Tuesday, May 3, 2016

The SABC invites TV producers to its discussion of the public broadcaster's local content needs on Wednesday with existing and new content producers.

The SABC wants to discuss the public broadcaster's additional new local content needs with existing and new South African TV producers on Wednesday, 4 May, with producers outside of Johannesburg who can watch a video feed of the meeting at regional SABC offices tomorrow.

New and established TV producers are invited to attend the SABC's discussion on local content on Wednesday 4 May at the SABC's M1 Studio at the public broadcaster's Auckland Park headquarters.

The local content meeting will start at 11:00 and continue until 14:00 on Wednesday.

The meeting will be beamed countrywide to regional SABC offices, with TV producers who are welcome to attend at the broadcaster's provincial offices in Kimberley, Cape Town, Durban, Nelspruit, Mahikeng, Port Elizabeth, Polokwane, Bloemfontein and Tswane where they can follow the video feed.

Interested TV producers can contact the SABC's Vuyo Mthembu at mthembuv@sabc.co.za

The local content discussion is part of the SABC's plan for proposed new "language-based" TV channels the SABC wants to broadcast as part of its digital terrestrial television (DTT) bouquet.

The SABC's chief operating officer (COO) Hlaudi Motsoeneng says the SABC is still looking to secure funding in order to run and programme the channels.

The SABC wants to start a Sotho TV channel catering to Sesotho, Setswana and Sepedi languages.

A Nguni TV channel will include Zulu, Xhosa, Siswati and Ndebele languages.

A third new language-based TV channel will focus on Tsonga and Venda language speakers.

A fourth SABC TV channel will be for Afrikaans viewers.

The SABC is also working on establishing its SABC Sport brand as a separate sports channel.