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DStv gives MGM to its Premium customers

Posted by radio On November - 16 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

From this Saturday, 16 November, MultiChoice will make the MGM channel available to its Premium customers. The channel launched on DStv on Tuesday, 12 November.

We understand that our customers, especially those without PVRs, are sensitive to the amount of repeats on DStv. Excluding MGM from Premium was a decision taken to partly address this concern. We want to give our customers on all the different packages the best entertainment at great value for their monthly subscription.

Not all channels that launch on the DStv platform, such as MGM, are intended for Premium customers.  However, we understand our Premium customers would like to have the full range of channels available on their package.

We thank our Premium customers for their feedback on this issue. We hope you will enjoy the entertainment on offer on MGM.


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On the 1st of August 2013, South Africans and 10 SADC Nations welcomed a new player in the international arena of news broadcasting. And true to its vision of bringing the world to the nation and opening a window to the world, the South African Broadcasting Corporation’s 24-Hour News channel, broadcast on channel 404 on Multichoice platform DStv has succeeded in breaking news and offering continuous news updates.

With its bureaus dotted across the continent it continues to offer a quintessentially African perspective on world issues. Since its launch in August the channel has produced 16 304 minutes of news per month and 6 336 minutes of current affairs programming.

Within 6 weeks of the launch the channel started running commercials which is an indication of confidence on the quality of its output. Normally, it takes more than 18 months for a new entrant into the market to attract an interest from potential advertisers. Of importance is that the channel has given opportunities to young and seasoned journalists who have demonstrated a commitment and wherewithal to ensure its future growth.

These are practitioners who are guided by the public service ethos which is an essential pillar of the Corporation’s existence. The work they have produced has attracted positive feedback from our viewers both within and outside South Africa. Nowhere, is this appreciation better demonstrated than their active participation in our interactive current affairs programmes.

Ms. Lulama Mokhobo, the SABC’s Group Chief Executive Officer (GCEO) said “SABC News regards the 100 days as the foundation phase on which to build for the future. As we enter the next 100 days, the viewers can look forward to riveting new and archival documentaries. Through its multiplatform approach the channel undertakes to increase the speed at which it breaks news as well as being a reference point for any news development in South Africa and beyond”.

[Issued by: SABC]

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CBS channels premiere in SA on DStv

Posted by radio On November - 8 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

International broadcaster Chello Zone and MultiChoice, South Africa’s leading digital entertainment provider, have announced four new channels to be added to DStv in South Africa. CBS Drama and CBS Action, featuring content from the world’s leading TV content supplier, CBS Studios International, Chello Zone’s hit children’s channel JimJam and Hollywood movie channel MGM will join the DStv family of channels on Tuesday, 12 November 2013.

This is the first time that the popular entertainment channels CBS Action and CBS Drama will be available in South Africa and marks the first major deal for the CBS Chello Zone EMEA Partnership since the portfolio’s EMEA rebrand at the end of last year. As part of the agreement, both channels will include commercials, with the ad sales fulfilled by DStv Airtime Sales Pty (Ltd).

DStv customers will see a host of brilliant content such as smash hit CBS series New Twilight Zone and Mission: Impossible on CBS Action and Dallas and Half & Half on CBS Drama. CBS is the home of world-famous titles and hit franchises from the studio’s vast television library – the largest in the world – with more than 70 000 hours of content.

In addition to drawing from this extensive library for drama and long-form content, CBS Drama and CBS Action will also acquire programming from selected third-party suppliers.

Louise Cottrell, VP Affiliate Sales for Chello Zone, says: “Our growing presence in South Africa is an important move, both for Chello Zone and our partnership channels with CBS. As the first major deal for the CBS channels since their successful rebrand it is a crucial time in their development, and we are thrilled to be working with the country’s leading platform MultiChoice “.

“Africa is a key territory for English language content and is the perfect home for our broad range of channels which offer viewers a fantastic mix of programming – from glossy US super-soaps and passionate series on CBS Drama and iconic swashbuckling and fantasy series on CBS Action to educational interactive kids’ series on JimJam and Hollywood greats on MGM.”

