This month, Canal+ launches a new "Africa channel" to expand its Canalsat lineup in continental Africa.
To be called A+, the new channel, per the press release, "aims to become French-speaking Africa’s standard-setting channel, seeking to reflect the continent’s various identities and defining features, and to be resolutely oriented toward Africa’s future."
Specifically, two-thirds of the programming will be dedicated to African and African American series, films and TV movies. There will also be broadcasts of special reports, reality TV shows and game shows, all with the end goal being to attract a very wide audience across the continent, in all demographics.
Canal+ Overseas Chairman Jacques du Puy: "A+ will be made by Africans, for Africans, and illustrates Canal+ Africa’s commitment to supporting the development of Africa’s cultural industry and to help ensure that it is dynamic, is talent-rich and helps create jobs. A+ will thus feature local productions, which Canal+ plans to promote and help to develop."
With 1.1 million subscribers, Canal+ Africa aims to be a leading satellite pay-television operator in French-speaking Africa. A subsidiary of Canal+ Overseas, which handles Canal+ activities outside of France and in the French overseas territories, Canal+ Africa has continued to expand its presence on the African continent over the last 2 decades and now has eight subsidiaries.