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tv Robert S. DonovanThe South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has confirmed its intention to launch a multilingual 24-hour news channel

The chief executive officer of SABC Lulama Makhobo said the group was ready to launch the news channel and that the team was busy transforming the programme pattern into a 24-hour service.

The news channel would first be available on DStv and later be offered on digital terrestrial TV.

“We are not seeing our channel as being purely South African. We see it as a pan-African channel, which will bring much more regular news from the rest of the continent that affects South Africa,” Makhobo said.

Initially the channel would start with fresh news for six hours and “rapidly” grow to the 24-hour mark as more revenue from advertising grows.

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