Africa's second full-colour television service was inaugurated on Saturday (12 January) when Zanzibar joined the Ivory Coast in broadcasting colour television programmes.
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Background: Africa's second full-colour television service was inaugurated on Saturday (12 January) when Zanzibar joined the Ivory Coast in broadcasting colour television programmes. Karume House in Zanzibar town is the headquarters of the new television service. On Saturday the facilities were officially opened by Mr. Aboud Jumbe, the leader of the ruling Afro-Shirazi Party and Second Vice-President of Tanzania. President Julius Nyerere of Tanzania, Indian Vice-President G.S. Prathak and Vice-President Hussein Kulnie Afarh of the Somali Republic were among the guests at the ceremony.
In his address Mr. Jumbe told his audience that the main purpose of the television service was to teach "politics, economics, culture and other subjects intended for the benefit of the people of this country."
The television service, equipped by a British company at a cost of one-and-a-quarter million pounds sterling (2,800,000 U.S. dollars) consists of two studios, tele-cine and video-tape recorders, a film unit and outside broadcast facilities. Two V.H.F. transmitters, one in Zanzibar town and the other on Pemba island, ensure full coverage across Zanzibar
Although Saturday marked the inauguration of the service, there has been limited colour broadcasting for a year, starting with test transmissions last January. Zanzibar residents already seem to have formed some viewing preferences -- "Match of the Day", edited film of British football -- has already gained a loyal following.
Zanzibar never had a black-and-white television service, and so the station's personnel, recruited mainly from Radio Zanzibar, have had to be trained in all production and technical aspects of television. Their training took place both in Britain and at Karume House.
There are, now, just under thirty television services broadcasting in Africa. The majority are still transmitting in black-white, but there is a move towards colour broadcasting in many nations, including Nigeria, Zaire, and Kenya. Because of the high price of colour-receiving sets, most of them are used for community viewing.