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In Lagos, A woman who could be considered Africa’s Oprah Winfrey is launching an entertainment network that will be beamed in to nearly every country on the continent with programs showcasing its burgeoning middle class.
Mosunmola “Mo” Abudu (pictured) wants EbonyLife TV to inspire Africans and the rest of the world, and change how viewers perceive the continent. The network’s programming tackles women’s daily life subjects — everything from sex tips to skin bleaching.
The Communication Commission of Kenya is set to announce the tender for a third broadcast digital signal distributor license after nearly two years deadlock with local media owners.
The regulator is preparing the documents and will put out the notice in coming weeks. The local media companies are hoping to get the license. Though the Media Owners Association had been assured they would be handed the license by the government, they will now have to compete with other local investors who may also be interested.
The Sierra Leone Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC) on Friday signed an agreement with Star Communications Network Technology (Star Times) to pave the way for a joint partnership venture in ensuring that the SLBC is digitalized.
According to Star Times' Vice President, Charles Liu, the partnership will also enable every household in the country to watch and enjoy digital TV and get a better life. He expressed delight at the signing of the agreement as they have been on it for the past one year to get the SLBC go digital in its operations.
The first private television station in the north, Discovery TV, has commenced test transmission on the multi-TV channel 18 and other free-to-air digit-box.
The station, with its headquarters in Tamale in the Northern Region, is one of the many investments of the Discovery International Group of Companies (DIGC), Ghana, which sought to, among other things, market the investment opportunities of the three northern regions to prospective investors.
MultiChoice is adding Telemundo, South America's telenovela TV channel to the DStv bouquet from Monday 12 August following a carriage agreement between MultiChoice and Universal Networks International. by Thinus Ferreira
The telenovela channel has not previously been available outside of Latin America as a satellite pay-TV channel but will now be shown in Africa. Telemundo is a channel division under NBCUniversal International Television.
Modern Times Group (MTG) is to launch a national terrestrial free-to-air channel in Tanzania later this year or in early 2014.
The channel, to be called Viasat1, will feature a broad range of family entertainment, including a mix of locally produced and international formats including national news, talk and music shows; African movies and drama series; as well as Hollywood sitcoms and movies.
Viewership of news stations is said to have risen due to the Arab Spring. (Al Arabiya).The Arab Spring helped boost the popularity of regional news stations – and with more people watching, TV audience numbers are under the spotlight like never before.