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The Africa Channel and its production arm, TAC Studios, is a showcase for the African continent’s most outstanding English-language television series, specials, documentaries, feature films, music, biographies and cultural and historical content. These travel, lifestyle and culture-oriented programs reflect the people of Africa, the diaspora and their influence on the world. The Africa Channel is based in Los Angeles and is available in approximately seven million homes in North America and the Caribbean on cable systems such as Comcast, Charter/Time Warner, Cox and those represented by the Caribbean Cable Cooperative.

Our Mission? To open up a daily window into modern African life and, in the process, help demystify Africa for American viewers.


Press Releases

  • The Africa Channel to Premiere New Series, ‘Cuppy Takes Africa,’ and Season Two of ‘The Ultimate Braai Master’

    June 19, 2017

    The Africa Channel, Inc (TAC) announced today that it will premiere the second season of “The Ultimate Braai Master” on Tuesday, July 4 at 10pm ET, and a new series, “Cuppy Takes Africa,” on Tuesday, July 11 at 10pm ET

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  • The Africa Channel Makes Two Senior Management Hires

    March 27, 2017

    The Africa Channel, Inc (TAC) announced today that a
    pair of accomplished television executives have joined the network’s senior
    management team.Sheila Cole has joined TAC as VP, Post Production Operations;Íľ Brendan Gabriel is on
    board as VP, Production and Creative Director.

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  • Black History Month Programming Announced by The Africa Channel

    January 17, 2016

    The Africa Channel, Inc (TAC) announced today a broad Black History Month initiative highlighted by the premiere of several originals from TAC Studios, the network’s recently launched production arm. The Black History Month celebration will include on-air, online and on-demand components.

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  • Three Executive Promotions Announced at The Africa Channel

    December 1, 2016

    The Africa Channel, Inc (TAC) announced today the promotions of three executives: Chase Green to Producer, Digital Content (from Lead Assistant Editor); Lynneise Joseph, to Director, Program Strategy & Distribution (from Director of Current Programming); and Katrina Pallant to Director, Digital Media & Strategy (from Digital Media Manager)

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  • The Africa Channel to launch TAC Studios at DISCOP 2016 Johannesburg

    October 26, 2016

    TAC Studios focus will formalize and build on the network’s existing production initiatives by developing, producing and distributing premium lifestyle content reflecting Africa’s influence on the world. It will collaborate with producers from Africa and around the globe to bring contemporary stories, authentic voices and high quality productions to audiences worldwide.

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  • The Africa Channel Unveils Fall Programming Lineup

    October 14, 2016

    Slate Includes New Episodes of Original Shows, New Acquisitions and New Seasons of Acquired Series

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  • Caribbean Tales and The Africa Channel announce Cinema Spotlight Award

    October 12, 2016

    “We are delighted to partner with The Africa Channel to shine a spotlight on these important modern narratives and filmmakers, and to give platforms to traditionally marginalised voices and place them at the centre of all that we do at CaribbeanTales,” said Frances-Anne Solomon, Executive Director of CTFF.

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  • The Africa Channel Expands Partnership with Comcast to Service Multicultural Audiences

    September 13, 2016

    The Africa Channel (TAC) announced today it has expanded its partnership with Comcast Cable in Video On Demand (VOD) content targeting multicultural audiences. Comcast is the first provider to launch TAC on VOD.

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  • The Africa Channel Launches Ubuntu Awards to Recognize Individuals and Organizations Who Exemplify Human Kindness

    June 13, 2016

    The Africa Channel (TAC) announced today the launch of the Ubuntu Awards. Inspired by the legacy of Nelson Mandela, the awards celebrate organizations and individuals who exemplify Ubuntu, or ‘Human Kindness.”

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  • The Africa Channel Salutes Prince by Making Half-Hour Collaboration with the Late Performer Available on TheAfricaChannel.com

    April 22, 2016

    The Africa Channel (TAC) announced today it will salute the great recording artist Prince by making a half-hour collaboration with the performer available to fans on www.TheAfricaChannel.com. The show, “Prince! Behind the Symbol” original aired on The Africa Channel in April 2011.

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  • Africa Channel Introduces Two New Programming Blocks and 13 New Series Featuring Food, Lifestyle, Family and General Entertainment

    April 12, 2016

    The Africa Channel (TAC) announced today it will launch two new programming blocks and 13 new series encompassing food, lifestyle, family and general entertainment. The new series rollout will begin the week of April 18.

