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SuperSport wins Olympic rights

Posted by radio On January - 18 - 2014 Comments Off on SuperSport wins Olympic rights

 

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has awarded broadcast rights in South Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa to SuperSport International for the XXII Winter Olympic Games in 2014 in Sochi, Russia, and the Games of the XXXI Olympiad in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

 

SuperSport has acquired broadcast rights on pay satellite television, as well as Internet and mobile broadcast rights.

 

IOC President Thomas Bach said: “We are delighted to have reached this agreement to continue to work with SuperSport to bring fantastic Olympic Games coverage to fans across the region.”

 

IOC member Richard Carrión, who led the negotiations, said: “SuperSport has a wealth of knowledge in broadcasting the Olympic Games, and this agreement will ensure a first class broadcast experience of both the Sochi and Rio Olympic Games.”

 

Brandon Foot, Acting CEO of SuperSport, said: “This agreement continues a long and proud tradition of SuperSport broadcasting the Olympic Games, which we have done since 1996. I’m delighted with this acquisition as the Olympic Games is one of SuperSport’s crown jewels with each edition proving enormously popular with viewers. For the next Games in Sochi, we will have a dedicated 24-hour High Definition channel, while the 2016 Games will enjoy multi-channel coverage, including magazine shows, highlights and much more.”

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Rockville is coming back !

Posted by radio On January - 16 - 2014 Comments Off on Rockville is coming back !

Mzansi Magic’s Rockville returns for a new season on Sundays from 9 February 2014 with several new faces joining the cast, for yet more compelling homegrown drama.

 

Among the newcomers is Clint Black who takes the role of Trevor, as well as one of South Africa’s sexiest men and entertainment all-rounder, Masego “Maps” Maponyane who plays TK. Also joining the cast is accomplished actress, Tango Ncetezo (iNkaba) as Peggy, veteran actor, Owen Sejake as Cassius and model/actress Stephanie Schildknecht as Janet.

 

Along with Brenda Ngxoli (Gladys), Nandi Nyembe (Gogo – Dudu’s Bogatsu mother) and Lerato Haji (Tumi) they join the Ferguson power duo and Rockville regulars – Trevor Gumbi, Mbali Mlotshwa, Bonnie Mbuli, Lehasa Moloi, Thembsie Matu and Boity Thulo – to deliver edge-of-the-seat drama to Mzansi Magic viewers.

“The high calibre of acting talent that is joining the already acclaimed cast is testament to the show’s impact within the acting community of Mzansi,” says M-Net Director: Local Interest Channels, Yolisa Phahle.

 

“We’re thrilled to welcome back Rockville to Mzansi Magic and are confident that Season 2 will consolidate the channels commitment to taking South African television to the next level in terms of  relevance, compelling entertainment and production values.“

 

Season 2 of this popular show gets underway on Sunday, 9 February, at 20:00, with the lives of the Mabaso and Bogatsu families on a knife-edge following the shooting of Jackson “JB” Bogatsu (Shona Ferguson) by Mavis Mabaso (Connie Ferguson) at the end of RockvilleSeason 1.

 

whilst JB fighting for his life on the surgeon’s table,  Mavis battles her own demons as she confronts the terrible reality of what she has done – shooting the man her daughter, Lindi Mabaso (Mbali Mlotshwa) loves. While Mavis’ son, Oupa (Lehasa Moloi) moves mountains to save his mother from jail time.
“We are very excited about the second season of Rockville. We were inspired by the positive response we got from season 1 and pushed the boundaries to deliver an even better season.Rockville 2 is darker, edgier and sexy. Each episode will keep the audience wanting more. Everyone brought their best to the table from cast to crew and we can’t wait to show the audience what’s in store” Says Executive Producers, Connie and Shona Ferguson.

Rockville Season 2 debuts on Sunday, 9 February, at 20:00 on Mzansi Magic (DStv Channel 161).

