New pan-African channel Africa Home TV to go live shortly
Starting next September 2010, if the satellite tests are conclusive, Africa Home TV, a new pan-African channel will broadcast in sub-Saharan Africa. The initiator of this channel, Jean-Clotaire Tétiali, a former broadcast journalist at Pan Africa No. 1 and former adviser to the Presidential Palace in Côte d'Ivoire, signed in Paris an agreement with GlobeCast satellite operator. He then travelled to New York, USA, to lease access with U.S. provider Intelsat.
The television project is ready. Five tonnes of equipment from leading American brand (SDI) were acquired and include Air-Began, satellite transmission equipment, teleprompters, tape recorders, computers, VX3 cameras, etc. A team of 35 was recruited from Africa (Cote d'Ivoire, Senegal, South Africa), United States and France. A dozen correspondents based in Central and West Africa will be responsible to relay African news 24 hours / 24 in French.
Africa Home TV is a general entertainment channel which, according to its sponsor, will have its news program (30%), Telenovela (Mexican films, Indian and other Brazilian 15%), SuperOP (African and American films 10 %), mainly African documentaries (20%), games, Christian (Sunday) and Muslim (Friday) information and of course sports. The start-up budget is 600 million FCFA and the initial investment is 1 billion FCFA.