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MultiChoice broadens news and entertainment offering in wake of COVID-19

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In the wake of global pandemic, COVID-19, MultiChoice Group (MCG) is broadening access to credible information at this time by making news channels more widely available across the continent.

They have opened access to CNN International and Euronews for DStv Access customers, joining BBC Word News, Aljazeera and brand new channel Africanews.

“We have been in constant communication with health authorities such as the World Health Organisation, and we will be rolling out Africa-wide public service announcements on COVID-19. It is important that all of us take heed of the announcements and advice from trusted experts so that we can look after our own health and that of our loved ones,” says MultiChoice Group CEO Calvo Mawela.

The video entertainment company is not only expanding its content offering for news, but there will also be more kids shows, movies and curated sports content.

“In light of the disruptions to the school year in Uganda, we are also working to provide access to the best available educational content, to help keep young minds stimulated and engaged,” said Hassan Saleh, the MultiChoice Uganda Managing Director.

Live sports has suffered a notable impact globally as a result of sporting federations correctly prioritising the safety of players and fans alike, by adhering to accepted measures to limit the spread of COVID-19. MCG has acquired the best award-winning sport documentaries from around the globe,and produced thematic channels for sports fans to relive the greatest sporting moments of all time.

“We are taking great care for our staff and have put in place all precautionary measures to ensure their safety,” Saleh adds. “In light of this we have advised our customers that there may be a delay in our ability to attend to customer queries. However, we have a number of self-service and online platforms available, and we will do our best to sort out any issues they may have, timeously.”

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New artiste Posha preaches Corona in new video

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A few days after the president closing schools, bars and weddings, Posha has teamed up with producer Ronnie and backed the President to self isolate during the epidemic.

Posha has also further echoed the safety precaution to fight the epidemic.

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A Ka Dope partners with Universal Music to uplift Ugandan talent

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A Ka Dope, a platform for emerging musicians to showcase their craft, has announced a partnership with Universal Music Group, a global record label, in a move aimed at further elevating Ugandan talent.

The partnership was announced on Tuesday during the launch of their new season dubbed “One Night Only”.

Launching the 2020 edition, Afsa Umutesi, the Team Lead at a Ka Dope revealed that they have given stage to over 200 different Ugandan artistes in the past three years, but are now looking to offer even bigger opportunities for Ugandan musicians.

“A Ka Dope was started to give platform to underground artistes whose music was not getting played on radio as well as talented musicians who could not hold big concerts because they could not attract corporate sponsors.” Afsa Umutesi explained.

“We have since grown and realized that the platform we are offering is limited. Our goal now is to give a bigger platform and greater opportunities for Ugandan talent.”  She added.

Sponsored by Uganda Waragi and Roke Telkom, the new season will feature seven different shows, each offering a unique and dynamic experience. It will open with Ykee Benda on April 17th.

Speaking during the launch, Uganda Waragi brand manager Agaba Tumusiime said, “At Uganda Waragi, we celebrate the vibrant Ugandan spirit and there is no better stage to express your vibrant Ugandan spirit than the A Ka Dope stage. I encourage all artistes to bring on their A-game and show the world how vibrant and amazing Ugandan talent is.”

The launch ceremony was capped with entertainment from the A Ka Dope band led by Essie, performing a mix of their original compositions and cover songs.

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Alex Muhangi, Comedy Store go into hibernation following Corona scare

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Alex Muhangi and Comedy Store have announced they will take an indefinite break from their weekly comedy shows at UMA and have also cancelled their tours that were starting this month. This comes after the invasion of a dangerous Corona virus that spreads easily at gatherings to which comedy store is prone.

This is a precaution against further spread of the virus. This painful decision means that Alex Muhangi will suffer losses considering he bags tens of millions weekly from his shows.

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Sanyuka TV returns to StarTimes Nova bouquet

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StarTimes two years ago made a big investment in Ugandan football and talent when they bought the broadcast rights of Uganda’s topflight football league, birthing the StarTimes Uganda Premier League. The league airs on Sanyuka TV and is viewed by millions of passionate Ugandans.

Sanyuka TV on 1st February 2020 was moved from the Nova Bouquet to the Basic Bouquet, something that did not leave many Ugandans happy. The number of viewers reduced and consequently the Uganda Premier League fans were reduced to less than half. Many were left disgruntled.

StarTimes has heard the cry of many Ugandans and returned their much loved Sanyuka TV to the most affordable StarTimes bouquet – Nova. Greg Busolo, the Operations Manager at Sanyuka TV says, “Putting into consideration what our audience was telling us, we jointly decided to return Sanyuka TV to the StarTimes Nova bouquet. So far we have aired 69 games of the StarTimes Uganda Premier League and we plan to show more once the league resumes in May. We really appreciate the support the viewers have shown us.

Cleopatra Koheirwe the StarTimes PR Manager said, “We also have more content. The other good news is that the Fox Channels such as: Nat Geo Wild, National Geographic, ESPN, Foxlife and Fox are back! Plus we now have Nina Telenovela – a new channel for Telemundo fans, The General’s Daughter – a new TV series premiering on 25th March 2020 on Novela E Plus and more. So besides football and Sanyuka TV, there is a lot to enjoy on StarTimes. Our customers’ sentiments matter to us. We want to maintain the progress we had and keep the momentum going by ensuring that all Ugandans watch local football at an affordable price.”

Photo Caption L-R: Desire Mugumisa (PRO- Next Media), Greg Busolo (Operations Manager- Sanyuka TV) & Cleopatra Koheirwe (PR Manager-StarTimes)

Therefore, effective 16th March 2020, Ugandans will now continue to watch and enjoy Sanyuka TV, Uganda’s home of sports and entertainment on the Nova Bouquet.

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