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South Africa: Thumbs Up for Johncom's Naspers Deal

The Competition Tribunal has unconditionally approved the sale of Johnnic Communication's (Johncom's) 38% stake in M-Net and SuperSport to Naspers, overruling objections from media company Caxton. The tribunal unconditionally approved…

Kudus Pioneers Interactive Services for Namibian Digital Broadcasting Programme Powered by Exset’s DMS Technology

Kudus Pioneers Interactive Services for Namibian Digital Broadcasting Programme Powered by Exset’s DMS Technology.DMS allows governments, network operators and broadcasters to push forwards with the deployment of digital broadcast services.Exset,…

Lesotho TV invest in new file-based infrastructure

South African systems integrator Inala Broadcast has supplied an Omneon MediaDeck (TM) integrated media server to Masero-based Lesotho TV, in a turnkey solution that also includes the Omneon MediaController(TM) panel…

MTN Uganda And Inspire Africa Launch A New Reality TV Show ‘Sawa Ya Cash’

 Inspire Africa began as a Human Capital Development organization with the sole goal of engineering successful entrepreneurship in Africa. After the launch of Inspire Africa Season One, the show amassed…

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- A Nigerian movie maker, Charles Novia advised local film makers to concentrate on the ready market available in Africa rather than aim to attain recognition by Hollywood which will…

Kenya missing out despite unique movie shooting locations

The world movie industry is worth a whooping $180 billion. Of this, South Africa controls about eight per cent. West Africans too command a significant chunk of this pie with…

BBC's 'Earthflight – Africa' from a spectacular bird’s eye view

On GMA News TV this Easter Sunday, BBC’s Earthflight takes us on a journey to experience Africa from a spectacular bird’s eye view. Fly over Africa on the back of a…

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- Durban’s Deputy Mayor Logie Naidoo has encouraged Indian movie-makers to shoot more films in his city. Naidoo, who attended the seventh annual Prevasi Bharatiya Divas Convention (a global Indian…

Google TV could be launched in South Africa

Internet giant Google plans to roll out its internet TV service around the world starting next year - and it might be heading for South Africa. Google launched Sony Internet…

Rwandan cycling film premiere gets backing

The Goodwill Ambassador for the charity Aegis Trust for genocide prevention, Clive Owen has hailed the London premiere of the award-winning documentary Rising from Ashes.The film, narrated by fellow Hollywood…

New Eutelsat satellite will boost African coverage

Eutelsat Communications announced at the end of June 2010 that it has selected Astrium to build a 48-transponder Ku-band satellite that will be located at its 70.5° East location in…

East Africa: Tigo Partners with DStv to ease Payments

In Tanzania, mobile company Tigo (part of Millicom International Cellular S.A., and established in 1994 in the country), has partnered with DStv to provide Tigo Pesa registered customers to subscribe…

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- Times Media Group, the publishing, music and retail group formerly known as Avusa, has said it intends acquiring the 50% stake in the loss-making BDFM it does not own.…

Arabsat-5A launched: covers the whole of Africa

Arabsat second Satellite of the fifth generation (5 A), was launched successfully on Sunday, June 27, 2010 from the island of French Guyana in South America by the Ariane –…

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- The latest addition to the Zoopy TV line-up is a custom online and mobile video show for Exclusive Books, called Exclus1ves TV, which delivers short-form videos to book fanatics…

NTDC donates StarTimes decoders to hotels

In its genuine effort to sanitise, empower and create an enabling environment for tourism stakeholders to explore and maximise the full benefits of tourism, the apex tourism regulatory agency in…

North Africa has highest terrestrial TV ad rates in MENA region, says new report

North Africa boasts the highest average terrestrial TV advertising rates in the Arab World. A report by Arab Advisors Group overviews, compares and analyzes terrestrial TV channel's advertising rates in…

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- The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) announced its continued support for the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF), taking place in Durban from 22 July until 01 August 2010.…

Jason Njoku's iROKO Partners Raises $8 million in Funding

iRoko Partners, a Nigerian based, digital distributors of Nigerian music and movies and one of the largest and fastest growing black owned internet companies, has raised $8 millions in funding…

South Africa: Kagiso 'Still in Line' for Clear Channel Stake

Kagiso Media was still in line for an empowerment stake in Independent Media's outdoor advertising business Clear Channel Independent, Kagiso CEO Murphy Morobe said last week. This follows the announcement…

South Africa: SABC’s Year End Accounts show loss of R910

The SABC's annual report and audited financial statements ending 31 March 2009, which were submitted to Parliament on 17 December, reflect a loss of R910m. According to interim board chairperson…

Local film industry’s Manhattan transfer bid

The local film industry’s efforts to position SA as a world-class film-making destination were boosted this week when a group of South Africans jetted off to New York to rub…

President Bush announces new US$100 million fund for Telecoms, Media and Technology

President George W. Bush announced last week that the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) would support five new private equity investment funds, with a combined target capitalization of $875 million,…

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* Eritrea’s President Isaias Afwerki this week inspected the newly introduced digitalized broadcast operation in Dimtsi Hafash aimed at undertaking clear and efficient news work. In the course of the…

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- StarTimes has TV operations in eight African countries, including Tanzania, Nigeria, Burundi, Rwanda, Guinea, the Central African Rep., Mozambique and now Kenya.- The Nigerian Premier league (NPL) has warned…

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- State-owned South African signal carrier Sentech has received a windfall of R500 million (US$65.7 million) to begin funding a broadband wireless network.

Nigeria’s Entertainment Revenue Will Hit $8bn By 2018

Nigeria’s entertainment and media revenues is expected to hit an estimated $8.5 billion by 2018, a report by business solutions firm PWC has revealed.The sector’s returns, according to the report,…

South Africa: State, Australia Sign Film Co-Production Agreement

South African and Australian film-makers will now have an opportunity to work together following the signing of a film co-production treaty between the governments of South Africa and Australia. Arts…

SABC says competitors gain unfair advantage from its reporting to Parliament

The South African Broadcasting Corporation’s (SABC’s) chief operating officer, Hlaudi Motsoeneng, said that its accounting to Parliament is giving its competitors the upper hand and has called on MPs to…

TopTV is still at risk according to new owners

StarSat (previously known as TopTV) is still at risk, according to new owners Star Times Group. The new owners say that South Africa has been reluctant about the pay-TV broadcaster’s…

Maghreb: Mediacast launches an international web TV

Mediacast (Maghreb), the leading independent broadcast content provider from the North Africa region has in June 2010 launched Africa’s first global web TV in Arabic. Using a proprietary development of…

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igeria: Kene Mkparu, Filmhouse talks about how his cinema chain will be investing to create 25 cinema by 2019. Click here to hear his plans:

Nigeria Will Offer IMAX in Africa

Nigeria's booming digital video film industry popularly called Nollywood has the commercial potential of a big film industry and has attracted the interest of the IMAX Corporation, one of the…

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- BBC’s African office in Dakar is almost set up. The new office will have 20 staff and should kick off in July 2010 with “pilot” programmes. - Two donors,…

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E.tv holding company suspends Marcel Golding. Hosken Consolidated Investments (HCI) in a surprise move late on Wednesday, announced that it had suspended its executive chairperson Marcel Golding pending a disciplinary…

Orange, main sponsor of major competitions organised by the Confederation of African Football

At the end of July 2009, Orange announced that it will be the main sponsor of major competitions organised by the Confederation of African Football over the next 8 years.…

South Africa: Allied and Ellies partner for digital migration

Allied Technologies Limited (Altech), through its subsidiary, Altech UEC (Pty) Limited (Altech UEC) has partnered with AltX listed Ellies Holdings Limited (Ellies), to provide a full service offering for digital…

International investors show interest in SA film industry

Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Mzwandile Masina said he was encouraged by the interest shown by international investors in South Africa as a film production destination and location.Masina met…

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- Driven by mobile services, Orange’s revenues in Africa and the Middle East rose 5.8% due to the growth of new operations (+27.8%) and Egypt (+11.1%). Orange is rolling out…

Lagardère makes African move with DIFFA deal

France-based Lagardère has taken majority control of Africa-focused TV and film distributor DIFFA (International Distribution of Films and Fiction from Africa).The deal sees Lagardère formalise a partnership with DIFFA first…

Intelsat’s new TV contracts and launch of three satellites in 2012

Intelsat S.A., provider of satellite services, today announced new contracts with customers utilizing Intelsat’s premier African video distribution satellite neighbourhoods and broadband capacity.“Intelsat’s rich history of providing reliable and robust…

Morocco attracts record 17 movie productions worth US$ 111 m in Q1, 2008

Some 17 foreign movies were shot in Morocco during the first half of 2008, worth some $ 111 million which is "a record that has never been achieved before," according…

Zambia: Government to sell 35% public media shares

Vice-President Guy Scott has said the Government will soon float 35 per cent shares of each of the three public media institutions to the public on the stock exchange market.…

Mahindra Comviva Evolves the Mobile Music Ecosystem in Africa

Mahindra Comviva is expanding its mobile music offerings in Africa. Over the last 12 months the company has become one of the largest music aggregators in the African continent, having…

Digital delays biting into South African economy

Continued delays in the migration from analogue to digital terrestrial television are costing South Africa's economy dearly when it can least afford it. By Duncan McLeod.The years of delays in…

Cameroon: Vamoulke Asked to Improve CRTV's Financial Situation

Who’d want to be General Manager of Cameroon Radio Television (CRTV)? The current incumbent is clearly struggling with a board chaired by a Government Minister and a Board that has…

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- 4 Nov. 2011: Google’s popular YouTube video service is now available in Zulu and Afrikaans. The SA version of the site, at www.youtube.co.za, was launched in May 2010 and…

19th Annual MTN South African Music Awards

The build-up to the 19th Annual MTN South African Music Awards (MTN SAMA 19) is reaching fever pitch, especially in the Record of the Year (RoY) category where fans from…

TV White Spaces forum in Dakar

Despite the growth of mobile and fixed broadband access globally, Internet access continues to lag in Africa. TV White Spaces is a powerful enabler for last-mile access--one of the biggest…

Moroccan cinema: subsidy to rise to USD 12Mn by 2010, Minister

Some US$7 million has been be earmarked in 2007 to promote the Moroccan film industry, and is due to rise to US$12 million by 2010, said Minister of Communication, Nabil…

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-The South African Script Writing Institute (The Institute is in danger of having to shut down operations due to a funding crisis caused by failure of funders to deliver on…

New film studio for Cape Town

A new boutique film studio, Narrative Truth, has opened in Cape Town. Headed by Bauke and Candice Brouwer, its motto is 'We do Story', expressing its passion to bring stories…

Chaos In Nollywood Over FG N3bn Intervention Fund

The issue of N3 billion Government Intervention Fund which is meant to improve the Nollywood industry has brought about uproar amongst practitioners. Anaemena Priscilla Chinenye writes.When on Saturday, March 2,…

Nigeria: Iredia Seeks Funds for Potiskum, Gashua TV Stations

The director general of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), Dr. Tonnie Iredia, has called on the Yobe state government as well as authorities of Potiskum and Gashua local government areas…

Lack of sponsorship will kill Township TV

Graeme Joffe, co-founder of Township TV is asking why is it so difficult to do something good in SA, as the social responsibility project that has reportedly changed thousands of…

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- The Cape Town and Winelands International Film Festival launched the Cape Town FilmMart in Cannes recently with the objective of bringing local producers together with potential partners and financiers…

South Africa: outdoor advertising campaign for OpenView HD

Outdoor advertising and media company, The Marketing Kraal is working with e.tv to drive awareness for OpenView HD.Utilising cost-effective container advertising, the outdoor advertising campaign is not only increasing brand…

South Africa: Johncom Expects Jump in Earnings

Media company Johnnic Communications (Johncom), which owns media assets including Nu Metro cinemas and the Sunday Times as well as half of Business Day, said last week headline earnings per…

Namibia: Telkom Media Buys Into One Africa

One Africa Television, Namibia's largest private commercial broadcaster, has announced a major investment in the company by newly licensed South African broadcaster Telkom Media. Telkom Media has acquired a 49…

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- Nigeria: The Coordinating Minister for the Economy and Minister of Finance, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has said that the federal government is committed to ensuring that the $19m (N3 billion)…

Innovative Investment: Samsung Africa

Africa is working hard to identify quality-growth models that will increase competitiveness and employment, while reducing poverty. Concurrently, Africa’s burgeoning population and swelling consumer base has become an attractive market…

Naspers Cut to Junk at Fitch as Investments Hurt Earnings

Naspers Ltd. (NPN)’s debt was cut to junk by Fitch Ratings, which said the cost of expanding Africa’s largest media company is hurting earnings.The long-term and short-term issuer default ratings…

South Africa: Profitable picture at etv

Free-to-air television station etv has posted another large jump in profits, according to figures released by parent company Hosken Consolidated Investments (HCI) on Thursday. Interim results to end September for…

Nigeria: StarTimes Hits 400,000 Subscriber Base

Latest entrant to the Nigerian Pay TV market, popularly known as StarTimes, has grown subscriber base to 400,000 in barely 10 months in operation in Nigeria.Speaking in an interview with…

RÉUSSITE, the new Africa TV magazine on CANAL + AFRIQUE

RÉUSSITE (SUCCESS in French) is the first TV magazine devoted to the African economy. Its mission: to promote African economic success and interpret new trends. Watching more than a billion…

SuperSport will broadcast the Diski Challenge matches live

Pay-television broadcaster MultiChoice and the Premier Soccer League (PSL) have taken the wraps off a new football competition called the MultiChoice Diski Challenge.The three-year agreement, which is being billed as…

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- The Senegalese national newspaper "le Soleil" is on the verge of bankruptcy but it has received this week, the support of members of the Parliament. They said that everything…

Angola: Government to build 25 media libraries by 2015

The Deputy Minister of Telecommunications and Information Technology, Pedro Sebastião Teta, Wednesday, in Lubango, Huila province, said that the Government intends to build over the next four years 25 multimedia…

Balancing Act: “VoD platforms have grown enormously in Africa”

Ahead of Balancing Act’s Chief Executive Russell Southwood’s  appearance, he gives IP&TV News the lowdown on what’s happened in the many months since last year’s event…Hi Russell. We know you’re…

Ugandan television content gets own channel on DSTV

First they said they would create compelling local television content in East Africa. We looked on and they did when they helped produce 56 original films in East Africa in…

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- At Cannes festival, Doha Film Institute (DFI) executive director Amanda Palmer said that DFI has awarded five post-production, 12 production and eight development grants for filmmakers from the MENA…

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Africa: Pay TV subscribers base represents now over 15 Million, a 75 Million people audience as of July 2014 - and a 50% increase since 2011 - Balancing Act.More than 7,000 filming…

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The Africa Channel UK: Tune into our business series “It's Africa's Time”; A 13-part documentary series, focusing on the pioneering work that businesses and charities are doing to help improve…

Kenya: Standard Group end year profits rise to Sh429m

The Standard Group’s overall financial performance for the 12- month ended December 31, last year reflects sustained business growth and an enhanced profitability trend. Announcing the results in the company…

South Africa: SABC’s lost millions ‘not our fault’

The SABC expects pre-tax losses of almost R800-million this year and has gone, cap in hand, to the Treasury for help. Acting chief executive Gab Mampone said last week the…

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Uganda’s New Vision media group has been listed by the Auditor General as among the 32 statutory corporations that have up-to-date audited accounts.

