- Ghana’s Hi Newspaper floated a rumour that Metro TV was to be sold. CEO Mr. Talal Fatal, owner of OMP, the management company of Metro TV denied the rumour saying: “I have been on leave and just arrived this week. To my surprise, lots of misinformed reports are circulating around sale of Metro TV. I would like to clarify that there’s no such sale of Metro TV in total or our interests in it. We will send out an official press release when Metro TV will be ready, or not, to make such a move in the future”.
The Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) has received a written assurance from pay-TV licensee Super 5 Media that it is still in operation. “We received a communiqué from Super 5 Media a week before last clarifying its position in relation to recent press reports,” says Icasa spokesman, Paseka Maleka.
He says the letter assured Icasa that the company was still in operation and that any changes to management, staff and the corporate structure would be communicated to the regulator soon.
In an interview with Nigeria’s Daily Independent on Monday, August 9, HiTV’s Managing Director put his side of story about how the company lost the EPL rights. Subair said that contrary to the information that made the rounds in the newspapers and other electronic medium that HiTV could not afford the right's fee, the opposite was the case.
- Through funding provided by the City of Cape Town and the Western Cape provincial government's Department of Economic Development, the Cape Film Commission (CFC) is to develop a new strategy for the Western Cape film industry. Its spokesman said "The film industry is a key economic sector in the Western Cape and it has attracted some phenomenal projects over the past year. To further grow the industry, it is vital that we put a collaboratively designed world class strategy in place that will drive the industry for decades to come."
The Minister of Information & Communication Technology, Joel Kaapanda launched a new incentive scheme for TV set owners at the NBC’s Head Office in Windhoek. The launch, which was broadcast live on NBC TV and Radio, took place in Studio 2, the same studio that is currently being used to bring the 2010 FIFA World Cup excitement to Namibia.
The Minister appealed to Namibians to renew their TV licenses. “Paying your TV license is not only a duty but also a legislative requirement,” he noted.
Nation Media Group recorded a 51.6 per cent growth in pre-tax profit for the six months ending June 30, 2010, lifted by strong growth in revenue, low cost of newsprint and cost management.
Pretax profit increased to Sh891.6 million from Sh588.2 million it reported in the same period last year.
"We have had an exceptionally good first half of the year," Group Chief Executive Officer Linus Gitahi told investors at the Norfolk Hotel. "All factors constant, we expect to have a reasonably better full-year performance."
- The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) announced its continued support for the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF), taking place in Durban from 22 July until 01 August 2010. This year marks NFVF's eleventh year as the festival funder.
- The Africa in Motion film festival in Edinburgh has just received a prestigious international award from the Foundation for Subjective Experience and Research (S.E.R. Foundation).
Arabsat second Satellite of the fifth generation (5 A), was launched successfully on Sunday, June 27, 2010 from the island of French Guyana in South America by the Ariane – 5 Rocket .
The Ariane 5 rocket blasted off at 21:41 GMT on Saturday the 26th, carrying Satellite 5A, manufactured by both French companies Astrium and Thales, to fit in Arabsat exclusive orbit 30.5 Degrees East. This is the second Satellite, that was launched this month successfully.
Eutelsat Communications announced at the end of June 2010 that it has selected Astrium to build a 48-transponder Ku-band satellite that will be located at its 70.5° East location in geostationary orbit. Scheduled for launch in fourth quarter 2012, the satellite will replace the W5 craft and more than double Eutelsat’s resources at 70.5° East. It will be used for a range of professional applications that include government services, broadband access, GSM backhauling and professional video exchanges in Europe, Africa and Central and South-East Asia.
- Delivering a keynote address at the recent 31st annual SAMRA conference at Mount Grace Country House and Spa, James Fergusson, TNS global director Emerging Markets, said that marketers needs to invest in mobile users and internet cafes research. He added that developments in emerging regions have proven that things change very rapidly and that Africa is at the tipping point.