Africa Channel to Launch in Detroit on Comcast

Aug 22, 2006  •  Post A Comment

The Africa Channel will premiere Sept. 14 in Detroit on Comcast digital cable.

The new network, which aims to provide perspective on people and issues in Africa, launches with more than 1,600 hours of original and first-run English-language programming. Its offerings include news, music, feature films, reality, talk and event specials, soaps, and travel, lifestyle and documentaries.

Virtually none of these programs have been seen in the U.S., the network said in a Tuesday statement.

“Our network will serve an important cultural need while providing entertaining programming that demystifies Africa to the Detroit television audience,” said James Makawa, a counder and CEO of The Africa Channel and a native of Zimbabwe. “With our pro-social agenda firmly rooted in education, we’ll be a highly visible participant in the city’s local communities.”

The new network is intended to broaden viewers’ horizons by focusing on modern African culture, history and news, said Steve Thomas, VP and general manager of Comcast, Detroit.