Broadcast - In Brief

- RFI - Mahamat Saleh Haroun: “TV in Chad is doing well, because it has new means today. It has a budget, a seat that is under construction and will be ready within a year, an eleven-storey building. It now produces its own programmes, buys films from young directors who produce their films in Ndjamena. There is a political establishment that allows the emergence of some Chadian film directors. So the movement is initiated. I hope that the forthcoming creation of the film school in Ndjamena really can become a place of brainstorming, but also pulse something new for cinema in Africa.”

Africanews, 1st Pan-African multilingual news channel to be launched by Euronews

In 18 months time, Euronews will have a sister channel in Africa. In partnership with the national television channel of the Republic of the Congo, Euronews will bring to Africa its unique know-how as a multi-lingual and multi-cultural news channel, broadcasting around the clock. Starting with English and French, and then adding other languages widely-spoken on the continent, Africanews aims to become the first Pan-African rolling news channel. The headquarters will be in Brazzaville and regional offices will be set up across the continent.

AMC/Sundance Channel launched in North Africa

AMC/Sundance Channel Global, the international division of AMC Networks, has announced numerous acquisitions from the 2014 Sundance Film Festival to premiere exclusively on Sundance Channel internationally shortly after the festival this spring. Bruce Tuchman, President of AMC/Sundance Channel Global, made the announcement from Park City, Utah where Sundance Channel is celebrating its biggest year of growth across its international television networks and video-on-demand (VOD) services.

Source: iptv-news Thomas Campbell 23 Jan 2014.

The END of broadcasting (as we know it), says Web TV producer

“I don’t see broadcasting as something that will stay on beyond two years,” declares Ahigyan Jha, founder and CEO of Underground Productions. “It’s going to crumble far more quickly than print did.

Source: iptv-news Thomas Campbell 23 Jan 2014.

Broadcast - In Brief

- BBLACK AFRICA TV channel is now available on bouquet CanalSat, canal 61.

Bloomberg TV Africa launches weekly football show - 'Football Dynamics' - with BSports

Football Dynamics is a fresh new studio-based show combining unique analytics from Bloomberg Sports with expert opinion to give viewers the inside track on the game’s hot topics and focus on distinctive, data-driven football insights.
In the year when the World Cup will be staged for the first time in Brazil since 1950, with five African nations represented, Bloomberg Sports (BSports) is teaming up with Bloomberg TV Africa, part of the Optima Media Group.


Zimbabwe: Deceased and Ex-Staff Members On ZBC Pay Roll

Zimbabwean Govt Pays Backdated ZBC Salaries: The government has started paying up backdated salaries at the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation - ZBC and has started a verification process to ensure ghost workers are not paid.

Reports this week said the verification has so far shown that among those on the pay roll were people who either died or quit the state broadcaster about a decade ago.

Source: SW Radio Africa (London)

Pay TV providers are right not to offer FTAs for free

Consumers Federation of Kenya has sought a meeting with CCK and Pay TV providers aimed at discussing the issue of Free to Air content not being free on the Pay TV platforms. As part of their agenda, the federation has asked the pubic via their Facebook page to air their views on issues they (the Federation) should discuss with the CCK and the Pay TV providers. Their Facebook update reads:

Source: Washington Odipo 14 January 2014

East Africa: Digital East Africa May Take a Long Time to Achieve

The process of digital migration in East Africa seems to be running into heavy headwinds before it has hit high seas for Kenya while in Uganda a state of permanent disarray is in place.

In Tanzania, where phase one of the process in Dar es Salaam has already taken place, the Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA) would have us believe all is well. But is it?

What is ailing the process of Digital migration in East Africa, whereas all the stakeholders seem to be in agreement, that digital TV is the future for all, the viewers and the parties involved?

Source: Tanzania Daily News - K' OYOO NICK 11 January 2014

Cameroon: 2nd National Channel, “La Côtière”

The Director General of the Cameroon Radio and Television (CRTV) was in Douala earlier this week to report to the authorities of the economic capital the TV programmes of the second national television channel called “La Côtière”.

“La Côtière” provides 45 % of programmes in French, 45 % of programmes in English against 10% of programmes in native languages.

Source: - FLORA HONGA September 6 2013
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