regulation & policy

Morocco became a member of the European Audiovisual Observatory

Morocco became the 41st member of the European Audiovisual Observatory, following a decision taken on 11 December 2013 in Strasbourg by Ministry Committees at the Council of Europe.

At  the same time Morocco also becomes the first non- European country to integrate the organization, based in Strasbourg.

Ghana: ECOWAS RCO to Boost Gambian Copyright Office

The director of Culture, Education, Science and Technology of the ECOWAS Commission has informed stakeholders at the ongoing workshop that the ECOWAS Regional Copyright Observatory (RCO) will present some computers and other office equipment to the Gambian Copyright Office at the National Council for Arts and Culture, to strengthen their capacity.

Cameroon: football rights - CRTV complains over 3 private TV channels

Cameroon Radio Television (CRTV), the state-owned media has filed a complaint against three private Cameroonian TV channels

Stv, Equinoxe TV and Canal 2 International will appear on January 20, 2014 at 7:30 am before the “Tribunal de Grande Instance” Mfoundi court in Yaoundé dealing with civil and commercial matters.

Regulation & Policy - In Brief

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Kenya: StarTimes cuts prices as DTT launches

Pay-TV services provider StarTimes has slashed prices for its digital set-top box by Sh500, angling to woo TV owners yet to buy the gadget amid looming December 13 switch-off in Nairobi.

The firm said Friday its DVB T2 (digital video broadcasting - second generation terrestrial) decoder will drop to Sh2,999 and a further 43 per cent price cut on antenna and cable, as Nairobi dwellers prepare for the analogue signal switch-off.

Source: The Star-Lola Okulo 16 November 2013

Minister: Africa is in the spotlight of French media

MEDEF and the French Ministry of Economy organized today, Wednesday, December 4, 2013 “An Economic Forum on Africa and France”: heads of states, ministers, African and French business leaders gathered around Pierre Moscovici, before a summit at the Elysee in Paris.

Which are the sectors that could benefit from the African Growth? It is often forgotten but television and the media have a role to play through the Francophonie.

Regulation & Policy - In Brief

- "A local administrator from a small town in Kenya is making a huge impact through social media." That's how @ChiefKariuki was introduced at the annual Google Ideas conference in the US late last week. - See more here:

- Côte d’Ivoire is seriously gearing up for DTT:  Mathurin Kadje, Head of Technical Services at the Executive Secretariat CNM-TNT (the DTT commission of Côte d’Ivoire) confirmed the news to Balancing Act.

Minister Mashatile opened DISCOP AFRICA 2013

Arts and Culture Minister Paul Mashatile delivered the opening address at the 8th edition of DISCOP AFRICA 2013, which ran from Wednesday 6th November to Friday, 8th November 2013 at the Sandton Convention Centre.

Source: DAC - 6 November 2013

Kenya: Stormy digital migration voyage

Early last year, officials of the Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) were required to make a presentation to the Kenya Revenue Authority to make a case for the need to scrap taxes on set-top boxes (decoders) as a way of making them more affordable to Kenyans.

African DTT migration facing “multiple challenges”

Digital-terrestrial TV migration in Africa faces multiple challenges, with little sign that deadlines will be met, a panel of experts told AfricaCast attendees yesterday.

Convincing governments about the long term economic benefits of DTT migration is one key to driving the process forward, said Aldred Dreyer, CTO, Namibian Broadcasting Corporation, which plans to launch that country’s DTT platform on November 27.

Source: digitaltveurope - November 14 2013
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