Local Malawian TV channel, Times TV— the country’s first private and independent television station — has been launched on the platform of Digital Satellite Television (DStv) and shall be available in all DStv packages.
According to Times TV’s CEO, Leonnard Chikadya, the partnership is a statement to MultiChoice’s commitment to providing viewers with increased local programming.
Chikadya added that the launch of the station on DStv will provide relevant content for Malawians in their first language as a response to the growing market need for increased access to information.
MultiChoice Regional Director Patricia Van Rooyen said: “The appreciation for local content is growing and the addition of Times TV on our platforms will offer more variety to our customers as we make great local entertainment more accessible to TV viewers across the whole of Malawi.”
Times TV a multiple award winning Malawian national television station that provides balanced family centric and well researched current affairs, sports, entertainment and development programmes suitable for the whole family, will be on all DStv packages such as Premium, Compact, Access, Family and Compact Plus on channel 296.
It is also available on all GOtv packages such as GOtv Plus, GOtv Value and GOtv Light on channel 91.
Times TV programming line up includes current news, interactive shows, and entertainment features which are broadcast in both Chichewa and English.
Popular shows include Hot Current, Times Exclusive, Point Blank, Tchutchutchu, Danga Langa and spotlight tailored to suit viewers’ taste.
At the official launch of the partnership, Times TV took an opportunity to record one of the popular interactive shows, Times Exclusive, in which the host Brian Banda interviewed Hiteshi Anadkat, chairman of First Merchant Bank (FMB) and allowed journalists from other media houses to also throw questions to the guest.
The Times group are also publishers of newspapers such as The Daily Times, Malawi News and The Sunday Times and also runs Times Radio.