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The Africa Channel Continues Expansion on Comcast’s Xfinity TV

Network to expand distribution in areas around Washington, D.C., Chicago and Detroit and to launch in Northern Santa Barbara County, CA, South Florida, Charleston, SC and Savannah, GA

LOS ANGELES, CA  -  May 2, 2011

The Africa Channel, the first mainstream television network in the U.S. fully dedicated to showcasing the richness, diversity and beauty of modern Africa and its people, today announced it is increasing its availability on Comcast’s Xfinity TV lineup.  The Africa Channel is expanding distribution in Detroit, Chicago and the Washington, D.C. area by the end of July and launching in the Comcast markets of Northern Santa Barbara County, CA, Savannah, GA, Charleston, SC and South Florida later this year, growing its audience by more than two million homes.  The announcement was made by Bob Reid, The Africa Channel’s Executive Vice President and General Manager, and David Jensen, Comcast’s Vice President of Content Acquisition.

“The Africa Channel’s expansion into these important additional Comcast markets signifies the growing value of a network that showcases everything Africa through programming that is informative, entertaining and inspirational,” said Reid.  “Comcast’s decision not only validates the importance of The Africa Channel and the unique and original content it provides for viewers, but also demonstrates Comcast’s ongoing commitment to diversity in programming sources and media ownership.  We look forward to a long and productive relationship with one of our most valued distribution partners.”

“The Africa Channel offers powerful programming that speaks in a special way to African Americans, the African Diaspora and the growing general audience interested in exploring the continent of Africa today,” said Jensen.  “We’re proud of our partnership with The Africa Channel and our continued commitment to delivering our customers the most diverse lineup of programming choices.”

The Africa Channel provides a broad range of English language programming, including news and information, travel and lifestyle, music, soap operas, dramatic series, talk shows, reality, biographies, current business analysis, feature films and special events, as well as cultural and historical programs that reflect the incredible stories, daily lives, successes, celebrations and challenges of the African people. 

Some of the network’s highly acclaimed programs include: lifestyle series Africa Within and Studio 53; reality series Project Fame Africa and All You Need is Love; dramas Generations, Jacob’s Cross and Isidingo; interview series Conversations with Felicia and Behind the Words, which features Africa’s renowned authors; weekly news magazine Africa Journal; standup comedy series, Africa Laughs; daily music series Africa Music; and groundbreaking music and interview series SoundTracks @ RedKiva and Africa SoundStage.

Additionally, the network offers a wealth of acclaimed documentaries and specials, such as The Soul of the Ashanti, which examines the roots of Ghana’s Ashanti Kingdom; Akwaaba! Ghana Welcomes The Obamas, a two-hour special covering President Obama’s visit to Ghana; African Presidents, which presents unprecedented interviews with the continent’s leaders; a profile of Senegalese-American hip hop and R&B music artist, Akon; and exclusive coverage of the annual Pan African Film and Arts Festival.

About Comcast Corporation
Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq:  CMCSA, CMCSK) (www.comcast.com) is one of the world’s leading media, entertainment and communications companies.  Comcast is principally involved in the operation of cable systems through Comcast Cable and in the development, production and distribution of entertainment, news, sports and other content for global audiences through NBCUniversal.  Comcast Cable is one of the nation’s largest video, high-speed Internet and phone providers to residential and business customers.  Comcast is the majority owner and manager of NBCUniversal, which owns and operates entertainment and news cable networks, the NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, local television station groups, television production operations, a major motion picture company and theme parks.

About The Africa Channel
The Network’s premiere on September 1, 2005 marked a milestone in U.S. television history.  For the first time, American audiences were able to experience the daily successes, celebrations and challenges of people living throughout Africa, all via a general entertainment network.  The Africa Channel is broadcast in the United States through national distribution deals with the four largest cable MSOs in the country: Comcast, Time Warner, Cox and Charter, as well as other cable systems.  The Channel is also available in the Bahamas, Trinidad and Tobago, St. Lucia, Jamaica, Barbados, Bermuda and Grenada.  Partners include former United Nations Ambassador Andrew Young and his company, Goodworks International; NBA stars Dikembe Mutombo and Theo Ratliff; Williams Group Holdings LLC; and former U.S. Senator Donald Stewart.
 
For more information, visit www.theafricachannel.com