L. Reed Manville, executive vice president of International Channels for CBS Studios International, said: “Our growing presence in South Africa is an important move regionally, both for CBS Studios International and our partnership channels with Chello Zone. As the first major deal for the CBS channels since its successful rebrand, we are thrilled to be working with the country’s leading platform MultiChoice.”

Aletta Alberts, general manager of content for MultiChoice, comments: “We are delighted to add these four channels to DStv. Our customers will get even more great entertainment and be able to choose programmes that suit their viewing preferences. DStv really is the home of the best digital entertainment.”

At launch, young viewers and their families will be treated to classic children’s favourites such as Bob The Builder and Angelina Ballerina and hit emergency rescue animation Heroes of The City on JimJam. The channel is aimed at children between one and six and offers entertaining programming in a stimulating, fun and safe environment. Many of the programmes are interactive to encourage children to watch, learn and join in the fun with their favourite characters.

MGM offers handpicked movie entertainment from the iconic Hollywood studio with 14 Best Picture Oscars to its name. The movie maker’s vault boasts huge hit titles including Dances with WolvesWest Side StoryThe Silence of the Lambs and Rain Man to name a few. At launch, the schedule includes Death Wish II starring Charles BronsonWhat’s The Worst That Could Happen? starring the diminutive award-winner Danny DeVito and also a Best Buddies season featuring Men at WorkDouble Trouble and True Heart, which stars Kirsten Dunst.

Chello Zone is a leading international thematic channel distributor for Europe, Middle East and Africa, reaching over 120 countries with 13 broadcast brands.  CBS Chello Zone Channels reach more than 80 countries, including Russia, the Netherlands and Poland.

DStv Family, Compact, Extra and Premium customers will be able to enjoy all of this great entertainment on CBS Action (channel 133) and CBS Drama (channel 134). JimJam (channel 310) will be available to DStv Access, Family, Compact, Extra and Premium customers, whilst the great movies on MGM (channel 140) will be available to DStv Access, Family, Compact and Extra customers from 12 November 2013.

[Source: Dstv Online]

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Following the success of the first episode in a new in-depth CNBC Africa documentary series “Titans of Africa” profiling the life and times of Raymond Ackerman, CNBC Africa will be rebroadcasting the documentary on Saturday 2 November at 3pm and 9 November at 6pm on DStv Channel 410.




Produced for CNBC Africa by ABN Pictures, “Titans of Africa: Raymond Ackerman”, goes behind the iconic business he created, to take a more personal view on the man who founded the Pick n Pay family business and dynasty. Ackerman’s wife, Wendy, who has always played a defining role in the business, features side-by-side with her husband, as they talk about the adventures, battles, and historical moments they experienced as they built the retail giant from 4 stores in the Cape in 1967 to a massive business today of over 1 000 stores and franchises in southern Africa.

The documentary that had Twitter buzzing this past week features archive footage, reenactments and all four of the Ackerman children, involved in the business at some level, as prominent voices, adding to an insightful hour.

“Titans of Africa: Raymond Ackerman” follows in the footsteps of other ABN Pictures documentary productions including “Greece: An Economic Odyssey”, “Debt: A Global Horror Story”, “Europe: Recovery or Trainsmash”, “US Economy: Does Money Grow on Trees?”, “Africa – Astronomy Frontier: The Square Kilometre Array”, and “Liliesleaf: The Untold Story”.

That’s the “Titans of Africa: Raymond Ackerman” rebroadcast on CNBC Africa on Tuesday 5 November at 9pm and Saturday 9 November at 6pm on DStv Channel 410.

[Issued by: CNBC Africa]

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Top Trader this week saw the remaining contestants spending time at the Thuthuzela Aid Community Centre in Alexandra, Johannesburg.  The contestants were divided into two teams and given their next challenge:  ‘To prepare a presentation on Thuthuzela that could be used to attract potential investors’, Juliet would then choose the best presentation.