 

[Source: Dstv]

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New face for Vuzu!

Posted by radio On January - 10 - 2014 Comments Off on New face for Vuzu!

 

There is a new addition to the funky and formidable team of Vuzu presenters.

 

Twenty year old Cyprian Ndlovu joins the all-star cast of Dineo MoeketsiLalla Hirayama,Denise Zimba, and Siya Ngwekazi as the faces that represent young and progressive South Africa.

Cyprian Ndlovu the new Vuzu face

Cyprian Ndlovu the new Vuzu face

 

The Durban native has a multi-faceted and intriguing persona that is likely to keep viewers entertained and spellbound from the first moment he makes his mark on V- Prime this Monday, 13 January, at 18:30. With a quiet confidence that is concealed by the humility that he nurtured working as a bartender, waiter, and retail salesman; Cyprian is set to become a firm fan favourite with both male and female viewers.

 

A Bachelor of Business & Arts undergraduate who describes himself as “a hard working go-getter that is passionate about life, optimistic and spirited”, he certainly has the making to become one of the biggest sensations to hit your TV screen. An avid athlete who plays soccer and rugby in his spare time, Cyprian is also a Gymnast with 10 years’ experience.
He cites old school Hip Hop, Kwaito, R&B, and Nigerian dance music as some of his favourite genres illustrating his eclectic taste and style.

He sees his new role as a Vuzu presenter as an opportunity he could not afford to miss.

 

“I am very excited to join the Vuzu family. It is an amazing feeling to be fortunate enough to watch your vision come to life. I am now part of the team that I have watched on TV for the past four and a half years!,” says an elated Cyprian.

Catch Cyprian making his Vuzu debut on V-Prime on Monday, 13 January, at 18:30

 

 

[Source: Dstv]

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Fantastic viewing on Vuzu & Channel O

Posted by radio On January - 9 - 2014 Comments Off on Fantastic viewing on Vuzu & Channel O

The pioneers of originally African, Channel O and out of the box entertainment, Vuzu kick off 2014 with a unique blend of fresh shows this January.

 

As we begin a new year, Channel O looks back at the artists that have made a significant impact on the local music scene as Zone-In focuses the camera lens on one of the most ground-breaking record labels in South Africa: Kalawa Jazmee. Having birthed some of the most gifted artists and groups in the country, from Trompies to Mafikizolo, Kalawa has become one of the most iconic music labels in South Africa. The Original African channel brings you an hour-long special that showcases some of the names and jams that have made this label part of South African music folklore on Thursday, 9 January, at 13:00.

 

A Vuzunation favourite returns to channel 116 when the international fashion team of Heidi KlumTim GunnMichael Kors and Nina Garcia present the 10th anniversary season of Project Runway which features an intriguing mix of young and enthusiastic fashion designers. Are you ready to witness these fashion creatives captivate your mind from the first episode with pulsating and sometimes provocative designs?  Project Runway Season 10 premieres on Tuesday, 14 January, at 20:30 only on Vuzu. 
The screenwriting brilliance of Tyler Perry reminds us how powerful love can be when you let it take control in the new situational comedy series Love Thy Neighbour which documents the lives of a middle class family headed by the matriarch Hattie Mae Love. This is a series that will serve up tears, introspection and laughter in heaps when it premieres on Wednesday, 15 January, at 19:00 on Vuzu.

 

 

Then, Channel O reinvents the way you enjoy your favourite artists’ music on the exciting premiere of Stripped Down starting Thursday, 23 January, at 17:00. Get up close and personal with the likes of Khuli ChanaBucieUhuruReason and many more, as we jam to unplugged sessions of their classic as well as new hits.

 

Kabomo Vilakazi and Khanyi Mbau star in a new satirical comedy series called Check Coast that will take you on a journey through the lives of the staff at the Centburg Department of Home Affairs. You don’t want to miss this one as Home Affairs manager Bheka Zonke (Kabomo) leads his staff as they try grapple with the multiplicity of comical dilemmas, controversies and crises facing the department every Thursday on Vuzu from 23 January at 19:00.