BBC Worlwide Chanels celebrate a sucessful 2012 in South Africa

2012 marked another successful year for BBC Worldwide s channels in South Africa   BBC Entertainment, BBC Lifestyle, BBC Knowledge and CBeebies. With its unique mix of the best of…

Kenya: MultiChoice, KBC unveil new transmitter

MultiChoice Kenya and the Kenyan Broadcasting Corporation unveiled the newly-upgraded transmitter in Limuru which has increased power up to six kilowatts up from two kilowatts. The upgrade will see the…

Egypt: Tarak Ben Ammar has acquired private television channel ONTV

French-Tunisian producer and financier Tarak Ben Ammar has acquired private Egyptian television channel ONTV, in a strategic move to create an independent entertainment and current affairs television network spanning North…

Gambia: Ben TV Presenter Optimistic country’s investment prospects

Gambia got a tap on the back from Gambian-born Waka Jagne, who runs the famous "Talk Senegambia Show" on Ben Television, a UK-based black and ethnic-oriented diverse and cosmopolitan channel.…

TV5MONDE, first international channel in Cotonou (Benin)

TV5MONDE confirmed audience and awareness increase in Benin where the TV channel exceeds 30% of weekly cumulative audience, according to the latest study from TNS Sofres in 2012 *. In…

Uganda: Pay TV Services Get to Mobile Phone

For decades, a number of technological innovations have been undertaken to ease access to information through use of phones, desk top computers, laptops and radios.With the advent of pay digital…

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- Having failed to beat the December 31, 2012 East African deadline for the switch from analogue to digital broadcasting, Uganda's Ministry of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) has said…

‘Uzalo’ receives R5 million from eThekwini municipality

Uzalo, a telenovela which began broadcasting on SABC1 in February 2015, has received R5 million from the city of Durban’s eThekwini municipality. This is in response to the R11.5 million…

South Africa: Nasrec Could Become Country's First Tax-Free Media City

THE idea of an Egoli-wood south of Johannesburg is more than just a dream for Johannesburg Expo chairman Andrew Mthembu. He says they have been considering the idea of creating…

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- Capital Market authorities have approved a proposal by the Nation Media Group (NMG) to cross list its shares on the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange (DSE). - At the…

South Africa: Mercury Plans to Lift Its Turnover to R1bn

Media buying company Mercury Media hopes to boost turnover from R464m to R1bn within the next three years as it continues its drive to attract more private sector clients and…

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- Wesgro has been successful in positioning the Western Cape as a competitive international business destination and in its previous financial year it hosted 6 outward missions and 50 inward…

Kenya: Mi-Fone sponsors a series of comedy sessions

Kenya's comedy industry has received a great boost from the first African mobile devices brand, Mi-Fone. It has taken to sponsoring comedians by way of promoting their works through endorsements.…

Naspers plans to boost Nigeria TV offer

Naspers, Africa’s largest company by market value, plans to use new products and services to attract more customers to its $58-a-month television offering in Nigeria as a weaker naira increases…

New film training for 40 interns

The Film Industry Learner Mentorship Programme (F.I.L.M.) starts training the latest MICT-SETA internship programme on 1 November 2012.The 10-month programme will see 40 interns receive unit-standard aligned, accredited training, as…

South Africa: Success in film and entertainment: Anant Singh’s views

Anant Singh, a doyen of the South African film industry and one of its foremost pioneers was asked to talk about the SA film industry. Here are some selected extractsSouth…

Zimbabwe: investing in local film, TV sector

Opinion: Growing up in Mufakose in the 1980s, life was very simple and basic. We would spend the day roaming the streets and in the evening we would huddle on…

MBC expecting growth boost from dedicated Egyptian channel

Leading Middle East broadcaster MBC expects growth next year to be boosted by the launch of its new dedicated channel for Egypt, MBC Masr, according to Mazen Hayek, official spokesman…

Rwanda: Tanzanian Media Mogul Investor Raps Western Media Over Genocide

A Tanzanian investor has lashed out at the international media for only portraying Rwanda as a Genocide-stricken country and paying less attention to achievements it has registered over the years.…

Smart TV to unveil service in Southern Africa, adding Mozambique, Zambia and Tanzania

Smart TV, a new Pan-African pay-television brand from Sweden's Next Generation Broadcasting, plans to launch services in three new markets in Africa.According to Martin Abuya, the chief executive officer Smart…

South Africa: Guidelines for Foreign Film and Television incentive

Back in 10 May 2012, Minister Rob Davies approves amendments to foreign film television production and post-production incentive programme guidelines. Those guidelines have since been posted on one of the…

Kenyan filmmaker Hawa Essuman won the Director’s Eye, a 25,000 euro fund for film development

In the frame of the 9th African Film Festival of Cordoba, Essuman’s film script has been granted The Director’s Eye, a film fund provided by foundation Lettera 27. On the…

Eritrea: Independent Satellite Radio Station for Eritreans Begins Broadcasting from Paris

Radio Erena (“Our Eritrea”), a Tigrinya-language station broadcasting by satellite to Eritrea, began operating today in Paris, five days ahead of World Refugee Day. The result of an initiative by…

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- The advance of digital media advertising and online marketing is reaching a tipping point in the Middle East and North Africa (Mena) region, says Google. With 85 million of…

Charlie Sheen’s latest sitcom sold in Africa Sheen enters Africa.

An African TV channel has acquired exclusive rights to the first five seasons of Charlie Sheen’s latest sitcom, Anger Management.The first 10x30′ season of the US cable show will begin…

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- On 30 October 2012, sports events and broadcast agency TV Media Sport (TVMS) has been appointed to distribute the TV, marketing and media rights for the 2013 International Association…

Rwanda: KCC donates TVs and PCs to 50 villages

The City of Kigali, on Wednesday, donated a flat screen television set and a desktop computer to each of the 50 villages in the outskirts of the city to help…

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- Vislink, the broadcast solution provider will be opening an office in Africa soon said Vislink CEO last week. Details will be announced in due course. http://www.vislink.com/

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- Rollaball successfully reached its fundraising goal on Saturday, 22 September 2012, on Kickstarter, the world’s largest funding platform for creative projects. Big World Cinema’s documentary-in-progress raised $38 577 from…

Voice of Africa: International TV Network Arise News HD Signs managed solution with GlobeCast

GlobeCast announced that it has signed a multiyear contract with Arise News,  a newly launched global 24-hour TV network that will deliver news and current events programming to audiences across…

GTV secures US$35 million investment from sale of Gateway to Vodacom

In a statement on Tuesday, GTV said it had secured an additional $35 million of external funding, bringing the total capital invested into the GTV business so far to almost…

TV5MONDE Africa: direct satellite reception reinforced in Francophone Africa with AMOS 5

TV5MONDE strengthens its distribution in clear and in KU band across Francophone Africa with additional capacity through AMOS 5 at 17 °.This extra capacity allows TV5MONDE to better meet the…

South Africa: Jo'burg in Bid to Build Own Film Industry

Newtown, Johannesburg's cultural precinct, will be promoted as a film-friendly zone in a bid to capture a slice of the lucrative film market. The audiovisual industry is worth R5.5bn nationally,…

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- Samsung (March 18, 2013) announced that it has concluded an agreement with the Ethiopian government to establish an assembly plant in the country over the next few months. The…

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- Local social media aggregator startup Afrigator.com has sold a majority stake to MIH Print Africa, a division of the Naspers group, it was announced today, Friday, 5 September 2008.The…

Hit Finance and Distribution Workshop in Johannesburg

The first of a three-city tour for Chris Roland's Financing & Distribution Workshops kicked off at the mid of October in Cape Town to a sell-out room that included top…

Africa: Telkom signs R225m 2010 Deal with Fifa

The deal for Telkom to provide fixed-line connectivity for the 2010 World Cup soccer tournament has finally received FIFA's public stamp of approval. Yesterday, Telkom signed the deal to become…

Ghana: NGB runs Africa' first Digital Terrestrial Television Media Academy

With an event in Accra on 22 October 2010, Ghana became the location for Africa's first Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) Media Broadcasting Academy. The Academy will be operational by the…

'The Wild' TV series not renewed by M-Net

South African pay-TV broadcaster M-Net has announced that it will not commission a third series of its location-based soapie, The Wild, due to high production costs, unsatisfactory ratings and issues…

SA films: NFVF announces quarter 3 funding decisions

On 26 January 2015, the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), an agency of the Department of Arts and Culture (DAC), announced that their quarter 3 funding decisions have been…

Namibia: Edutainment Business Pact Signed

The Win-Win-Group, Namibia's first Marketing, Communication and Learning Consultancy, is pleased to announce that, as part of their vision to change the hearts and minds of Namibians, a smart-partnership agreement…

Rwanda: Chinese Invest Big Into IT and TV in Rwanda

A Chinese based company has officially launched a subsidiary in Rwanda to provide digital Pay-TV and broadband Internet services. The locally registered Star Africa Media Co. Ltd is a subsidiary…

Investment News - In Brief

- The Official 2010 FIFA World Cup Film in 3D from Sony Pictures is due to be released on on Blu-ray 3D 16th. November 2010, the studio said, adding that…

AfricaCast cements its status as a major broadcast event in Africa

AfricaCast brings together the continent's biggest broadcasters and TV stakeholders and will take place on 14th-15th November 2012 in Cape Town Convention Centre, Cape Town, South Africa.AfricaCast returns for a…

Aiming to unite South African’s film commissions

South Africa’s (SA) film commissioners have been in the news a lot recently. With the announcement of a new national film body that aims to ‘support and promote’ you would…

Kenya: Standard, SABC in Joint Venture

The Standard Group Limited has entered into negotiations with a leading African media company, South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), for a strategic partnership. On Friday, SABC Managing Director Dr Snuki…

Changes at Canal+ and Canalsat in Africa

Since 3 July 2012, Canal + has become a unique and accessible offer with or without Canalsat at 10,000 CFA / Month only. In addition and to maxime viewers' comfort…

Kenya to Prop the Arts and Film Industry

The government has pledged more support to the arts and film industry in Kenya, as it seeks to create more employment opportunities for the youth.Speaking when he opened the 4th…

Nigeria: JIBWIS to Launch Islamic Satellite TV Channel

National Chairman of Jamma'ati Izalatil Bid'ah Wa'iqamatis Sunnah (JIBWIS) Shiekh Abdullahi Bala Lau says arrangement has been concluded by the sect to launch its television station to be called 'Sunnah…

Kenya: Sharp unveils Sh1m TV set

Kenya has become a launching pad for smart television sets now targeting the growing middle class within the East African market.Technology firms companies are citing improved information technology (IT) in…

South Africa: New Film School To Open in Tshwane

Jintek Film and Television School is a pioneering and distinguished audio-visual and training academy that will open it’s doors for the first time in the metropolitan city of Tshwane on…

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-'Rollaball' movie which features Ghanaian polio survivors pioneering extreme sports with a combination of skating and soccer - mentioned in our last August 2012 edition - is celebrating completion of…

China woos buyers at Africa TV mart - Pavilion shows off formats, execs build relationships

At the recently wrapped Discop Africa TV content market, which took place in Johannesburg from Oct. 31 to Nov. 2, it was impossible to miss the bright red pavilion sponsored…

Call for South African Producers to participate to the 2013 Sediba International Financing Programme

The Sediba International Financing Programme (SIFPP), aimed at experienced and emerging producers in television drama & feature film products, is geared at offering focused training in international financing, packaging, sales…

Afrique Telecom lists on Euronext Paris and may add TV to its portfolio

On Thursday 22 November 2012, French-headquartered African Vsat operator Afrique Telecom  officially announced that it has listed on the Euronext Paris "Marche Libre" unregulated market during a ceremony attended by…

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- In Reunion, a music and DJ school has opened its doors in Sainte-Marie. ‘Cyber Mix’ school is already saturated with applications. DJ Fly, the 2008 world champion was present…

Kenya: Startimes to extend its DTT network to rural areas

StarTimes Media plans to increase coverage of its digital television services to the rural areas to net more customers. StarTimes said it will expand its network to target a coverage…

Namibia: NBC Can't Pay Taxes, Debt Hits N$250 Million

The State-owned Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) has been unable to pay employees' tax deductions to the Receiver of Revenue for several years and is using this money to stay afloat.…

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- Naspers Limited  27 November 2012, announced its results, consolidated revenue of R23 billion (a 22% increase), for the six months ended 30 September 2012. After recording net growth of…

Zambia: growth of the media industry

The United Nations Committee on Information (UNCOI) has expressed happiness at the growth of the media industry in Zambia.UNCOI chairperson, Lyutha Sultan Al-Mughairy said the growth of the media industry…

Nigeria: BBC Spends N2.5 Billion On Programmes

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) says it has invested about N2.5 billion (13 million pounds) on ongoing special media programmes in Nigeria since 2006. Jim Egan, BBC Director of Strategy…

StarTimes: Funding Crisis, expension under threat ‘It’s A Baseless Insinuation

Years after its debut and growth on the African continent, StarTimes, the Chinese-owned digital TV service provider, may be facing a funding crisis. This, inevitably, has put a handbrake on…

