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MultiChoice to launch pop-up Oscar Pistorius trial channel

Posted by radio On January - 30 - 2014 Comments Off on MultiChoice to launch pop-up Oscar Pistorius trial channel

On Sunday, 2 March 2014, MultiChoice will launch a 24-hour pop-up channel on DStv Channel 199. The Oscar Pistorius Trial: A Carte Blanche Channel will feature round-the-clock coverage of the legal proceedings, as well as exclusive documentaries, profiles and in-depth expert analysis.



This is the first time DStv is using a pop-up channel to cover a major news event. “We previously added dedicated channels for special events such as Idols and Big Brother. This pop-up channel will give our viewers in-depth coverage of the Oscar Pistorius trial, with a rich variety of content and social media integration,” says Aletta Alberts, Head of Content for MultiChoice.



The channel will be put together by the producers of Carte Blanche, well known for their excellence in investigative journalism. “The Carte Blanche producers were the obvious choice to create and package the channel. Their mantra of ‘You have the right to see it all’ ensures viewers will get fair and balanced coverage of the trail,” Alberts added.



The channel will be available exclusively to DStv Premium, Extra and Compact customers. The Oscar Pistorius Trial: A Carte Blanche Channel will be a conduit to the inside information on the most talked about and controversial subject in recent South African history.



Pistorius’ criminal trial is scheduled to run in the Pretoria High Court from Monday, 3 March to Thursday, 20 March 2014. The trial judge will decide whether any part of the trial will be broadcast live closer to the start date.




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January embracing a full circle

Posted by radio On January - 29 - 2014 Comments Off on January embracing a full circle

[By: Kagiso Mnisi]


Siphokazi January is widely known for her tenure as a continuity presenter on SABC. The Eastern London born firebrand has court plenty of controversy and braced tabloid double pages in recent years. She however has hit a U-turn as a radio host. Shortly after the stint on local television, descended down south to Cape Town to recoup. The mother city held her down via a couple of projects, which did well to sustain her low profile.

Image by: Timeslive

Image by: Timeslive


Broadcast being her forte, January joined Tru FM, where she initially did a graveyard slot. She in a short space of time proved her skills as an entertainer and ascended to hosting a midday show. Her most memorable show whilst at the station was an interview with contemporary Kwaito star, Professor, after his stunt of attracting the might of the law by wearing police uniform. Siphokazi’s cheeky repertoire has won her fans as much as it has foes. This dates back to her days in front of the camera. Tru FM was the perfect space for this index-finger-waving power, as it primarily caters for a vocal youth.


When it was announced that she was going to fill the slot previously anchored by the more mature Azania Mosaka on Metro FM, the red alert flashed to oblivion. Mosaka’s Total Bliss listeners were more attuned to a sensible presentation, the opposite to January’s fiery energy.


January has held on to Metro FM 9-12 reins with a measured demeanor. Her show, Full Circle, unashamedly takes from the metaphor of January having to ‘come full circle’ from a beady eyed teen on the screen to a grown up radio host. Strategic or otherwise, it has been reasonably stable. The show tackles societal issues just as it was Total Bliss’ tone, but a tad short on Mosaka’s stellar sophistication.


With a Twitter and on air rhetoric such as:


“Have you forgiven your cheating partner and why?”

“Where are the men we can trust?, who can protect us ?, who can love us unconditionally , where are they? !!! “

and “But how do u settle for being a no#2 or no#1 knowing u sharing ur man with another woman? “


January is steadily building her own community of young modern day feminists. That said, radio is for long gamers. Does Siphokazi have the stamina?


Full Circle is on between 9am and 12 pm Monday to Friday on Metro FM.


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Vote for Smile 90.4FM’S Tracey Lange and stand a chance to win

Posted by radio On January - 26 - 2014 Comments Off on Vote for Smile 90.4FM’S Tracey Lange and stand a chance to win

Smile 90.4FM presenter Tracey Lange and Independent Newspapers Special Projects Manager Charl Reineke were challenged by Cavendish Square Shopping Centre to create unique J&B Met fashion, inspired by this year’s theme “Made to Conquer – Dress Victorious”. The inspiration behind Lange’s outfit was “The Mystery of Ancient Egypt.”


