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e.tv CONCLUDES DEAL TO LAUNCH 24-HOR NEWS CHANNEL ON DSTV

CAPE TOWN – e-tv announced yesterday it is to launch a 24-hour news channel on MultiChoice’s digital satellite television service DStv next year.
e-tv chief executive Marcel Golding said: “e-news is our strongest brand. We are very pleased to have reached an agreement with MultiChoice to distribute a 24-hour e-news service on the DStv platform, giving us immediate access to more than 1,2 million South African homes.”

During hearings by the Independent Communications Authority on pay TV, e-tv’s satellite TV sister company e-sat argued the market could only sustain two pay-TV operators. When four were issued in addition to the Multi-Choice licence, it decided to explore alternative opportunities as a content aggregator and channel supplier.

e-tv also announced that in addition to the 24-hour news channel, e-sat would produce a number of channels for the DStv platform over the next few years, e-tv will also focus on producing and distributing channels on the new digital terrestrial television platform due to roll out in November next year.

Source: Herald – Inet Bridge