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SABC TV license tariff to be increased

Posted by radio On July - 10 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

The Minister of Communications has approved a 6% television licence tariff increase effective as from 1 September 2013.  The annual fee for a domestic, business, dealer and lessor licence will increase by R15.00 – from R250.00 to R265.00 – this equals an increase of only R1.25 per month.  Concessionary TV licences, granted to those over the age of 70 years as well as to receivers of social grants from the State, will be increased by a mere R4.00 – from R70.00 to R74.00 per annum. 


This is only the fourth tariff increase the SABC has been granted over the past fourteen years, with the last one having been in 2009.  The new tariff works out to just over 70 cents a day. In terms of the Broadcasting Act no person or entity may have a television set in his/her possession or use a set without a valid (i e, fully paid-up) TV licence.  What a television set is used for or which broadcaster’s programmes are being viewed makes no difference to the legal obligation for payment of TV licence fees.  A television licence remains payable even if a set in one’s possession is not used at all.


The SABC, as South Africa’s national public service broadcaster, receives television licence revenue to enable it to provide locally produced radio and television programmes in line with its public service mandate.


The mandate of the SABC as a national public service broadcaster has become critical to South Africa as a developmental state.  The SABC has to deliver on this mandate in a harsh economic environment characterised by fierce competition.  Instrumental in delivering on this mandate is a sustainable funding model of which television licence fees contributes to as part of public funding.  Despite the rapidly changing broadcasting environment, no tariff increases were implemented since 2009. 


The broadcasting environment, compounded by the current economic climate and additional responsibilities placed on the SABC by digital migration makes the tariff increase inevitable.  It is important to ensure that the public broadcaster delivers on its mandate without compromise.


The SABC will be embarking on an awareness and communication campaign aimed at informing the public of the new television licence tariffs.

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Introducing TRACE Sport Stars

Posted by radio On July - 6 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

TRACE Sport Stars is the first entertainment channel dedicated to the lives of sport celebrities. It takes a unique behind the scenes access on sporting icons.

The brand evolution reflects the editorial move to give the channel a stronger focus on stars and sport celebrities. The introduction of the new brand provides an immediate recognition and indication of the channel content.


 Together with the new brand, TRACE Sport Stars is also introducing new programmes made by international award-winning producers that will offer great and engaging viewer experience related to Sports celebs.


Olivier Laouchez, CEO, TRACE Group, said: “In less than two years, TRACE Sports got distribution and exposure in 103 countries all over the world. In our increasing competitive landscape with hundreds of channels available to viewers, we have decided to capitalise on our unique editorial content: the Sport Stars.


This brand evolution (TRACE Sport Stars) starts in two of our key markets: Africa and UK. The addition of the ‘Stars’ component in the channel branding and the launch of new programs will give us access to a larger, younger and more female audience. This move will help us maintain our unique competitive advantage in the Pay-TV market, providing the very first and best Sport Entertainment network.”


[By Dstv Online]

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Johannesburg – Friday 05 July 2013 – The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) is pleased to announce that it has signed a multi-channel agreement with Multichoice South Africa.  The main element of the agreement will be the broadcasting of the SABC’s 24 Hour News Channel.


The decision to launch the channel on this platform is in line with the public service broadcaster’s preparations for Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT).  When the migration to DTT happens, the news channel will be broadcast on both platforms.


Mr. Hlaudi Motsoeneng, the SABC’s Acting Chief Operations Officer (ACOO) said “One of the key undertakings of the news channel is that it will provide an opportunity for the SABC to enhance its public service mandate and extend its focus on provincial stories and the different official languages.”


“We are very excited about this partnership with Multichoice as it will expose South African news stories to an audience not only in the country, but outside of South Africa as well.  As a public service broadcaster our mandate is to entertain, inform and educate and there is no better vehicle than news and current affairs to deliver on this.  We are cognisant of the fact that millions of South Africans rely on the SABC for their news and to be able to extend our reach further, can only be to the benefit of the South African public”, concluded Mr. Motsoeneng.


Mr. Jimi Matthews, Acting G.E. News and Current Affairs, expressed his opinion, that events over the past few weeks once again amplified the need for a 24 hour news platform.  “Without our own news channel, SABC television news is constantly  having to play catch-up.”


Multichoice South Africa Group CEO, Mr. Imtiaz Patel stated that “We are delighted to conclude this agreement with the SABC as we believe it will enhance our local content offering on DStv.  The news channel in particular will bring diversity to our news programming, as it will provide our audiences with different views and news from an African perspective.”


