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The Cape Town community television station CTV has decided to stream its linear broadcast on the internet with the community station's feed that can now be followed 24 hours a day on CTV's website.
''This is a new milestone for CTV,'' says Karen Thorne, CTV station director. Last year the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) granted CTV a 7 year licence that now reaches an estimated 1,3 million viewers per month.
''Transmission on the web will enable Capetonians located in other areas to view CTV's programme lineup of documentaries, music and talk shows, movies and magazine programmes. Many of these programmes deal with the issues, lifestyles, events and attractions of our beautiful city and the Western Cape,'' says Karen Thorne.
CTV also started a daily news service, similar to the community television station SowetoTV. CTV now has news at 19:55, just before taking the Al Jazeera (DStv 406 / TopTV 401) channel feed between 20:00 and 21:00.
''CTV has grown substantially over the past three years and has doubled its income in each year of operation,'' says Karen Thorne. ''We are now on a sound financial footing and we are planning for the migration to digital broadcasting because we expect to be carried on a digital multiplex towards the end of 2013.''