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Uganda: 'CBS to Reopen After Talks With Kabaka' - Museveni

In a significant blow to Buganda Kingdom, President Museveni on Saturday said CBS radio will not be re-opened until Kabaka and clan leaders hold talks with him on a matter…

Broadcast News: In Brief

- At the end of June 2010, Canal+ Overseas announced the signing of an agreement with the Tunisian Ministry of Communications, enabling the commercialisation in Tunisia of the Canal +…

Broadcast News - In Brief

- South Africa: The Copyright Review Commission, appointed to review concerns raised by the music industry regarding the collection and distribution of royalties to artists, has completed and presented its…

CNN MultiChoice 2014 African Journalist Award winners announced

 Kenyan journalist Joseph Mathenge has been awarded the overall CNN MultiChoice African Journalist of the Year at the 2014 Awards ceremony held at Mlimani City Conference Centre, in Dar es…

Nigeria: Chief Raymond Dokpesi and Daar Communications’ Broadcasting License Troubles

Again troubles have started for Chief Raymond Dokpesi since he made revelation about how the Nigeria State Security Service (SSS) pressured him to sack one of his staff Gbenga Aruleba…

Al Jazeera to air award-winning documentary, Fire In The Blood

Fire In The Blood, winner of eight international awards, screens in two parts on Al Jazeera English, channel 406 on DStv, on Friday, 31 October and Friday, 7 November at…

Broadcast In Brief

* The Nation Media Group (NMG) will be celebrating its 50th anniversary in March next year. Over the years the organization has become a significant player in East Africa’s development,…

M-Net Edge clinches HBO deal By DStv

The brand new DStv Premium channel M-Net Edge, which will take television connoisseurs to the edge of entertainment from 20 October 2014 at 19:00, will be the future home of…

Cairo Film Festival Adds David Cronenberg, Jean-Luc Godard Titles to Lineup

The November event is looking to return with new vigor following three years of turmoilMaps to the Stars and Goodbye to Language have been added to the lineup for the…

AfricAvenir presents Namibian Premiere of the Senegalese feature “Dakar Trottoirs – Pavements of Dakar” as part of the Namibian Film Week

AfricAvenir Windhoek, the Goethe Centre, and the Filmmakers Association of Namibia invite to the Namibian Premiere of Senegal’s ‘Dakar Trottoirs’ on Saturday, 27 September, 19h00, at the Goethe-Centre Windhoek. The…

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South African makes top 10 in global film scoring competition. South African, Alun Richards, has been placed in the top 10 in the Vienna Symphonic Library International Film Score Competition…

South Africa: Worldspace May Aim for Satellite Radio Market Again

Worldspace, a US-based satellite radio provider, plans to relaunch its services in South Africa if a bid by former chairman Noah Samara to buy the company is approved. WorldSpace filed…

BBC World Service Launches Ebola Radio Network for West Africa

The BBC World Service is launching special Ebola broadcasts for West Africa starting on Monday 22nd September. Each evening shortwave transmissions to the region will be increased. There will be…

Broadcast News: In Brief

- Ideally packaged for the World Cup, Omedia and Repucom have launched a new media monitoring solution which tracks advertising and sponsorship media campaigns in Africa. More from www.omedia.ci -…

Multichoice introduces BoxOffice in Zimbabwe

Multichoice announced the introduction of its BoxOffice service to DStv subscribers in Zimbabwe. The service allows subscribers with DStv Explora and HD PVR decoders to rent blockbuster movies for 48…

FAZ ink Muvi TV deal

THE Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) has partnered with Muvi Television to start televising Division One league games.Speaking on Muvi TV’s Tuesday Sport, FAZ communications manager Nkweto Tembwe said the…

South Africa: TopTV shareholders accept China bid

TopTV’s creditors and shareholders have voted in favour of a business rescue plan involving China’s StarTimes, leaving rival bidders, an MSG Afrika-led consortium and Kenya’s Wananchi, out in the cold.…

GOtv Nigeria overhauls channel packages

GOtv Nigeria is overhauling its channel bundles in June, replacing 'Entertaining Africa' by 'Live It'. The original GOtv bouquet, which offers over 21 channels ranging from news and documentaries to…

Algeria: Broadcasting revolution in the air

The opening of the Algerian broadcasting will create private national television stations. The end of a state monopoly becomes grotesque as it faces hundreds of satellite channels available there.If one…

Africa Rising: The Role of Media Audience Research in Emerging Markets

15TH PAMRO and AllAfrica media audience research conferenceSun 25 August 2013 – Wed 28 August 2013Hotel Colbert - Antananarivo, MadagascarTheme: “Africa Rising: The Role of Media Audience Research in Emerging…

Al Jazeera’s “South to North” Host Redi Tlhabi explores Nollywood

As the world celebrates 100 years of Bollywood, the spotlight turns on the Nigerian film industry, Nollywood. AlJazeera’s talk show host, Redi Tlhabi – on her show- South to North,…

AfriDocs presents the official African premiere of Virunga

AfriDocs presents the official African broadcast premiere of the BAFTA and Academy Award nominated Virunga in all 49 countries across sub-Saharan Africa.From Netflix Originals and executive producer, Leonardo DiCaprio, feature…

Rwanda: Public Accounts Committe Grills public broadcaster Orinfor about its finances

23 November 2011: The Parliamentary watchdog, Public Accounts Committee (PAC) on Tuesday cross-examined top budget managers of state broadcaster, Orinfor, to explain the loss of public funds highlighted in the…

Al Jazeera: Redi Tlhabi’s talk show explores Nollywood

As the world celebrates 100 years of Bollywood, South 2 North talk show host Redi Tlhabi asks whether Nollywood, the Nigerian film industry, is on a similar trajectory.“According to UNESCO,…

DStv suspends HD-PVR panel

DStv has decided to suspend temporarily, but with immediate effect, the expanded viewer panel to measure television viewing in High Definition (HD) subscriber homes that was instituted at the end…

SA actresses pair up to launch latest African streaming TV network

Salamina Mosese and Stephina Zwane are no strangers to South African television. Both practically grew up in front of our screens in their roles as presenters and actresses – particularly…

PVR decoders impacting SA TV habits

PVR households – homes that have and use a personal video recorder to record TV shows - now comprise 3% of all TV households in South Africa. Industry experts describe…

CanalSat in Africa to launch adult channel, Penthouse Black

analSat in Africa is to become the first pay TV platform to carry a new adult channel, Penthouse Black.The latest Penthouse channel will provide a range of black and multiracial…

M-Net triples its series offering on DStv

On Tuesday 9 July, M-Net will change the way you watch series! Adding to the most amazing international series available on M-Net, the current M-Net Series channel will transform into…

M.I.A. Says She “Can’t Put Out A Video Because It’s Shot In Africa”

On Monday, M.I.A. took to Twitter to voice her thoughts on “cultural appropriation” and open the floor for discussion. “I wanna talk about cultural appropriation!,” she wrote. “I’ve been told…

Airtel Touching Lives Reality TV show takes-off

Airtel Ghana has launched second edition of its landmark reality television series, “Touching Lives,” which hits the screens of Ghana television stations last year to reward people who selflessly made…

Broadcast - In Brief

- A TV advertisement promoting condom use in Kenya has been withdrawn after an outcry by religious leaders, health official Peter Cherutich has said. Christian and Muslim clerics said the…

Broadcast - In Brief

- The Africa Channel broadcasts ‘African Masters’, a documentary series showing behind the scene’s visits to African artists’ remarkable studios. Contemporary African artists show their art in this exclusive and…

Broadcast – In brief

The Malawi Broadcasting Corporation Television (MBCtv) said it has acquired the broadcast rights of the Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (COSAFA). The broadcaster will air all 22 games in…

Broadcast - In Brief

- Kenyan-based pay-TV and triple-play platform operator Wananchi Group is set to ramp up its East African activities with the launch of another two local channels in 2012. Spiritually themed…

MultiChoice: We are committed to digital TV migration

Nico Meyer, MultiChoice Africa CEO says the pan-African satellite pay-TV operator which runs DStv and GOtv across sub-Saharan Africa is "committed to the digital migration process in Africa". by Thinus…

South African Media Audience Research: new agreement signed

The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), the South African Audience Research Foundation (SAARF) and the service provider, Nielsen Media Research signed a new multi-year Television Audience Measurement Survey (TAMS) agreement…

South African reality TV cooking competition broadcast to over 100 million people

Commencing this month, season one of South African reality TV cooking competition, Ultimate Braai Master, will be broadcast to over 100 million people in over 280 territories as per a…

Africa included: EUTELSAT 3B satellite fully fired up at 3° East

Following its successful launch on May 26, 2014 Eutelsat Communications announces that the EUTELSAT 3B satellite is now fully fired up and providing commercial services at 3° East.Eutelsat’s newest satellite…

BBC World News: Connected Cities (in Africa)

Over its BBC World News Monthly Highlights, BBC World will broadcast “Connected Cities” including cities in Africa.Urbanisation is the defining trend of the 21st Century. The rate and extent of…

Kenya to license more signal distributors

The Kenyan Government has cleared he way for two more competitors to join the broadcast signal distribution business, in efforts to ensure the country completes its digital migration head of…

DiCaprio buys TV rights to South African novel ‘The Shining Girls’

Leonardo DiCaprio’s production company will turn bestselling South African writer Lauren Beukes’ newest novel about a time-travelling serial killer into a TV series.The Shining Girls, described on its cover as…

Digitization in Nigeria: States Concerned Mainly With Content

The Minister of Information, Labaran Maku has asserted that Nigeria has a lot to gain with the digital switchover, stating that quality content and signals are expected from broadcasting organizations.Maku…

Broadcast - In Brief

Over the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, Television channel beIN SPORTS monopolized live matches’ dissemination: the pleasure of the poor confiscated by the rich - A climate of resentment prevailed…

Uganda: Police Raid UBC, Board Suspended

Police with the support of other security organs on Friday night stormed the government broadcaster, Uganda Broadcasting Corporation offices, and locked up offices of the top managers before suspending the…

New channel launched: Maghreb TV-SAT

Maghreb TV, a Belgo-Maghreb TV has launched its new channel Maghreb TV-SAT, an independent and pluralistic media that wants to promote links between Moroccans of the world and their country…

Cameroon: CRTV to launch new programmes

The General Manager of CRTV last week announced the launching that includes several of "must watch" productions. The Cameroon Radio and Television Corporation (CRTV), dubbed the "heart of the nation",…

Broadcast - In Brief

TV viewing broke records in first FIFA World Cup matches according to FIFA: 34.1 million watched Japan play Côte d’Ivoire on Japanese channel NHK, twice the size of the next…

Libya: Radio Free Libya transmits live from Misurata

For residents of besieged Misurata, all it takes is a flick of the dial to tune in to freedom. Broadcasting revolutionary songs, news, and debate, Radio Free Libya Misurata is…

Broadcast - In Brief

- For around ten years, TV5Monde has chosen to be present at the Cannes Festival in the southern film pavilion, renamed the World Film Pavilion two years ago.This presence is…

Al Jazeera up for 7 One World Media Awards

Al Jazeera is nominated for seven One World Media Awards ahead of Thursday’s awards ceremony in London. Six of the seven nominations are for programming set in Africa.Documentary AwardMiners Shot…

‘Incorruptible’ Documentary Looks Inside Artist-Led Youth Movement During Senegal’s Tumultuous 2012 Election

Incorruptible is a new documentary feature from director Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi (Touba, Youssou N’dour: I Bring What I Love) that traces events surrounding Senegal’s tumultuous 2012 elections. The 90-minute film…

TV5Monde broadcast « the night of Africa » to review 50 years of independence

All year long, TV5Monde rallied its audience to celebrate both on its channels and on its website the 50th anniversary of African independence. News reports, special editions, magazines, documentaries, films…

Youth Incubator Film Makes Its Debut At The Durban International Film Festival

Rights of Passage is an anthology of 8 short films linked by a thematic thread and African proverbs. Directed by first time filmmakers Ntombizodwa Magagula, Mapula  Sibanda, Lerato Moloi, Valencia…

Surviving in the crowded radio frequencies: Africa No 1

Dominique Guihot, director of “Africa no.1” and of “Patenaire Production” (his own audiovisual production company) is a legend in the Francophone African radio market. Originally a radio journalist, Guihot acquired…

Conax a driver for Africa's pay-TV expansion with strong regional track record in secure digital migration - robust operator roadmap to ensure future-oriented business

Conax, part of the Kudelski Group and provider of total service protection for pay-TV service providers, content owners and entertainment services, today announced its continued commitment to furthering African pay-TV…

NFVF Female Filmmaker Project films selected for DIFF

The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), an agency of the Department of Arts and Culture, is pleased to announce that four films from its Female Filmmaker project have been…

Business Africa’s Oumarou Barry on the positive impact of broadcast media

Oumarou Barry was interviewed by Sylvain Béletre from Balancing Act Africa on the positive aspects of the two programmes that he presents weekly to an audience of about 40 million…

German video-on-demand launches in South Africa

ProSiebenSat.1 Welt has announced the launch of a video-on-demand mobile app and website that allows German expats based in South Africa and 15 other countries to view German produced shows…

Ghana: Viasat rolls out 2011 plans … Launches website

Scandinavian-owned television network Viasat 1will in the early months of next year, invest heavily in content, particularly those that would help them cement their position as the fastest growing channel…

South Africa: TopTV struggling to compete

TopTV’s acting CEO, Eddie Mbalo, looked relaxed for someone who had been in the hot seat for eight months. He was thrust into the spotlight when the pay-TV broadcaster’s founding…

M-Net swops Series for the City

 M-Net is finally dropping the "M-Net Series" brand name after 17 years, renaming and rebranding the last remaining M-Net Series Zone (DStv 115) channel as the "new" M-Net City. by…

Broadcast - In Brief

- Russian English-language news TV channel Russia Today (RT) is now claiming an audience more than 4 times bigger than the aggregate audience of three of its rivals in South…

Egypt leads rebound in ME TV ad market

The advertising market in the Middle East and North Africa has performed strongly this year, with Egypt, which saw a deep drop in advertising expenditure in 2011 in the wake…

Idris Elba Documentary ‘Mandela, My Dad and Me’ To Premiere In April

 Idris-ElbaA forthcoming documentary will center on Idris Elba‘s preparation for the part of Nelson Mandela, the South African music project that resulted, and the British actor’s relationship with his late…

Mauritania to Launch Private TV Stations

The communication ministry gave a green light to new private TV channels, but critics are sceptical about their ability to compete. The Mauritanian government last week asked the High Authority…

South Africa: event on media audience surveys

The South African Audience Research Foundation (SAARF) invites interested parties from the advertising, marketing and media industries and the media, to attend its Television Audience Measurement Survey (TAMS) Information Day.The…

Bounce TV to debut as 1st free African-American network

On April 5, 2011, a new 24-hour/seven-day-a-week broadcast television network based in Atlanta and targeted toward African-Americans is set to debut this fall from founders Martin Luther King III, Andrew…

Zambia: eight new provincial television and radio stations

Media bodies have praised Government for budgeting about K89 billion meant for setting up of eight provincial television (TV) and radio stations in Zambia.Zambia Union of Journalists (ZUJ) and the…

Broadcast News - In Brief

- "Jungle Gold" is a new Discovery Channel TV series about gold miners in Africa, premiering on Friday, Oct. 26, 2012 (10 p.m. ET/PT), according to a press release from…

Algeria: The private television channels’ race

If there is an area that illustrates much disorder in the debate currently occurring in Algeria, it is the private television sector. Small private channels have flourished in the Algerian…

Gambia: GRTS Introduces Mid-Day Newson the weekend

The Gambia Radio & Television Services (GRTS) recently added 12 Mid-day news during the weekend (Friday to Sunday) to their 8pm and 10pm news.In an interview with the Daily Observer…

Lagardère focused on early exit from Canal+

French media and industrial group Lagardère wants to dispose of its stake in Canal Plus and disengage from the pay TV group “as quickly as possible”, according to Chief Financial…

DTT: Dolby Digital Plus Selected for Ghana TV Standard

Ghanaian National Communications Authority mandates Dolby Digital Plus audio in IDTV and HD STB specificationsAccra, March 11, 2013 – Dolby Digital Plus audio has been chosen as part of the…

BET Networks fresh 2011 programming

BET is to officially announce its new seasons of "The Game" and "Let’s stay together". The network continues to focus on scripted programming and will unveil a new Sitcom, "Reed…

What South Africans are watching on TV – Sport only in position nine, according to SAARF survey

It’s the biggest crowd puller on South African TV screens. With an average daily reach of almost two-million viewers, this television genre far outstrips any other. It’s not sport. It’s…

Senegal: Africa 7 director proposed by Magloire Delcros-Varaud

From a reliable source, Godlove Kamwa will be the head of Africa 7 at the request of MagloireDelcros-Varaud, who now heads the Holding across Africa. With a roadmap defined by…

South Africa: DStv vs. TopTV: one year on

In May 2010, On Digital Media (ODM) brought competition to the South African pay-TV market with its TopTV offering. TopTV launched with seven different packages, with pricing and channel bundle…

NTDC, DAAR Partner on Local TV content for hotels

The Chairman of DAAR Communications Group, High Chief Raymond Dokpesi has described the Director-General of the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation, Otunba Olusegun Runsewe as a solitary crusader of tourism development…

UK: Top Gear's Africa special gets almost 6m viewers

BBC2's Top Gear Africa Special, in which Clarkson and the boys attempted to find the source of the Nile, got the better of ITV's ailing Dancing on Ice on Sunday…

Broadcast - In Brief

- FashionTV (FTV) network announced on 18 April 2011 the start of its 24/7 Live high quality streaming direct to YouTube.com/ftv and now available all over the world including Africa.…

Broadcast News - In Brief

- In South Africa on 20 September 2012, MTV changed its Channels. Over the past decade, MTV has evolved from a music channel to one focused on youth entertainment and…

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- Kwasha Good morning Zambia (literally “Morning is breaking”) is a flagship talk show at the ZNBC (Zambian National Broadcasting Corporation). From 4 to 15 February 2013, Dominique Fass, studio…

DStv adds new telenovela channel

MultiChoice is adding Telemundo, South America's telenovela TV channel to the DStv bouquet from Monday 12 August following a carriage agreement between MultiChoice and Universal Networks International. by Thinus FerreiraThe…

FOX International Channels Africa kicks Off 2015 With Seven Brand New Shows!

FOX International Channels Africa will be offering great viewing in 2015 with several first-run shows directly from Twentieth Century Fox in the US, headlined by star-studded hip-hop drama, Empire.FIC Africa…

Botswana: Multichoice Wins Appeal

The Court of Appeal has held that Multi Choice Botswana was not a broadcaster in Botswana but only enabled subscribers to receive broadcasts. Multi Choice Botswana, is a company associated…

VoxAfrica, a serious pan-African contender?

At a time when competition is becoming fiercer among African TV broadcasters, the emergence of pan-African channels such as VoxAfrica is a major breakthrough.Balanncing Act Senior Analyst Sylvain Béletre talked…

Ghana: Tamale Gets First TV Station

The first private television station in the north, Discovery TV, has commenced test transmission on the multi-TV channel 18 and other free-to-air digit-box.The station, with its headquarters in Tamale in…

Three new pay-TV stations set to launch in Kenya

Three Nairobi-based companies have applied for commercial free-to-air television broadcasting licences, as Kenya migrates from analogue transmission to digital, The Star reported. Acme Communications, Global Konnect and Number One TV…

Sierra Leone: Two Presenters Injured in Armed Attack On Evangelical Radio Station

Reporters Without Borders last week condemned an attack by gunmen on Believers Broadcasting Network (BBN), a protestant-run radio station in Freetown, in the early hours of 4 August in which…

Canal+ Overseas expands in Madagascar

Since the 1st of October 2010, Canal+ Madagascar payTV bouquet, a subsidiary of Canal Overseas, part of the Vivendi Group, is responsible for the distribution of CanalSat Madagascar in the…

Nigeria: Making Premium TV Content Affordable

Since the advent of digital satellite television broadcasting in Nigeria in 1994, Nigerians have witnessed a steady growth in the sector with as many as 14 operators licensed to distribute…

Sierra Leone: SLBC Partners With China's Star Times

The Sierra Leone Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC) on Friday signed an agreement with Star Communications Network Technology (Star Times) to pave the way for a joint partnership venture in ensuring that…

MultiChoice launches Arise News on DStv, GOtv

One of the topmost   satellite cable TV service providers in Nigeria, MultiChoice Africa, has launched an emerging global news and entertainment channel known as ARISE NEWS on DStv and GOtv.Speaking…

Botswana: Multichoice Subscribers Disappointed

Multichoice subscribers have expressed their anger towards MultiChoice management for not informing them before hand that they (subscribers) will not be able to watch all their favourite English Premiership games…

Nigeria: President gives the go-ahead to NBC to licence community radio stations

On 21 October 2010, the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC) welcomed the decision of the Federal Government of Nigeria to give the go-ahead for community radio in Nigeria.In…

Canal+ revenues up

French pay-TV group Canal+ saw a 3.3% year-on-year rise in revenue for the first half of 2012 as parent Vivendi prepares a review of its media and telecoms business.Canal+ increased…

South Africa: New era of TV consumption

Viewership of linear TV is growing strong every year with traditional TV channels dominating online TV viewing, according to a study conducted across 10 countries in the Central Eastern Europe…

Kenya: CCK's Search for Third Signal Distributor On

The Communication Commission of Kenya is set to announce the tender for a third broadcast digital signal distributor license after nearly two years deadlock with local media owners.The regulator is…

VoD: BUNI.TV Launches Embeddable Player and Affiliate Program

Top African video-on-demand platform Buni.tv is launching a new embeddable player and affiliate program, which will allow blogs, film festivals, and the filmmakers themselves to share movies directly on their…

Botswana: A New Pay TV Arrives

A new pay television broadcaster is launching in Botswana. The new channel, GTV, comes at a time when there is a groundswell of disillusionment particularly amongst football lovers after Multi…

Somalia: Private Radio Station Bombed in Puntland

On 20 October 2010, the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) strongly condemned the bomb attack at Radio Horseed in Bossasso, Puntland. According to information received by NUSOJ, during the…

Uganda: Vision Group Honoured for Agricultural Reporting

Vision Group was on Tuesday recognized for its tremendous contribution towards increasing aspects of change in the agriculture and poverty reduction in Uganda.The Farm power@50 Media awards organized by the…

DRC: TV5MONDE accessible in Lubumbashi

Since 12 November 2012 the francophone TV channel is now available in Lubumbashi, Congo (DRC) second largest city, on channel 45. Supported by the French and Swiss embassies as well…

Nigerian Mogul Launches Global TV Network Promoting Africa’s Image

In Lagos, A woman who could be considered Africa’s Oprah Winfrey is launching an entertainment network that will be beamed in to nearly every country on the continent with programs…

Rwanda: Liquid Telecom Shares Its Vision (incl TV)

Internet: forever a challenge in Rwanda. We have all been in that situation; switching from carrier to carrier, waiting in vain for our email to load. Apologizing to friends or…

Broadcast – In Brief

Kenya's High Court has stopped advertisements sponsored by NTV, KTN, Citizen TV and QTV, asking the public to boycott GOtv and wait for their set-top boxes. The High Court also…

Namibia: NBC Goes for One EPL Match

Having secured the rights from the English Premier League (EPL) to broadcast its elite soccer league, the Namibia Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) is only in a position to broadcast one live…

Broadcast News - In Brief

- The SABC board has failed in executing its duties, the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Communications said at its meeting with the broadcaster on October 21, 2010.- The winners of…

Namibia: Lessons From the NBC Strike

The recent strike at the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation has underlined some important issues.Obviously, the strike should never have occurred. With unions lowering demands from the original 13 percent and willing…

Tunisia: Al Horra News, the first 24/24 Tunisian information channel will launch in March 2013 on Nilesat

The company Al Horra Productions announces the launch of the first Tunisian rolling news channel, to be called symbolically Al Horra: the Free one.  The launch of such a project…

Broadcast - In Brief

- AB Sat Africa: The first independent French broadcaster, AB Sat, editor of nearly twenty thematic TV channels for Africa's development. This week, nearly a dozen TV Group channels are…

Tunis Media City - Satellite Broadcasting Company Created

The creation of a city entirely dedicated to telecom services and satellite broadcasting, Tunis Media City, was announced Thursday in Tunis. Jordan-Saudi Company for Satellite (JASCO) is initiator of this…

Kenya: Slum Community Radio Hits the Airwaves

A five-story apartment building on the edge of Kibera recently sprouted a new antenna. It isn't much to look at - just six-feet high and dwarfed by the satellite dish…

Broadcast News - In Brief

- Ideal for African broadcasters, Sony has unveiled new HD live production products as a small-to-mid-sized system which incorporates future-proof, state-of-the-art technology. As demands for live production continue to increase…

South Africa: MUTV no longer on TopTV

South African satellite pay-TV operator TopTV has announced that the contract to broadcast MUTV (Manchester United TV) on its platform has been terminated with immediate effect. TopTV extends an apology…

Spacecom provides East Africa with DTH + DTT Content

Spacecom, the operator of the AMOS satellite fleet, has won a five-year deal worth $5.9 million for providing broadcast services to an East African video service provider.The customer will use…

Zimbabwe: Call to Revive ZBC-TV

Gweru residents have called for the revitalisation of ZBC-TV so that it becomes a broadcaster of choice. Contributing to an Information and Media Panel of Inquiry consultative meeting in Mkoba…

THAICOM Expands its Markets into Africa with the Launch of Africom by Thaicom and Africom-1

THAICOM PLC., one of Asia's leading satellite operators announced the launch of AFRICOM by Thaicom and AFRICOM-1 to provide satellite services in Africa. AFRICOM-1 is the payload dedicated to Africa…

South Africa: The future of TV is on the internet

Kevin O'Grady posted this story on 13 Feb. 2013. Here are some interesting extracts:“I don’t watch TV. There is no terrestrial TV reception in the tiny rural eastern Free State…

GOtv attracts more than 400,000 paying subscribers

GOtv, MultiChoice’s nascent digital terrestrial television (DTT) service, has proven popular with viewers across Africa, bagging thousands of subscribers just two years after it first launched in Zambia.“The service has…

ICASA granted 5 licences for subscription broadcasting services

In Johannesburg, the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa hereby notifies the media and stakeholders that it has conditionally granted five (5) licences for individual commercial subscription broadcasting services. Although…

Broadcast - In Brief

- Channel O marks its 15th year anniversary as Africa's first 24-hour music TV in Lagos.- Reminder: Kenyans in Nairobi will have to purchase a set top box by December…

South Africa: Survey Scores TV ads Low On Credibility

The credibility of television advertising has come under criticism following a recent survey which dismissed it as not truthful. It was however revealed that ads on the medium are the…

South Africa: OpenView HD prices revealed

On 26 September 2013 e.tv hosted a swanky affair to officially launch their four new channels that go live on 15 October. The event was attended by members of the…

Broadcast - In Brief

In support for their colleagues from the Agence Internationale d'Images de Télévision (AITV), a group of France Télévisions, POLITICO TV invites you every night at INFO Africa. Info Africa is…

Nigeria: Religious Leader Launches ‘Starcross Cable TV’

In Calabar, a new cable Television channel known as StarCross TV has been launched by a powerful religious leader based in Nigeria, His Holiness Olumba Olumba Obu of the Brotherhood…

EbonyLife TV coming to South Africa

TVSA can reveal that EbonyLife TV will be coming to South Africa soon.  It's been available on DStv to viewers in East, West and Central Africa and will launch in…

Multichoice Kenya Launches Weekly Rewards

Multichoice Kenya today launched a rewards promo at Nailab which saw Chris Mugambi, a doctor by profession, win 600,000kshs.The company has started a weekly draw that will run for 8…

South Africa: TopTV on pause – indefinitely

Marred with financial woes and failure to attract viewers, TopTV hits another snag and cannot relaunch as Starsat until certain “processes” are through.TopTV - SA's only pay-television alternative to MultiChoice's…

USA: iO International continues expansion with new African TV category

Cablevision Systems Corp. announced on 18 Oct. 2011 the addition of a new African category to iO TV’s extensive iO International channel line-up. This new package includes Noire TV Africa…

The Africa Channel launches a new film season

Inspired by the movie awards season, The Africa Channel (Sky 209, Virgin 828) presents award-winning, UK Premiere films, showcased in the channel’s ‘Africa Picture House’ strand. The season offers an…

Broadcast - In Brief

- As from 10 October 2013 community radio station Cape Town TV (CTV) will be available to 20 million viewers across South Africa and Lesotho on the DStv satellite pay-TV…

Wananchi Group enters satellite pay TV segment

Kenya’s Wananchi Group will enter the satellite pay TV market in April 2011 setting the stage for a vicious battle for control of the business that has remained in the…

MIPCOM 2011: Trace TV launches Trace Africa

A few months after launching Trace Sports HD, which has just landed on the French SFR IPTV pay platform, French TV firm Trace is launching a new music channel, Trace…

Broadcast In Brief

- Big Brother Africa reaches one million likes on Facebook. Big Brother Africa has reached out to DStv viewers in a variety of innovative ways including the option for viewers…

Uganda: Regional Government Officials Can Vet Radio Talk Show Guests, Says Minister

Resident District Commissioners have the authority to vet guests on radio talk shows to take care of security in their jurisdictions, Information Minister Kabakumba Masiko has said.The minister, who was…

Launch extension for South Africa’s Super 5 pay-TV company

A revised pay-TV service launch date of August 2011 has been agreed by Super 5 Media – the company formerly known as Telkom Media – and the Independent Communications Authority…

Senegal: Africa 7 TV station started broadcast on 7 October 2011

Africa 7 Television started broadcast after three months of testing. The Senegalese media space which includes public television RTS is enriched with a sixth private channel next to 2STV, TFM,…

Sierra Leone: Radio Democracy Staff Live in Fear After Threats

The management and staff of Freetown-based Radio Democracy are living in a state of fear after receiving frequent anonymous threats. Radio Democracy has been off air for the past three…

