SABC News International officially launched today
Friday, July 20th, 2007
Today the SABC launches SABC News International, its 24 hour news channel aimed at providing in depth coverage of African stories. The channel will be structured in a similar way as international services providers like Al Jazeera, CNN and BBC International. The launch, which will be taking place in Montecasino tonight, will be addressed by President Thabo Mbeki.
The channel is to replace the existing SABC Africa service carried by DSTV, whose broadcasting contract expires in March 2008. The news channel is available on Sentech’s vivid satellite digital decoder and it will soon be broadcast overnight on SABC 2.
“Our journalists will provide news with a fresh and alternative voice with a clear understanding and coverage of African affairs,” says Snuki Zikalala, the news and current affairs group executive. “For the first time in the history of the SABC, we will provide French news,” says Zikalala.
The SABC board has allocated R65 million to run the channel in the current financial year, but the funds are expected to be increased to R120 million next year.
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