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GOtv launches dedicated channel for Obama visit

21 July 2015, 21:54 Dennis Omido

Nairobi - Pay TV company GOtv has launched a dedicated channel to showcase US President Barrack Obama's visit to Kenya.

GOTV, which is owned by MultiChoice will cover the historical event together with Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC).

Both companies will provide comprehensive coverage of the visit, including all public events featuring President Kenyatta and President Obama. From Wednesday, 22 July to Tuesday, 28 July, GOtv channel 99 will be at the centre of the "Obama-mania" action in Kenya. KBC will broadcast all the events live on KBC Channel 1 and Heritage TV in Kenya.

"We are thrilled to open up this channel dedicated to providing the whole of Africa with first-hand information about this significant moment for Kenya, and indeed the rest of the world. As part of our commitment to providing our subscribers with relevant and up-to-date, world class news and current affairs, this dedicated channel promises to provide gripping coverage of the tour by US President Barack Obama and his host, Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta," said the CEO of MultiChoice Africa, Tim Jacobs.

"We are delighted to partner Multichoice on yet another momentous period in Kenya’s history," said KBC Managing Director and MultiChoice Kenya Chairman, Waithaka Waihenya.

Obama first expressed his consideration to visit Kenya at a meeting in South Africa in 2013 where he told a youth leader from Nairobi: "If in three years and seven months I’m not in Kenya, then you can fault me for not following through on my promise."

For seven days, GOtv subscribers will be able keep up with all the live footage of Obama in Kenya along with informative documentaries about the country.

Obama is expected in Nairobi, from 24 July where he will attend the Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2015 (GES 2015) organised by the White House which gathers entrepreneurs and investors from around the world.

Kenya will host 3 000 investors, government officials, private sector players, entrepreneurs, innovators and the world’s media during the three-day summit.

This will be the first time the international Global Entrepreneurship Summit will be hosted in sub-Saharan Africa.

The channel will feature snippets of live coverage of the three-day summit, bilateral talks between President Obama and President Kenyatta, joint live press conference by the two Presidents plus round-the-clock coverage on Kenya’s success stories, Obama file footage, some of Kenya’s greatest personalities, the country’s achievements, including tourism content like famous landmarks and wildlife.

The channel will be available on channel 99 for GOtv Plus, GOtv Value and GOtv Lite subscribers from Wednesday, 22 July until Tuesday, 28 July.

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