Broadcast News - In Brief


- DStv operator MultiChoice has added 684,000 subscribers to its pay-television base in the past year. It now reaches 5,6m homes in the markets in which it operates. In SA, it added 492,000 new clients on a gross basis, taking the subscriber base to 4m by the end of March 2012. More than half of that growth — 293,000 subscribers — came from the lower-priced DStv Compact bouquet. Outside SA, the subscriber base grew to 1,6m homes. The lower-priced Compact and Family bouquets now account for 42% of the base.

- DStv’s BoxOffice, the satellite-based video-on-demand service launched last year, has proved popular, with an average monthly rental of more than 300 000 movies. At R25/movie, that suggests BoxOffice is generating as much as R7,5m/month in revenue. 

-Zimbabwe’s ZBC is under fire for neglecting remote areas. MDC-T MPs (on 2012-06-12). accused State broadcaster Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation’s (ZBC) radio stations of deliberately leaving out most remote parts of the country to ensure the inhabitants remained “uninformed” for easy manipulation during election campaigns. The accusation was made by Makoni South MP Pishayi Muchauraya while contributing to debate on a motion on the first report of the Portfolio Committee on Media, Information and Communication Technology on the state of the public media in Zimbabwe. Full aticle here: