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E! Africa

Broadcast on: DStv
Active from: 30 Nov 2004
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About

E! (formally known as E! Entertainment) is a pan-African version of the American satellite television channel broadcast exclusively on the DStv network which features entertainment-related programming, reality television, feature films and occasionally series and specials unrelated to the entertainment industry.

AVAILABILITY

DStv: Channel 124 (originally Channel 41)
Bouquet: Premium, Compact Plus, Compact (from 14 April, 2020)

PICTURE FORMAT

576i (SDTV, 16:9)
720p (HDTV, 16:9) - since 18 January, 2018

SLOGAN

"Pop of Culture"

ABOUT

E! began life in South Africa in the 1990s when M-Net purchased a syndicated feed from the American broadcaster of its news programme E! News Daily. When free-to-air broadcaster e.tv launched in 1998 it was awarded the first-run rights to E! News Daily.

In December 2004 the African version of E! Entertainment launched in South Africa on the DStv platform, with exclusive broadcast rights. Although officially launched on 1 December, the channel actually began broadcasting on the evening of Tuesday 30 November. One of the first shows to air on that first night was the reality series Dr. 90210, which was broadcast at 22h00.

In 2012 the international broadcaster changed its name from E!: Entertainment Television to simply E!, with this change arriving in South Africa a few months later.

The channel went HD (720p) on 18 January, 2018.

E! positions itself as "a front row seat for the latest Hollywood glitz and scandal as you get the low-down on glamorous celebrities, and privileged access to Tinsel town's hottest award shows, movie premieres and live events".

Programming includes E! core franchises E! News (the forerunner of which was E! News Daily), The Soup, Chelsea Lately, Fashion Police and True Hollywood Story, as well as the docu-series Keeping Up with the Kardashians, Khloé & Lamar, Kourtney and Kim Take New York, Ice Loves Coco and Kendra.

Reality programs that have previously aired on E! include The Anna Nicole Show, Sunset Tan, Gastineau Girls, Girls of the Playboy Mansion, also known as The Girls Next Door (which itself spawned two spinoffs: Holly's World and Kendra), The Spin Crowd, Married to Rock and Dirty Soap.

Additionally, E!'s Live from the Red Carpet signature events keep fans connected to their favourite stars on Hollywood's biggest nights.

E! is a network of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, a division of NBCUniversal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news and information to a global audience.


Latest Updated Shows

Keeping Up with the Kardashians

Genre: Reality, Docu-Reality
Channel: E! Africa
Summary: Reality show documenting the lives of the Kardashian/Jenner family, the former of which consists of the ex-wife and children of Robert Kardashian.
Starring: Khloé Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian, Kylie Jenner


Kimora: Life in the Fab Lane

Genre: Reality, Docu-Reality
Channel: Style, E! Africa, SABC3
Summary: Docu-reality series which follows the life of Kimora, her three children Ming Lee, Aoki and Kenzo, and the various people who work for and with her.
Starring: Kimora Lee


How Do I Look? South Africa

Genre: Reality, Reality Makeover
Channel: E! Africa
Summary: Roxy Burger is on the case to solve South Africa's most shocking fashion crimes, as she and a team offer makeovers to style-challenged participants.
Starring: Roxy Burger


Latest Articles

New on TV today: Tuesday 5 May

05 May 2020 | Written by: Shows Editor | From: New Shows and Seasons
Brit cop thriller Line of Duty starts on SABC3 as Home Channel finds the Coolest Places to Stay.


New on TV today: Monday 4 May

04 May 2020 | Written by: Shows Editor | From: New Shows and Seasons
The Funny Dance Show brings some crazy to E! and manicurist comedy-drama Claws nails it on e.tv.


New on TV today: Sunday 19 April

19 Apr 2020 | Written by: Shows Editor | From: New Shows and Seasons
South Africans chase their roots in HISTORY's Your People, My People and BH90210 comes to Vuzu.


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New on TV today: Sunday 24 May

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