(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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.