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StarSat Pay-TV making inroads in soccer

Posted by radio On January - 12 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

On Digital Media’s (ODM’s) StarSat satellite pay-TV platform in South Africa, is pleased to announce that it has obtained exclusive production and broadcasting rights for the Turkish Airlines Friendship Cup between German Bundesliga giants VfL Wolfsburg and local club Ajax Cape Town on 14 January 2015, live from Cape Town Stadium at 19:00, on StarTimes Sport 2, channel 241.


Currently in second place on the Bundesliga table, Wolfsburg will also battle it out with South Africa’s Chippa United at the Nelson Mandela Stadium in Port Elizabeth on the 18th January at 16:00.


The live action does not end here. StarSat has also acquired the rights to broadcast two other Bundesliga friendly games being played in Florida in the USA. The Florida Cup features two Bundesliga teams and two Brazilian football teams and the games dovetail nicely with the South African games. Fans will be able to view these games also on StarTimes Sport 2, channel 241.


Commenting on this, Gary Rathbone, StarTimes Head of Sport said, “One of the first major acquisitions for 2015, for StarTimes/StarSat has been the rights to one of the world’s most exciting and successful leagues – the German Bundesliga. To give our viewers a taste of what they can expect, we will be doing the live broadcasts of the current tour of South Africa by Bundesliga team Wolfsburg, something we are exceptionally proud to have achieved.

Wolfsburg are currently second in this highly competitive league, and this will be a great chance for our subscribers to see live football of the highest quality, on StarTimes Sports 2 , when they tackle two great PSL sides, Ajax Cape Town and Chippa United.”


“We are also pleased to announce that not only will we be producing the Wolfsburg games live in South Africa, but we will also be broadcasting the Florida Cup – featuring Bayer Leverkusen and FC Koln against two giants of the Brazilian game – Corinthians and Fluminense. So we have week of great live football ahead for our subscribers, featuring the best of German, Brazilian and South African football. I believe this is the start of plenty of great football to come,” concluded Rathbone.


StarSat will be the exclusive broadcaster of all the German Bundesliga games in South Africa. Football fans can look forward to all of the football action when the 2015/2016 season of the Bundesliga kicks off in August 2015.

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Mzansi brings the love back

Posted by radio On January - 8 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

A brand new home-grown reality show is coming to Mzansi Magic, DStv Channel 161, on Sunday, 11 January at 17:30 and it’s all set to put the love into 2015.



Simply titled Love Back, the latest addition to the channel’s growing slate of hugely popular local reality shows is based on the proposition that someone who has ever lost the love of their life can get a shot at winning their hearts back!


Hosted by multi-talented Thomas Gumede, who adds a light twist to the show and gives some heartfelt support as the former lover seeks to reconcile. Love Back promises to have viewers hooked on the heart-wrenching stories behind the break-ups and make-ups. The show is based around those individuals who still feel inescapably pulled towards each other, even though one half of the former couple hasn’t quite realised it yet!


Mzansi Magic viewers will have the opportunity to start the new year in the company of some seriously love struck individuals.


“Love Back aims to create the circumstances for reconciliation and romance. We hope that this show will give the broken-hearted a chance to rekindle the flame that they had with the person who they believe is the love of their life,” says Nkateko Mabaso, Director of Local Interest Channels at M-Net.


Love Back will be filmed across South Africa with the aim to show how people overcome the obstacles that might be holding back a perfect couple from getting together again.


The tension is going to be high in Mzansi’s Loveland come Sunday, 11 January 2015 at 17:30 as Love Back debuts on Mzansi Magic, DStv Channel 161!

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MTN FrontRow launched: watch what you love

Posted by radio On December - 30 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

Yesterday was a mega day for MTN: as they officially launched  MTN FrontRow,  premium entertainment network that brings you all the TV series and movies you love, even if you’re not an MTN subscriber – and you could get the first month FREE.