Airtel looking to go into African satellite TV Business

Bharti Airtel Ltd. is looking to launch direct-to-home satellite television services in Africa, Financial Express reported in Jan 2011, citing unnamed company officials. Bharti offers mobile telephony services in 16…

Tunisian TV station apologizes for airing image of God in broadcast

Tunisians protested outside Nessma TV station on Oct. 8, 2011 after it screened “Persepolis”, an animated Iranian film which demonstrators deemed as blasphemous. The head of a private Tunisian TV…

South Africa: Cape Town TV runs competition to get promo

Community station Cape Town TV is calling on all animators, graphic designers and artists to electrify CTV’s community channel. It wants designers to use CTV's logo (see brief below) and…

Africa-2015: SES to launch five satellites

SES, a global telecommunications satellite operator, with a fleet of more than 40 geo-stationary satellites that can reach 99 percent of the world's population has unveiled its plans to launch…

Broadcast - In Brief

- URTI is calling members to propose copyrights’ free programmes for inclusion into the 2012 video catalogue as part of URTI exchanges. More details are available here: - Zambia has…

Broadcast News - In Brief

-  Eighty-five television and film industry professionals have begun judging entries to this year's South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAS). Their main focus will be on critique of excellence…

In Brief

- An Al Arabiya offical alleged that Libyan authorities were behind attempts to disrupted the reception of MBC's channels. Satellite TV channels owned by MBC, which is based in Dubai,…

Zuku TV broadcasts "Tales from the Bush Larder" TV series

On 18th. January 2013 the East African three-in-one service provider Zuku announced it has signed an international licensing deal with Fox International Channels for the global distribution of their major…

Uganda and Rwanda: Zenterio/Vestel ink DVB-T2 box deal

For the digital switchover in Africa, Zenterio and Vestel together with local partners SysCorp and TACT bring a DVB-T2 STB to the retail market in Uganda and Rwanda.Zenterio, provider of…

Broadcast, Film and Music in Africa 2012 conference

Africa’s broadcast, film and music industries are increasingly developing synergies and merging through the power of electronic media.Broadcast, Film and Music in Africa 2012 - BFMA is the continent’s only…

CNBC Africa to host 'De-Risking Africa' debate

CNBC Africa, the business television news channel, will host a live debate at the upcoming World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland. The 2013 forum will take place from 23-27…

Channels TV wins best Nigerian TV award for the eighth time

Channels TV , the award-winning independent Nigerian broadcaster, is delighted to announce that The Federal Republic of Nigeria’s Media Merit Award Trust has recently awarded it the prestigious “Best Station…

Sky News Arabia to launch on 6 May 2012

Sky News Arabia, the latest 24-hour rolling news channel for the Arabic speaking market, is to be unveiled across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) on 6 May 2012.The…

France: D8 holds the rights to broadcast the African Cup of Nations

From 18 January to 10 February, the football world will live under African time on the occasion of the 29th Africa Cup of Nations (also referred to as the African…

South Africa: Playboy Plus package on StarSat

On Digital Media (ODM) recently announced the launch of the Playboy Plus package on its StarSat (formerly TopTV) satellite pay TV service.The bouquet will initially include the channels Playboy TV,…

Zimbabwe: football, Dembare Demand U.S $30 000 From ZBC

Giants Dynamos want ZBC to pay them US$30 000 to beam live their Champions League tie against AS Vita at the National Sports Stadium this Saturday. DeMbare will host the…

Tanzania: Dar Ready for Science TV Channel

The Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH) is to introduce a television channel that highlights scientific innovations in the country. In its latest communication, the Commission has made a call…

EFC AFRICA sets TV audience records

South Africa: The live TV ratings from EFC AFRICA’s most recent event on March 2 blew other sports ratings away, clocking a peak audience of over 1.6 million and pulling…

Kenya: Air Local Talent, Pay TV Firms Told

The Ministry of Information has told Pay TV service providers to increase the screening of local content and talent.The ministry said the service providers should lower their pricing after the…

Kenya: Nairobi Poised For Analogue Migration

The Star reports from Nairobi that 31 December is the stipulated deadline for the region’s switch from an analogue television signal to digital. The deadline for the switch off of…

Broadcast - In Brief

- UK’s ITV broadcast '28 Up South Africa', a film that catches up with six individuals - aged seven when the cameras first began rolling, the group have now reached…

Eurochannel makes African push

TV network Eurochannel has expanded into Africa, as part of a wider expansion effort that has also seen it increase its European footprint over recent months.The channel, which specialises in…

Broadcast to VoD: Mayibuye Film Festival is on Wabona

In South Africa on April 1, 2014, Wabona, one of Africas premiere video streaming services is happy to announce a ground breaking partnership with Cape Town based Gravel Road Entertainment.…

Zimbabwe: Zanu-PF 'too scared' to open up airwaves

The chairman of the parliamentary committee on media, information and communication technology claimed that ZANU PF is 'too scared' to open up the country's airwaves. Settlement Chikwinya, the MDC-T MP for…

RRsat’s MCPC Platforms increase DTH capacity over Sub-Saharan Africa

At the end of June 2012, RRsat Global Communications Network Ltd. - a provider of comprehensive content management and global distribution services to the television and radio broadcasting industry -…

Broadcast - In Brief

- Next year Mango and G-Connect plan to introduce on-demand entertainment, live television and limited games across its In-Flight Wi-Fi network. Recently Mango became the first South African airline to…

Trace and MTG look to Africa for growth

Trace’s strength in Africa was a key factor in Modern Times Group’s decision to acquire a controlling stake in the sports lifestyle and music broadcaster and the pair will jointly…

Ghana: Launch Factory 4th Healthline TV show launched

Launch Factory announced the launch of the fourth season of the award-winning television show, Healthline, in Ghana. The 13-part TV series produced by Launch Factory & developed by Vodafone Ghana…

Sony Pictures Television and MultiChoice launch new channel, Sony Max

On 25 January 2010, one of the television industry’s leading content providers and distributors - Sony Pictures Television - and MultiChoice, the number 1 multi-channel digital satellite pay television operator…

New 335,000 Euros Malian history TV series "The kings of Segou" now on TV5Monde webTV

A historical saga that traces the saga of the Bambara kingdom in the seventeenth century, this is the crazy bet of director Boubacar Sidibe, with ‘the Kings of Ségou‘ («Les…

Broadcast - In Brief

- South Africa : Saarf has released the AMPS December 2011, covering the media, product and brand consumption habits of South Africa's adults over the past year. Results show that…

Ivory Coast: Final Report of the Working Group on the transition to digital TV

The Working Group on Digital comprising 20 members and set last December by the Ministers of Post, Technology and Communication, Bruno Koné, and Communication, Coty Diakite Suleiman, presented the final…

MTG and Trace TV: A Synergy of Convenience

Trace and MTG have announced a strategic partnership that is based on a pragmatic, synergetic and visionary business alliance, according to Mr Olivier Laouchez CEO of Trace. For Balancing Act’s…

Nigeria: StarTimes offers Subscribers an Early Easter Gift through its Open Week

StarTimes offers its dormant and active subscribers access to free viewing for 13 of its channels during its Open Week, from April 7 to 13, 2014   Free Channels were derived from…

Nigeria: BBC Distributes Broadcast Equipment to Partner Stations in Abuja

The BBC World Service Trust presented broadcast equipment to four of its partner stations in Abuja under its media support for strengthening advocacy, good governance and empowerment project. The equipments…

Pay-TV operator Canal+ contracted multiple transponders with SES for CANAL+ AFRIQUE

SES announced today that Canal+ Overseas, the international subsidiary of French Pay-TV operator Canal+, has contracted multiple transponders and signed a long-term agreement for its subsidiary CANAL+ AFRIQUE in order…

Ghana: Cine Afrik Commits 'Innocent Sin' to Viewers

From the stables of Sharp Brain Entertainment comes Innocent Sin, starring iconic Ghanaian actors/actresses John Dumelo, Nadia Buari, Frank Artus, Too Sweet, and Ingrid Alabi.Innocent Sin will leave you asking…

Intelsat FY 2013: oversupply environment in Africa affects pricing

 Intelsat Reports Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2013 Results. Key highlights:•    Fourth quarter revenue of $642.8 million; fiscal year 2013 revenue of $2,603.6 million•    Fourth quarter net income attributable to…

New pay TV network: Montage TV unveiled in Lagos

Montage Cable Network, (MCN), a digital satellite television company which promises to offer top of the range family conscious entertainment, lifestyle, news, documentaries, movies, children movies and sports channels was…

FESPACO grabs limelights on TV - TV5Monde will broadcast a special “African Film Cycle”

For FESPACO 2011 French TV channel TV5Monde will celebrate the event by broadcasting a special “African Film Cycle” in February and March 2011. The cycle will be offering five of…

Broadcast News - In Brief

- In a major boost for the profile of Rugby across Africa, the Confédération Africaine de Rugby’s (CAR) showcase Africa Cup Division 1A tournament is being broadcast to an unprecedented…

Broadcast - In Brief

The international division of Discovery is launching its TLC HD channel in the MENA region, sealing a carriage deal with OSN.The pay TV platform will exclusively carry the female-skewing channel…

Broadcast - In Brief

Football fans in Rodrigues will be delighted: all matches counting for the next World Cup of the International Federation of Football Association (FIFA) to be held in June in Rio…

India’s Star TV goes encrypted in South Africa to appear on Top TV

The Star channels were encrypted earlier in Jan 2011, making Star the first Indian television network to launch four channels in South Africa. It has joined hands with South African…

SA: Super 5 Media wants more time

Wannabe pay-TV operator Super 5 Media has requested yet another extension from the Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) to launch services commercially. However, it is not clear whether the…

Togo: TV5MONDE first international channel in Lome

TV5MONDE unveiled that the international TV channel is ahead of international channels in Togo, both in terms of reputation and audience.In the Togolese capital, 75% of people know TV5MONDE. They…

Internet Gabon Launches Triple Net project in Libreville

Company Internet Gabon conducted Tuesday in Libreville the launch of its Triple Net project, a partnership with the SES and Hughes Advantage. The event was enhanced by the presence of the…

Broadcast In Brief

MTV has launched its first ever pro-democracy campaign in Africa ahead of the upcoming Nigerian elections. Starting this month, the network's global "Choose or Lose" voter mobilisation campaign will be…

Nigeria: Expect so much more from Dstv this year

Segun Fayose is the Head, Corporate Communication, MultiChoice Nigeria. In this exclusive interview with Daily Independent Deputy Editor, Charles Okogene, he spoke on the challenges of his job and all…

Broadcast - In Brief

Thema TV confirmed that in May 2011, it has sold 4 African TV channels to cable-operator “Numéricable Belgium” mainly present in Brussels. The channels are RTNC, RTI, CRTV and Telecongo.This…

Internet Gabon Launches Triple Net project in Libreville

Company Internet Gabon conducted Tuesday in Libreville the launch of its Triple Net project, a partnership with the SES and Hughes Advantage. The event was enhanced by the presence of the…

Zimbabwe: ZBC TV viewership hits rock bottom

The Standard reported on 20 February 2011 that TV viewership fell sharply across the state-controlled Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) channels during the last quarter of 2010 as the country's sole…

Malawi’s Broadcasting Boom

Malawians on their way to work in the morning or eating supper home in the evening will soon be struggling with a new and decidedly tricky problem - which of…

TV5Monde, first international channel in Mali, according to TNS Sofres survey

On 21st February 2011, it was confirmed that TV5Monde is consolidating its position as the leading international broadcaster in Mali, leading the race according to the latest indicators published by…

SES and Groupe Canal+ agree on long term contract renewal

On 26 July 2012, SES announced that it has signed a long-term extension of its framework agreement with Groupe Canal+, the leading French pay television operator. This agreement extends the…

Broadcast - In Brief

In Gambia, residents in Upper River Region have had no TV signal for two months. This, according to the residents is beyond belief when state broadcaster GRTS is claiming to…

Broadcast News - In Brief

- South African public broadcaster SABC is launching a digital news channel. The 24-hour channel will initially be available via pay TV platform DStv and will also be available via…

Cape Town Television (CTV) licensed 6 of Theo E. Davids’ films

Perseverance pays off. Cape Town Television (CTV) has agreed to license 6 of Theo E. Davids films to be screened on CTV's television station as from Tuesday 14 February 2012.…

Local family comedy opens with R1.2m at the box office!

Johannesburg - Quirky new comedy, Strikdas – ‘n Familie Gedoente, earned R1 219 664 on its opening weekend. By the close of business on the long weekend, more than 35…

Intelsat and GlobeCast launch MCPC media platform for Africa

Intelsat S.A  and GlobeCast, announced the launch of the Intelsat New Dawn Ku-band Multi-Channel Per Carrier (MCPC) media platform for Africa. As part of the IntelsatONESM terrestrial network, the platform provides…

Award-winning filmmaker explores her family's dark colonial past in Rwanda

The multi-award-winning Greetings From The Colony premieres on Wednesday, 8 April 2015 at 20h00 GMT / 22h00 CAT on Witness, Al Jazeera's observational documentary strand.In Greetings From The Colony, Belgian…

South Africa: Australian Broadcasting Corporation MD defends public broadcasting at CBA conference

The Managing Director of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), Mark Scott, on 20 April 2010 in Johannesburg, took a swipe at opponents of public broadcasters and emphasized the role of…

Uganda: Vision Group launches “Urban TV”

Vision Group's investment in broadcast is growing tremendously following the launch of an English television station, Urban TV. The new television channel went on air on Saturday. Urban is a…

Zimbabwe: 7 companies applied to run radio and TV stations

In Zimbabwe, at least seven companies have so far applied to run radio and television stations in the country, as the race to occupy the restricted broadcasting media space continues.…

IMAX Expands Partnership with Ster-Kinekor, Bringing Number of IMAX Theatres to Six in Under Two Years

NEW YORK, March 30, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- IMAX Corporation (NYSE: IMAX) and Ster-Kinekor Theatres, a division of Primedia (Pty) Ltd., has announced an agreement for two additional IMAX® theatres.  The…

Namibia: Search for NBC Chief Put On Ice due to “political interference”

The Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) could go longer without a permanent head, after the process of appointing a new Director General (DG) was brought to a halt. Again political interference…

Kenya: Poghisio Defends Vernacular Stations and says KBC will launch 10 by end 2010

Minister for Information Samuel Poghisho has defended the licensing of vernacular radio saying they are useful in promoting culture and languages in the country.Poghisho said those running vernacular stations should…

Broadcast - In Brief

- Intelsat S.A reported results for the three months and year ended December 31, 2011. Intelsat S.A. reported revenue of $652.9 million and a net loss of $3.5 million for…

Hassan Hajjaj To Premiere Documentary About Badass Moroccan ‘Henna Girl’

After two years of working on a Marrakesh-set documentary project, Moroccan pop art photographer/filmmaker Hassan Hajjaj will soon unveil his new documentary, A Day In The Life Of Karima: A…

StarAfrica.com broadcasts new musicians online to seeks the song of the year

Pan-African web portal StarAfrica.com has set up an online competition among young musicians to find the « Song of the Year » for 2010. For a month, the young artists…

Lesotho: Privately-owned radio stations off the air amid demonstrations

On 17 August 2011, four privately-owned radio stations went off the air for most of the day, on the third climactic day of protests against the government.In the early hours…

Broadcast News: In Brief

- South African Broadcasting Corporation and Kenya Broadcasting Corporation are some of the main winners of the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association's Broadcasting Awards for 2010. The awards were presented at the…

Al Jazeera English: New TV series demystifies European paradise

Picture this scenario: A wealthy holidaymaker checks their chihuahua into a 'dog hotel' before jetting off into the sun, meanwhile you have to work long hours doing a crummy job…

Broadcast - In Brief

- The South African Football Association (SAFA) has identified innovative ways to communicate its activities to its wide-ranging constituencies. It has created two television packages to support its new broadcast…

Tunisia: an Islamist TV channel about to be launched - Al Qalam

According to several Tunisian media, a group of Imams in the city of Sfax announced the launch of the first Islamic TV channel. Things are serious and the Islamists will…

Despite DTT, TV is not dead - far from it!

Balancing Act’s Associate editor Sylvain Béletre attended the opening of a new exhibition at the heart of Paris dedicated to the history of Television and interviewed a member of the…

Discop news round-up from day one

A stream consciousness news feed from day one of the Discop media market…Euronews is signing up a growing number of broadcasters to transmit sections of its news channel, including a…

URTI and the Radio and Television Commissions Assembly holds its 63rd General Assembly in Paris

URTI is holding its 63rd general Assembly of URTI and the Radio and Television Commissions in Paris, France, on Friday, October 21st 2011, at the invitation of France Télévisions, as…

GlobeCast and ARABSAT launch the Global Arabic Bouquet in Africa

GlobeCast and ARABSAT announced today that the Global Arabic Bouquet (GAB), a grouping of premium Arabic channels from the Arab States Broadcasting Union (ASBU) available anywhere in the world, is…

Africa: Is Rwanda Ready for Big Brother Africa?

AFRICA'S MOST popular reality TV show Big Brother is back. This year, Rwanda will participate in the show which will have representatives from 14 countries eyeing $300,000 (Rwf 210 million)…

South Africa: E.TV sees profits double

E.TV, the only commercial terrestrial channel in South Africa, nearly doubled after-tax profit in the year ended in March, giving a timely liquidity boost to its major shareholder, Hosken Consolidated…

Ghana: Lawyer calls for ban on “phone-ins” unless they buy proper delay equipment and abide by rules

Ace Ankomah, a legal practitioner, has staunchly called for an end to phone-in programmes on radio stations until the stations have been able to acquire delay broadcast equipment to regulate…

Nigeria: Goodluck’s Presidential campaign tears Nollywood apart

As the 2011 general elections draw nearer, the decision of some Nollywood stars to collect N300,000 each before campaigning for President Goodluck Ebelo Jonathan ambition has torn the Nigerian movie…

Zuku TV has 35,000 subscribers

East African pay TV service Zuku TV has signed up 35,000 subscribers in its first five months.The news that Zuku TV has reached 35,000 subscribers comes as the service’s parent…

Airtel Africa and DSTV partner to launch Africa Football show

Airtel Africa and DSTV have partnered to launch Africa Football show whichwill explore a range of football-related topics including pro-footballer profiles, insights on youth football culture across Africa and highlights…

The Future of TV

More and more video being consumed on smartphones and tablets, more ad dollars moving from print to mobile video and a gradual evolution away from channels to Apps. That’s the…

Cameroon: CRTV Staff On Brink of Strike Action

The poor state of Government broadcasting in Africa is well illustrated by the threatened strike action at Cameroon Radio and Television. However, it is not clear whether there are real…

SABC unveils FIFA 2010 broadcast plan: all 64 games live and radio and TV simulcasts

The SABC Board, led by Dr Ben Ngubane, unveiled the organisation's 2010 FIFA World Cup broadcast plan and corporate plan in Parliament today, Friday, 19 March 2010.The corporation's 2010 FIFA…

Nigeria: Ultima Studios on fire

Sunday August 22, 2010, it was revealed that a serious fire completely damaged the Ultima Studios in Murhi International building at Omole, Lagos, in Nigeria. The Ultima Studios are where…

DStv Nigeria responds to complaints of high priced bouquets

DStv responded to complaints aired in the press that it was over-charging for its Pay TV service. According to DStv, if you take the South Africa subscription in dollars, it…

S.A.: Clash of the SABC titans hots up

SABC group CEO Lulama Mokhobo has taken disciplinary steps against her news chief, Phil Molefe, and is charging him with refusing to accept her authority, the Mail & Guardian has…

Project for an Arabic cultural television channel

The 22nd General Conference of ALECSO (Arab League Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization) was held from 27 to 29 May 2014 at its headquarters in Tunis. It was the opportunity…

Nigeria: Unesco Boosts Unilag Radio With N1.190m

University of Lagos (UNILAG) has received equipment worth over N1 million from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) for its Mass Communication Radio station. UNESCO's Director and…

eNews channel launches on DStv bouquet

South Africa's first independent 24-hour news service will launch on DStv's premium and compact bouquets in southern Africa. Namibia; Zimbabwe; Mozambique; Botswana; Lesotho; Swaziland; Zambia; and Malawi will be able…

Zimbabwe: Trial Run for Second Government TV Station

As the liberalisation of the airwaves draws closer in Zimbabwe, the state broadcaster has chosen to launch a second TV channel but one which it says will be much more…

Broadcast - In Brief

- WebTV TV5Monde Africa, launched in May 2010 and available free worldwide on all computers connected to the Internet (tv5mondeplusafrique.com), on Facebook, on Android touch pads, and on Philips and…

Nando's ad: Banned from TV... Goes to print

Fast food franchise, Nando's, has had a print version of their banned television advertisement published in the Sunday Times [video]. "Unlike our broadcasters, we're giving you the right to choose,"…

Broadcast - In Brief

Acting Director of the BBC World Service Group, Liliane Landor, has called on the Ethiopian authorities to stop jamming BBC broadcasts in the Middle East and North Africa. She joined…

South Africa: Jozi FM in turmoil over who controls the station

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has called for an emergency meeting on Monday, 1 October 2007, with the parties involved in the Sowetan community radio station Jozi…

Zimbabwe: Mugabe Attacks international 'Pirate' Radio Stations Again

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe used an appearance at the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) 'World 2009' meeting in Geneva, Switzerland on Wednesday to attack the West for what he called the…

Ethiopia: PM Zenawi compares Voice of America to Rwandan genocide station

In what can only be described as a piece of over-the-top rhetoric, Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Meles Zanawi compared Voice of America’s broadcasts to his country as comparable to the genocide…

SES opens new Africa office

Global satellite operator SES has opened an office in Johannesburg with newly appointed Africa head Ibrahima Guimba-Saidou at the helm. The office is situated at Montecasino and will complement two…

Zambia’s first commercial station Radio Phoenix goes Up for Sale

Radio Phoenix proprietor Errol Hickey has announced that he will pull out of the station next year citing lack of coordination among media bodies and poor support from Government as…

Broadcast In Brief

- The 2010 edition of Maboque Journalism Award is including Cameramen and Sound operators, with a prize estimated at US$ 20,000 each. The information was released Tuesday in Luanda by…

Broadcast News - In Brief

- Zuku plans to create original content, as well as partner with other production companies. The company has partnered with Tanzania’s Steps Entertainment to produce two Swahili language music shows,…

Canal+ Group adds a million subscribers, good performances in Africa

Canal+ Group said that as of the end of September its total portfolio reached almost 14 million subscribers, up by a million year-on-year, following last year’s Polish merger between its…

MTV Music Awards – Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa share most of the prizes

The MTV Africa Music Awards - the MAMA – and her pitching babes of Africa gave a sparkling performance in Nairobi on the 10th of October. It was a gala…

CCTV works with Globecast to deliver French-Language channel to West African viewers

Globecast announced that it has signed a new contract with longtime customer China Central Television (CCTV), the state broadcaster of China. Under the latest agreement, Globecast will deliver CCTV-français, the…

Debt-ridden community station Cape Town TV closes down

The station manager of debt-ridden and bankrupt community television Cape Town TV last week made an impassioned appeal to the Department of Communications (DoC) and all three tiers of government…

Thema’s SVOD getting up to 9 000 African programmes watched per day

Balancing Act’s Sylvain Béletre interviewed François Thiellet (President of Thema) and Marianne Bédé (VP Business Development & Marketing of Thema) on 8th February 2012. Thema’s African SVOD (Subscription Video On…

AfricaCast Multi-network Forum Expert Q&A

Monday’s AfricaCast Twitter Q&A was a huge success, and the participants – Steve Christian, VP Marketing, Verimatrix, Anton Smith, CEO Hambisana and Nick Ruczaj, VP Business Development EMEA Vubiquity –…

Broadcast In Brief:

- Access Bank Plc, has undertaken the sponsorship of the broadcast of UEFA competitions to the Nigerian public for the current UEFA season. This development follows HITV's acquisition of the…

Broadcasters team with ITU to connect Africa

The International Telecommunication Union and the World Broadcasting Unions have declared their  support for African Union of Broadcasters exchange network.Over the World Electronic Media Forum in November 2011, the International…

The “Wikileaks of Africa” has a web channel, SaharaTV

The “Wikileaks of Africa” has a web channel, SaharaTV. Its YouTube channel has 31,025 subscribers and 9,521,610 views.Created in April 2011, SaharaTV is the broadcast outlet of SaharaReporters, the groundbreaking…

DStv BoxOffice officially launched - video-on-demand in SA

DStv premium subscribers using PVRs will, from now on, be able to view the latest blockbusters via a video-on-demand (VOD) service, BoxOffice that MultiChoice South Africa launched amid much fanfare…

Sub-Saharan Africa: France 24 on 95% of Pay TV

News broadcaster France 24 increased its distribution by 33 million homes last year. The company, which operates English, French and Arabic channels, reached 235 million homes at the end of…

Broadcast - In Brief

- Jo De Loor, Product Manager at Newtec  gives you in this 3.5 minutes video a complete overview and what you can expect of the Newtec Sat3Play platform, including the:…

BBC refreshes commitment to coverage of Nigeria’s economic progress

British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) has expressed its renewed commitment in the coverage of the progress in Nigeria’s socio-economic development. A team of the corporation who was in Lagos last week…

Drama at TopTV as CEO negotiates exit

On Digital Media (ODM), owner of satellite pay-TV service TopTV, has confirmed the company’s board is in talks with CEO Vino Govender about a “mutual separation”. A source that spoke…

Local rugby to be live on Zuku as SuperSport quit KRU deal

Moments after SuperSport, South Africa-based multinational broadcaster suspended its transmission of rugby matches from Kenya on Thursday, local pay television channel Zuku TV came to Kenya Rugby Union’s rescue.Starting with…

Broadcast - In Brief

- On January 30, 2012, Eutelsat Communications announced the end of 2011 saw the threshold of 4,000 channels broadcast by its satellites. Year 2011 is also the entry into service…

TV5MONDE, first international channel in Kinshasa

TV5MONDE consolidates its position as the first international channel in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), according to the latest results of TNS Sofres - Africascope…

ANN7: Car-crash viewing, but no laughing matter

South Africa’s new news channel launched to universal brickbats. The extracts from a column in the Daily Maverick is one of the more choice items.What do you get when you…

Broadcast - In Brief

- The all African radio station, Trans Africa Radio (available on DStv Audio on Channel 172), has relaunched with a new weekend line-up that includes 10 exclusive live shows. Featuring…

On Al Jazeera: The French-African Connection

On Thursdays during August and September 2013, Al Jazeera will screen three documentary series that spotlight the complex and topical relationship between France and Africa.Premiering on Thursday, 8 August 2013,…

Namibia: Free Your Mind to Hit Our TV Screens, As Chiro Wins

Free Your Mind (FYM), Namibia's monthly comedy initiative recently celebrated their fifth anniversary. The brainchild of Ndemufayo 'Chicken' Kauxuxena and Onesmus 'Slick' Upindi, whose love for entertainment sparked the idea…

‘Billo from Dakar’ UK Premiere on the Africa Channel

On the Africa Channel on Wednesday 28th August at 9pm, Africa Picture House presents the UK Premiere of this new award-winning film produced in Italy and Senegal.This bitter sweet comedy,…

Foxcrime on South Africa's DStv network

The pay channel, which bows on South Africa's DStv network, features procedurals including “Criminal Minds,” “CSI” and new FX series “The Bridge.”Fox International Channels has launched its crime-themed pay channel…

Africa's top documentary festival announces first films

CitizenFour, Laura Poitras’s Oscar-winning documentary about whistleblower Edward Snowden, will open the 17th Encounters South African International Documentary Festival, running from 4-14 June 2015 in Cape Town and Johannesburg.Poitras won…

Broadcast - In Brief

- Nigerian Entertainment Today (NET) reported on 6 August 2013 that it has launched its first-ever ad campaign highlighting what's most important to it "as a news organisation telling the…

African Movie Channel in new deal with StarTimes – AMC series launches

Following a new deal signed in April 2015 with StarTimes, the international Pay TV operator, UK based broadcaster, African Movie Channel (AMC) today launched its latest offering, African Movie Channel…

Mediatech Africa: home to the latest in ground-breaking technology

Mediatech Africa, the largest media and entertainment technology trade show for southern Africa, will be staged this year from 15 to 17 July at the TicketPro Dome at Northgate, Johannesburg.Staged…

Four projects aimed at African-American audiences win pilot funds at inaugural Pitch Black event

NEW YORK — Four TV and web series that explode myths, expose hidden trauma and empower the black community moved a big step closer to the small screen after taking…

TV Connect Awards winners announced

TV Connect, a connected entertainment event, has announced the winners of the 2015 TV Connect Awards. The award ceremony was held at the Gherkin in Central London, and celebrated the…

M-Net - Now you can watch your favourite TV show only 24 hours after it airs in America

M-Net is set to break new ground as the South African pay-TV broadcaster goes full throttle forward into a new age of foreign television delivery. The almost 28-year-old M-Net has…

AfricAvenir hosts African film screenings in June

In June 2015 AfricAvenir screens a number of African films at the Goethe-Centre, Hope Initiatives Southern Africa (HISA) Community Centre and Franco Namibian Cultural Centre (FNCC) in Windhoek.On Saturday, 27…

The END of broadcasting (as we know it), says Web TV producer

“I don’t see broadcasting as something that will stay on beyond two years,” declares Ahigyan Jha, founder and CEO of Underground Productions. “It’s going to crumble far more quickly than…

Lifetime launches on DStv and plans to have a lekker local flavour

Lifetime (DStv 131) has been launched on MultiChoice's DStv satellite pay-TV platform in South Africa and across Africa, upping the competition for female viewers and increasing the choices when it…

Broadcast - In brief

Internationally renowned actress Leleti Khumalo, known for her leading roles in the movie and stage play “Sarafina” and “Yesterday” which was nominated in the 2005 Academy awards for the Best…

