Lesotho National Broadcasting Service


The first radio broadcast service in Lesotho began on September 07 1964, through the Roman Catholic Church (RCC) communication transmitter erected in the capital Maseru. The radio transmission named, Radio Lesotho, broadcast one-hour, 06H00 – 07H00, and another, 18H00 – 19H00. Shortly after Lesotho gained independence in 1966, Government of Lesotho (GOL) received donation of transmitters from Government of Britain and of United States of America. The fact that made it possible for Radio Lesotho to begin broadcast from its own transmitter stations. The gifts comprised five units, two British 660 Watt Marconi SW transmitters, 1 Kilowatt RCA MW transmitterfrom the British Government. The transmitters paved way for a new era in the radio broadcast in Lesotho as it extended broadcasting hours moved from two hours a day to eighteen hours through one channel on FM transmitters in Maseru, Semonkong, Qoqolosing, Mokhotlong and Mohale’s Hoek.


Radio Lesotho

The broadcasting service is provided by the Lesotho National Broadcasting Service (LNBS), popularly known as Radio Lesotho) in the Broadcasting whose aim is to inform, educate and entertain the general and specialised audiences. The objective of the service include the planning, development and maintenance of an efficient broadcasting infrastructure for the effective coverage of the country through radio and television and the development and production of programmes that focus on and seek to make a contribution to the national development.

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Lesotho Television Service

The Lesotho Television Service (LTV) began transmission to most areas of the country’s lowlands in 1988. The service was a joint venture between the Lesotho National Broadcasting Service and M-Net (Electronic Media Network), a South African subscription television service which broadcasts to several countries in Africa. The Lesotho Television Service used to broadcast one hour a day. Arrangements were made to increase duration to two hours, mainly news bulletins in Sesotho and English, cultural programmes, music, religion, drama as well as other topics of national interest.


ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Chief Engineer:

Under the general supervision of the director engineering, to be responsible for management, operations and maintenance of technical facilities in the broadcast center and the mobile production unit, including preparation/administration of the department budget and planning, purchasing and installation of capital equipment.

Radio Presenters:

The broadcasting service is provided by the Lesotho National Broadcasting Services in the Department of Broadcasting whose aim is to inform, educate and entertain both general and specialised audiences. The objectives of the service include the planning, development and maintenance of an efficient broadcasting infrastructure for efficient coverage of the country through radio and the development of programmes that focus on and seek to make a contribution to national development. Television Presenters

TV Presenters:

A broadcasting presenter is the public face, or voice of programmes broadcast on television, radio and via internet. A presenter's work on a variety of platforms, the role is to entertain and inform the audience by presenting information or entertainment in an accessible and attractive way.

Services

Radio Broadcasting

RADIO LESOTHO

Radio Lesotho (Slogan: The Station for the Nation) is government–owned. It broadcasts predominantly in the Sesotho language but news is broadcast in Sesotho and English at different times. It offers news and current affairs programmes as well as religious, sports, social and entertainment programmes. The mandate of Radio Lesotho is to inform, entertain and disseminate information to all social classes without any discrimination to anyone. We also out-source programmes from the private sector and government ministries.

Radio Presenters:

'Makhauhelo Nkopele

Merapelo ea bo mme, Hlaphoheloang bakuli, Ts'omo

Lieketseng Letela

Selibeng, Tseba ka AIDS

Moeketsi Kokotela

Morning Drive Show/Mahlaseli, Sunday Mix

Molefi Nare

Boleng Ba Rona, Tseba ka Lesotho, Re Leta Thojane

Mphasa Kinela

Re Hlasela Thota, Re Leta Thojane, Lipapali, Mmino oa Sesotho

Mpho Mosala

Lentsoe Le Pina, Lipapali

Mpolokeng Semoli

Sebini Sa Kajeno, Re Leta Thojane

Sebeo Gugushe

Re Li Lata Mabotsela, Re Hlasela Thota Re Leta Thojane (12 midnight) Jazz (Sunday @ 2:00PM)