 

Can anyone trump Michael Jackson’s record for the most wins in one night at the prestigious 56th Annual Grammy Awards? Looking at the number of nominations, then Jay-Z and Pharrell Williams have the greatest chance with nine and seven nominations respectively. It’s an early morning affair if you want to catch the live show at 06:00 on Monday, 27 January. If early mornings and proverbial worms don’t tickle your fancy, then we’ve still got you covered as the repeat airs later that evening at 20:30 exclusive to Channel O.

 

With such an abundance of shows lined up for your viewing pleasure this January, 2014 looks set to be the year when Channel O and Vuzu scorches all competitors as we keep the flame of premium quality television blazing high.

 

 

[Source: Dstv]

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Top Billing Presenters honoured in Heat Magazine

Posted by radio On December - 20 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

The annual Heat Magazine Hot 100 list has been announced and SABC3 Top Billing Presenters Jeannie D, Bonang Matheba and Jonathan Boynton-Lee have made the list for 2013 as voted by the public.

 

Now in its 10th year, heat Magazine calls on readers to vote for their favourite celebrity, both local and international, with the top 100 celebrities announced and showcased in a special feature at the end of each year.

 

Commenting on the results for 2013, Editor of heat magazine Andre Neveling says: “The votes were interesting this year, with lots of newcomers making the list. However, the big fan bases were evident and supported their idols in large numbers.” In total, 55 new celebrities made it onto the heat Hot 100 list. Impressively, 40 of the top 100 celebrities are South African.

 

Commented Lefa Afrika, Acting Head of Bouquet SABC3: “We value all consumer feedback mechanisms and the heat Hot 100 initiative provides a great barometer that confirms that our products are meeting consumer expectations.”

Top Billing co-executive producer Patience Stevens added: “We congratulate our presenters and this achievement and we wish Bonang, Jeannie and Jonathan ongoing success”.

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SABC fulfills public service mandate

Posted by radio On December - 20 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has for the ten days of mourning the loss of the first black President of a democratic South Africa, Mr. Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, recorded remarkable numbers in viewership on our television and radio platforms.

 

The SABC as the country’s only public service broadcaster that is easily accessible in the country, dedicated most of its resources to a special broadcast to reflect on Madiba’s personal and professional life.

 

On Thursday, 05 December 2013, the night President Jacob Zuma made the announcement of Madiba’s passing, the SABC discontinued its standard programming on three of its television channels for a period of 48 hours and with its 24 hour news channel and radio dominantly featuring content for Madiba’s tribute.

 

On the day of the memorial service, the SABC’s 24 Hour news channel 404 on DSTV delivered half-hour ratings across the day that amounted to 80,824 viewers, with SABC 2 growing its ratings by 164% on the same day to 1.4 million viewers.  SABC 1 remained the most accessible channel for the public throughout this period.

 

In terms of channel share nationally, the SABC commanded 50.83% of the market share on the day of the memorial, 58.74% during the coverage of the funeral between 07h30-13h00 and a total of 45.92% for the entire final day of mourning.

The complete radio figures for this period will be available in about three months.

The SABC’s Digital Newsroom
 immediately initiated continuous live coverage of developments as they unfolded from day 1.  The online coverage included video and audio material from the SABC’s extensive radio and TV round-the-clock special programming.  This coverage continued until 16 December 2013 when a 9-metre statue was unveiled at the Union Buildings to honour the iconic former President.

 

South Africans and international audiences flocked to the SABC News website, the Nelson Mandela tribute website, Twitter, Facebook and Storify accounts.  The SABC’s corporate website grew its unique browsers by almost two thirds over the same period in November.