Nigeria’s DTT plans: FG Commissions NTA Pay TV

From Abuja, “Leadership” journalist Betrand Nwankwo reported on 30 July 2010 that President Goodluck Jonathan commissioned the StarTimes pay television of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA).Represented by the Vice President…

AMC/Sundance Channel launched in North Africa

AMC/Sundance Channel Global, the international division of AMC Networks, has announced numerous acquisitions from the 2014 Sundance Film Festival to premiere exclusively on Sundance Channel internationally shortly after the festival…

Nigeria: 'How Plateau Is Preparing to Pioneer Digitaltv Broadcasting in Nigeria'

Jos city which pioneered colour television broadcasting in 1974 is set to achieve another first.  Sunday Rogo, General Manager of Plateau Radio Television Corporation (PRTV) , the pilot station for…

Rwanda: Govt allocates $40 Million on ORNIFOR digital transition

The Government has allocated $40m (over Rwf 20 Billion) to the state-owned broadcaster, ORINFOR, to migrate from analog to digital broadcasting, according to the agency's acting Director General.Speaking to The…

Africanews, 1st Pan-African multilingual news channel to be launched by Euronews

In 18 months time, Euronews will have a sister channel in Africa. In partnership with the national television channel of the Republic of the Congo, Euronews will bring to Africa…

SA will not meet digital TV deadline: Ovum

South Africa will fail to meet the mid-2015 deadline, agreed to with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), to switch off analogue terrestrial television broadcasts, according to an international research firm.…

Uganda: Bukedde Tv and TV West increase their signals

In July 2010, Bukedde Tv has installed a new transmitter to boost its signal in Kampala and the central region.Vision Group Chief Executive Officer Robert Kabushenga said the new transmitter…

Broadcast - In Brief

- RFI - Mahamat Saleh Haroun: “TV in Chad is doing well, because it has new means today. It has a budget, a seat that is under construction and will…

Broadcast - In Brief

- Over 51,000 people you won't be able to watch their favourite soap or news broadcasts beginning midnight today (July 31) as the Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority (Rura) will switch…

Nigeria: Daar faces problems of burnt down studio and licensing issues

Just as many companies were taking stock of activities of 2009 and planning how to tackle 2010, Daar was battling a plethora of problems that made the festive season look…

Zambia sets up Task Force to kick off the digital transition process

President Rupiah Banda has authorised the establishment of a digital migration national task force to oversee Zambia's change of broadcasting mode, Information and Broadcasting Services Minister Ronnie Shikapwasha has said.At…

Tanzania: Simba and Yanga Football Clubs try to get local broadcasters to pay for showing matches

Two of Tanzania’s leading football clubs, Simba and Yanga, are trying to persuade local broadcasters who show their matches to pay them for the privilege. In a dramatic move, leaders…

In Brief:

- SES reported its six month financial reports to the end of June 2010."SES continued to implement its growth strategy during the first six months of the year, launching and…

Ghana: Viasat1 to Broadcast English Premiership

Football is finally back on Viasat1! English Premier League fans in Ghana will be happy to hear that Viasat1 has acquired the rights to broadcast LIVE matches of the 2013-14…

Gabon: Radio and TV staff attacked by party supporters after election results announced

The announcement of Ali Ben Bongo’s election to President in Gabon was followed by attacks on journalists working for radio and TV stations. Official results announced today declared Ali Ben…

Nigeria: Niger State Acquires N449 Million Transmitter to Resuscitate NSTV

As part of efforts to resuscitate the state-owned Niger State Television (NSTV), the state government has spent N449 million for the procurement and installation of a 40 kilowatts digital transmitter.…

Tunisia: New authorities fail to issue broadcast media licences

Reporters Without Borders deplores the failure of Tunisia's new authorities to issue any broadcast licences in the six months since President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali's ouster. They are supposed to…

Ghana to benefit from neighbours on DTT migration

The Business Manager for GOtv Kingsley Afful, has told Biztechafrica that the country stands a great chance of learning from other neighbouring African states for a smooth migration from analogue…

Zambia: State Warns Satellite TV Broadcasters For Airing Other Broadcaster’s Content

Zambia’s Information and Broadcasting Services Minister Ronnie Shikapwasha took the slightly odd step of trying to prevent terrestrial broadcaster My Television from selling its content to satellite operator Muvi TV.…

South Africa: New SABC Board Takes Up Office

The interim board, whose term in office ended on Saturday 9 January 2010, officially handed over the SABC's affairs to the 'permanent' board at a ceremony held in Auckland Park,…

Zimbabwe: ZBC’s equipment obsolete, audience low

Equipment at all Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) studios for both radio and television is too "old, obsolete and incompatible" with new technologies in the broadcasting sector, a recent parliamentary committee…

Kenya: Film studio changes the broadcast scene landscape

MultiChoice Africa, the owners of DStv, has recently launched a Sh1 billion film studio in Nairobi, putting the Kenyan capital at par with South Africa and Nigeria where it runs…

South Africa : Broadcasters move on digital switchover

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) and etv have received six bids after their request for proposals for digital terrestrial television set-top box control software. The public broadcaster issued the…

Nigeria: NBC Urged to Relax Radio, TV Licence Fees

The Managing Director of Kano-based private radio station, Freedom Radio, Alhaji Farouk Dalhatu, has asked the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to reduce the licence fees charged for the establishment of…

Kenya: NMG invests in broadcasting and digital media

The Nation Media Group (NMG) is diversifying its business across East Africa as part of the strategy to tap into the expected rise in demand for media services as the…

SABC2: The Big Break Legacy TV programme

Two contestants in The Big Break Legacy, Ntokozo Biyela and Tsepiso Makhubedu, will go head to head next week in the next elimination on SABC2.One of them will miss out…

Uganda: : Bukedde FM Now in Masaka, Mbarara

Bukkedde FM station has extended to Masaka and Mbarara districts transmitting from channel 106.8. Bill Tibingana, the Vision Group radio programme director, on Monday said the extension would also cover…

Broadcast In Brief

* Uganda’s broadcasting council last Tuesday lifted the suspension of Ssuubi FM. The radio was closed three months ago over inciting violence in parts of Buganda kingdom. Godfrey Mutabazi, the…

story – South Africa’s SABC board suspends GCEO under disciplinary process

On 30th. Aug 2010, after a week of drama involving the SABC board, its chairman Dr Ben Ngubane, GCEO Solly Mokoetle, the parliamentary portfolio committee on communications and the press,…

MultiChoice sees off TopTV threat for now

MultiChoice added more than 360,000 new subscribers in South Africa  in the six months to 30 September, handily beating its new rival On Digital Media, which launched TopTV in May.Interim…

Morocco: Information Minister has two Dubai TV journalists fired

Reporters Without Borders is appalled to learn that Moroccan information minister Khalid Naciri obtained the dismissal of Dubai TV chief editor Omar Makhfi and his brother, Jalal, the station's Morocco…

Broadcast - In Brief

- Madagascar: A report traces the history and the major issues as well as the latest update of Digital Terrestrial Television in the country, click here to view the repost:-…

Broadcast In Brief:

- South Africa’s parliamentary portfolio committee on communication has been asked to make public the curricula vitae and motivations for the 31 nominees to the new SABC board so that…

Broadcast New: In Brief

- Recognising Africa’s extraordinary appetite for top class football, DStv’s SuperSport has responded on 11 August 2010 by extending their rights to broadcast three of the biggest leagues in the…

DStv Mobile on Cellphones, PC’s and Tablets

On 23 November 2010, MultiChoice South Africa announced the launch of its Mobile TV broadcasting service, DStv Mobile, available as from 1 Dec. 2010. “We are excited to bring broadcast…

Broadcast - In Brief

- Concord Times (Ibrahim Tarawallie, 25 June 2011, Freetown) highlighted that in Sierra Leone, the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) called for an Audit of Sierra Leone Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC) Finances.…

Ghana: GBC URA Radio stations asks to retain locally generated cash

The Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) URA Radio in Bolgatanga, on Saturday, climaxed its months-long 25th Anniversary celebrations with a suggestion to the board and management of GBC to allow the…

AfriqueCanada.TV: portrait of a new WebTV focused on Africa

With the steady arrival of broadband internet capacity on both  African coasts, internet use is due to explode over the next ten years in Africa. There is already a phenomenally…

Nigeria: NIGCOMSAT-1R Launched

Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Nigerian Communications Satellite (NIGCOMSAT) Limited, Timasaniyu Ahmed- Rufai, spoke to Amaka Eze, on several issues affecting the information technology industry in Nigeria, global communications…

Broadcast New: In Brief

- Nollywood Movies (or Nollywood as it appears on the EPG) is a subscription movie television channel, broadcast in the United Kingdom on the Sky platform. Each month the channel…

Q1 2012: SES Continues on Its Growth Track (capacity in Africa)

During the quarter, SES successfully launched the SES-4 satellite, the 50th satellite in the fleet. Brought into service in mid-April, the satellite -- which is the largest and most powerful…

Abu Dhabi group, BSkyB to launch Arabic channel

A new Arabic news channel is to broadcast free-to-air across the MENA region under the Sky News brand. Dr Sultan Al Jaber, Chairman of ADMIC and the new joint venture,…

Ghana: Yakubu Moro Threatens Metro TV

President and owner of Glo premier league side Berekum Arsenals Alhaji Yakubu Moro has warned Premier League Broadcast holders Metro TV not to telecast his club's next home game on…

Broadcast News - In Brief

- J Cole Peformance Big Brother Africa StarGame Africa's Top Reality TV Show:

broadcast audience - a spending power of US$300 billion for Sub-Saharan Africans in the U.S.!

Sub-Saharan Africans are quietly but steadfastly establishing themselves as one of the most dynamic and entrepreneurial groups in the U.S.According to Nielsen, they represent an estimated 4 million people earning…

South Africa: Minister concerned about delay in finalising digital TV access control

Communications Minister Dina Pule has raised concern about delays in finalising matters relating to conditional access control to digital television.South Africa is moving to a digital broadcasting platform from analogue,…

New DStv channels in development

A new local channel is being developed for DStv, according to an industry source.DStv is expected to launch a new African language channel in the next few weeks featuring reality…

Multichoice takes lead sponsorship of popular Broadcast, Film and Music Africa (BFMA) event

20 March 2013, Nairobi-Kenya | Multichoice Kenya has announced  that it will be  taking up lead sponsorship for Broadcast, Film and Music Africa (BFMA) conference, a popular creative content and…

Africa sees fast pay-TV expansion, esp. in DTT

Morgan Stanley have issued a report on Naspers, the ultimate holding company of the Multichoice/DStv pay-TV business, and says that Southern Africa is doing well for the business. Naspers is…

Broadcast - In Brief

- On 9 April 2013, MultiChoice sent a notice to DStv Select subscribers to let them know that their bouquet will be replaced by the new DStv Family package.Source mybroadband.co.za-…

Chinese DTT partnership in Nigeria nears a million subscribers, expands coverage

"While most Africa pay-TV attention is usually focussed on MultiChoice and its DStv satellite operations, Chinese-backed NTA StarTimes is building a solid pay-TV business in Nigeria using digital terrestrial TV.…

South Africa: SABC3's new schedule took effect 1 April

New schedule took effect 1 April 2013 - One hour weekday news broadcast to air.SABC3's new viewing will take effect from Monday 1 April. Most noticeably with an hour-long in-depth…

Multichoice takes lead sponsorship of popular 'Broadcast, Film and Music Africa' (BFMA) conference - Organisers to grant media awards

Aitec Africa has confirmed to Balancing Act that Multichoice Kenya will be taking up lead sponsorship for 'Broadcast, Film and Music Africa' (BFMA) conference, a popular creative content and electronic…

Broadcast - In Brief

- BBC Africa: In case you missed this TV report on Catholicism in Ghana from ‘Focus on Africa’ TV programme, watch it here - Liberia: The Renaissance Communications Incorporated, operator…

First PayTV platform in Tunisia to be launched end 2011

" Talfazti " (“my TV” in English), a bouquet of television channels, radios and a portal to services delivered on a platform of digital terrestrial and IP television (DTT /…

WGSA Muse Awards 2014/15 nominations

The Writers' Guild of South Africa (WGSA) and M-Net have announced the nominees for the WGSA Muse Awards 2014/15. At the event - set for late April 2015 - performance…

Madagascar: BluelineTV - USD 4.95 for 10 channels bouquet

Announced back in July 2010, Blueline, the telecoms service provider, has finally launched, on Tuesday, 24 May 2011 at “l'hôtel du Louvre” in Antaninarenina, “blueline TV” which does not require…

StarTimes secures rights for major sporting events

Satellite Pay-TV network StarTimes has secured broadcast rights, some of which are exclusive, for a number of major sporting events. This includes the FIFA Under20 (U-20) World Cup New Zealand…

Senegal: Digital television, audiovisual issue

In June 2015, states will shift from analog to digital broadcasting to meet the ITU’s 2015 deadline it agreed back in 2006. An awareness seminar was opened on the subject…

M-Net closing Maisha Magic over lack of viewership

Subscription based channel M-Net has decided to shut down its less than a year old Maisha MSubscription based channel M-Net has decided to shut down its less than a year…

Trevor Noah’s ‘New & Sexy Daily Show’ Has A Premiere Date

In March, South African comedian Trevor Noah was announced as Jon Stewart‘s successor as host of The Daily Show. The news came just five months after Comedy Central first brought…

Music maestro! The African Night on TV5MONDE + Africa

On Saturday, June 11, 2011 at 21:00 (Paris time), a live African music concert will be broadcast on the continent by TV5Monde Africa and its partner channel France O.For the…

Gilat Satcom offer distribution solution to African broadcasters for under 10K$/month

Gilat Satcom is a service provider with 18 years experience in Africa focused on satellite and fiber connectivity. VSAT specialist Gilat Satcom has invested millions of dollars to set up…

SABC blacked out news says DA

The DA on Friday accused the SABC of imposing a “blackout” on a news report involving one of the broadcaster’s senior officials.“An analysis of media reports indicates an SABC news…

Umlilo premieres this March on e.tv

A story of revenge set against the backdrop of a polygamous family, Umlilo is e.tv's new ground-breaking drama that makes its debut on Monday, 2 March 2015 at 21h00. Umlilo…

Al Jazeera’s Liberia: Living With Ebola was named Best Documentary at the inaugural Mohamed Amin Media Awards (MAMA) in Nairobi, Kenya last week.

Launched by Africa24 Media and Mo Sound, MAMA honours “the best quality, most innovative content and rising platforms that are changing the face of Africa.”In Liberia: Living with Ebola, Sierra…

Broadcast - In Brief

- Global satellite operator SES has joined forces with Kenyan television and broadband operator Wananchi to launch a new Direct-to-Home (DTH) line-up called Zuku TV in East Africa. Zuku TV…

South Africa: Radio Shows Stable Results in Final RAMS

As 2011 draws to a close, the South African Advertising Research Foundation's (SAARF) final RAMS release for the year shows a medium that continues to demonstrate its stability and reliability,…

Big Brother Africa house destroyed by fire

A press release by the organizers of the Big Brother Africa indicates that a search has been launched to find a new location to house the show as Tuesday’s fire…

Channels TV Brings African News to UK Viewers

Channels Television, one of Africa’s leading television broadcasters, has officially launched its news and current affairs station, Channels 24, in the UK.Viewers can find the new station on Sky Channel…

ony top officials visit GRTS for more training and equipment

Three top officials of Sony Broadcasting and Professional Company based in Dubai in the Middle East, visited the Gambia Radio and Television Services (GRTS) building along the MDI Road in…

The Global Trend for branded broadcast content

Oh how I love my PVR! After years of being in the advertising and communications business, my husband and I delight in zapping the rubbish ads and moving on to…

Broadcast - In Brief

It's official! Gabonese Pan African and private channel Kanal 7 has been broadcasting since 7 September 2014 from Libreville on UHF channel 40, with frequency 623, 25MHZ. Officials indicate that…

Rwanda places indefinite ban on BBC broadcasts over genocide documentary

Suspension of corporation’s local-language FM radio services to continue in wake of row over film questioning official accounts of the 1994 genocideThe Rwandan government banned BBC Gahuza radio broadcasts after…

SuperSport goes big for 2010 – Four customised World Cup Channels including one HD

The FIFA 2010 World Cup will represent the biggest broadcast in the 23-year history of SuperSport. Announcing its broadcast plans this week, SuperSport revealed that it will have at least…

ITU and World Broadcasting Unions launch African news and programming exchange project with AUB

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the World Broadcasting Unions (WBU) which include the European Broadcasting Union have declared their support for establishment of a satellite broadcast network for TV…

Eutelsat assembly: use of satellite to bridge the digital divide

 The 38th Assembly of Parties of the European Telecommunications Satellite Organization EUTELSAT took place 15 and 16 May 2013 in Paris, under the Chairmanship of Ms Marta Leandro of Portugal…

Nigeria: DSTV launches new low-cost bouquet

New DSTV access, with over 25 channels at the monthly subscription of N1, 500, with the access, subscribers will pay $10 as monthly subscription emerges. MultiChoice Africa, operator of Africa's…

Zimbabwe: Ill-Prepared ZBC Fails to Launch TV2 due to "technical unpreparedness and lack of programmes”

The Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation's much hyped launch of TV2 has failed to take off. According to sources, ZBC which is struggling to attract viewers due to its archaic and partisan…

Broadcast - In Brief

- The CEO of Africable, Ismaïla Sidibé, announced the launch of a new television station, Zig TV in January 2012 in Ziguinchor. Ziguinchor (also called Zinguinchor) is the capital of…

South African Viewers Hooked on AIDS-themed Show

Sixty-nine percent of the people in the world infected with HIV-AIDS live in Sub-Saharan Africa. The situation is particularly dire in the southern part of the continent.  And in South…

South Africa: Bonisanani cracks early morning AR's

Bonisanani, a children's programme produced by Kagiso TV & Communications for SABC 1, has defied the odds by catching and holding viewers in an early morning weekend timeslot. Remarkable AR's…

Sierra Leone: Capital to launch pay-for cable network in Freetown

Capital cable network television limited will soon hit the airwaves in Sierra Leone with its eight-channel TV station. Managing director Mohamed Jah said the channels will be dedicated to producing…

Broadcast - In Brief

- In May, Franco-German TV channel Arte presented an 82 mins TV magazine on hip-hop and rap, an African-related music and dance movement that started in the 70’s in the…

SABC, DStv, eTV, TopTV reputations compared

Top Companies Reputation Index reveals how SABC, DStv, eTV and TopTV compare based on reputationThe Mail & Guardian has released its Top Companies Reputation Index (TCRI), revealing that e.tv has…

All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) now set for December 27

The All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA) and the African Union Commission are set to bring 2014 to a close with a show-stopping awards ceremony scheduled to hold on Saturday, December…

SABC Crisis, Recession Deal Blow to Advert Producers

The financial crisis at the SABC and the global recession have hit SA's advertisement production industry, with a 14% decrease in the number of adverts produced in the 2008-09 financial…

Botswana: DJ Fresh Routes for Own Radio Station

Botswana man, South African based radio DJ, club DJ and record maker is reported to be eyeing a radio licence in Johannesburg which if successful would see the man known…

Nigerian Television Authority expands in the USA

Abiodun Oluwarotimi from Leadership (Abuja) reported on 24 October 2010 that the Nigerian Television Authority has begun operations in the USA. The Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) in conjunction with Suncast…

Discussing sport and the media in Africa

Sport and the media in Africa was the topic addressed by CFI expert Eric Falaizeau at a seminar attended by African sports journalists and organised by the ‘Africa International Sports…

Football Stars, Celebrities, International Health Organizations and Corporations Join to Launch “Africa United” To Help Stop Spread of Ebola in West Africa

Public education campaign emphasizes vital role of healthcare workers and features new Ebola prevention communications for West Africa, including ‘We’ve Got Your Back’ PSAAt the Official Draw for the 2015…

South Africa: On Digital Media and Super5Media are preparing to enter the pay-TV market

On Digital Media and Super5Media are preparing to enter the South African pay-TV market to take on DStv. They have cleared their regulatory hurdles and are gearing up for the…

Broadcast In Brief

*The Ugandan government has ordered the Central Broadcasting Station radio to immediately relocate from Bulange-Mengo, the seat of Buganda kingdom, and disassociate itself from the Kabaka if it wants to…

Canal + launches ”+ d’Afrique“ infotainment mag

In a November 2010 communiqué, “Canal + Afrique” was pleased to announce the launch of “+d’Afrique”, a new weekly show broadcast on Friday evening on Canal + Africa. Sylvain Beletre…

New DStv series channels announced

MultiChoice has announced that the current M-Net Series channel will transform into a trio of series channels on 9 July 2013, called M-Net Series Showcase, M-Net Series Reality and M-Net…

Universal Africa signs new series of Hollywood On Set

After what it claims was a very successful DISCOP, Prime Entertainment Group has another success in the area, this time with the renewal of its leading series with Universal Networks…

Broadcast In Brief:

- Students of the Department of Mass Communication, Delta State University (DELSU), Abraka, Delta State, have asked the Vice Chancellor, Prof. John O. Enaohwo, to ensure that the university's FM…

W3B satellite loss will soon be replaced with W3C

Eutelsat issued a statement on the loss of W3B satellite on 29 October 2010. The satellite operator announced the loss of its satellite, following an anomaly which was detected on…

Benin: quarrel between national television and telecom operator BBCom

On 20th. September 2012, the Office of Radio and Television of Benin (ORTB) seized equipment at Bell Benin Communications (BBCom). The problem is that at the same time, officers seized…

Battle of the airwaves as Arab Spring gives boost to TV news

Viewership of news stations is said to have risen due to the Arab Spring. (Al Arabiya).The Arab Spring helped boost the popularity of regional news stations – and with more…

AfricAvenir screens SA doccie for campaign against gender violence

On Wednesday 3 December AfricAvenir Windhoek screens South African documentary A Country for My Daughter as part of the worldwide 16 day activism campaign against gender violence held from 25…

DStv: Popular holiday channel on screens in December

DStv Premium subscribers can look forward to the return of the popular holiday channel on DStv.  The M-199 channel, previously known as the M-Net holiday channel, gives subscribers the opportunity…

Zambia: ZNBC lacks modern broadcast equipment

Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC) director general, Joe Chilaizya has called for calm among Kabwe residents who this week demanded an explanation from the institution for not receiving the television…

Cape Town TV has lost over 600,000 viewers due to digital switch

The Cape Town TV community station has lost over 600,000 viewers because its frequency was changed to accommodate digital terrestrial television trials, it said on Friday.Station manager Karen Thorne said…

MTG to launch FTA channel in Tanzania

Modern Times Group (MTG) is to launch a national terrestrial free-to-air channel in Tanzania later this year or in early 2014.The channel, to be called Viasat1, will feature a broad…

Project Watch: South African All-Female Western-Adventure 'Flatland'

South African all-female western-adventure film, "Flatland," directed by Jenna Bass, set in the country's semi-desert region called the Karoo, has been selected to receive production funding from the World Cinema…

New Radio Station Created in Sierra Leone As UN Outlet And State Broadcaster Merge

Sierra Leone's State radio broadcaster has merged with the United Nations station in the West African country to form a new entity that aims to become an independent and professional…

Broadcast News - In Brief

- New programme “Spotlight” is a 45 minutes entertainment review showing live in the studios of TV3 (Ghana, Accra) every Fridays. Sensitive issues, Misconceptions, wrong reports from newspaper journalists are…

Uganda: Power FM curving out a niche in broadcast business

For a church owned Christian station, one would expect regular preaching and saving of souls to be part of the growth agenda. Not so for Power FM, a Watoto Church…

South Africa: Popular musical reality show hits SABC 3

The Sing Off - the popular American musical reality show – hits SA’s TV screens for the first time on SABC3 on Wednesday the 3rd of October at 8pm for…

Broadcast - In brief

- In South Africa, the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa granted pay channel Top TV rights to broadcast pornography in April 2013.- Ghana’s National Communications Authority hosted a 5…

Somali radio stations comply with Islamists' music ban

Most radio stations in Somalia have stopped playing music, on the orders of Islamist Hizbul-Islam insurgents who say that songs are un-Islamic. The stations said they had to comply with…

TV Africa (Ghana) wins ‘Best West Africa TV’ at 2011 ZAFAA

Ghanaian TV station, TV Africa won the nod for Best West Africa TV at the 4th annual Zulu Africa Films and Academy Awards (ZAFAA) held at the Troxy Hall in…

Channel changes at MultiChoice Uganda

MultiChoice viewers of NTV Uganda can now access it on DStv Channel 283 instead of 141, following an automatic migration on the pay TV platform which occurred last week, 1…

Sudan: Radio Miraya elections coverage

Radio Miraya is covering the elections with 42 correspondents around the country reporting live via telephone from polling stations in all States. In Khartoum and Juba studios a core team…

Zimbabwe: AB Communications seeks radio broadcasting licence

AB Communications gave oral evidence at a public hearing supporting its application for a free-to-air national radio broadcasting licence. One of the company's directors, Supa Mandiwanzira, said their intention was…

Broadcast News - In Brief

- Three countries that have not yet held PAMRO’s conference were proposed (Madagascar, Namibia and Zambia). Ballots were collected and counted after the meeting. The votes were announced at the…

Namibia: NBC to under turnaround strategy, may be headed up by former BBC D-G

It is widely expected that Information Ministry officials will today announce the cutting of the NBC's umbilical cord when they spell out plans to commercialise the operations of the broadcaster,…

Broadcast - In Brief

- Middle Eastern broadcaster MBC Group is to launch a raft of high definition channels across the Middle East and North Africa.- On 22 October 2011, at about 8.00 p.m.…

Nigeria vs. Iran World Cup Game Draws More Than 17.5 Million Nigerian TV Viewers

GeoPoll Releases Unprecedented Findings on World Cup Television Audiences in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania and UgandaGeoPoll , the world’s largest real-time mobile survey platform, today released initial findings on TV…

African Continent Contributes to World Cup Viewing Creating Three Times More Internet Traffic than a Month of Internet Usage in Brazil

With the FIFA World Cup 2014 now well underway, tens of millions of people are viewing games and/or highlights via the Internet. Video streaming and IP broadcast of the World…

Dreamia launches new channel in Angola, Mozambique

Portuguese thematic channel producer Dreamia has launched its action channel Blast in Angola and Mozambique, where it is offered by regional pay-TV operator Zap. Blast is on air 20 hours…

Naspers pay-TV services reach over 8 million African homes

Subscription numbers for Naspers pay-television businesses have grown by 1.3 million to reach over 8 million homes across 50 countries in Africa.Naspers’ pay-TV services take the form of MultiChoice’s satellite…

AfricAvenir & FNCC present Namibian Premiere of:"Authenticized", on Wednesday, 12. Nov. 18h30. @ FNCC.

An increasing number of tourists, photographers, filmmakers and television crews travel to the ovaHimba people in Namibia in search of genuine experiences and spectacular images. With their so called "exotic…

Royal Wedding broadcast via Eutelsat to Africa

On 27 April 2011, Eutelsat announced that significant capacity on four satellites has been booked by UK and international media organisations for live coverage of the Royal Wedding on April…

Media Audience research in Africa: PAMRO 2014 CONFERENCE

16TH MEETING OF PAMRO AND ALL AFRICA MEDIA RESEARCH CONFERENCE(Sun 24 August 2014 – Wed 27 August 2014) LA-PALM ROYAL BEACH HOTELLa Bypass, P.O.Box OS 3000 Osu, Accra-Ghana Theme:  “Media Research for…

Senzo and Mbulaeni funeral coverage will be broadcast on TV

Cape Town – South Africans can watch funeral TV coverage of the fallen South African sport heroes, soccer star Senzo Meyiwa and Olympic athlete Mbulaeni Mulaudzi this weekend.On Sunday night…

Mauritania: TV5Monde is the most watched international channel

TV5Monde is the first international TV channel in Mauritania: more than half of all TV viewers watch the channel at least once a week (50.6%). In the country, TV5Monde is…

Broadcast - In Brief

Kenyan pay-TV provider StarTimes has reduced the prices of its decoders to enable more Kenyans to access digital television and grow the company’s market share. The StarTimes Pay Television Digital…

OpenView HD’s Glow TV added to DStv

Cape Town – MultiChoice is adding the Indian Glow TV channel which has been available on Platco Digital's OpenView HD (OVHD) satellite platform to DStv from 17 November on channel…

New player to shake up South African television

South Africa’s television content and broadcasting market is hotting up with news that a new player, SouthTel VOD:TV, will launch services to South Africans on 1 September.TechCentral can reveal exclusively…

SABC says Generations cast list not final

Cape Town – The supposed "cast list" for the new Generations on SABC1 set to start in December and "revealed" this weekend by Sunday World is not official, says the…

New satellites for Africa: Yahsat Y1A and Intelsat New Dawn launches successful

Arianespace's second launch attempt for Yahsat Y1A and Intelsat New Dawn successfully cleared the pad on Friday 22 April 2011. Both satellites were successfully put into orbit on the evening…

South Africa: Killing wild animals for pleasure ‘not cool anymore’

Petition grew to ban Melissa Bachman from South Africa after she posted photos with dead lion.  This picture has got a TV presenter into very hot water as people signed…

Court orders StarSat to stop broadcasting porn

Cape Town – The Western Cape High Court on Monday ordered StarSat to stop broadcasting its pornography TV channels in South Africa when the court found that South Africa's broadcasting…

Broadcast - In Brief

- Since 1st April 2011, Canal+ has launched a massive campaign to attract subscribers in Africa. The broadcaster has used Desperate Housewives’ 7th season as the spearhead of the campaign.…

South Africa: e.tv now available in HD!

