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As from 7 May, customers on the R99 DStv Access package (previously known as DStv Lite), will have access to more local content and movies without ad breaks when MultiChoice adds Mzansi Wethu and M-Net Movies Zone to this package.

Mzansi Wethu (channel 163) is a local general entertainment channel that builds on the success of M-Net’s Mzansi Magic brand and speaks to the hearts and minds of South Africans who haven’t had access to pay television before. The channel will feature authentic local content that covers a variety of genres including game shows, Lokshin Bioskop movies, sitcoms, local reality shows and a studio-based new Lokshin soap. More than 50% of the programming on this channel will be in vernacular languages.



M-Net Movie Zone (channel 139) is a new movie channel offering from M-Net, which will feature an exciting variety of content from dramas, comedies and family movies, to something that will satisfy the action buffs. It will treat its viewers to a wide range of well-loved stars and movies from recent years. M-Net Movie Zone will launch at 13:00 on Thursday, 7 May and Mzansi Wethu will kick off at 18:00 on the same day.

“We are committed to make digital entertainment affordable. For the first time, customers on the Access package will see great local content that reflects South Africa today  and they will also be able to watch movies without ad breaks,” said Collins Khumalo, CEO of MultiChoice South Africa.


Customers on the DStv Family, DStv Compact and DStv Premium packages will also receive these two new channels. These two new channels will complement and expand existing local content channels and enhance the viewing experience and overall value on DStv’s packages.


Over the last few months, DStv added a number of channels for customers on the R99 package, including Dumisa, Blackbelt TV, Mzansi Music and kykNET musiek. Last year it also added 2 community channels to provide these customers content that is closer to the communities in the form of 1 KZN and Bay TV. The new channels complement and expand the existing local content offering.


DStv Lite has been renamed and repackaged with more channels and relevant local content to attract new audiences to a world of extraordinary entertainment.


Source: Dstv Online

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Ukhozi FM is not only the biggest station in Africa; it is arguably one of the biggest in the entire world. Fulfilling a PBS mandate to broadcast in isiZulu and to further Zulu Culture, the station delivers information, education and entertainment to an audience of 7031 000 listeners (RAMS Feb 2013).


Throughout its history, which spans in excess of half a century of broadcasting, Ukhozi FM has made a substantial contribution to the South African radio industry. The station’s iconic on-air talent is widely known across South Africa. With the station’s guiding philosophy being to educate and inform while entertaining listeners this keeps Ukhozi FM Always on to access the station’s programme mix of news, current affairs, talk shows, drama, music, sport, education, weather, and traffic.


Programming is targeted at a broad audience of diverse needs and lifestyles. Ukhozi FM is a custodian of the isiZulu language and culture and the aim is to maintain this custodianship with pride. The station’s key priority is to ensure staying in touch with the listener’s needs and that the station remains vital to them whilst maintaining roots and culture.


Ukhozi FM is an excellent example of how PBS broadcasting can be relevant, compelling, engaging and entertaining in a mother language. This is an indication of the balanced programming and a solid execution of basic broadcasting principles throughout, which vindicates the winning of the PBS Station of the Year Award in the second year running.


The station scooped the following six 2013 MTN Radio Awards:

1. The station of the year PBS,
2. Best Programming innovation,
3. Best breakfast Show,
4. Best Afternoon Drive show,
5. Best Music Show (Sigiya Ngengoma)
6. Best News Bulletin.


We receive all these with most the humility and respect of the industry and other players. We also note that there was a huge improvement throughout the competition’s delivery in the past year and wish them all of the best as they keep us on our toes.


Issued by: Ukhozi FM

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Up Close & Personal with Eddie Zondi

Posted by radio On April - 19 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

[By: Kgomotso Moncho]


Eddie Zondi does not like to think too hard about radio. It’s almost as if analysing it betrays his love for the medium. He does not remember dates much, he lives in the present. What comes easy to him is speaking about what he does and its impact.


