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Available in 38 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and already broadcast in Senegal on Canal+ offer, Africanews (www.africanews.com) is stepping up its presence in the land of Teranga, thanks to the partnership with the new media outlet L’Obs TV, a Futurs Médias Group entity, created by Youssou N’DOUR.

 

Launched in January 2018, L’Obs TV includes Africanews in French in its programming, every day from 9 am to 11 am WAT.

 

With this new partnership, Africanews is increasing its audience in Senegal.This initiative enables Africanews, the leading pan-African and multilingual news channel, to strengthen its editorial position and thereby secure the loyalty of a wider audience. Africanews viewership has grown to 1.2 million additional people in Senegal.

 

Distribution

Less than two years after its launch, Africanews is already available in 38 countries and 11.7 million homes* in sub-Saharan Africa. This growth is driven by Africanews availability on the leading pay-TV platforms on the continent, including Canal+ Africa, Startimes, Azam TV and more recently Kwesé TV.

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Chris Maroleng appointed as SABC’s COO

Posted by radio On January - 31 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS
The Chairperson of the SABC on behalf of the board of the public broadcaster is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Chris Maroleng as the Chief Operations Officer of the SABC, with effect from 1 February 2018.
 
Mr Maroleng holds BA(Hons) and MA degrees from the University of Cape Town and has received several post-graduate scholarships and awards.  He is an accomplished South African with successful careers at senior management level in television, telecommunications and corporate affairs.
 
Mr. Maroleng has demonstrated considerable management and financial acumen and he is familiar with the cutting-edge Fourth Industrial Revolution issues that the SABC needs to embrace going forward. He understands South Africa’s legislative and regulatory environment and his knowledge of broadcasting on the continent is invaluable as the SABC develops its coverage of, and in Africa.
 
Mr. Chris Maroleng said: “I accept the position at the SABC with deep humility, and appreciate the confidence that the Board has shown in me. I look forward to playing a role, as part of an executive team, in transforming the SABC into a world-class public broadcaster that is responsive to the needs of all South Africans.”
 
The Board’s priority has always been to urgently fill the top three executive vacancies, as expected and mandated by Parliament and the Shareholder.  We believe that the appointment of the Chief Operations Officer is a significant step towards stabilising the executive leadership of the SABC. The Board is satisfied that this appointment process has followed all legal and governance requirements.
 
The adverts for the Group CEO and CFO have been placed, and the deadline for applications has been extended to 14 February 2018.
[Issued by: SABC]
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Watch Idris Elba in Guerrilla on 1Magic tonight

Posted by radio On January - 31 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

Guerrilla follows two young Black Power activists, whose relationship is under pressure when they clash with police. Watch online on DStv Now.

Don’t miss Idris Elba in Guerrilla, Wednesday 31 January at 21:30 on 1Magic (Dstv Channel 103), and streaming live on DStv Now.

 

Set against the evocative backdrop of 1970s London, Guerrilla follows two young activists involved in the capital’s Black Power movement, whose relationship falls under intense pressure when they clash with racist elements within the police. It’s a fictional exploration of a thought-provoking moment in history, which asks what might have happened if Black Power groups in the UK had turned to violence in their fight for equal rights.

 

Freida Pinto and Babou Ceesay play the central couple Jas and Marcus, with Rory Kinnear as Special Branch Copper Pence. Nathanial Martello-White, Daniel Mays, Denise Gough and Zawe Ashton also feature, and if all that wasn’t enough Idris Elba, who has co-executive produced the series, co-stars, too.

 

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The River comes to 1Magic

Posted by radio On December - 12 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

The flagship telenovela of the new M-Net channel 1Magic (DStv channel 103) The River is a thrill-a-minute showstopper that balances the tightrope between soapie and drama. It’s quite simply an impeccable story, with jaw dropping acting, and cutting-edge production value.

