and this is the fifth major expansion since we launched ShowMax just over a year ago. It means that anyone with a compatible Android media player or smart TV running Android software can access ShowMax without having to invest in any new equipment.”



The main additions to the new ShowMax Android app that enable TV usage are:

Android TV user interface optimised for large screen layout

Support added for remote control input

Support for higher resolution video



The Android TV operating system was launched by Google in June 2014 and designed to either be built directly into smart TVs or support stand-alone media players. These media players can then be plugged into standard TVs to impart smart TV capabilities.



In order to run ShowMax, Android devices must be running Android 4.1.0 (Jelly Bean) or higher.

To add ShowMax to an Android device, simply launch the Google Play Store app from the device, search for ShowMax, and install the free app. If ShowMax doesn’t appear in the search results then the device is not supported.


Once the ShowMax app has launched, sign in with the email address and password used to subscribe to ShowMax. For more information on how to subscribe to ShowMax, visit

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DStv iRock to hit Rustenburg!

Posted by radio On December - 7 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

The DStv iRock Rustenburg Music Festival has become the most epic turn-up of all, and will usher in the 2016 festive season with a bang! Packed with a sizzling line-up to satisfy every music taste, this 12-hour non-stop party is sure to be lit!


“This time of the year is ideal to head outside main business hubs like Joburg to provinces like the North West, where the final 2016 installment of the DStv iRock Music Festivals will take place. From unleashing new talent in the region, to enhancing the music industry, Rustenburg is sure to be at the centre of the action this December,” says Nomsa Chabeli Mazibuko, General Manager for Marketing at DStv.


On a quest to save the Kwaito music genre, “Godfather of Kwaito” and Mzansi’s very own “Mkhulu bae”, Mdu Masilela, who started trending at musician Mandoza’s funeral due to his good looks, will perform the hits that have made him popular during Kwaito’s heyday in the 90s.


South Africa’s “national asset”, Durban-born dancer, singer and entertainer Babes Wodumo will heat up the DStv iRock Music Festival stage for the very first time. Best known for her hit song Wololo and her energetic dance moves, this crowd favourite will have the entire festival bumping to her infectious beat.


“After a disappointing no-show at the DStv iRock Limpopo 2016 Pre-party over Heritage weekend, fans undoubtedly look forward to seeing Babes Wodumo in action in Rustenburg,” Mazibuko continues.


For the Hip Hop heads, there is entertainment galore, from #FillUpOrlandoStadium hit-maker Cassper Nyovest; two young Hip Hop sensations Emtee and Nasty C; Ngud’ rapper Kwesta; North West born first lady of Motswako, Fifi Cooper; Ambitiouz Entertainment’s latest sensation, A-Reece; to Hip Hop DJ and rapper, DJ Citi Lyts, who recently brought us the hit single Vura.


More off-the-chains performances are expected from House DJs and artists Euphonik; DJ Shimza; Black Coffee; and Black Motion who will be burning the midnight oil to end off the bash of all bashes.


Afro-soul sensation Donald, and House music DJ/producer Mobi Dixon, responsible for unearthing fresh talent from the Rustenburg region in the DStv iRock Rustenburg Battle for the Stage competition, will also perform on Saturday 10 December.


The DStv iRock Pre-party with Mobi Dixon as the main act is set to warm up the weekend’s festivities at Reggies Cigar Lounge in Tlhabane on Friday 9 December. Doors open at 19:00 and tickets are available at R100 at the door.


The two DStv iRock Rustenburg Battle for the Stage winners will open the Pre-party for Mobi Dixon on Friday 9 December; and the Main Stage on Saturday 10 December 2016.


On top of that, Pretoria-born DStv iRock Rustenburg 2015 Battle for the Stage winner and rising Hip Hop star Jay Makopo will be another one of the opening acts of the festival.


Up-and-coming performers from the Rustenburg area can still audition for an opportunity to perform as the opening act of the DStv iRock Rustenburg Music Festival Pre-party on Friday 9 December or on the Main Stage on Saturday 10 December. The final live auditions will take place at Moruleng Mall, Moruleng on Saturday 3 December, where Mobi Dixon and Donald will judge talent from 12:00 – 15:00.


Follow the action on social media: DStv iRock Music Festival on Instagram and Twitter on @irockmusicfest #DStviRock or visit the Facebook page: @iRockmusicfestival.


The DStv iRock Rustenburg Music Festival will kick off at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium from 16:00 on Saturday, 10 December 2016. General Access tickets are available at R200 and VIP at R1000.


This year’s DStv iRock Rustenburg Music Festival is presented by Daily Sun/Sunday Sun, Bacardi, Royal Marang and Rustenburg Local Municipality.

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Paying tribute to the fallen hero, RIP Manzini

Posted by radio On December - 5 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS







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Latest RAMS Nov 2016 from BRCSA

Posted by radio On December - 3 - 2016 ADD COMMENTS

The new RAMS from the Broadcasting Research Council of SA are out and the numbers look quite different from what SAARF used to show.


See below highlights:


Metro FM declining

  • Metro FM have lost listeners from 4,1m to 3,9m  [Jan – Jun] – [Jan – Sep]
  • Ukhozi FM remained flat at 7,2m listeners
  • Gagasi FM up to 1,4m from 1,3m listeners
  • Power FM broke the 100k line growing to 103k from 99k
  • Talk 702 declined from 547k to 530k listeners a week
  • North West FM is up from 203k to 212k listeners per week
  • Izwi Lomzansi is up to 109k from 93k



Interesting Listening patterns


  • 64% listened to one station only, Ndebele & Swati are driving this trend at 73% and 70% respectively.
  • 76% consume radio on their normal radios, 37% use their cellphones , 26% use vehicle radio , 8% listen via TV and 2% through computers.
  • 87% listens from their homes , 33% consumer radio while driving on the road , 11% while at work/school and 6% do so while at restaurants, malls or airports


New Insights

  • 7 Highveld has the highest % of people listening through vehicle radio followed by Talk Radio702
  • Rise FM has the highest % of people listening via Computers
  • Trufm & Rise FM are leading the pack on people listening through TV
  • Bok Radio has high % of people listening in their vehicles













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