“TV”

“T.V.”.Probably the shortest headline ever to be published in the Namib Times and we did so on the front page of our edition Friday 26 March 1982. We announced that from that evening television test programs would be broadcasted in Walvis Bay, Swakopmund, Henties Bay and also Arandis for a period of one month.

Always ready to serve the public with every new opportunity, the Namib Times published the first television program schedule on Tuesday 30 March 1982.
We unfortunately also had to spoil everyone’s excitement in the process of fulfilling our role to inform. In the edition 2 April 1982 we reminded the public tv-licenses are payable as from 1 April 1982.
In our edition of Friday 30 April of the same year, Namib Times also had to ask the big question: “Is it the effect of T.V.?” We made reference to one of the shortest Town Council Meetings ever conducted the evening before.
“No doubt bearing in mind the Weir-Moore fight to be screened at half past seven last night, the regular monthly meeting of the Walvis Bay Town Council skipped through the agenda to last only half an hour”, the front-page article is quoted.
The Rotary Club of Walvis Bay hosted a forum in June 1982, discussing and highlighting the social- and family pitfalls associated with television. In the same edition Namib Times quoted Professor Wynand Malan, Chairman of the SABC’s Board where he predicted satellite television and multi-channel television “within five years”.

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