BBC Worldwide Channels has acquired the BAFTA award winning reality TV series ‘The Only Way is Essex’ for BBC Entertainment in South Africa.
A consistent ratings hit in the UK, The Only Way is Essex introduced Britain to the vajazzle and catch-phrases such as ‘reem’ (lovely) and ‘jel’ (jealous) have found their way into the everyday vernacular.
BBC Worldwide Channels has acquired Titanic – the lavish new costume drama from the pen of Oscar-winner and Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes – to air exclusively on BBC Entertainment in South Africa the same day as the UK version concludes. Created to mark the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the HMS Titanic, the 4 x 60” drama will transmit as double-bills on BBC Entertainment on 15 and 22 April 2012 from 19.30 CAT.
- In France, Thema reached a new agreement with operator Bouygues Telecom which allows the broadcast of African "ethnic" channels in Bouygues’ Bbox (multiplay box): This includes “Le Bouquet Africain” (basic and premium) and “Le Bouquet Arabe” (6 channels).
- Côte Ouest – a major TV programmes’ distributor in Africa - is offering two documentaries on the Rio Carnival in French to the African continent. More at CoteOuest.ci
CTC Media will see its international channel available to more than 120 million television households across Western and Eastern Europe as well as the Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia after the Russian broadcaster inked a deal with satellite service provider Globecast. The company will have its international network – CTC International – made available on the Hot Bird 8 satellite.
Just after the competition reached a thrilling conclusion with Zambia triumphing over Ivory Coast, Eurosport has announced that it will continue to show live coverage of the Africa Cup of Nations football tournament. The pan-European sports broadcaster secured the exclusive TV rights for the tournaments in 2013 the 2015, financial details have not been disclosed.
The agreement covers the broadcast rights in all countries and territories in which Eurosport can be received with the exception of France.
- Music and sports broadcaster Trace has appointed Laurent Dumeau as CEO of Trace Sports. Dumeau will oversee all activities of the recently launched channel that is dedicated to sports celebrities. He will also be in charge of global affiliate sales for Trace music channels Trace Urban HD, Trace Tropical HD and Trace Africa. Dumeau was previously senior-vice president of global affiliate sales at Universal Networks International. Already available in over 30 countries, Trace Africa, the music channel dedicated to African music, has launched in France on SFR’s IPTV platform.
All of Audiovisuel Extérieur de la France’s (AEF) Internet sites recorded an increase in traffic in December 2011 with over 15,000,000 visits (7.7 million unique browsers and a total of approximately 58 million pages viewed) including several VoD services. *
In Senegal, RTS gained exclusive broadcasting rights for football’s African Cup of Nations (CAN) that it acquired from LC2. However, the public broadcaster is in partnership with Senegalese private television for the resumption of its CAN 2012 matches broadcasting signal. In addition, RTS has spent almost 150 million CFA francs for special envoys to Bata.
Zuku, the three-in-one service provider announced that it has signed a carriage agreement with the African Movie Channel (AMC). The deal will see Zuku screen Nollywood and other top quality African movies, and the ongoing agreement will see AMC launching on Zuku at the beginning of February (2012).
- Benin - Medias: private channels are looking for finance. There are four competitors: the public broadcaster, ORTB. LC2, Golfe TV and Canal 3 have entered into tough games to keep their audience and advertising revenues.