Afrikaans pay-TV channel kykNET celebrated its first decade of existence on 15 November. As part of the celebrations, kykNET launched new shows, special programming and a new on-air look. Additionally, the channel is rebroadcasting some of its early hit programmes every Sunday.
Included in kykNET’s special programming is a documentary tracking its history as the first-ever Afrikaans pay-TV channel in South Africa
“kykNET continues to hold its No.1 ranking against the DStv Afrikaans market on pay-TV,’ said Oracle Airtime Sales’ account manager for kykNET, Fanie Terblanche. “Ratings against DStv Afrikaans Adults have increased by 62 percent since 2003, while Afrikaans subscribers have increased significantly from 793,000 in 2003 to 1,703,000 this year.’
Eighty-eight percent of its Afrikaans subscribers are in the A-income group, while 80% percent are in the Super A income group. Some of the big advertisers on the channel include Unilever, Ford, Toyota, L’Oreal, the Tiger Group, MTN, Vodacom, Cell C and General Motors.
New content this month kicks off with the agricultural show Landbousake on 3 November. Kyk hoe lyk ons nou launches on 22 November, which takes an in-depth look at the Afrikaans community and is presented by well-known singer, Chris Chameleon. And on 28 November, South African musical talent is showcased in Reik na die Sterre.