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)

Angola: National news agency Angop will transform itself into multimedia agency

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.

Source: ANGOP

Investment - In Brief

- 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 launches "TV5MONDE +" catch up and VoD

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.

Source: TV5Monde
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