SABC blacked out news says DA

The DA on Friday accused the SABC of imposing a “blackout” on a news report involving one of the broadcaster’s senior officials.

“An analysis of media reports indicates an SABC news blackout on the issue of SABC chief operations officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng’s salary,” Democratic Alliance MP Gavin Davis said in statement.

Broadcast - In Brief

Over the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, Television channel beIN SPORTS monopolized live matches’ dissemination: the pleasure of the poor confiscated by the rich - A climate of resentment prevailed in the popular media in Tunisia, particularly those young people. It is also the case in all Arab countries because of what they call the diktat of television 'Bein Sport' monopolizing the broadcast of football matches of the Brazilian world cup. beIN SPORTS made the Cup available to its subscribers for $ 350 for the decoder, a sum far beyond the means of most poor and unemployed Arab youth.

BBC World News: Connected Cities (in Africa)

Over its BBC World News Monthly Highlights, BBC World will broadcast “Connected Cities” including cities in Africa.

Urbanisation is the defining trend of the 21st Century. The rate and extent of this trend, especially in Asia and Africa, is unprecedented in human history.

South African Media Audience Research: new agreement signed

The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), the South African Audience Research Foundation (SAARF) and the service provider, Nielsen Media Research signed a new multi-year Television Audience Measurement Survey (TAMS) agreement on 22 May 2014.

This agreement will run for the next five years, with a tripartite agreement between the three parties running for the duration of 2014. The NAB and SAARF will oversee research conducted by Nielsen throughout this year.

Broadcast - In Brief

- German television broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1 Welt is planning to launch services in South Africa via mobile application and the web on smartphone or tablet devices. Popular German TV shows like 'Der letzte Bulle', 'Ladykracher' and 'Pastewka' will be available on the channel, Nextvame reported. The channel can be subscribed to for USD 10.61 per month. ProSiebenSat.1 Welt is being launched in seventeen other markets with South Africa being the only African country. According to the German Embassy in South Africa, some 2,000 Germans emigrate to South Africa each year.

MultiChoice in new PSL soccer deal

The pay-television broadcaster has taken the wraps off plans to launch a new football tournament with the Premier Soccer League.

Pay-television broadcaster MultiChoice and the Premier Soccer League (PSL) have taken the wraps off a new football competition called the MultiChoice Diski Challenge.

The three-year agreement, which is being billed as a corporate social investment project by MultiChoice, will provide life skills and leadership development for players.

CNN Multichoice African Journalist 2014 Finalists Announced

Finalists in the prestigious CNN MultiChoice African Journalist 2014 Competition were announced today by Ferial Haffajee, Chair of the independent judging panel. The competition is now in its 19th year.

This year the competition received entries from 38 countries across the continent, including French and Portuguese speaking Africa.

There are 28 finalists from 10 countries: 

Daniel Biaou Adje, ORTB, Benin

Safia Berkouk, El Watan, Algeria

MHz Networks adds African channel to its viewing bouquet

From 5 August US global media company MHz Networks features a nation-wide, five-month market broadcast test of Africa Today TV. The launch coincides with the first USA-Africa Leaders Summit, which was hosted by the White House in Washington, D.C. from 5 to 6 August.

Yaya Moussa is the founder and president of the new channel and maintains that it is dedicated to developing positive perceptions of contemporary Africa by broadcasting the continent's stories.

Broadcast - In Brief

- Over 51,000 people you won't be able to watch their favourite soap or news broadcasts beginning midnight today (July 31) as the Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority (Rura) will switch off their analogue TV sets as it concludes the migration from analogue transmission to digital broadcasting. "Out of those, 141,260 (70 per cent of all people with TV sets) homes have acquired decoders," the regulators said.

SA will not meet digital TV deadline: Ovum

South Africa will fail to meet the mid-2015 deadline, agreed to with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), to switch off analogue terrestrial television broadcasts, according to an international research firm. Consulting and research firm Ovum says most sub-Saharan countries, including South Africa and Nigeria, will fail to meet the deadline they agreed to with the ITU, which forms part of the United Nations.

Countries in the region agreed to the deadline, after which the ITU will not protect their traditional analogue TV frequencies from cross-border interference.

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