The series is spearheaded by a formidable cast made up of seasoned actress Sindi Dlathu, alongside Hlomla Dandala, Don Mlangeni, Moshidi Motshegwa, and newcomer Larona Moagi amongst others. The River sees two different but interdependent worlds collide in spectacular fashion. One side of the river is populated by society’s upper crust in exquisite mansions who will go to any lengths to maintain their wealth. The other world is inhabited by the exploited “common folk” who constantly toil with little to show for it.

 

 

Sindi plays Lindiwe, a polished and astute mining magnate whose stilettos have squashed anyone who dared stand in the way of her wealth. Moagi is Itumeleng, the young character from the “poor” side of town who wants to put an end to Lindiwe’s ruthless gluttony, often at the expense of her beloved community.

 

 

Courage and cunning eventually collide when they cannot put their differences aside, resulting in an endless body count. A story of ill placed love, greed, betrayal and blood bonds. The show promises to be gripping television. M-Net Director of Local Entertainment channels, Reneilwe Sema commented on what viewers can expect, “The River is just the type of drama that fans have been waiting for. The storyline combines the allure and ruthlessness of the business world, with the raw essence of township struggles, making for the type of storylines our viewers love. The seasoned cast is sure to bring this intricate story to life in every episode.”

 

 

In The River, the truth won’t remain buried forever.

The Cast:
Lindiwe – Sindi Dlathu: The enigmatic businesswoman who has sacrificed a great deal to become a success; and buries secrets with the same singlemindedness she buries bodies.
Zweli – Hlomla Dandala: Married to Lindiwe, he completes the picture-perfect power couple that’s revered and reviled in equal measure.
Zolani – Lawrence Maleka: The adopted son of Lindiwe, who bites into forbidden fruit and later witnesses a terrible tragedy.
Thato – Don Mlangeni: Itumeleng’s father, who meets an unexpected reckoning that haunts his daughter, committing her to a greater cause.
Malefu – Moshidi Motshegwa: Mother to Itumeleng, matriarch and pillar of strength in the family and township community.
Itumeleng – Larona Moagi: The feisty young rebel who refuses to be silenced and roll over when her family and community become casualties of greed and excess.

Look out for a brand new telenovela The River, starting on Monday, 29 January 2018. The series is produced by Tshedza Pictures and will premiere on 1Magic (DStv Channel 103), every week night at 20:00.

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Bye Vuzu Amp hello 1Magic

Posted by radio On December - 12 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Vuzu Amp will now become 1Magic. Find out everything you need to know about the change below.

It’s going to be a magical start to the new year when DStv Premium customers, say hello to 1Magic on Monday 29 January 2018, DStv Channel 103!

The channel will become the entertainment destination of choice for audiences who enjoy gripping local dramas, telenovelas, reality shows, movies and are also looking for the best in international reality, drama and movies.

 

Leading the charge will be the channel’s flagship new telenovela, The River, which boasts the crème de la crème of South African acting talent. Starting on Monday 29 January, it is spearheaded by a formidable cast made up of seasoned actors, Sindi Dlathu, Hlomhla Dandala, Moshidi Motshegwa, and newcomer, Larona Moagi. The River is about the deadly result that comes about when the greedy world of society’s upper crust collides with that of ordinary common folk. Driven by the themes of love across social classes, greed and a community fighting to surviveit’s a show that can’t be missed.

VUZU AMP audiences should not panic because 1Magic will still be serving a mix of compelling, relevant and entertaining international programmes like The Fixer, How To Get Away with Murder, The Real Housewives, Power and later on in the year, latest seasons of Ballers, Queen Sugar and Insecure.

 

On Friday 2 February, viewers should look out for a new chic urban drama Unmarried, which unpacks themes of love, urban hustle and bustle, and the daily challenges faced by young urban couples in trying to juggle life and aspirations. The drama boosts a stellar cast of South African household names such as Fezile Makhanya, Thembisa Mdoda, Renate Stuurman amongst others.

