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MultiChoice to digitise SABC archives

2013-08-02 11:46
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Cape Town - MultiChoice will help to digitise the SABC's archives in much the same way the satellite pay-TV platform has digitised the ANC's archives.

MultiChoice made the announcement at the launch event on Thursday afternoon of the SABC's second attempt at establishing a 24-hour TV news channel, the SABC News channel which went live at 18:00 on Thursday evening on MultiChoice's DStv channel 404.

The SABC's SABC News International TV news channel was launched in July 2007 by the then news boss Snuki Zikalala, but quickly became an albatross for the struggling public broadcaster.

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Amidst a huge cash drain of millions of rands the channel, which was also broadcast on DStv, was closed down three years later at the end of March 2010 as the SABC came close to the brink of financial collapse in 2009.

MultiChoice is now giving public broadcaster SABC more than half a billion rand over the next few years to run the SABC News channel as part of a new contract – a big increase from the R80m MultiChoice would have given the SABC over three years as part of an earlier deal to set up the news channel which was scuppered.

At the launch event on Thursday Imtiaz Patel, group CEO of MultiChoice South Africa, said that the pay-TV giant "will be further assisting the SABC in digitising some of their library material as we did the ANC archives, in this way continuing to assist in preserving our country's collective history."

About the SABC News channel deal worth hundreds of millions, Patel said, "This deal further enhances an already strong relationship and cooperation with the SABC".

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