- Pan-African radio station Africa No. 1 has lost its signal end of April 2011 except in Ile de France (Greater Paris). Satellite operator Eutelsat put an end to its broadcast because of unpaid bills valued at nearly $ 200 million CFA francs, partly due to the blockage of a Libyan investment by sanctions on the regime. Source: daily ‘Union’ newspaper, 27 April 2011.
- Set-top box manufacturer and Altech subsidiary UEC has unveiled a 25% (plus one share) empowerment deal with three black-led investment businesses. The value of the transaction has not been disclosed.
9 May 2011: The Portuguese company Visabeira is investing six million Euros (about 8.7 million US dollars) in the Mozambican cable television company (TV Cabo Mocambique) to expand the fibre optic network, to cover about 11,000 homes in the central city of Beira, according to a report on Radio Mozambique.
Last month, Aggrey Awori the minister for information and communication technology (ICT) told the media that Uganda is eyeing the Digital Video Broadcasting Terrestrial (DVB T) standard in its migration. DVB T, is the first generation system of relaying audio and video content in digital format. At least 60 countries and 200 million households around the world have embraced this technology according to www.dvb.org.
- The advance of digital media advertising and online marketing is reaching a tipping point in the Middle East and North Africa (Mena) region, says Google. With 85 million of the Mena's total population of 337 million now online, digital advertising is expected to grow by 45 per cent in 2011. Ari Kesisoglu, Google's managing director for the Middle East and North Africa, said, digital advertising in 2010 in the region amounted to $120 million (Dh440.4 million), up from $30 million in 2007. This year, it will reach $175 million, he said.
Smart TV, a new Pan-African pay-television brand from Sweden's Next Generation Broadcasting, plans to launch services in three new markets in Africa. According to Martin Abuya, the chief executive officer Smart TV Uganda, the company will unveil its pay-TV service in Mozambique, Zambia and Tanzania as part of its expansion strategy on in Africa.
This will follow the launch of its pay channels in Ghana, Kenya and recently in Uganda, where the company has been licensed to help the countries in their analogue to digital migration processes.
Anant Singh, a doyen of the South African film industry and one of its foremost pioneers was asked to talk about the SA film industry. Here are some selected extracts
South Africa did not have television until 1976, and the only means of entertainment then, other than going to movie theatres, was home movies. Fast-forward to the present and Singh is the chief executive officer of Videovision Entertainment, which currently ranks as one of the largest independent distributors of motion pictures in southern Africa.
- Stingray (HQ in Montréal) will broadcast its music TV channels on 3 continents including Africa. Stingray – 70 channels including Galaxie channels to about 10 M subscribers in 18 European and African countries - has acquired European rival ‘Music Choice International’ start of April, for around USD 60 million. It will broadcast across all platforms including internet and mobile click here to view website.
Nation Media Group said an upturn in the economic environment helped it post a 32.7 percent jump in pretax profit on Wednesday, which it is cautiously optimistic of sustaining.
The group said pretax profit soared to Sh2.1 billion from Sh1.6 billion in 2009 as turnover increased by 17.2 percent to Sh9.6 billion."The outlook for 2011 is positive supported by various initiatives taken by management and the improved economic environment," the firm said in a statement."The board is cautiously optimistic that the good performance in 2010 will be sustained."
Steps International is commissioning thirty short films as part of the global documentary series Why Poverty? It is looking for films from all over the world that give insight into what people are doing to get out of poverty, and films that engage a wide range of audiences encouraging debate.
The films need to be high concept, innovative and provocative. The stories should give a fresh perspective on poverty, not be predictable or simply depict the woes of the world.
- On 16 March 2011 (Bloomberg) -Vivendi SA’s Brazilian unit GVT Holding SA is seeing subscriber growth of 50 percent, allowing it to increase revenue by 40 percent, Chief Executive Officer Jean-Bernard Levy said. The company will also invest and seek partnerships in the Middle East and North Africa, the CEO said. “What we are focused on is very quick growth of the company, doubling the size every two years and launch of pay TV before end 2011,” he said.