You won’t even have to install a dish, buy a box or take out a bank loan. From only R179 a month, you can sign up to MTN FrontRow Club and play our content instantly at any time via your browser on your computer or mobile device, or on our Android app (an iOS version is coming soon!). You can even stream to your TV via your devices.


And once you have subscribed, you can rent brand-new blockbuster movies and more from only R15 a film on MTN FrontRow Premiere even before they’re added to the main catalogue.


But what would convenience and a great price be without exceptional content? As an exclusive offer on MTN FrontRow Club for the launch, you can view the thrilling pirate adventure series Black Sails, from executive producer Michael Bay (the brains behind Transformers, Bad Boys and Pearl Harbor). It’s a hard-hitting tale: those of you who love the grown-up drama of Game of Thrones will get hooked on Black Sails too.


If you get seasick easily, fear not: on MTN FrontRow Premiere, you can rent How to Train Your Dragon 2 – a sure-fire hit for the whole family – and, fresh off the cinema circuit, Guardians of the Galaxy, the gung-ho space adventure that ruled the box office this year.

That’s just a tiny taste of the thousands of TV series and movies in our catalogue, which stretches from today’s hits to all your favourite classics that you can now watch over and over again.


Ready to try out MTN FrontRow? Simply visit our website and sign up for the special launch offer of R179 a month for all you can watch, or pay R399 a month and we’ll throw in a full 10GB of streaming data – that’s about 28 hours of viewing on us.

Even better, the first 1,000 subscribers on will get their first month of viewing FREE!


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Whitney Houston movie to premiere on Lifetime

Posted by radio On December - 17 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

Golden Globe Award winner and Academy Award nominee Angela Bassett makes her directorial debut with the Lifetime Original Movie Whitney.


The much anticipated drama features Yaya DaCosta (Lee Daniels’ The Butler) in the lead role, with Arlen Escarpeta (Final Destination 5) alongside her as Bobby Brown. It premieres on Sunday, 22 February 2015 at 20:00 CAT.


Whitney chronicles the headline making relationship between the iconic singer, actress, producer and model Whitney Houston and singer and songwriter Bobby Brown from the time they first met at the very height of their celebrity to their courtship and tumultuous marriage.

Throughout it all, difficulties followed the superstar couple while they dealt with the overwhelming rewards and consequences of the fame and fortune created by Houston’s meteoric rise that would soon overshadow them both.


Houston’s vocal performances in the film are sung by Grammy nominated and multiplatinum selling entertainer Deborah Cox. The music featured in the film includes Houston’s hits The Greatest Love of AllI’m Your Baby TonightI’m Every Woman and I Will Always Love You as well as Brown’s Every Little Step.

Produced by The Sanitsky Company, Whitney is executive produced by Larry Sanitsky (Betty & Coretta). Shem Bitterman (Betty & Coretta) wrote the script.

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aYeYe debuts on Vuzu Amp

Posted by radio On December - 12 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

Vuzu Amp is making good on its promise to offer viewers an amplified viewing experience with the premiere of a brand new homegrown drama series.


Debuting on Monday, 19 January 2015 at 21:00 on Vuzu Amp – Channel 114, aYeYe is a coming-of-age story set in the heart of Johannesburg’s hottest urban neighbourhood and driven by a propulsive creative energy that marks it out as unmistakably contemporary.


aYeYe follows the lives, loves, heartache, fears and dreams of three friends, JK (Thapelo Mokoena), Neo (Sthembiso ‘SK’ Khoza) and Lebo (Mpho ‘Popps’ Modikoane) who share a loft apartment in Maboneng and who all work as rockstar creatives at a hotshot Sandton advertising agency. Over the course of 13 episodes, the trio navigate the intricate riveting world of advertising.


“We’re thrilled to be premiering aYeYe on Vuzu Amp,” says Nkateko Mabaso, M-Net’s Director for Local Interest Channels.


