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Zimbabwe: Studio 263 Scrapped Off New ZTV Viewing Season

Popular soap Studio 263 was pulled off air while Legacies remains the only local soap to be aired on television, ZTV's new viewing season unveiled recently has revealed.

The corporation's public relations manager, Sivukile Simango said the decision to scrap Studio 263 was made after the director of the soap Godwin Mawuru said they needed more time to develop and repackage the soap. He, however, promised that Studio 263 might be back on the screens in the September schedule.

Meanwhile another official from ZTV, Walter Mufanochiya said the new viewing schedule had been designed to bring back the lustre of the station's heydays before viewers switched to international channels.

Speaking at the season launch held at Pockets Hills recently, Mufanochiya said over the years, the corporation had witnessed a great decline in the number of viewers who now preferred international channels, compared to the local station. "We had for quite a long time suffered viewer flight due to DStv, Etv and Sabc who have become our major competitors."

He added that this new schedule is set to reclaim its title of being the family's favourite since most of the films constituting the schedule were still new and had not been screened on other stations that have become people's daily channels.

Over 600 titles have been packaged and these encompass all genres from comedies, drama, sitcoms and cartoons. Since the corporation focuses on entertaining, informing and educating they also have 102 programmes that cover environment, tourism and science and technology information. Fifty-six family programmes and 52 karate movies are part of the new titles to be screened on ZBC.

Mufanochiya added that they would flight 100 fillers in-between programmes for the smooth continuity of programmes, including cartoons that will run from 5-10 minutes. The new schedule began on July 1 but would not immediately start off with all the 600 programmes, as some of them were still being packaged. "The rest of the titles will be added to the schedule in September." In taking care of the legal framework we have local content which take the larger share of the schedule."

The Herald

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