Following the successful launch of NigComSat-1R into space on Monday, December 19, 2011, and its successful landing in its orbital position in space on Tuesday December 27, 2011, which was barely 168 hours after it was launched from the earth surface, the communications satellite will commence full commercial service February 6, 2012.
- 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
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.
- 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 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.
- 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.
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.