Africa: DStv gets 24-hour e.tv news

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E.tv announced on Wednesday that it is to launch a 24-hour news channel on MultiChoice's digital satellite television service DStv next year.

Chief executive of the company, Marcel Golding, said: "E.news is our strongest brand. When we decided to become a channel supplier instead of a platform operator, our biggest priority was to secure as wide a reach as possible for South Africa's first independent 24-hour news channel.

During hearings by the Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) on pay TV, the satellite TV sister company of e.tv, e.sat, argued that the South African market could only sustain two pay-TV operators. When four pay-TV licences were issued in addition to the MultiChoice licence, e.sat decided to explore alternative opportunities as a content aggregator and channel supplier.

E.tv also announced that in addition to the 24-hour news channel, e.sat would produce a number of channels for the DStv platform over the next few years.