Luntha TV, a Catholic television station based in the Malawi southern town of Balaka, has signed an agreement with DW-TV, the official German TV broadcast of Deutsche Welle, to beam some of its programmes.
Luntha TV director-general, the Rev. Fr. Andrew Kaufa, said the station was also set to sign a similar agreement with the Chinese Central Television (CCTV) and the Japanese public broadcaster, NHK.
“The target is to balance spiritual content with educational and global news content,” he said.
According to Kaufa, Luntha TV currently has a re-broadcasting agreement with the global Catholic television network, EWTN. It also broadcasts content from Ukweri Media Productions and Bings Productions of Kenya and Loyola Productions and Yatsani Studios of Zambia apart from humanitarian programmes from the Integrated Regional Information Networks (IRIN) of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.
Luntha TV has a national broadcasting licence but currently covers most of the southern region, including the cities of Blantyre and Zomba, and up to Lilongwe, Dowa and Salima in the central region.
Kaufa said Luntha TV will continue its expansion programme to reach the northern region.
“We are currently watching how government rolls out its digital integration programme to give us direction on where to invest,” he said.
The Luntha TV boss also said the station was also exploring satellite broadcasting through what is called high-breed solution in television-speak.