Zimbabwe: Digitilisation - Viewers to Buy New TV Sets

Most Zimbabweans will have to dispose of their television sets or buy the equipment that enables them to watch digitalised content when the country migrates from analogue to digital, parliamentarians…

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- South Africa’s Minister in the Presidency Manto Tshabalala-Msimang is expected to open the R1.2 million Moletsi FM community radio station building in Limpopo. The radio station is generating a…

Nigeria: Nduka Obaigbena Shines On the Airwaves With AriseTV

ARISE.TV, newly founded by THISDAY publisher, Chief Nduka Obaigbena, is expected to begin full broadcasting operation in the country by the first quarter of this year. Already, it has commenced…

Namibia: NBC goes digital nationwide, GOtv on the field

The national broadcaster, Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC), has finalised the digitalisation of its networks, and is now asking households to purchase the required decoders that would enable them to watch…

Mandela International Film Festival to Drive Economy and Tourism in Eastern Cape

The Mandela International Film Festival set to take place in the Nelson Mandela Bay area in December 2015 will focus the world's film industry in South Africa and attract global…

South Africa: SABC to broadcast 18 digital TV channels

The state broadcaster told parliament it plans to have 18 TV channels on air within two years after the launch of digital TV South Africa’s state broadcaster, the SABC, told…

MENA: Euronews renews Arabsat contract

Euronews has renewed its contract with Arabsat to broadcast its Euronews Arabic channel on the Arabsat Badr-4 satellite at 26°East for five more years.Khalid Balkhyour, president and CEO of Arabsat…

Sh300mn loan facility for Kenyan filmmakers

The Youth Enterprise Development Fund has launched a loan facility for filmmakers dubbed TAKE254 targeting young and upcoming players in the industry.The Youth Enterprise Development Fund Chairman Gor Semelang’o said…

DIFFA film distributes Caribbean films

DIFFA - Distribution internationale de films et fictions d'Afrique is happy to announce Caribbean films in its catalogue.DIFFA has acquired the international sales' rights of 4 films by the Guadelupian…

Telkom Kenya launches FTTH double-play in Nairobi; hopes to launch triple-play (incl. TV) by end-2011

Telkom Kenya has confirmed that it has launched fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) broadband services in Muthaiga and Parklands, two of Nairobi’s most affluent suburbs. Telkom claimed that transmission speeds of up to…

Time Equity Partners invests €6m in THEMA’s development

Time Equity Partners has invested €6m in French TV broadcaster Thema. Established in 2005, Thema specialises in the development and worldwide distribution of thematic, generalist and ethnic TV channels. The…

South Africa-ME: Arabsat to acquire Hellas Sat

Arabsat is to acquire OTE-owned satellite operator Hellas Sat for €208 million.Hellas Sat operates the HellasSat2 satellite, giving coverage of the Middle East and South Africa from 39° East. Approximately…

How Ready is Nigeria for Digital Migration?

Among member countries of the International Telecommunications Union, Nigeria is one of those struggling to meet the 2015 deadline for digital migration. With less than two years to the deadline,…

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Agency (Ecofin) - MaxAxion founded in February, 2014 provides the opportunity for advertisers to reach African audiences via mobile (text, voice, video and data). The company has signed an exclusive…

South Africa: NFVF greenlights five movies and sets up docs support funding

At the 3rd cycle meeting of the NFVF Council in early September 2010, its management recommended funding seven feature films and four documentaries, that have previously been funded in development,…

Nigeria: Expert Predicts Advertising Investment to Hit N120 Billion in 2011

Tolu Ogunkoya, President Media Independents Practitioners Association of Nigeria (MIPAN) and Chris Doghudje, Managing Director, Zus Bureau Services during a joint press conference announcing the forthcoming seminar on Modern Techniques…

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- Ali Amiri, Executive Vice President of Etisalat’s Carrier and Wholesale services unveiled a revolutionary new service for operator and content communities. Etisalat’s Smart Hub has been equipped with a…

Namibia: Multichoice Gives Back

From February 5 until April 10, DStv subscribers in Namibia stand the chance of winning N$40,000 in cash for simply staying connected to DStv's exciting world of sport, movies, music,…

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- South Africa, through the Department of Arts and Culture donated a sum of R1 million at the Western Sahara International Film Festival (Fisahara).Read more here

South Africa: Telkom ditches its big Pay-TV Plan and goes back to telecoms

Telkom stock fell earlier this week after the company said it was slashing its proposed investment in a pay-TV division and rejecting an investment proposition by Saudi operator Oger Telecoms.…

South Africa: Kagiso New-Media Foray Pays Off

Kagiso Media 's decision to diversify revenue streams away from a dependence on advertising revenue to new media just three years ago has paid off, according to the company's latest…

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- On 16 March 2011 (Bloomberg) -Vivendi SA’s Brazilian unit GVT Holding SA is seeing subscriber growth of 50 percent, allowing it to increase revenue by 40 percent, Chief Executive…

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- Broadcast, Film and Music Africa event Nairobi, Kenya: Multichoice confirmed joint Platinum Sponsorship with Supersport and MNet. BFMA - Broadcast, Film & Music Africa 2013 takes place from 17-18…

South Africa: State Gets Behind Local TV and Film Industry with tax incentives package

The trade and industry department has announced a production incentive for the film and television industry, to boost the generation of local content and improve location competitiveness for foreign film…

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- MultiChoice have invested R300m in experimentation on mobile broadcast technology, it announced after being awarded a Mobile TV broadcast licence.- The Pan African Space Station (PASS) cyber-radio project, launched…

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- Mauritius media group La Sentinel (owners of l’Express) are investing in newspapers and radio stations in Madagascar.

Shepherds and Butchers for VideoVision Entertainment

Anant Singh has announced the acquisition of the film rights to Durban advocate, Chris Marnewick's book Shepherds & Butchers. The book is a riveting cliff-hanger courtroom drama about capital punishment.…

South Africa: Internet, Pay-TV Help Boost Naspers Revenue

Media group Naspers released a solid set of annual results at the beginning of July, with most analysts commenting on an excellent performance. While the media sector in general has…

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$8Mn Funding Round for VOD Platform iROKOtv

London. 18 December 2013. iROKOtv, the Africa-based movie platform for Nigerian movies, known colloquially as ‘Nollywood’, today announces a funding round of $8Mn, led by existing investor Tiger Global, with…

The role of TV in making African football into a viable and marketable product

The African Football Exec. Summit will take place in Johannesburg, South Africa from 18-19  April 2012.The purpose is to?“Driving new investment, good business practises & technical issues to enhance sustainable…

Senegalese government sets up FCFA 1 bn film fund

Brilliant at FESPACO, selected for the Golden Globes, the Senegalese cinema is back more than ever on the international scene. Recognizing this potential, the Senegalese government set up a special…

SABC pleads for cash injection as digitilisation costs threaten new international channel

The SABC wants the government to fund its three-year funding shortfall of R2bn. by Jocelyn Newmarch. The SABC, in a strategy document that was due to be have been presented…

Cape Town: aerial filming from helicopters

Cineflex is now permanently stationed in Cape Town. Cinesky, offers aerial filming in Cape Town, as well as ground tracking services for the entertainment and sports industries.“Our affiliation with top…

Startimes To Invest $94 million In Nigerian PayTV Market

As part of its expansion plan in 2013, digital terrestrial television network provider, Startimes has revealed plans to invest over $94 million (15billion Naira) in the Nigerian pay-television sector before…

Vivendi’s Canal+ Overseas plans to acquire Mediaserv

Vivendi’s unit Canal+ Overseas told the French regulator that it plans to acquire Caribbean internet service provider Mediaserv. Mediaserv is the holding company for Mediacall, Guyane Numérique, Martinique Numérique and…

Nollywood to get new film funding from Crystal Awards

Chairperson of the Nollywood Business Forum, Zeb Ejiro has been speaking on the organization’s role in the Crystal Awards coming up in July. The movie and television producer and director…

Sweden grants US$4.5 million to empower local radios with ICT in Africa

Last February Sweden, through the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), concluded an agreement under which 30 million Swedish Kronor (around US$4.5 million) will be donated to UNESCO to support…

South Africa: Nafcoc invests in Mobile TV

Organised black business group, the National African Federated Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Nafcoc), has bought a 20% stake in Mobile TV, the television broadcasting start-up founded by Mothobi Mutloatse.Mobile…

Arabsat signs Badr-7 contracts

Satellite broadcaster Arabsat has signed contracts with Astrium, Thales Alenia Space and Arianespace for the manufacture and launch of Badr-7, the first of its sixth generation of spacecraft.The two contracts,…

Orange to sell in Africa?

French telecoms company Orange could exit several of its less-profitable African operations, including those in Kenya, Uganda, and the Central African Republic (CAF), as the group looks to rationalise its…

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- The City of Cape Town says its contribution of R2.5 million towards the Cape Film Commission (CFC) is bearing fruit. According to the latest statistics, the commission’s activities resulted…

5FM and SABC3 team up to launch (TV)5

On 26 January 2011, it was announced that 5FM and SABC 3 have joined forces to bring an innovative entertainment show to South African audiences. Marking the start of a…

South Africa: co-productions budget reaches R111 million in 6 months

International co-productions are an essential tool for the South African film and television industry. They not only allow the local industry to pool financing, but also attract creative talent with…

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- At MIPTV 2012, there was much discussion about crowd-funding as a potential source of that money, but Danae Ringelmann, co-founder and chief operating officer at IndieGogo, said success would…

African Web video service Iroko raises more funds, targets cable TV

Iroko Partners, an online distributor of African movies and music, has raised another $2 million in its latest round of funding from a Swedish venture capital group as it seeks…

TRT chooses SES for Africa

Turkish public broadcaster Türkiye Radyo ve Televizyon Kurumu (TRT) has chosen satellite operator SES to provide the platform to enable it to reach audiences in sub-Saharan Africa.TRT will use capacity…

Nu Metro changes hands in R75m deal

NuMetro Cinemas, the second largest cinema operator in Southern Africa has been sold by Times Media Group (TMG) to Subcocept (Pty) Ltd, a purpose-built company funded by private equity company,…

Chad: 1.8 m Euros spent on re-opening the Normandy cinema

The legendary ‘Normandy’ cinema theatre has been renovated and was inaugurated in the Chadian capital, N'Djamena on January 8,  2011, after thirty years of closure. This event could be one…

The African Union launches the Pan-African Media Network Project

The African Union (AU) will, from 17 to 20 September 2011, participate in the Pan-African Conference on Access to Information (PACAI) in Cape Town, South Africa. This major event will…

Highest quality of satellite transmissions for the London 2012 Olympic Games, including broadcast to Africa

Final preparations underway for implementation of Carrier ID to assure quality of satellite TV servicesSignificant strides forward have been made since the announcement at IBC in September 2011 of the…

Eutelsat drives programme to raise performance, operational flexibility and signal security on future satellites

Eutelsat Communications has announced the deployment on a future satellite of a new generation of advanced functions designed by European industry to further raise the bar of performance, flexibility and…

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- Senegal: The president of Future media Group Youssou Ndour has announced his ambition to enter the country’s mobile market by securing the fourth available mobile licence, according to Agence…

Namibia: NBC Gets a N$1 Billion Despite Breaking Even

The Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) will get just over N$1 billion over three years in State funding despite reporting improved financial results last year.The State broadcaster has reduced losses in…

Malawi: Wananchi Group to Invest U.S.$10 Million in Malawi to Launch Zuku TV

Barely three months after Malawi government successfully migrated from analogue to digital broadcasting, Wananchi Group, owner of payTV channel Zuku, has announced plans to venture into Malawi by investing about…

Benin: Liberalisation of licences provide new investment opportunities

Benin’s broadcast regulator Haute autorité de l’audiovisuel et de la communication (Haac) has announced that it will allocate frequencies for new licences for both radio and television. The move was…

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In Uganda on 26 Jan. 2011, the Vision Group has cut staff from its English radio station 94.8 FM for Kampala (Vision Voice) to make it more profitable.In Nigeria, Spectrum…

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International Jewish News 1 launched on September 21, 2011. Jewish News 1 (JN1) is a new 24-hour Brussels-based English-language channel offering news from a Jewish perspective. The channel, which currently…

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- A joint venture between local and Indian investors, Bharat Telecom Ltd has set itself the ambitious target of investing US$50 million to connect every home and office in Mauritius…

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- In Kenya, the Jubilee Coalition will spend an estimated Sh10 billion in campaigns aimed at propelling Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta's presidential bid.Mid this month, the Jubilee team is…

DTT in Malawi: Invitation for Bids (set top boxes)

GOVERNMENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF MALAWIMINISTRY OF INFORMATION - INVITATION FOR BIDS (FRAMEWORK AGREEMENT)FOR TENDER FOR THE SUPPLY AND DELIVERY OF DVB-T2 SET TOP BOXES (STBs)Procurement Reference number:330/IPC/INF/DGM/13-14/0011. The Government…

Airtel Launches Pocket TV App for Android

Airtel Digital TV, the DTH service arm of the leading telecom operator Bharti Airtel introduced a new Android app called Pocket TV, which would allow the subscribers to watch TV…

Angolan Government to invest in film campus to help revive local industry

Angolan Minister of Culture Boaventura Cardoso announced the construction of a new film campus designed to help relaunch film-making locally and to play a key role in developing the sector.…

Uganda: Switching to digital TV will favour local productions

Charles Hamya is the long-serving General Manager of Multichoice Uganda, the premier provider of satellite digital TV. The Independent's Haggai Matsiko spoke to him.Q: 2010 saw an influx of players…

Egypt: Samsung to produce 8 million TV and PC screens

The South Korean electronics company Samsung seeks a plan to produce eight million television screens and computer monitors through its project in the Upper Egyptian governorate of Beni Suef within…

Preparing for the emergent mobile markets

Guest post by Kirill Filippov, Chief Executive Officer, SPB TVThe growth of the global mobile and OTT TV market reveals nuances and problems previously unexpected but which determine future research…

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- Gateway Broadcast Services, an unrestricted subsidiary of Gateway Telecommunications, has raised US$60 million to accelerate the roll out of its pan African pay-TV service, GTV. Gateway has sold more…

TV5Monde continues to innovates on the web to promote African productions

In addition to the mini-site devoted to Fespaco at tv5monde.com/fespaco which offers quizzes, «Y’a du Monde à Ouagadougou», with updates presented by Estelle Martin and all the latest news from…

Nigeria: More Film Makers to Benefit as Nexim Bank Disburses U.S.$200 Million Fund

In line with the Federal Government's directive, the Nigerian Export and Import Bank (NEXIM) has announced plans to give more film makers the opportunity to benefit from the USD200 million…

Africa: 2015 Orange Africa Cup of Nations - CAF and Morocco Assess Preparations, TV important

Marrakech or Rabat for the opening match of the Orange Africa Cup of Nations, Morocco 2015? The proposal of the Moroccan side to CAF will be made in the coming…

Kipco reveals plans to float OSN this year

Middle East investment group Kuwait Projects Co (Kipco) has said it plans to take pay TV operator OSN public within the next few weeks, according to local reports.Kipco vice-chairman Faisal…

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Alassane Ouattara has provided speeches on TCI, Télé Côte d`Ivoire despite media blockage from opponent Laurent Gbagbo. "In terms of communication, I am glad that our citizens are able to…

South Africa: Government issues RFP for digital TV

The request for proposals gives interested bidders just one month to respond. It also makes no specific mention of a return path for Internet access.Prospective manufacturers of the set-top boxes…

Uganda: Zuku University Basketball League (ZUBL) launched!

