DStv provides national platform for Tshwane TV

DStv provides national platform for Tshwane TV serviceTshwane TV will become available to DStv customers on 9 July 2013. (Image source: Phani Kumar/Flickr)Tshwane TV has announced it will soon join the current selection of community channels on Africa’s DStv platform

The channel, which will become available to DStv customers from 9 July 2013 on channel 262, is a community-based television service hailing from Tshwane, South Africa.

According to DStv operator MultiChoice, Tshwane TV’s emphasis on local culture in Pretoria and the surrounding areas aligns with its strategy of providing more local content on the DStv platform.

Ruth Phume, station manager at Tshwane TV said, “Our goal has been to establish an independent and sustainable community television station. Whilst we have achieved this, one of our initial objectives was to increase our geographical reach and viewership through a partnership with existing broadcasters. We are delighted that we have achieved this through our agreement with DSTV.”

The launch of Tshwane TV will bring the number of community-based television stations on DStv to four, with the channel joining Soweto TV, 1 KZN and Bay TV.

Robyn Smith, content manager at MultiChoice commented, “We are delighted to launch Tshwane TV on DStv. The addition of this channel strengthens our local content offering on DStv. Channels like Tshwane TV are important in that they tell the stories of their local communities. This is good for the development of the local film industry and MultiChoice is at the forefront of driving this initiative.”

With six hours of prime-time viewing from 18:00 to 00:00, Tshwane TV’s line-up offers a mix of locally-produced and international programmes within a multiple language format of all languages spoken in the greater Tshwane (Pretoria) area, including English, Afrikaans, Setswana, SePedi, Tshivenda, Xitsonga and isiZulu.

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