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Investment - In Brief

- Open Doors 2012: Sub-Saharan francophone Africa - With support from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) of the Swiss Foreign Ministry, for the last eight years the Open Doors section has worked to highlight filmmakers and films from countries whose cinema is still developing, and is committed to enabling them to find co-production partners for their new projects. Call for Entries now open. Projects that will be shot in African languages or other languages are eligible for Open Doors 2012 More info on their website. Contact:opendoors(@)pardo.ch

African Media Organisation Announces U.S.$1 Million Fund for News Innovation

The African Media Initiative (AMI), the continent's largest association of media owners and operators, has announced a $1 million fund to spur innovation in the news industry.

The new African News Innovation Challenge (ANIC) is designed to encourage experimentation in digital technologies and support the best innovations that strengthen African news organizations.

Source: Public Agenda (Accra)

Angola: National news agency Angop will transform itself into multimedia agency

The chairman of the Administration Council of the State-run Angola News Agency (Angop), Manuel da Conceição, on Friday here said that one of the challenges for 2012 is to transform the firm into a true multimedia agency operating with five communications platforms, Angop has learnt.

Speaking after the year end greeting ceremony to the members of his staff, journalists and other workers, Manuel da Conceição said that the firm will continue operating in five communication platforms namely texts, photo, audio, video and infography.

Source: ANGOP

Investment - In Brief

- 24 November 2011: The Cape Film Commission (CFC) has announced that it has secured the rights for the City of Cape Town to host the semi-final judging of the 40th edition of the International Emmy awards.

TV5Monde launches "TV5MONDE +" catch up and VoD

TV5MONDE launched "TV5Monde +", its global platform* for VoD (video on demand) and catch up services allowing Internet users a wide range of programs broadcast on the air and access to many archives and exclusive content free for at least 7 days.

The interface offers a high quality video playback and many entries for easy reference; programmes** come from various sources such as partner channel programs, purchases / pre-purchase, and own production and can be watched, subject to the availability of rights in the area where the user connects.

Source: TV5Monde

U.S.$1 Million Fund for News Innovation

The African Media Initiative (AMI), the continent's largest association of media owners and operators, has announced a US$1 million fund to spur innovation in the news industry.

The new African News Innovation Challenge (ANIC) is designed to encourage experimentation in digital technologies and support the best innovations that strengthen African news organizations.

AMI Chief Executive Amadou Mahtar Ba first announced the fund at the 4th African Media Leaders Forum (AMLF) in Tunisia on November 10.

Source: Press release

Investment - In Brief

- 4 Nov. 2011: Google’s popular YouTube video service is now available in Zulu and Afrikaans. The SA version of the site, at www.youtube.co.za, was launched in May 2010 and was the first localised YouTube edition in Africa. The Internet giant took the wraps off the Zulu and Afrikaans.

Zambia: Government to sell 35% public media shares

Vice-President Guy Scott has said the Government will soon float 35 per cent shares of each of the three public media institutions to the public on the stock exchange market. Dr Scott said in Parliament that the Government was engaging the public media to see how the programme would go. This may yet set a trend for the disposal of Government holdings elsewhere.

Source: ukzambians.co.uk

Intelsat’s new TV contracts and launch of three satellites in 2012

Intelsat S.A., provider of satellite services, today announced new contracts with customers utilizing Intelsat’s premier African video distribution satellite neighbourhoods and broadband capacity.

Source: Inteslat

Nigeria now is a market of 167 million people

 Nigeria now is a market of 167 million people. This is what Chairman, National Population Commission, Samu'ila Danko Makama, had last week disclosed that the country's population rose from the 140,431,790 it was five years ago when the last national headcount was taken, to 167,912,561 as at Wednesday. This represents an annual population growth rate of 3.2 percent or 5.6 million people per annum. He said of this figure, 82,098,001 are females, while males account for 85,814,560.

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