A24 Media, producer of the long-running pan-African news magazine programme, Africa Journal, has entered into a new partnership with NBS News in India.
An A24 statement reads: "This will bring the finest news coverage from the Indian subcontinent to an emerging Africa with strong economic ties to that region. It will also create an opportunity for Indian broadcasters to access A24 Media's first class coverage of our continent."
New Trace Sports channel started on 17 April 2012 on MultiChoice's DStv platform for DStv Premium subscribers. The channel, offered by the Trace Group whose Trace Urban music channel is already a part of the DStv bouquet, is a new channel that features magazine and profile shows about the world of sports stars.
Trace Sports, a new format channel dedicated to revealing intimate, behind-the-scenes views of the world’s favourite sporting heroes, will be launching on DStv Channel 129 on Tuesday 17 April 2012. The channel will be exclusively available to DStv Premium subscribers.
Around the world, convergence is driving a new pattern of consumer demand, causing major communications platforms that were once separate to overlap. Experts say for Nigeria to reap the benefits of this new technology, investment in network infrastructure is vital, Adline Atili writes.
East African triple-play provider Zuku is adding a Sony India-owned Hindi comedy channel to its line-up. SAB TV, which airs Hindi comedy shows aimed at a family audience, will be available immediately via Zuku. The deal was brokered by Kenyan company Pamoja Telecom, which represents SAB TV in East Africa.
Wananchi Programming–owned Zuku has added the channel in order to provide more Hindi content for its Indian audience, having launched the Zee and Star channels last year.
- Ster-Kinekor Movie Theatres has launched a new concept cinema to its audience, Cine Prestige, which opened yesterday 3 April 2012 at the Zone in Rosebank, Johannesburg. Likened to a 'business-class experience', it has 38 spacious single recliner leather seats and five double leather recliners for cosy dates, totalling a seating capacity for 48 patrons. Back on 29 March 2012, Ster-Kinekor also opened eight new cinemas at the refurbished Blue Route Mall in Tokai, Cape Town, including a 3D screen.
Joining the South African films currently on release at the local box office - Material, Semi-Soet and Ordinary People - is the newbie, A Million Colours, which is a sequel to the 1975 apartheid era classic, e’Lollipop.
A Million Colours released over the weekend of 27 to 29 April with 51 prints and made R229,814.
Ordinary People (19 prints) has been on release for four weeks and has made R2.2m to date.
South African local content pay-TV channel Mzansi Magic has announced that the channel’s first telenovela Inkaba is now available to audiences in Sub-Saharan Africa, including countries such as Angola, Botswana, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria, Mozambique and Uganda.
A campaign to get more Namibians to pay their television licences has led to the NBC collecting N$15.9 million in licence fees last year, 16 per cent more than it did the previous year. However, the national broadcaster didn't meet the target of N$18 million it had set for itself.
"It will probably be tomorrow's headlines - 'NBC misses target. DG's bonus compromised'," Albertus Aochamub, director general of the NBC, said tongue-in-cheek last week at the ceremony to announce the prize winners of the broadcaster's TV licence competition.