South Africa is to inaugurate a new television channel for blacks only.
GV ZOOM IN CU S.A.B.C. television sign on building.
GV & SCUs Black journalists working at typewriters. (3 SHOTS)
GV PAN FROM Black journalists on one side of room TO white journalists working on other side of room. (2 SHOTS)
GV White police retrieving stolen money in major Johannesburg crime story.
SV PAN Black TV crew filming story PAN TO police posing beside money.
SV PAN Black TV newsman using electronic news gathering (ENG) camera.
SV. & CU Black editor cutting story. (3 SHOTS)
SV PAN Black family watching television puppet show in Afrikaans, changing channel. (3 SHOTS)
SVs & CUs Black newsreader reads bulletin in African language. (3 SHOTS)
GVs & SVs Dummy of African musical variety show and promotional material for new television service. (7 SHOTS)
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Background: South Africa is to inaugurate a new television channel for blacks only. It will be the country's second, and will be put out by the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) in five black languages: Zulu, Xhosa, Tswana and Northern and Southern Sotho. The present service is in English and Afrikaans and is aimed at whites only. The new service will be a commercial channel and SABC Executives say advertising is already oversubscribed by 200 per cent. Critics say however, that the new service will not appeal to urban blacks, whose common language is English, and they say it is being developed as an instrument to fragment South Africa's blacks into separate groups. The critics also say that less than 250,000 blacks own television sets, and television would be useless in some black townships which do not have electricity. The service was due to begin on 31 December. Black journalists at the main SABC newsroom in Johannesburg have been preparing stories for transmission. White journalists use the same newsroom, but work in a different part of the office. At the Johannesburg police headquarters, black newsmen filmed white policemen recovering about half-a-million rand (one-half million dollars) that had been stolen earlier.