His name has become synonymous with Metro FM’s Soul Movement. Together with Wilson B Nkosi and Paul Mtirara, they drive the station’s soul and RnB repertoire.

When you think Eddie Zondi, you think soothing romantic ballads. This association has helped solidify his longevity and relevance, as well as boosting Metro FM’s profile.


“Over the years it has been proven that people want sing-along-songs. With the Soul Movement we promote love and companionship. We do this with sing-along-songs that people are familiar with. Each of our shows commands over a million listeners. My show, The Romantic Repertoire, alone has 1.8 million listeners.  This gave birth to the Sunday Soul Sessions event which is now big and established. Paul and I are booked almost every weekend nationally. And the sponsorship for the sessions is also beneficial to the station,” says Zondi.


The Romantic Repertoire is the only show he does on Metro FM now. He no longer anchors his late night weekday show, The Obsession, as he’s moved on to expand on his romantic music fetish on television with a new show on Mzansi Magic, called Sounds of Soul.


This is his first time on television in a very long time. The early years of his broadcasting career saw him presenting a Saturday Breakfast show at Bop TV back in the day.


Eddie Zondi was born in Soweto and grew up in Kwa Zulu Natal. He schooled in KZN and came back to Johannesburg to matriculate at Embongo High school in Dlamini, Soweto.


He studied at the School of Broadcasting in Braamfontein before getting a break on a small radio station at High Gate Shopping Centre.


“Koos Radebe saw me there and offered me an opportunity to be a field sports reporter for Metro FM. I was not a sports commentator, but the station would cross over live to me and I would report from the stadium,” Zondi recalls.


“Romeo Khumalo was doing the Sunday show I’m doing now and I remember wanting to be on air because of people like him. From 1998, I would sit in for different presenters who were not available. In 1999, I was given the 3-6 morning show called Wake Up Call, which I did for seven years,” he says.


His love of radio was sparked when his mother took him to what was then called Radio Zulu. He’s always loved music, but that trip sealed his destiny of wanting to be a broadcaster. He says his experience has taught him how to communicate with people and to gauge their behaviour. He has done a lot of night time radio in his career and this has shown him something else.


“Radio at night is much more open and intimate. People are in their space, they can think and reflect and most times they see you the presenter as a shoulder to cry on. If someone is having problems with their husband, they share it, for instance,” he says.


Zondi is always rooting for young talent, pushing for young musos like Moneoa, Berita, Afrotraction and Donald on his show, and praising the work of young presenters like Ismael Abrahams, Carol Ralefeta and William Lehong.


He’s also working with youngster, Zak Dakile on his new television show, Sounds of Soul at 5pm on Sundays. “We’re almost done with Season 1 and are working on Season 2 already. And we want to improve it by including more of our local artists,” he says.


He attributes the success of the Soul Movement and the Sunday Soul Sessions to the fact that he is a believer of love and soul music.


He reiterates this with a “Just try me,” and a self assured chuckle.    



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Lotus FM’s World Book Day celebrations

Posted by radio On April - 18 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

Last year Lotus FM’s “Midday Spice” programme hosted by Varshan Sookhun and produced by Pravina Maharaj, partnered with Tongaat Central Library, who successfully ran the ‘Today a Reader Tomorrow a Leader’ book drive. A thousand books were collected for underprivileged schools.


The Midday spice is continuing its efforts to create  awareness on the importance of  reading and developing a love for books with a Special broadcast from Verulam Library on Tuesday 23rd April 2013 between 12h00-15h00. This broadcast will be to commemorate World Book Day and also to highlight the valuable work that Verulam Library carries out in the community. “Literacy plays a vital role in the development of communities and it’s imperative that Lotus FM contributes to the progression of literacy,” said Station manager Alvin Pillay.  


World Book Day does not only celebrate literacy but brings awareness to copyright. Since Copyright is a big issue in the world of books and writing, there is always a focus on the issue on the World Book Day.


The Verulam community is invited to join the Midday spice show for a fun live broadcast from Verulam Library.


