September 22, 2013 11.16 Europe/London By Robert Briel

OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network and Discovery Networks International will launch an exclusive OWN programming block in South Africa.
Slated to launch on October 17, the block will be exclusively available to DStv subscribers on TLC Entertainment, the new name for TLC in South Africa and 40 Sub-Saharan markets. Currently, the OWN programming block is also available to viewers in the United Kingdom and Central and Eastern Europe on TLC and in Australia on Discovery Home & Health, exclusive to Foxtel subscribers.
“Oprah couldn’t be more proud and honored to share her new television programs with South Africa,” said Erik Logan, president, OWN. “This is an exciting milestone moment in our continued international expansion.”
“Oprah is truly a beloved figure around the world, but no more so than in South Africa,” said Luis Silberwasser, EVP and chief content officer—DNI.
“With the recent local success OPRAH’S NEXT CHAPTER specials with Justin Bieber and Lance Armstrong, this key market has a proven appetite for OWN’s inspirational, entertaining and provocative programming. Come October, we are thrilled to offer audiences even more OWN content on TLC Entertainment.”