SA in for rare glimpse of Oprah’s school

2012-09-20 10:26

South African viewers will be able to get their first real glimpse inside Oprah Winfrey’s private school for girls with a new once-off special documentary.

The First Graduating Class: Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls will be airing on TLC (TopTV 453 /DStv 186) on Friday September 28 at 6.30pm.

The broadcasting of the special documentary will give viewers an exclusive glimpse inside the school as it has never been seen before by outsiders.

The broadcast is timed to coincide with the one year name-change of Discovery Travel & Living to TLC in October last year.

TLC is one of the few pay-TV channels available on both MultiChoice’s DStv as well as On Digital Media’s (ODM) TopTV platform, making the channel widely available to a big pay-TV audience in South Africa.

The special documentary looks at Oprah Winfrey’s effort to start and run the private school for girls, as well as the lives of the girls and the first class of 72 girls who’ve now graduated and are now attending university.

‘Love and commitment’

“I am honoured that our partnership with Discovery Networks has made it possible to present The First Graduating Class: Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls to the TLC viewers of South Africa,” said Winfrey in a statement.

“My heart holds a deep love and commitment to the people of South Africa, and to create a school that is able to change the trajectory of these student’s lives has been one of the greatest gifts of my life.”

“It’s been a fantastic first year on air for TLC Africa and we’re delighted with the incredibly positive reception the channel has had with South African women,” says Lee Hobbs, the channel director for emerging business for Discovery networks for the Central and Eastern European, Middle East and Africa (CEEMEA) region.

“We are proud to be sharing this beautiful journey with them and to be working with Oprah to help celebrate the first graduating class of her Academy in South Africa. TLC is all about celebrating the lives of modern women and we feel the spirit and achievement of these first graduates at Oprah’s Academy really embody the channel’s ethos,” says Hobbs.

The documentary will be repeated on Saturday 29 September at 5.40pm and Sunday September 30 at 4pm.

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