Lange says: “It’s truly an honour to be chosen as a muse; it generally only happens to superstars”. Lange will be presenting popular kykNET TV programme Bravo! at the 2014J&B Met. “The J&B Met is a great dress up event and the people are all always in a great mood – it makes for a very fun event.”


The dress worn by Lange is by Chica Loca, accessories by Zuri, and shoes by Queue Shoes. Smile 90.4FM listeners can vote for her and Reineke on Facebook, and stand a chance to win two VIP tickets to the 2014 J&B Met valued at R10 000, an overnight stay for two at Aquila Game Reserve valued at R8 500, and a R1 000 Cavendish Square shopping voucher.


Visit the following link to place your  vote:

The Competition closes 27 January 2014 at 8am. The winner will be announced on 27 January 2014 at 12pm.



[Issued by: Smile FM]

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SuperSport gives SD viewers the full picture

Posted by radio On January - 25 - 2014 Comments Off on SuperSport gives SD viewers the full picture

From Tuesday, 4 February 2014, SuperSport will switch its standard definition (SD) channels over to a widescreen format, also known as a 16:9 aspect ratio. SuperSport SD viewers will now have a richer, fuller viewing experience and won’t miss a single second of the action! The switch over also brings these SD channels in line with international broadcasting trends and with other channels on the DStv platform.



Sport is all about the action. Its beauty is in those slow-motion images that capture the agony and the ecstasy as athletes push themselves to the fringes of human endurance. It’s about teamwork, compassion, competition and the heat of battle.


So there’s nothing more frustrating than being pulled out of an adrenaline-filled immersion in your favourite game because part of your picture’s been cut off. That was the problem with the old 4:3 aspect ratio when combined with modern flat screen TVs.



If you have an older TV, fear not – there’s a workaround. Just use the SHIFT key on your DStv remote to select ARC and change it to 16:9 letterbox. This will display the full 16:9 image on your 4:3 screen with black bars at the top and bottom of the screen.



Brandon Foot, Acting CEO of SuperSport, confirmed that this development brought SuperSport into line with international trends. “It offers a far richer viewing experience, particularly for sport which is often fluid and panoramic. We’re looking forward to its implementation and expect that viewers will enjoy the new format.”

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Jardine returns to the media world

Posted by radio On January - 21 - 2014 Comments Off on Jardine returns to the media world

Incoming CEO of the Primedia Group Roger Jardine says he’s looking forward to working together with outgoing chief executive Kuben Pillay. Jardine was announced as the group’s new CEO on Monday.


Primedia Group is the holding company of Primedia Broadcasting, which runs Talk Radio 702, 94.7 Highveld Stereo, 94.5 FM, 567 CapeTalk and Eyewitness News. Pillay will stay on at Primedia as Executive Chairman, an unusual structural decision for a major company.



Asked by 567 CapeTalk/Talk Radio 702’s Bruce Whitfield whether this dynamic will work, Jardine said he welcomed it. Jardine was once CEO at Kagiso Media and believes the structure will benefit him as he warms back up to the media industry.


“Kuben will stay on as Executive Chairman until the next AGM, which is in December, which I think is fantastic for the business because I’ve been out of media for a few years and I’ll certainly be looking to Kuben.”


He says Pillay will move from his new role to that of Non-Executive Chairman after the AGM. Jardine resigned as CEO of construction group Aveng last year following the construction collusion scandal which saw his company handing over R307 million in fines.


He described working out the corruption within the company as a painful experience.

Commenting on his appointment, Jardine says, “I am delighted to be joining Primedia. I am also very pleased to be back in the media sector and I’ve invested a significant amount of my own capital into the business. I have always believed that, beyond profit and enterprise, business can play a constructive role in society.”


Jardine was most recently the CEO of Aveng and, before that, he was CEO at Kagiso Media.

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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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