There will be great entertainment and prizes to be given away and of course a celebration of books! For more information tune into the Midday Spice weekdays 12h00-15h00 on Lotus FM 87.7.


Issued by

Lotus FM Publicity

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As TopTV continues to operate under the business rescue plan, announced in October 2012, it has become necessary to review the pay-TV operator’s current channel line-up and make certain adjustments in the interim period.


The effect of this is that two of the TopTV channels, Top Movies +24 and Top Junior, will be discontinued with effect from midnight on Wednesday, 17 April. TopTV regrets the timing of this change to its channel make-up but, due to operational reasons, it has become necessary to prepare for a proposed new channel structure.


TopTV is currently in negotiations with a prospective investor and more details regarding this issue will be made public in the coming weeks. These talks are at an advanced stage and should they reach finality, a much-needed cash injection will be made into the operation that could result in a restructure of the business and the channels that are currently on offer.


TopTV would like to take this opportunity to thank its loyal subscribers for their continuous support over this trying period in the company’s history, as it awaits confirmation of new developments for an exciting new future for the pay-TV operator.


[Source: OnDigital Media]

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Jay and radio rockstardom

Posted by radio On April - 16 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

With the recent MTN Radio awards giving a nod to the industry’s excellence, there is none who has accomplished such an accolade as Alex Jay. His omnipresent voice has been the stuff of glamour on Top Billing and a warm guiding light on our stereos. The Highveld stereo stalwart has crossed floors from one station to the other, all with an admirable following intact. The news of his axing from 5FM in 2002 came as a tear jerking prospect to many which over and above rubber stamped Jay’s clout as an anytime-anyday companion to listeners. Radiobiz visits his rock oozing abode to uncover the man’s sensibility as a respected media practitioner and one of the very few to pull off a ‘just got outta bed’ hairdo without losing a shred of credibility.



Radiobiz: It seems the media bug bit whilst you were still a wet rod.

Your were editor to your school’s newspaper, what made you step up for that during those years?


A need to communicate! Weird but true.


Radiobiz: As an Edinburgh born lad, you must have had dinner table brushes with Haggis. Are you keen on our local produce of Amathumbu



Alex Jay :Lol! I prefer skop!


Radiobiz :You went on to contribute for publications such as Penthouse [gusp] and Rand daily Mail, do you think writing is a self-exploratory device and are you still wielding the pen?


Alex Jay :Sadly not writing but hoping to remedy that as I’m working on…*gulp* my autobiography.


Radiobiz :The gig at 702 then came, how would you describe the world of radio at that time from personal experiences as a late night jock?


Alex Jay: In those days you could be section 16’d over a comment you might’ve made on radio! But what a vital period in our country and what an honour to be part of the transition to a sane society.


Radiobiz :During your tenure at 5FM you were revered as a master interviewer if Paul Rieket’s – of the band Battery9 – sentiments are to hold water. What is key in interviews?


Alex Jay :Listen!! And don’t fake enthusiasm. If you don’t get what your guests vibe is all about well it’s their passion so let them explain.


Radiobiz :Why do you think there was so much disgruntlement from listeners when you left 5FM?


Alex Jay :Because we were kind of like family.


Radiobiz: What are your thoughts on the idea of award ceremonies to ‘celebrate’ figures in the media space ?


Alex Jay :Unless there’s a cash prize attached, who cares? It’s the listener response and audience figures are the real arbiter. Having said that it’s always great to be recognized buy your peers.


Radiobiz: What puts you off about modern radio, if anything ?


Alex Jay :Too many people being put on air without proper training. Not everyone’s a winner! It’s the radio station’s duty to ensure that new broadcasters are given all the tools they need to succeed.


Radiobiz: Your distinct voice (enough to envelope a room) also braced our screens via Top Billing and coincided with the glamour of the show. What went to preparing those shows?


Alex Jay :Too much! 4 hours of recording scripts just to get 10 minutes of narration on air. Eish. Give me live radio anytime!


Radiobiz :Given the bit of music in you. Slash or Sid Vicious? Choose


Alex Jay :Hmmmm. Can I rather be John Legend?


