SABC International, hoped to be "CNN of Africa," scales back.

Posted: 07 Feb 2010

"SABC International (Sani) has been scrapped by the public broadcaster -- at least as the ambitious 24-hour international news channel was originally envisaged. As of January 1 this year Sani was taken off the government-run-Sentech's Vivid platform, where it had reached a handful of viewers since launching in March 2008. An SABC statement on Thursday said the only place South Africans could see the channel now was on SABC2 between 8am and 8.30am or between 11pm and 5am on weekdays. The channel is also available on a limited broadcast in Washington, DC. 'Failure to deliver on projected audiences in line with levels of investments has prompted the scrapping of the deal,' the statement read. ... The SABC has sunk hundreds of millions of rands into the project, which was expected to become the CNN of Africa." Tanya Pampalone, Mail & Guardian (Johannesburg), 7 February 2010. In northern Virginia, I am usually able to view SABC International, terrestrially, via MHz Networks, digital channel 30-6. However, because snow covers my rabbit ears (don't you hate it when that happens?), the lower bitrate MHZ Networks channels 30-6 to 30-10 are not presently receivable. (And I can almost see their tower from my house.)

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