If you own the new OpenView HD satellite decoder, you can now watch e.tv in HD.  e.tv and new sister channel eMovies+ are now broadcast in high definition. All locally…

Broadcast – In brief

Lines blurred at e-tvThe lines “appeared to have been blurred” between a report on infrastructure development and advertising, broadcaster e.tv said on Thursday. “Lines appear to have been blurred between…

Africa's Alternative Media Chanel OFIVE TV Joins AMOS-5 Ku-band Neighborhood

Spacecom, operator of the AMOS satellite fleet, announced on 12 November 2012 that OFIVE TV, Africa's first international Alternative TV network, is now a part of the French broadcast bouquet…

TopTV changes its name to StarSat and orders Chinese

On Digital Media (ODM), effectively taken over by China's StarTimes TV conglomerate following a cash bail-out, is ordering Chinese from the menu for its new TV dinner. The struggling Woodmead…

What Rising TV Ownership Reveals About Africa's Future

The usual story about African development over the last few decades is, simply, that it hasn’t developed. It is a region mired in permanent poverty—destined by geography or disease burden…

Broadcast - In Brief

- A recently launched South African TV channel – Glow TV, in the business of syndicating and displaying content from across the globe, will give SA audiences a taste of…

Tunisia: Launch of Radio Kalima FM

During a press conference held on 2 November 2012 in Tunis, which brought together all the Tunisian press, Mestiri, as CEO of the radio station, announced the official launch of…

Convergence Partners exits Africa satellite venture

A consortium led by Convergence Partners, formed by businessman Andile Ngcaba, has sold its 25.1% stake in satellite joint venture New Dawn to Intelsat South Africa for an undisclosed amount,…

Nigeria: Silverbird Offers US$32.67 m For Radio, TV Network Licences

The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) is preparing to draw up Radio and Television Network Licencing Agreement with Silverbird Communications Limited, in readiness for presidential approval.Silverbird Communications has offered N5 billion…

“Bloomberg-Afrique” TV Channel to be Launched from Casablanca Soon

Francophone African and Maghreban countries will shortly be able to watch a new TV channel, “Bloomberg-Afrique” that will beam its programs in French from the city of Casablanca.The new channel…

South Africa: Four New Pay-TV Players to Take On Multichoice

Multichoice, SA's largest subscription-based satellite platform, will see its decade-long exclusive control over the pay-TV market come to an end in the next few months after the announcement yesterday that…

Sudan: Short-wave radio still going strong in Darfur, says listeners survey

A recent listener survey showed that Darfuri listen en masse to radio broadcasts via the short-wave band. 95% of the population over the age of 15 listen to the radio…

South Africa: ODM loses legal wrangle against Super5Media

The court has ruled that Super5Media’s commercial launch can go ahead.  A court interdict was brought against Super5Media, formerly known as Telkom Media, by licensed pay-TV provider On Digital Media…

Nigeria: Broadcasters short-changed by advertising agencies but brou-ha-ha over exact number

The Advertising Practitioner Council of Nigeria (APCON) publishes the amount owed by the advertising industry to the media but has not done so since 2007. The sums are always very…

Introduction of South Africa’s first ever prepaid pay-TV model

The introduction of South Africa’s first ever prepaid pay-TV model on 13 August by local satellite subscription television operator TopTV is positioned as a key factor in the broadcaster’s turnaround…

Broadcast News - In Brief

- In Tunisia and according to Sigma Conseil, here are the audience numbers of the main TV channels for the first 10 months of 2012: 1. Al Watanya 1 :…

Zimbabwe: Radio Listeners', Television Licence Fees Go Up

The Zimbabwe Broadcasting Holdings has increased radio listeners' and television licence fees in a move which now requires rural listeners to pay Z$50,000 while their urban counterparts pay Z$200,000 a…

New HD DSTV channel for South African subscribers

HD PVR subscribers to get dedicated high definition sports channel in December. MultiChoice this morning announced that it would be increasing its channel offering for HD PVR subscribers. by Tom…

Botswana: NBB Withdraws Kubara's Licence

Controversial Zimbabwean investor, Oscar Kubara has finally run out of time in his bid to set up a new TV station. The National Broadcasting Board has withdrawn a licence awarded…

Cable and MMDS Channels+ Channels for the first time in Africa

For the first time in Africa, Canal Overseas Africa has announced on 20th. May 2010 the signing of an agreement permitting the self-distribution of cable and MMDS Canal+ Channels.These agreements…

OSN payTV launches 'OSN Privileges'

OSN, the leading pay-TV network in the Middle East and North Africa, has announced the launch of its first rewards programme, OSN Privileges, offering money can't buy lifetime experiences, special…

Nigeria: Regulator NBC Shuts Down FM Stations in Jigawa

Eleven community radio stations established by the former governor of Jigawa state, Alhaji Ibrahim Saminu Turaki, have been shut down for allegedly operating illegally without securing broadcast licences since 2004.…

SportFive is taking SABC to court in Paris

The Paris-based agent for the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has served a summons on the cash-strapped South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) for money it claims it is owed for…

Ghana: Community TV station Coastal TV described as a Blessing for Central Region

The Central Regional Minister, Mrs. Ama Benyiwa Doe, has described the official opening of Coastal TV in the Central Region, as a blessing to the people there. "For me, Coastal…

Nigeria: Orientation Agency Plans Reality TV Show for Youths

According to a 2 June 2010 report in the Daily Trust, a 60 day long reality television programme aimed at reversing youth problems in Nigeria will soon make its debut,…

Nigeria: How cable operators stimulate rapid growth in pay TV industry

IN the last 20 to 25 years, pay TV industry, especially the Multi-channels, Multi-points Distribution System (MMDS) arm, has been connecting middle-class and low-income earning Nigerians to the rest of…

Zimbabwe: Gtv's Arrival in Zimbabwe Imminent

GTV'S arrival in Zimbabwe is imminent and it has already started advertising in the local media. The little-known satellite broadcaster has become popular with football lovers after it won rights…

Kenyan TV begins the long journey to going digital

Kenya's long journey to digital broadcasting has begin in Nairobi amid concerns that the high pricing of set top boxes will prevent millions of viewers from migrating to the new…

RAMS shows continued drop in radio listening while TV viewing rises.

SAARF's latest RAMS release (February 2010) uses the largest sample to date (25 329) and shows that radio listening has declined in total over the previous year (RAMS Feb 2009) by…

South Africa: Super 5 Media goes all silent about on Delayed TV Launch

Super 5 Media, formerly Telkom Media, failed to release a new pay-TV product to the market on Tuesday as promised, and efforts to get an explanation from majority shareholder Shenzhen…

Angola: Infrasat, UAU TV and TV Record sign a satellite transmission deal

End of March 2011, Angolan satellite provider Infrasat and Brazilian TV Record signed a deal for satellite transmission. The agreement includes the integration of the news channel "Record News" in…

Massive pay TV growth for South Africa to continue, says PWC report

Pay TV households in South Africa are set to grow to a staggering 5.9 million by 2016 with subscription television reaching a phenomenal TV household penetration of 81.4% as viewers'…

Broadcast In Brief

- Governor Martin Elechi has threatened to sack all the staff and management of the state owed Ebonyi State Broadcasting Service (EBBS) in Nigeria, should trouble continue to be experienced…

Broadcast In Brief

* South Africa's national football squad Bafana Bafana will become part of broadcasting history when their opening game of the 2010 FIFA World Cup is filmed and screened in 3D.…

Broadcast News: In Brief

- Angola’s Score Media is planning a new radio station to be launched in November. - Saffron TV (DStv 456) is launching this South African Indian TV channel's first weekly…

South Africa: Set-top boxes a 'luxury'

Set-top boxes attract a 7% luxury tax, which will spill over to the end price, despite a court bid by MultiChoice to have the devices classified under a cheaper regime.…

Broadcast News - In Brief

- CNBC Africa has announced its first reality competition television series, Top Trader, which will see eight contestants competing for a cash prize of R250 000. “CNBC Africa is about…

Nigeria: For HiTV, It's less football, more entertainment

"HITV was never set up to sell football only, it was circumstances that led us using football at inception as our mainstay content. We have used football to gain the…

South Africa: New X-rated TV show attracts many X applicants

A new X Factor-style TV show has been launched in South Africa to find two new porn stars. The winners of Porn Stars - one man and one woman -…

mcel launches DStv Mobile in Mozambique!

mcel in collaboration with DStv Mobile the mobile television arm of pay TV provider MultiChoice, announced today the launch of an exciting new 3G live television streaming service exclusive to…

DIFF coming to a small screen near you

This year's Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) will reach into the homes of people across 49 African countries, including South Africa. Channel [ED] (DStv Channel 190 and GOtv channel 65)…

Broadcast - In Brief

- On 14 April 2011, Orange France will launch the « African bouquet Max » that offers the existing 9 channels enriched with 5 new premium channels: Africable, RTNC, Canal…

‘Africa needs own TV stations to correct misinformation’

Chief Executive Officer, Continental Broadcasting Services, Nigel Parsons, has emphasised the need for a pan-African television station to provide accurate information on the continent. He said only an African station…

Zuku secured a deal with Seychelles cable platform Intelvision

Zuku, the Wananchi Group’s triple play and pay-tv business, announced that it has secured a deal with Seychelles cable platform Intelvision for carriage of its Zuku channels, taking them outside…

DIFF announces 2015 programme

This July sees the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) return for its 36th year of cinematic celebration. From 16 to 26 July, the city will celebrate the wonder and diversity…

South Africa: NuWeb Television, new challenger to DStv

NuWeb Television looks set to offer more than 150 channels and other streaming content and may be launched commercially as early as April, with set-top boxes sold through DionWired stores.A…

SatLink chosen as global TV distribution partner for i24News incl. Africa

SatLink Communications Ltd., a teleport, Content Management & HD Playout Centre, has today announced that SatLink has been selected by i24 News for the global distribution of its three international…

ONTVMAX Launches Avenida Brasil

Right from inception, ONTV has dedicated itself to offering Nigerians a different kind of television programming with its rich content.  Combining drama, entertainment and sports, the channel aims at meeting …

Nigeria: NTA rolls out 79th station and implements Wonder Cube news gathering system

MZahardeen Nasirdeen is the Corporate Affairs Manager of the Nigeria Television Authority (NTA). He spoke to Anthony Ada Abraham of Leadership on the prospects and challenges facing this media organisation..What…

Religious satellite TV show Miracle Hour 'risking lives'

TV shows made in London that encourage viewers to believe they are cured of life-threatening illnesses by prayer have been condemned by charities. Charities criticised an episode of the Miracle…

Gospel Music TV shortlisted for the music prize at this year's Eutelsat TV Awards

Music channels have transformed our relationship with performers, musical trends and music culture. Passion and innovative curating by thematic TV channels have taken us way beyond mainstream music, created a…

Africans originating major TV series

Premiering on Al Jazeera English on 10 April 2014, Lifelines: The Quest for Global Health highlighs the work of inspiring Africans on the frontline of public health. The groundbreaking eight-part…

Arcade Content wins Branded Content Bronze at Cannes Lions

One Rand Man, directed by Arcade Content's Rob Smith, won a Bronze in the Branded Content category at Cannes Lions this weekend, where it was also shortlisted for Integrated Campaign…

Nielsen releases key 2010 FIFA World Cup TV audience data

According to the latest stats from Nielsen, it does appear that people have been taking time off work to watch the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The average TV audience for…

Launch to Boost Nation-Naija Entertainment Ties

Nollywood superstars Patience Ozokwor and Desmond Elliot touchdown in Nairobi on Wednesday to grace the official launch of the new Africa Magic channels on DStv.The thespians are brand ambassadors for…

TV5MONDE Afrique added to AMOS-5 Broadcast Neighbourhood

TV5Monde maximises SatLink’s Gateway to Africa from Europe. On 20 February 2013, Spacecom which is on Tel Aviv Stock Exchange as “SCC”, operator of the AMOS satellite fleet, and SatLink Communications,…

Azam TV to launch in Africa via EUTELSAT 7A on 29 November 2013

Eutelsat Communications (NYSE Euronext Paris: ETL) and Azam Media Ltd. today announced the signature of a long-term contract for capacity on the EUTELSAT 7A satellite. Azam Media will use 108…

DStv: BBC World News, May 2014 - Innovations

As part of the BBC WORLD NEWS MAY 2014 HIGHLIGHTS, there is a TV series highly related to Africans: 'Horizons returns'. BBC WORLD NEWS is available on DStv channel 400 (ALL…

South African TV show Generations cut short as cast fired in pay dispute

Seven million fans of South Africa’s most popular television soap opera will be cut off from their daily dose of drama this week after the entire cast was sacked for…

DStv awarded at Promax in LA

DStv and its Johannesburg-based on-air creative agency Studio Zoo been awarded four awards at Promax BDA’s 2010 award ceremony in Los Angeles, California. The awards recognise the best and brightest…

Searching for South Africa's first Masterchef

The TV programme you can expect to hear everyone talking about for the next few months is the inaugural series of Masterchef SA. Rebecca Davis spoke to director Donald Clarke.If…

Nigeria: Zeb Ejiro storms Nollywood with new TV Series Classique

A new soap opera, Classique, which promises to be the best of its kind will feature stars such as Uche Iwuji, Lawrence Lurrenz Onuzulike, Mary Eboka, Kate Henshaw, Fred Amata,…

Broadcast - In brief

- PayTV promotion: In Kenya, Zuku TV has reduced the price of Zuku Satellite TV from Kes 8500 to Kes 5600. With the new installation price you get 3 months…

Canal+ gets rights for the 2014 FIFA World Cup

CANAL+ AFRIQUE is pleased to announce the acquisition of broadcasting rights for the 2014 FIFA World Cup to be held from 12 June to 13 July 2014 in Brazil. CANAL+ AFRIQUE…

AFRICA24 Media launches talk show called The Scoop!

AFRICA24 MEDIA have launched a talk show called The Scoop! with Salim Amin as the host.  The show’s producers say that the continent’s most dynamic men and women join Salim…

South Africa could miss 'window of opportunity' as it dithers over digitilisation

While government is debating whether to use the Japanese or the European standard when the country moves over to digital television, the debate could cost the country dearly in lost…

SES-4 satellite is now fully operational

Start of April, SES S.A. announced that the SES-4 satellite is now fully operational and ready for service at the orbital location of 338 degrees East. SES-4 was successfully launched…

Broadcast - In Brief

- Rating agency Nielsen is to begin measuring online viewing in what is seen as a response to concerns by broadcasters that falling ratings could be attributed to viewers migrating…

Gazprom Space Systems together with Telemedia allocated two platforms of Africa TV channels on Yamal-402 satellite

Telemedia has an extensive teleport in Rivonia just north of Johannesburg where they provide playout facilities, studios and correlate TV packages to form multichannel bouquets. Telemedia then provides the uplink…

Broadcast News: In Brief

- SuperSport, will launch a new, dedicated, high-definition football channel, SSHD2, on 13 August, offering all the games in the English Premier League. The competition, which consists of 380 matches…

Africast 2012 To Focus On Broadcast Content

The 9th edition of the biennial conference of Africa broadcasters, Africast will focus on issues relating to content. The event is billed to provide a networking environment for providers, distributors…

FOX International Channels no. 1, delivered 94% brand awareness

In remarks made to global attendees at the Asia-Pacific Pay-TV Operators Summit in Indonesia, Fox International Channels President and CEO Hernan Lopez announced the results of a new brand study…

Zuku recommissions third series of award-winning Tales from the Bush Larder

East African triple-play service provider Zuku, part of African Media company Wananchi Group, announces that award-winning hybrid cooking and travel series, Tales from The Bush Larder, will return for a…

Broadcast - In Brief

- Just a few months after celebrating its 13th anniversary and moving into its state-of-the-art studios in Naguru – which also coincided with the switch from analog to digital broadcasting…

Zimbabweans to launch independent TV station

A new privately-owned television station begins broadcasting in Zimbabwe this week, hoping to provide an independent voice ahead of elections, a company spokesman said Wednesday. Spokesman for 1st TV, Temba…

Broadcast - In Brief

For nearly four months, one of the oldest and most famous French TV programmes 'Intervilles' has settled in Abidjan. Broadcasted by the RTI the programme has been sold to TV5…

Four African Films Vie For Foreign Language Oscar Nomination

With the 2015 Academy Awards a mere four months away, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has released the full list of films vying for the Oscar for…

New free TV operator in South Africa

A new satellite broadcasting service is coming to South Africa, offering 15 channels in a mix of standard and high definition without charging a monthly subscription fee.This is according to…

Everyone’s favourite zombie fighters return to Fox with season 5 of The Walking Dead

The undead return for yet another thrilling season in October. Calling all the DEADicated fans of the popular award-winning The Walking Dead - the time has come! A brand new…

SES: e.tv Sister Company, Platco Digital, to Grow Direct-to-Home Satellite TV in Southern Africa

SES announced today a 15-year contract with Platco Digital, a sister company of the South African independent broadcaster e.tv, to broadcast a new free-to-air service in South Africa, with future…

Glo Launches Dstv Mobile

Subscribers of major West African mobile service provider, Globacom, can now watch DStv programmes on their mobile phones as the company rolls out the DStvMobile service on Glo.The product, called,…

TRT Turk reaches to sub-Saharan Africa

Turkish public broadcaster, Turkiye Radyo ve Televizyon Kurumu (TRT), has selected SES to reach audiences in sub-Saharan Africa.TRT will use capacity on SES-5 located at 5 degrees East to broadcast…

Kenya: 8th season of XYZ Show back on airwaves

After a couple months of break, The XYZ Show is back on the Kenyan airwaves with its 8th season premiering this Sunday August 4th at 7:30pm on NTV and on…

Togo regulator closes three radio stations – “Administrative reasons” press release

The Togolese authorities on December 29, 2010 closed down three privately-owned radio stations in Lome, the capital, over administrative reasons.A statement issued by the regulatory body, Posts and Telecommunications' Regulatory…

In Brief

-France Telecom-Orange – largely present in Africa as a telecoms and pay TV operator - dropped the first part of its name on 1 July 2013: Adieu! to the ‘France…

Oprah launches her OWN cable channel

Talk show diva and cultural kingmaker Oprah Winfrey expands her media empire with the high-stakes launch of her OWN cable network.While Winfrey's comfy couches have launched scores of careers, from…

Shorts grow bigger on BBC Arabic TV

Cinema Badila offers audiences new ways of engaging with film, region, its ideas at time of deep questioning, profound change.There is now a way to catch up on films from…

AKON to Crown Airtel TRACE Music Stars Winner in Kenya

With more than 2.3 million calls made by music enthusiasts who wanted to become stars, Airtel TRACE Music Star is by far the biggest music competition to ever take place…

Nigeria: Abuja bomb blast - Presidency accuses Al Jazeera of evil plot

From Abuja, the presidency has accused international news operation, Aljazeera of seeking to destabilise Nigeria through false reports, saying it would not condone any further reckless and deliberate falsehood.In a…

France Televisions strengthens cooperationwith Algerian TV

The president of France Televisions recently travelled to Alger to renew the group's cooperation agreement with Algerian National Television, EPTV, which the group has been working with for the last…

Zulu TV channel for sub-Saharan Africa

South African arts practitioner Mbongeni Ngema has announced that his company, Committed Artists Records and Films, will unveil a new Zulu TV channel on 30 September 2013 at KZN Music…

Azam Media inks USD 750,000 sponsorship deal with FKF

African pay-TV operator Azam Media, has signed a three year USD 750,000 sponsorship deal with Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Premier League to broadcast league matches live, the Standard reported. Azam…

In Brief - Broadcast

 South Africa’s satellite TV newcomer Top TV secured more than 200 000 subscribers in seven months. It is planning a sports channel and “free” HD channels. State security agents ransacked Teranga…

Togo TV’s satellite achievement

Togo’s US$40 million investment that last month helped the country’s public broadcaster TV Togo (TVT) and its two radio stations, Radio Lomé and Radio Kara, to take its signal on…

Watch: Kenyan Filmmaker Ng'endo Mukii Tackles 'Globalized' Beauty & African Self-Image in Award-Winning Short Film 'Yellow Fever'

I'm happy to see this short work finally making its way online for all to see - we first mentioned it on this blog in late 2012 when it had…

South Africa: Sentech launches free-to-air platform

Sentech, the government-owned broadcast signal distributor, launched its free-to-air satellite television platform, called Freevision, yesterday.The launch has overtaken that of Openview HD, which is being offered by Platco Digital, e.tv’s…

Naspers bets on $7 Pay-TV Plan to work magic across Africa and talks of going into francophone and lusophone Africa

Naspers Ltd. will expand its pay- television service to Uganda next week priced at about $7 a month and roll out packages in other African countries to add subscribers in…

eNews launches 'daunting' eNCA

The eNews Channel on MultiChoice's DStv platform has changed its name to eNCA with a new mosaic logo depicting the continent of Africa as the independent 24-hour news channel went…

Broadcast - In Brief

- East African pay TV operator Zuku will launch its own kids’ channel this year, developed with former Disney Channels Worldwide and KidsCo chief Paul Robinson. The launch, set for…

Nigeria: HiTV gives free airtime for it independence promo

In the spirit of Independence, Pay TV Company, HiTV Nigeria has announced plans to give its subscribers with gifts in commemoration of the nation's 49th Independence anniversary celebration on October…

DRC makes the decision to go over to digital broadcasting

The Democratic Republic of Congo has announced that it will begin the process of digital transition for broadcasting transmission. Other African countries already making progress with the transition include Morocco,…

Kenya: CCK to Issue Tough Broadcast Rules

10 October 2011: Radio and television broadcasters will soon be required to review their programming as the Communication Commission of Kenya enforces a new broadcast regime.The new regulations to be…

CCTV Africa begins live broadcast to China

The countdown starts and the Kenyan news reader runs through the top headlines for the evening bulletin. In a few minutes he will go on air in Nairobi, broadcasting live…

MHz Networks adds African channel to its viewing bouquet

From 5 August US global media company MHz Networks features a nation-wide, five-month market broadcast test of Africa Today TV. The launch coincides with the first USA-Africa Leaders Summit, which…

Southern Africa Direct wins Highway Africa New Media Award

Southern Africa Direct has been awarded for its innovative and creative use of technology to serve Africa. As a multi-platform destination marketing company promoting Southern Africa to an international audience,…

South Africa: State Entities do not have structures to keep up with global broadcast technology, says Neilsen

TV audience measurement firm AGB Nielsen told Business Day on 11 March 2010 that it was not ideal for state-owned entities to handle technology related to broadcasting, because their structures…

African pay TV market targeted with Kenya FX launch

The best in blockbuster television shows started screening in Kenya on Tuesday, 1 March 2011 when FX began broadcasting in the East African country on Zuku TV. FX, which started…

Eutelsat boosts broadcast TV resources for Middle East and North Africa

The Atlantic Bird 7 satellite of Eutelsat Communications has been successfully delivered into orbit by a Zenit-3SL rocket operated by Sea Launch AG from the ocean-based Odyssey Launch Platform in…

The Power of Sport and Television for Africa

Television has transformed the FIFA World Cup, Olympic Games, and European Football Champions League into lucrative multi-billion-dollar undertakings creating a frenzy of bidding for the TV rights for the events.…

Zee plans to launch customised GEC TV channels to suit African tastes

Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited, the pioneer of television entertainment industry in India, has called for a creative and media pitch for its operations in sub-Saharan Africa.Zee has been entertaining viewers…

CNN Multichoice African Journalist 2014 Finalists Announced

Finalists in the prestigious CNN MultiChoice African Journalist 2014 Competition were announced today by Ferial Haffajee, Chair of the independent judging panel. The competition is now in its 19th year.This…

GlobeCast deal to deliver HD Champions League to Africa

GlobeCast has renewed and significantly expanded its contract with UEFA in a deal to provide HD coverage of the UEFA Champions League and HD and SD coverage of the UEFA…

Cape Verde: New private channel struggles to find financial backing

Until recently, the only free-to-air channel available in Cape Verde was the Government-run TCV. However, recently a new private channel called Tiver has been available on a test basis since…

Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe to grant more Licenses for TV and Radio

Tererai Karimakwenda wrote that “The state owned Herald newspaper reported start of October 2010 that government had urged the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ) to license more radio and television…

The market for TV services in Africa is developing at a fast pace

In 2010, Sub-Saharan Africa had 34.5 million TV households, forecastto grow to 42.1m by 2015. Among them, at least 3.5 million households arepay TV subscriber, representing a penetration of 11%.…

Arabsat launches its satellite 5C successfully

Arab Satellite Communications Organization (Arabsat) has successfully launched 5C, its third satellite of the fifth generation, from French Guyana Island in South America by the Ariane-5 Rocket.The Ariane-5 rocket blasted…

“South Sudan: The World’s Youngest Nation” to air soon across Africa

The first-time documentary film by Newfoundlander Matthew LeRiche opens with a dimly lit closeup of young man rapping smoothly into the camera.He’s young; he’s hip; he’s the future of South…

Nigeria: Viacom Africa joins forces with NTA

Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) Africa (formerly MTV Networks Africa) has signed a landmark partnership and training agreement with Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), Nigeria's national terrestrial network.From 1 February 2013,…

MultiChoice in new PSL soccer deal

The pay-television broadcaster has taken the wraps off plans to launch a new football tournament with the Premier Soccer League.Pay-television broadcaster MultiChoice and the Premier Soccer League (PSL) have taken…

South Africa :Radio DJ Suspended Over Athlete’s Gender Controversy

A Kaya FM DJ, Majota Khambule, nicknamed Phat Joe has been suspended following complaints from listeners regarding his comments about revelations that South Africa’s World Champion Athletic Runner, Caster Semenya…

Uganda: FDC Party Buys Two Radio Stations because denied licences

The Forum for Democratic Change has announced that it has bought two existing radio stations following a government decision to deny the party a licence to set up its own.…

Vuzu and Supersport International channels selected for Hot Bird TV Awards 2010

On 28 September 2010, the shortlist of channels nominated for the Hot Bird TV Awards 2010 was finalised and released.With a record number of over 150 channels entered from 21…

MultiChoice fights scammers with tech

Phishing scammers have copied information from the real DStv site and are using it to lure subscribers into parting with their details on a fake portal. Pay-television service provider MultiChoice…

Broadcast - In Brief

- Two top channels will launch on 14 October 2011 on DStv, with Discovery Networks, Central & Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa (CEEMEA) releasing TLC, its flagship female brand…

Broadcast News - In Brief

- MultiChoice subsidiary M-Net wants access to more radio frequency spectrum than it has provisionally been allocated in the draft digital terrestrial television (DTT) regulations, it said at Independent Communications…

Broadcast - In Brief

-29 October 2012 saw Tunisia s leading TV channel, ETT, broadcast its new, revamped news programme, a project managed by two experts from CFI. Focusing on news and current affairs…

South Africa - TopTV on life support: Can it be saved?

