New TV chan­nel launches a va­ri­ety of love in­spired pro­gram­ming rang­ing from in­ter­ac­tive talk shows to dra­mas

The New Age (Free State) - - FRONT PAGE - SIYABONGA SITHOLE siyabon­gas@the­

YES­TER­DAY on the day the world ob­served the day of love – Valen­tine’s Day – Moja Love, a new tele­vi­sion chan­nel on DStv, launched a va­ri­ety of love in­spired pro­gram­ming rang­ing from in­ter­ac­tive talk shows, dra­mas, sit­coms and te­len­ovel­las as part of its of­fer­ing.

The new chan­nel which is a pro­ject spear­headed by Siyaya TV, has promised lo­cal tele­vi­sion viewers “con­tent that speaks to uni­ver­sal love in the African con­text, in all its var­i­ous for­mats, that tran­scends through bar­ri­ers and creeds”.

One of the pre­mium shows on the chan­nel is Show Me Love, an in­ter­ac­tive talk show hosted by veter­ans of broad­cast­ing, KG Moeketsi along­side, for­mer Metro FM ra­dio per­son­al­ity, Unathi Nkayi, as well as ANN7s Abi­gail Vis­agie and for­mer eNCA news an­chor, Non­to­beko Sibisi. Speak­ing to The New Age Vis­agie, who is known mostly as a news an­chor, promised viewers a show filled with top­i­cal fe­male fo­cused top­ics.

“The show re­ally ex­cites me be­cause its a show for women by women and it’s re­ally a safe place for us to talk about is­sues that women deal with. It re­ally is a sis­ter­hood that I want to see tran­scend the cam­era and screen, I want our viewers to feel like they are part of the dis­cus­sion and can at least re­late to one if not all four of us,” Vis­agie said.

The Kim­ber­ley-born Vis­agie, who last year was The Search E! Africa En­ter­tain­ment run­ner up, said the show will not only tell sto­ries but comes pow­ered by beau­ti­ful per­for­mances and stun­ning in­serts and most im­por­tantly, pul­sat­ing sto­ries from some of the coun­try’s lead­ing and most pow­er­ful women.

“There re­ally isn’t any­thing else like it on South African screens. The pro­duc­tion is huge, our stu­dio is stun­ning, there will be beau­ti­ful per­for­mances and in­ter­est­ing in­serts, but I’m re­ally ex­cited to hear from strong women. I’m ex­cited to hear their sto­ries and share mine as well,” she said.

Hav­ing cut her teeth as a news hound and made a tran­si­tion to the world of pre­sent­ing, Vis­agie says she loves the fact that she is part of a dy­namic team of women who have done it be­fore her.

“We have an amaz­ing fe­male team that ex­tends far be­yond the faces you will see on air. It’s al­ways in­spir­ing hear­ing from women who have gone be­fore you on what­ever jour­ney, tak­ing from their lessons and pick­ing their brains on is­sues of love and life is al­ways some- thing I look for­ward to,” she says.

“Unathi is just a me­dia pow­er­house and I am re­ally ex­cited to work along­side her, KG is some­one I’ve al­ways looked up to in the ra­dio space and she is such a lov­ing soul while Non­to­beko is the show’s en­ergy. With all four of us be­ing very strong me­dia per­son­al­i­ties in our own right, you can only imag­ine the magic that will hap­pen when we come to­gether,” Vis­agie said.

With Fe­bru­ary be­ing the month of love and the new chan­nel show­cas­ing the best of love, the for­mer beauty queen says she prefers to keep her cool.

POW­ER­FUL WOMEN: ANN7 news an­chor Abi­gail Vis­agie will be host­ing a new show on DStv called Show Me Love with other veter­ans of broad­cast­ing.

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