Zuku, the Wananchi Group’s triple play and pay-tv business, will launch the Zuku University Basketball League (ZUBL) in Uganda, partnering with with the National University Sports Federation of Uganda (NUSFU)…

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Launching DTT in South Africa is another long walk to freedom. But the country is almost there, just a few legal aspects need tying up. The country has an excellent…

NFVF calls for funding applications

The beginning of the new financial year is upon us and the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) is calling for submissions of applications for funding for that include: training,…

StarTimes Enters Kenya Pay TV Market

Doubts over viability of the $75 Million investment where predecessors have failed miserably ,the Kenyan Pay TV market last week witnessed the entry of yet another player despite the evident…

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Investments from Azam TV in Tanzania starts to pay off as the pay TV service has reached slightly over 34,000 subscribers in less than 3 months, confirmed Efe Atiyio, Director…

Vivendi to buy Orange’s Dailymotion for $235m

Dailymotion_2Media and content firm Vivendi is set to buy an 80% stake in Dailymotion for ($235m) 217 million euros, pegging Dailymotion to be worth ($287) 265 million euros, in a…

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- In Uganda, Bukedde TV from the Vision Group has imported new equipment. The aim is to improve on the services and to have a wider coverage, according to Mark…

Chinese StarTimes to invest in Sierra Leone with DTT offer

StarTimes Communication Network Technology is set to invest in Sierra Leone. This was made known to officials from the Sierra Leone Embassy in China by StarTimes Vice President Charles Liu,…

Nigeria: Sokoto Restructures Media Outfits

In fulfillment of the implementation of recommendations of the communiqué on the media strategy committee headed by Mallam Danladi Bako, Governor Aliyu Wamakko has approved the restructuring of media organizations…

South Africa’s ODM signs with SES Astra

SES Astra, an SES company, announced that it has signed a capacity agreement with South African pay-TV operator On Digital Media (ODM) for three transponders on its ASTRA 4A satellite,…

South Africa: Masters & Savant Worldwide invest in visual media system

Masters & Savant Worldwide has recently purchased Autodesk Smoke, a complete finishing system for visual media, aimed at television and film production."By having direct access to this amazing finishing suite…

Rwanda: Media Audience Survey Underway

Potential investors will at last be able to see the scale of audiences and market share of different players in Rwanda. The Rwanda Media High Council (MHC) is carrying out…

MGM Channel debuts in South Africa on Top-TV

The MGM Channel has entered into a deal with On Digital Media (ODM) to launch the service in South Africa on the basic tier of its new pay-TV satellite platform,…

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- South Africa's largest cinema chain, Ster-Kinekor Theatres, which is owned by Primedia, has decided to end its decades-long advertising in print newspapers, directing its clients to the Web and…

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- In line with the existing strong relations between Eritrea and Egypt and the understanding reached between the information ministries of both countries, an advanced training dealing with satellite works…

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- Globacom is now the exclusive sponsor of CNN International's weekly half-hour magazine programme, 'African Voices.' Speaking on the partnership, Charles Jenarius, Globacom's Regional Director of Marketing Communications for West…

$10,000 for short films in Africa

$10,000 in financing for pre-production, production and/or post-production on narrative short films has been granted in continental Africa.The Focus Features Africa First Short Film Program was conceived to be a…

Safa says TV rights valued at R150m a year

The South African Football Association (Safa) values its television rights at between R130-million and R150-million a year, an official revealed this week. "The figure is the association's own evaluation after…

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- The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has applied for R6.9-billion in government funding over the next three years, according to the national treasury. - TV channel broadcasting continued to…

Naspers to exit its pay-TV investments in Greece and Cyprus

Locally-listed media giant Naspers has reached an agreement on its decision to sell its Greek and Cypriot pay-TV operation, NetMed. Last week the group announced a conditional sale agreement had…

South Africa: Telkom Cans Pay-TV Plan, Saudi Offer

Telkom stock fell last week after the company said it was slashing its proposed investment in a pay-TV division and rejecting an investment proposition by Saudi operator Oger Telecoms. Instead…

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- The South African Delegation of Media Professionals, which is participating in the SA/Hollywood Exchange in Los Angeles, the week after next, will be meeting with the highest level decision…

South Africa: Kagiso Considers Move Into Pay TV

Leading black-owned media company Kagiso Media may be looking at diversifying out of radio after it confirmed yesterday it was "entertaining" the idea of entering the pay-television space as part…

Conference special – Monopoly and high cost of commercials production hold back broadcast

Speaking at the 1st African Broadcast and Film Conference in Nairobi last week, the Nation’s Ian Fernandes pointed out that two issues were holding back the development of broadcast TV…

Nigeria: Nigcomsat-1r attracts African broadcasters’ interest

 Following the successful launch of NigComSat-1R into space on Monday, December 19, 2011, and its successful landing in its orbital position in space on Tuesday December 27, 2011, which was…

Liberia: LMC/RNTC Launches Radio Project

The Liberia Media Center last Thursday officially launched a broadcast training facility and a community radio support project in partnership with the Radio Netherlands Training Center. The community radio project…

Delta Partners looks for media investment opportunities in Africa

Specialised telecoms and media investment and advisory company Delta Partners has opened an office in South Africa and is actively looking for investment opportunities in the African media sector. The…

CCTV Africa and "I Love Africa" mobile TV officially launched in Kenya

China Central Television has officially launched CCTV Africa, a news production center based in Kenya that focuses on African news and perspectives as well as international news.CCTV Africa will initially…

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- Kagiso Media announced its results for the year ended 30 June 2008, with a revenue increase of 14% to R841.6 million (2007: R738.3 million) and operating profit showing an…

Launch of a Pan African Media Portal

A joint meeting of experts was held from 23 to 25 March 2010 in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), at the initiative of Commissions African Union (AUC) and the European Union (UEC),…

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- CAD (China Africa Development fund) inked an agreement with Star communication network technology on Dec 21, 2011 to develop a wireless digital TV network in Africa.- The 28th edition…

Film sector contributed R3.5-billion to South Africa's GDP

The government will continue to improve its incentive scheme for South Africa's film and television industry, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies said at a meeting with members of the…

SES Astra JV sees North African satellite TV demand rising

A Middle East joint venture with SES Astra, a unit of European satellite operator SES, said it expects to generate revenues in its third year on growing regional demand for…

Kenya: New Media School's Initial Campus Set for Nairobi in 2011

The Aga Khan Development Network has launched a new faculty at the Aga Khan University - the Graduate School of Media and Communications. To be allied to the new Faculty…

Pay-TV broadcaster StarTimes launches in Kenya

StarTimes is now available across Kenya following the launch of the Chinese-owned pay-TV service by the Pan African Group - the country's second national digital television signal distributor - on…

Documentary series on African migrants in 13 cities across the globe

Each month, IJNet features an international journalist who exemplifies the profession and has used the site to further his or her career. If you would like to be featured, email…

Setanta Africa under threat as parent company looks set to go into administration

According to Reuters on 8 June, the board of Irish sports broadcaster Setanta was due to meet on Monday, a person familiar with the situation said, following media reports the…

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- The troubled Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) had accumulated losses of N$170,6 million and a showed a deficit of N$38 million for the financial year which ended in March 2008,…

Al Jazeera could launch French-language news channel for Africa

Al Jazeera plans to launch a French-language news channel for Africa between now and the end of the year, according to a report in French newspaper Le Figaro.According to the…

€ 685,000 for the audiovisual heritage of francophone Africa

The revival of the audiovisual heritage of francophone Africa is one of the objectives of the International Organization of the Francophonie (OIF in French) through a new "Digital Capital" project…

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avi.krainer@gmail.comhttp://www.tv4africa.com/ - South African produced hit movie White Wedding was been pirated within a month of its release. Illegal copies of the film, released on April 29, have for the…

EC Funds for Africa: acpfilms.eu

The African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States Secretariat (ACP Secretariat) launches a call for proposals financed by the “ACP-EU cooperation support programme for the ACP cinema and audiovisual sectors”,…

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- 29 May 2012: Pay television channel M-Net has bought the rights to flight the SABC's weekly soapies - Isidingo and Generations. The move means that DStv subscribers across Africa…

An investment fund of US$ 500 million for African media

Closing the 3rd New York Forum Africa last week in Libreville, the theme of media transformation in Africa has been debated between Richard Attias, Youssou Ndour, Anming Gao, General Secretary…

South Africa: Ster-Kinekor invests in two new state-of-the-art 3D cinemas

The mass appeal of 3D movies has now been firmly established, with Ster-Kinekor Theatres opening two new state-of-the-art 3D cinemas at Irene Mall and East Rand Mall. These two will…

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The Moroccan advertising and marketing segment has reached 6 billion dirhams in 2013. This is what Jazuli Mounir (photo), vice president of the Group of advertisers Morocco (Gam), reiterated in…

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- South Africa’s most widely read film industry trade publication went online start of October. “This is the single largest investment we have made in the company,” says Lance Gibbons,…

Startup Accelerator in Africa

In a continent fraught with high unemployment rates, lack of access to startup business loans, high interest rates, very high failure rates with businesses, corruption being named in high places…

In 2011, a 32-year-old had become the talk of Nollywood

Four years ago, Jason Njoku sat down with his old friend Bastian Gotter and told him about an investment opportunity in Nigeria, a precious resource that was sitting there, just…

Botswana: Botswana invests in Mma Ramotswe film

Botswana has invested about P31 million (US$5 million) in the filming of a movie The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency film and television series. The Weinstein Company will begin shooting the…

New partnership launched for African media

The African Media Initiative (AMI) and the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) have launched an ambitious strategic partnership to provide professional training and other forms of technical…

SES delivered solid performance including in Africa

YTD Revenue of EUR 1,378.2 million- An increase of 2.4% at constant exchange rates (“constant FX”) over the prior year period;5.7% when excluding the EUR 42.6 million of analogue revenue…

Rwanda: Chinese Firm to build US$20m TV Station

A Chinese company, Star Communication Network Technologies is set to establish a $20 million television station and an Internet provider company in Rwanda. The company owners have already established a…

Seven awards and more money at the Durban Film Mart in support of African film projects

 “The increase in the number of awards we will be making at this, the second edition of Durban FilmMart (DFM), is a tangible sign of the increasing support for the…

Zimbabwe: Govt intensifies efforts to expand transmission

Government has intensified efforts to expand radio and television transmission to reach most parts of the country, a Cabinet Minister has said.In his speech to mark today's World Radio Day,…

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- Every day, the web is changing lives in Africa. In the next five years, 7 out of the world’s 10 fastest growing economies will be from Africa. The web…

South Africa: Telkom buys MWEB Africa

Naspers has finally got rid of MWEB Africa by private sale rather than the auction it had previously announced it was going to run. Its disposal of the company would…

Canada’s IDC and Wananchi partner on African direct-to-home broadcasting

Ottawa's International Datacasting Corp. (IDC) has partnered with an African technology company to bring direct-to-home broadcasting to the continent. The agreement with Wananchi Group Ltd. includes a vendor financing package…

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- Fixed line incumbent Telecom Egypt (TE) as launched its first IPTV services via its ISP subsidiary TE Data, reports C21Media. The TE-VU services provides streaming and video-on-demand content to…

Namibia: NBC Finances in Shambles

Despite millions of dollars of taxpayers' money afforded to the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) for its turnaround strategies, the national broadcaster not only failed to successfully 'turn around' the company,…

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- Satellite operator SES – very active in Africa - reported first half recurring revenues of  €853.2 million, a 3% year-on-year increase. - Africalia set up “The Africaliennes” to showcase…

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- The digital terrestrial television (DTT) migration process has a considerable financial impact on South African broadcasters, and M-Net and e.tv are seeking an incentive to migrate to DTT. M-Net…

South Africa: Revised Film and Television Production Incentive

The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) is pleased to announce the amendments to the film and television production incentive. The revised film production incentive, which is intended to…

Location Film and Television Production Incentive

The Location Film and Television Production Incentive will replace the Large Budget Film and Television Production Rebate, which the dti implemented in 2004. This component is only available to foreign-owned…

Botswana Television gets P3.7 million from Japan

The government of Japan has assisted Botswana Television (Btv) with approximately P3.7 million. The grant, aimed at improving the national broadcaster's educational broadcasts and documentary programmes, was a continuation of…

South African Film and Television Production and Co-Production Incentive

The South African Film and Television Production Incentive is being introduced in order to provide more financial support for locally-owned productions and co-productions. This component is available to both South…

Nigeria's film industry could provide 2 million jobs

As an entrepreneur, 32-year-old chemistry graduate Jason Njoku achieved success in a most unlikely way: he is Africa's largest distributor of Nigerian movies and has raked in over $8 million…

South Africa: Cape Town backs 'film city' with R30m

The City of Cape Town is making R30-million available to restart the development of the Dreamworld Film City project, which is still hoping to turn the eastern suburbs of Cape…

