Three Nairobi-based companies have applied for commercial free-to-air television broadcasting licences, as Kenya migrates from analogue transmission to digital, The Star reported. Acme Communications, Global Konnect and Number One TV have been issued with temporary permits by the Communications Authority of Kenya to roll out digital broadcasting services, pending public feedback within 30 days from 20 January.
Kenya's newly launched free-to-view television platform, Bamba TV, has signed on the Italian men's football league, Serie A. Bamba TV will now screen a major weekly match free of charge on its digital TV. The agreement was signed with MP & Silva, the international TV rights holders for the Italian league. Bamba TV is a free to view platform with no monthly subscription fee. It includes cartoon, news, documentary, movies, sports ,telenovela and religious channels.
DSTV has announced the premiere of an exciting new Nigerian telenovella dubbed, Hotel Majestic on Africa Magic. The telenovella will air every weekday on Africa Magic at 10pm (Kenyan Time).
Hotel Majestic focuses on the Emeni family as they fight one another and the outside world to protect a hotel that has been in their family for decades. The Hotel, which is situated in a beautiful and flawless riverside community in Nigeria, has been in the family since the late 1800’s and is currently run by two great- great grandchildren of the original owner.
At a computer in Bamako, Mali, Manny Ansar couldn’t help smiling. A reporter had asked by e-mail whether Ansar — the co-founder and director of Mali’s Festival in the Desert — had seen “The Last Song Before the War,” a documentary about the festival’s 2011 edition, directed by Kiley Kraskouskas of Falls Church, Va.
In fact, he watches it often. Hence his smile, which he mentioned, e-mailing back in French.
South African all-female western-adventure film, "Flatland," directed by Jenna Bass, set in the country's semi-desert region called the Karoo, has been selected to receive production funding from the World Cinema Fund (WCF). It will join the ranks of Oliver Hermanus’ "Shirley Adams" (South Africa) and Donald Mugisha’s "The Boda Boda Thieves" (Uganda/South Africa) as the only South African films to have received support in the fund’s history.
On Wednesday 3 December AfricAvenir Windhoek screens South African documentary A Country for My Daughter as part of the worldwide 16 day activism campaign against gender violence held from 25 November to 10 December every year. The screening takes place at the Franco Namibian Cultural Centre.
After what it claims was a very successful DISCOP, Prime Entertainment Group has another success in the area, this time with the renewal of its leading series with Universal Networks in the Pan African region.
The All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) and the African Union Commission are set to bring 2014 to a close with a show-stopping awards ceremony scheduled to hold on Saturday, December 27, at the prestigious Grand Ballroom, Oriental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos.