The SABC has signed a multi-channel agreement with MultiChoice to flight a 24-hour news channel from today (01 August 2013.
The channel’s focus will be on extending coverage of provincial stories and the different official languages.
It will also be able to ensure that there’s current news updates beyond the bulletins on the national broadcaster’s three channels.
SABC spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago says, “It will also help us to broadcast to the public live most of the things that we deem fit are necessary for the public to see which are important like press conferences and events of national importance. And that is very important for us.”
The broadcaster says the decision to launch the channel on the MultiChoice platform is in line with its preparations for Digital Terrestrial Television.
SABC Acting Chief Operations Officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng also says the 24 hour news channel will provide the broadcaster an opportunity to enhance its public service mandate.
The SABC’s commitment to language diversity will be further entrenched with news being offered in English, Afrikaans, Zulu, Sotho, IsiNdebele, SiSwati, Xhosa, Venda, and Tsonga.
The SABC 24-hour news channel will on Dstv channel 404 from 18:00.