Regulation & policy

Nigeria’s Consumer protection agency raids Multichoice office in Lagos

Officials of the Consumer Protection Council on Thursday raided the head office of pay-TV service provider, MultiChoice Nigeria, in Lagos. The officials, armed with a warrant, were accompanied by policemen and journalists to the company’s office at about 1pm.

They allegedly left with laptop computers and important documents about the company’s operations. The operation was led by the Council’s Director of Legal Services, Emmanuel Ataguba. Officials of Multichoice Nigeria could not be reached for comments on the raid.

Zambia: govt suspends customs duties on transmission equipment

In an effort to ensure successful migration to digital broadcasting, the Zambian government has suspended customs duties on transmission equipment for a period of two years.

Authorities believe this will help facilitate the introduction of new equipment and help boost the country's broadcasting sector by improving quality of output.

Zambia is home to more than 150 radio and television stations.

The minister of Finance and National Planning Alexander Chikwanda said the action by authorities will enable broadcasters to import equipment more cost effectively.

PCCW Global and Solbox collaborate in delivery of wholesale and retail media solutions

PCCW Global, the international operating division of HKT, Hong Kong’s leading premier telecommunications service provider, and Solbox, a content delivery solutions specialist, have signed an agreement in which Solbox will collaborate with PCCW Global’s growing media business with innovative solutions for optimal video delivery in selected markets.

SES markets Video-On-Demand (VOD), streaming and satellite solution across Africa

SES Platform Services, a wholly-owned subsidiary of SES S.A. and one of Europe's leading technical media service providers, today announced that its FLUID HUB solution is being utilised by more than 10 broadcasters -- just a few months after its launch.

Ghanaian government inaugurates DTT management board

The Ghanaian government has inaugurated a seven-member management board for the deployment of Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) by mid-2016. The Ministry of Communication said the board is made up of stakeholder representatives from the National Media Commission (NMC), the National Communications Authority (NCA), Ghana Independent Broadcasters Association (GIBA), Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC), Parliamentary Select Committee on Communications, Ministry of Communications and a consumer with two ex-officio members from K-Net and an Independent engineer.

DA drops court action against SABC

The DA said on Wednesday that it will drop its contempt of court application against the SABC – for now.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) said on Wednesday that it will drop its contempt of court application against the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) – for now.

The DA’s James Selfe said that as the broadcaster had accepted the “terms of suspension of its chief operating officer (COO) Hlaudi Motsoeneng”‚ its “concerns have been addressed and satisfied in full”.

ICASA complete oral hearing for the Draft Local Content Regulations

Following the publication notice of the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) to call for public hearings on the Draft Regulations of South African Local Content for television and radio, ICASA has conducted oral representations on the 1st and 2nd October 2015. According to the authority, 20 written submissions from interested stakeholders have been received.

New Trade Union for South African Artists to be launched

A new independent, democratic and militant trade union for artists, media and creative industry workers will be launched in Johannesburg on the 03 December 2015.

Macra proposes rules for Television White Spaces

Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA) has proposed rules that will help in operating Television White Spaces (TVWS).

White spaces are the parts of spectrum that are unused in a particular location and at a particular time. TV White Spaces exist between airwaves primarily used for digital terrestrial TV broadcasting.

MultiChoice under pressure

Pay-TV operator MultiChoice is feeling the pressure from local and international over-the-top (OTT) players. On top of that, the company believes the regulatory framework in SA is not protecting traditional broadcasters against the onslaught of big foreign media companies.

This was revealed yesterday by the company's senior executives at the MultiChoice offices in Randburg. The execs were in unison in expressing their fears that online video content is growing in SA and will eventually eclipse traditional TV.

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