FIFA rights restrictions, which are at the centre of a major row between the South African National Editors' Forum (SANEF) and the Zurich-based organisation, include prohibition on newspapers to do video packages for their websites. Newspapers will also not publish pictures on to their mobile platforms, but simply push in text.
* BBC Worldwide Channels has renewed a partnership deal with Volvo Car South Africa to launch the new Volvo C70. The agreement includes a variety of on-air elements, such as a brand commercial, a competition promo and a series of 15” tactical spots appearing across BBC Entertainment, BBC Knowledge and BBC Lifestyle channels. The spots will run from 1 February until 1 March 2010 and will air during peak viewing times across the channels to create maximum awareness for the Volvo C70.
Nigeria’s Flykite Productions has launched a new youth programme series called Youth.com. According to the producers it is intended to introduce a serious approach to youth programming with a view to stimulating intellectual discourse while at the same time including innovative entertainment appeal for young people. The programme more than ever attempts to creatively entertain the youths as well as correct widespread impression that programme intended for young people must necessarily be musical videos.
Every aspiring actor dreams of his big break, his chance to shine, to find that perfect role. Imagine that lead to becoming South Africa’s next leading man. Class Act, an initiative brought to life by Amstel Lager, will offer South African acting hopefuls the opportunity to attain their dream of becoming the country’s hottest new acting talent.
With the recent furore around the low 2009 matric pass rate in South Africa, it’s comforting to hear that SABC1 is to broadcast a new daily educational show targeted specifically at matric students.
Promising to make learning fun for Grade 12s, Matrics Uploaded is a one-hour interactive and entertaining multi media distance education show that is supported by print worksheets, DVD lessons, web and mobile learning resources.
It is one of the most popular live TV quiz shows in the UK and US. Courtesy of Uganda Telecom (UTL) the show will be for the first time in Uganda. In the $4.5m two year deal with Protel Studios from Kenya, the studio will shoot weekly episodes that will be produced in Uganda.
The Bar-One Manhunt, presented by popular TV and radio personality Ursula Stapelfeldt, had its premier on Wednesday 6 January 2010 on SABC3.The reality TV show pits 14 of some of South Africa's most handsome men against each other in a series of challenges designed to showcase their ruggedness, sophistication, physical and mental strengths and even their softer side.
About 200 aspiring singers on Saturday queued up for auditions for the annual music talent show, My Star, which airs on Botswana Television (Btv). The auditions were held at Yarona Country Lodge, Mogoditshane, with the female folks outnumbering their male counterparts.
The show continues this weekend in Lobatse and in Palapye the following weekend, with aspiring contestants parting with P200 to register for the auditions.
Glo ambassador and one of Nigeria's leading solo music acts, Ego Ogbaro, flanked by presenters of G-Bam, Globacom's new youth entertainment programme, Isio delaVega and Illrymz, during the unveil ceremony of the programme at the Silverbird Galleria in Lagos on Wednesday.
* Awareness about contemporary issues affecting South African teenagers and young adults will be raised in the new 26-part talk show, Harambe, which starts broadcasting on SABC1 on Thursday, 14 January at 7pm.The show aims to engage and promote positive social interaction between South Africa’s youth by focusing on issues such as the environment, teenage pregnancies, abusive relationships, sexual health, gender issues and xenophobia, among many others.