The news channel will be launched by the SABC’s Group Chief Executive Officer (GCEO) Ms. Lulama Mokhobo, on 01 August 2013 where more information will be communicated.


It will be broadcast on DStv channel 404.
[Issued by: SABC ]

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SuperSport to broadcast the Cosafa Cup

Posted by radio On July - 5 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

After a three-year hiatus, the annual battle for Southern Africa’s football royalty returns with the 14th Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (Cosafa) Cup to be broadcast live on SuperSport.


SuperSport will produce and broadcast live all 20 matches of this year’s tournament, which is being hosted in Zambia from July 6-20. This will be a joint production with the Zambian National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC) and will offer the ZNBC crew an opportunity to gain invaluable experience of working on a large-scale production where two OB vans and more than 10 cameras per match will be in operation.


The production is also a multi-national effort with crew members from the various leagues broadcast by SuperSport also being roped in.

Live across three channels, SS4, SS9, Maximo 360, all matches will be preceded by a 30-minute pitch side build-up to be conducted by Sizwe Mabena and Jason Dube.


On commentary will be the South African Premier Soccer League’s Kevan Evans, Steve Vickers, who covers the Zimbabwe Premier League, and the duo of Franklin Tembo and Matimba Makonje, whose voices are regular features on SuperSport’s Zambian Premier League match days.


On the pitch, Zimbabwe, who‘ve occupied the throne for the past four years, must fend off the claims of Zambia, Namibia, Angola, South Africa, Mozambique, Malawi, Botswana, Lesotho, Swaziland, Mauritius, the Seychelles and Kenya.

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DStv launches Tshwane TV

Posted by radio On July - 3 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

On Tuesday, 9 July, Tshwane TV will join the current selection of community channels on DStv. Tshwane TV will be available to DStv customers on channel 262.

Tshwane TV is a community-based television service coming from the capital city of South Africa. It is aimed at providing high quality programming that’s entertaining, informative and educational with news, sport, soapies, movies, drama series, documentaries, religious and kids programming.


“Our goal has been to establish an independent and sustainable community television station. While we have achieved this, one of our initial objectives was to increase our geographical reach and viewership through a partnership with existing broadcasters. We are delighted that we have achieved this through our agreement with DStv” said Ruth Phume, Tshwane TV’s station manager.


The launch of Tshwane TV will bring to four the number of community-based television stations on DStv, which include Soweto TV; 1 KZN and Bay TV from Port Elizabeth. Tshwane TV promotes local culture and showcase content mainly from Pretoria and surrounding arrears. This is in line with MultiChoice’s strategy of providing more local content on the DStv platform.


“We are delighted to launch Tshwane TV on DStv. The addition of this channel strengthens our local content offering on DStv. Channels like Tshwane TV are important in that they tell the stories of their local communities. This is good for the development of the local film industry and MultiChoice is at the forefront of driving this initiative” said MultiChoice content manager, Robyn Smith.


With six hours of prime-time viewing from 18:00 to midnight, Tshwane TV’s line-up offers a mix of locally-produced and international programmes within a multiple language format of all languages spoken in the greater Tshwane (Pretoria) area being English, Afrikaans, Setswana, SePedi, Tshivenda, Xitsonga and isiZulu.

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MultiChoice customers in KZN can now look forward to accessing DStv services in the centre of Durban. MultiChoice today opened a second Customer Service Centre, located in the Old Standard Bank building in Anton Lembede Street. The other Customer Service Centre is located in Umhlanga.


Equipped with 38 counters and staffed by 65 employees, the Centre will operate from Monday to Friday, 7:30am to 5:30pm and on Saturdays from 7:30am to 4pm. Customers visiting this Service Centre can conduct a range of transactions from account payments and enquiries, to sales and technical enquiries and decoder repairs.


“Our customers have a close connection with our products and we want to make it easy for them to interact with us. The addition of this Service Centre is an important milestone in our expansion plans, making us more accessible to our customers,” commented Collins Khumalo, CEO for MultiChoice South Africa. 


The Customer Service Centre was officially opened on Saturday morning by Collins. The opening was also attended by other MultiChoice executives, members of the media and MultiChoice customers.


[Issued by Multichoice]

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SABC and eTV to resign from SAARF

Posted by radio On June - 28 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

National public service broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) and commercial free-to-air broadcaster,, yesterday announced their reasons for  supporting the intention of  the NAB (of which both broadcasters are members)  to resign from the audience research organisation, SAARF. The main reason for the NAB’s decision was that a proposal from the NAB to have greater representation of broadcast media on the SAARF Board was rejected by SAARF members at their Annual General Meeting on 26 June 2013.