Zuku Pay TV commissions new drama series

Zuku, Wananchi Group’s cable and satellite Pay TV service provider is proud to announce the commission of a new drama series from Kenyan production house, Awali Entertainment Ltd.Produced by award-winning…

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- Telkom Media is going “deep-pockets” in its forthcoming battle to win a presence in the Pay TV market. According to an interview with CEO Mandla Ngcobo. Absa has given…

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- Nigeria: As part of activities to mark Nollywood’s forthcoming 20th anniversary, Nigerian Entertainment Today has gathered that a section of the film industry is planning to construct a Nollywood…

Angola: Cableco gains USD21 million expansion loan

TVCabo in Angola has received a EUR15 million (USD21 million) loan from The European Investment Bank, to finance the construction of a two-way broadband cable network in and around the…

South Africa: Mweb Buys Afsat Giving Firm Foothold in Africa

MWEB, a subsidiary of South African media and communications conglomerate Naspers has bought satellite data transmission services company Afsat communications. This acquisition gives the company a foothold in 26 African…

New black film fund announced

A new government film-funding project has been announced at the Durban International Film Festival.Six films a year will be created by black directors through the new transformation fund, which is…

South Africa: SABC invests in Mr. Bones, its first feature film ever

For the first time ever, South African public broadcaster SABC has taken an equity stake in a local feature film during its production phase. The SABC has also acquired the…

Nigeria: New Mood At OGTV Abeokuta As Amosun Insists On Professionalism

If the unfolding incidents in Ogun State Broadcasting Corporation [OGBC] is anything to go by, the State governor, Ibikunle Amosun might truly be set to transform the state owned television,…

Labia Cinema to use crowdfunding to go digital

The cliché most often attached to the Labia is that walking into its dark interior is like "stepping into a bygone era". The experience is certainly nothing like the slick,…

Tanzania: Stop Financing TBC, Govt Told

An opposition legislator has urged the Government to stop subsidising state-owned media houses, which are operating as commercial firms, to allow fair competition with private companies. The call was made…

Strong Growth in Revenue Boosts Nation Media Group Half-Year Profit to Sh892 Million

Nation Media Group recorded a 51.6 per cent growth in pre-tax profit for the six months ending June 30, 2010, lifted by strong growth in revenue, low cost of newsprint…

Bloomberg TV Africa to broadcast 3 separate shows: African Business Weekly, Football Dynamics and African Women To Watch

A premium business news environment, currently distributed to over 200 million television households across Europe and Africa.In February 2014, Bloomberg TV Africa will be broadcasting three separate shows: African Business…

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- The New Vision is seeking to raise about sh28b from the sale of 25.2 million shares. The funds will be used to help the company beef up its current…

Namibia: incentives for TV license payers

The Minister of Information & Communication Technology, Joel Kaapanda launched a new incentive scheme for TV set owners at the NBC’s Head Office in Windhoek. The launch, which was broadcast…

This lucky guy just won the biggest SA TV prize ever!!

Mohamed Kajee has become the winner of the biggest prize ever given away in the history of South African television by winning the R5.8m Top Billing Dream Home competition on…

Mauritius: MBC reports revenues of Rs 107.9 millions for Q1,2009

Mauritius Broadcasting Corporation earned Rs107.9 from 1 January to April 2009, according to a statement by the Mauritius Prime Minister to Parliament on 28 April. In the same statement it…

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- Through funding provided by the City of Cape Town and the Western Cape provincial government's Department of Economic Development, the Cape Film Commission (CFC) is to develop a new…

SuperSport to broadcast Olympic Games in 2014, 2016

SuperSport International has the rights to broadcast the XXII Olympic Winter Games in 2014 in Sochi, Russia, and the Games of the XXXI Olympiad in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro,…

South African hit producer launches film sales division

Producer, Tendeka Matatu launches Ten10 Sales - the sales arm of his Cape Town based production company Ten10 Films. Ten10 is a boutique sales agency that represents local South African…

South Africa: SABC, Nedbank Sign Loan Agreement

SABC has signed a five-year loan agreement with Nedbank which will contribute to stabilising the cash strapped corporation."The SABC has now entered into a five-year loan agreement with Nedbank, thus…

Tunisia unveils stimulus package to boost film industry

On August 22, 2010, it was reported that the Tunisian government have recently set up a national committee and unveiled a stimulus package to boost the ailing film industry of…

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- In Cotonou, Benin, 25th. January 2014, the public television broadcaster launched a Chinese film week. The campaign aims to promote Chinese culture in Benin and was officially launched at…

South Africa/Liberia: South African Media Group Attract Liberia Media

Visiting South African media group, Business in Africa has attracted Liberia media for the forth coming African Business Leaders Forum scheduled to take place in Ghana. The Analyst newspaper, Real…

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- World football's governing body FIFA will earn 25 billion rands (2.7 billion dollars, 2.1 billion euros) on television rights to broadcast the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, the…

State help for South African film industry

Because of the downturn in the South African economy the Department of Trade & Industry has decided to throw a lifeline to the film industry and help it with its…

South Africa: Dual-Financing Model for Public Tv ‘Harmful to Local Content’

Dual commercial and public funding in public service broadcasters does not work because inevitably the bottom line becomes the biggest consideration and takes precedence over providing relevant local content, broadcast…

DStv introduces interactive digimag

DStv introduces Dish Digital, an online, easy-to-use and interactive digimag, which provides subscribers with DStv’s programme scheduling, top highlights and premieres at the click of a mouse. A digital offering…

Tunisia: CFI helps TV/radio media rebuild

In the wake of the Tunisian revolution and with a view to assessing and prioritising needs properly, CFI dispatched Philippe Chauvet to conduct an assessment jointly undertaken with the European…

Nigeria: Advan Projects N80bn Media Expenditure By 2010

The Advertisers Association of Nigeria (ADVAN) has made a projection that media advertising expenditure in the country would hit N80 billion mark by the year 2010. The organisation comprising of…

Cash-strapped SABC shuts down five international news bureaux

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has begun shutting down operations at five of its international news bureaus as it continues to scale down its operations in key African and…

Investment In Brief

* Private sector broadcasters have reacted to a Ministerial statement saying there will be an end to “administrative tolerance” over non-payment of licence fees. «I am troubled knowing that the…

Disney Junior launches in South Africa

The Walt Disney Company has announced the launch of Disney Junior on Wednesday, an all-new multiplatform preschool channel for children aged 2–7.Disney Junior will air daily and become the home…

Nigeria: Concerning Project Nollywood

Media reports of internal wrangling and in-fighting in Nollywood over the planned N3bn federal government grant to the entertainment industry are disheartening and indeed innocuous; as it raises fundamental questions…

South Africa: Johncom Nears Sale Approval

Johnnic Communications (Johncom), SA' s second-largest media company, said yesterday the Competition Commission had unconditionally approved the sale of its stake in M-Net and SuperSport to Naspers. Last year, media…

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- The Yobe State Commissioner for Information, Barrister Bala Haladu, last week said the actual costs of renovation work of the state owned television (YTV) is N152 million not N500…

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- Rumours in South Africa reported that M-Net will officially announce that the pay broadcaster has secured the biggest South African TV programming coup of the year by securing the…

The new ‘East African filmmaking – Riverwood and beyond’

Today’s African filmmakers come from all over the continent – but not from East Africa. At least this is what one might easily assume when reading books on African Cinema. But…

Somalia: Training Program for 100 Journalists

Joint Long Term Training Program for 100 Somali Journalists Launched in Mogadishu.A joint long term training program for 100 Somali Journalists was launched at the Mogadishu Guest House in Mogadishu…

Kenya: Fashion sector taps into power of videos to grow

The online fashion store (chicoleco.com) has made eight short films showcasing the creations of local fashion designers. Away from putting on a fashion show, the industry has decided to use…

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- Times Media Group has acquired more than one-third of a Ghanaian broadcaster for almost $15.2 million (South African R150m), a deal that will widen the firm's broadcast footprint and…

Nigeria: Multimesh Still Rues on Losses As NBC Resolves Rift With Hitv

It appears the National Broadcasting Commission, NBC, is not ready to allow quarrels amongst its members whittle down the level of progress broadcasting could make in it Nigeria in 2009,…

Africa’s Richest Woman Buys Portuguese Pay-Tv Company

Africa’s richest woman Isabel dos Santos  has bought a further 5 per cent of Portugal’s leading pay-TV and Internet provider Zon Multimedia from Spain’s Telefonica. The acquisition makes Dos Santos,  the…

IDC invests R60 million in Massiv TV

Taxi media owner Massiv TV and the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) announced a R60 million equity transaction by the corporation Tuesday, 3 February 2009. The deal will see the IDC…

Meet Today’s Ethiopian Consumer – TV Radio most popular

Ethiopia follows Nigeria as the second most populous nation in Africa, with 83 million people and two major ethnic groups that account for close to 60 percent of the population.…

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- Equipment rentals houses Media Film Service and MCC/Logical Designs have entered into a merger which will see the former absorb MCC’s staff, liabilities and assets. The merger will result…

Namibia: NBC Moots Another Turn-Around

In Windhoek, National public broadcaster, NBC, is mooting drastic changes that are bound to ruffle feathers within the market of commercial radio broadcasting and related services, in its quest to…

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- Hollywood, Bollywood and now Nollywood, the Stream looks at Nigeria’s booming film industry. Watch the video here: - Community TV stations have turned the corner. Not only are they…

Why a streaming TV service should be Google’s next African play

nspired by the recent successful launch of the Television White Spaces pilot in South Africa, I am once again tempted to engage in providing mostly unsolicited advice about what Google’s…

Uganda: Third Pay-TV player Enters Market

"We have just opened our doors to the public. We are trying to get customers to have a feel of our services and get their responses on the product before…

Star Times might buy into TopTV

TopTV’s parent company, On Digital Media, recently released its Business Rescue Plan in which it is confirmed that Chinese pay-TV operator StarTimes has made an offer to become a “strategic…

African Gaming Company KULUYA valued at $2 Million

Kuluya.com, the online African gaming company, last week announced that it has raised another small seed stage investment valuing the company at $2 Million. The investment will be used to…

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- A new television ad for Toyota Corolla, featuring the much-loved spokesdog Buddy the brindle Boxer, stresses the vehicle’s ‘fan club’ appeal.

Investment - In Brief

- On the 23rd of April the Documentary Filmmakers’ Association (DFA) sent its second official delegation of South African documentary filmmakers to the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival in…

Madagascar: Government puts up US$3.4 million for Cup of Nations rights for state TV

Seva Mboiny Simon, D-G of l'Office de la radio et de la télévison nationale malgache, and Volatahiana Ranaivomanana, director of the state TV channel confirmed that the Government had agreed…

Zuku: Top quality Swahili content broadcast across East Africa

Zuku, the Wananchi Group’s triple play and pay-tv business, has announced the launch of a channel dedicated to showing movies in Swahili, one of the fastest growing languages in the…

'Moroccan Hollywood' invests 27.3 million euros to step up production capacity by 2016

The southern Moroccan city of Ouarzazate intends to multiply its film-making revenue by seven and become the Hollywood of the Mediterranean. "Morocco will disburse 43 million dirhams (27.3 million euros)…

Google in Ghana: YouTube took-off in the birthplace of Azonto!

When azonto was first performed by dance groups in Ghana, no one would have guessed how far it would go. Today, the fact that the world is intrigued by azonto…

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A new free-to-air lifestyle and culture channel, Southern Africa Direct, has been launched on Sky and it claims to be the first “destination TV” channel. The channel is an Anglo-African…

Ethiopia Prepares for Digital Age

New regulation for effective management are required with deadline for digital TV switch fast approaching.Set-top boxes will be used to convert the digital television transmissions to analogue, until all televisions…

Kenya: Script changes in broadcast and film industry

Kenya's broadcast and film industry is set to get a major boost through a government initiative to promote the country's underutilised creative content economy to earn the country more jobs…

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- Canal + Afrique – the pay TV service provided in 30 African countries - added 14 new TV channels and 14 radio stations (incl. 9 from Africa) to its…

Ethiopia: A Film Festival strengthens ties between India and Africa

Indian culture is becoming increasingly popular in Africa. Films from "Bollywood" are on this continent particularly popular. A festival has been established in Ethiopia to meet this demand. India seeks to…

Country Gets N554 Million Aid From Japan to Improve Medium Wave radio broadcasting

The Federal Government of Nigeria has secured yet another financial aid to the tune of N554 million (526 Japanese Yen) for the improvement of medium wave radio broadcasting network in…

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- Universal Networks International announced 16 May 2011, its support for Focus Features' Africa First initiative that aims to bring African filmmakers to industry attention. Universal Channel in Africa will…

South African film-making threshold slashed 95%

Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies announced that he will lower the domestic film expenditure threshold required for producers to benefit from government incentives. Mr Davies is keen on promoting…

Liquid Telecom raises US$150m to extend broadband in Africa

The Liquid Telecom Group recently announced that it has raised US$150 million which will fund the further expansion of its fibre network in Africa.Liquid Telecom is a pioneering company that…

Namibia: Locals Encouraged to Apply for Film Finance

In an initiative earmarked exclusively for emerging filmmakers of African nationality and residence, Focus Features has established the Africa First programme, it has been announced in a press statement from…

U.S.$1 Million Fund for News Innovation

The African Media Initiative (AMI), the continent's largest association of media owners and operators, has announced a US$1 million fund to spur innovation in the news industry.The new African News…

Is Cape Town the Hollywood of Africa?