Baobab partners, comprising Ori, Johannes and Pule presented first. Whilst Juliet praised the team for covering the centre thoroughly, especially in terms of its financial status and future plans, she felt their presentation did not evoke enough emotion which she believes is key when trying to secure funding from prospective benefactors.  Team Columbus comprising Jason, Mbuso and Tsholofelo were up next.  Their presentation captured Juliet’s imagination from the start by introducing one of the children from the centre.  Juliet did however criticise them for not including enough information about Thuthuzela’s financial commitments and requirements.




In another gruelling tribunal, each contestant faced the mentors to hear whether or not their trades had managed to get the thumbs up.  Some of the trader’s portfolios continued to slide further into the red, whilst Jason and Ori advanced their gains by leaps and bounds.




The contestants were then asked to produce a 30 sec PSA (Public Service Announcement) for television.  The brief was to create an advert that could be broadcast on television to raise funds for Thuthuzela.  Ori, Johannes and Pule went with a simple approach using graphics and emotive music.  Jason, Tsholofelo and Mbuso decided to make an advert using Jason as their spokesperson. The winning PSA will be announced in the final episode of Top Trader.




After an exhausting day, the contestants had to face the mentors for an elimination session.  First up, Juliet announced the team behind the winning presentation on Thuthuzela:  Jason, Mbuso and Tsholofelo.  Baobab Partners remained in the elimination room to hear their fate.  As Ori had the highest portfolio value in his team, he was saved.  The remaining two had to plead with the mentors in an attempt to save themselves from being sent home.  In what seemed like a particularly long deliberation, the mentors had made their decision.  The next contestant to be eliminated was Johannes. The Top Trader 2013 experience has come to an end for Johannes Malan, who said his goodbyes and was sent back to Cape Town. 

[Issued by: CNBC Africa]

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MultiChoice announces Open Week

Posted by radio On October - 31 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

For a whole week, from Monday, 11 November to Sunday, 17 November, MultiChoice will give most of its customers access to Premium channels at no extra charge.

DStv Access, Select 1 and 2, Family, Compact and Extra customers will be able to watch and experience some of the great entertainment on Premium channels – the best movies, series, sport, documentaries, music and much, much more!

M-Net channels will be opened to DStv Select 1 and 2, Family, Compact and Extra customers on 16 and 17 November. Get ready for a big weekend of Premium entertainment!

MultiChoice is encouraging customers to keep an eye on the DStv website, Twitter and Facebook pages for daily highlights during this week.

Some of the exciting shows and sports DStv customers can look forward to include:

Monday, 11 November
Monster vs Alien S1 on Nickelodeon
Wolly and Tig S2 on Cbeebies
The Amazing Jonathan: Wrong On Every Level on Comedy Central
Pakistan vs SA – Fifth ODI

Tuesday, 12 November
Get Out Alive with Bear Grylls on Discovery Channel
Scoody Doo & The Alien Invaders on Boomerang

Wednesday, 13 November
Fina World Cup
Pakistan vs SA – First T20

Thursday, 14 November
PGA Tour 2013/2014 – OHL Classic at Mayakoba

Friday, 15 November
Top Gear Australia S3 on BBC Knowledge
The Real Hustle S9 on BBC Knowledge
Pakistan vs SA – Second T20
FIFA World Cup Qualifier –  Ukraine vs France
International Friendly – England vs Chile

Saturday, 16 November
Dukes of Melrose S1 on M-Net Series Zone
Petrolheads S5 on Ignition
MasterChef Australia S4 on M-Net
Idols S9 on M-Net
Big Bang Theory S6 on M-Net
X-Factor USA S3 on M-Net
Betrayal S1 on M-Net
The Mentalist S5 20 on M-Net
Ironside S1 on M-Net
Banshee S1 on M-Net
Django Unchained on M-Net
War Horse on M-Net

England International Rugby – England vs New Zealand
Irish International Rugby – Ireland vs Australia
Welsh International Rugby – Wales vs Argentina
Italian International Rugby – Italy vs Fiji
FIFA World Cup Qualifier 2013 – Nigeria vs Ethiopia
FIFA World Cup Qualifier 2013 – Senegal vs Ivory Coast

