Broadcast Briefs:


- SABC board chairman Eddie Funde has called for an increase in government funding and a drastic reduction in commercial funding of the public broadcaster. “It’s very unusual for the public broadcaster to be 80 percent commercially funded,” Funde told reporters. “It is very hard for the public broadcaster to fulfil its mandate and at the same time having to go around and looking for money. We are working very hard to change that situation.” Funde said most public broadcasters worldwide relied heavily on government funding and licence fees. However, South Africa’s poverty levels make it difficult to charge high licence fees.

- The company will be offering two packages: GTV base with 12 channels and G plus package with 15 channels, both of which will offer entertainment for the whole family with sports, especially the unmissable Barclays premier league, news, movies, series music, religious and children's programming. For those who love the premier league, GTV purchased not only 80% of the rights to broadcast all the premiership matches but also all important matches. It will broadcast 8 live matches per week. The company will also be broadcasting live games and expert analysis through out the week. The GTV office in Rwanda is located at MTN center in Nyarutarama. The GTV service is provided by Gateway Broadcast services (GBS), a subsidiary of the Gateway Communications which is the leading provider of communications services to telecom operators and corporations in Africa. Broadcasts in Rwanda will begin on November 26th.