The entertainment channel, Glow TV (DStv channel 167) will be shut down as of Thursday, 30 June 2016 and will no longer be available on media platforms.
Glow TV, which brings viewers eastern-inspired programming across various genres, was launched by Kagiso Media in October 2013 and brought Indian soapies and dramas to viewers across Southern Africa.
The channel is part of the Urban Brew Studios (UBS) stable which also includes [ED], Dumisa and One Gospel. Glow has been available on the DStv platform, OpenView HD and StarSat.
Urban Brew Studios CEO Trish Taylor said the current economic climate and the higher cost of programming contributed to the decision to close the channel.
“Glow viewers have been supportive, loyal and dedicated. They are the ones most affected by our decision. We thank our valued viewers, advertisers and the satellite platforms for their amazing support of Glow TV over the past two and a half years,” says Taylor.
Kagiso Media Group CEO Mark Harris explained that while this decision was not an easy one, it is in the best interest of the broader group.
“We are in the business of making great television but we also have to make sure that the business models associated with channels and programming work for the broader group,” says Harris.
Deputy Group chief executive officer Omar Essack added that they will continue to produce and supply viewers and media partners with the best content and formats available, not just in Africa but across a global footprint.
One of the biggest production studios in Africa, UBS produces much-loved programs across all genres including youth, entertainment, factual, drama series and Telenovelas. Flagship shows include YOTV, Gold Diggers and Live AMP to name a few.