Sephooa Mabese

Banna Khotla, Likheleke tsa Lesotho, Lipapali, Mebileng, Monyanyako, Ka Lapeng

THE ULTIMATE RADIO

The Ultimate Radio (Slogan: The Heartbeat of the Kingdom) is a commercial broadcaster that was incepted in May 2006, with the core aim of generating funds for the Ministry of Communications, Science and Technology. This inception was initiated by the then Minister of communications, Science and Technology, Dr Motsoahae Tom Thabane, following findings of a pending project, which was a talk radio, parallel to that of Radio Lesotho, which was proposed to be named Highlands Radio. The prime mandate of the station was to provide the following:

  1. Formulate content that is appealing to young people, people in academia as well as working class, ages roaming from 15 – 45.
  2. The model proposed to be that of a commercial broadcaster, regulating 24 hours, using English as the main medium of communication, however, it was encouraged that on issues of national interest, it would be exceptional to flexibly tolerate Sesotho speaking, more especially if the interviewee struggles with the English language command.
  3. Generate funds for the ministry.
  4. Frequency range was proposed to be aligned with that of Radio Lesotho (countrywide and beyond).
  5. Programmes to be designed to attract investors and the general corporate market.

Radio Presenters:

Agatha 'Yoggie' Mpeqa

Les Rendezvouz

Boitelo 'BTLO' Rabele

Ultimate Breakfast Reloaded, The Adrenalin

Bonang 'Bonnita' Motumi

Baseline Sounds

Khotso 'DJ Quizy' Moletsane

The Knock-Off

Lerato 'Teddy' Matsimane

Midday Beat, Ultimate Hits

Liengoane 'Tiny' Thokoa

Les Rendezvouz

Ntebaleng 'Noxie' Mokhali

Night Pulse

Rebafiloe 'Rebel' Monnapula

Ultimate Breakfast Reloaded

Relebohile 'Katie' Lefatle

The Cruise, Deja Vu

TV Broadcasting

Television broadcasting in Lesotho was introduced in 1988 because of a partnership initiative between the Lesotho government and a South African commercial television company, the ministry of information pointed out that the service is a joint venture between Lesotho National Broadcasting Services and M-Net(Electronic Media Network), a South African subscription television services which broadcast to several countries in Africa. It broadcasts transmission of news, sports and cultural programs nationwide as well as to parts of South Africa. LTV provides free to air television in Lesotho, It is important to note that infrastructure is limited, which means that television Lesotho is only accessible through the entire country via satellite. Lesotho television is not yet a 24-hour broadcasting service.

