Al Jazeera up for 7 One World Media Awards

Al Jazeera is nominated for seven One World Media Awards ahead of Thursday’s awards ceremony in London. Six of the seven nominations are for programming set in Africa.

Rwanda places indefinite ban on BBC broadcasts over genocide documentary

Suspension of corporation’s local-language FM radio services to continue in wake of row over film questioning official accounts of the 1994 genocide
The Rwandan government banned BBC Gahuza radio broadcasts after anger over a documentary on the country’s 1994 genocide

Rwanda has placed an indefinite suspension on BBC broadcasts in the county’s most common language in the wake of the row over a documentary on its 1994 genocide.

Channels TV Brings African News to UK Viewers

Channels Television, one of Africa’s leading television broadcasters, has officially launched its news and current affairs station, Channels 24, in the UK.

Viewers can find the new station on Sky Channel 575, with airing on Virgin Media and Freesat soon to follow.

Channels 24 brings African and international news and current affairs content - including politics, business, sports, entertainment, lifestyle and health - to viewers in the UK. The launch is part of Channels Television’s strategic plan to move the company’s regional broadcasting onto a global level.

Al Jazeera’s Liberia: Living With Ebola was named Best Documentary at the inaugural Mohamed Amin Media Awards (MAMA) in Nairobi, Kenya last week.

Launched by Africa24 Media and Mo Sound, MAMA honours “the best quality, most innovative content and rising platforms that are changing the face of Africa.”

In Liberia: Living with Ebola, Sierra Leone’s Emmy, BAFTA and Peabody winner Sorious Samura teamed up with Liberian investigative journalist Mae Azango, a winner of International Press Freedom Awards from both The Committee to Protect Journalists and Canadian Journalists for Free Expression.

Trevor Noah’s ‘New & Sexy Daily Show’ Has A Premiere Date

In March, South African comedian Trevor Noah was announced as Jon Stewart‘s successor as host of The Daily Show. The news came just five months after Comedy Central first brought the Soweto-born media personality on to join The Daily Show‘s cast as a correspondent. In December, Noah made his debut as “Senior International Correspondent” with a brilliant segment called “Spot The Africa,” which he followed up with two more appearances (“Boko Haram In The Media” and “Chess News Roundup).”

StarTimes secures rights for major sporting events

Satellite Pay-TV network StarTimes has secured broadcast rights, some of which are exclusive, for a number of major sporting events. This includes the FIFA Under20 (U-20) World Cup New Zealand 2015 matches from 30 May 2015; the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015TM from 6 June 2015; and the Euro 2016 qualifiers from June to November.

In Africa, StarSat will be broadcasting a number of Kenyan Harambee Stars football matches from June to November 2015.

Broadcast – In brief

The Malawi Broadcasting Corporation Television (MBCtv) said it has acquired the broadcast rights of the Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (COSAFA). The broadcaster will air all 22 games in the tournament live in the country.

M.I.A. Says She “Can’t Put Out A Video Because It’s Shot In Africa”

On Monday, M.I.A. took to Twitter to voice her thoughts on “cultural appropriation” and open the floor for discussion. “I wanna talk about cultural appropriation!,” she wrote. “I’ve been told I can’t put out a video because it’s shot in Africa.” The 39-year-old artist, born in London of Sri Lankan Tamil heritage, then asked, “What happens when I shoot videos in America or Germany it makes no sense to the 00.01% of artists like me.”

SA actresses pair up to launch latest African streaming TV network

Salamina Mosese and Stephina Zwane are no strangers to South African television. Both practically grew up in front of our screens in their roles as presenters and actresses – particularly in sitcom Abo Mzala and Scandal, respectively – but now these ladies are aiming to build a name behind the scenes with the launch of a new online TV network.

AzaTV (Aza meaning “powerful” in kiSwahili) will be launching tomorrow under Mosese and Zwane’s company, Sorele Media.

AfriDocs presents the official African premiere of Virunga

AfriDocs presents the official African broadcast premiere of the BAFTA and Academy Award nominated Virunga in all 49 countries across sub-Saharan Africa.

From Netflix Originals and executive producer, Leonardo DiCaprio, feature documentary Virunga has won over 40 international awards since its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2014.

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