 

“In line with our vision to be the best African storytellers in the world, M-Net has identified a need to invest in more local entertainment for our viewers, in the premium segment. 1Magic will fill a viewing gap by combining new and exclusive local shows with international content,” says Nkateko Mabaso, GM M-Net South Africa.

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Festive music specials on DStv

Posted by radio On December - 11 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

M-Net is bringing you a bunch of music specials to enjoy from U2 to Bruno Mars . There’s something for everyone.

Calling all the music fans who want to enjoy some one-on-one time with their favourite artists this festive.

M-Net  (Which is also available on DStv Now) has made sure to bring you the most popular artists with these music specials.

All the Gwen Stefani fans stand up, can we hear a “Few times I’ve been around that track, so it’s not just gonna happen like that, cause I ain’t no hollaback girl, I ain’t no hollaback girl.”  Watch Gwen Stefani’s Christmas Special on Monday 25 December at 20:00.

 

Ok let’s get back on track. Before the Gwen special we have South Africa’s top vocalists perform with a full philharmonic orchestra in this classy classical music special. Watch Starlight Classics on Sunday 17 December at 17:30.

 

The Grammy Award-winning Irish band U2 gives fans a stellar performance on Thursday 28 December at 20:00.  

 

In his first solo live television special, multiple Grammy winner Bruno Mars performs at the famed Apollo Theatre. Watch him on Sunday 24 December t 18:00. Madonna Rebel Heart is on later that night at 22:10 where this timeless pop artist and Grammy-winner Madonna gives fans a visually stunning show to remember with this love and romance themed concert tour special.

 

On New Year’s Eve you can bond with Oscar and Grammy Award-winning Sam Smith  as he performs new tracks from his eagerly awaited new album in this intimate music special. Watch him in Sam Smith: Live in London on Sunday 31 December at 18:00.

 

Later that night at 22:00 is the industry’s annual fundraising event The 2017 Royal Variety Performance where legendary performers from around the globe perform.

 

Two special holiday music channels will be available on the DStv audio package until 26 December 2017. Customers can enjoy their favourite contemporary hits, adult contemporary as well as pop holiday music on DMX Holiday Favourites (channel 756); and fans of smooth Jazz, contemporary instrumental and new age renditions of well-known holiday favourites can tune into DMX Holiday Instrumentals (channel 785).

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The SAEInstitute in Cape Town is South Africa’s internationally accredited tertiaryinstitution and is proud to announce its latest scholarship opportunity forSouth Africans interested in learning Film Production at a state-of-the-artcampus in the heart of Cape Town at the renowned Woodstock Exchange.

The Hlubi Mboya Arnold Sunshine Cinema Scholarship will cover the full tuitionfees for SAE’s full-time Higher Certificate in Film Production at the SAEInstitute in Woodstock, Cape Town.

 

Hlubi is an award winning film and television actress, social justiceand civil rights activist, sponsored athlete, educator scholar and socialentrepreneur.  Hlubi, alongsideGareth Armstrong also produces Future CEO’s on CliffCentral assisting young,ambitious, up and coming, high-potential entrepreneurs and executives to growtheir businesses and fast-track their careers. Sunshine Cinema is a solar powered mobile cinema thatconverts solar energy into social impact.

 

To launch the scholarship, SAE and Hlubi, in partnership with SunshineCinemas, will be presenting a FREE evening master classes on November 23rdat the Woodstock SAE Campus. This master class will provide the idealopportunity for to learn new skills, pick up important tips and network withlike-minded individuals.

 

 

This impact focused Storytelling master class will cover the followingtopics:

  • Education for empowerment
  • Women & the SA entertainment industry
  • Storytelling & media advocacy
  • Alternative distribution

 

Sunshine Cinema is a solar powered mobile cinema that converts solarenergy into social impact. We take compelling and carefully curated content toa diverse array of communities across Southern Africa and beyond.