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  • The Africa Channel Retains HotHouse Media and T Media Sales to Handle Distribution and Ad Sales for Network

    April 5, 2016

    The Africa Channel (TAC) announced today that it has retained HotHouse Media to handle affiliate sales and distribution, and T Media Sales to oversee all ad sales for the network.

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  • The Africa Channel and AfricaXP Announce Exclusive Content Supply Deal and Partnership in Premium Channel Launch in Africa

    April 4, 2016

    US-based African entertainment network The Africa Channel (TAC) has closed content and channel partnership deals with leading African channel creators and content distributors AfricaXP.

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  • Three Execs Promoted at The Africa Channel

    November 2, 2015

    The Africa Channel (TAC) announced today the promotion of three executives: Narendra Reddy to EVP Content & Global Operations (from SVP Programming & Production), Karen Juve to VP Programming & Acquisitions (from Director, Programming & Acquisitions) and Lynneise Joseph to Director of Current Programming (from Manager, Programming).

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  • The Africa Channel Unveils Fall Programming Lineup

    September 14, 2015

    Narendra Reddy, TAC’s senior vice president, programming & production, said, “This is our most ambitious programming slate to date and we look forward to using it as a launching pad for even more original programming in 2016. Through our diverse range of series, our viewers can experience the wonderful culture and lifestyle of the African continent as many have never seen before.”

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  • The Africa Channel Announces Summer Programming Highlights

    May 18, 2015

    The Africa Channel (TAC) announced today a slate of summer programming highlights headlined by the July 13 premiere of the daily morning show “Expresso,” the first series to ever air live on the African continent (Cape Town, South Africa) and then on tape the next day in the U.S.

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  • The Africa Channel begins airing Two Series produced by The Voice of America

    February 12, 2015

    The Voice of America (VOA) and The Africa Channel announced today that the network has begun broadcasting two VOA-produced series that report and explore news and issues from the African continent. “Africa 54” airs Monday through Friday on The Africa Channel from 7-7:30 p.m. ET, and “Straight Talk Africa” airs every Saturday from 8-9 a.m. ET.

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  • The Africa Channel designates February as ‘Elders Month’

    January 30, 2015

    The Africa Channel’s “Elders Month” celebration will be highlighted by more than 50 short-form vignettes created by up-and-coming filmmakers from the United States and Africa. The vignettes will spotlight people from all walks of life who have made a difference.

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Media Coverage

  • MultiChannel News, June 19, 2017 “The Africa Channel to Premiere New Series, ‘Cuppy Takes Africa,’ and Season Two of ‘The Ultimate Braai Master”
  • NextTV, April 10, 2017 “Sheila Cole VP, post production operations and Brendan Gabriel VP, production and creative director join The Africa Channel”
  • South China Morning Post, May 16, 2017 “When Paula Williams Madison traced her family history, it took her from her home in New York to Jamaica, and on to southern China. Her documentary tells an amazing story of the Hakka diaspora in the early 20th century”
  • Cablefax, April 3, 2017 “The Africa Channel adds Sheila Cole as VP, post production operations, and Brendan Gabriel as VP, production and creative director.”
  • MIPTV News page 23, April 4, 2017 “TAC STUDIOS is making its debut at MIPTV this year. The company, a division of The Africa Channel is bringing more than 300 hours of finished series and documentaries to the market including Africa On A Plate, Minjiba Entertains and World Wide Nate.”
  • Cablefax, April 3, 2017 “The Africa Channel adds Sheila Cole as VP, post production operations, and Brendan Gabriel as VP, production and creative director.”
  • Cynopsis, March 28, 2017 “The Africa Channel hired Sheila Cole as VP, post production operations, and Brendan Gabriel as VP, production and creative director. Cole’s 20-year career in television encompasses work with NBC, Paisley Park, Comedy Central, Warner Bros. and BET. Gabriel most recently was head of creative for Endemol Shine Africa.”
  • Cynopsis, January 18, 2017 “The Africa Channel announced a Black History Month initiative that includes the premieres of originals from its recently launched production arm, TAC Studios. Premiering on Sundays and repeating on Thursdays will be Africa Everywhwere, In Focus: Black Women in Media, Shades of You and Fighting for King and Empire: Britain’s Caribbean Heroes, among others.”
  • Multi Channel News, November 2016 “Narendra Reddy, formerly executive vice president of content & Global Operations for TAC, will be responsible for all operations related to The Africa Channel, including its recently announced production arm TAC Studios, said network officials.”
  • Variety, October 2016 “Discop Africa: Former NBC Exec Paula Madison and Others Talk Opportunities for African Women in Media”
  • Cynopsis, November 2016“The Africa Channel upped Narendra Reddy to Executive Vice President & General Manager. Reddy had been Executive Vice President, Content & Global Operations.”
  • Variety, October 2016“Discop Africa: Former NBC Exec Paula Madison and Others Talk Opportunities for African Women in Media”
  • IT News Africa, October 2016 “A sample of popular shows in TAC’s existing library include “30 Min. Tour,” “Africa Everywhere,” “Africa On A Plate,” “Care For Color,” “Minjiba Entertains,” “Muziki Ni”, “Chiney’s World” and a variety of critically acclaimed specials.”