SAARF is the industry body that conducts media research to determine the levels of media consumption by South Africans.


In addition the decision by the SABC and follows a recent audit of SAARF’s Television Audience Measurement Survey (TAMS) which provides the daily audience ratings for television viewership of all television broadcasters in the country. TAMS consists of a sample panel of television households which provide daily information on their viewership. This information is extrapolated to represent the total South African television viewing population. Research company Nielsen Media Research is contracted by SAARF to operate the TAMS Panel.  TAMS ratings are critical to the business of advertiser-supported television broadcasters as they represent the currency on which advertisers base their decisions to purchase advertising on television.


Television broadcasters called for the audit of the TAMS Panel after they noticed serious shortcomings in the TAMS ratings during the course of last year. The SABC and had experienced an inexplicable fall in ratings in certain LSM (living standard measures) groups, particularly LSM 4 to LSM 6 which constitutes the lower to middle income South Africans who are the largest consumers of free-to-air television.


The audit, conducted by French media research audit firm CESP (Centre d’Etudes des Supports de Publicité), showed serious shortcomings in the conduct of the TAMS Panel research which confirmed the concerns expressed by the television broadcasters as early as August 2012. In summary, the audit showed that the TAMS research had:

• Failed to keep up with the evolving South African demographic profile
• Only partially measured certain homes
• Failed to balance the panel by individual LSM
• Failed to properly maintain the household meters used to gather the TAMS information
• Failed to manage the declining efficiency of the panel.
• All of the above-mentioned failures resulted in unstable data from primarily lower LSM households


The essential effect of the findings was that upper income television households were over-represented on the TAMS Panel as compared to middle-to-lower income television households that were significantly under-represented. In the South African context, this effectively translates into an over-representation of white television viewership and a serious under-representation of black television viewership. Not only is this morally unacceptable in South Africa in 2013, it has a direct financial impact on the free-to-air broadcasters who broadcast programming to the majority of South Africans. Of even more concern to the SABC and was that this state of affairs had been on-going for many years without any intervention from SAARF executive management.


The SABC and are still calculating the loss of advertising income experienced as a result of the failures of the TAMS Panel but it is estimated to run at hundreds of millions of Rands. Certain limited remedial measures undertaken by Nielsen Media Research since the television broadcasters first raised their concerns have confirmed the validity of the audit as lower and middle income audience ratings have improved with a concomitant reduction in upper income audience ratings.


The audit results prompted the television broadcasters to seek a significant change to the operations and structure of SAARF. This was critical considering the past failures of the TAMS Panel and the fact that the changing media landscape demands a rigorous professional approach to television research.


Despite the efforts to engage with SAARF on these issues, it has become apparent to the SABC and that the concerns of free-to-air television broadcasters are not being taken seriously and have not received the urgent attention from SAARF which they demand. The SABC and therefore fully support the NAB intention to resign from SAARF. As the SAARF constitution requires a full calendar year’s notice, the effective date will be 31 December 2014. During this time, the SABC and will act in good faith to ensure the continuity of television research under SAARF while alternatives are being established.


The SABC and look forward to initiating consultations with other advertiser-supported broadcasters with a view to establishing an industry research body that is sensitive to the fast-changing demographics of South Africa and that treats all South African audiences with equal importance. The SABC and firmly believe that this will be to the benefit of all stakeholders in the broadcasting industry as South Africa moves to a digital free-to-air market.

The SABC and in the near future will host a press briefing to provide further details on the TAMS Panel, the recent TAMS audit, and the proposed way forward.

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NDP Debate on CNBC Africa

Posted by radio On June - 26 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

CNBC AFRICA, Africa’s largest business television news channel, will broadcast an hour-long special debate on the National Development Plan (NDP) with Planning Minister in the Presidency, Trevor Manuel. The debate is proudly sponsored by UNISA Graduate School of Business Leadership (SBL).


Join Karima Brown, Minister Manuel, COSATU President, Sdumo Dlamini and Business Unity South Africa’s Raymond Parsons as they dissect the NDP on Thursday, 27 June at 2pm CAT on CNBC Africa. The debate which was recorded earlier this month, highlighted the need for leadership in carrying out the objectives of the plan, which President Jacob Zuma has called the country’s economic blueprint.