Hollywood is synonymous with movie making. During the Golden Age of Cinema, a majority of the films that were produced for the big screen were shot at studios in this…

Investment In Brief

- The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has mandated that companies bidding for a WiMax licence must have 51% black ownership.Companies affected by this new ICASA ruling who…

TV5Monde launches "TV5MONDE +" catch up and VoD

TV5MONDE launched "TV5Monde +", its global platform* for VoD (video on demand) and catch up services allowing Internet users a wide range of programs broadcast on the air and access…

VideoVision Entertainment announces new division

Anant Singh, Chief Executive of Videovision Entertainment has announced the establishment of a new division that will focus on modestly budgeted action films made in South Africa by local filmmakers.…

Zimbabwe: Shamu Claims Government Will Issue new TV and Radio Licences Soon

Information and Publicity Minister Webster Shamu has said the government is more than ready to start issuing licences for new television and radio stations. Shamu told Radio VOP over the…

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- 24 November 2011: The Cape Film Commission (CFC) has announced that it has secured the rights for the City of Cape Town to host the semi-final judging of the…

Kenya: Nation Media Group profits down 24% on rising costs – local TV production costs partly to blame

Kenya's Nation Media Group posted a 23.9 percent drop in pretax profit for the first half of 2009 and expects the remainder of the year to be tough, chief executive…

Ethiopia: Etv gets extra budget money to increase transmission coverage

The Ethiopian Radio and Television Agency (ERTA) requested an additional budget of 280 million Br from the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development (MoFED) for ongoing projects including the digitisation…

South Africa's film industry more than pays for itself , says new report

South Africa's film industry more than pays for itself with a 2.89 multiplier says the National Film and Video Foundation survey.The first-ever national study of South Africa's film industry based…

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- Media houses in Tanzania have also been hit hard by a drop in their advertising revenue by over 6.5 per cent. - A year ago, The New Vision sought…

Eutelsat's upcoming satellite launch: more sub-Saharan Africa coverage

Eutelsat has plans to launch five more satellites by the end of 2011. The W7 satellite is currently in final stages of preparation for launch on November 23, 2009 from…

South Africa: Nyanda Determined to Proceed With Sabc Funding Bill

Communications Minister Siphiwe Nyanda is determined to proceed with the controversial proposals in the draft Public Service Broadcasting Bill despite widespread concern that they would undermine the independence of the…

Zuku adds 11 channels to Zuku TV platform

Wananchi Group-owned East African pay TV platform Zuku has added 11 new channels to its offering after striking a series of carriage deals.The new channels include short movies service Shorts…

Nation Media and GOtv run digital migration roadshow

Kenya's Nation Media Group (NMG) and GOtv have embarked on countrywide tours to promote digital migration. They aim to create awareness of the GOtv Dunga Milli campaign as well as…

Intelsat to use its successful acquisition of ProtoStar I to serve Central Africa

On October 29, 2009, Intelsat was selected as the successful bidder at a bankruptcy auction for the ProtoStar I satellite with an all cash offer of $210 million. The acquisition,…

Investment In Brief

* SABC2 will run a telethon to raise funds for the Haiti earthquake victims on Thursday, 28 January 2010, on the Morning Live show, 6-8am. The channel has entered into…

Investment - In Brief

- A screening of anti-xenophobia films were been held by the Johannesburg based non- governmental organisation, African Diaspora Forum, on 18 May to commemorate the 5th anniversary of the victims…

Academy of Television and Screen Arts’ increases number of bursary students

At the Afpro Connect Conference held in November 2014 at the Maboneng Precinct, MICT Seta and the Academy of Television and Screen Arts (ATV) announced the results of the 2014…

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- South Africa’s ISP iBurst has introduced a triple-play proof of concept (POC) at the gated community of Monaghan Farm which is situated just north of Lanseria Airport. The triple…

Popular TV series on African Arts calls for broadcasters’ support

African Arts constitute one of the richest human elements of the continent. African people, societies, and civilizations each have a unique and special art culture, sometimes quite different from the…

Unilever announces tutors for the Academy for African Filmmakers

Unilever has announced that directors Femi Odugbemi, Akin Omotoso and Jahmil X. T. Qubeka are among the experienced African filmmakers joining lead tutors Beathur Mgoza Baker and Neville Josie, to…

Call for donations: Ster-Kinekor invests in children’s Vision

On 3 November, cinema chain Ster-Kinekor’s Vision Mission in partnership with Pareto Limited handed over free prescription spectacles to 80 disadvantaged children at Tygervalley Mall, Cape Town.The children, all from…

South Africa: Pay-Television Entrants Want 20-Year Licence to Recoup their Investment

As the first bout of public hearings into broadcasting licence conditions got under way, Telkom Media and the National Association of Broadcasters both requested that new pay-television entrants be given…

South Africa’s New Vision Media plans to grow in New York and Nigeria

New Vision Media, the diversified local media group, plans to grow its New York operations and expand into Nigeria in the future. However, for now the focus is on consolidating…

Investment Nes - In Brief

- The West African Cinema, Related Arts and Cultural Industries Development Fund (WACRACID fund), is offering five hundred thousand ordinary shares at a price of USD 5 per share to…

Nigeria: Major Investments expected as the Country Prepares for 3G Services

Third Generation (3G) mobile services could become operational in Nigeria in the next few weeks after the four GSM operators reported that tests for the release of the services had…

Africa: Joint Deal between Agra and Gates Foundation to Give Farmers' Voice in Radio Broadcasts

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has partnered with the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (Agra) to launch radio programmes to ensure access to timely and relevant information…

URTI considerably increased programme exchanges and awarded USD 15,000 to its “international grand prix” winner

The International Radio and Television Union (URTI) kept its 63rd general Assembly in Paris, this Friday October 21 2011, at the invitation of ‘France Télévisions’.This event gathered 51 international radio…

The IABM Training Academy Launches Two New Courses

The IABM Training Academy Launches Two New Courses Targeting Engineers Within the Broadcast Tech Sector Classroom Courses Address Network Essentials and Compression Fundamentals and Applications. The IABM (International Association of…

ViewSat chooses IS20 to enhance its service offering in Sub-Saharan Africa

ViewSat, the fast growing global broadcasting company for television and radio channels, has chosen IS20 to support growth in Sub-Saharan Africa. From its origin serving only Sub-Saharan Africa in 2006, ViewSat…

Telkom Media finally finds a buyer in China’s Shenzhen Media

Telkom's Media has been sold to China’s Shenzhen Media. "Telkom has managed to avert the winding up of Telkom Media by selling its 75 percent interest in and claims against…

MENA: Pay TV subscribers to top 10 million in 2012

Record numbers of households across the Middle East and Africa are signing up for pay TV, according to new research from Informa Telecoms & Media.In 2000 there were just over…

African Movie Channel inks carriage deal with StarTimes

African Movie Channel (AMC) has signed a carriage agreement with African DTT operator StarTimes, which will see AMC launching on StarTimes' platform at the start of August. AMC started in…

Monetising TV programmes in East Africa

The state broadcasting corporations in Tanzania (TBC), Kenya (KBC), Namibia (NBC) and Zambia (ZNBC) have asked CFI, as the media cooperation operator for the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, for…

South Africa: Johncom Asset Shuffle May Open Way to Acquisition

Johncom’s announcement on April 12 that it will unbundle the Caxton shares from its operational assets by listing itself as two separate companies has been welcomed by analysts, even though…

Nigeria’s UBA to Help Filmmakers Access Finance

United Bank for Africa Plc has restated its commitment to the growth and development of the African movie industry, promising to advance its support to the industry through the creation…

Investment - In Brief

- Africa 7 Television started its broadcasts in October 2011, after three months of investments and testing. The Senegalese media space has enriched its TV content with a seventh channel…

Eutelsat 21B launch set for November 9

Eutelsat has said that its new Eutelsat 21B satellite has arrived at the European Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.The launch will take place on November 9 onboard an Arianespace Ariane…

Zimbabwe: Film Club at St Georges High School

Zimbabwe's premier production house and film institution, the Institute of Creative Arts for Progress in Africa Trust (ICAPA trust) is giving more back to the community. In addition to being…

Zimbabwe: Govt allocates $8.9bn for New Radio Station – Iran to fund refurbishment

The Government has put up Z$8.9 billion for the new Gweru-based shortwave radio station that is scheduled to start broadcasting soon, Information and Publicity Minister Dr Sikhanyiso Ndlovu said yesterday.…

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- At a meeting held by the African Development Bank to discuss « Media and the Financial Crisis », Spectrum TV Director General, Mactar Silla He underscored that contrary to…

Buni TV partners with 3 African film festivals to support emerging filmmakers.

Buni TV  announced today that it had partnered with three high-profile African film festivals, the Africa in Motion (AiM) festival in Scotland, the Kenya International Film Festival (KIFF), and London’s…

Pirate TV series provides a lift for SA film industry.

"Black Sails", a TV series about pirates and one of the largest productions ever made in SA, has put the spotlight on the local film industry.  Pirates have descended on…

Nigeria: Commercialization of Govt Owned Media Begins

The federal government has begun the process of privatising its media outfits across the country with the appointment of consultants to evaluate the companies and make recommendations to it. The…

Investment News - In Brief

- From March to May 2012, CFI lent its support to young Egyptian directors of short documentaries, during a new, 8-week introductory workshop organised in Cairo with the Association of…

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- Paris: A Nelson Mandela Exhibition taking place from May 30 to July 6, 2013 at the ‘Hotel de Ville’ (Town Hall) features several aspects including 7 short films highlighting…

South Africa: Kagiso Trust Investment COO Resigns

The resignation of Kagiso Trust Investments COO Roger Jardine, effective 30 June 2008, was announced by Johnson Njeke, group MD of Kagiso Trust Investments (KTI), on Tuesday 13 May. Jardine…

New IP-TV operator invests in Triple Play offer in Cape Verde

With backing from a European investor, a new company Cabo Com is to launch another IP-TV service for Cape Verde as part of a new Triple Play service that includes…

Uganda: Policymakers at odds over DVB-T1 or DVB-T2

Last month, Aggrey Awori the minister for information and communication technology (ICT) told the media that Uganda is eyeing the Digital Video Broadcasting Terrestrial (DVB T) standard in its migration.…

French Media invest across Africa

Hexagonal media groups multiply initiatives and projects to take advantage of the growth of “La Francophonie”, which should rise from 220 million people to 700 million in 2050, which almost…

Globecast and WinMedia sign partnership agreement

WinMedia, an automation and content management software solutions provider for broadcasters, and Globecast, a content contribution, preparation and distribution company, have signed a partnership agreement to integrate and distribute their…

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- Malawi now has 15 broadcasts stations with three Free to Air TV stations and its regulator MACRA will be looking at how to tackle the digital transition shortly.

Visabeira to invest 6 Million Euros in Fibre-To-The-Home in Beira, Mozambique

9 May 2011: The Portuguese company Visabeira is investing six million Euros (about 8.7 million US dollars) in the Mozambican cable television company (TV Cabo Mocambique) to expand the fibre…

Nigeria: advance payment on free spectrum to raise digital migration funds

Nigeria’s National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) is considering asking for advance payment from those bidding for freed spectrum as a way of raising funds needed for Nigeria to meet the international…

Satellite operator SES’s Q3 2014 Results

In August 2014, SES announced the launch of a new digital TV platform for West Africa in association with Nigerian service provider Computer Warehouse Group (CWG) on the ASTRA 2F…

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- Pan-African radio station Africa No. 1 has lost its signal end of April 2011 except in Ile de France (Greater Paris). Satellite operator Eutelsat put an end to its…

Shine Int’l sells “Marry Harry,” launches VoD platform

Shine Group’s sales and distribution arm Shine International has sold reality series I Wanna Marry Harry (pictured) to the UK’s ITV2 and South Africa’s M-Net, and has launched its own…

Intelsat hit by challenging African environment

Intelsat reported a decline in revenues and profits in the third quarter, claiming that network services growth from new business was more than offset by a “challenging environment” in Africa.Announcing…

Cape Town studio Triggerfish secures development funding

Riding on the success of their first two features, Adventures in Zambezia (Sony International Acquisitions) and Khumba (Millennium Entertainment), Cape Town-based Triggerfish Animation has secured funding for the first phase…

Pana TV announces partnership with Mercedes-Benz International Fashion Film Festival

For the first time ever in Africa, the genre of fashion film will be celebrated in the inaugural Mercedes-Benz International Fashion Film Festival, which takes place in Cape Town, South…

National Film Indaba sets ambitious course for industry growth

Innovative measures to support funding for local content, collaboration to maximise limited resources and strategic government interventions were some of the critical issues raised at the Fourth National Film Indaba…

Investment - In Brief

Jumia Ivory Coast has announced a partnership with Canal+ to provide discounts to users and create a dedicated World Cup store on all its sites ahead of the event. Source:…

Nigeria: Film, Advertising Sectors Can Generate N500 Billion Yearly - Odey

Information and Communications Minister, John Odey, has said Nigeria's movie and advertising industries have the potential to generate about N500 billion annually. Odey said this at the launch of the…

Nigeria now is a market of 167 million people

 Nigeria now is a market of 167 million people. This is what Chairman, National Population Commission, Samu'ila Danko Makama, had last week disclosed that the country's population rose from the…

African gaming apps: Zombie killers vs cheeky snails

When Daniel Okalany bought his first computer at the age of 21, he was hooked.Just two years on, Okalany runs his own mobile gaming company called Kola Studios from an…

MultiChoice staffers probed over R11m fraud

Media group Naspers is investigating four staffers employed by its pay-TV operation MultiChoice on suspicion of fraud. The four are accused of defrauding Africa’s largest media company of R11m, according…

Telkom’s SoftCap to get uncapped data (ready for VoD)

Telkom announced that it will offer its SoftCap customers uncapped data for video and gaming services to maximise the value of the latest bandwidth hungry devices and services.“As devices evolve…

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-The Moroccan public broadcaster SNRT has become a 0.33% shareholder in SECEMIE, the holding company for Euronews. It joins 22 other shareholders who include: CT (Czech Republic), CyBC (Chypre), ENTV…

Africa: Naspers busy rolling out digital terrestrial television (DTT)

The profits of Naspers have been rising in the three months to September this year, thanks to the media group’s overseas Internet operations and the weaker South African currency.Overseas profits…

South Africa: Sentech Pull-Out From Pay-TV Race a Puzzle

Sentech has yet to say why it withdrew its application for a pay-TV licence at the last minute, after releasing a "temporary" statement last week . The state-owned broadcast signal…

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- Kenya, Senegal maximise the Net the most: Kenya and Senegal have been identified as two African countries in which the internet is having the most significant economic impact. A…

Botswana: etv invests ‘millions of pulas’ to acquire GBC TV and goes national

Following a multi-million pula deal with South Africa's private television station etv, Gaborone Broadcasting Corporation (GBC TV) is prepared to go national and give viewers quality programming and content. 51…

