Zimbabwe: Govt intensifies efforts to expand transmission

Government has intensified efforts to expand radio and television transmission to reach most parts of the country, a Cabinet Minister has said.

In his speech to mark today's World Radio Day, Media, Information and Publicity Minister Webster Shamu said Radio Zimbabwe and Power FM coverage of the country was now 80 percent, while television transmission had increased from 45 to 75 percent.

He said three television transmitters were already installed in Beitbridge, Plumtree and Victoria Falls.

Source: The Herald

New partnership launched for African media

The African Media Initiative (AMI) and the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) have launched an ambitious strategic partnership to provide professional training and other forms of technical support to develop media businesses across the African continent.

Source: The Zimbabwean

Investment - In Brief

- The potential merger between France 24 and RFI has been blocked. Trade unions have put RFI employees on a new strike since January 16.

- Tunisia: Funds coming indirectly to Tunisian media from the U.S. State Department programme MEPI (Middle East Partnership Initiative) have raised concerns locally over lack of transparency.

South Africa: Digital TV launch delayed

The public launch of digital terrestrial television in South Africa will no longer be in April 2012

The South African Minister of Communications, Dina Pule, revealed at a press briefing today (24 January 2012) that the public launch date of digital terrestrial television (DTT) in South Africa will by pushed back.

Previously the Department of Communications (DoC) under former minister Roy Padayachie set the DTT switch-on date for April 2012.


TopTV: Shareholder vows to pull out if porn channel goes ahead

One of pay-TV operator On Digital Media’s (ODM’s) largest shareholders says it will pull its 20% stake if it launches its 24-hour pornography on TopTV

Kopano ke Matla Investment Company, the investment arm of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu), made the decision after Cosatu voiced its vehement opposition to TopTV’s plan last week.

Source: www.businessday

Investment - In Brief

- CAD (China Africa Development fund) inked an agreement with Star communication network technology on Dec 21, 2011 to develop a wireless digital TV network in Africa.

- The 28th edition of the African Cup of Nations Orange will be held from January 21 to February 12, 2012 in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea, the most important international football competition in Africa, bringing together the sixteen best national teams. On this occasion, Canal + Africa invested again in this great sporting event through the setting up of special programmes including HD broadcast.

CCTV Africa and "I Love Africa" mobile TV officially launched in Kenya

China Central Television has officially launched CCTV Africa, a news production center based in Kenya that focuses on African news and perspectives as well as international news.

CCTV Africa will initially produce a one-hour program every day, broadcast through CCTV's English news channel. The main focus will be on news, but will also feature interviews with leading newsmakers and documentaries. The reports will cover the political, economic, social and cultural aspects in the entire African region.

Source: The Citizen in Tanzania

Nigeria: Nigcomsat-1r attracts African broadcasters’ interest

 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.

Source: This Day

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(@)

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)
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