MENA: Pay TV subscribers to top 10 million in 2012

Record numbers of households across the Middle East and Africa are signing up for pay TV, according to new research from Informa Telecoms & Media.

In 2000 there were just over 2.5 million pay TV subscribers across the MENA region. By the end of last year that total had more than trebled to 9.2 million and Informa’s research shows it is heading for 9.6 million by the end of 2011 and will pass the 10 million mark next year.

Source: Informa

URTI considerably increased programme exchanges and awarded USD 15,000 to its “international grand prix” winner

The International Radio and Television Union (URTI) kept its 63rd general Assembly in Paris, this Friday October 21 2011, at the invitation of ‘France Télévisions’.
This event gathered 51 international radio broadcasting organizations.
URTI is the oldest international audiovisual organization and also the only one with a global perspective. The development of the Union allowed to record the membership of radiobroadcasters from 28 different countries these last three years.

Source: URTI

Investment - In Brief

- Ali Amiri, Executive Vice President of Etisalat’s Carrier and Wholesale services unveiled a revolutionary new service for operator and content communities. Etisalat’s Smart Hub has been equipped with a state-of-the-art Over the Top (OTT) Hub providing the content ecosystem with access to key telecom technologies and services and connectivity to Etisalat’s regional customer base.

Time Equity Partners invests €6m in THEMA’s development

Time Equity Partners has invested €6m in French TV broadcaster Thema.
Established in 2005, Thema specialises in the development and worldwide distribution of thematic, generalist and ethnic TV channels. The company distributes in excess of 60 TV channels worldwide.

The Paris-based business generates a €14m turnover and has additional offices in the US, Russia and Singapore. Thema employs 15 people.

Henri de Bodinat led the deal for TIME Equity Partners. François Thiellet is chief executive of Thema.

Source: Thema TV

South Africa: SABC to broadcast 18 digital TV channels

The state broadcaster told parliament it plans to have 18 TV channels on air within two years after the launch of digital TV South Africa’s state broadcaster, the SABC, told parliament on 21 September 2011 that it plans to bring 17 TV channels and an “interactive video service” on air after it launches its digital terrestrial television (DTT) offering, SABC spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago recently confirmed.


Investment - In Brief

- In Zimbabwe, public hearings to scrutinize candidates who applied for commercial radio licenses from the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ) are scheduled to begin this month (Oct 2011), amid concerns by media groups and the MDC-T that real reforms have not yet been implemented.

In Angola start of October 2011, the community radio of Caála city will broadcast on the 94.8 frequency, in an initiative of the Mass Media Ministry. It will be inaugurated in November, Angop learnt from the director of Radio Huambo, João Pedro.

SportFive wins rights to broadcast Africa’s World Cup qualifiers

he broadcast rights to the African qualifying games of the 2014 FIFA World Cup have been sold to Italian company B4, in association with France’s SportFive, for “a minimum of $23 million”.

The deal, signed on 20 September at the Cairo headquarters of the Confederation Africaine de Football (CAF), will see revenues distributed to each national football association on a sharing formula to be drawn up later this month.

Source: RapidTVNews

Namibia: Digital broadcast migration needs N$350 million

Namibia will experience the impact of digital terrestrial television (DTT) in the next one to three years, says Deputy Minister of Information and Communication Technology Stanley Simataa.

Simataa informed the National Assembly on Thursday that the national broadcaster, NBC “is at an advanced stage of completing the commercial negotiation on Namibia’s blueprint for the DTT migration.


Investment - In Brief

International Jewish News 1 launched on September 21, 2011. Jewish News 1 (JN1) is a new 24-hour Brussels-based English-language channel offering news from a Jewish perspective. The channel, which currently has studios in Tel Aviv, Brussels and Kyiv, plans to air in seven further languages, including Hebrew, French, Italian, Russian and German, later. It also has plans to open studios in Washington, Paris and London over the next few months.

The African Union launches the Pan-African Media Network Project

The African Union (AU) will, from 17 to 20 September 2011, participate in the Pan-African Conference on Access to Information (PACAI) in Cape Town, South Africa. This major event will bring together the cream of journalism in Africa and commemorate the twentieth anniversary of the Windhoek Declaration on freedom of expression.

On the sidelines of the Conference, the AU, as a PACAI partner committed to promoting freedom of expression, access to information and the practice of independent journalism, will, on 19 September, launch the Pan-African Media Network (PAMEN).

Source: AllAfrica
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