“The series encompassing everything we believe the channel stands for – and that is being an antidote to the average and offering shows that reflect the immediate experience of our young, creative, switched-on viewers.”


aYeYe’s cast draws on some of the most exciting emerging acting talent in the country. Viewers are guaranteed an out of this world TV experience when aYeYe premieres on Monday, 19 January 2015 at 21:00 on Vuzu Amp – Channel 114.

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Cricket South Africa (CSA) on Wednesday announced a three-year deal with the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) that will see the public broadcaster provide live television coverage of all the Proteas home international matches.


There will also be live ball-by-ball radio coverage on 2000FM as well as a weekly magazine programme on television.


“This is really big news for all cricket fans,” commented CSA Chief Executive, Haroon Lorgat.


“We were challenged in the recent past without a deal in place but we are now excited with the new energy and support of the SABC. Free-to-air broadcast is an important ingredient for us to be able to deliver our vision to make cricket a truly national sport that is accessible to all.”


“I would like to sincerely thank the SABC for partnering with cricket. Their support will make a big difference to the access, growth and development of the game and will enable all South Africans to watch their Proteas heroes in action.”


Through this three-year deal, the SABC will be playing its role in making the sport accessible to every South African citizen

The SABC’s Chief Operations Officer, Hlaudi Motsoeneng, says, “Being a public service broadcaster, we are cognisant of the fact that cricket, which is a national sport, is followed and loved by millions of South Africans. This broadcast deal with Cricket South Africa follows on the heels of SABC Sport launching a new lifestyle Cricket magazine programme on SABC 3 titled ‘The Grand Pavilion’ last week.”


“It demonstrates our commitment to showing sports of national importance, and we believe through this three-year deal, the SABC will be playing its role in making the sport accessible to every South African citizen through our Radio and Television platforms,” adds Motsoeneng.


The importance of having the Proteas in live action on the public broadcaster can be gauged from the following statistics:


According to a survey by the South African Audience Research Foundation (SAARF), there are 7, 4 million people who actively follow cricket within South Africa.


Of these fans, 1,7 million have access to DStv premium where the majority of cricket is broadcast live. This partnership gives the other 5, 6 million people access to view the Proteas in action.


Over the previous cricket season 13 million South Africans watched the Proteas live via SABC broadcasts.

The free-to-air broadcast helps to drive growth and diversity of Proteas fans with the reach of SABC 3 bringing in African language viewers.

The coverage starts on SABC 3 with the first Sunfoil Test match against the West Indies on December 17 and continues through the
KFC T20 International series and the Momentum ODI series in the New Year.

The period of the deal covers future international series against New Zealand (2015); England (2015-16), Australia (2016), New Zealand (2016) and Sri Lanka (2016-17).

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[ED] reveals new line-up

Posted by radio On December - 5 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

ED] channel on DStv (channel 190) announced a revamp in its offering as it celebrates its first year.


This knowledge and information channel, aimed at disseminating knowledge into Sub-Saharan Africa in an informal and entertaining way, has unveiled a change in content offering for its second year with a host of new, locally-produced series, along with fresh faces that will solidify its local content offering.


Highlights on [ED]’s December schedule include a variety of not-to-be-missed brand new flagship shows:



Anchored by Danine Naidoo, Edge premieres on Wednesday, 10 December at 19:00 and takes viewers on a Science and Technology reality series set at the cutting edge of technological research and development. Get drawn into the world of hero geeks and their magnificent creations.


Current affairs take centre-stage with Behind the Headlines from Wednesday, 10 December at 19:30. Sight-impaired radio and television journalist Rhulani Baloyi will unpack the headlines making news.


Contact is a first-person account, reality documentary series that goes off the beaten track to find human stories that are not in mainstream media [but ought to be]. Contact premieres on Wednesday, 10 December at 21:00.





Meanwhile Criselda Kananda and her studio guests unpack sexual health matters on the talk show Sexual Health, which premieres Monday, 15 December at 21:00.


