Sierra Leone: GTV launches new Pay TV channel

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A new satellite pay television channel was launched on Wednesday 28 November 2007 by the country's minister of information and communications, Alhaji Ibrahim Ben Kargbo in a glittering ceremony attended by the country's television enthusiasts. In a brief chat with HANA's correspondent in Freetown before the launch Kargbo said the government and people of this country welcomed the newly established network citing the development it will bring to this nation which he said is another milestone in developing the private sector.

In his address to journalists, the minister expressed hopes that the same support enjoyed by other telecommunications companies will be given to GTV so that the firm can succeed.

The vice chairperson of YES TV, the official agent for GTV in Sierra Leone, Dr. Kande-Bureh O'Bai Kamara said GTV is determined to make world class football, news and entertainment available and affordable to every home and business in Sierra Leone.

"Sierra Leoneans love good entertainment but they have been deprived of football over the past few months. We are going to ensure that they enjoy the English Premier League," he added.

Giving a brief breakdown of how GTV will operate, O?Bai Kamara said they have 15 channels of news and entertainment for everyone.

He said that their innovative model targets mainstream consumers rather than an elite few adding that, they have the exclusive right to show 80% of the English Premier League including eight live matches per week. "We intend to cover the whole continent by the end of 2008. We are launching in nine African countries simultaneously," he concluded.

(Highway Africa News Agency (Grahamstown), 30 November 2007)