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.
THEMA *, which specializes in the distribution of ethnic TV channels, is pleased to announce an agreement with Virgin France for the distribution of 47 channels. Within the framework of its new quadruple play offer (Telephony- Broadband- TV- Mobile) the 1st MVNO of the French market, broadcasts 47 "ethnic" TV channels addressing the main foreign communities from Arabic countries, Africa, Germany, Comoros islands, Turkey, Russia and Greece.
- ESPN has made the announced of a new deal with the Australian Football League (AFL) to bring viewers live television coverage of the AFL Premiership in the United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, Canada and sub-saharan Africa. Additionally, it has secured co-exclusive live television rights in the Caribbean and Israel.
- Just 3 day’s before AFL’s official launch (see story 1 in this section),
BBC Worldwide unveiled major wildlife series Planet Earth Live today at MIPTV.
The corporation described it as the biggest live wildlife broadcast they had ever undertaken. The series is being made by the BBC’s Natural History Unit and is billed as “an epic live story following the critical life stages in some of the Earth’s most charismatic animals”.
A24 Media has formed a partnership with NBS News in India. With this, news coverage from the Indian sub-continent will be made available to emerging Africa. It will also create an opportunity for Indian broadcasters to access A24 Media’s coverage of the African continent.
- Opinion: Professor Duncan, Highway Africa Chair of Media and Information Society at the School of Journalism and Media Studies at Rhodes University delivered his views on the digital transition in South Africa. ‘How many South Africans are aware of the massive changes in the pipeline for free-to-air television? Not many, it would seem’…full story here:
With a supportive budget of 65,000 euros granted by OIF (l'Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie), five operators will in 2012 ensure the promotion of Francophone audiovisual content from the South over international events.
In April 2012, for the first time on Canadian cable television, Canadians will be able to access and watch African movies, drama-series and entertainment programming on African Movies and Entertainment Television (AMET TV) in partnership with independent Canadian broadcaster, Channel Zero.
SES has signed a capacity and uplink deal with Netherlands-based Scope Media TV for the free-to-air distribution of African Television (AFTV) via Astra’s 23.5° East orbital position. Supported by various African broadcasters and embassies, AFTV aims to promote African culture, lifestyle, business and current affairs. AFTV will use the Astra distribution for DTH broadcasting and delivery to cable and IPTV operators in Europe. AFTV will commence its transmissions on 1 April 2012.