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Launch of Zimbabwe's 1st TV - Zimbabwe's first independent television station
1st TV: Your Nation Your Station

July 17, 2013

Zimbabwe's first independent television station begins broadcasting at 6pm on Friday 19th July, 2013. The 1st TV signal can be captured via the Wiztech Free to Air satellite platform.

1st TV will provide impartial, factual news to the people of Zimbabwe as well as broadcasting popular films, soap operas and comedies.

The 1st TV team comprises respected former ZBC producer-presenter, Temba Hove, Short Wave Radio Africa's hard-hitting interviewer, Violet Gonda and executive producer Andrew Chadwick.

Over the past seven years, hundreds of thousands of Zimbabwean households have installed Wiztech decoders, as they made clear their desire for quality, independent information and entertainment.

With the recent loss of SABC from the platform, Zimbabweans have once again been at the mercy of the dire production standards and biased reporting of the state media.

"33 years after independence it is high time that the people get what they demand and deserve in respect to their right to information and that is the role that 1st TV will play", said Temba Hove.

"This exciting project means that Zimbabweans will now have a station that not only broadcasts to them but also will serve as a platform for all people to express their views and to share information about what is happening in their areas and in their lives", he added.

"We know that the people want a service that is professional, that reports without fear or favour and is responsive to their needs and that is 1st TV", explained Harare resident Andrew Chadwick who has worked for Sky News and as communications director in the Prime Minister's office until 2011.

In addition to being available via satellite, 1st TV will also have a strong presence on social media which will allow Zimbabweans themselves to influence and guide the growth and direction of the channel in terms of both news and entertainment.

For more information:
Call +27 (0)79 114 4450 or +27 (0)76 841 1036
Follow us on Twitter @1stTVZim

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