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Angolan satellite television operator Zap, owned by Isabel dos Santos, stopped broadcasting SIC Internacional and SIC Notícias channels in Angola and Mozambique on Tuesday, a decision SIC did not take part in.
According to the Agence France Presse news agency, the broadcasting of the two Portuguese channels was suspended after they released reports criticizing the Luanda regime.
Contacted by Lusa, a representative of the Carnaxide station said that “SIC had no not been involved in the decision to withdraw SIC Internacional and SIC Notícias from the Zap distribution platform in Angola and Mozambique.”
“The distributor will continue to display SIC Radical, SIC Mulher, SIC K and SIC Caras channels exclusively for the Angolan and Mozambican markets,” the same source said. “The two channels [SIC Internacional and SIC Notícias] can still be viewed on DStv in Angola and Mozambique and on StarTimes in Mozambique.”
According to AFP, ZAP representative António Miguel said that the two channels “are no longer part of the package distributed by Zap due to a change in the broadcasting grid of the programs”. He did not elaborate further.
Zap started operating in the Angolan market in April 2010 and is currently the largest satellite TV operator in Angola. Operator NOS owns 30 percent of the ccompany, with the remaining capital held by Angolan businesswoman Isabel dos Santos’s Sociedade de Investimentos e Participações.Source: Lusa
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