African TV content to be family-driven, says Multimesh CEO

Chief Executive officer of Multimesh broadcasting company, Sir Godfrey Ohuabunwa has called on African countries to borrow a leaf from Nigeria , by returning to family-driven TV content. Ohuabunwa made this call at the Discop 2 media market held in Nairobi. He argued that adopting the Nigerian approach to content production and delivery would go a long way in helping African countries to boost their desire to increase the production of local television content in the content.

South Africa’s eTV starts raising its profile across the continent by selling its TV channels

South Africa’s Free-To-Air channel eTV is seeking to raise its profile across the continent by selling its channel to other broadcasters in Sub-Saharan Africa. It has cleared 99% of the rights for distribution in the region and will provide replacement content for content not cleared.

Ghana facing Nations Cup TV black-out because of 1.5 million fee for rights

Ghanaians might not be able to watch the upcoming Africa Cup Nations Cup to be staged in Angola on television due to the inability of local TV stations to secure the rights for the four-week tournament, Ghanasoccernet understands.

Tunisia: Australia’s SBS TV shoots documentary on Kerkennah Islands

Under the title: "Looks at the relaxed lifestyle of the Kerkennah Islands in Tunisia", the Australian TV channel "SBS TV", broadcast a 30 minute documentary on the Kerkennah Islands on Sunday and in prime time on "Thalassa", the French documentary channel.

It looks at the relaxed lifestyle of the Kerkennah Islands in Tunisia where fishermen collect fish using palm branches and education is highly valued and the documentary showcases the wonders of ancient Cercina (the Roman name of Kekennah Islands).

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- Twelve Sudanese journalists received one-month training on election reporting under UNESCO’s programme, Joint Media Elections Training. The participants, from both Northern and Southern Sudan, attended two weeks of classroom training – the first one took place in Juba, from 12 to 16 October, and the second one in Khartoum, from 7 to 11 November. The lessons were interspersed with three weeks of mentored joint exercises.

USAID provides funding for two seasons of Sesame Street Nigeria

Focus on the importance of education, empowerment for girls and HIV/AIDS will be part of the Nigerian version of the long-running children’s series Sesame Street. The programme is an extension of The Adventures of Kami and Big Bird pilot outreach project that launched in Nigeria earlier in 2009.

A five-year grant from the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

South Africa: 1.1 million viewers Choose Pay TV over Free-To-Air options, says TAMS

DStv viewers have grown 33%, which translates to an impressive 1.129- million new viewers, pitching it for the first time against terrestrial channels SABC and, the latest Television Audience Measurement Survey (TAMS) has shown.

Sénégal: Channel 3 launches Nguélawal Nawet, a new health awareness programme with support from USAID

Channel 3 of Senegal’s public broadcaster RTS last Thursday in St Louis launched a programme called Nguélawal Nawet (Winter Wind) to promote health awareness in the national language Wolof, according to a report from APS.

With the financial support of USAID, the series will run to 168 episodes and support public health awareness of a range of diseases including: sexually transmitted diseases, HIV/AIDS as well as tuberculosis, which can be combated by changes in diet.

South Africa as seen through Hollywood eyes

Hollywood is taking a renewed interest in South Africa these days. A century after D.W. Griffith filmed his 13-minute black and white silent fable "The Zulu's Heart," South Africa and the U.S. film industry appear to be entering a new phase in their complex, sometimes tortuous relationship.

Mozambique: Inhambane Film on Manta Rays

The UK’s public broadcaster the BBC on 11 November transmitted a documentary on the work of Inhambane-based researcher Andrea Marshall, who has discovered that there are two types of manta rays. The documentary, "Andrea: Queen of Mantas", will be the first to show the rays since it was confirmed that the two types of manta exist. Centuries ago sailors called mantas "devil-fish" because of their horned and cloaked appearance. Mantas are cousins of sharks with a wingspan that can reach 7 metres wide.

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