Regulation & policy

Kenya sets March 2015 as deadline for digital migration

The Kenyan government says it will complete the migration from analogue to digital broadcasting in March 2015. Communications Authority Director-General Francis Wangusi said the regulator and industry players have ironed out policy and legislative bottlenecks to facilitate the migration.

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GOtv Uganda and NBS TV, a privately owned television station, have signed a broadcasting agreement that will see NBS TV shown on GOtv, PCtechmag reported. The GOtv network spans the major towns in the country. NBS will be available on channel 94 on GOtv.

French-Speaking Africa Rises: DISCOP Africa confirms unprecedented attendance from across the region

Basic Lead, organizer of DISCOP Africa, the region’s premier annual market for film, TV content, adaptation rights and packaged channels, has reported an unprecedented number of attendees from across French-speaking Africa ahead of its 2014 event, reflecting the region’s growing importance on the global stage.

 Close to three hundred participants and a record-breaking 45 companies representing French-speaking Africa are set to attend DISCOP Africa, which launches at the Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg on November 5th.

Cameroon: ITU Sets Deadline for Broadcast Switchover

The International Telecommunications Union has set June 17, 2015 at midnight as the deadline.

The Socio-economic life in Cameroon is going to face some turn due to the transition from the analogue broadcasting system to the digital system. This means that television viewers who currently own analogue TV sets will need to add a decoder devise to convert signals to their sets.

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.

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- 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.

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