Broadcast News - In Brief


- South African public broadcaster SABC is launching a digital news channel. The 24-hour channel will initially be available via pay TV platform DStv and will also be available via digital terrestrial television services later this year. It will initially be launched in South Africa but the organisation hopes that the channel will eventually roll out across the continent and is eyeing carriage deals with pay TV platform Multichoice. 

- Start of Aug. 2012, Angolan Media minister Carolina Cerqueira inaugurated a Production Centre of the Public Television of Angola (TPA) in northern Bengo province comprising a studio for recording and broadcasting, news room, editing and cameras rooms. With this inauguration, TPA centre will issue reports directly from the province. The chairperson of Board of Directors of Television station, Helder Manuel Barber Dias dos Santos thanked the Media minister and local governor for the commitment to build the infrastructure. Attended the ceremony provincial governor of Bengo, João Bernardo de Miranda, officials from various sectors and guests. 

- Reporters Without Borders deplores the fact that Free FM, an opposition radio station based in Antananarivo, Madagascar, has been off the air for the past two days after angering Andry Rajoelina's transitional government by broadcasting a message by mutinying soldiers that announced the "dissolution of the current state institutions." In a Facebook post on the evening of 22 July, Free FM director Lalatiana Rakotondrazafy wrote: "For the safety of its employees and its equipment, Free FM has decided to suspend its broadcasts (. . .) we take responsibility for this decision." Full story here