Thursday, May 12, 2016

Yusuf Nabee appointed as A+E Networks UK's new general manager for Africa, based in Johannesburg to look after the History, Lifetime and C+I channels.

Yusuf Nabee is taking over responsibility for A+E Networks UK's TV channels in Africa as general manager.

A+E Networks UK says Anthea Petersen who was appointed as A+E Networks UK's regional director for Africa in February 2015 continues her relationship with A+E Networks UK as regional director, in a consultancy role.

Yusuf Nabee will now be A+E Networks UK's general manager for Africa based in Johannesburg, reporting directly to Nicolas Eglau as A+E Networks UK chief operating officer.

Yusuf Nabee, a former channel head of the the failed Glow TV channel that is now shutting down, also worked at the SABC as project manager on digital terrestrial television (DTT) and has now left Kagiso Media where he headed up special projects.

Yusuf Nabee will start as general manager for Africa for A+E Networks UK on 1 June where he will be responsible for building a full local team to drive the performance of A+E Networks' channels in Africa and to secure new distribution for channels.

A+E Networks UK currently supplies channels like History, Lifetime and Crime+Investigation to MultiChoice's DStv satellite pay-TV platform, and has commissioned local format shows like Pawn Stars South Africa and Four Weddings SA.

"I'm very pleased to be joining the A+E Networks' family," says Yusuf Nabee in a statement. "I'm particularly excited at the opportunity to build on the base that A+E Networks has already established in Africa by expanding the company's presence across the continent and bringing more local flavour to its existing brands and content."

Nicolas Eglau says "Yusuf Nabee is [a] great addition to A+E Networks' senior team. We are confident that his proven track-record of launching new channels, commissioning content and increasing audience share in the competitive African TV landscape will enable A_E Networks to gain further scale in this exciting and important market."