Soapie broad­cast awaits Dig­i­tal Mi­gra­tion

Lesotho Times - - Weekender - Mo­halenyane Phakela

LO­CAL fans of the lo­cally-pro­duced soapie, Our

Times, will have to wait a bit longer for its screen­ing on na­tional tele­vi­sion af­ter Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Min­is­ter Khotso Let­satsi said it would only be aired af­ter the Dig­i­tal Mi­gra­tion process has been com­pleted.

Min­is­ter Let­satsi told the Week­ender this week that the long-awaited soapie would be ac­com­mo­dated once Dig­i­tal Mi­gra­tion has been ef­fected.

Dig­i­tal mi­gra­tion in­volves shift­ing broad­cast­ers from ana­logue to dig­i­tal sig­nals, and the process is key for open­ing up more fre­quen­cies and faster mo­bile broad­band ser­vices. The dig­i­tal tech­nol­ogy af­fords coun­tries such as Le­sotho, with a fre­quency spec­trum for only one chan­nel un­der ana­logue, to ac­com­mo­date 20 tele­vi­sion chan­nels.

He said Le­sotho would have to wait for South Africa, which is still be­hind, to also com­plete the process to pre­vent sig­nal clashes be­tween ana­logue and dig­i­tal.

“Our Times is one of the best soapies pro­duced in the coun­try which Ba­sotho can ex­pect when Dig­i­tal Mi­gra­tion is launched,” the min­is­ter said.

“We don’t have a spe­cific date of air­ing as yet, but it will def­i­nitely be broad­cast.”

Our Times is pro­duced by Thet­sane-based Land­locked En­ter­tain­ment and cen­tres on the lives of three middle-class fam­i­lies, namely the Mphatšoes, Mo­fo­kengs and Mpharoanes. The soapie deals with such themes as ex­plores be­trayal, tragedy, ro­mance and tra­di­tion among oth­ers.

The soapie made waves when it be­gan air­ing last month on South African broad­caster etv’s con­ti­nen­tal ser­vice e-africa. It is broad­cast ev­ery week­day at 9pm and re­peated at 9am and 3.30pm.

Our Times pro­ducer and di­rec­tor, Motheea Mpharoane, also told the Week­ender he had been re­ceiv­ing many in­quiries about when it would be broad­cast in Le­sotho.

“I have been re­ceiv­ing many calls from peo­ple ask­ing me the soapie would be aired on na­tional tele­vi­sion,” he said.

“Ev­ery­thing is ready. We await to hear from the min­is­ter who will is­sue the green light for the broad­casts to be­gin. Hope­fully, it will be soon.”

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