MultiChoice Malawi customers have hailed the leading digital satellite television company for the initiative to have Times and Zodiak on DStv and GOtv saying it will help in extending reach as was the case during the Presidential Elections hearing and the delivery of the landmark Constitutional Court ruling on Monday.
MultiChoice Malawi was inundated with inquiries from customers regarding which channels on DStv and GOtv they could find Zodiak or Times Radio to tune in to ahead of the most anticipated court ruling.
“I don’t have a radio. I use the phone to listen to radio. But on this day I didn’t have headphones which act like aerial to tune in to radio. Then I remembered that we have radio on GOtv and DStv so I called somebody who works with MultiChoice Malawi to give me the channels. That’s how I managed to listen to the ruling,” said Richard, a GOtv customer.
On January 24th 2020 MultiChoice Malawi took its relationship with local media houses beyond television by introducing Zodiak Broadcasting Station (ZBS) and Times Radio Stations on DStv and GOtv decoders.
Multichoice Malawi Head of Commercials Yuk-Yen Auyeung said on DStv Malawians can tune in to Zodiak on channel 910 while Times can be accessed on Channel 911. On GOtv Zodiak is on channel 812 while Times is on channel 811.
“We decided to introduce radio stations on DStv and GOtv in keeping with our promise of increasing local content on both our platforms. We want to give our customers on DStv and GOtv variety and easy access to radio when they want to listen to news on radio,” she said.
ZBS Director General Gospel Kazako and Times Group Commercial Manager Lusayo Msukwa who were present to witness the launch of the radio channels at MultiChoice Offices said they were upbeat with the development.
“I am happy with the development because it gives our listeners a perfect alternative for listening to radio programmes through DStv and GOtv decoders. Some houses don’t have radio except TV so this technology gives those people easy access to radio,” Kazako said.
Msukwa said although have they have a national audience, there are some pockets where it’s difficult to have signal especially in mountainous areas.
“This development will allow those located in difficult areas where there is no radio signal to have access to radio programmes because DStv uses satellite signal. So it’s a very welcome development because it increases access to our radio programmes,” he said.
MultiChoice Malawi already has local television channels on DStv and GOtv. MBCtv can accessed on DStv channel 295, Times tv on 296 while Zodiak on channel 297.