Regulation & policy

Tunisia: Transition - the Role of the Media

In the span of only one month, Tunisia has witnessed the historic passing of a transitional justice law and adoption of a new constitution. Implementation of transitional justice processes, as mandated through the law passed on December 24th, 2013, has already commenced with the selection of commissioners of the upcoming Truth and Dignity Commission.

Kenya: Three Stations to Get Digital TV Licence, Switch Date Moved

The Court of Appeal on Friday moved the deadline for the migration to digital television to September 30 (2014) after finding that at the time the Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) awarded the second digital Broadcast Signal Distribution (BSD) licence, it was not independently constituted.

The three-judge bench of Roselyn Nambuye, Daniel Musinga and David Maraga therefore declared null and void the licence issued by the CCK to the Pan African Network Group.

Regulation & Policy - In Brief

The 17 June 2015 deadline for global migration to digital terrestrial television (DTT) will not be extended for any country, Dr Hamadoun Toure, secretary general of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has said during a visit to Kenya. Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Nigeria, Cameroun, Malawi, Botswana, and Mauritius are among those African countries that have begun the analogue to digital migration process. However the majority of the continent is still to convert to DTT.

Africa Radios and TVs want extra delay for the digital transition

The Yaoundé Declaration sanctioned the 7th General Assembly of the African Union of Broadcasting (in French UAR-Assemblée générale de l’Union africaine de radiodiffusion), held on 27 and 28 January 2014 in the capital of Cameroon.

The Yaoundé Declaration declares that radios and televisions from the continent require the postponement of the 17 June 2015 deadline set by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) for the complete digital switch.

Attacks against the media in Ghana

Yaa Hammond, (journalist), Kingsley Acheampong (cameraman), Suleiman Awudu (soundman) and Douglas Kofi Benyin (driver), of privately-owned TV Africa were on March 7, 2014, detained by some security personnel at Adjei Kojo, a suburb of Accra, Ghana’s capital.

C. Ohene, head of news and current affairs of TV Africa told MFWA the crew had gone to the area to do a follow-up on a demolition exercise that was undertaken some weeks ago.

SA budget releases funds (US$24.5 million) for migration to digital TV

The South African Government has allocated R265 million (US$24.5 million) for digital terrestrial television (DTT) migration over the medium term, as part of its budget for the year 2014-15. 

Of this funding, R195.1 million ($18.02 million) will be allocated to the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) for its digital library and a digital playout centre, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan announced on 26 February.

West African Audiovisual Regulators adopt founding texts

The statutes and rules of procedure for the broadcasting regulators Platform in the countries of the West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA ) and Guinea Conakry were adopted at the "unanimity" by members of the Platform to generate founding texts of the organization during a meeting on 4 and 5 March 2014 in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso .

Regulation & Policy - In Brief

March 2014: The SABC has launched its latest audience services campaign to South Africans, using television, radio, print and cinema advertising, to inform South Africans of the plethora of TV Licence pay points available to consumers.

South Africans: President Jacob Zuma says amendments to the Employment Equity Act and the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Act should pave the way for transformation in the media in the country.

UNITAR records high demand for Trade and Intellectual Property courses

The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)  has just launched the 2014 edition of the online training courses in financial management, international trade and intellectual property. These courses are intended for trade and finance professionals and officials from developing countries including least developed countries and economies in transition.  Since the introduction of online courses in 2003, over 10,000 officials mainly from developing countries benefited from our courses.

Source: APO on behalf of (UNITAR) 1 March 2014

A second 24-hour Oscar Pistorius TV channel launching

Besides MultiChoice's Oscar Pistorius trial TV channel starting on Sunday on channel 199 on DStv, South African viewers are now getting an additional, second 24-hour Oscar Pistorius channel which will be bringing viewers around the clock court and news coverage of the sensational court trial.

The paralympic athlete shot and killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day last year. His court trial will start on Monday in which he stands accused of premeditated murder.

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