regulation & policy

Kinshasa: Gunmen attacked Congolese state TV RTNC

At the end of Dec. 2013, reporters were taken hostage by armed men, who broadcast anti-government message, as international airport comes under fire.

Gunmen have opened fire on the international airport in the Democratic Republic of Congo and seized control of the state television station in the capital.

The multiple attacks saw armed men take reporters hostage and fire shots at the airport, which is on the outskirts of Kinshasa.

Source: Al Jazeera 30 December 2013

Kenya: "Digitalisation a Violation of Media Freedom"

The Chairman of the Royal Media Services (RMS), Dr Samuel Makau Macharia, called plans to migrate from analogue to digital broadcasting an affront to media freedom.

He subsequently called on government to review the programme bemoaning the high expenses that Kenyans would be subjected to in the acquisition of the Set Top Boxes (STBs) and the monthly subscription charges they would have to pay to continue enjoying television services.

Source: Cajnews Africa REMMY MURULE 13 January 2014

Nigeria: Broadcasting Commission Battles Funds for Digitalisation

The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) threatened to shut down television stations that have failed to renew their broadcast licenses as it works towards raising N68 billion to fully implement the country's digital migration process.

The NBC said that a warning letter had been issued to all defaulters and that the commission would shut down television stations that failed to pay up by end of January.

“By the end of this month, any company that has not paid its broadcasting dues to the NBC will have to lose its licence,” Chairman of the commission, Emeka Mba, said.

Source: cajnewsafrica HENRY IFEANYI 10 January 2014

Regulation & Policy - In Brief

- A court should review the times TopTV intends to broadcast pornographic material, the Justice Alliance of South Africa (Jasa) said on Friday. The group filed papers with the Western Cape high court in an attempt to stop the channel from airing pornographic material from 1 December 2013; source: Techcentral

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.

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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.

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