From July 2010, my favourite TV channel CNBC Africa is no longer available on free TV in Nairobi. CNBC Africa is not going away, just that it will be harder to find and more costly to reach.
A twitter message from the company shows that All Kenyan viewers should be advised that @cnbcafrica is completely exclusive to @DStv on Channel 410
So no more free broadcasts of the channel, only on for DSTV subscribers. Having CNBC in Kenya was a great addition to our local airwaves. It provided a forum for business talk, almost 24 hours a day, refreshing counter-programming e.g. on Sunday morning when every other free TV channel feels that it has to broadcast a noisy church sermon.
Many will miss the range of investor & industry analysis, business news and interviews from around Africa (South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria), Asia, Europe and the USA. Still the video’s of the day from the channel can still be found at the ABN Digital site that’s updated with fresh content on a daily basis.
Other reads: Business reporting is ‘hot’ in Africa with CNN market place Marketplace Africa and last weeks edition of the Diageo Africa Business Reporting Awards now in its seventh year. Also here’s a profile of CNBC Africa Nairobi anchor Terry Anne Chebet and another story from South Africa that gives an interesting insight to the underbelly of the profession.