Sunday, 17 November
Two Guys and A Girl on Comedy Central
Kevin McCloud’s Man Made Home on BBC Lifestyle
Raising Hope S4 on M-Net Series Showcase
The Day Kennedy Died on BBC Knowledge
Richard Hammond’s Miracle of Nature on BBC Knowledge
Scotland International Rugby – Scotland vs South Africa
FIFA World Cup Qualifier 2013 – Cameroon vs Tunisia
Formula One – United States Grand Prix Main Race
NASCAR Sprint Cup – Ford Ecoboost 400

Royal Pains S4 on M-Net
Perception S2 on M-Net
Beauty and the Beast on M-Net
Idols IX 0026 on M-Net
Carte Blanche on M-Net
Magic Mike on M-Net
Homeland S3 on M-Net
House of Cards on M-Net

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Team Columbus get to fight another round

Posted by radio On October - 25 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

On Top Trader this week, the contestants were tutored on technical analysis with Warrick Selzer of Wealth Skills.  They then had to put all this knowledge to the test in their next challenge. Before they could get to their task, they faced the mentors in yet another gruelling tribunal.  Each trader’s portfolio was scrutinised and they had to come up with some really good reasons for their week’s trades.

The challenge for this week was to select two shares from the JSE Top 100 and perform a thorough technical analysis on these shares.  The traders were divided into two teams, team Baobab Partners headed by Ori, with Pule and Johannes and team Columbus headed by Jason, with Mbuso and Tsolofelo.  But before the teams presented their technical analyses to the mentors, they had the opportunity to have a dry run with presenter Juliet Newell.  Juliet gave the team’s tips and advice on how they could improve their presentations.

In the late afternoon, the contestants presented to the mentors Gerhard Lampen, Ian Cruickshanks and guest mentor Warrick Selzer.  Following much deliberation, the mentors picked the winners for this week’s challenge:  Baobab Partners.  The losing team were then called in for a round of elimination.

Jason, Mbuso and Tsolofelo each had to nominate who they thought should be eliminated and with Jason’s portfolio posting the biggest profits of the team, he was given immunity.  But, as the competition had already lost one contestant through elimination and another through disqualification, it was decided that this would not be an elimination round.  Mbuso fell to his knees with relief and all three contestants got to trade another week in the CNBC Africa Top Trader 2013 competition.

Don’t miss the next exciting episode of Top Trader sponsored by Sanlam, every Wednesday at 9:30pm (CAT) only on CNBC Africa, channel 410 on DStv!

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Delicious feature on Business Behind the Arts

Posted by radio On October - 24 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

CNBC AFRICA, will re-broadcast its monthly business and lifestyle show ‘Business behind the Arts’. The hour-long show highlights this year’s international food and music festival – ‘Delicious’ and will air on Saturday, 26 October at 8am CAT with a repeat on Sunday, 27 October at 11am CAT. The show is sponsored by the South African Department of Arts and Culture.

Delicious is a music festival for food lovers or a food festival for music lovers, set on the rolling green lawns of Blue Hills Equestrian Estate in Kyalami. Jamiroquai entertained festival goers and was supported by some of South Africa’s best entertainment – Lira, Prime Circle, Danny K, Mi Casa, Khuli Chana, BlackByrd and Household Funk.

‘Business behind the Arts’ also takes a look at Ghana Fashion and design week, the contemporary international platform envisioned to direct, lead and promote both emerging and established designers to a global audience.

Don’t miss ‘Business behind the Arts’ on Saturday, 26 October at 8am CAT with repeats on Sunday, 27 October at 11am CAT, only on CNBC Africa, channel 410!


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Pearl Thusi bids farewell to RGB

Posted by radio On October - 18 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS


After an exciting, whirlwind experience hosting Mzansi’s highest rated lifestyle and entertainment Saturday show – RGB – to an average of 5.6 million viewers, Mzansi’s media darling Pearl Thusi has decided to say farewell to the much-loved show.