Radiobiz: As we all know afternoon drive time shows are not for the squirmish. How do you make it worth your listeners while without losing the plot on 94.7′ Highveld’s, The Mid-Morning show?


Alex Jay: I have a brilliantly interactive audience who help me keep the radio show fresh and interesting.

Nice people! And they are, indirectly, my bosses!




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‘Eye On KZN’ to premiere on CNBC Africa

Posted by radio On April - 16 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

CNBC Africa, the continent’s leading business and financial news television channel, introduces its new monthly series titled ‘Eye on KZN’ sponsored by the Kwa-Zulu Natal Department of Economic Development and Tourism. The series showcase the potential growth of the province, focusing on exciting business, economic and investment news and will premiere on Tuesday, 16 April at 9pm CAT.


‘Eye on KZN’ will cover specific topics relating to investments and business opportunities in Kwa-Zulu Natal, also the infrastructure that paves the way for business development, partnership, investment and tourism. Each monthly episode will focus on the core strategies of all the main players and participants in the KZN economic development.


The first episode which features the MEC of KZN Economic Development and Tourism, Michael Mabuyakhulu, was launched in Sandton on Friday, 12 April and anchored by CNBC Africa’s Chief Editor, Godfrey Mutizwa.


Other panellists included:


·         Andrew Layman, Head of Durban Chamber of Commerce

·         Saxen van Coller , CEO of Dube tradeport

·         Rajen Reddy, CEO, KZN Oils


Don’t miss the first broadcast of ‘Eye on KZN’ on Tuesday, 16 April at 9pm CAT, only on CNBC Africa, channel 410 on DStv!


Issued By: CNBC Africa

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[Issued by: CNBC Africa]


Behind the Business of the Arts’, a new monthly show, premiers on CNBC AFRICA, Africa’s largest business television news channel, next week. In the first episode of the hour-long the show, the focus will be on this year’s Cape Town International Jazz Festival. It will air on Saturday, 13 April at 8am CAT. The show is sponsored by the South African Department of Arts and Culture.


The Cape Town International Jazz Festival has grown into a hugely successful international event since its inception in 2000. Attendance figures have more than doubled from an initial 14 000 to 34 000 in the last decade. Melodytrip has ranked the event fourth in the world, outshining others such as Switzerland’s Montreaux Festival and the North Sea Jazz Festival in Holland.


“The new show is part of our strategy to follow our typical viewers by providing them with the right content,” said Godfrey Mutizwa, CNBC Africa’s Chief Editor. “The new fare forms part of our revised offering during weekends when we know our viewers relax after a hard week in the markets.”
Known as Africa’s Grandest Gathering, the festival, now in its 14th year, took place on 5 April and 6 April this year at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. Its winning formula of a mix of more than 40 international and local acts over two days on five stages has earned it the status of Africa’s most prestigious musical event.


Don’t miss the premiere of ‘Behind the Business of the Arts’ on Saturday, 13 April at 8am CAT with repeats on Sunday at 11am CAT, only on CNBC Africa, channel 410!

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[Issued by: Algoa FM]


The challenge of starting up a new radio station in Gauteng has lured Algoa FM programme manager and Saturday lunchtime presenter Mio Khondleka away from the coast.

He is joining the new radio station, Power FM, as Music Manager. The station is due to start broadcasting later this year. Khondleka will be joined in Gauteng by his wife, Queenie.
South Africa’s only “married on-air duo” joined Algoa FM in April 2012. “The challenge of being part of the team that starts a new radio station, in a primary radio market, is very appealing to me. Music is my other passion and serving as music manager is something I am really looking forward to, especially considering that Johannesburg is a city known as the hub of media, providing numerous opportunities in both television and music”, says Mio Khondleka.


“Mio and Queenie have made a solid contribution to Algoa FM. Mio is a good young radio man who’s leadership qualities and keen music sense have impacted positively at the station whilst Queenie’s lovable and kindred spirit resonates warmly with Algoa FM’s listeners”, says Algoa FM Operations Director, Alfie Jay. “There was never any doubt that sooner or later they would be snatched up by the primary radio market, who are constantly scouting for good talent.”