  • Reel Screen , October 2016 “The channel showcases the African continent’s most outstanding English-language television series, specials, documentaries, feature films, music, soaps, biographies, current business analysis and cultural and historical programs.”
  • Screen Africa, October 2016 “TAC Studios focus will formalise and build on the network’s existing production initiatives by developing, producing and distributing premium lifestyle content reflecting Africa’s influence on the world.”
  • Variety, October 2016 “Based in L.A., TAC Studios are being set up to finance and distribute premium lifestyle programming about contemporary African life. They will work with a network of producers and production companies in Africa and around the world.”
  • Cynopsis, October 2016 “The Africa Channel’s fall slate boasts four new acquisitions from the African content. Series include sci-fi show Room 9, premiering Halloween;  BBQ competition The Ultimate Braai Master; baking show Di Ya Wela and lifestyle series The Fattening Room, which places six women in a traditional finishing school.”
  • Multi Channel News, September 2016 “Comcast Cable will offer video on demand content from The Africa Channel to its subscribers as part of an expanded partnership deal between the two companies.The agreement calls for Comcast to add Africa Channel original and acquired content to its Black Film & TV VOD offering, which already offers more than 2,000 hours of programming, said the network.”
  • Variety, May 2016 “The Africa Channel is expanding its original programming slate, greenlighting a new cooking show and three pilots. Minjiba Cookey, a Nigerian food blogger, will host the channel’s latest cooking and lifestyle series, “Minjiba Entertains.” The pilot lineup includes “Shanty Chic,” a design and home improvement show from South Africa’s Forefront Media; “Shadows Unexplained,” a series exploring paranormal phenomenon, mysteries, and myths on the continent from TAC Productions; and “Elements,” a docu-series featuring Kenyan host Ruby Kang’ethe from Amsterdam based Loman Productions.”
  • Cablefax Daily, April 2016 “Africa Channel head of new media/creative director Brian Newton was the only programmer who talked about distribution agreements limiting OTT offerings. It was a provision included when the net launched in 2005. Africa Channel, which is in about 10mln homes, is currently renegotiating deals with at least a 90-day window during which it can post content online. “But currently we can’t take part in any initiatives over-the-top so we’ve [considered] the idea of launching an additional network that is completely free and clear so we can take advantage of platforms like Pluto TV and a few others that play in the international landscape,” Newton said.”
  • Multichannel News, April 2016 Indies Aren’t Catching the Diversity Wave: “Even if the heads of programming for these various distributors believe that this content that we have will resonate with audiences, basically they’re forced to carry networks from the companies that have far greater lever- age than we do,”
  • Cynopsis, February 2016“BHM programming unfortunately hasn’t really evolved over the years and programmers tend to focus on the literal interpretation of the history of the African-American experience,” says Paula Williams Madison, consultant and shareholder of The Africa Channel and author of Finding Samuel Lowe, the book on which the film of the same name that premieres on BHM this month is based. “It’s time to expand the conversation and include issues affecting back people worldwide.”
  • Cynopsis, January 2016 The Africa Channel’s “Know Your Heritage” campaign launches with the TV premiere of Finding Samuel Lowe, about three siblings on a journey to find the descendants of a Chines grandfather, on Sunday, January 31. Follow-up feature Tracing History: The Lowe Family Journey will run on theafricachannel.com. Programming will also include an Instagram contest about the importance of knowing your heritage, and interstitials showing celebrity DNA test reveals that determine ancestral origins in Africa.
  • Cynopsis, December 2015The Africa Channel has begun its “8 Gifts Holiday Movie Countdown,” featuring a holiday-themed movie premiere every Sunday and Monday night from Thanksgiving to Christmas. At noon on Christmas Eve, the net launches its “8 Gifts Holiday Movie Marathon,” with encores of the eight films leading into the 9p premiere of Nothing for Mahala, followed by behind-the-scenes special The Making of Nothing for Mahala; marathon then continues through December 26 at 6a.