The story of TopTV's chronic failure to capture the South African pay television market has its origins in the failure by the broadcasting regulator, ICASA, to open the subscription television…

Broadcast - In Brief

- German television broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1 Welt is planning to launch services in South Africa via mobile application and the web on smartphone or tablet devices. Popular German TV shows like…

Broadcast In Brief:

- Top management at the BBC in a review of the public broadcasters various businesses is considering a partial privatisation of its commercial arm, BBC Worldwide. BBC director-general Mark Thompson…

Broadcast In Brief

- New South African Pay-TV operator ODM will make a soft launch of its services at the beginning of April. - Based in Paris and run by Eritrean exile journalists,…

Somalia: Somaliland Bans Universal TV

The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) has expressed concern over Somaliland authorities’ decision to temporarily suspend, on the evening of 5 October 2010, the operations of the London-based private…

MTG rolls out African nets, unveils 'TV Everywhere'

European broadcast giant Modern Times Group (MTG) is expanding the presence of its Viasat pay-TV channels in Africa from the end of this month. MTG will debut four channels -…

CNBC Africa partners Multi TV for business content

Africa’s premier financial and business cable network, CNBC Africa has selected Multi TV to provide content from Ghana for is global viewers. The agreement would also see Multi TV act…

CNBC Africa appoints 2011 sales team and reports audience growth

Quinton Scholes has been appointed head of sales at CNBC Africa. Scholes will be taking up the position on 11 October 2010, heading up sales for both CNBC Africa and…

Broadcast - In Brief

In South Africa, Treasury has allocated R1.192 billion to the Department of Communications to fund a new television network and subsidise set-top boxes for the poor over the next three…

Nigeria: NCC, Police Arrest Six Over Illegal DSTV Signal

Officials of the Nigerian Copyright Commission, NCC, Thursday, in Onitsha arrested six persons over alleged illegal transmission of signals of Digital Satellite Television, DSTV, and recovered hi-tech electrical gadgets worth…

TV ads fail trust test in South Africa

Over 60% of young consumers in South Africa have low levels of trust in television advertising, although a similar number still find commercials enjoyable, a report has revealed.Pondering Panda, the…

Broadcast - In Brief

Africa 7, lanched by “groupe Citizen Media Group” and managed by Oumou Wane is going through financial difficulties. Africa 7 was launched as a new international (including diaspora) TV channel.…

Zimbabweans Tune in to Foreign Media

At 98 percent, Zimbabwe's literacy rate is the second highest in Africa. Among its population of 14 million, 6 million are said to be cell phone users. Yet since gaining…

DTT in Africa: the deadline is now just over 12 months away

Balancing Act has kept track of recent DTT developments up until June 2014 as an update to its recently published market report: "DTT: Analogue to digital migration in Africa -…

Sony Professional Solutions will provide a multimedia workshop in Nairobi

Sony Professional Solutions confirmed training support for Nairobi gathering of African broadcasters and filmmakers for 4th annual Broadcast & Film conferenceJapan-based audio visual equipment manufacturer, Sony has confirmed it will…

AFRICA 24 Media celebrates African broadcasters, tour on the way

Africa24 MEDIA, the continent’s premiere Pan African international quality media production house, announces the Mohamed Amin African Media Awards (MAAMA’s), to be inaugurated in Nairobi in 2015.  To get ready…

After two years negotiating a licence, Youssou Ndour’s new station TFM finally launches in Dakar

The TV landscape in Senegal is becoming more competitive with the official broadcast launch of TFM - Télévision Futurs Medias - a new TV station located in Dakar, Senegal from…

Media’s Role in Peace-building: A Radio Case Study from Côte d’Ivoire

The crisis in Côte d’Ivoire drags on, with the political leadership of the country deadlocked. The 2010 elections had raised hopes across the country that the eight-year crisis would be…

CNBC Africa opens office in Mozambique

CNBC Africa, a CNBC International franchise owned by Africa Business News, has entered into a joint venture with Mozambique's state broadcaster, Televisão de Moçambique (TVM), and will open a bureau…

Oscar Pistorius TV channel a massive viewership success

MultiChoice's Oscar Pistorius Trial TV channel is a massive viewership success story for DStv, lifting ratings on the South African satellite pay-TV platform to unprecedented levels and making the channel…

Top TV hits the air waves

Top TV was launched on April 29th 2010, aiming to capture the market between the "free" SABC and e-tv channels and the more expensive DStv channel (see previous Afridigital’s issue).…

Canal + Africa adds Voxafrica to its bouquet

Canal + Africa has announced the arrival of a new channel on its bouquet: Voxafrica.Voxafrica is the first Panafrican bilingual (French / English) and independent channel.Dedicated to the whole family,…

North Africa represents some of the most vibrant markets for satellite services, says Eutelsat

Eutelsat announced on 7 February 2011 that the Middle East and North Africa are representing some of the most vibrant markets for satellite-delivered digital entertainment, enterprise and government services.Key players…

Liberia: African Journalists Extol CCTV for Fair Coverage of Continent

African journalists currently on a study tour in the People's Republic of China have applauded China Central Television (CCTV) after the network announced that it will provide more coverage to…

TBN's Al Horreya Network reaching nearly 400 M in the world

Al Horreya TV, Trinity Broadcasting Network's Arabic language faith channel, continues to take hope and healing to viewers across Egypt, the Middle East, and around the world.Less than a year…

MultiChoice strikes back

Satellite TV company MultiChoice fires first salvo in battle with TopTV. It has confirmed that the DStv operator is launching a new bouquet, DStv Lite, aimed at heading off the…

Google signs up African broadcasters for its Google Earth product

Media pros in Africa are usually familiar with popular Google tools such as Google image, video, news, books, alerts, ad, mail (Gmail), trends/insights searches, or Google Earth. What’s great about…

Sudan radio service solicits feedback via text messaging

Anne-Ryan Heatwole, PBS MediaShift Idea Lab reported on 02/02/11 in ijnet.com that from January 9 to 15, Southern Sudan held a referendum to decide if the region should become an…

Broadcast News - In Brief

- DStv operator MultiChoice has added 684,000 subscribers to its pay-television base in the past year. It now reaches 5,6m homes in the markets in which it operates. In SA,…

Naspers Pay-TV revenue rose 15% with an increase in the subscriber base of 648,000 to 5.6 million HH

Naspers CEO KoosBekker is quoted on Sens as saying his company experienced revenue growth across most of its businesses, including the pay-TV, media and Internet assets Tencent China and Russia's…

Broadcast - In Brief

With over 20 privately owned radio stations and migration from analogue to digital broadcasting, Rwandans have now (since early 2014) started to view local private television channels. There are currently…

New pay-TV service Super 5 Media plans June 2010 launch

On the 6th. May 2010, TechCentral reported that Super 5 Media (formerly Telkom Media) plans to launch a satellite and cable pay-TV service on 1 June, hot on the heels…

DRC: Radio Okapi Wins International Award

The radio station based in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), which has the largest Francophone audience in sub-Saharan Africa, is the winner of this year's Free Media Pioneer…

UNESCO and Al Jazeera to promote freedom of expression in the Arab world

At the end of last year, UNESCO and Al Jazeera Satellite Network have signed an agreement to promote freedom of expression and access to information in the Arab world. UNESCO’s…

Multichoice Namibia revamps TV bouquet

Pay TV provider Multichoice has re-vamped its Digital Terrestrial Transmission (DTT) offering in Namibia to the higher picture quality Digital Video Broadcast (DVB-T2) standard.Multichoice plans for its Namibian channel bouquet…

Nigeria: NBC Urged to Ensure Better Pay for Media Workers

The lowest paid worker at any media organization should earn not less than N80, 000 while staff on Level 17 should earn nothing less than N652, 000 monthly, the committee…

Broadcast News- In Brief

- A journalist from the privately owned radio station Luanda Antena Commercial (LAC), José Rodrigues, won the 2010 Journalism Maboque Prize. - Reporters Without Borders condemns the jamming of some…

Broadcast - In Brief

At the end of 2010, Africa 24 claims to officially be the first global TV channel for information especially via its satellite channel - most watched channel in Francophone Africa.…

TV Network Targeting African Diaspora Launches in Atlanta

There aren’t that many media entities owned by minorities but the people behind Dias TV seek to change that. Dias TV officially launched last Sunday during a premiere for one…

Broadcast News: In Brief

Anthony Dara, CEO of NN24, Nigeria's premium 24 hours news channel, has announced that its channel is now on air. Showing on channel 414 DStv, NN24 provides "News on the…

Mauritius: Island Republic's Television Stations a 'Tool of the Government,' Says President

Television in Mauritius has become nothing more than a Government tool for managing public opinion, the island republic's president declared today as he called for reform to allow the establishment…

StarTimes’ local content aimed to reshape pay TV in Nigeria

As Nigeria’s pay television (TV) market is poised for further competition by players in the industry, StarTimes, pioneer in Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) solution in China and Africa, has made…

Arab reality TV show The Real World pioneers a new way of looking at differences

This is the true story of seven strangers, picked to live in a house, work together and have their lives taped to find out what happens when Sunnis and Shias,…

Broadcast News - In Brief

- The SABC plans to launch SABC Sport as a brand new separate TV channel in South Africa on October 1, 2012. SABC Sport, currently a brand name of the…

MipTV 2012: Côte Ouest brings unique TV programmes’ catalogue to broadcasters

Côte Ouest Audiovisuel, the leading distributor of audiovisual rights for and from Africa, will exhibit for the first time at MipTV, bringing with it a unique catalogue of TV programmes…

Uganda: Broadcasting Council Rules Against NTV

The Monitor (Kampala) reported on February 5th that the Broadcasting Council (BC) on Saturday ignored an appeal by NTV Uganda for reinstatement and instead ruled that the station should stay…

Angola: Fire Destroys TPA Studio

A fire believed to have been caused by a short circuit destroyed the broadcasting studio of the State-run "Televisão Publica de Angola" (TPA) on Tuesday in Luena, eastern Moxico province.Speaking…

Tanzania: Coast region wants to start new TV/Radio

Media stakeholders in Coast Region have said time is ripe for the region to have a media outlet of its own that would provide stable employment for journalists based there.…

Zimbabwe: 'ZBH Licence Fees Hike Justified'

The Herald (Harare) reported on February 5th that the recent increase of licence fees by the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Holdings is justified as the national broadcaster needs to operate viably and…

South Africa: DStv Mobile Drifta Android application

DStv Mobile announced that significant developments have been made with the Drifta DStv Mobile decoder application for Android devices. The Samsung Galaxy S, Samsung Galaxy SII and the Samsung Galaxy…

Broadcast - In Brief

- Since 13 February 2012 a new TV channel ‘CamNews 24 TV’ (abbreviated C24) driven by group Fadil/Equateur Media Group (EMG) has kicked off to air in parts of Europe…

Nigeria: Nweke Commends HiTV - As satellite station debuts with Premiership

This Day (Lagos) wrote on February 1st that the Information Minister, Frank Nweke Jnr, yesterday extolled the virtues of HiTV just as he led dignitaries to unveil the wholly Nigerian-owned…

WebTV "+ TV5Monde Africa" now on Facebook

+ TV5Monde Africa’s webTV now has its application on Facebook and can be viewed directly on the social network’s fan page, offering users a new way to consume numerous free…

South Africa: Broadcast Digital Upgrade Will Boost Jobs And Skills

Business Day (Johannesburg) wrote on February 1st that upgrading the national broadcasting infrastructure from analogue to digital at a likely cost of R2bn is an opportunity to create more hi-tech…

Senegal: New Radio or TV dedicated to environment

Over the summer, state authorities in Senegal have been considering creating a television or radio station that specializes in environmental issues reported the Senegalese News Agency (APS). The objective is…

TV5Monde: top audience in Mali

TV5Monde highlights the results of media audience survey in Mali where the channel reached its record audience and reinforced its position as the first international channel according to TNS Africascope…

VoD, a threat to pay TV in Africa?

MultiChoice: Netflix, Apple pose ‘real threat’:MultiChoice CEO Imtiaz Patel says online streaming services offered by Apple, Google, Netflix and others pose a “real threat” to DStv. By Duncan McLeod.Netflix, Apple,…

Algeria: TV channel to promote institutional communication

The Algerian Press Service issued a press release on February 3rd, stating that Communication Minister Hachemi Djiar told the Parliament, on Saturday, in Algiers, to "think about creating an institutional…

Broadcast News - In Brief

- Mauritius Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) has announced the launch of new digital TV and radio channels. Its strategy is to offer content in local languages: tamoul, marathi, télougou, mandarin and…

Broadcast - In Brief

- Somalia: Reporters Without Borders reported that Noramfaizul Mohd Nor, a visiting Malaysian cameraman working for Bernama TV, sustained a fatal gunshot injury to the chest last week at Mogadishu's…

Many Zimbabweans set to lose free to air TV channels broadcast from South Africa by Sentech

Many Zimbabweans are set to lose their access to free-to-air TV channels like SABC 1, 2 and 3 among others, after the High Court in Johannesburg ordered signal carrier Sentech…

Discovery launching ID Xtra channel in CEE and MEA

Discovery is launching ID Xtra in Central & Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa. The new channel, ID Extra, will roll out on April 1, 2014.Discovery already operates the Investigation…

Swaziland Television and Spescom Media IT contract

Spescom Media IT has been awarded a R15.5m contract by the Swaziland Television Authority (Swazi TV). Swazi TV purchased the latest Avid Newsroom production system and Sony XDCAM to upgrade…

South Africa: New pay-TV operators on the way?

The Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) wants to license new pay-TV operators to compete with incumbent MultiChoice, which owns DStv, and recent entrant On Digital Media, with TopTV, despite…

Two new African channels available via satellite in West Africa

Two African Channels Benie TV and Ouest TV Choose Globecast for Access to Canalsat Bouquet on SES-4.Benie TV and Ouest TV, two recently launched African channels, have chosen Globecast to…

‘Festival in the Desert’ is a documentary about a musical event in Mali

At a computer in Bamako, Mali, Manny Ansar couldn’t help smiling. A reporter had asked by e-mail whether Ansar — the co-founder and director of Mali’s Festival in the Desert…

South Africa: Beam me into Africa

Cape Business Newshttp://tinyurl.com/25pdap Cape Business News wrote on Jan 12th that one of the most successful ventures to come out of Cape Town in the last decade has to be…

Southern Africa: Angola to Host Saba Conference in 2010

Angola will host the 18th annual conference of the Southern African Broadcasting Association (SABA) in 2010. It was announced in Maseru, capital of Lesotho, by the Director for Programmes and…

Endemol celebrates a decade of Big Brother in Africa

Endemol South Africa, the television and audio-visual entertainment company, will in May 2012 celebrate 10 years of broadcasting reality show, Big Brother, on the continent.Pay TV broadcaster M-Net first commissioned…

SatLink global TV distribution partner for Ethiopian Television Agency

Satellite distribution across Africa, North America, Europe and the Middle East is to extend ERTA global audience reach. On March, 2014, SatLink Communications Ltd., a leading teleport, Content Management & HD…

CEO Weekends: DSTV announces the premier of new telenovella on Africa Magic

DSTV has announced the premiere of an exciting new Nigerian telenovella dubbed, Hotel Majestic on Africa Magic. The telenovella will air every weekday on Africa Magic at 10pm (Kenyan Time).Hotel…

Ghana chooses nine for ‘Idols West Africa’

Jive wrote on February 3rd that Charterhouse’s ‘Stars of the Future’ runner-up, Ramzi is one of nine contestants chosen from Ghana to compete in ‘Idols West Africa’. Out of a…

African Radio Stations are going digital

Securenet Systems, Inc., a radio streaming services provider announces several new music stations in Africa and around the world signing up for their services as World Beat and African Beat…

Cameroon: Marcom Group sponsor of CRTV for CAN 2012

The Marcom Communications Groupo set up on 1 June 2010 by Magnus Biagi, a graduate of Esstic, journalist and writer.  In his capacity of CEO of the group, he established…

Broadcast - In Brief

- DStv rival TopTV has sold 360, 000 decoders since its launch two years ago, but of these only about half are actively using the service, the company's chairman and…

Broadcast - In Brief

South Africa, Audience results by TV programme:The week of 10 March — 19 March 2014saw e.tv’s Big Momma movie sequels keep e.tv in our Top 5 on our SAARF/MarkLives #Top40TVratings…

Broadcast – In Brief

Kenya's newly launched free-to-view television platform, Bamba TV, has signed on the Italian men's football league, Serie A. Bamba TV will now screen a major weekly match free of charge…

South Africa: Naspers Follows Russia Deal With 30 Percent Mxit Stake

Business Day (Johannesburg) wrote on January 29th that media company Naspers has bought a 30% stake in SA's rapidly growing instant-messaging service, MXit Lifestyle, for an undisclosed amount. The move…

Media&Money programme comes to CNBC Africa

CNBC Africa this week launches its Media&Money programme, focusing on the competitive and business side of Africa's media, marketing, advertising, branding and communications sector. The show will each week feature…

Nigeria: 35 Broadcasting Stations Sanctioned

The National Broadcasting Commission, NBC, says it sanctioned about 35 broadcast stations for various breaches of the Nigeria Broadcasting Code in January 201 Awwalu Salihu, Head of Public Affairs Department,…

Trace Convention 2012 sees strong emphasis on Africa

Founded in 2003, TRACE is an international brand and media group specialised in music and sport. The four TRACE TV channels are watched by over a potential audience of 60…

South Africa promos equal to Europe, according to Promax/BDA Chair

There is a unique African aesthetic emerging in South Africa’s on-air promos and broadcast design, according to the international judges of the fourth annual Promax/BDA Africa Awards. This message was…

Africa gets re-branded Hallmark Channel first

At 9pm on 24 March, Africa will be the first in the world to receive the re-branded Hallmark Channel, on MultiChoice’s DStv bouquet. Owned by Universal Networks International, Hallmark Channel…

In Brief

- Radiodiffusion télévision africaine (RTA) will start broadcasting before the end of 2010. The Senegalese government has announced that Africa will have its news channel by the end of the…

CNBC Africa's business news kicks off in Gabon

Business news from Gabon scored the opening goal on CNBC Africa with the official opening of the channel’s live satellite bureau in Libreville, West Africa, the same week which sees…

Banda TV picks up “Love Lab” for Angola and Mozambique

Banda TV has commissioned 60 episodes of the reality dating show Love Lab to air in Angola and Mozambique. The deal marks the Israeli company’s first commissions from those countries.The…

Broadcast In Brief:

- 2010 FIFA World Cup update : On top of the actual matches, the FIFA will allow the production of 20 to 25 hours of TV programme per day. In addition,…

Kenya: KDN Now Second Premier League Sponsor

ICT infrastructure firm Kenya Data Networks has signed a Sh13.5 million sponsorship deal with SuperSport to secure rights as the broadcast partner for the 2010 Kenyan Premier League season. This…

France 24 received by 235 million homes, including many across Africa

French international news channel France 24 has extended its distribution worldwide to 235 million TV homes, gaining 33 million households over 2011 including in Africa.Over five years, France 24 has…

DStv rival StarSat goes offline

Pay-television provider StarSat has gone off-air, apparently because of technical problems. Viewers say the signal stopped transmitting on Monday afternoon.StarSat subscribers have called TechCentral, complaining that they have not been…

South Africa: Launch of new Afrikaans channel questioned by Starcom MediaVest boss

Following the announcement of the imminent launch of the new TV station Afrikaanse Satelliettelevisie, Gordon Patterson, group MD of the Starcom MediaVest Group (SMG), questions the feasibility of dictating culture…

Broadcast - In Brief

- Egyptian TV has launched a new channel called Voice of People. The channel specializes in broadcasting parliamentary sessions live. The Middle East News Agency (MENA) said that the channel…

StarTimes enhances digital TV access with new channels

Digital television service provider, StarTimes, says it is further enriching its content, enhancing access for viewers, and pushing the boundaries to delight viewers and attract more households.This direction was highlighted…

Tunisia: ETT offers its first DTT offering, Talfazti, which started life on the Internet

Mourad Agrebi, technical director at ETT, Etablissement de la TV Tunisienne confirmed to Balancing Act’s Sylvain Béletre that his public organisation is testing DTT across Tunisia. The state-owned company which…

iROKOtv Announce Two TV Channels and Netflix Partnership

IROKO-TVPopular Nigerian video streaming service, iROKOtv, recently announced a deal with StarTimes to have two new television channels, iROKO Play and iROKO Plus on the digital TV operator’s platform. The…

Broadcast In Brief

* Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni has criticised Mengo, the seat of the Buganda kingdom, saying it was selfish to try and suppress other people's cultures. He promised to fund the establishment…

Nigeria’s Consat adds Fashion One channel to line-up

Nigerian pay TV platform Continental Satellite Limited (Consat) has added Fashion One’s international channel F.O. to its line-up. F.O. is available as part of Consat’s pay-TV style bouquet package on…

Broadcast – In brief

Ghana's first private broadcaster, Crystal TV has entered into a carriage agreement with Filmbox International, a unit of SPI International Group. Crystal TV has added eight channels as a result,…

S.A.: New free satellite TV in SA boosts local product providers

Free-to-air TV company Sabido, which owns e.tv and is backed by HCI and Remgro, plans to launch a new satellite TV service in October this year.Sabido will launch the OpenView…

Kenya: MCSK Launches Triple P

There is a new 24-hour TV show in town, Triple P. It is a 24-hour channel that is the ultimate one stop shop for local content in a single package…

South Africa: More consumers use cellphones than listen to radio or watch TV

The future - at least, the communication end of it - could be in the palm of our hands. That's my reading of recent statistics from the Nielsen Mobile Insights…

Uganda: Digital Broadcasting Begins

Signal testing of digital broadcasting in Uganda has commenced, starting with Kampala, officials have said. This marks the automatic migration from analogue to digital broadcasting.The move follows the installation of…

The Fifth Annual “BET Honors” rewards legendary in African-American culture

USA’s BET Networks recognizes phenomenal individuals legendary in African-American Culture for Music, Literature, Entertainment, Media, Service and Education Achievements in the Fifth Annual BET HonorsMaya Angelou, Stevie Wonder, Mariah Carey,…

S.A.: Sentech to carry e.tv’s DTT signal

Free-to-air broadcaster e.tv has appointed state-owned signal distributor Sentech to provide signal distribution for digital terrestrial television (DTT) services, which e.tv intends to launch. The broadcaster said that the parties…

Kenya: Zuku launches new sporting channels

In Kenya, Zuku has launched a new set of channels on its platform. According to the broadcaster, these channels are mainly aimed at broadcasting sporting events across the country. According…

Al Qarra launches Arab-speaking African news TV channel

The first African Arab-speaking news TV channel  launched on 20 May 2010 on the Arabsat Badr 6 satellite. The project was born out of the following circumstances: There is currently…

Rwanda: Shift to Digital Broadcasting on Track

The television industry is set to benefit from increased investment after it emerged that all necessary infrastructure is in place to switch from analogue to digital broadcasting ahead of the…

Africa: Amos-5 makes successful launch bringing more broadcast capacity

Spacecom, operator of the Amos satellite fleet, has announced the successful launch of its Amos-5satellite from Baikonur, Kazakhstan.Amos-5 launched aboard a Proton Breeze-M launcher has successfully made it to its…

Hip TV will launch as a 24-hour channel on DSTV

Smooth Promotions, the umbrella body of Hip TV, the urbane contemporary music and lifestyle channel is proud to announce that the TV brand will launch as a 24-hour channel on…

Lifetime announces Four Weddings SA

A+E Networks UK has commissioned a South African version of the reality series Four Weddings after signing a deal with ITV Studios Global Entertainment for the format.This is the first…

Canal+ and Canalsat offers new channels, HD and catch-up channels in the Indian Ocean

After launching Catch Up TV via satellite in Mauritius and Reunion, branded “Canal + A La Demande”, Canal Overseas has announced that new channels have been added to Canal +…

Somalia: Radio Simba Staffer Shot Outside His Studio

The logistics manager and driver for Radio Simba, Farah Hassan Sahal, died from bullet wounds early Thursday evening just outside the station's compound in the restive Bakara Market in the…

Kenya: Kiss TV set to go national next year

Kiss Television, a subsidiary of Radio Africa Group Limited, is set to go nationwide.The station launched two years ago was only airing in Nairobi. It has also successfully concluded an…

Broadcast - In Brief

Digital TV Research’s Simon Murray told ‘Via Satellite’ that Africa and Asia could be the most interesting opportunities for DTH over the next few years. “There is still plenty of…

Vidi gets Sherlock, Atlantis, other BBC shows

Vidi has announced that it will soon offer a number of BBC shows, including Sherlock and AtlantisVidi, the video on demand (VOD) service from Times Media Group which launched in…

Malawi: regulator received 64 TV Licence Applications for re-advertised licence

The Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA) has been overwhelmed with 64 applications for national and regional TV licences following the re-advertisement for TV licence bids a month ago. MACRA's director…

Nigeria: NTA-Star TV Targets 50 Channels

A pay television operator, NTA-Star TV said it planned to increase its channels to 50 by the end of this year. Chairman of Startimes Networks of China, the major investor…

Broadcast - In Brief

- SES S.A. announced that the SES-4 satellite will be launched into space from the Baikonur Cosmodrome on board an ILS Proton Breeze M rocket at 00:41 a.m. local time…

Broadcast – In Brief

Dutch operator KPN renews its agreement with channels 2M and Antena 3On February 1st, the Dutch operator KPN has renewed its contract to broadcast the Moroccan channel 2M and the…

Brazil targets Africa’s lusophone countries with new channel TV Brasil Internacional

Brazil has launched an international television station that will target Portuguese speaking countries and individuals across the continent. President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said the aim of the Portuguese-language…

Namibia: NBC Ban on phone-in shows Triggers Firestorm of Criticism

A recent decision by the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) to impose a blanket ban on all radio phone-in programmes for the Silozi Service at Katima Mulilo has precipitated a firestorm…

Broadcast News: In Brief

- World football federation FIFA has lined up Live 8/Live Earth producer Kevin Wall (Control Room) to executive produce a ground-breaking live event on the eve of the 2010 World…

Broadcast - In Brief

- Following a five day training workshop, broadcast media representatives on Lesotho established Guidelines for the Coverage of Elections on Radio and TV.- From 1st August, 2011 Swazi TV is…

Africa can watch the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Game on any device

For those who subscribe to cable and satellite providers participating in coverage of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games, streaming events to any device will be possible. The International Olympic…

StarTimes TV connects 200,000 subscribers in East Africa

StarTimes DTV has by far connected over 200,000 customers in the East African region, the Chief Marketing Officer Star DTV Uganda Kevin Chen has said. StarTimes DTV is a Chinese-owned…

Channel ED offers DStv Customers a Portal to Knowledge

Channel ED will join the DStv family of channels on Tuesday, 10 December, on channel 318.  The channel will give all DStv customers access to an exciting knowledge portal offering…

Arabsat launches TV and radio bouquet from Morocco

Arabsat has announced the launch of a Moroccan television and radio bouquet on BADR-4, accessible in the Middle East, North Africa and in much of Europe. The package includes eight…

Nigeria: Broadcast Regulator NBC highlights broadcast companies unpaid licence fees

Of what value is an expired licence especially a broadcasting licence ? None. Nil. Zero. That exactly is the situation with a large number of the country's broadcasting organisations. Technically…

Chinese firm wins digital signal distribution tender in Kenya

China has secured a larger share of Kenya’s television market after one of its firms won a licence for distributing digital signals in the country, further cementing the hold of…

Broadcast - In Brief

- Capacity equivalent to almost 5,000 hours of transmissions has been booked with Eutelsat by TV channels and service providers to cover the Sochi Olympic Games. Coverage is transmitted to…

MTN Nigeria cuts off transmission of FIFA U-17 matches because of unpaid bills

A major crisis has hit the ongoing FIFA U-17 World Cup when MTN cut offthe fibre connection which transmits television signals from the producers to the rest of the world.This…

Uganda: Government adds more districts to its digital broadcast roll-out

Residents of Masaka and Jinja will be the next beneficiaries of the digital television transmission. The National Broadcasting Council has granted a formal permission to Star TV, a new Chinese…

HiTV launches Hip TV

In June 2011, Nigeria’s Pay TV, HiTV announced that it added a new channel, Hip TV to its Premium bouquet.The new channel which was launched on May 31 according to…

VP Commissions NTDC's Tourism Radio

Vice President Goodluck Jonathan last wee commissioned NTDC's Outside Broadcast Van (OB Van) and Radio Tourism 89.9 FM in the Tourism Village, NTDC headquarters in Abuja. Dr. Jonathan in his…

Sudan suspends BBC Arabic on FM radio

BBC News Africa reported on 9 August 2010 that Sudan has halted BBC Arabic broadcasts on FM radio stations in four northern cities, including the capital Khartoum.The move was not…

Broadcast - In Brief

- On 3 July 2011, OSN, a pay-TV network in the Middle East and North Africa, has signed an agreement with New Horizons to implement eLearning across all its locations…

SA: New Transmitter Site Switches On

Public broadcaster SABC has switched on another low power transmitter site at Indermark, Limpopo Province. The SABC has been rolling out the installation of low power transmitters across South Africa…

Uganda: Vision Group uses cross-media strategy with radio promoting papers and newspaper vendors collecting radio ads

Newspaper vendors and radio agents attending a conference at Pearl Afrique Hotel Sales for Vision Group's local language newspapers have shot up after the company established regional television and radio…

Eutelsat hosts 50% of satellite channels in Africa

Eutelsat at Satcom Africa announced several innovations: New Resources and Services to Boost Broadcast and data Markets Across Africa, closing the infrastructure gap in Africa: innovative satellite solutions for affordable…

Spectrum delivers IP-TV on an Angolan oil ring

Spectrum, a South African digital media company and supplier of IP-TV software recently installed IPTV-VOD System, with set-top boxes on screens in 80 rooms on an oil rig housing around…

MultiChoice Africa launches DStv Compact PLUS

MultiChoice Africa, operator of Africa’s pay TV platform DStv, has announced the launch of a ground-breaking new pay television package, DStv Compact PLUS which gives sports lovers more premium sport…

Beaming With Hope – Satellite Industry Gaining Traction In Africa

Satellite technology, it seems, is thriving on the continent and is gaining popularity as a credible, cost-effective means of connectivity in Africa. This is one of the key messages to…

Broadcast In Brief:

- On Wednesday 2 December, it will be one year ago that Radio Darfur went on air in Darfur. It is the only source of independent news for the Darfuri.…

In Brief

- Independent media group Shabelle in Mogadishu has started broadcasting the BBC's Somali Service. The Radio has continued for 24 hours broadcasting a variety of programmes on four occasions, in…

Satcom awards: MTV Networks Africa (MTVNA)

The SatCom Star Awards are designed to celebrate the continued growth and success of the satellite marketplace and focus on some of the exceptional performers within the industry this year.Winning…

Satcom awards: Discovery Channel, Broadcaster of the Year

Discovery Networks Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa (CEEMEA) were recently honoured as the SatCom Broadcaster of the Year 2012, as part of the annual SatCom 2012 Africa…

Broadcast News - In Brief

- May 28, 2012: Yahsat, the Middle East's leading satellite service provider, picked up a highly coveted SatCom Star Award for the "Most Innovative Product/Service for Africa". The industry accolade…

Pride opens 21st Out In Africa Film Festival

Pride, distributed by Videovision Entertainment in South Africa, opened the 21st edition of the Out In Africa Gay & Lesbian Film Festival which took place from 13 to 16 November…

New Nollywood Movie Streaming Service Nollyland Launches

NollyLand Direct Ltd, a start-up based in the US and Nigeria, has launched NollyLand - a new Video Streaming Platform with plans to be biggest Nollywood movie streaming service in…

South Africa: The NFVF announces the six Blingola Female Only Project

The NFVF is proud to present six (6) short films by Emerging South African women under the theme Negotiating Spaces. The project was introduced earlier in the year and female…

Cameroon: 2nd National Channel, “La Côtière”

The Director General of the Cameroon Radio and Television (CRTV) was in Douala earlier this week to report to the authorities of the economic capital the TV programmes of the…

East Africa: Digital East Africa May Take a Long Time to Achieve

The process of digital migration in East Africa seems to be running into heavy headwinds before it has hit high seas for Kenya while in Uganda a state of permanent…

Pay TV providers are right not to offer FTAs for free

Consumers Federation of Kenya has sought a meeting with CCK and Pay TV providers aimed at discussing the issue of Free to Air content not being free on the Pay…

Zimbabwe: Deceased and Ex-Staff Members On ZBC Pay Roll

Zimbabwean Govt Pays Backdated ZBC Salaries: The government has started paying up backdated salaries at the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation - ZBC and has started a verification process to ensure ghost…

Tanzania goes digital – viewers find their screens going blank

There are concerns that Africa is behind deadlines towards the global switching off of analogue broadcasts. In large part owing to its socialist roots, few would play up Tanzania’s appetite for…

Bloomberg TV Africa launches weekly football show - 'Football Dynamics' - with BSports

Football Dynamics is a fresh new studio-based show combining unique analytics from Bloomberg Sports with expert opinion to give viewers the inside track on the game’s hot topics and focus…

Sim TV: “Pay-TV piracy is not a problem, it is an opportunity”

Content piracy across Africa is still a very strong issue for audiovisual players, whether they are producers, distributors, broadcasters, lawyers or regulators.Marcio Zukin, CTO of SimTV has a different opinion…

Broadcast - In Brief

- BBLACK AFRICA TV channel is now available on bouquet CanalSat, canal 61.- East Africa – pay TV: A gripping mix of music and drama has been merged in a…

South African box office tops R202 million but local production share tiny

South Africa’s NFVF has released its first trimester box office report for South Africa which shows record box office returns of R202 million but only R4.4 million came from local…

Tunga TV Digital migration initiative launched in Rwanda

The Ministry for Youth and ICT (MYICT) in Rwanda has launched the Tunga TV digital migration initiative in Gisagara District in Southern Province which aims to drive Rwanda go digital…

Benin: ORTB modernises its flagship programmes

Several flagship programmes broadcast by the ORTB, Benin's national public TV channel, recently benefited from a CFI expertise and skills transfer initiative.From 4 to 15 March 2013, director Pascal Hendrick…

Kenya: NGB about to launch new PayTV

Kenya, like a few other countries in Africa has embarked on a migration process from the current analogue TV broadcasting to digital transmission. This process was marked by the launch…

Broadcast - In Brief

- Senegal: Musician, singer and composer, Baaba Maal, proceeded to lay the first stone of the cultural complex that will build between Podor, his hometown, and Guia, just at the…

Morocco’s SNRT one of three Arabic TV channels selected to show Maarifa

Canal France International (CFI), France Télévisions and the Arab States Broadcasting Union (ASBU) launched "Maarifa" under the aegis of the Cultural Council of the Union for the Mediterranean in April…

Nigeria: 4real TV, Ahlulbayt Islamic Channel Berths on HiTV

Nigeria's pay TV, HiTV, has once again decided to give to Nigerians and its valued subscribers a gift at a most auspicious time of celebration by its Muslim brothers. And…

South Africa: SABC Complain of Losing Viewership to Pay Channels

Increasing numbers of people able to afford pay channels such as DStv, Top TV and Mnet are causing the SABC to lose viewers, the public broadcaster complained in Parliament last…

Uganda: Record Network Sacks 32 Journalists in 9 Months

Record Network, a media house that owns both a television and radio station on 30 June 2010 sacked 12 journalists, bringing to 32 the total number of journalists that have…

Africa’s premier basketball show on SuperSport

On 05 November 2010, Supersport issued the following: “Basketball Africa” is a 30-minute show that showcases basketball on the African continent. The focus of the show is all basketball, whether…

Tunisia: Persepolis Trial Verdict Signals 'Erosion' of Free Speech

A Tunis court's decision to fine a TV boss for "spreading information which can disturb the public order" after he screened an animated French movie is a sign of the…

Ethiopia: Political Opponents Agree On the Use of Broadcasting Airtime for election

The highly controversial issue in the Ethiopian electoral politics, the allocation of airtime for contesting parties during the time of campaigns, finally has a deal agreed upon by the ruling…

GlobeCast expands and rebrands its fiber network for broadcasters

GlobeCast announced 19 July 2010 that its international fiber network, newly renamed the GlobeCast Backbone Network, now offers broadcasters the ability to not only reach new markets, but to connect…

Nigeria: “Heir Apparent” back on air

Nigeria has been described as coming back on course with the introduction of “Heir Apparent” (Nigeria's Leadership Reality Television Show) conceived by IMS Advertising Limited for the National Orientation Agency…

Nairobi TV viewers now enjoy higher quality pictures

TV viewers in Nairobi and its environs now enjoy higher quality pictures with digital broadcast. This follows activation of a platform for transmitting digital video broadcasting (DVB-T2) technology by government…

Malawi: Pirate Radio Owner Welcomes New Radio

Gabriel Kondesi, the brains behind 'Pachikweza radio' of Soza village in Southern Malawi's Mulanje has welcomed news that the district would soon have a community radio, saying this was a…

Rwanda: Orinfor to Become Public Broadcaster

The Rwanda Information Office (ORINFOR) has announced plans to become a public service broadcaster. This means that the institution will start running programmes, publications and new media outputs that are…

Broadcast News - In Brief

- South African public TV broadcaster SABC scooped two golden awards on Thursday, 18 November 2010, at the Public Sector Excellence (PSX) Awards in the brand leadership, and overall effectiveness…

Africa: Big Brother is back with Stargame!