Sunshine Cinema’s Sydelle Willow Smith explains further, “We are drivenby a strong desire to create communal cinema experiences that act as a catalystfor dialogue, deep listening and ultimately positive social and environmentalchange. Sunshine Cinema isn’t just a mobile movie theater. We are anethically-minded media company that produces films and virtual reality segmentswith meaningful messages. We are proud to be partnering with SAE to offer thisscholarship, as we are firm believers in strengthening the local industry toensure more diverse voices from the continent are heard. “

 

Thisscholarship is just the latest to be announced, with other scholarshippartnerships between SAE and well-known industry names including Ready D, AKA,Skrilllex and Black Coffee.

 

The scholarship is open to all South African citizens and all candidatesmust hold a Grade 12 certificate. The scholarship is only valid for the July2018 study intake. Candidates will be responsible for all living and travelexpenses should they come from outside of Cape Town.

 

In order to apply for the scholarship, candidates must complete the applicationform, SAE will then send you a follow up e-mail detailing the next steps tocomplete your application.

 

For more information: https://capetown.sae.edu/scholarships/sunshine-cinema-scholarship/

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Premiering on 14 December 2017, Tali’s Wedding Diary follows a self-obsessed Sandton princess (Julia) who’s moved to Cape Town and is filming the build-up to her wedding to her property-agent fiance Darren (Anton Taylor, star of the popular web series Jozi Shore and the award-winning short Money, Keys, Phone).

 

 

 

“Tali and Suzelle are very different characters,” says Julia. “Everyone loves Suzelle but audiences are going to love to hate Tali – she’s definitely a bridezilla, who’s determined to have the perfect wedding, with or without her husband-to-be.” She says while Suzelle would love Tali, Tali would find Suzelle irritating.

 

Tali’s Wedding Diary was inspired by Julia’s own wedding to SuzelleDIY director Ari Kruger. Their shared sense of humour was part of what brought them together and they had lots to laugh at in the build-up to their wedding. “There’s so much comedic material in getting married,” says Julia. “You meet the funniest people and there’s so much stuff you can’t actually believe, but somehow we’d never seen a wedding parody in a South African context before.”

 

Since introducing SuzelleDIY to YouTube, Julia and Ari have created more than 80 Suzelle videos with over 23 million views. They’ve taught over 2.5 million peopleHow To Make A Cinderblock Bench and another million How To Make A Braai Pie. Kruger has also directed two Vimeo Staff Pick short films, Jakkals13 and Focus.

 

For Tali’s Wedding Diary, they’ve surrounded themselves with an all-star cast, including Lara Lipschitz, who just won Best Actress at NYC Web Fest  for her seriesChin-Up; three-time Savannah Comics Choice nominee Glen Biderman-Pam; Fleur du Cap Best Actress winner and 2017 SAFTA nominee Kate Normington (Those Who Can’t); and two-time Fleur du Cap winner Guy De Lancey (The Pervert Laura). Look out for cameos from the likes of Top Billing host Lorna Maseko; Nic Smal from Derick Watts and the Sunday Blues; Nicci Saint Bruce (Push Push); members of Al Bairre; and, of course, Gina Collins (Marianne in SuzelleDIY).

 

Tali’s Wedding Diary is the debut Showmax Original, building on the success of this year’s acclaimed co-productions: iNumber Number with Mzansi Magic andWaterfront with kykNET.

 

“There’s no question that there’s a strong demand for local content and that it can be a key differentiator,” says Showmax Africa head Chris Savides. “When Julia and Ari approached us, we loved that they weren’t pitching a Hollywood show cut and paste into South Africa, but rather characters straight from Sandton and Sea Point. We plan to keep giving our customers the best international shows out there but at the same time offer something nobody else has – truly local programming like Tali’s Wedding Diary, made just for them.”

