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SABC plans to launch new channels Africanews TV channel launches

The SABC is set to introduce languagebased channels to cater to the diversity of South African TV audiences, says the state broadcaster’s COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng. Motsoeneng says these channels are being implemented because South Africans have been complaining about a lack of lingual and cultural representation on local TV channels. The channels will be grouped according to language groups. “At this stage the envisaged channels will be grouped according to specific language compatibility, for example, Sesotho, Setswana, and Sepedi will be grouped as the Sotho channel; isiZulu, isiXhosa, Siswati, and isiNdebele will form another channel to be called the Nguni channel for the Nguni speaking viewership,” said Motsoeneng. “The third channel will cater for xiTsonga and tshiVenda, while the fourth channel will cater for all Afrikaans speaking viewers inclusive of the Khoisan

Hlaudi Motsoeneng community among others. The new channels will be the melting pots of culture and traditions of all those languages,” he continued. According to Motsoeneng, the new channels will only broadcast local content and will open the way for local creatives to create content in their own languages.

Africanews TV aired on television screens across the continent from 20 April 2016. The launch of sub-Saharan Africa’s first multilingual and independent news channel, Africanews, will air in 33 African countries and some 7.3 million households. Countries in which the new channel is broadcast include; South Africa, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, the Republic of Congo (host to the Africanewes TV head office, in Pointe Noire), Chad, Côte d’Ivoire, Djibouti, DRC, Equatorial Guinea,

Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritius, Mauritania, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Uganda, Rwanda, Sao Tome, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Togo. The channel launched with The Morning Call, a day-break news programme with two anchors moored in different languages; French-speaking Hannane Ferdjani and English-speaking Robert K’Odingo.

New Turner kids channel targets French speaking Africa

Carte Blanche wins at the Genesis Awards in Hollywood Carte Blanche was entered in the Brigitte Bardot International Award category where it won the award for Best International News Magazine for their multiple segments. Carte Blanche won against the likes of National Geographic, Discovery Channels, and many others. “We are absolutely thrilled to have won this award as it represents a win in some pretty illustrious company,” said Carte Blanche executive producer George Mazarakis. “Perhaps more importantly, it

sends a signal that we South Africans care for animals and take a stand against cruelty and abuse, no matter where it occurs. That this is recognised on an international platform is in itself most gratifying.”

Crew Pencil creates online tool for the SA film industry Cape Town start-up Crew Pencil (CP) is attempting to change the way the South African film industry operates. CP is a centralised online platform that connects production companies with qualified crew members. CP automates the process from sourcing, communicating, booking, to managing and invoicing. Michael Bothma, operations manager at CP says it is the missing link that crew and production have been waiting for. “Crew on CP have their own diary that production companies have access to 24/7. If available, production can pencil them, download CVs, see references, look 6 | SCREENAFRICA | May 2016

at showreels and even view their gear lists, all while the crew member is working on set or sleeping,” he explains. Crew Pencil gives a crew member all they need to easily and efficiently manage their own bookings all the time. While CP is operational, and according to Bothma their numbers are growing, they are currently looking for a second round of investment. “This is needed for upscaling the development team, speeding up work on the mobile app and increased marketing and advertising strategies,” says Bothma.

Turner, a family entertainment channel provider, has launched a new animation channel to boost its current children’s entertainment offering. The introduction of Toonami reinforces the organisation’s portfolio of successful kids’ channels which includes Cartoon Network, Boomerang and Boing across various African markets. Toonami was launched successfully in France, and is currently being rolled-out to other select European markets and French-speaking African countries. During March the channel launched on the following pay-TV platforms: Maroc Telecom in Morocco, Blueline in Madagascar and on Parabole on the Indian Ocean islands of Mauritius,

Comores and Madagascar. Turner is currently in discussions with various pay-TV operators across the continent to bring the new channel to all English-speaking territories in Africa too. Pierre Branco, vice president and general manager of Turner Southern Europe and Africa, says: “We are pleased with the addition of Toonami to the bouquet of channels aimed at our younger audiences, as it further diversifies our robust entertainment experience and programme offering across age groups. The new channel promises to meet the growing demand for premium quality action – adventure and superhero content.”

Screen Africa May 2016  
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