Entertainment Writer

FAST-GROWING independent commercial television station, 3Ktv, yesterday entered its third season, with plenty of new riveting programmes lined up for viewers.

This comes as the history-making, free-to-air national station — which is also available on DStv Channel 293 — has retained many of its big-hitting programmes which launched when it went live on air on February 28 this year, becoming the first privately-owned and licensed station to do so in the country.

Speaking to the Daily News yesterday, 3Ktv’s new head of programming, Lucia Kanyongo, said the television station continued to shine, with more exciting programmes lined up for viewers for the next 13 weeks of the third season.

Kanyongo, who was previously 3Ktv’s executive producer, has succeeded Christina Chimuka in this position — who, in turn, has been elevated to the job of general manager for events across the fast-growing Jester Media Services Group.

Simbarashe Chivasa is the station’s new executive producer.

“We had a brilliant season two. We started season three today (yesterday) and we are confident that it will surpass what we achieved in season two.

“We have a riveting line-up of old and new programmes. The television station is, without doubt, growing from strength to strength,” Kanyongo said.

This season, the station will not only introduce new programmes, but also rationalise and retain popular ones from the previous season such as Amanxeba, Mawombera, Complicated Affairs, Isibaya, Bundu, Tete neMurora, Usendo, Patown, Sofelani, as well as the ever popular Tangled and Vantage.

“Drama and intrigue continues in Tangled. On the other hand, Amanxeba, whose ratings have also blown the roof away, will be broadcasting twice a week on Mondays and Tuesdays at 8pm.

“Mawombera season two is back. A new drama called Sofelani also debuts this season and will run every Friday at 8pm,” Kanyongo said.

The insatiable appetite for comedy and sitcoms compelled 3Ktv to bring PaTown, Tete neMuroora and Tonight with Carl Joshua Ncube, over and above Complicated Affairs.

To complete the station’s diverse prime time viewing, a new series, Bundu, will broadcast every Tuesday at 7pm, and a Ndebele series — Usendo — will be screened every Thursday at 7pm.

“The Book Club, The Diplomat Couch and People and Earth are some of the other new programmes to look forward to.

“Vantage remains anchored as a prime time hard talk programme every Thursday at 8.30pm, and a new talk show — My Vote — will be screened every Monday at 5.30pm,” she added.

Viewers would also be in for other treats, thanks to exciting new Korean dramas which include Kurama Tengu, a series which revolves around a Japanese Royal family, and the Secret Life of a Secretary, a series that follows a relationship between a secretary and the boss.

3Ktv is a sister venture to Zimbabwe’s iconic and number one business newspaper, The Financial Gazette, as well as the Daily News and the Daily News On Sunday.