 

During the national memorial service on Tuesday, 10 December 2013 the number of viewers on You Tube channel www.youtube.com/sabcnews peaked at approximately 55 000, with about 85% watching the continuous stream.  A total of 58 400 views was recorded for the event live stream, from the start of the service until 12 December at 16:00.

By the end of Tuesday about 600 000 people accessed the continuous stream, with more than 70 000 people watching for what YouTube describes as “a significant time”, resulting in 264 482 hours watched at the time.

 

Hundreds of video clips were uploaded to the SABC News’ YouTube channel, which was also used to live- stream proceedings.  Over the 10 day period the number of YouTube viewers were doubled that of the average monthly viewership, with nearly 1.7 million views registered for the bouquet of SABC YouTube channels.

 

Special features were also launched to give the public an opportunity to express their feelings and tell their stories, including Mandela Kids (tributes from youngsters), My Madiba Prayers (religious messages), My Madiba Moments (meeting Mandela), My Madiba Memories (special impacts he had) and a mapped book of condolences (which received over 5000 responses from around the world).
Over 2000 local and international broadcasters and agencies were supplied a live pool feed of all the related events at no cost from the SABC.
“All the international media organizations that accessed the SABC material complimented the quality of the coverage.  Eurovision went as far as to describe the coverage as exiting, colorful and excellent.  This is a testament to the SABC’s quality broadcasting on such a huge and emotive moment in history” said Mr. Hlaudi Motsoeneng, Acting Chief Operations Officer (ACOO).

 

The SABC’s key revenue driver, advertising, was very minimal on most of the corporation’s television and radio platforms and in other instances deferred due to the special broadcasts during this time.  It is for this reason that the SABC would like to thank the advertisers for their understanding and patience.  The SABC Board and management would also like to thank the public in general for their understanding as their favorite programmes were rescheduled.

 

These special broadcasts could not have been carried out with ease and so much professionalism if it was not because of the SABC’s most valuable resources, its staff members, especially in News division and Technology division.  “We would like to thank all of them individually for their efforts and spending sleepless nights to make sure that we fulfill our mandate and pay tribute to the greatest statesman ever.” said Motsoeneng.

 

We would like to send our sincere thanks to the Mandela family and the Government of South Africa for their support during this time.  It is through their support and cooperation that we were able to broadcast all the events successfully.

 

 

[Source: SABC]

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DStv opens up TRACE Sport Stars for a month

Posted by radio On December - 17 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

TRACE Sport Stars will be open to a whole new audience for a month!

 

From Wednesday, 18 December 2013 at 10:00 until Sunday, 18 January 2014 at 24:00, MultiChoice will open up the channel dedicated exclusively to sports celebrities to DStv Access, Family and Compact.

 

Laurent Dumeau, CEO of TRACE Sport Stars and SVP Global Distribution for TRACE TV, said: “Following the success of DStv Open Week back in November, we’re delighted that TRACE Sport Stars’ brand new and exclusive content will be available to a much larger and younger audience – allowing them to enjoy the only channel specializing in exclusive behind-the-scenes sports celebrity programming.”

 

Aletta Alberts, Head of Content for DStv, further cemented, “DStv is the home of world class entertainment and it gives us great pleasure to showcase all this great content to a broader audience.”

 

DStv customers can keep an eye on the latest TRACE Sport Stars programmes, with full schedules available from DStv.com and TRACE.TV, via the DStv EPG, as well as using the channel’s dedicated Facebook and Twitter pages.

 

New and exclusive programming

Among the exciting programmes appearing exclusively on the channel during the month are STA.RATED! and Star Block Workout.

 

STA.RATED!

STA.RATED! is the official rating guide where the biggest names in the sporting world face off against each another to claim the prestigious 5 star award across a wide selection of categories, including: hottest wag, best lifestyle, best role model, new stars of football, plus much more! A fresh show with a different theme will be hosted each night throughout January by knowledgeable and witty presenters Will Best, Maya Jama, Layla Anna-Lee and Craig Mitch.

