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World’s “largest” TV whites spaces project successfully tested in Namibia

Using Adaptrum’s ARCS 2.0 TV white spaces radio, MyDigitalBridge says its pilot network in Namibia achieved speeds ranging from 5Mbps to 10Mbps.

MyDigitalBridge Foundation says it has successfully trialled the world’s biggest TV white spaces (TVWS) project.

Working in partnership with Microsoft and Adaptrum, and with support from the Millennium Challenge Corporation and Millennium Challenge Account, the foundation carried out the trial in late August as part of Namibia’s Citizen Connect TVWS pilot project.

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Rwanda's parliament has condemned the BBC for broadcasting a documentary which questioned official accounts of the 1994 genocide in the country. It approved a resolution calling on the government to ban the BBC in Rwanda and to charge the documentary-makers with genocide denial. To read the full story please click here.

The tragic case of Nigeria's 'bird' woman

Footage of a badly burnt woman being berated by a crowd in Nigeria has been watched hundreds of thousands of times on YouTube.

The film begins in a blur. An angry mob and a policewoman can just be made out, gathered in a circle on the dusty ground. As the camera finds its focus, the grim reality becomes clear. In the middle of the circle sits a woman, almost naked, her body bloodied and burnt.

South Africa: M-Net calls for original content pitches

In the interest of acquiring new and original content for its channel, M-Net (DStv channel 101) invites content creators and production companies to pitch ideas for an original unscripted show, to potentially feature as part of their programming line-up in 2015. Pitching is open to the entire industry and will commence in October 2014.

Film Africa 2014 brings African cinema to the UK

The Royal African Society’s annual Film Africa festival will screen 85 films, including 24 premiers from across 23 different African countries, from 31 October to 9 November in London. The Royal African Society is an organisation which fosters a better understanding of Africa in the UK and throughout the world.

AFCON 2015: Morocco withdraws hosting rights

Morocco has withdrawn its right as hosts of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations due to fears over the spread of the Ebola virus that has hit the West African region.

The news comes a day after round four of qualifiers were played with Algeria and Cameroon almost certain be to confirmed as the first two nations to secure their place at next year’s tournament.

Reports say, Morocco is prepared is prepared to deal with any consequences that their decision to pull out as the 2015 AFCON hosts may have.

What next for Africa's radio industry?

The rapid spread of new technology in Africa is changing the way people get news and entertainment.

Mobile internet and the growth of television is forcing those in more traditional media to adapt in order to remain relevant.

Traditionally, radio has been what vast numbers turn to keep informed - so how is it coping?

BBC World Service presenter Alan Kasujja, who has worked at radio stations across East Africa.

He returned to Kenya where there used to be a single state broadcaster to find an unrecognisable landscape.

Lifetime channel features new shows in December

The Lifetime channel (DStv channel 131) has a number of original movies and a new two-part mini-series lined up for viewers in December.

Houdini
 Adrian Brody stars in this two-part mini-series about Harry Houdini, a famous illusionist and escape artist. Houdini tells the story of the immigrant from Eastern Europe as he finds fame, engages in espionage, battles spiritualists, and encounters the greatest names of the era.
Houdini airs on 11 and 18 December at 20h00.

ODM launches Trace Sport Stars, QYOU channels

South African pay-DTH operator On Digital Media (ODM), is adding two channels, namely the US video clip linear TV channel QYOU and Trace Sports Stars. According to Nextvame, the channels will be aired on ODM's StarSat, on channels 165 and 250 respectively. At the same time MultiChoice has downgraded Trace Sports Stars from its DStv Premium package and made it available to DStv Extra, DStv Compact and DStv Family subscribers.

Source: Telecompaper 3 October 2014

KTN, NTV and Citizen back on StarTimes

Three major local stations KTN, NTV and Citizen which have been absent from the StarTimes pay TV platform are now back just two days after the Supreme Court made a ruling on a case that had the stations on opposi