With an event in Accra on 22 October 2010, Ghana became the location for Africa's first Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) Media Broadcasting Academy. The Academy will be operational by the end of the year and will ensure the necessary skills and training for Ghanaians to facilitate the smooth transition of television broadcasting from its present analogue technology to digital.
The first of a three-city tour for Chris Roland's Financing & Distribution Workshops kicked off at the mid of October in Cape Town to a sell-out room that included top industry pros Penguin Films, Waterfront Studios, Triggerfish, Orange Films, Waterfront Television and others.
A workshop has already taken place on 22 and 23 October at Melrose Arch Hotel in Johannesburg and the next workshop will be held up next Friday and Saturday, 29 and30 October at the Royal Hotel in Durban. The overwhelming response to the intensive two-day workshop is by all accounts positive.
- Morocco and RDC bid for CAF - 2015 and 2017 “Confédération Africaine de Football” - said Mustapha Fahmy, general secretary. Final verdict initially set for November 10th 2010 will now take place in Feb ’2011. Guinea and Botswana have also shown interest.
Faridah Kulabako and Walter Wafula reported for the Monitor on 7 October 2010 that NMG calls for investment via the USE. In Kampala, Nation Media Group has set October 19 as the date for cross-listing shares on the Uganda Stock Exchange (USE). This was announced by Dr Gitahi Githinji, the managing director of Monitor Publications, a subsidiary of the group during a meeting in Kampala on Tuesday.
Business Day’s Chantelle Benjamin reported on 6 October 2010 that the SABC needs at least another R600m for the technology and skills to meet an international deadline of 2015 for migration to digital terrestrial television. This is what its acting CEO Robin Nicholson said.
In the SABC's 2009-10 annual report Nicholson said: "The move to digital broadcasting is an irreversible reality and investments required in technology, skills and industry need to be made but are beyond the current financial capacity of the SABC."
Kagiso Media 's decision to diversify revenue streams away from a dependence on advertising revenue to new media just three years ago has paid off, according to the company's latest results for the year to June.
Acquisitions such as Urban Brew Studios, Gloo Digital Design and Acceleration Media have proved the to be the foil for lower advertising revenue from Kagiso's radio stations. Despite marginally improved revenue of R472.4m this year against R469.9m last year in the broadcast sector, radio's share of total advertising spend contracted from 13.1% to 12.4%.
At the 3rd cycle meeting of the NFVF Council in early September 2010, its management recommended funding seven feature films and four documentaries, that have previously been funded in development, for production. This is the first time the council has made such a recommendation and is indicative of the rigorous development process instituted over the past three years, with script editors assigned to every promising feature concept or project and a hands-on development process for all documentaries.