The Africa Channel, the US-based television network showcasing the rich and diverse perspectives of Africa's people, made its official launch in the New York metro area exclusively on Time Warner Cable's New York City Region on September 18.

The New York City launch is the second under a national affiliation agreement between The Africa Channel and Time Warner Cable. The network will be launched across the complete Time Warner New York City Region footprint and will include some 1.1 million of the system's digital subscribers.  The Africa Channel launched in Time Warner Cable's LA Metro division on July 29.

Eric Brown, The Africa Channel's Executive Vice President of Affiliate Sales, said: "Obviously, New York is a very important market for The Africa Channel and we are delighted to be launching in the media capital of the US and the world.  For the first time ever, Time Warner Cable's New York metro area viewers will be able to enjoy The Africa Channel's rich and diverse slate of programming never before seen in the United States, providing an entertaining and enlightening window into modern day Africa.

"Time Warner Cable has been a great supporter of our network and we plan on pursuing launches throughout their other systems across the country."

The Africa Channel features programming that spans news and information, travel and lifestyle, music, soap operas, talk shows, reality, feature films and special events.  Flagship series include the travel series Africa Within and Studio 53; reality series  Project Fame Africa, and All You Need is Love; dramas Generations, Jacob's Cross and Isidingo; the interview series Conversations with Felicia; the news program Africa Journal and daily music series Africa Music.

The Africa Channel also regularly offers a wealth of news and information programming.  Produced by Reuter's team of producers and journalists in Nairobi, Kenya, Africa Journal, a weekly series, aggregates the most important stories, interviews and news from across the African continent.  Africa Report offers a comprehensive look at the business opportunities on the continent.  Carte Blanche, a flagship series, is known as 'The 60 Minutes of Africa' due to its focus on investigative journalism and highly popular newsmagazine format.  Now in its 18th successful year, Carte Blanche has accumulated more than 80 local and international awards for excellence in investigative television journalism and is seen in 44 countries throughout the African continent.

Original series created for The Africa Channel include Conversations with Felicia, hosted by author, entrepreneur and African TV icon Felicia Mabuza-Suttle and Africa Music!, a VJ-hosted music series that spotlights the latest sounds to come out of Africa.

The Africa Channel's most recent programming additions include, Jacob's Cross, an episodic drama series set in Nigeria and South Africa; Project Fame, 16 singing contestants from around Africa live and train together while competing for a recording contract; Dane Africa, talent scouts scour South Africa, Zambia, Mozambique, Kenya and Nigeria  in search of the best freestyle dancer on the African continent; and Urban Massive, travels to African's best known cities to profile the top musicians, fashion designers, trendsetters and hottest local nightspots and also puts the continent's local DJs and artists in the limelight and showcases them at the top of their game.

A complete daily schedule including program information and clips are available at www.theafricachannel.com