Online news agency Infosplusgabon invests to be able to deliver to TV and radio stations

Online news Agency Infosplusgabon becomes the first private Gabonese online press agency dedicated to the dissemination of news, features and editorials. The agency has recently invested in its website and…

Waterfront Studios puts money into a BrightDrive Recording System and Bones Dailies solutions

Bright Systems, Inc have announced that South Africa’s Waterfront Studios has installed a BrightDrive Recording System and two Bones Dailies nonlinear dailies solutions for its Cape Town head office. Together,…

Hollywood is looking to produce in Cape Town Film Studios

Thanks to the international success of District 9, Hollywood is showing great interest in the Cape Town Film Studios (CTFS), which is being built outside Somerset West. Nico Dekker, the…

Uganda: Vision Group Pays NSSF Sh191 Million Dividend

The Vision Group has paid sh191.3m dividends to the National Social Security Fund (NSSF), reaffirming its strong financial performance and share value. Robert Kabushenga, the group chief, said the company's…

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- Following the release of Ice Age 3 and Harry Potter and The Half Blood Prince, South Africa’s Nu Metro has broken its all time daily cinema attendance records twice…

Huge Group launches Huge Media with agreement to distribute mobile advertising technology

Huge Group has announced the launch of its latest operating subsidiary, Huge Media, in Johannesburg. Huge Media aims to enter the rapidly emerging digital media arena, positioning itself as a…

Rwanda: RTV to Benefit From US$0.5 million Japanese Grant

The Japanese government has given Rwanda Television (RTV) a grant of 46.1 million Japanese Yen last week (approx $0.5m). A joint Rwanda-Japan communiqué notes that the grant will be signed…

Nigeria: World Bank and NFVCB, NFC and NCC come together to promote job creation in the entertainment industry

Early in May 2010 and for three days, the Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC), World Bank, National Film & Video Censors Board (NFVCB), Nigerian Film Corporation (NFC), and Nigerian Copyright…

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* Algerie Telecom has launched ‘Safir’, the country’s first IPTV service, equipment supplier Netgem revealed. The service was rolled out across the telco’s fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network in collaboration with Netgem…

CFI has geared up for FIFA World Cup

The 2010 FIFA World Cup will take place in South Africa from 11 June to 11 July 2010. To help CFI’s TV partners adapt their schedule to this sporting event,…

France: Group plays down the closure of cinema halls in Africa

The president of the African Network of Promoters and Cultural Entrepreneurs (RAPEC), John Dossavi, on Monday played down in Paris the closure of cinema halls in Africa and pleaded for…

Investment News: In Brief

- Mid-May 2010, MultiChoice South Africa handed over three fully resourced and networked multimedia school laboratories in KwaZulu-Natal to the Superintendent General- Dr R C Lubisi of the Provincial Department…

Steps International will commission 30 shorts on Why Poverty?

Steps International is commissioning thirty short films as part of the global documentary series Why Poverty? It is looking for films from all over the world that give insight into…

NaShakaraTV, new online video platform for African culture

Founded in February 2010, NaShakaraTv has established itself as being a leading broadcaster for music and entertainment in Africa, allowing billions of people to discover watch and share, authentic creative…

SES Platform Services Makes A MENA Fashion Statement

SES announced on October 15, 2012 that its 100 percent owned subsidiary SES Platform Services has signed a multi-year contract with global television network Fashion One to broadcast the free-to-air…

Kenya: Nation Media Profit Up 32.7 Percent

Nation Media Group said an upturn in the economic environment helped it post a 32.7 percent jump in pretax profit on Wednesday, which it is cautiously optimistic of sustaining.The group…

China investing millions in Africa’s digital switchover

The China Africa Development Fund and China Development Bank have committed to invest large sums of money in the digitalisation of TV in African countries.Chinese news source China Daily quotes…

Investment - In Brief

-  Stingray (HQ in Montréal) will broadcast its music TV channels on 3 continents including Africa. Stingray – 70 channels including Galaxie channels to about 10 M subscribers in 18…

Google/Youtube: “We are keen on driving the Arabization of the Internet"

Ari Kesisoglu, Managing Director of Google’s operations in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, discusses how online video is becoming more social, and the products Google is developing…

How television can take a fresh look at Afican cities?

CFI supports Africities summit 2012.About 5,000 participants from all over Africa are expected to attend this key summit on the role of cities in Africa's development. It will be held…

Nigeria: Federal Government spends N8.2 billion upgrading state broadcaster’s equipment including HD

A contract worth N8.2 billion has been approved by the Federal Executive Council (FEC) for the upgrading and renovation of the broadcast equipment of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA). Briefing…

Investment News - In Brief

- South Africa: ComutaNet and Massiv 3GTV, the leaders in the commuter market and commuter television respectively, have announced a strategic sales partnership that will change the face of commuter…

DISCOP Africa 2012 reports record breaking attendence

Basic Lead, the organizers of DISCOP Africa, have reported a record breaking attendance for the 7th annual edition of the television content market and co-production forum, which concluded last week…

Nigeria: Apex bank organises training for journalists

On 14 July finance correspondents in Nigeria gathered in Makurdi, capital of northern Benue Statefor a seminar aimed at building their capacity for better reporting, according to the organisers, Central…

Investment In Brief

- The Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa), anxious to avoid a repeat of the embarrassment that followed the sale of Vodacom shares to Vodafone, will invite public comment on…

Investment News - In Brief

- In October 2012, Astrium successfully completed the ASTRA 2F testing in orbit and has handed over the control of the satellite to SES. The ASTRA 2F satellite is based…

Naspers Annual Results confirms four million pay TV homes across Africa

Naspers released its annual results on Tuesday, 29 June 2010. "Overall we had a good year," Ton Vosloo, Naspers chairman said. "The increase in free cash flow to R4.1 billion…

Market research event PAMRO looks at implications of investment in DTT

Taking place at the Grand Palm Hotel, Casino and Convention Resort, Gaborone, Botswana from Sunday 22 August 2010 to Wednesday 25 August 2010, the Pamro event will feature “Strong Foundation…

Africa: Goodbye M-Net Africa, Hello…

As part of part of M-Net exciting plans for the expansion of the popular AfricaMagic channels, MultiChoice wishes to advise DStv subscribers that M-Net Africa (Channel 102) will be swapped…

2go and iROKING Bring Music to Millions

2go and iROKING are joining forces to bring instant free Nigerian music downloads to the more than 9 million active 2go users across Nigeria. The fully-integrated music site will bring…

Locarno's Co-Production Lab Open Doors to Return to Sub-Sahara Africa in 2014

It's the second time in three years the lab will focus on Africa, this time turning to 25 countries not eligible in 2012.The Locarno Film Festival said Monday that its…

Investment News: In Brief

- Delivering a keynote address at the recent 31st annual SAMRA conference at Mount Grace Country House and Spa, James Fergusson, TNS global director Emerging Markets, said that marketers needs…

GoTV, a contender to digital TV across Africa

In the bruising roller-coaster ride to digital migration in Kenya and across Africa, Multichoice may well have established first-mover advantage with the introduction of its GoTV service that is currently…

K-NET supports New TV and Ultrafast Broadband Internet services across Sub-Saharan Africa

K-NET , an ISP offering triple-play voice, data and video services across sub-Saharan Africa, has announced the successful transition of its satellite-based services to a new high-powered digital communications satellite…

Big Break Legacy winners to be announced on Saturday

It’s the reality show with one of the biggest prizes on South African television. The Big Break Legacy is back on SABC2 from 17 August at 9pm and Season 2’s…

Unilever Partners MOFILM To Launch Academy For African Filmmakers

Multinational consumer goods company, Unilever has launched “Academy for African Filmmakers (AAF),” an initiative that seeks to equip and elevate African Film industry to global standards.The initiative, which is in…

MultiChoice brings in the cash for Naspers

MultiChoice, which owns DStv, M-Net and SuperSport, has turned in another strong financial performance for the year ended 31 March 2015.JSE-listed media giant Naspers revealed in its annual results, published…

South Africa: Financing Your Film – Women are doing it for themselves

Women in Film and Television South Africa (WIFTSA) will host a Panel Discussion entitled Financing Your Film: managing your relationship with broadcasters and financiers, on 5 August (6pm – 8pm)…

Investment - In Brief

- Visual Unity system integrator and multi-screen platform provider has entered into a joint venture with Telemedia Africa to establish Visual Unity Africa. The company, based in Nairobi, offers system…

MTV Base to launch 'The Official Naija Top 10'

For Naija music lovers, MTV Base is set to launch the first definitive chart of Nigerian contemporary music.'The Official Naija Top 10', produced by MTV Base, will be a weekly…

Google to lead the search for Africa’s next biggest app

With connectivity presenting so many problems in the continent, many Africans experience the internet primarily through their mobile devices, and from Price Check to GoMetro to Snapify, apps are literally…

'SPORTS DAY' announced over DISCOP AFRICA 2014 content trade event

A new in-depth survey of sports content made in Africa has been commissioned.Basic Lead, organizers of the upcoming 9th edition of DISCOP Africa, today unveiled plans to dedicate day three…

E.tv decries decline of free-to-air TV

Commercial broadcaster e.tv has raised concerns about the state of television in South Africa, pointing to what it says is the long-term decline of free-to-air TV, especially in the independent…

AME invests in the new commercial radio market

Africa Media Entertainment Ltd is delighted to announce its acquisition of a 24.9% stake in the new commercial radio market of Mpumalanga. The AME led consortium of M-Power Radio comprises…

Rwanda: First privately-owned Television station hits airwaves

The first ever privately-owned television station in the country, TV10, has hit the airwaves. The station has been testing its signal for the past three weeks.Rwandans have for long been…

Investment - In brief

- Global Eagle Entertainment, the media investment vehicle set up by industry veterans Harry Sloan and Jeff Sagansky, has acquired in-flight entertainment business IFE Services. The deal sees Global take…

VoD: New Nigerian satire show reached over 160,000 views

Launched just a month ago on leading African VOD platform Buni.tv and on YouTube, the new Nigerian puppet satire show OGAS AT THE TOP has already gone viral, reaching more…

Kenya’s Wananchi Group Raises $130million to Expand into Southern Africa

Zuku pay tvHome entertainment and pay tv operator Wananchi Group has has raised $130 million from its existing and new investors in an expansion drive across East and southern Africa.Altice…

Investment In Brief

- Telkom South Africa Ltd. is considering an offer for its pay-television unit, Telkom Media, Telkom had halted plans for the unit to start services. The buyer, if the transaction…

Investment - In Brief

- OIF (Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie) and the EU/ACP organisations invested over FESPACO 2013. Conferences from both entities took place on site and rewards were handed out by PIF…

Africa: Hyundai Motors Nigeria Lifts Africa's Film, TV Industry At Awards

Hyundai Motors Nigeria has donated two new Hyundai cars to support Africa's film and TV industry at the just ended 2014 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards (AMVCA).The vehicles which include…

Africa struggles with media data

As a new media consumption tool is launched in South Africa there have been claims that the country's advertising expenditure figures have been hugely overstated. Peter Langschmidt, chief executive of…

Homeland TV Series Season 4: Filming To Take Place In South Africa

With "Homeland" off the air since the third season concluded in December, the show is certainly missed. The hanging death of Nicholas Brody certainly created a stir and brought some…

Another pay-TV service for South Africa?

Close-T Broadcast Network Holdings has on Wednesday (24 July 2013) announced that it wants to offer a customisable pay-TV service to the South African market, called CloseTV.The pay-TV hopeful said…

Internet tv in SA on the way as Discover Digital buys sports content

Discover Digital, a South African digital entertainment business, has concluded its first sports content deal in anticipation of the launch of internet TV in South Africa later this year. The…

Naspers stake in Facebook worth $343m

South Africa-based multinational media conglomerate Naspers has an indirect stake in Facebook worth $343 million (R2.3 billion) following a multimillion-dollar injection into the social-networking site by US bank Goldman Sachs…

Benin: a second TV channel devoted to development?

The Office de Radiodiffusion et Télévision du Bénin (ORTB) has asked for the support of CFI in defining the editorial and visual strategies of a second TV channel devoted to…

Investment - In Brief

The International Organization of the Francophonie (OIF) has started its "Numeric Capital" (digital asset) project from the first quarter of 2014. The large operation concerns 3018 pieces of work (films…

LAFF encourages investment from private sector to develop talent

The 4th annual Luxor African Film Festival (LAFF) commenced in Egypt on 21 March 2015. Formed by the Independent Shabab Foundation, a non-profit organisation in Egypt under the country’s Ministry…

South Africa: Primedia Private Equity Bid 'Progressing'

Media company Primedia said last week the market could expect an announcement regarding a proposed R6bn private equity offer within the following two to three weeks. According to CEO William…

Grass Valley acquisition complete

Francisco Partners have completed their acquisition of Grass Valley Broadcast & Professional (active in Africa) from Technicolor.As of January 1st 2011, the California-based firm started operating as an independent company…

Angola Telecom: TV Cabo’s triple-play now available to its users via new build fibre

Angola Telecom says a new triple-play voice, TV and broadband service via direct fibre access is now available for around 3,180 residences in the newly built district of Kilamba in…

South Africa: Naspers Finds Nasdaq a Drag, Heads for London

South African media group Naspers said last week it would delist from US-based Nasdaq because of the cost of regulatory requirements. The company said it intended listing on the London…

Intelsat to launch $250 mln satellite for Africa

Private-fund owned satellite firm Intelsat and a South African investment consortium plan to build and launch a $250 million satellite to serve Africa and improve communications on the poorest continent.…

In Brief - Investment

 Investments at FESPACO 2011: Fespaco, the largest gathering of African cinema to be held from February 26 to March 5, 2011 in Ouagadougou, Burkina Fasso will be bigger again this…

In Brief

- The biggest barrier to implementing regional infrastructure projects in Africa are the countries themselves, the Infrastructure Africa conference heard in Sandton on Tuesday (16 July). The Programme for Infrastructure…

South Africa: Naspers reports flat earnings despite good revenue growth

Media giant Naspers reported largely flat earnings despite good revenue growth for the six months to September, but was bullish on its prospects. The group has been open about its…

Investment In Brief

- ANC Youth League President Julius Malema was quoted suggesting that the SABC should receive something like 60% of its operations revenue from the state so as to shift the…