The countdown is on for Big Brother Stargame which kicks off on Sunday 6 May at 20:00 CAT! The riveting show is set to introduce a new group of larger…

AfriDocs Film Week 18- 22nd July Sub-Saharan Africa Broadcast Presents: A WEEK OF AFRICAN STORIES – ON YOUR SCREEN

Following on from the success of 2014’s AfriDocs Film Festival on Your Screen, and once again in conjunction with the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) and DStv channel ED, AfriDocs…

StarTimes to broadcast ICC championship

STARTIMES has secured rights to broadcast live the International Championship Cup (ICC) being staged in four different locations of North America, Europe, Australia and Asia. StarTimes Tanzania Vice-President, Zuhura Hanif,…

BLACK SAILS to air on History Channel

The critically and commercially acclaimed swashbuckling adventure series Black Sails is set to take South African television by storm when it premieres on HISTORY, DStv channel 181, on Tuesday, August…

TLC Launches Chat Show for Arab Women Across Middle East and North Africa

Discovery Communications-owned pay network TLC is launching a chat show for Arab women, its first local program for the Middle East, which marks a breakthrough of sorts. It will be…

Wild TV Africa set to launch on OpenView HD

Outdoor enthusiasts and adventure lovers can look forward to non-stop action on South Africa s only 24-hour outdoor lifestyle and adventure TV channel. Wild TV Africa, which is launching on…

‘Nollywood’ documentary to premiere on Al Jazeera

Nollywood, a new documentary premiering on Al Jazeera English on Tuesday, 28 July 2015, is an inside look at Nigeria’s prolific film industry, which makes more films than Hollywood –…

Omar Sy Stars As An Undocumented Senegalese Worker In French Comedy-Drama ‘Samba’

Samba is a French comedy-drama that tells the story of an undocumented Senegalese immigrant threatened with deportation after living and working in Paris for a decade. The film, directed by…

Community TV stations withdraw from Act-SA

Two community television stations have withdrawn from the nascent body formed to represent the sector, the Association of Community Television - South Africa (Act-SA). Cape Town TV and 1KZN TV…

Pay-TV Reaches 21 Percent of TV Households in East African Community

Pay-TV has reached 21 percent of TV households in East African community, a region that consists of five member countries, namely; Kenya, Burundi, Rwanda, Tanzania & Uganda. The five countries…

ACTV Introduces Nigeria's First Cabletv Multi-Room Viewership

Lagos — Nigeria's wholly owned indigenous pay TV, African Cable Television (ACTV) has introduced the first multi-room and independent viewership solution on cable TV in Nigeria. Before this solution, the…

Times Media Films To Appeal DIA EK, Anna classification

Times Media Films, distributor of the Afrikaans language feature film Dis ek, Anna (It's Me, Anna) announced today its intention to appeal the classification after the Film and Publication Board…

Didier Reynders regrets prohibition of the viewing of the film “L’homme qui répare les femmes” in the DRC

September 4, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders regrets the decision of the Democratic Republic of Congo to prohibit the viewing…

DStv to launch dedicated Turner Broadcasting Kids’ channel, Hoolee this Christmas

Turner Broadcasting and DStv will be making African television history this summer when families all over the continent will be able to celebrate their summer break the African way! With…

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to premiere in Africa on MTV

Youth entertainment channel MTV (DStv channel 130) has acquired exclusive African TV broadcast rights to US talk show ratings winner The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon from NBC Universal International…

YFE launches My TV Toonz channel in Africa

Your Family Entertainment is launching a version of kids channel Fix&Foxi for sub-Saharan Africa on the MyTV platform owned by technology provider Strong. The channel, My TV Toonz, will have…

Entertainment Multichoice Content Showcase: New And Exciting Shows To Launch On BBC Brit In Africa

BBC WorldWide has disclosed that the BBC Brit (DStv Channel 120) which was showcased last week Tuesday, 01 September, at the MultiChoice Africa Content Showcase Extravaganza in Mauritius now has…

Broadcast – In brief

Arabsat is now offering Radiodiffusion-Télévision Ivoirienne (RTI) across the Middle East, North Africa and Europe from its BADR 4 satellite, the company announced Aug. 27. The operator began broadcasting RTI…

MultiChoice announces the removal of ONE GOSPEL Channel on DStv and GOtv platforms

MultiChoice Africa regrets to announce that from Wednesday, 30 September 2015 at 10:59pm, One Gospel on DStv channel 331 and GOtv channel 71 will no longer be available on the…

Al Jazeera empowers African women in a new series hosted Femi Oke starting this Saturday

Launching this Saturday, Women Make Change is a new series on Al Jazeera showcasing women who have started impactful local projects in Ghana, Kenya, Rwanda, Brazil, Nicaragua, and Papua New…

The 14th Cambridge African Film Festival kicks off on Saturday 16 October with Love the One you Love

The Cambridge African Film Festival (CAFF) is proud to be celebrating its 14th edition from 16 to 24 October 2015. The longest running annual African film festival in the UK,…

Anti-poaching film wins international award

The Wildlife Conservation Film Festival has announced in New York that the film Horn, directed by South African filmmaker Dr Reina-Marie Loader, has won the 2015 award for Best Conservation…

Zimbabwe Film and Television Awards (ZFTA), hosted in collaboration with the Zimbabwe International Film Festival Trust (ZIFFT)

These awards will be held during this year's Zimbabwe International Film Festival (ZIFF) with the award ceremony being held on October 9, 2015. The Zimbabwe Film and Television Awards (ZFTA)…

Hot 91.9 FM to launch on DStv audio package

Hot 91.9 FM is launching on the DStv audio package (channel 922) on Thursday, 1 October 2015. Hot 91.9 FM, launched in November 2014, is a Johannesburg-based community radio station…

Journalists In Africa’s Newest Country Fear For Their Lives

The last time R saw his friend Peter Moi alive, they talked about how he could no longer cover politics as a journalist. It was too risky. I’m only reporting…

South African Film wins Portland Film Festival 2015 and now selected for the New York Independent Film Festival

In a first for South Africa, the locally produced and filmed movie For Love and Broken Bones has won the Portland Film Festival’s main award, Best Film . Out of…

Al Jazeera channels on Nilesat position change to a new frequency

Al Jazeera Media Network has announced that its channels will be moving to a new frequency affecting viewers across the entire Middle East and North Africa region on the Nilesat…

Ethiopian Post-Apocalyptic Sci-Fi Film ‘Crumbs’ Is Headed To Theaters

Ethiopia’s “first post-apocalyptic sci-fi film” may soon be headed to a theater near you. Next month, Spanish-born writer/director/producer Miguel Llansó‘s Crumbs begins its most extensive run of dates yet, which…

SA receives three iEmmy nominations

Nominations for the 2015 International Emmy Awards were announced by the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences at Mipcom. There are 40 nominees across 10 categories and 19 countries,…

Africa Movie Academy Awards winners 2015

The 11th edition of the Africa Movie Academy Awards was held in Port Elizabeth to celebrate the best in African film. Over 300 international celebrities attended the event. The winners…

Euronews to launch Africanews in December 2015

Above: Africanews presents its project at Discop Africa 2015.  Announced for the mid-year, Euronews will finally launch the new pan-African news media, Africanews in December 2015 (or start 2016). Africanews…

Kickstart This: Series Exploring Crimes & Investigations Involving Africans Living in the USA

A Kickstarter campaign for an intriguing project - based on available info - that has my attention, and that you might appreciate as well. The production team has set a…

Triggerfish Story Lab announces expanded shortlist

Triggerfish Animation Studios has shortlisted 23 features and 12 TV series for the inaugural Triggerfish Story Lab, out of a whopping 1,378 entries from 30 countries across Africa. Triggerfish had…

GauTV debuts on DStv

GauTV, Gauteng’s very own television channel, will make its debut on DStv on 19 October 2015. Based in the heart of Johannesburg, GauTV aims to depict life in Gauteng as…

The Voice Afrique Francophone: The most beautiful voice of French speaking Africa!

LONDON, United Kingdom, 13 October 2015/ --  No production of this magnitude has ever reached this part of Africa yet. Now Voxafrica, the Pan-African television station will launch the first…

Broadcast – In brief

Cameroon Radio Television (CRTV) has announced the launch of five more channels, bringing its total to six channels. The new channels will be thematic and could be named CRTV-Sport, CRTV-Info,…

Pan-Africa Studio Restless Global taps artists to create a stunning image

PanAfrican studio Restless Global (DISCOP Africa stand E9+10) took the corporate brochure game to a new level by tapping Olalekan Jeyifous, a Nigerian-born, Brooklyn-based freelance illustrator and visual artist to…

"Crime Fighters": DW's new audio crime thriller for young Africans

Four young detective teams are the protagonists of "Crime Fighters." DW's gripping new series of radio dramas tackles challenges and perils faced by African youths. The plays address listeners in…

Gauteng Launches Local TV Station

A new Gauteng TV channel debuted on MultiChoice’s DStv satellite pay-TV platform this October. GauTV made its debut on DStv on 19 October this year. The channel is based in…

British star pays tribute to the two inspirational men who shaped his life

Award-winning British actor Idris Elba (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom) pays tribute to Madiba in the riveting documentary Mandela, My Dad and Me, which will be screened on HISTORY® (DStv…

Nigeria’s NBC taps Paywizard for digital switchover

Nigeria’s National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) and broadcast and OTT technology company, Inview, have selected Paywizard to support the country’s digital TV switchover project. Paywizard will manage customer data, subscriptions and…

Voting Opens for BBC African Footballer of the Year 2015

The BBC has announced the five contenders for this year’s BBC African Footballer of the Year award. The shortlist was revealed to football fans around the world during a special…

Catch Up problems bedevil DStv

MultiChoice has a popular VoD service in place: DStv Catch Up. MultiChoice has apologised for problems that have beset its popular Catch Up service in recent weeks and has said…

Startimes Tanzania helps dealers improve customer services

StarTimes Tanzania has urged its dealers to deliver the best customer services to their clients if they are to thrive in business amid increasing rivalry, The Citizen reported. The company…

First DTT broadcasts in Cape Verde scheduled for early 2016

The first Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) broadcasts, originally scheduled for June of this year, are due to begin in early 2016, predicted Wednesday the president of the National Communications Agency…

Broadcast – In brief

Eutelsat and Camusat have entered into a partnership agreement that will enhance turnkey connectivity solutions for mobile operators in Sub-Saharan Africa. Eutelsat will deliver satellite coverage of all African territories…

South Africa: BET ripped away from StarSat subscribers

StarSat subscribers have had their BET channel suddenly ripped away from them with no word nor warning. TVSA has been receiving queries about it through the day which strongly suggests…

South Africa urged to screen Emmy-winning Marikana film

Civil society demands South African Broadcasting Corporation screen Miners Shot Down after film scoops Emmy award. The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has been urged by activists and civil society…

DISCOPRO expands across west and east Africa

Following the record-breaking attendance which marked the 4th edition of the DISCOPRO pitching, learning and networking programme earlier this month, plans are already in motion to further develop DISCOPRO. This…

SkyVision Launches Two Broadcast Platforms Over ABS-3A Satellite to Deliver Comprehensive SD/HD Content to Customers in Africa

SkyVision Global Networks Ltd., a leading global satellite communications service provider, today announced a partnership with ABS, one of the fastest growing global satellite operators in the world, to launch…

Naspers Said to Plan Showmax Expansion to Take on Netflix

Naspers Ltd., Africa’s biggest company by market value, is planning to expand its video-streaming competitor to Netflix Inc. into three new continents next year while Samsung Electronics Co. has agreed…

A Conversation On ‘MTV Shuga,’ The African Soap Opera That Broke Lupita Nyong’o

“I think one thing the campaign is trying to do is talk about how HIV and AIDS is not a death sentence,” Lupita Nyong’o said in 2010 interview with CNN.…

DStv adds HOOLEE kids channel from December

Cape Town – MultiChoice's next pop-up channel will be the kids channel HOOLEE from Turner Broadcasting System International that will run from the beginning of December 2015 to the end…

Triggerfish named Western Cape Business of the Year

At the recent Premier’s Entrepreneurship Recognition Awards (PERA), Triggerfish Animation Studios was named the Overall Winner and Business of the Year. Triggerfish also took home the prize for the Business…

Nigeria: TrybeTV Launches Noon, 26th Nov. on GoTV Ch. 97

The Best of Nollywood and African movies, TV drama and related premium programming has a new home as TrybeTV has launched on the MultiChoice DTT platform, GoTV. The 24-hour pan-African…

African premiere, Oscar nominees and award-winners for Cape Town International Animation Festival

The Cape Town International Animation Festival has announced an African premiere, multiple award winners and Oscar nominees as part of the line up for their fifth festival. Previously called Kunjanimation,…

AFRIFF Award Winners Announced

The African International Film Festival (AFRIFF) has grown consistently over the years, and 2015 was undoubtedly their best year yet. 180 films screened from 8-14 November, with the star-studded awards…

Broadcast - In brief

Eighty-one countries have submitted official entries for the Foreign-Language Film Oscar race. The only first-time entrant this is Paraguay. Nominations for the 88th Academy Awards will be announced January 14…

South Africa: SA Film Rakes in R1.1 Million At the Local Box Office On Opening Weekend

Koos Roets's new Afrikaans movie, 'n Pawpaw vir my Darling has earned R1.1m rand after only five days on the local film circuit and has been seen by approximately 25…

Triggerfish Story Lab announces top stories from continent-wide search

Triggerfish Animation Studios has selected four features and four TV series for development from the inaugural Triggerfish Story Lab, established with the support of The Department of Trade and Industry…

Africanews goes live

Euronews’ new African channel, Africanews, was launched on 5th January 18:00 West Africa time in Congo Brazzaville. The channel, which Euronews has hailed as the first pan-African news media service,…

TVC Entertainment now on DStv

MultiChoice Africa has announced the addition of Television Continental (TVC) Entertainment, a local content channel based in Lagos, Nigeria, to the DStv platforms on 15 December 2015. The channel will…

Africa 24 Satellite News Channel To Launch With Arabic And English Content

The French-language pan-African satellite news network Africa 24 is expanding its operations to produce content in Arabic and English. The broadcaster will produce an Arabic news channel in Casablanca, while…

AFDA Filmmaker shortlisted for Oscar nomination

Nathan Rice, a student at AFDA Durban, said he was extremely humbled that he was shortlisted for a nomination. Nathan Rice's film, Homeless, has been shortlisted for a nomination for…

RTL International starts broadcasting in Southern Africa

RTL Group's new entertainment channel aimed at German speakers and ex-pats around the world has been launched in Southern Africa, namely in South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Kenya,…

DRC gov teams up with Lagardère to launch new youth TV channel

(Ecofin Fides) - The Minister of Communication and Media of Congo, Thierry Lézin Moungala, has announced the introduction of a new TV channel called Télé Congo Youth. Tele Congo Youth…

New South African Virtual Reality Short Film

Some dreams are universal. Who hasn’t looked up at the night sky and wondered what it would be like to be up there, seeing the Earth rise above the horizon…

AJ+ launches new digital experience

AJ+ – an online news and current events channel by Al Jazeera Media Network (AJMN) – has launched a new digital experience on Apple TV. This marks its first step…

Mandela Mini-Series To Air Next Year

BET says it will air a miniseries about Nelson Mandela next year, with actor Laurence Fishburne portraying the late South African leader. Stephen Hill, the network’s chief programming executive, said…

Ethiopia: From Kenya With TV

The Kenyan company Nahoo LLC, officially launched its Ethiopian channel Nahoo Satellite TV at the Golden Tulip Hotel on January 14, 2016. The TV channel, operating on its Kenyan network…

‘They Will Have To Kill Us First’ Malian Music Documentary Is Headed To U.S. Theaters

The feature-length documentary, directed by Johanna Schwartz, follows a group of musicians in Mali in the wake of the 2012 jihadist takeover and subsequent banning of music. As explained in…

SA film chosen for Berlin International Film Festival

A South African film is set to make its world premiere at the 66th Berlin International Film Festival next week. The film, Shepherds and Butchers, is based on Chris Marnewicks…

‘Jongo’ makes global TV premiere on BET

Jongo is poised to make its South African TV debut on BET (DStv channel 129) on 15 February 2016 at 21h05. The eight part series, produced by Johannesburg-based independent film…

Westgate Attack Movie To Be Filmed In South Africa, Here’s Why Kenya Was Overlooked

On a scale of one to ten, Kenya seems to be closer to one than it is to ten as one of Africa’s prime filming destinations. South Africa on the…

Jihadi film that sparked censorship row in France released with 18 certificate

A French documentary about life among jihadi groups in Africa and the Middle East, which sparked a row over censorship, has been given an 18 certificate. The rare move to…

WGSA Muse Awards announces 2016 Nominees

The Writers' Guild of South Africa (WGSA) takes great pleasure in announcing the nominees for the third annual WGSA Muse Awards. Performance writers in film, television, radio, stage, and new…

2016 European Film Market Preview: 'Wùlu' - Pitched as a "Malian Scarface" - Gets Some Attention

Paris-based international sales and co-production company, Indie sales, is now repping a Malian crime thriller titled “Wùlu,” the feature directorial debut from Malian-French filmmaker, Daouda Coulibaly. The words "Malian crime…

Experience the Power of Ghanaian Cinema in Exclusive 'Nakom' Trailer

Ghana's historical first entry in the Berlin International Film Festival tells the story of ambition, honor an familial obligation. As the first-ever Ghanaian film to be accepted into the Berlin…

2016 Pan African Film Festival offers visual diversity

As the rest of the entertainment capital remains embroiled in a discussion of the question of diversity and inclusion, the 2016 Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) is set to showcase…

African and European cities simultaneously co-host the African Film Festival-FCAT

After having celebrated the last four editions in Cordoba, the African Film Festival-FCAT will hold its 13th edition in both Tarifa, Europe's southernmost city, and Tangiers in northern Morocco, thereby…

Zimbabwe & Ghana students shine at DStv Eutelsat Star Awards

Zimbabwean student Mallon Marume scooped the first prize for artistic creativity this year’s DStv Eutelsat Star Awards announced Nairobi, Kenya yesterday. The awards celebrated rising student interest in science and…

SA documentary premieres in New York

The South African documentary Lost Tongue is set to premiere at the Socially Relevant Film Festival New York as a ‘surprise’ film. The festival is set to take place between…

South African film lays bare capital punishment trauma

Award-winning South African film Shepherds and Butchers is to premiere in South Africa "around September", says producer Anant Singh. Shepherds and Butchers, an adaptation of a novel by South African…

‘Happiness is a Four-Letter Word’ a box office success

In its opening three days Happiness is a Four-Letter Word received 45 000 attendances and gross box office receipts of R2 371 782. It was the best performing film of…

‘Youth Over Flowers - Africa’ sets record

The first episode of “Youth Over Flowers – Africa,” which premiered Friday, set a record viewership of 12.7 percent, an all-time high for the reality travel series, according to CJ…

Broadcast - In brief

A+E Networks  is bringing a new adaptation of the iconic TV series Roots to a whole new generation of viewers in Africa.  Developed by HISTORY, the eight-hour event miniseries boasts…

Robin Williams, Charlie’s Angels – what went on behind the scenes. True Movies (DStv Channel 138)

Get ready to relive three of television’s most popular series of all time when True Movies (DStv Channel 138) goes Behind The Camera with the gripping unauthorised stories of Charlie’s…

New Stefan Enslin film Verskietende Ster explores healing power of music through eyes of a gifted teen

It has been said that where words leave off, music begins. The power of music to touch us emotionally and to bring light out of darkness is at the heart…

Hold on to your microphones! Pearl Thus & D’Banj set to sizzle as hosts of “Lip Sync Battle Africa”

Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) Africa today announced the hosts for Lip Sync Battle Africa, the first localised format of the multi-platform, pop-culture phenomenon to air on the continent.   South…

Free State, the locally produced period drama has been flying the SA flag at festivals around the world.

Following the film’s international premiere at the Kolhapur International Film Festival in December 2015, it has screened at the Chennai International Film Festival, Bangalore International Film Festival, the Sangli International…

France 24 in English will soon be broadcast on public DTTV in Zambia

On Monday 8 February 2016, Marie-Christine Saragosse, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of France Médias Monde (RFI, France 24, Monte Carlo Doualiya) and Richard Mwanza, Chief Executive Officer of the…

South Africa: The National Film and Video Foundation releases 2015 Box Office Report

The 2015 box office revealed a remarkable year for theatrical releases in South African cinema industry. Gross Box Office saw an impressive growth of 36%, even though there was a…

‘The Pearl Of Africa,’ A Documentary About Love, Hate & Being Transgender In Uganda, Debuts Powerful Trailer

The Pearl of Africa tells the radical story of a 28-year-old transgender Ugandan woman, Cleopatra Kambugu, and her fiancé, Nelson. Director Jonny Von Wallström takes viewers inside their fight for…

e.tv adds new political TV drama, new religious drama to its local production slate; both shows will start broadcasting later this year.

e.tv's outgoing executive in charge of channels, Monde Twala, in his last public speech before jumping to Viacom International Media Networks Africa (VIMN Africa) as the new vice president for…

South African director to helm Hollywood action film

Director and writer Donovan Marsh, responsible for bringing South Africa’s favourite schoolboy to life on the big screen in the first two Spud films, has been chosen to direct his…

TIERs and Asurf Films release trailer for 'Hell or High Water'

The Initiative for Equal Rights (TIERs) in partnership with Asurf Films Limited have released the trailer for the highly anticipated short film Hell or High Water, starring Enyinna Nwigwe, Daniel…

The hottest television shows in South Africa revealed: TV ratings for the last week of 2015 — week 52, 21–27 December!

Using data supplied by the Broadcast Research Council of South Africa (BRCSA), this South African TV Ratings column is a weekly roundup of SA’s TV audience viewership. We reveal the…

‘Vir Altyd’ sets new record at the South African box office

South African romantic adventure film Vir Altyd has surpassed the number one spot in earnings at the local box office for Afrikaans films. After four weeks on circuit, Vir Altyd,…

Bamba TV, KTN advertisers to get one-stop-shop for marketing

Bamba TV and KTN are offering a one-stop-shop for advertisers that will enable them target both mass and customized niche markets under one platform.The two partnered in February in a…

South Africa: Threat of sanctions against Netflix refuted by Film and Publication Board

Last week South Africa's Film and Publication Board (FPB) reportedly gave Netflix a two-week ultimatum to comply with its regulations or face sanctions, but the FPB have said no ultimatum…

Zuku signs deal with three Malawi TV stations

Godfrey Itaye, Director General of Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (Macra) announced that three local television stations sealed deal to be beamed on Zuku TV, the East Africa pay TV platform.…

Muse Awards: Recognising South Africa's scriptwriters

on Saturday, 2 April 2016 to recognise and celebrate that crucial but often forgotten player in South Africas creative industries: the scriptwriter.The WGSA Muse Awards, initiated by the Writers Guild…

‘Black Bafta’s’ - the Screen Nation Film and Television Awards. - awards took place at the London Hilton Sat. 19 March 2016

The annual Screen Nation Film & Television Awards is the first & only industry related film & TV awards event celebrating the leading professionals of UK & global African Diaspora…

Local period drama Free State continues winning streak and Garners Honors at Garden State Film Festival in New York

Multi-award winning local filmmaker Sallas de Jager’s period drama feature Free State has continued its winning streak by taking the honours for Best Cinematography at the Garden State Film Festival…

BeIN launches nine new channels on April 1 2016

beIN announced the launch of nine new channels that will become available to its subscribers from April 01, 2016. These new channels add variety to the beIN portfolio and strengthen…

International producers secure the rights to “Showdown At The Red Lion” and “Masked Raiders” by Charles van Onselen for an international television drama series based upon the acclaimed books.

Johnathan Dorfman and Dave Matthews (Stolen Sky Productions, USA), David Collins (Samson Films, Ireland) and Jeremy Nathan (Zidaka, South Africa) have acquired the rights to both van Onselen books. The…

WGSA Muse Awards 2016

The third Writers Guild of South Africa (WGSA) Muse Awards took place on Saturday night, 2 April 2016, at the Soweto Theatre in Jabulani, Soweto. It was attended by leading…

Nigeria: Ipob Plans Live TV Broadcast, Massive Protest

The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has said that it will resume protest in it bid to free Nnamdi Kanu, Director of Radio Biafra and that it is putting in…

Call the Midwife to film episode in South Africa

An episode of Call the Midwife, the hugely popular BBC drama about the travails of women in London’s East End during the 1950s and early 60s, is to be shot…

Eco@Africa: Primetime for environmental issues

DW and Channels TV celebrate the launch of their new coproduction Eco@Africa at an event held in Abuja, Nigeria. The new program offers an in-depth look at the most-pressing environmental…

Al Jazeera is celebrating winning eleven Gold World Medals, six Silver and two Bronze medals at the prestigious New York Festivals awards.

