Regulation & policy

China holds a digital media forum and invites over 150 African participants

The 2nd Forum on cooperation between Chinese and African media was held in June 2014 in Beijing. The meeting, which follows that of August 2012, was held in a large hotel in the city in front of hundreds of participants.

The 2nd Forum on cooperation between African and Chinese media gathered in Beijing, over 150 African participants from forty countries. Among them, there were Ministers of Communication and leaders of audiovisual institutions.

Nigeria: NCC Arrests Five Over Copyright Piracy

The Nigerian Copyright Commission has arrested five people in Kogi State over piracy, warning people to desist from the act or face the law.

A Senior Copyright Officer in the commission, Mr Chukwuemeka Ngene, gave the warning when he led a team of the commission to Lokoja at the weekend.

He said the suspects were involved in hacking signals of satellite providers and that they will lead the commission to the source of the materials they use.

Regulation & Policy - In Brief

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) and other international broadcasters have claimed television and radio broadcasts on the Arabsat satellites have been intentionally jammed by the Ethiopian authorities. Read the full story here:

Canal+ loses unfair competition case against BeIN Sports

French pay TV operator Canal+ has lost its legal case against Al Jazeera’s BeIN Sports for alleged unfair competition and has been ordered to pay legal costs.

The Nanterre commercial court threw out Canal+’s suit, filed in July last year. The pay TV operator had claimed €293 million in damages for unfair competition. Canal+ was ordered to pay legal costs of €100,000.

Source: Digital Tv Europe - 9 June 2014

BCCSA rules against SABC, MultiChoice

The Broadcasting Complaints Commission of South Africa (BCCSA) has ruled against the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) and pay-TV provider MultiChoice in separate complaints, with the former being reprimanded and the latter receiving a fine.

The BCCSA received a complaint against MultiChoice for broadcasting a promotion of what the company described as a “teen fantasy drama” on its Disney XD channel during its morning programming in December last year.

Source: Chris Udemans humanipo 9 June 9th 2014

Eutelsat reports increase in jamming from Ethiopia

French satellite provider Eutelsat has said its satellite fleet has experienced a drastic rise in interference originating from Ethiopia, according to a report.

NexTV reports the company’s disruptions in its satellite service from the region have increased from 5 per cent in 2010 to 15 per cent last year.

HumanIPO reported last week the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) and numerous other international broadcasters had claimed television and radio broadcasts on the Arabsat satellites had been intentionally jammed by the Ethiopian authorities.

Source: Chris Udemans humanipo 9 June 9th 2014

StarTimes denies hijacking KBC World Cup broadcasts

Pay-TV provider StarTimes has defended its move to air the FIFA World Cup amidst accusations it hijacked the signal of the Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC), which has rights to televise the sporting event.

Last week, the Consumers Federation of Kenya (COFEK) accused the StarTimes of hacking KBC’s signal and pirating it without the state broadcaster’s consent, and has since taken the company to court.

Source: Chris Udemans Humanipo 17 June 2014

Nigeria shuts down World Cup viewing centres

Nigerian authorities in the northern state of Adamawa have shut down all establishments planning to screen the World Cup beginning today in a bid to prevent further terrorist bombings in the area.

The military yesterday closed down all places planning to host viewings of the matches in the northeastern state which borders Cameroon, Reuters reports, with the area having suffered Boko Haram attacks recently.

“Our action is not to stop Nigerians… watching the World Cup. It is to protect their lives,” Brigadier-General Nicholas Rogers said.

Source: Gabriella Mulligan - humanipo 12 June 2014

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A bomb blast targeting a television viewing centre for football in northeast Nigeria (Adamawa) killed an unknown number of people, a police spokesman said. Source: All Africa 

Symposium on the regulation of satellite audiovisual communication

An international symposium took place on "the regulation of audiovisual communication via satellite and new means of distribution."

The event was held in Abidjan on 10 and 11 June 2014, at the initiative of the High Authority of Audiovisual Communication (la Haute autorité de la communication audiovisuelle – HACA in French) in Côte d'Ivoire.

Africa paid a visit to Abidjan in order to anticipate the regulation, given the rapidly changing trends and audiovisual communication services, boosted by technological progress.

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