 

Open month programmes include STA.RATED: Sporting Egos (20 December), which will look at the biggest and most demanding sporting celebrity egos and STA.RATED: Fashionistas (16 January), which will look at the most fashionable sporting celebrities.

 

STA.RATED: Sporting Egos – Friday, 20 December at 21:00

STA.RATED: Fashionistas – Thursday, 16 January at 21:00

 

STAR BLOCK WORKOUT

Star Block Workout is a high-octane, international workout show hosted by heartthrob Terroll ‘Boost’ Lewis. This show provides the perfect way to stick to those New Year’s resolutions to get fit and healthy in 2014.

 

The show features brave workout challenges to a banging urban soundtrack.100% based on using one’s own body weight to develop strength, fitness and flexibility, Block Workout is the perfect way to focus mind, body and achieve the celebrity physique.

 

Every Wednesday night throughout open month at 19:30.

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Tribute Channel to broadcast Madiba’s funeral

Posted by radio On December - 14 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

MultiChoice will broadcast Mandela’s funeral on Sunday, 15 December from 08:00 on DStv Channel 199, the special Madiba Tribute Channel. MultiChoice will carry the SABC News feed from 08:00 and the funeral will start at 09:00.

 

The funeral will also be available via live video streaming on DStv’s Madiba tribute website and DStv Mobile will broadcast the funeral on its special event channel.

 

An edited version of the funeral will be made available on the DStv Catch Up service online and on PVRs.

 

[Issued by: Dstv]

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SABC TV and Radio scheduling changes

Posted by radio On December - 10 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) in honour of the passing of  Tata Nelson Rolihlala Mandela, will be running a schedule of special programming across its 3 television channels, as well as our 18 radio station, until the day of his burial.

 

 

SABC 2 has become a dedicated News Channel; home to all the latest Breaking News, Live Events, News Bulletins, Current Affairs and top quality documentaries.  SABC 2 will be bringing viewers the latest information from across South Africa and around the world.

 

 

SABC 1 and SABC 3 have prepared schedules offering special tribute programming. The line-up includes a range of local and international documentaries celebrating the remarkable life and influence of Tata Madiba.   Also included are dedicated Music specials, Magazine Shows and Religious programmes.  Top shows from SABC 2 will be shifted to SABC 1 and 3 during this period. Our radio stations will also run special programming dedicated to preserving the legacy of Madiba.

 

 

In the spirit of honouring our national leader and icon, the SABC will not be running any commercials or commercial programming across its network for the first two days following the announcement of Madiba’s passing.  We apologise for any inconvenience to our audiences and advertisers.
The SABC wishes to fulfil its role as South Africa’s public service broadcaster at this difficult time by providing a comprehensive service that keeps South Africans informed while embracing the legacy of former President Nelson Rolihlala Mandela.

 

 

[Issued by: SABC]

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Pieces of a man : Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela

Posted by radio On December - 8 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

[By: Kagiso Mnisi]

 

 

As I wormed my way around a sprawl of well-wishers at Mandela square, Sandton where the deceased elderly statesman’s colossal statue jubilantly elbows about in signatory dance. The lingering thought that came to mind was, who was the man beyond the trappings of re- conciliatory rhetoric? Who was this man that ended becoming father of the globe albeit his absenteeism to his immediate family whilst held captive in Robben Island? The global consciousness about him is that he was capable of moving mountains and parting seas, but he was after all just a man. A man with impeccable negotiation skills, selflessness and primo usherer of what was to be known as a rainbow nation.Nelson Mandela on Day After Release

 

 

 

The quest to be a man

 

In his autobiography Long Walk To Freedom, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, succintly expresses the genesis of his political consciousness starting at the precise moment that he went through initiation. In that wake whilst everyone in his midst flinchingly shouted out, as expected during the surgical ritual, ‘I’m a man.’ The overseer of the process retorted in saying, ‘how are you to call yourselves men when the land of your fathers has been invaded and taken away from you?” The ‘trouble maker’ as his name Rolihlahla colloquially means, had his path in life paved for him. He was soon to be a sworn revolutionary.