Other new and regular features will include Corner Talks which premieres Wednesday, 10 December at 18:00. This is an actuality and social commentary series (presented by Simphiwe ‘Tofolux’ Masoka and Ayanda Nhlapo), captured in the heart of Johannesburg’s townships, that takes the average young person at the corner and puts them in the front row seat of social commentary.


The entrepreneurial docu-series Earned starts on Thursday, 11 December at 19:00. Trying to decide on a career path? Create starts Tuesday, 16 December at 19:00 and reveals a variety of career paths to help the viewer make informed decisions about their future careers.


Thursday, 11 December at 16:00 sees the launch of the talk show Share with Hannah Viviers as she engages with the youth about living in the twenty-first century and GIBS (Gordon Institute of Business Science) starts Monday, 15 December at 20:00 and covers various business issues affecting the African continent as well as tips on how to maneuver your venture into a successful business.


Produced by the market leaders in original content, production powerhouse, Urban Brew’s new content showcase on [ED], DStv channel 190, also includes a host of cutting-edge documentaries in genres like Travel, History, Lifestyle and many more.


Curious? Remain Inspired and tune in to [ED] on DStv channel 190 from Wednesday, 10 December at 16:00!

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Naspers interim results show solid growth

Posted by radio On December - 2 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

Naspers last week announced its financial results for the six months to 30 September 2014. Revenues measured on an economic interest basis, including the proportionate contribution from associates and joint ventures, expanded 30% year on year (YoY). With the group’s ecommerce and internet businesses growing ahead of pay-television and print, 72% of group revenues are now earned offshore.


Core headline earnings grew 24% to R6,1bn, despite expensing R4,4bn in the continued development of the group’s ecommerce and pay-television platforms. “We are pleased with our progress to date,” said Naspers chair Ton Vosloo. “Execution capacity and operations are strengthening throughout the group and the focus is on customer satisfaction, engagement and retention.”


Boosted by accelerating revenue growth in many etail businesses, internet remained the fastest-growing segment and accounted for 58% of total group revenues. ”We are seeing meaningful increases in organic traffic in our markets as we deliver compelling customer propositions and scale our platforms,” said CEO Bob van Dijk. Organic growth resulted in Naspers’s ecommerce revenues increasing 43% YoY to R12,1bn. This segment reported a trading loss of R2,4bn after incurring development spend of R3,6bn.


The group’s classifieds efforts are focused on about 40 countries globally and after recent brand migrations, the majority of classifieds sites now operate under the OLX banner. Naspers recently strengthened its position in this segment through an agreement with Schibsted to jointly develop select markets in Latin America and South East Asia, subject to EU approval. Competition remains aggressive, but the group has outgrown its competitors on the measures that matter most, particularly in mobile.


Pay TV

In pay-television, solid subscriber growth of 342 000 households drove revenues up 18% to R20,2bn. The business covers 50 countries on the African continent and provides services to over 8,4m homes. Trading profit increased 11% to R5bn, after expensing R642m of investment in DTT and online video initiatives. The personal video recorder (PVR) base expanded to 1,2m subscribers and customers are now renting some 600 000 movies per month on BoxOffice, a service that will soon be expanded into sub-Saharan Africa. Analogue switch-offs, once implemented, should provide future momentum for subscriber growth on the DTT platform.




The print media segment continues to face tough trading conditions and structural changes to the industry. Overall revenues grew slightly, but margins contracted further due to accelerated investments in digital solutions and new growth areas to diversify the revenue base.



Naspers’s share of core headline earnings from associates, including Tencent in China and Group in Russia, increased by 43% to R6,4bn. This was mainly due to continued strong performance by Tencent, including benefits from its transaction with



“The second half of the year is traditionally the most active part of the year for most of our businesses. We expect some pick-up in spend as we capitalise on the holiday season, which could result in lower core headline earnings for that period,” cautioned CFO, Basil Sgourdos. “Our goal remains to develop online classifieds, etail and DTT to deliver future growth and create value over time,” he added.