 

“Working with Showmax has been almost like a dream come true,” says Ari. “They gave us creative control, which is unheard of here. I feel like we got everything we set out to get; we didn’t have to compromise on the things we really wanted. That’s a very fortunate place to be.”

 

Tali’s Wedding Diary will be available to binge-watch on Showmax from 14 December 2017.

 

Watch and embed the trailer:

https://youtu.be/XVwMXLkFxlo

 

Watch and embed @talibabes announcement on Instagram:

https://www.instagram.com/p/BbjHzXoF85d/

 

 

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See Terry Phetho and other local stars in Madiba

Posted by radio On November - 6 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS

Discovery is bringing you a six-part drama series Madiba with a stellar cast.

Madiba focuses on the revolution created by Nelson Mandela to fight for the freedom and equality of all South Africans, despite the efforts of those in power to maintain longstanding separation and discrimination in the country.

Watch it on Monday 6 November ay 21:00 on Discovery.

 

The series will see Laurence Fishburne as Nelson Mandela and Orlando Jones as Oliver Tambo.

– Keep checking DStv.com for an interview with Orlando Jones.

Here are some of the local cast who are also in Madiba. Look out for their interviews coming soon to DStv.com.

Terry Phetho as Winnie Mandela. We all know this amazing award-winning beauty. From the likes of Tsotsi, Bold and The Beautiful to A United Kingdom. She also won Best Actress TV/Drama 2017 for the Madiba miniseries at the International Achievement Recognition Awards (IARA AWARDS) earlier this year.

 

Hlomla Dandala plays Govan Mbeki. He’s played Oliver Tambo in Winnie, was also in Happiness Is a Four Letter Word, Contract and Land of Thirst amongst many others.

Kate Liquorish as Ruth First. She’s been on Catching Feelings, Eye in the Sky amd The Bantu Hour.

Meren Reddy as Ahmed Kathrada. You may have seen him in Mr Bones 2, Invictus, Homeland and Lullaby amongst others.

 

Lerato Mvelase as Albertina Sisulu. She’s been on Saints and Sinners S3, The Road, and currently on Isibaya (Weekdays at 20:30 on Mzansi Magic, also available on DStv Now) as Lt Samkelo Mkhize.

 

Thishiwe Ziqubu as Evelyn Mandela. You can watch Thishiwe on The Imposter Sundays at 20:00 on Mzansi Magic. Also available on DStv Now.  She’s also been on It’s Complicated, Hard To get and Tell Me Sweet Something amongst others.

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Netflix, the world’s leading internet entertainment service, announced that its original unscripted series TERRACE HOUSE: Opening New Doors will premiere in Japan on December 19, 2017 with bi-weekly episodes, with Part 1 (episodes 1-8) launching globally in Spring 2018.

TERRACE HOUSE is a series of wildly popular reality shows documenting the daily lives of six young men and women living together in a shared house. The show features these six girls and boys day and night in their shared living situation, reflecting modern life for young Japanese men and women, including their friendships, romances, career ambitions and the daily dramas of their lives.

 

The series were initially aired on Fuji Television from 2012 to 2014, and Netflix has teamed up with Fuji Television and East Entertainment since 2015 to deliver the new stories set in Tokyo (TERRACE HOUSE: Boys & Girls in the City) and Hawaii (TERRACE HOUSE: Aloha State).

 

 

The new series is set in Karuizawa, a popular Japanese resort that is accessible by car or by one hour train from Tokyo, surrounded by nature and Western-style buildings imported after the 1880’s. The unscripted daily lives of six young men and women living in a brand new shared house will begin soon.

 

 

The in-studio cast continues to tell viewers how to best enjoy the episodes. The members include Japanese talents YOU, Reina Triendl, Yoshimi Tokui (from the comedy duo Tutuorial), Azusa Babazono (from the comedy duo Ajian), Ryota Yamasato (from the comedy duo Nankai Candies), and talented young actor Shono Hayama.

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