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AFRICA MAY GET SECOND PAY-TV NETWORK TO RIVAL DSTV

Africa's only pay-TV network, DStv could face competition for the first time this year if an application for a rival continent-wide station based in Botswana gets the go-ahead.

Botswana's broadcast licensing body said on Friday it had received an application from Black Earth Communications to run a pay TV service based in the capital Gaborone and would make a decision later this year.

The service would initially offer around 10 channels for less than 100 Botswana pula per month. It would start its operations in Botswana and later expand elsewhere in Africa, according to the application.

No information was immediately available on who might be backing Black Earth Communications.

Approval would mean competition for DStv, owned by South African media company Naspers' MultiChoice unit, for the first time.

DStv broadcasts more than 55 TV channels, including CNBC news, SuperSport and Africa's new version of youth music channel MTV, to more than 1,2-million subscribers in almost 50 African countries.

No-one at MultiChoice in South Africa was immediately available to comment.

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