Regulation & policy

Canal+ acquires a majority stake in Thema

CANAL+ OVERSEAS and THEMA announce the signature of an agreement for CANAL+ OVERSEAS to acquire a majority stake in the capital of THEMA.

THEMA, which was founded in 2005 by François Thiellet, is a company specializing in the distribution of generalist, specialist and ethnic television channels to cable, satellite and IPTV operators in France and internationally. THEMA also publishes the African fiction channel Nollywood TV, a leading francophone African channel, and distributes many ethnic multichannel packages to ISPs or operators, including Le Bouquet Africain.

Egypt - Al Jazeera Journalist Sentenced to 15 Years Imprisonment

In another disturbing move against freedom of speech and independent journalism in Egypt, one of Al Jazeera Arabic’s presenters, Ahmed Mansour, has been sentenced in absentia to 15 years imprisonment by Cairo’s criminal court on the absurd charge of torturing a lawyer in Tahrir Square during the 25 January 2011 revolution.

Liberian watchdog meets broadcast media on new regulations

The Liberia Telecommunications Authority (LTA) has held talks with broadcast media executives in a public consultation hearing to get input on the proposed new licence fee regulations that will come into effect in January 2015. KTA chairperson Angelique Weeks gave radio and television executives an opportunity to provide suggestions and feedback, NewDawn reported.

Regulation & Policy - In Brief

- The President of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Joseph Kabila, has scrapped the suspension of pay-tv operator StarTimes, Bizafrica reported. Three top government officials had ordered ARPTC, the regulator, to suspend StarTimes temporarily. The operator is facing an investigation and a court case on its legitimacy and the issue of frequencies. The pay-TV operator offers 29 channels for USD 10 and for 54 channels for USD 23.

NetOne applies for datacasting licence

According to a notice in the Herald, state-owned mobile network operator Netone has applied for a national datacasting licence from the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe.The datacasting licence is one of ten broadcasting licences offered by the regulator.

Datacasting, or the broadcast of data, is a service that delivers information via radio waves in varied forms which include text, data, speeches and images to any receiver or equipment that can accept or process the information.

South Africa - Filmmakers to talk to Home Affairs about visas

As the deadline for the introduction of the new visa requirements looms, the film industry has arranged a meeting with the Department of Home Affairs to discuss its concerns. There are fears that the new regulations, which take effect on October 1, will affect the burgeoning film and allied industries, which use foreign workers.

Regulation & Policy - In Brief

The High Authority for Press and Broadcasting (La Haute Autorité de la Presse et de l’Audiovisuel - HAPA) in charge of media regulation in Mauritania warned  private television channels that have engaged in fundraising campaign to benefit certain charities for humanitarian purposes. Read the full story here.

Egypt: jailed Al Jazeera journalists - Flaws in the arrest procedure

Lawyers for the jailed Al Jazeera journalists in Egypt have today filed appeals against their convictions.
 
The weaknesses in the case have been widely protested and ridiculed, and much of the public criticism is reflected in the grounds for appeal.
 
The case will next be heard before the Court of Cassation, which will examine the grounds for hearing a full appeal. A date for the hearing has not yet been set.
 
Today’s submission to the court rests on the breaches of process in the case.

South Africa: soap actors fired for 'illegal' strike

Sixteen actors of South Africa's popular TV soap drama, Generations, have been sacked for staging an "illegal" strike, the public broadcaster and the production company said Monday.

The cast walked off the set a week ago demanding better pay and royalties. The production company MMSV Productions said in a statement that it had "terminated the contracts of the striking actors".

Analog to digital television in Sao Tome and Principe

Sao Tome and Principe is committed to develop an investment plan for the migration of TV and radio signals from analog to digital, announced the General telecommunications Regulatory Authority (AGER) at the end of June 2014.

'We are in the process of defining an action plan, a strategy to be submitted to the government so that we can recover lost time', said the PCA AGER, Orlando Fernandes.

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