DRC gov teams up with Lagardère to launch new youth TV channel

(Ecofin Fides) -. The Minister of Communication and Media of Congo, Thierry Lézin Moungala, has announced the introduction of a new TV channel called Télé Congo Youth.

Tele Congo Youth will be the second public national channel and will complement Congo TV, launched in 1962. Congo TV was the first TV channel broadcasting in sub-Saharan Africa. Currently, Télé Congo is experiencing a slowdown accentuated not only by the lack of financial and material resources, but also stiff competition from local media and international networks now in Congo.

RTL International starts broadcasting in Southern Africa

RTL Group's new entertainment channel aimed at German speakers and ex-pats around the world has been launched in Southern Africa, namely in South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Kenya, Togo, Ghana and Seychelles.

The new channel features genres such as live news, magazines soaps and series. RTL International, a pay channel, is available via satellite, cable, IP and over-the-top platforms.

AFDA Filmmaker shortlisted for Oscar nomination

Nathan Rice, a student at AFDA Durban, said he was extremely humbled that he was shortlisted for a nomination. Nathan Rice's film, Homeless, has been shortlisted for a nomination for the Student Academy of Motion Picture Awards in the best short foreign student film category.

Rice's film, which was shot in the Greenwood Park and Springfield Park areas, was the the highest-scoring of over 60 short films, based on the audience and critics' scores at the recent AFDA graduate festival held at Ster-Kinekor's Cinema Nouveau and Suncoast Cinecentre.

Africa 24 Satellite News Channel To Launch With Arabic And English Content

The French-language pan-African satellite news network Africa 24 is expanding its operations to produce content in Arabic and English.

The broadcaster will produce an Arabic news channel in Casablanca, while the English version will be made in Nigeria.

The seven year-old satellite network, which employs people in Saint-Cloud, France as well as Dakar and Senegal, has already begun recruiting staff for its new venture in Casablanca.

TVC Entertainment now on DStv

MultiChoice Africa has announced the addition of Television Continental (TVC) Entertainment, a local content channel based in Lagos, Nigeria, to the DStv platforms on 15 December 2015. The channel will be available on DStv channel 193 to Premium, Compact Plus, Compact, Family and Access subscribers.

Africanews goes live

Euronews’ new African channel, Africanews, was launched on 5th January 18:00 West Africa time in Congo Brazzaville.

The channel, which Euronews has hailed as the first pan-African news media service, will be available in French and English on all digital platforms. The service will initially be available via its website, YouTube, Facebook and Twitter, and via a new interactive app called Story Hunters.

Triggerfish Story Lab announces top stories from continent-wide search

Triggerfish Animation Studios has selected four features and four TV series for development from the inaugural Triggerfish Story Lab, established with the support of The Department of Trade and Industry and The Walt Disney Company.

South Africa: SA Film Rakes in R1.1 Million At the Local Box Office On Opening Weekend

Koos Roets's new Afrikaans movie, 'n Pawpaw vir my Darling has earned R1.1m rand after only five days on the local film circuit and has been seen by approximately 25 000 people.

The film, which is based on Jeanne Goosen's novel and that tells the story of the Beeslaer family of 24 Frik du Preez Street in Damnville, is charming audiences with its unique humour.

Broadcast - In brief

Eighty-one countries have submitted official entries for the Foreign-Language Film Oscar race. The only first-time entrant this is Paraguay. Nominations for the 88th Academy Awards will be announced January 14 at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, and the hardware will be doled out February 29 at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood.

AFRIFF Award Winners Announced

The African International Film Festival (AFRIFF) has grown consistently over the years, and 2015 was undoubtedly their best year yet. 180 films screened from 8-14 November, with the star-studded awards ceremony rounding off a successful festival line-up.

The ceremony – which took place at the Eko Atlantic City on Victoria Island in Lagos – saw South African performers taking home some coveted awards. Fulu Mugovhani continues her streak of fame with Best Female Performance in Ayanda, while Charlie Vundla took home Best Male Performance for his role in Cuckold.

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