Acting Director of the BBC World Service Group, Liliane Landor, has called on the Ethiopian authorities to stop jamming BBC broadcasts in the Middle East and North Africa. She joined directors from Deutsche Welle, France 24, and the US Broadcasting Board of Directors which oversees the Voice of America, in condemning the flagrant violation of the clearly established international procedures on operating satellite equipment. Read the full story here:
The 22nd General Conference of ALECSO (Arab League Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization) was held from 27 to 29 May 2014 at its headquarters in Tunis. It was the opportunity to present the project of an Arabic cultural television channel which will be funded by the organization.
More and more video being consumed on smartphones and tablets, more ad dollars moving from print to mobile video and a gradual evolution away from channels to Apps. That’s the vision venture capitalist and analyst Mary Meeker presented in the 2014 edition of her annual Internet Tends report at the Code Conference Wednesday.
AFRICA'S MOST popular reality TV show Big Brother is back. This year, Rwanda will participate in the show which will have representatives from 14 countries eyeing $300,000 (Rwf 210 million) up for grabs. Rwanda will take the place of Angola in the 9th season which starts on September 7, 2014.
Social critics say Rwanda's strict culture might clash with the values depicted in Big Brother Africa, which moralists across the continent have openly castigated.
Balancing Act’s Associate editor Sylvain Béletre attended the opening of a new exhibition at the heart of Paris dedicated to the history of Television and interviewed a member of the scientific commission, Monique Sauvage, the event’s project manager, Céline Daridan and Xavier de Montfort, head of marcom at cnam.
This event is the occasion to review the impact of the digital transition in France since 2005 and how it could shape up across Africa over the next ten years.
With over 20 privately owned radio stations and migration from analogue to digital broadcasting, Rwandans have now (since early 2014) started to view local private television channels. There are currently four private TV stations projected to reach eight or ten before the end of this year. Full story here:
MultiChoice's Oscar Pistorius Trial TV channel is a massive viewership success story for DStv, lifting ratings on the South African satellite pay-TV platform to unprecedented levels and making the channel the 4th most watched TV channel on pay-TV in South Africa since the channel launched on 2 March. by Thinus Ferreira
The phenomenal viewership feat makes the Oscar Pistorius Trial TV channel, which has already earned millions, the most successful pay-TV channel launched in South African television history.
Africa24 MEDIA, the continent’s premiere Pan African international quality media production house, announces the Mohamed Amin African Media Awards (MAAMA’s), to be inaugurated in Nairobi in 2015.
To get ready for this seminal event honoring African broadcasters, media houses, journalists and filmmakers, AFRICA24 MEDIA is sending its COO & Senior Executive Producer, Daniel Furnad, on a continent-wide tour to identify excellence in our craft.
Balancing Act has kept track of recent DTT developments up until June 2014 as an update to its recently published market report: "DTT: Analogue to digital migration in Africa - Strategic choices and current developments (2014)".
If Africa is to meet the ITU deadline for the switchover to digital terrestrial television (DTT) it needs to complete it within just one year, by 17 June 2015.