This includes a Bronze in the Community Portraits category for My Nigeria, the six-part Al Jazeera documentary series showing six stories of six Nigerians, including stand-up comedian Basketmouth, fashion designer…

Film shot in South Africa in competition at Cannes

Sean Penn's The Last Face about aid workers in Africa will compete at the Cannes Film Festival this year along with movies about interracial marriage in 1950s America, illness and…

Filming Without Running Water or Electricity: Berlinale's Inspiring 'Nakom'

The first-ever Berlinale film from Ghana, Nakom was shot with no running water or electricity, with a crew of people entirely from the village.Nakom was actually made by two Americans:…

Namibia’s National Film Platform « African Perspectives » presents once again Egyptian smash hit « Cairo Drive »

On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the film series “African Perspectives”, AfricAvenir celebrates African Cinema throughout 2016. After organiszing the Namibian Premiere in 2015, we once again present…

2016 NY African Film Festival Kicks Off Today, Celebrating 50 years of African Filmmaking

New York African Film Festival – this year’s edition (the 23rd) kicks off today, running from May 4-10, with the tagline “Modern Days, Ancient Nights: 50 Years of African Filmmaking”…

Euronews presents a new programme: Aid Zone

Euronews presents Aid Zone, a new monthly 5-minute programme looking at humanitarian crisis around the world with an insight at the plight of refugees, migrants and the organisations who are…

Kyle Lewis directs Loeries promo for Native VML

Arcade Content’s Kyle Lewis directed the Creativity Unites call for entries promo for the Loeries, which will bring the advertising industry from Africa and the Middle East together in Durban,…

ZIFF 2016 Announces Film Selection with Strong East African Presence

  The Zanzibar International Film Festival has announced the final film selection for this year’s event, taking place from July 9th -17th 2016. With a record 490 films submitted from…

Kagiso Media closes Glow TV

As from 30 June 2016, the entertainment channel Glow TV will no longer be available on media platforms. The channel would like to thank its valued viewers, advertisers and the…

Again, Nollywood misses out at Cannes Filmfest

One of the world’s most prestigious and essential events for the film industry, the Cannes Film Festival, will open in Cannes, south of France on May 11. The usual ten-day…

Strong African content for DIFF 2016

This year’s edition of the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF), taking place from 16 to 26 June 2016, once more features a very strong selection of African titles.With just under…

AFDA animation film candidate for Oscars

AFDA (The South African School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance) is proud to announce the candidature of the AFDA Johannesburg 3rd year animation third year film “Swart Skaap”…

Africa Movie Academy announces full list of 2016 Nominations

The president of this year's AMAA jury, Shaibu Husseini, announced the nominations in 26 categories at a media event in Lagos.According to Husseini, AMAA received over 420 films from filmmakers…

MultiChoice may withdraw ANN7 channel as viewers complain

MultiChoice is considering pulling the plug on the Gupta-owned ANN7 news channel, which would add to the growing list of companies that have cut ties with the controversial family. The…

This New Documentary Shows an Ethiopian-American’s Journey to Connect with His Heritage

As a first generation Ethiopian-American, Nathan Araya, the director of a new documentary The Diaspora Journal, felt his adolescence was awkwardly positioned in the middle of two cultures. Neither fully…

Big fight for film festival opening night

Several resignations and a dramatic standoff over the opening-night film have made one of Africa’s most important film festivals the talk of the industry, reports Charl Blignaut ‘I am not…

'Shepherds and Butchers' withdrawn from DIFF

Producer Anant Singh and director Oliver Schmitz announced on Tuesday, 31 May, the withdrawal of their film Shepherds and Butchers from the Durban International Film Festival.Speaking from Berlin, Schmitz said,…

Namibia Welcomes Documentary ‘Tango Negro: The African Roots of Tango’

On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the film series “African Perspectives,” AfricAvenir celebrates African Cinema throughout 2016. On June 8, at the FNCC, AfricAvenir presents the Namibian premiere…

DIFF announces its 2016 programme

The 37th Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) has announced its official programme. The festival will take place at 15 venues across the city of Durban and its outlying areas from…

KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission Township Screenings Pilot

The KwaZulu- Natal Film Commission Film Commission is proud to announce its community outreach programme that will take place in townships around Durban, KwaZulu-Natal from 21 June -25 June 2016,…

Gabon launches 24-hour news channel

The first Gabonese news channel, Gabon 24, was launched Tuesday in Libreville with the ambition to offer a “quality television” on national and international news, three months before the presidential…

Pan-African Triggerfish Story Lab scores with short for Disney

Triggerfish Animation Studios is releasing A Dogshow with Cat, a South African animation short that has been licensed by The Walt Disney Company.   A Dogshow with Cat is the first…

The Africa Movie Academy Awards 2016 Winners are ..

The 2016 Africa Movie Academy Awards #AMAA2016 that honours actors, film directors and producers in the African film industry was held at a glittering ceremony in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.…

5 Films to See at South Africa’s Encounters International Documentary Film Festival

Filmmakers, fanatics and industry heads assembled on Thursday at the V&A Waterfront’s Cinema Nouveau in Cape Town for the opening night of the Encounters International Documentary Film Festival.Now in full…

Comatose explores the African perspective on euthanasia

1Take Media has begun production on Comatose, a dramatic Afro-futurism feature film set to be released in early 2017, which explores an African perspective on the euthanasia debate.Comatose stars award…

[ED] to broadcast live from the continent’s premier film festival

[ED], DStv channel 190 and GOtv channel 65, will again broadcast live from the Durban International Film Festival from 21-25 June, 2016. The Urban Brew Studios managed channel, which seeks…

Zambezi Magic and NBC to broadcast a new Zimbabwean soap

Wenera, a Zimbabwean film production currently available on Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) Television is all set to be broadcast on Zambezi Magic and Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) screens. The soapie,…

SES Reaches 2.81 Million TV Homes in Nigeria, New Study Reveals

SES S.A. (Euronext Paris:SESG) (LuxX:SESG), the world’s leading satellite operator, today announced the results of its first Satellite Monitor study on the Nigerian market, which provides insight on the important…

Controversial documentary Black Lives Matter premieres at DIFF

Black Lives Matter, directed by Joseph Oesi, is a powerful and damning indictment on the current state of affairs for tens of thousands of miners working and living in abysmal…

Zanzibar - Italian NGO ACRA to sponsor ZIFF

ZIFF announced the signing of a sponsorship agreement with the Italian NGO, ACRA. This move will not only support ZIFF, one of Zanzibar s major festival events, but also support…

Establishment of the African Audiovisual and Cinema Commission (AACC)

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, June 23, 2016/ -- The Ministers of Culture, Youth and Sports of African Union Member States have today established the long awaited African Audiovisual and Cinema Commission…

Kenya - KBC set to be split into two in pursuit of profitability

The government has moved to split state broadcaster Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC) into two companies —public and commercial— in line with proposed recommendations in a draft ICT policy.The proposed changes…

Infront secures Rio 2016 broadcast deals in key African territories

Infront Sports & Media has sealed media rights agreements in eight additional territories for broadcast coverage of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. This latest deal extends the reach and the…

Durban International Film Festival 2016 award winners

The Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) announced its award winners on the evening of 25 June at the closing ceremony of the festival s 37th edition which took place at…

DStv, Communications Department take Etv to court over digital TV

The Communications Department and MultiChoice (operating DStv) have lodged appeals at the Constitutional Court over the legal battle surrounding the roll-out of unencrypted digital terrestrial television services in South Africa.According…

South African classic The Suit makes screen debut at DIFF 2016

Based on Can Themba s iconic short story, The Suit, had its premiere at the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) 2016 on 25 June. The South African classic has been…

SA Cannes Lions 2016 Winners

The 63rd Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity took place between 18 and 25 June 2016 and saw South Africans bring home a whopping 58 wins – nearly double that…

‘Chula’ Is a Psychological Thriller Challenging the Continued Stigma Around Mental Illness in African Communities

Stigma around mental illness in African communities has detrimentally affected scores of people who have been met with condemnation and scepticism rather than serious and caring treatment. Ledet Muleta, a…

Stream (in the USA) Critically-Acclaimed Ethiopian Post-Apocalyptic Love Story, ‘Crumbs’

Miguel Llansó’s post-apocalyptic, sci-fi romance, “Crumbs” is set in an unspecified period, amid a deserted Ethiopian landscape that is the a result of a “big war.” The resplendent oddity depicts…

DIFF announces Audience Choice Awards for 2016 edition

The Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) announced the Audience Choice Awards for the best DIFF film and the top Wavescape film at this year’s festival.Under the DIFF banner, the film…

DStv adds 3 local channels in Ghana

DStv Ghana has announced the addition of three local channels, currently on GOtv platform, to the DStv platform, to increase the local content offering in Ghana. Adom TV, Joy News…

ZIFF 2016 opens with Kalushi

The Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF) 2016 kicked off on 9 July at the Old Fort Ampitheatre in Stone Town with ZIFF’s chief guest Kanul Kapur; ZIFF chairman Mahmoud Kombo;…

Cartoon Network & Urban Brew collaborates to launch Pop-Up Party in Africa

Cartoon Network, the satellite television channel airing children’s programmes owned by Time Warner through the Turner Broadcasting System subsidiary, and Urban Brew (the African content creator owned by Kagiso Media)…

Turner launches HD, dual language kids network feeds in MENA

Turner is launching high definition and dual language options for its Cartoon Network and Boomerang channels in the Middle East and North Africa.From this month the channels will be available…

Nigeria - Galaxy TV now on DStv

MultiChoice Nigeria is pleased to announce the addition of Galaxy TV, a popular free-to-air (FTA) channel from Lagos, to its DStv platform from Thursday 7 July.Galaxy TV will broadcast current…

Ethiopia’s Entry for the 2016 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar Set for September USA Release

It made its World Premiere at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, marking the very first time in Cannes Film Festival history that an Ethiopian film has screened as an “Official…

Econet Media signs up the NFL in an extensive agreement for Sub-Saharan Africa

JOHANNESBURG, 25 July 2016 – Econet Media and the National Football League (NFL) have reached an agreement that will see Econet Media’s Kwesé Sports become the exclusive linear TV broadcaster…

Viacom Africa unpacks banning of Nickelodeon’s gay dads on TV

Cape Town – Tensions flared on Thursday afternoon when Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) Africa "reassured" its DStv subscribers in South Africa and the rest of Africa that it would…

Kwese to stream Formula E Live across Sub-Saharan Africa

LONDON, UK (July 18 2016) - Fans of the FIA Formula E Championship will have live streaming access to all the track action from every season three race after an…

Hello Africa, auditions open for TLC’s Next Great Presenter

TLC’s search for its next African presenter is back! This year the popular entertainment TV channel, in association with Colgate Optic White, is looking for that special person who has…

SuperSport, MultiChoice will run 7 24-hour TV channels for the 2016 Olympic Games from Rio on DStv from 5 August, including a 24-hour Olympics news channel

SuperSport will run 7 24-hour TV channels on MultiChoice's DStv satellite pay-TV platform with coverage of the 2016 Olympic Games from 5 August, including a 24-hour Olympic Games news channel…

African Movie Channel launches Series on Azam TV

AzamTVPay TV broadcaster African Movie Channel has launched its AMC Series channel on Tanzania-based pay TV operator Azam TV’s platform. The move means that Azam TV subscribers will be able…

South Africa - 2016 Mzansi Women's Film Festival

The Mzansi Women's Film Festival (MWFF) celebrates Women's Month with its annual event that celebrates the work of women in film from South Africa and other parts of the world.The…

Disney commissions first long-form local series production in SA

Disney Africa launches its first local long-form series production in South Africa, Disney Cookabout. The series is a brand new weekly comedic adventure game-show that uses food preparation, cooking and…

Using radio to help children support each other after Ebola in Sierra Leone

Radio producer Penny Boreham and Sierra Leonean storyteller, Usifu Jalloh, travel from the UK to Kailahun district, the remote eastern area of Sierra Leone bordering Guinea and Liberia, to meet…

'The Morning Call': now LIVE daily for 60 minutes

'The Morning Call' is Africanews' flagship programme, and has won a dedicated following across the continent. This ground-breaking news bulletin is presented live from Africanews' Pointe-Noire studio by two journalists:…

Tanzania - TVI wins rights to broadcast live EPL duels

With nine days left before the English Premier League (EPL) kicks off, football fans in the country will have more to cheer as TV1 Tanzania will broadcast all EPL matches…

Loeries 2016 wrap-up

Loeries Creative Week Durban 2016 drew to a close on 21 August at the Durban International Convention Centre with a raft of awards honouring the best creative work in the…

Etisalat-powered ‘Kids Say the Darndest Things’ 2 set for viewing

Leading Children Television series, ‘Kids Say the Darndest Things’ powered by Cliqlite from Etisalat Nigeria, is set to commence nationwide airing from the 20th of August of the season 2…

Mozambican filmmakers launch crowdfunding campaign to produce first feature

Mozambican filmmakers Mickey Fonseca and Pipas Forjaz have launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise money to produce their first feature film, Resgate (which translate as Ransom). Set up on Indiegogo,…

Lost in the World’ Film Sheds Light on Corrective Rape in South Africa

Johannesburg-based filmmaker Xolelwa ‘Ollie’ Nhlabatsi’s Lost in the World shines a necessary light on the issue of corrective rape in South Africa through the story of a Johannesburg police officer…

Econet Media takes Jabu’s Jungle further into Africa

A new deal with Monster Entertainment will see telecom giant Econet Media air the animated series in 17 African countries.A new agreement with Irish distributor Monster Entertainment will see telecom…

Multi-Award winning Struggle Play Asinamali! Headed for the big screen

Shooting on Asinamali!, the film based on the multi-award-winning South African musical hit of the same name, began on 8 August.  The 1985 theatre production by famous playwright Mbongeni Ngema…

Watch quirky SA short film Lina and Leo online

Inspired by an Annie Leibovitz portrait of William Burroughs buried in a desert up to his shoulders, Lina and Leo is a quirky 20-min film, written and directed by Yolande…

CNBC Africa scoops prized Television Award

On 19 May 2011, CNBC Africa, Africa’s first 24-hour business news television channel, scooped the coveted Audio-visual Award at the Sanlam for Excellence in Financial Journalism Awards, beating more established…

Tshwane gets community TV

As from 1 June 2011 South Africa’s capital city, Tshwane, will have its own community TV station. A terrestrial platform, Tshwane Television (TTV) is in the same frequency band as…

SA: WowTV prepares for launch

Pay-TV contender Walking on Water Television (WowTV) has finally received the funding it needs to get a multi-channel broadcasting service off the ground and will have a commercial product available…

CNBC Africa scoops prized Television Award

On 19 May 2011, CNBC Africa, Africa’s first 24-hour business news television channel, scooped the coveted Audio-visual Award at the Sanlam for Excellence in Financial Journalism Awards, beating more established…

Gilat Satcom expands communication services in Zimbabwe

On June 02, 2011, Gilat Satcom, a leading provider of domestic and international fiber and satellite-based connectivity services in Africa, Asia and the Middle East, announced that it has successfully…

Four South African films to be showcased at TIFF

South Africas AAA Entertainment is heading to the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) to represent, promote and showcase the best of South African films. The team will be at TIFF…

Tuko Macho’: The Slick Kenyan Crime Series You Need to Be Watching

This September, the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival will screen Tuko Macho as part of the Primetime program celebrating the best in international television. It’s a strong endorsement for this…

Carthage Film Festival- Tunisia Selects PUSH and SHOVE

The Carthage Film Festival- Tunisia (28th October – 5th November) has confirmed the screening of the following “ PUSH and SHOVE” short films under a special program titled: “World Cinema”.…

Zimbabwe - Government cancels ZBC/Econet deal

The Government has cancelled a deal in which State-owned Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) had partnered Econet Wireless Group to broadcast English Premier League games live on ZTV, the Financial Gazette…

Tanzania bans two radio stations for 'seditious' content

Following the recent ban of Radio Five and Magic FM stations in Tanzania, the Committee to Protect Journalists has issued a statement calling for Tanzanian authorities to immediately lift the…

Nollywood Film Studio’s Rok to Launch Sky TV Channel in the UK

Rok Studios, the award-winning Nigerian film studio, is set to launch a brand new channel on Sky TV in the UK on Thursday 29 September 2016. Headed up by Nollywood…

Times Media spinning out its Business Day TV channel to create SME Zone as a new weekend TV channel extension on DStv broadcasting to entrepreneurs.

Times Media is spinning out its Business Day TV (DStv 412) channel on MultiChoice's DStv to create SME Zone as a new weekend TV channel extension from this Saturday, 17…

Trace Africa music channel will now be available in Canal offers

Trace Africa is now available on channel 202 in the option Africa in the CanalSat bouquet. The channel is a musical one offering cultural and African musical content. The African…

FOX Life launches in October

FOX Networks Group Europe and Africa (FNG) has announced the launch of a bold new Pan African channel, FOX Life on Monday 3 October 2016. Considered one of the world’s…

South Africa - M-Net gets a pop-up channel for its 30th birthday

Cape Town - M-Net will mark its 30th anniversary in October with a month-long comedy pop-up channel, M-Net Movies BlockParty, on DStv, as well as a newly produced TV special…

Nigerian military coup film showing at London's BFI Festival

A Nigerian film inspired by a real life military coup attempt, is the first Nigerian movie to be chosen by both Toronto and London's top film festivals. '76, inspired by…

Jozi Film Fest announces winners, new partnership with Discovery

The fifth annual Jozi Film festival wrapped with an Awards evening held at La Vie En Rose at Killarney Country Club. The four-day festival took place at Rosebank's Cinema Nouveau,…

These Filmmakers in Uganda Are Killing it With Their Budget Action Flicks

(WAKALIGA, Uganda) — Deep in a Kampala slum, young men kick each other while a stout man with a salt-and-pepper beard watches them, sometimes nodding in approval. With luck, a…

Local studio set to animate second Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler book ‘The Highway Rat’

Triggerfish Animation Studios – the Cape Town-based company that made its name with African-themed Hollywood films and has a talent scouting partnership with Disney – will be adapting The Highway…

Production Set for Mahamat-Saleh Haroun’s Next – ‘A Season in France’ (Starring Eriq Ebouaney)

Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, Chad’s foremost filmmaker, whose latest film – the documentary “Hissein Habre, A Chadian Tragedy” – premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May of this year, and was…

Africa’s 1st Afrobeats Dance Movie, “The Dance Movie Project” produced by Alexander “Lexx” Ore is out in Cinemas starting September 9th, 2016 across Nigeria.

Pencil Sept. 9 on your calendar, The Dance Movie Project, latest film by the Lexxistalking Entertainment franchise, will premiere in select theaters across Nigeria, at the following participating theaters around…

Rediscovering, redefining and reimagining Africa through time

The full 2016 programme will launch at 10am on Monday 26 September Africa in Motion (AiM) Film Festival runs from the 28 October – 6 November 2016 Africa in Motion…

Rok Studios Launches Nollywood TV Channel on Sky

Tuesday 27 September 2016. London. Rok Studios, the award-winning Nigerian film studio, is set to launch a brand new Nollywood channel on Sky TV, on Thursday 29 September 2016. The…

Award-winning documentary about blind Moroccan family screens on Al Jazeera

Into Darkness, winner of the Audience Award for Best Short Film at the Los Angeles Film Festival, screens on Al Jazeera English this Wednesday, 5 October 2016. Set in Taroudant,…

A poignant short film about Chinese in Africa and Africans in China takes on prejudice

“Laisuotuo” puts a face to the widespread prejudice experienced by both the Chinese in Africa and Africans in China. When independent filmmaker Carl Houston Mc Millan was growing up in…

BAFTA welcomes Nollywood for the FIRST time with the European Premiere of Obi Emelonye’s Oxford Gardens

In a remarkable first for a Nollywood film Obi Emelonye a lawyer-turned filmmaker from London premieres his small low-budget, boxing-themed movie Oxford Gardens at the British Academy of Film &…

Film on daily life events of Nigerian immigrants in South Africa set for launch

Media Productions, a multimedia outfit based in South Africa is set to premiere its new movie titled, ‘The Hearing’ in Johannesburg, South-Africa. The Chief Executive Officer of Naijozi Media Productions,…

New documentary reveals how four refugee women escaped sexual abuse to become stage stars

Four refugee women from Africa who survived extreme sexual abuse and violence found a way to heal with the help of Elizabeth Bay theatre director Ros Horin. Five years ago,…

In brief

Feature film, Noem My Skollie, has been nominated as South Africa's official selection to the 89th Annual Academy Awards (Oscars) in the category for Best Foreign Language Film Award was…

AREWA24 comes to DStv and GOtv in October

MultiChoice Nigeria is once again expanding its free-to-air (FTA) channel offerings on its DStv and GOtv platforms with the introduction of AREWA24, the first free‐to‐air Hausa‐language satellite television channel on…

South African joins NYF International Television & Film Awards 2017 Grand Jury

The New York Festivals International Television & Film Awards competition has announced the 2017 Grand Jury, which represents 34 countries on six continents and includes Peter den Hartogh of The…

Dev cuts deal to make a movie based on African indie RPG Aurion

Aurion: Legacy of the Kori-Odan developer Kiro'o Games has made a deal with film production company Good Fear Film that will see the latter making a movie based on the…

Mandela’s Gun to open Joburg Film Festival

Mandela’s Gun will have its world premiere as the opening night film at the inaugural Joburg Film Festival on 28 October 2016. A unique hybrid of spy thriller and documentary,…

In brief

Shnit International Short Film Festival in partnership with the National Film and Video Foundation and AFDA is a wrap and the Audience Award went to The Suit. Director of The…

Africa: Festival Spotlights African Women Filmmakers

Johannesburg — At the Bioscope Independent Cinema in Johannesburg's trendy, gentrifying Maboneng neighbourhood last week, the two-day HER Africa Film Festival showcased films and web series from across the globe,…

SABC1 exclusively broadcasts Khuli Chana film

SABC1 viewers will get to see an exclusive viewing of the film, Khuli Chana: Picking up the Pieces, scheduled to broadcast in a two-part series on Sunday 6 and 13…

A documentary raises questions about ‘slavery’ in South Africa’s vineyards

For centuries, workers in South Africa’s undulating vineyards were paid some of their salary in wine, a disastrous arrangement called the “dop” system that was outlawed in the early 1960s.…

French Actor/Comedian Thomas Ngijol Unveils ‘Black Snake’ – An African Superhero Movie to Compete w/ Black Panther

Two years ago on this blog, I wondered whether French actor/comedian Thomas Ngijol would be the next Omar Sy – as in a French male actor/comedian of African descent, who…

Whale Caller scoops Best African Film at Joburg Film Festival

Zola Masekos adaptation of Zakes Mdas critically acclaimed novel The Whale Caller was named Best African Film at the inaugural Joburg Film Festival. The Best Film award went to Brazilian-born,…

Filming Wraps on BAFTA-Nominated Filmmaker Rungano Nyoni’s Feature Debut, ‘I Am Not a Witch’

Principal photography wraps this week on “I Am Not a Witch,” the debut feature film from BAFTA-nominated Welsh-Zambian filmmaker Rungano Nyoni.  “I Am Not a Witch” has been shooting for…

2016 has been an awful year, unless your name is Terence Neale.

“Terence has owned 2016,” says Egg Films’ executive producer Colin Howard. “He’s the most awarded South African commercials director internationally this year; the one with the most YouTube views; and…

Idris Elba to Executive Produce Africa-Set Drama Series 'Brazza' (Exclusive)

'Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll' writer Paul Viragh will pen the script for the project, set in the criminal underworld of the Congolese capital Brazzaville. Idris Elba is…

Why Morocco is Africa's little Hollywood

In the new comedy "Army Of One", Nicolas Cage plays an American civilian who tries to hunt down Osama Bin Laden after an encounter with God, played by Russell Brand.…

“Film is my tool” A conversation with the risk-taking organizer of the first queer film festival in Uganda

A queer film festival comes to Uganda — where homosexuality is illegal  This December, several hundred film fans from around the world are expected to gather in Kampala, Uganda. There…

‘Train of Salt and Sugar’ Named Best Film at Inaugural Joburg Film Festival

JOHANNESBURG — Brazilian-born helmer Licínio Azevedo’s powerful Mozambican war drama, “Train of Salt and Sugar,” was named best film at the first Joburg Film Festival, which wrapped Nov. 5 in…

The Carthage Film Festival on very little sleep

Back in Tunis after 22 years away, the 50th anniversary of the Carthage Film Festival continues to be a revelation. Despite the colonial Cartesian logic of grand boulevards and streetcar…

Screendance Africa Short Film Screenings at the CT International Dance Festival

Join us for a special programme of short dance films spanning the whole continent, from Kenya, South Africa, Ethiopia and Burkina Faso, revealing a continent of mixed ideologies, creativity, ways…

A New Documentary Takes A Closer Look at "the Vainest Nation in Africa"

It’s called banga, and it’s an Angolan expression used to define what’s called “swagger” Stateside. First rule: the less discrete, the better. In a newly released one-and-a-half-hour documentary titled Bangaologia…

24th African Diaspora International Film Festival announces doucmentary line-up

The African Diaspora International Film Festival (ADIFF) is back for its 24th edition from 25 November to 11 December with a total of 66 films from 30 countries, including 34…

Africa Nigeria Diaspora TV Show Debuts on DSTV. others in December

The African entertainment industry has again come alive as a new Television show devoted to showcasing Nigerians in diapora tagged ‘’ Africa Nigeria Diapora TV ‘is billed to hit the…

Uganda: Top managers quit UBC jobs

Four top managers at UBC, have resigned, citing interference of members of the Board of Directors in their duties and failure by the State Broadcaster to pay salaries on time…

The African Diaspora International Film Festival celebrates the Caribbean

The 24th African Diaspora International Film Festival (ADIFF), running until 11 December 2016, celebrates Guadeloupe in collaboration with the The Guadeloupe Islands Tourist Board and the French Cultural Services with…

Sundance 2017 Preview: South African Drama ‘The Wound’ Wants to Challenge Narrow Depictions of “African Masculinity”

The 2017 Sundance Film Festival has begun unveiling its lineup with today’s announcement of the 66 films selected for U.S. Competition, World Competition and NEXT sections. Scrubbing the list to…

e.tv signs deal with Sony Pictures Television

e.tv has announced a multi-year deal with one of the world’s leading content providers, Sony Pictures Television. This deal will see e.tv constantly broadcasting fresh, high quality international content for…

Al Jazeera highlight: Rebel Education

In Kenya and Uganda, up to 80% of those in prison have never seen a lawyer, estimates African Prison Project (APP) founder Alexander McLean. A new Al Jazeera documentary looks…

Fox Sports Signs Partnership With West Africa

One of the biggest sports news announcements to take place in Africa this year, was the recent announcement by Fox Sports who signed a new multi-year partnership with the West…

Highest grossing Nollywood movies of 2016

Few days from now, we will bid farewell to 2016 and usher in 2017,with great expectations, yet the events that helped to shape the outgoing year will not be forgotten…

Announcement of the WGSA MUSE Awards 2016 Finalists

The Writers’ Guild of South Africa (WGSA) takes great pleasure in announcing the finalists for the WGSA Muse Awards 2016, set for 11 February 2017. At the event, performance writers…

The Wound to premiere at Sundance Film Festival

Independent production house Urucu Media, the company behind the multiple award-winning drama Necktie Youth, could not have asked for a stronger start for their latest film. The Wound will make…

‘Chibok Girls’ film premieres in U.S.

A film dedicated to telling the story of the kidnapped Chibok schoolgirls, “Waiting for Hassana”, will be premiered in the U.S. on Friday. This is contained in a statement by…

'The Wound' Review: A Tough Tale

Ever more generously represented on the festival circuit, the coming-of-age drama has developed as clearly inscribed a template as any genre in the contemporary filmmaker’s playbook — growing up, after…

Omotoso's latest project chosen for Berlinale Co-Production Market

Johannesburg-based filmmaker Akin Omotoso, fresh from the success of his latest movie Vaya, will be taking his next project, Waiting for an Angel, to the 14th edition of the Berlinale…

AMC Launches New Blockbuster Series, Asunder on StarTimes

StarTimes viewers are set for more exciting moments and delightful viewing on television as popular entertainment channel, African Movie Channel (AMC) launches its first TV series, ASUNDER, a 65-episode analytical…

Fifth season of MTV Africa's Shuga sex drama filmed in South Africa will be set in a fictionalised Soweto called Zenzele; adds Nigerian artists.