“We wish Mio and Queenie everything of the best in their careers ahead”, says Jay.

Both Mio and Queenie describe their experience at Algoa FM as unparalleled and an opportunity to learn more about the industry as a whole. “There is a spirit that resonates here at Algoa FM that you can`t find anywhere else. In many ways this past year was a great learning experience”, says Mio.


Queenie, who has become well-loved amongst her listeners for her genuine caring nature and giving spirit, had this to say about Algoa FM and its listeners.
“All my colleagues were absolutely amazing! I get it now; I understand the industry and the role I play. I can’t say thank you enough to our audience. The Algoa FM listeners allowed me the opportunity to learn and to grow. They accepted me even when I didn’t believe in myself and my capabilities and with each phone call, SMS, email and every Facebook like, comment or message, I grew more and more. Thank you to everybody who embraced me and loved me so much!”


Algoa FM will soon announce its plans for their replacements. “We embrace the fact that change is the new constant and it certainly bodes well for yet another exciting time in radio”, says Jay.

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[Issued by: 94.7 Highveld Stereo]


Exciting line-up changes have been announced by commercial broadcaster, 94.7 Highveld Stereo. Promising more entertainment and listener interaction, the new shows incorporate a fitting mix of programming for the diverse audience.


As from Monday the 1st of April, 2013, the popular 22h00- 01h00 weekday slot was hosted by Alex Caige. This show will be simulcast between 94.7 Highveld Stereo in Johannesburg and 94.5 KFM in Cape Town, and will reflect the happenings and energy around both cities. Alex will be taking over the reins from the current Ryan Seacrest show. Known for his enthusiastic and fearless nature, Alex has fast become one of the most talked about prodigies in the entertainment industry. Joining campus radio station, TUKS FM in 2008, Alex immediately started making waves with his unique presenting style and infectious energy.


Winning Best Campus Daytime Presenter at the 2012 MTN Radio Awards, Alex has recently been listed as a finalist for his campus breakfast show, Bang Bang Breakfast, and for his Sunday breakfast show on 94.7 Highveld Stereo, in this year’s upcoming awards show. These nominations among others are indeed testament to the enormous talent and abilities that Alex holds.


In 2012, Alex Caige joined 94.7 Highveld Stereo as an overnight presenter, while learning the technical controlling aspect of the Breakfast Xpress alongside Darren Simpson, Sam Cowen and Vin Deysel, before taking over the reins of the Sunday Breakfast show.  It’s extremely exciting to be taking on this new show, which will be broadcast across two cities and two stations. Listeners can expect lots of fun and exciting content!? said an elated Alex. MacGyver Mukwevho, widely known as MacG, cut his teeth in the broadcast world in 2000 as a presenter to popular kids TV show, Craze. After deciding to pursue his radio career, MacG has successfully hosted a variety of shows on one of Johannesburg’s biggest youth stations, YFM.


In 2011, Mac G moved to Gauteng based radio station 94.7 Highveld Stereo and currently hosts a show called 94 Hits in a Row on Saturday nights from 18h00-midnight and the Sunday evening show between 18h00-21h00. MacG is known for heating up dance floors with house and dance music at the biggest events around South Africa. His successes have landed him the opportunity to tour Africa with MTV Base’s Club MTV Base, performing in both Angola and Mozambique.


From the 1st April, MacG started hosting the Early Morning Breakfast Show every weekday between 04h00-06h00. Expected to feature light-hearted entertainment, MacG’s natural talent and on air skills have certainly faired him well for the role ahead. 94.7 Highveld Stereo is committed to growing young talent and honing their skills and abilities. said Programme Manager, Ravi Naidoo. You can follow Alex Caige (@AlexCaige), MacG (@Mac_G) and 94.7 Highveld Stereo (947Highveld) on Twitter for further updates.

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