LTV Programmes Schedule

MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY SATURDAY SUNDAY
Time Programme Time Programme Time Programme Time Programme Time Programme Time Programme Time Programme
06:00 THAHAMESO 06:00 THAHAMESO 06:00 THAHAMESO 06:00 THAHAMESO 06:00 THAHAMESO 06:30 CHILDREN OMNIBUS 07:30 LESANG BANA
07:30 CHILDREN 07:30 CHILDREN 07:30 CHILDREN 07:30 CHILDREN 07:30 CHILDREN 09:00 LITSOANYA 08:00 KHOTSO EA LICHABA
8:00 TELENOVELLA 08:00 TELENOVELLA 08:00 TELENOVELLA 08:00 TELENOVELLA 08:00 TELENOVELLA 10:30 OUR TIMES OMNIBUS 09:30 HARVEST WORLD
09:00 ATAMELANG 09:30 MOHOMA TEMENG 09:30 LOCAL GOV 09:30 FORESTRY 09:30 BOPHELO BA HAU 12:00 TELENOVELLA OMNIBUS 10:00 RELIGION
10:00 MELODY 10:00 MOTSEO 10:00 REA RIBOLLA 10:00 BOHLOLOHALI 10:00 NTATAISE 16:30 COOKING SHOW 10:30 TURNING POINT
11:00 KHORO EA BOPHELO 10:30 OUR TIMES 10:30 OURTIMES 10:30 OURTIMES 11:00 SEOTLONG 18:30 MMUSAPELO MOVIE
12:00 MEGASPORTS 11:00 SEHAESO 11:00 MMUSAPELO 11:30 VOA 12:30 VOA 19:00 TOURISM MOVIE
13:00 THAHAMESO 12:00 12:00 VOA 13:00 THAHAMESO 13:00 THAHAMESO 19:30 NEWS 15:00 MAPHOSA CHURCH SERVICE
14:30 VOA 12:30 VOA 13:00 THAHAMESO 14:30 VOA 14:30 VOA 20:00 16:00 KHOTSO EA LICHABA
16:30 CHILDREN 13:00 THAHAMESO 14:30 VOA 16:30 CHILDREN 16:30 CHILDREN 20:30 MAPHOSA CHURCH SERVICE 16:30 HARVEST WORLD
17:00 TELENOVELLA 14:30 VOA 16:30 CHILDREN 17:00 TELENOVELLA 17:00 TELENOVELLA 21:30 NEWS 17:00 ATAMELANG
18:00 TELENOVELLA 16:30 CHILDREN 17:00 TELENOVELLA 18:00 TELENOVELLA 18:00 TOP NOTCH 22:00 TOP NOTCH 18:00 MELODY
18:30 MOHOMA TEMENG 17:00 TELENOVELLA 18:00 TELENOVELLA 18:30 BOPHELO BA HAU 18:30 SEHAESO 22:30 CCTV 19:00 BANTU TV
19:00 OUR TIMES 18:00 TELENOVELLA 18:30 FORESTRY 19:30 NEWS 19:30 NEWS
19:30 NEWS 18:30 LOCAL GOV 19:00 OUR TIMES 20:00 NTATAISE 20:00 MEGASPORTS 19:30 NEWS
20:00 MOTSEO 19:00 OUR TIMES 19:30 NEWS 20:30 SEOTLONG 20:30 TSETSETHA 20:00 KHORO EA BOPHELO
20:30 TSETSETHA 19:30 NEWS 20:00 BOHLOLOHALI 21:30 NEWS 21:30 ENGLISH NEWS 21:00 GOSPEL
21:30 ENGLISH NEWS 20:00 REA RIBOLLA 20:30 TSETSETHA 22:00 PARLIAMENT 22:00 LITSOANYA 21:30 NEWS
22:00 PARLIAMENT 20:30 TSETSETHA 21:30 NEWS 23:00 CCTV 23:00 PARLIAMENT 22:00 CCTV
23:00 CCTV 21:30 NEWS 22:00 PARLIAMENT 00:00 CCTV 00:00 CCTV
00:00 CCTV 22:00 PARLIAMENT 23:00 CCTV

Engineering

CORE BUSINESS

  • Information dissemination
  • Provision of communication infrastructure

CORE FUNCTION

  • Broadcasting
  • Systems Design and Development
  • Signal Transmission (AM and FM, Satellite, Analogue and Digital TV, Microwave Links, Internet Protocol)

SUB-KEY FUNCTIONS

  • System Analysis
  • System Concept Development
  • System Design
  • Distribution of radio and television signals
  • Maintenance of communications infrastructure

KEY ACTIVITIES

  • Design radio and television distribution networks
  • Monitoring of communications operations and networks

ACTIVITIES

  • Setting specifications for new systems
  • Identification and provision of solution to technical problems
  • Cost benefit analysis
  • Undertaking feasibility studies
  • Transformation of requirements into complete system design
  • Converting design into complete working system
  • Testing and reporting results
  • Implementing developed systems
  • Installation of new systems
  • Plan radio and television distribution
  • Design radio and television distribution
  • Test broadcast networks
  • Distribute radio and television signal
  • Transmit audio and video news and programmes online
  • Provide technical solutions to radio and television
  • Monitoring signal levels of communication equipment including power supply (cooling system, signal quality, video quality, signal quality, signal strength, audio levels)
  • Maintenance of standards of broadcasting equipment for transmission of quality audio and video
  • Regulation of power supply and cooling systems
  • Installations of new transmitters
  • Maintenance of audio editing suites


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