 

 

Sword still in sheath : Kofifi days

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Annals would say Rolihlahla ‘fled’ to Johannesburg in the wake of an arranged marriage back in Mqhekezweni. But did he really, or was this just a man in the know of the full gist of his destiny already? Soon after landing in Johannesburg, he found a kindred spirit in Walter Sisulu who went on to mentor him and become his conscience. Sisulu saw to it that Mandela wrapped up his law studies, this during a time when city slicking was slow creeping in his lanky frame. He was man about Sophiatown – vintage Cuban motor vehicles, tailored suits and women about town ogling over his impeccable public speaking about the political injustice of the apartheid regime.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sword drawn from sheath : being radical

 

Soon after opening his law office, Mandela’s role in the youth league became more pronounced. The league was an organ of the ANC effervescent with unquestionable radicalism. He was soon to be held as a treason trialist with his cadres. The case did not hold much and he was acquitted. This fueled his passion even more to consider an arm struggle against the oppressive regime. In 1962, he went underground as part of the ANC’s armed force Umkhonto we sizwe. He was by then a wanted man and number one enemy of the state. Umkhonto weSizwe’s military sensibilities had with is strategic knowledge of combat through the usage of Molotov cocktails and other artillery.

 

In the dock at Rivonia Trial and Robben Island

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In 62, represented by lawyer George Bizos, Mandela was unapologetic in his stance to liberate his people. An excerpt from his Rivonia trial speech reads as such :

“The African National Congress was formed in 1912 to defend the rights of the African people which had been seriously curtailed by the South Africa Act, and which were then being threatened by the Native Land Act. For thirty-seven years – that is until 1949 – it adhered strictly to a constitutional struggle. It put forward demands and resolutions; it sent delegations to the Government in the belief that African grievances could be settled through peaceful discussion and that Africans could advance gradually to full political rights. But White Governments remained unmoved, and the rights of Africans became less instead of becoming greater.”

 

Soon after, the revolutionary was sentenced to tenure of life imprisonment. However he spent 18 years in Robben Island and later served at Pollsmoor prison. Whilst detained in Robben Island, his was a scenario planning exercise whereby he spent time studying the enemy and rallying his cadres. He learnt Afrikaans as a primary endeavour. This was to be a time that his family and children would bear the yolk of an absent husband and father. International pressure ensued for his release and the threat to impose sanctions on the South African nationalist regime loomed. He was then released in 1990.

 

The negotiator

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At odds with civil strife that was threatening to destabilise South Africa, then president F.W. De Klerk buckled under pressure and had to allow for the to be negotiations with the ANC whose president was Mandela at the time. As an astute negotiator, Mandela forced for apartheid to be abolished. These were tense negotiations which happened against the backdrop of escalating township violence. The first multi-racial elections occurred in 1994 and the ANC was voted into parliament where the rhetoric was of national unity. A new constitution was drafted and the Truth and Reconciliation commission formed to investigate past human rights abuses. Mandela’s presidency forged a belief in a rainbow nation

 

The diplomat and darling of the world

 

After serving only one term in office, Mandela passed on the reign to Thabo Mbeki to assume presidency. The act of selflessness and relinquishing of power warmed the statesman to the world. He became a beacon of hope and inspiration. This led to various humanitarian efforts, 466664

 

These are epitaphs that did the rounds in the scribe’s mind whilst overwhelmed by the somber crowd at the Sandton square. A reflection and realisation of his milestones and influence on the globe. During all this, that he was a man and not a heroic mythical figure. Yes in human form he did metaphorically part seas. Who is next in line? Or is the next game changer not born yet?

 

 

 

 

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