  • Variety, November 2015As Discop Africa wrapped its 11th edition Nov. 6 in Johannesburg, the focus turned to 2016, when the continent’s biggest TV content market travels to Abidjan, Ivory Coast, from May 31-June 2, before returning to South Africa in November.
  • CYNOPSIS, September 2015No one can say The Africa Channel doesn’t have a sense of humor. The net launched daily morning show, Expresso, today – the same day South African native Trevor Noah takes his Daily Show seat – and TAC has a little fun with a Daily Show spoof.
  • CYNOPSIS, September 2015Daily morning show Expresso will be a “signature series” for The Africa Channel, Narenda Reddy, SVP, programming and production, tells Cynopsis. But it was no small feat getting the program, which will air live in South Africa and on tape the next day in the U.S., off the ground.
  • TVbytheNumbers, September 2015The Africa Channel (TAC) announced today a fall programming slate featuring 80+ hours of fresh content from September through the end of the year, headlined by the September 28 premiere of the daily morning show “Expresso,” the first series to ever air live on the African continent (Cape Town, South Africa) and then on tape the next day in the U.S.
  • Multichannel News, September 2015The Africa Channel this month will launch a South African-based series a day after the show airs live on the African content, one of several new series set to debut through the rest of the year.
  • Huffington Post, August 2015With House of Tayo in the spotlight, Rugamba joins a list of designers he believes will gradually change common misconceptions that all African fashion is simply “elaborate traditional costume or tacky pieces found in gift shops.”
  • CRVIII, July 2015Lumumba Chic Debuts on ‘House Of Tayo’, available on The Africa Channel.
  • OkayAfrica, July 2015A New Web Series Follows Rwandan Fashion Designer Matthew Rugamba & His ‘House Of Tayo’
  • CYNOPSIS, July 2015The Africa Channel celebrates its annual “Mandela Week” July 13-19, remembering Nelson Mandela, who died in 2013 at the age of 95. Programming includes documentaries, specials and new episodes of returning series, all dedicated to the life of the anti-apartheid revolutionary and president of South Africa. Among the highlights: a five-part series of one-hour documentaries that trace Mandela’s life from his early years growing up in one of South Africa’s most rural regions to his rise as the country’s first Black president.
  • CYNOPSIS, May 2015Intersexions, from South Africa, debuts on Africa Channel Sunday, May 31 at 9p. Drama presents interrelated stories of sexual relationships across age, geographic, racial and class boundaries, showing risk scenarios that could lead to HIV infection.
  • Multichannel News, April 2015Cable network Africa Channel will launch an OTT service in 2016 that will feature African-themed content from the channel as well as exclusive content created on the continent
  • CYNOPSIS, February 2015The Africa Channel has designated February Elders Month. “Not every life well lived ends up in history books,” said Lee Gaither, net GM/EVP.
  • CABLEFAX, October 2014Africa Channel will support Congo Week (Oct 20-26), which is designed to raise consciousness about
    the situation in the Congo and advocate for peace and justice.
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  • CYNOPSIS, October 2014The Africa Channel is collaborating with Congo in Harlem, a local initiative to raise global consciousness about the situation in the Congo, with a variety of cross-platform features the week of October 20.
  • TARGET MARKET NEWS, July 2014The Africa Channel announced that it will make television history with the soft launch of a new morning show on Friday, July 18, the birth date of Nelson Mandela.
  • CYNOPSIS, July 2014The Africa Channel will make television history with the soft launch of morning weekday series Expresso on Friday, July 18, the birth date of Nelson Mandela.
  • TV MEDIA INSIGHTS, July 2014Throughout the summer, The Africa Channel will present “Expresso Previews,” which will highlight various segments from the series.

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