Wednesday, June 27, 2018

MultiChoice to axe Mo Abudu's EbonyLife TV channel from end of June from DStv in South Africa and across Southern Africa after less than 4 years after ratings failure.

MultiChoice is set to axe media mogul Mo Abudu's EbonyLife TV (DStv 165) channel from the end of June from its DStv satellite pay-TV platform in South Africa and several other countries across Southern Africa following lackluster viewership.

The dumping of EbonyLife TV comes less than 4 years since the channel was added in South Africa after the female-skewed channel failed to make inroads with South and Southern African viewers.

After June EbonyLife TV will continue to be available as a TV channel on DStv in East and West African countries like Nigeria, but is disappearing for DStv subscribers in countries like South Africa, Namibia, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana, Lesotho and Malawi.

MultiChoice Africa launched EbonyLife TV in July 2013 on DStv across Africa outside of South Africa, with the channel that was added a year later in September 2014 for South African viewers.

The entertainment and lifestyle TV channel, run from Nigeria with Mo Abudu as CEO and executive chairperson, however failed to resonate with South and Southern African viewers with these DStv subscribers who struggled to relate to the heavily Nigerian influenced entertainment programming line-up.

The axing will curtail what Mo Abudu launched to be "Africa's first global black entertainment and lifestyle network" that now becomes a regional channel from July.

Mo Abudu's EbonyLife TV reps didn't respond to media enquiries TVwithThinus made this week regarding the axing of EbonyLife in South Africa that will stop airing on 30 June.

MultiChoice in response to a media enquiry regarding the removal of EbonyLife TV told TVwithThinus that it is "working hard to increase the entertainment value on DStv, specific to each region across Africa. EbonyLife TV resonates the most with our customers in Nigeria, which is why it will only be available there from 1 July".

"For customers in areas outside of Nigeria who will no longer receive EbonyLife TV, there are a number of other channels that cover entertainment and lifestyle content aimed at an African audience - 1Magic (DStv 103), BET (DStv 129), Mzansi Magic (DStv 161), SpiceTV (DStv 190), Fashion One (DStv 178 and the Africa Magic channels."