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It's lights out for FashionTV

2016-02-17 05:00

Cape Town – DStv is folding up the runway and packing away the Swarovski crystals with FashionTV (DStv 178) that’s going dark on MultiChoice’s satellite pay-TV platform at the end of this month.

FashionTV’s demise on DStv comes after more than a decade and some years – a lifetime in the modelling world – since the 18 year old channel started by Michel Adam first dazzled South African viewers with its unending stream of fashion shows, “midnight haute”, couture collections and fashion weeks coverage.

Sadly in television, not even diamonds last forever, with the diamond logo’ed channel that calls itself “the biggest fashion medium in the world” that will go dark on 28 February.

Asked why FashionTV is being discontinued and if the channel will be replaced by another similar type channel, MultiChoice tells Channel24: "FashionTV will be replaced by another channel - we will make the relevant announcements soon".

FashionTV (StarSat 282) remains available on StarSat after the channel went dark for a while in 2015 on that platform. StarSat also carries the Fashion One (StarSat 179) channel that was started by Michael Gleissner.

So far DStv subscribers are only told in an electronic programme guide (EPG) message on screen that "Fashion TV will stop airing on 28 February 2016. Thank you for watching".

FashionTV didn’t respond to a request for comment made Monday about its termination on DStv.

The demise of FashionTV follows a year after the Style Network from NBCUniversal International Networks was shuttered on DStv at the end of January 2015.

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