“Implementation was the key word for the NDP – whether in education or any other structural economic weakness, policy and legislation is not the problem – we have good plans that never get adequately implemented,” Manuel says in the debate. He recommends that all parties put the past behind them and unite behind the plan.


However, Dlamini argues that the NDP did not align with earlier plans, and particularly with the Freedom Charter, which was the initial mandate of the tripartite alliance. “We’re not opposed to beginning to implement, but at present believe we will be starting in opposite directions. If the NDP is not based upon the principles of the Freedom Charter how then can we achieve those principles?” he says.


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Telemundo comes to South Africa

Posted by radio On June - 26 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

[By: DStv Online]


The channels division of NBC Universal International Television has announced the launch of Telemundo, the popular telenovela channel, in South Africa. DStv customers will be the first to enjoy the channel and its passionate and dramatic telenovelas outside of Latin America. Launching on the DStv platform on channel 118 in South Africa on Monday, 12 August, Telemundo will exclusively air telenovelas with the tag line: “Telemundo – Feel the Passion.”


“Telenovelas are an editorial and television force internationally and we are particularly excited to bring Telemundo to Africa exclusively with DStv,” says Colin McLeod, Managing Director Emerging Markets, Universal Networks International.


“Together we believe we can help to drive multi-channel television to an even broader market – for those who traditionally only want to watch free TV, Telemundo will give them a great reason to want DStv.”

Telemundo in South Africa will be dedicated to the most compelling Spanish language telenovelas, offering DStv customers a dramatic rollercoaster of romance, mystery, action and adventure for the whole family to enjoy. Telemundo will bring the world of exotic locations and glamorous personalities into South African homes.


At launch, viewers can look forward to fascinating stories of love, success and betrayal with high quality production values in telenovelas including Aurora, Precious Rose, My Heart Beats for Lola and Behind Closed Doors.


“We are very excited to bring Telemundo to our DStv Access, Family, Compact and Premium customers, who will for the first time enjoy the best telenovelas available worldwide in English,” says Collins Khumalo, CEO of MultiChoice South Africa. “Our customers are already enjoying the entertainment on offer on the five Universal Networks International channels available on DStv. Telemundo is a great addition which further strengthens our partnership with Universal Networks International.”


Telemundo becomes the fifth channel brand from Universal Networks International to launch in South Africa, joining the recently refreshed channels – Universal Channel, E! Entertainment Television and The Style Network, Kidsco, and movies channel, Studio Universal. Further, NBCUniversal News Group also operates CNBC channels across the continent.


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FOX International Channels recently announced a new entrant – FOX Crime.  The channel is set to bring local viewers a blend of eagerly anticipated global content mixed with existing audience favourites and coupled with a dash of classic nostalgia programmes. 


FOX Crime is an entertainment channel entirely dedicated to crime and investigation. It delivers stories with good guys, bad guys, with one prevailing over the other. The channel premieres on the 9th of July 2013 on DStv channel 126 at 19:00 CAT. It will be available to DStv Premium customers.


According to Collins Khumalo, CEO of MultiChoice South Africa, “FOX Crime has been very successful internationally and we expect that it will keep crime and investigation lovers in South Africa entertained. The channel is a great complement to our other channels dedicated to the crime genre. It includes some of the best crime and investigation programmes on offer. We are delighted to be adding this channel onto the DStv platform.”


Programming includes The Bridge, the Law & Order franchise, Criminal Minds, Blue Bloods and boasts a Classic Crime block that launches with Magnum, CHIPS and Streets of San Francisco. 

The channel also showcases strong factual crime programming with international best practice shows such as 48 Hours, the Law & Order factual companion Arrest and Trial and introduces an African focused slot entitled Case Files Africa, covering infamous crime stories from across the continent.


Audiences can look out for the exciting and highly touted show; The Bridge a global FIC premiere starring Damian Bichir and Diane Kruger. The much buzzed about show will air in South Africa on the channel 48 hours after US broadcast.


The channel affords Fox International Channels Africa the opportunity to focus programming to specific target audiences.

“We’re extremely excited to launch in Africa, one of the most successful Fox channel brands worldwide.


“With the addition of FOX Crime, we’re refashioning the meaning of fully-fledged schedules across our Fox channels. The amount of quality programming that is being premiered, continued and revived will definitely place FOX Crime in a good position on the platform,” said FOX SVP and General Manager Africa: Alessandro Tucci.


The channel’s unique proposition of both drama and factual programming places it as the go-to-channel for all things crime. “There’s something for every individual crime story fan and that will surely keep what is one of the most successful genres captivating for the audiences we are targeting,” he concluded.



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