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Generations – The Legacy’s return to the screen

Posted by radio On December - 1 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

It was a single decision that shook the television world and left Mzansi’s viewers speechless! The announcement was made in September of 2014 that the hugely popular soapie, Generations, will be off air for 2 solid months! But now the countdown is reaching fever pitch as viewers look forward in great anticipation to the celebrated return of, Generations–The Legacy, come Monday 1 December 2014 in the usual timeslot at 20h00.


“Generations The Legacy, is about stimulating a conversation on the transfer of wealth, knowledge and culture. Successive generations in African society have produced men and women of great intelligence, vision and the drive for excellence. For a variety of reasons -some no doubt related to our painful past, our development as a people has been stymied.

Generations The Legacy in its own way will address this issue -not in a didactic manner but in interesting narratives.  Now is the time to establish family legacies that move our country forward,” says both elated and relieved creator, Mfundi Vundla.


Generations–The Legacy picks the drama’s rich narration 2 years into the future, Karabo Moroka (played by the revered Connie Ferguson) and Tau Mogale (played by the accomplished Rapulana Seiphemo), two iconic figures in Generations re-enter the cut-throat media business landscape.

This power couple is out to establish the legacy of Paul Moroka, the business visionary who built the first African-owned media enterprise. Unknown to Karabo, her husband Tau runs a parallel mission of establishing a legacy of his own. Deviousness has no boundaries: Tau’s sister Tshidi (Letoya Makhene), a trophy wife of the gangster, Gaddaffi (Vuyo Dabula) – Tau’s arch enemy, colludes albeit nervously in her husband’s efforts to derail the Paul Moroka legacy. Generations-The Legacy is a witch’s brew of narratives of ambition.  A drama set in a world where virtue and evil are in a stellar battle for supremacy.


The new and exciting cast includes the following interesting faces and roles: JT Medupi as Jonathan; Musa Ngema as Mazwi; Kopano Zimba as Mary; Manaka Ranaka as Lucy; Andisiwe Dweba plays the role of Getty; Lebogang Mthunzi as Angela; Moopi Mothibedi as Smanga; Thulisile Phongolo plays the character Namhla; Ronnie Nyakale plays Cosmo; Asanda Foji plays Simphiwe and Ivy Nkutha plays the role of Gog’Flo.


“The absence of Generations on SABC1’s schedule for the past two months was unfortunate and we would once again like to apologize to our viewers for the turn of events that led to the show taking a break,” says SABC1 Channel Head, Maijang Mpherwane. “It’s also important to thank our viewers for the patience and support during the past two months when Generations was off air.

We are excited to share the new series with them and we are confident that it will live up to their expectations. The series has a compelling storyline, top cast and world class performances that is bound to captivate viewers for many episodes and years to come, furthermore entrenching channel’s positioning as Mzansi’s official story teller.”


“From the 1st December 2014, Skeem Saam returns to the weekday 18h30 slot after performing beyond expectations on the weekday 20h00 slot. This further proves the relevance of the diverse stories told on SABC1, to a mass audience that continues to respond well to the channel. As communicated from the onset, this was always a temporary arrangement which would see channel reverting back to normal schedule upon the return of Generations: The Legacy and so we are confident that Skeem Saam will continue to do well for the channel on the weekday 18h30 slot,” he concludes.


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Newly appointed SABC Group Executive: News and Current Affairs, Jimi Matthews says his first task is to converge the newsroom to meet the dividends of the digital age.


Matthews’ appointment on Thursday comes alongside Nothando Maseko who takes over as Head of Television News. Sebolelo Ditlhakanyane is the new Head of Radio News. Bessie Tugwana has been appointed as Head of Sport and Sully Motsweni as Group Executive: Stakeholder Relations and Provinces.


The appointments are effective from December 1.


Matthews has been at the helm of the News and Current Affairs Division in an acting capacity.


Speaking on AM Live, Matthews says technology has changed the way newsrooms are run.


He says he plans to converge television, radio and all digital platforms into a single news environment.

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