“I absolutely loved my time on RGB.  I have had an incredible journey and everyone at the show has been amazingly supportive with my decision to move on.  I am not saying goodbye, just see you soon.  I have so many great things going on at the moment that I had to make a tough decision on what to focus on.  I feel that I’m leaving a stronger and better show,” remarked Thusi.

Thusi joined RGB in early 2012 and her career opportunities soon expanded to include being a co-host on SABC1’s Live Amp and earlier in 2013 decided to follow her passion back to acting by landing a role on SA’s long running soap -Isidingo.

“We are definitely sad to see Pearl leave RGB. She is a great talent with many exciting opportunities that lie ahead for her. We and our viewers are going to miss her, but we are continuing to work with her on other projects, so the future is most certainly looking bright,” commented Dichaba Phalatse, SABC1 Portfolio Marketing Manager: Entertainment.

The channel is excited to announce that Sinazo Yolwa and Amanda Du Pont will be joining the RGB team as co-presenters alongside host, Phat Joe Kambule, to provide the show with a wider variety and in-depth interviews. More changes on this lifestyle and entertainment show will be communicated in due time.

In line with SABC1’s stated objectives to remain the number one television and content brand, the channel continues to ensure that viewers are kept entertained and informed via a process of refreshing and revitalizing key shows with the aim of enhancing audience’s television experience.

Pearl will still be seen on RGB until the Saturday 09 November and Sinazo and Amanda will make their very first appearance on the show on Saturday the 16th of November 2013.

RGB airs on SABC1 Mzansi Fo Sho every Saturday at 18h00.

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Anele Mdoda to host MySchool Dream School SA

Posted by radio On October - 16 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

What happens when you take 15 youths that have “dropped out” of school and give them a second chance?

And what happens if we create a “dream school”, with amazing celebrity teachers willing to share their knowledge and passion, and see if these learners can rediscover education in a whole new way?



The new reality TV series MySchool Dream School SA which premiered on M-Net and Mzansi Magic on Sunday, 13th October at 17:00pm aims to help us find answers to these critical questions. The series is a South African first and aims to rekindle a 21st century generation’s love for learning. The series will also be simulcast on M-Net101, M-Net HD, Mzansi Magic and M-Net Series Channel.



Running for 13 weeks, MySchool Dream School SA takes the format of a documentary reality show and tries to answer one question: Can we re-engage the unengaged? Fifteen learners who have dropped out, or who are in danger of dropping out, come together for a two-week period and spend their time with celebrity teachers and mentors, opening a door for them to have another chance to complete their high school education. In a country where the matric pass rate is less than 80% and the unemployment rate is 25.6%; it is crucial to for any child to get a decent education to give themselves a chance at a better life.



The cast is the face of young South Africa. Natasha (17, Mitchell’s Plain), Zama (18, Soweto), Trevor (16, Durban), Nisaa (16, Manenberg), Lihle (17, Khayelitsha), Waunita (17, Pretoria), Monique (18, Johannesburg), Simphiwe (16, Langa), Keagan (15, Kempton Park), Thandeka (17, Dobsonville), Tshepo (19, Soweto), Masi (17, Woodstock), Chenique (15, Hanover Park), Vincent (15, Cape Town) and Nuraan (15, Hanover Park) are struggling to complete their high school education and all have their own unique stories. When they get together for Dream School SA they have the opportunity to re-engage with their educational journey.



With the aim of inspiring young people MySchool Dream School SA has an impressive line-up of educators and celebrities. Hosted by Anele Mdoda, with Johan Volsteedt (recently retired from Grey College) as headmaster, the rest of the teaching ‘staff’ includes the likes of South African struggle hero Denis Goldberg, journalist and author Tim Butcher, Prof. Jonathan Jansen, Cobra’s coach Paul Adams, Freshly Ground’s Zolani Mahola, celebrity cook Karen Dudley, and Dance for All’s Philip Boyd. Covering all school subjects, and using cutting-edge iPad technology, MySchool Dream School SA focuses as much on the learner’s emotional well-being as on their academic education, with the daily involvement of a psychologist and also including subjects such as dance, cooking, and life skills.


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