The 5th season of MTV Africa's Shuga, filmed for the first time in South Africa, is bringing a South African flavour to the mix but is toning down its overt…

Watch the trailer for ‘The Lost Café’ – A film by Kenneth Gyang

Peridot and Cinema Kpatakpata are proud to announce the release of the trailer for their beautiful poignant film, The Lost Cafe. The film is an uplifting story about a girl's…

‘The Wedding Party’ Becomes Highest Grossing Nollywood Movie Since Groundbreaking ‘Living in Bondage’ in 1992

Kemi Adetiba’s romantic comedy, “The Wedding Party” just released last month – December, 2016 – has become the highest grossing movie in the history of Nollywood since the groundbreaking “Living…

The Suit makes waves in Canada

Multiple award-winning South African short film “The Suit” has been selected for two ground-breaking Canadian film festivals as it continues to impress audiences and critics across the globe. Written and…

Globecast provides complete contribution and distribution services for the Total Africa Cup of Nations 2017 in Gabon

PARIS — 7th Feb 2017— From 14th January to 5th February, Globecast, ensured the successful international coverage of the 31st Total African Cup of Nations 2017 from Gabon. Globecast provided…

Zee World celebrates its second anniversary

Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited (ZEEL) has announced the successful completion of two years of Zee World, the first English-dubbed Bollywood channel in Africa. The channel was launched on DStv 166…

M-Net seals deal with STUDIOCANAL to bring series in Africa

M-Net, the subscription-based television channel broadcast in South Africa, has signed an agreement with STUDIOCANAL, the French film production and distribution company and a unit of Canal+ Group. M-Net will…

Winnie wins Directing Award at the Sundance Film Festival

The Sundance Film Festival (USA) announced this weekend that Pascale Lamche won Best Director: World Cinema Documentary Competition for Winnie, her film about the South African political icon Winnie Madikizela-Mandela…

Q&A with director of short film on The Black Mambas anti-poaching unit in South Africa

Mongabay spoke with Dan Sadgrove about the impetus for his film “The Rhino Guardians,” his experience going on patrol with The Black Mambas, and why the film is about much…

Alain Gomis' film Félicité wins a Silver Bear at Berlin - Film Review:

Alain Gomis' character study of a struggling single mother in Kinshasa evolves into something far more sensually complex than it initially seems. Life is what happens while you’re busy making…

SAFTAs 2017 award nominees announced

The South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTA) 11 Golden Horn nominee’s announcement was made on 16 February 2017, in Bryanston at The Forum. The SAFTAs 11 breakfast was attended…

Tess receives two SAFTA nominations ahead of its cinema release

The feature film Tess, helmed by Meg Rickards has received two SAFTA nominations – Best Actress for Christia Visser and Best Achievement in Scriptwriting for Tracey Farren – as it…

South Africa - RapidLion 2017 Kicks Off

From the 5 March to the 12 March RapidLion 2017 also known as The South African International Film Festival will bring 140 films from 40 countries to The Market Theatre…

Egypt’s African Cinema Club unleashes potential of continent’s film industry

On the beats of African music, Egypt has recently celebrated the inauguration of its first African Cinema Club at the Cairo Opera House’s Hanager Cinema, pinning its hopes that such…

Fespaco 2017 to focus on training, audio-visuals

The 25th edition of the Pan-African Film and TV Festival of Ouagadougou (Fespaco) will be held from February 25-March 4, under the theme “Training, Cinema and Audio-Visual Trades.” The purpose…

WGSA Muse Awards a roaring success

The 4th edition of the prestigious WGSA Muse Awards took place on Saturday the 11th of February at the Market Theatre in Newtown, Johannesburg. Attended by prominent writers, media practitioners…

Alamork Marsha Makes Feature Debut with “Operation Solomon” Drama, ‘Fig Tree’ (On the Fate of Ethiopian Jews)

Ethiopian-Israeli filmmaker Alamork Marsha is developing her feature film debut, “Fig Tree,” which is based on her experiences as a child in war-torn Addis Ababa in 1991. The script, which…

South African short film wins international Sci-Fi award

Tears in the Rain – the locally shot short film – has picked up one of the major awards from the SciFi Underground Film Fest which took place in Munich…

Senegalese film scoops top award at FESPACO

Ouagadougou - Felicite, a tale about a nightclub singer who has to scrape together funds to pay for her son's treatment after a road accident, scooped the top prize on…

Martin Scorsese’s Film Foundation Unveils African Film Heritage Project

Martin Scorsese’s Film Foundation has unveiled the African Film Heritage Project to locate, restore, and preserve African films in a partnership with the Pan African Federation of Filmmakers and UNESCO.…

Anti-colonial film gets rave reception at Africa fest

A film raging against colonialism and the exploitation of Africa wowed viewers at the continent's top cinema festival Wednesday, winning shouts of approval at a screening packed to bursting point.…

See stars nominated for 2017 Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards

All is set for the Prestigious Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (AMVCA) 2017 in honour of Africa’s best in the movie industry. According to M-NET, owners of Africa Magic and…

Nollywood Short Films: Aesthetics & Evolution of an Industry (Video)

Not-so long ago, if a filmmaker mentioned making a short film here in Nigeria, they’d likely get one of these reactions: “What’s that?” “How much money can I make from…

Burkina Faso Film Festival Fespaco Defies Islamist Menace

On the dusty streets of Burkina Faso's capital Ouagadougou soldiers searched visitors to the pan-African Fespaco film festival on Thursday night after they'd emptied their pockets and passed through a…

Sowing the seeds of change in South Africa

The first time Elizabeth Vibert entered the thinking garden in a village in South Africa, she was blown away by what she saw. Women, mostly over the age of 60,…

In brief

While the luminaries of the African film world descended on Burkina Faso last week for the start of Fespaco, the biannual pan-African film festival holding its 25th edition Feb. 25-March…

Startimes launches digital TV sets in Kenya

Pay Television Company StarTimes Media (Kenya) has announced the roll out of a new business unit, marking the entry of the StarTimes digital television sets in the Kenyan market. The move…

Full List of Winners at SAFTA's 2017

South African film and TV stars were celebrated and honoured at the 11th annual Saftas ceremony held at Sun City. The ceremony was hosted by Katlego Maboe and Thando Thabethe.…

Africa Shines At Inaugural Francophone Film Festival

One would think the inaugural Francophone Film festival Kampala would be just about Europe, and France in particular, but the festival ended up a West African francophone countries' affair. Showcasing…

'Trophy' film tackles African hunting and conservation

The new documentary Trophy opens in a sprawling corner of South Africa run by John Hume, who is praised by some as protecting the continent's rhinos from extinction and vilified…

Classics in the Park celebrates Ghana at 60 with Kwaw Ansah

Africa Film Society's free outdoor film showcase 'Classics In The Park' will feature legendary Ghanaian Filmmaker, Kwaw Ansah for its 7th Edition. Slated for March 25th, 6pm at Akola Boni…

Diamond TV in Zambia launched on GOtv

Formerly known as Mobi Television, Diamond TV was launched on GOtv platform where it can be accessed on Channel 99 in Zambia. The announcement was made by Costa Mwansa, the…

Lionsgate Is Developing an Action-Drama Film on Yasuke – The First Black Samurai

Yasuke (believed to have lived during the 1500s) was a samurai of black African origin who served under the Japanese warlord Oda Nobunaga in 1581 and 1582. The name “Yasuke”…

Zambia’s First Musical Feature Film To Debut at Pan-African Film Festival in Cannes

  LUSAKA, ZAMBIA – The first African musical film to be produced in Zambia will be debuted at the Le Festival International du Film PanAfricain in Cannes on April 8,…

ABS Broadcast launches AMC’s Nolly Africa channel

ABS Broadcast, the privately-owned playout and broadcast services provider, has launched yet another channel for Africa Movie Channel (AMC) on the Nigerian platform, Inview. The new channel is a Nollywood…

In brief

The hot-selling Italian mafia series Gomorrah continues its international roll-out. Beta Film has sold the Sky Italia mega-hit to M-Net, the biggest subscription TV network in Africa, where it will…

Cannes: Directors’ Fortnight Lineup Includes Rungano Nyoni’s Feature Debut, ‘I Am Not a Witch’

Included in the line-up of the Directors’ Fortnight (French: Quinzaine des Réalisateurs) section held in parallel to the Cannes Film Festival – is “I Am Not a Witch,” the debut…

Dora's Peace scores big in Boston but is 'still trying to win SA's love'

  South African film Dora's Peace walked away with two awards at the prestigious Boston International Film Festival this past weekend but its cast and director maintain that it has…

Major honour in Europe for South African short film

South African short film “The Suit”, written and directed by Jarryd Coetsee, and based on the celebrated short story by Can Themba, will be shown to audiences in Paris, Brussels,…

Annecy Bows African Animation Contest With AAN and Discop

Africa’s burgeoning animation scene got a boost this week with the announcement of an ambitious new partnership that will pair rising talents from across the continent with one of the…

M-Net wins big at Saftas 2017

Johannesburg - M-Net’s local content investment strategy paid off when its channels collectively won 36 Golden Horns, scooping some of the biggest awards - Most Popular Soap, Best Soap, Best…

Rwanda: Mashariki Film Festival Awards Best Filmmakers

Of the six, two were Rwandans. Emmanuel Harris Munezero’s short film, It Works, scooped the accolade for Best Short Fiction Film, while Habib Kanobana’s film, Football For Peace scooped the…

The 2017 New York African Film Festival Opens

The 2017 New York African Film Festival (NYAFF) opened on Wednesday, May 3rd at the Walter Reade Theater of Film Society of Lincoln Center. Join AFF for the 24th edition…

Resourceful filmmakers headed for Helsinki African Film Festival

Nomfundo, a short film produced by Passion Seed Communications, has been selected for the 8th edition of the Helsinki African Film Festival. The festival will take place in Helsinki between…

Film sheds new light on gender issues

A black Isle film-maker’s documentary showing what it was like to grow up as an intersex or transgender person in Nairobi has been handpicked for a special screening at Eden…

She Calls Her Movies 'Afro Bubble Gum Art'

When Wanuri Kahiu took to the TED Fellows stage this week in Vancouver, the 36-year-old had on green shoes and a beaded necklace worn like a crown — a hint…

Anglophone region of Cameroon hosts international film festival

Cameroon’s International Film Festival (CAMIFF) kicked off this week in Buea – the capital of the Southwest Region in the English speaking part of the country., This is coming after…

Cannes: South Africa Brings Crowd-Pleasing Pics to the Market

“The South African showcase is a display of our country’s offering to the world and is evidence of the potential we have as a country to be valuable contributors to…

Ghana film(s) for the Oscar - A difficult venture!

The Academy of Motion Picture And Sciences (AMPAS), which organises the most prestigious and highly-revered film awards in the world, also known as the Oscar, is set to give Ghana…

Encounters, Africa’s Premier Documentary Festival announces its 2017 film line-up

From Oscar- nominated I Am Not Your Negro to Sundance winner Winnie and Nick Broomfield’s brutally realistic film of Whitney Houston - Whitney: Can I Be Me - these are…

Vibrant young cast shine in new feature film Nul is Nie Niks Nie’

‘Nul is Nie Niks Nie’, a heart-warming and darkly amusing new film about life, death and everything in between, tells the story of three friends living in a sleepy town…

MTN Bushfire partners with TRACE Africa

MTN Bushfire festival has partnered with TRACE Africa as the official media partner of the 2017 edition, which takes place from 26 to 28 May in the Malkerns Valley, Swaziland.…

'Catching Feelings' to make world debut at LA Film Festival

Johannesburg [South Africa], May 12 : It's a big news for South African stand-up comedian Kagiso Lediga as his directorial debut film 'Catching Feelings' will be premiered at the 23rd…

Turner Africa Sees Gold!

Johannesburg, 15 May 2017 – Cartoon Network Africa, Africa’s leading animated, kid-focused channel has walked away with two notable accolades at the first ever African SABRE Awards, which was held…

Nigerian movies top 2017 AMAA nomination list

African Movie Academy Awards announces nomination for 12th edition. Nollywood movies got the highest number of nominations on the list for the 2017 Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA). The list…

Uprize! documentary makes its South African debut at Encounters Film Festival

Following its world premiere at the prestigious FESPACO and recent showing at New York's African Film Festival, Uprize! makes its South African debut by opening up the Johannesburg leg of…

‘Skulls of My People’ documentary explores why Namibia is a “time bomb”

Germany is in negotiations with Namibia about the phrasing of the first official apology for General von Trotha’s extermination orders that led to the murder of around 100 000 Ovaherero…

Ghanaian entries top the 2017 Golden Movie Awards Africa

The 2017 Golden Movie Awards Africa will be taking place in Accra on 8 July with Ghanaian entries topping the list. Director of GMAA, Mimi Andani announced that unlike the…

Nigeria to host Africa’s 1st Cinematography Festival

In what is looking like a confirmation of its top-end status as Africa’s leading motion picture industry, Nigeria is set to play host to the first-ever Africa Cinematography Festival of…

Cannes satire takes jab at African 'witchcraft' accusations

Cannes (France) (AFP) - Being accused of witchcraft is no laughing matter in Africa -- but movie director Rungano Nyoni decided a dose of humour was just what was needed…

The 9 semi-finalists of the Annecy - MIFA Pitches Animation du Monde at DISCOP Abidjan announced!

19 animation projects in development were received from 8 countries which covered the length and breadth of the African continent. The top 9 semi-finalists for the Annecy - MIFA Pitches…

This film deals with the complexities of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela's life

Johannesburg - For most of her life, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela has offered South Africa the ultimate gift: Herself. It was always going to be a tall order for French director Pascale…

In brief

First prizes for KFC in radio and Iziko Slave Lodge Museum in print led the way for another rewarding awards night for Ogilvy SA at the 2017 Creative Circle Ad…

New local soapie features a provocative script and great performances

The new drama series on e.tv, Harvest, sees three women forced to take the reins of a dagga-growing empire after the deaths of their husbands. by Grethe Kemp Celia (Masasa…

SuperSport introduced new line-up for sport channels

DStv has announced new 14 SuperSport channels including one eSports channel and the new channel line-up will take effect on 4 July. The firm declared: “less duplication of sports across…

AAN announce the Annecy - MIFA Pitches Animation du Monde TOP 6 of DISCOP Abidjan!

After a tense round of competition, 9 of the top African animation projects in development went head-to-head at DISCOP Abidjan in the first semi-final of the inaugural Pan-African Annecy -…

Local studio Trigerfish Animation just keeps winning

Johannesburg - Multiple award-winning South African film and entertainment company Triggerfish Animation added to its considerable award tally by clinching three more, on three continents, last weekend. The studio’s animated…

Terence Neale becomes first SA director to win Cannes Lions Grand Prix

Original Is Never Finished Egg Films’ director Terence Neale became the first South African director ever to win a Grand Prix at Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, the world’s…

Durban shishanyama and prison to screen movies for international film fest

In what is likely a first for South Africa, an international film festival will use a township tavern as one of its screening venues, and a local prison as another.…

South Africa: Local film’s feminism

A Woodstock-born filmmaker has a future shining brighter as she has landed herself a gig on a Smirnoff campaign titled Change Makers. Through the campaign 23-year-old Jabu Newman is celebrated…

Asian film festival opens in Nigeria

ABUJA, July 3 (Xinhua) -- The first Asian film festival in Nigeria opened in the capital Abuja on Monday, with an aim of promoting interaction between Nigeria's film industry, the…

Krzysztof Krauze’s Rwanda Genocide Film Premiers Three Years After His Death

Polish film director Joanna Kos-Krauze showed her film ‘Birds are singing in Kigali’ at the 52nd International film festival in the western Bohemian spa of Karlovy Vary. Kos-Krauze started working…

KZNFC supports the Durban International Film Festival

The KwaZulu Natal Film Commission (KZNFC) has once again partnered with the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF). DIFF is currently in its 38th year. The KZNFC is especially excited about…

Durban Film Festival Kicks Off With Big Lineup of African Works

The 38th Durban International Film Festival kicks off Thursday, with a big lineup that reflects its location and status as South Africa’s longest-running film fest. Of the 225 features, short…

Kenyan FTA channels on DTT platform reduced to 60

The number of Kenyan free-to-air television channels on the digital terrestrial platform fell to 60 from 66 at the end of December 2016. The Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) said…

Tanzania: Awards Galore Lights Up ZIFF's 20th Edition

Just back from Zanzibar THERE was not a vacant seat within the Old Fort in Stone Town, Zanzibar on Saturday night's 2017 Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF) awards ceremony. Within…

#AMAA2017: Ghana’s ‘Keteke’ and ‘Black Barbie’ nominated for 2017 African Movie Academy Awards

Ghana’s ‘Keteke’ and ‘Black Barbie’ have been nominated for the 2017 African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA). Peter Sedufia’s ‘Keteke’ received multiple nomination including Best Comedy and Best Actress in a…

Full list of winners at 2017 AMAA

Senegalese movie, Felicite, emerged the biggest winner of the night at the 13th African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA). The movie won six AMAAs, the most of all the contenders. Felicite…

DIFF award winners for 2017

The Durban International Film Festival announced its award-winners on Saturday 22 July 2017 at the 38th DIFF Awards ceremony which took place at the Playhouse. The Minister in the Presidency,…

GFC supports major local movie, Zulu Wedding

This year's big romantic movie hit is likely to be Zulu Wedding, first supported by the Gauteng Film Commission as a short film in 2012, and now developed into a…

Ngema movie to close #DIFF2017

Renowned South African writer, lyricist, composer, director and theatre producer Mbongeni Ngema’s Asinamali will be the closing film at the Durban International Film Festival on Sunday (July 23). Renowned South…

Discovery Channel announces finalists for its Jozi Film Festival award

The search for the winner of Discovery Channel s brand new award category at the sixth annual Jozi Film Festival has heated up. After receiving over 200 entries from across…

Film Blog: We now have a date for the Lights Camera Africa!!! 2017 Film Festival 29 September to 1 October 2017.

Ugoma Adegoke, who is the curator of the annual event. It will be held at the Federal Palace Hotels, Victoria Island in Lagos. Even though it is primarily a film…

New Krotoa film reveals life of that' Khoi woman

A new local biopic on Khoi historical figure Krotoa opens on circuit this week after raking in eight international festival awards so far. Grethe Kemp speaks with director Roberta Durrant…

‘Trophy’ Trailer Offers a Complicated Look at Big-Game Hunting

One of the more controversial, much-discussed documentaries to come out of Sundance this year was Trophy, the latest film from Shaul Schwarz (Narco Cultura) and Christina Clusiau. Taking a deep,…

The Dark Tower filmed South Africa as other reality

The movie adaptation of Stephen King’s novel saga The Dark Tower filmed partly on location in South Africa, using the country as a stand-in for a fantastical alternate reality. Directed…

Mbithi Masya’s award-winning Kenyan film Kati Kati comes to Showmax

Johannesburg - Mbithi Masya’s multi-award-winning debut feature, Kati Kati, is now streaming on Showmax. When Kaleche (Nyokabi Gethaiga), a young amnesiac, wakes up in the middle of the wilderness, she…

Morocco hosts African Film Festival to promote local film-making

The 20th edition of African Cinema Festival will take place in the Moroccan central city of Khouribga from Sept. 9-16, the organizers announced in a statement on Tuesday. The festival…

AFRIFF and the Ford Foundation are on a mission to empower the next generation of female Nigerian filmmakers

Yesterday, the latest beneficiaries of the AFRIFF/Ford Foundation scholarship in filmmaking, as well as their benefactors gathered on the 9th floor of the CBC Towers in Lekki to share their…

Philip K Dick’s work is coming to TV

If you’re a hard science fiction fan, it’s likely the works of one Philip K Dick need no introduction. If you’re reaction to that headline is “Philip K who?” here’s…

ZIFF embraces African films

ORGANISERS of the Zimbabwe International Film Festival last week said this year’s edition of the fiesta — to be held in collaboration with the International Image Film Festival (IIFF) —…

Tulips and Chimneys prove they’re worth their salt with new Cerebos animation

Snow, Tulips and Chimneys’ new animation, is the first television commercial in over 20 years for Cerebos, South Africa’s favourite salt brand. They jumped at the opportunity to add another…

GOTv adds three new free-to-air channels

GOTV has launched additional three Free-to-Air, FTA, channels on its platform. Speaking on the launch of the channels, Managing Director, MultiChoice Nigeria, John Ugbe, said: “We are very excited about…

Documentary Filmmaker Yaba Badoe knows how to #MAKEITHAPPEN

For Women’s Month, we are profiling inspiring women who are making a difference in Africa. We’re bringing you innovators, creatives, entrepreneurs and influencers whose stories of success will inspire you…

Black Star Film Festival opens in Accra

The second edition of the Black Star International Film Festival has opened in Accra with a call on Ghanaian filmmakers to tell the Ghanaian story. Speaking at the opening ceremony…

amaXhosa king seeks to halt gay initiation film

Cape Town – amaXhosa king Zwelonke Sigcawu is seeking to halt the distribution of a film depicting a homosexual relationship during the traditional amaXhosa manhood initiations, saying there are limits…

Ngema’s Asinamali in the major cinemas in March 2018

Asinamali, the musical directed by Mbongeni Ngema, will be released on the commercial circuit in South Africa in March 2018. However it will go on limited release on 15 September…

Woodwind in competition at Cape Town International Film Festival

South African director Fin Manjoo’s debut feature film, Woodwind has been selected in the official competition at the 10th Cape Town International Film Festival. This year the festival moved from…

Cinema Nouveau hosts the Turkish Film Festival

Continuing in its efforts to bring the best of foreign language films to local audiences, Cinema Nouveau will host the 5th Turkish Film Festival from 29 September until 22 October…

Five Fingers for Marseilles competes in Toronto

Five Fingers for Marseilles, a contemporary South African Western set in the rugged badlands of the Eastern Cape, will be in official competition at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival…

Tanzania: Nepal Africa Film Festival in offing

KATHMANDU, Sept 6: The sixth edition of Nepal Africa Film Festival-2017 is all set to begin from September 18 at Russian Center of Science and Culture, Kamalpokhari. According to a…

'Nomfundo' selected for Africa On Screen Festival In Australia

Nomfundo, a short film produced by Passion Seed Communications, has been selected for the 2nd edition of the Africa On Screen Festival. The festival will take place in Melbourne, Australia…

The TV channel Carthage+ to be launched in Tunisia

In Tunisia, the general television channel Carthage + will soon be launched. The new station completed its experimental broadcast period, begun in August 2017, on the 11393 verticals (symbol rate…

Sudan’s ‘A Kasha’ Wins Two Prizes at Venice Film Festival’s Final Cut Workshop

VENICE, Italy – Sudanese director’s Hajooj Kuka’s “A Kasha,” an offbeat romancer set against the backdrop of Sudan’s civil war, has emerged as the standout title at this year’s Final…

Africa in Motion announces finalists for short film competition

Africa in Motion Film Festival is delighted to announce the final short lists of its annual Short Film Competition. The short films will be screened on Monday 30 October 2017…

Cape Town Film Market and Festival – Developing the industry and celebrating film

The Cape Town International Film Market & Festival will take place from October 12th – 21st 2017 at the V & A Waterfront, with 10 days of film screenings at…

Nollywood the world's second largest film industry lands in Toronto

Inaugural Nigerian festival lines up a dozen flicks from Nigerian-Canadian producers in an effort to introduce African cinema to a North American audience. Right in the thick of the Toronto…

Akin Omotoso’s Award-Winning Feature Vaya goes on limited release for Oscar qualifying run

Akin Omotoso’s award-winning feature film examining the lives of a group of strangers who arrive in cosmopolitan Johannesburg to fulfil various personal missions, goes on limited release at Cinema Nouveau,…

Five Fingers for Marseilles Oscar Qualifying Screening in Cape Town

‘Five Fingers for Marseilles’, a contemporary South African Western set in the rugged badlands of the Eastern Cape, will screen for seven days at Ster-Kinekor Tygervalley in Cape Town. This…

Moroccan film ‘Razzia’ Shortlisted in Oscar 2018 Best Foreign Movie Pre-selection

Two years after his much-heralded prostitute drama “Much Loved” was banned in his home country, Moroccan auteur Nabil Ayouch made it to the pre-selection of Oscar 2018 in the Best…

Inexba’s Oscar Qualifying screenings in Joburg and Cape Town

Multi-award-winning South African film ‘Inxeba’ (The Wound), a powerful and complex tale of closeted sexuality, will screen for seven days at Cinema Nouveau Rosebank Mall in Johannesburg, and at the…

Film fest at Labia touches on addiction

The Cape Town Recovery Film Festival returns for its fifth year, continuing its focus on films about addiction and mental health. The festival is taking place at the Labia in…

Nearly New UK DTT transmitter equipment goes on sale – exclusive offer

Close on the heels of the main digital switchover in the UK, the Government decided to release further bandwidth. The 800 MHz frequency bands were cleared, and, following the pattern…

Kenya’s radio advert spend largest in Africa

Radio remains the key mode of advertising in Kenya, despite Internet access being the fastest growth industry in the Kenyan market. Over 67 per cent of the country’s population uses…

Commonwealth endorses Ndiva Women's Film Festival

The Royal Commonwealth Society, a major Commonwealth body has endorsed the Ndiva Women’s Film festival (NWFF), slated to run from November 1st until November 3rd 2017, in Accra. Speaking to…

AfriDocs on BET Celebrates Music in October

Its all about the music as AfriDocs celebrates the lives of Bob Marley and Fela Kuti amongst a host of music-focused documentaries. The month kicks off with Kevin MacDonald's acclaimed…

Welcoming the strangers among us – Africans in Israel’s Levinsky Park

In 2012, while visiting her daughter in Tel Aviv, Beth Kruvant happened upon a controversial spot. Levinsky Park had become a meeting place and sometimes a makeshift home for up…

South Africa’s official selection to the Oscars is INXEBA/The Wound!

 The NFVF assembled a South African Academy Awards Selection Committee, comprising of professionals from the various fields of the film making value chain. The committee sat over three days to…

SA zombie story in Slamdance semis

Cape Town - A local screenplay about a post-apocalyptic South Africa has made it to the semi-finals of the 2017 international Slamdance Competition. Raoul Dyssell’s PreZident is an action-horror about…

The V&A Waterfront finally gets its own TV series

Showmax and kykNET have released the first trailer for Waterfront, a star-studded family noir set in the dark underbelly of one of South Africa’s most popular tourist attractions. Boat-building patriarch…

South Africa up for a hat-trick at the International Emmys

Revolting Rhymes is nominated in the Animation category at the International Emmy Kids Awards, where it's up against Oddbods, Siesta Z, and Trude's Flatmate. Produced by Magic Light Pictures, Revolting…

Africa In Motion brings banned, censored and forgotten films to Scotland

Banne4d, censored, damaged and forgotten classic films from Africa will be showing across the UK this autumn thanks to a project led by three of Scotland’s leading African cinema experts.…

Kagiso Lediga premieres two films at CTIFM&F

Fresh from showcasing their latest films at international festivals, Diprente Films are giving South Africans the chance to watch their new films, Catching Feelings and Matwetwe at the Cape Town…

Rwanda Film Festival is back

Rwanda’s flagship film event, the Rwanda Film Festival is back. In its 13th edition this year, the festival will run from October 23rd-29th at various locations not only in Kigali,…

Potato Potahto Heads To African Cinemas - Set To Premiere In Nigeria, South Africa And Ghana

Following a series of successful screenings in some of the biggest festival across the globe, West African romantic comedy ‘Potato Potahto’ will kick off its cinematic releases across the continent…

Phoenix Films presents two films at the 2017 Richard Harris International Film Festival

Phoenix Films and Valhalla Productions are excited to announce that two of their proudly home-grown films will be screening at the renowned Richard Harris International Film Festival in Ireland this…

Krotoa bags 9th international award

Cape Town - Krotoa has won its 9th International Award at the Montreal International Black Film Festival in Canada by scooping the award for Best Narrative Feature. The 13th Montreal…

Vaya showcases some of the country's most exciting new and established talent

Akin Omotoso’s award-winning feature film, Vaya, which releases at cinemas nationally on 27 October, is a riveting tale of innocents adrift in an uncaring, often dangerous metropolis and brings together…

Ciclope appoints local industry leaders to its Grand and Executive Jury

Ciclope, a leading international festival that recognises and rewards exceptional craft in moving image, has invited four prominent figures in the South African film industry to sit on the jury…

Disney Cookabout nominated for Emmy award

Disney Africa and Penguin Films are proud to share that Disney Cookabout has been nominated for an International Emmy Kids Award in the category of Best Non-Scripted Entertainment, following the…

In brief

Nigerian owned Telcomm Satellite TV has launched its satellite television offering, TSTV Africa, to offer customers an alternative to Multichoice's DSTV. TSTV Africa will be available from 1 November 2017.…

Bringing African stories to the world: free webinar for animators and storytellers

On Saturday, 4 November 2017, animators and storytellers across Africa will be able to hear first-hand what it takes to develop TV series for worldwide distribution. During an Animate Africa…

Reset — Lights, camera, AFRICA!! 7th Edition

The 7th edition of Lights Camera AFRICA!! Film Festival recently concluded. Held from September 29 to October 1, an eclectic collection of films from African Filmmakers around the world were…

African Toons Take Off as Regional, Global Partnerships Blossom

Africa’s toon boom took center stage in Johannesburg last week, as the continent’s animation biz got a boost from organizers of the Discop TV market Oct. 25-27. A packed agenda…

'The Sound of Animals Fighting' with Emile Hirsch ahead of AFM

Paris-based sales company Versatile has boarded international sales on South African director Sibs Shongwe-La Mer's Sao Paolo-set thriller The Sound Of Animals Fighting, starring Emile Hirsch and Alice Braga, in…

Ghana movies shine at Film Africa 2017

Particular focus will be on women’s stories and films from Ghana to mark her 60th independence anniversary at on-going London's Film Africa 2017 festival which opened on Friday, October 27.…

Ethiopian migrant turns perilous journey into film

Ethiopian migrant Zekarias Mesfin surprised his audience by arriving in a coffin to the premiere of his film depicting his migration across Sudan and Egypt Zekarias Mesfin spent months making…

State of the Arts: What to See at the Upcoming Love Queer Cinema Week, Nov 1-5

The China-Africa short films screening (Nov 4, 1pm) is one not to be missed as it looks to answer questions regarding other queer subjectivities and experiences and how they relate…

SA Filmmaker Zwelethu Radebe wins shnit Worldwide Shortfilmfestival's Made in South Africa Award for THE HANGMAN

At an exciting finale event held at iKhaya Lodge in Gardens, Cape Town last night, 22 October, filmmaker Zwelethu Radebe from Soweto, Johannesburg won shnit Worldwide Shortfilmfestival's "Made in South…

AFRIFF 2017: Excitement, passion and the world premiere of Kenneth Gyang’s The Lost Café

The first full day of the 2017 Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF) was loaded with activities from start to finish. Perspectives from behind the camera, an interesting keynote conversation bothering…

Mozambique war-time Western scoops top prize at Carthage

TUNIS: The story of an epic train journey across war-torn Mozambique has been awarded the top prize at Tunisia’s Carthage Film Festival. “The Train of Salt and Sugar” by Licinio…

Showmax titles rack up 26 nominations at Kalasha Awards

A 2018 Academy Awards contender, Kati Kati tells the story of Kaleche (Nyokabi Gethaiga from Going Bongo and Nairobi Half Life), a young woman who finds herself in an afterlife…

LGBT film gets warm welcome at Tunisia festival

A frank documentary about the lives of gay Tunisians received an enthusiastic welcome at a local film festival Friday despite homosexuality being a crime in the North African country. “It’s…

Ugandan movie wins award in London

The movie RAIN won the best women’s rights film award at the London Eye International festival on Sunday. The awards which took place at the Terbanacle Theater in London were…

Red Bull Amaphiko Film Festival couch session focuses on women in film

The Red Bull Amaphiko Film Festival took place on 27 to 29 October at various venues in Braamfontein, Johannesburg. The festival, which was launched in October last year, offers youth…

SA takes home metal at international craft festival

South African production and film talent recently took home a number of accolades at the leading international craft festival Ciclope, at the awards ceremony hosted in Berlin, Germany on 26…

'Call Me Thief' gains international recognition

The film Call Me Thief or Noem My Skollie has made its UK premiere as part of London’s Film Africa Festival. The film’s Director Daryne Joshua was in the UK…

In brief

Two students from Namibia have begun a film residency in Wales after winning a short film competition. Felicia Mutonga, 23, and Darryn February, 24, won a University of Namibia competition…