Multichoice to establish decoder assembly plant in Nigeria

Multichoice Nigeria, one of the foremost pay television outfits in the country, has announced plans to establish an assembly plant for decoders and other appliances in the country.Elizabeth Amkpa, general…

Samsung signs up with DStv for mobile TV

Samsung South Africa has announced an exclusive agreement with DStv, to offer consumers increased freedom and mobility to enjoy broadcast TV entertainment.As consumers continue to demand engagement across multiple platforms,…

Namibia: Digital broadcast migration needs N$350 million

Namibia will experience the impact of digital terrestrial television (DTT) in the next one to three years, says Deputy Minister of Information and Communication Technology Stanley Simataa. Simataa informed the…

Nigeria: Dons seek investment in educational TV

If Nigeria can emulate South Africa by establishing an educational television channel, performance in public examinations could improve, some educationists have said.This is coming as outgoing president of the Science…

Uganda: the TV audience race

Joe Munene, the former NTV General Manager, hands over to his successor Aggie Konde Asiimwe. NTV’s tight turf tussle has turned lenses on some unusual strategiesWhen new NTV Uganda Managing…

Nigeria: NASS Budgets N850 million for TV/Radio Stations

An estimated sum of N850 million (US$7.3 million) has been allocated by the National Assembly in its 2008 budget for state radio and television stations. It was also disclosed that…

Cable Africa Network (CAN) to be launched later this year

Executives from Cable Africa Network (CAN) who were present at Discop 2 Africa announced that it will be launched later this year. As a broadcaster in the cable medium with…

Rwanda: ORINFOR Urged to Conduct Audience Survey

The government owned media outlet, ORINFOR, has been called upon to establish the needs of the audience it serves by conducting an audience survey. The call was made by the…

SportFive wins rights to broadcast Africa’s World Cup qualifiers

he broadcast rights to the African qualifying games of the 2014 FIFA World Cup have been sold to Italian company B4, in association with France’s SportFive, for “a minimum of…

Extreme sports film from Award-winning South African filmmakers using crowd-source funding

Inspiring Ghanaian polio survivors pioneer extreme sports combination of skating and soccer / Award-winning South African filmmakers crowd-source funding via Kickstarter for the documentarySkate soccer won’t be featured at this…

Audience tracking tool for African radio, initial results from Ghana

Research and strategy company, Dashboard Marketing Intelligence, and advertising and media expert, Dave Kelly, have joined forces to launch Pinpoint, a current and accurate media consumption and audience-tracking tool for…

Telkom Media shareholding in limbo but announcement may come on 9 June

South African pay-TV licensee Telkom Media is still awaiting clarity on its shareholding structure, ever since its 66% shareholder, telecoms operator Telkom, announced its intention to either reduce its shares…

Portuguese cable company Zon Multimedia to enter the Angolan market

Portuguese cable co Zon Multimedia, intends to enter the Angolan market soon, and has bought 30% of a company called Finstar through another acquisition, Teliz, via which it reportedly intends…

Ster-Kinekor invests in its first multiplex in Lesotho

Ster-Kinekor Theatres is opening its first cinema multiplex in the mountain kingdom of Lesotho, as part of the company's strategy to expand into Africa. The new six-cinema complex in the…

South Africa: SABC Needs R600 Million for Digital TV

Business Day’s Chantelle Benjamin reported on 6 October 2010 that the SABC needs at least another R600m for the technology and skills to meet an international deadline of 2015 for…

The African Film Library of Ouagadougou renews its investments in African film heritage

The African Film Library of Ouagadougou was established in 1989 on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of FESPACO on the initiative of African filmmakers who had it in mind…

Investment - In Brief

- In Zimbabwe, public hearings to scrutinize candidates who applied for commercial radio licenses from the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ) are scheduled to begin this month (Oct 2011), amid…

Investment News - In Brief

- Investments in Tencent Holdings Ltd. (700), China’s biggest Internet company, and Mail.ru (MAIL), the largest Russian-language Internet firm and a 1.5 percent owner of Facebook Inc. (FB), account for…

Investment - in Brief

- This year, the Africa Channel celebrates Black History Month from a fresh perspective by hosting a variety of brand new documentaries celebrating the achievements of extraordinary people who are…

Investment In Brief

- The Kenya Film Commission says it is due to sign a KS1.2 billion deal with studios including Universal Pictures, Warner Bothers and Columbia Pictures to make Kenya one of…

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- Lagos-based infrastructure provider Netcom Africa has extended its relationship with satellite operator SES by contracting additional capacity from SES World Skies to expand its services in Nigeria and western…

Investment In Brief

- The DTI and the NFVF recently met with the Cape Film Commission and industry leaders in Cape Town to discuss possible changes to the DTI Film rebate scheme as…

Uganda: Nation Media Group to Cross-List in Uganda

Faridah Kulabako and Walter Wafula reported for the Monitor on 7 October 2010 that NMG calls for investment via the USE. In Kampala, Nation Media Group has set October 19…

Private equity firm ECP upbeat on Africa growth including TV

Africa offers plenty of scope for private equity investments, with at least another decade of strong growth expected from consumer goods, broadband internet and financial services, the co-head of one…

kykNET funds 15 shorts for the Silwerskerm Festival

From 27 to 30 August the fourth annual kykNET Silwerskerm Festival will take place at the Bay Hotel in Camps Bay, Cape Town. The festival highlights the best in Afrikaans…

Investment News - In Brief

- Morocco and RDC bid for CAF - 2015 and 2017 “Confédération Africaine de Football” - said Mustapha Fahmy, general secretary. Final verdict initially set for November 10th 2010 will…

Investment - In Brief

During Fespaco, the European Commission has confirmed its 2011 support to the African cultural sector with a total budget of 30 million Euros through EU-ACP Films (European Union - African,…

South African movies improve box office earnings

Locally made movies generated R33-million in revenue at South African cinemas in the first half of 2014, a 43% increase on the R23-million generated by homegrown productions in the first…

Investment - In Brief

- South African pay-TV provider, Siyaya TV, which recently won the ZAR 1 billion (USD 94.5 million) deal from South African Football Association’s (SAFA), plans to work with other broadcasters…

Telkom fails to find a new investor for Telkom Media and closes company

The process to sell Telkom Media has failed and its main shareholder will push for the liquidation of the business, it was announced this morning. Telkom, which holds a 66%…

Chinese state funds behind ‘Africa’, BBC's Attenborough series

Viewers hypnotised by the BBC's landmark series Africa, with its stunning images of fighting giraffes and baby turtles scuttling into the sea, are watching pictures partly funded by the state…

Ethiopia: UNESCO sponsors training and equipment for 10 school Mini-Media Clubs

UNESCO, in collaboration with the Peace, Family and Media Association (PFMA), has sponsored training and equipment for school mini-media clubs in 10 locations in Addis Ababa. Luc Rukinama, UNESCO’s Representative…

Kenya: StarTimes pay TV widens reach to 12 other towns

Chinese broadcaster StarTimes has widened the reach of its pay television signals in 12 other towns, signalling a battle for subscribers in towns outside Nairobi and Mombasa.StarTimes services will now…

Investment IN BRIEF

- It remains to be seen whether the South African public broadcaster SABC, which faces a deficit of R800m, will be able to honour its commitment expressed recently not to…

Nigeria: GOtv, SuperSport Bring AFCON Games

Africa is a continent united in its culture, diversity, identity and history. But come 19th January 2013, it’s every country for itself in the battle to see whose flag will…

Kenya: Digital TV Decoder Prices

Kenya: Digital TV Decoder Prices Still ExorbitantThe price of digital television set-top-boxes is still beyond many consumers' reach even as the country prepares for analogue Tv switch off any time…

Funding African Media - AMLF meeting in Cameroon

Funding African Media in an Age of Uncertain Business Models will be the main theme of the African Media Leaders Forum (AMLF) when it meets in Yaoundé, Cameroon in November.The…

TV set makers addressing new opportunities in emerging markets

Global shipments of 3D TV sets in 2010 are expected to total 3.2 million worldwide, according to DisplaySearch.The findings from the Q4 report include: in the global broadcast environment, South…

Ster-Kinekor replaces all of its screens with digital technology

Film projectors will get the axe as the cinema chain moves to digital technology. Cinema chain Ster-Kinekor Theatres will replace all of its screens countrywide with digital technology over the…

Box TV extended its African partnerships

At the end of 2012, Box TV announced a raft of deal renewals in the African market.Box Television, the Channel 4 and Bauer Media music television joint venture  has announced…

Corporate Nigeria rallies behind AMAA 2014

Corporate Organisations in Nigeria led by the telecommunication giant, Globacom, Sterling Bank, MRS Oil & Gas and First City Monument Bank have come out to sponsor the 10th anniversary of…

Africa: GTV Gets $35 Million Boost As It Targets 1 Million Viewers

Pan African satellite TV operator GTV has received a capitalisation of US$35 million, bringing the total capital invested into the company to almost US$200 million. The company is also getting…

Angolan Media Minister encourages the creation of community radio stations

In Luanda on Sept 13th. 2010, the Angolan Media minister, Carolina Cerqueira, on Monday in Luanda encouraged the creation and development of community radios in the southern Africa region.Carolina Cerqueira…

TV5Monde continues to innovate with more focus on Africa

Over the last few years, Television in Africa has become more due to the arrival of new private channels. But the competition will reached an unprecedented level by 2015 when…

SAARF PAMRO Conference for Africa Diplomat

y bringing together the media research industry across African borders, the Pan African Media Research Organisation (PAMRO) aims to produce harmonised, compatible and comprehensive audience measurement data for the entire…

Investment - In Brief

Digital move: In Jan. 2013 in Senegal, a meeting held under the patronage of ICT Minister Cheikh Mamadou Abdoulaye Dièye and with Malick Ndiaye, coordinator of the national comitee highlighted…

Nigeria: New TV Network to Advance Catholic Faith Hits Airwaves

A new cable television network to "advance the cause of the Catholic faith in Africa, Europe and parts of Asia" is to hit the airwaves on May 22.The station, known…

Nigeria: N4.8 Billion VON Station to Be Ready in 2009

The Voice of Nigeria (VON) transmitting station in Abuja would be completed by the first quarter of 2009, according to Alhaji Abubakar Jijiwa, the station's Director-General. The cost of the…

Kenya: Small Radio Stations Tune Into Profits in a Crowded Market

Victor Juma wrote on 3 May 2010 in the BUSINESS DAILY: The youth of Korogocho have their own radio station. Since 2006, Koch FM, has been broadcasting in the sprawling…

Investment New - In Brief

- Sports brand Puma has partnered with the Channel 4 Britdoc Foundation to launch a documentary film fund, which will see up to €200,000 (US$256,200) issued annually to filmmakers. -…

Investment - In Brief

Greek films in South Africa: In association with The Lyceum Club of Greek Women under the auspices of the Greek Embassy of South Africa and assisted by the Federation of…

Television Malagasy renewed capacity contract with Eutelsat

Eutelsat Communications and the government of Madagascar announced the renewal for seven years of a capacity lease on the Eutelsat satellite 16A, at 16 ° is. These resources provide distribution…

Mactar Silla launches Pan-African Television in 2014

The former Director General of the Senegalese national television Mactar Silla announced in Libreville, Gabon the launch of a pan-African TV channel and a radio station emitting from Gabon.The project,…

Investment In Brief

- Visafone and Vitamalt have joined Ecobank to sponsor a new TV series, "The Entrepreneur TV Series", which would make its debut very soon. While Visafone and Vitamalt are co-sponsors,…

Investment: In Brief

Ogilvy & Mather and Scangroup Limited have agreed to create a pan-African joint venture via a share swap transaction, subject to regulatory and shareholder approval, in order to strengthen a…

3rd Durban FilmMart will include a finance forum

The official countdown to Africa’s premiere film finance and coproduction forum kicks off with a bang this year. With less than six weeks to go to the 3rd Durban FilmMart,…

Restless Talent Management, first global management company to focus on African talent

Restless Talent Management (RTM) announced its launch today as the first global management company to focus on African talent. At a time where actors and directors of African descent are resolutely…

Investment News - In Brief

- Venture capitalists from the US and the Netherlands have set their eyes on local animators, film makers and media firms and will be in the country between July 10…

Cinema investments in Burkina Faso and Mali

At a meeting held in Cotonou, film directors from Burkina Faso (photo) and Mali shared their views on the local film and cinema industry. What is the state of cinema of…

Investment - In Brief

Liquid Telecom Group reveals plans to spend about US$200m in fibre cable roll out across sub-Saharan Africa in the next 18 months, its CEO Nic Rudnick announced this month. Read…

Nigeria: Filmmakers to Access UTH Ibadan hospital facilities as a location

The University Teaching Hospital (UTH) Ibadan has agreed to grant Nigerian filmmakers access to professional medical facilities and hospital scenarios that could be recorded in motion pictures.In a statement by…

African Metropolis’ short films supported by Goethe-Institut South Africa and the Hubert Bals Fund of the International Film Festival of Rotterdam

African Metropolis will comprise seven short films from seven filmmakers from seven different cities in Africa. The initiative is presented by executive producer Steven Markovitz and the Goethe-Institut South Africa,…

CCTV to produce 20 ‘Faces of Africa’ documentaries

A24 Media is excited to announce the new partnership with China Central Television (CCTV) to produce 20 documentaries for the CCTV series “FACES OF AFRICA”.CCTV’s commitment to bringing viewers the…

Investment News - In Brief

- Akouma TV, a new pan-african web TV channel focused on African culture was born. A Vox Africa TV interview in French with Andrea Bomo, Akouma TV’s co-founder has been…

Eutelsat showcases innovative satellite broadcast solutions for Africa

Eutelsat will showcase a slew of innovative satellite-based solutions for broadcast and Internet markets at this year's IBC, the premier annual show for professionals engaged in the creation, management and…

SES and Samsung set up a free Satellite TV set

The sector of television receivers just recorded a new technological advance. An ongoing collaboration between SES, the world leader in satellite services and the South Korean giant Samsung has led…

Uganda: Chinese to Upgrade UBC

The Monitor (Kampala) wrote on January 20th that the Chinese's government has sent a 10-man delegation in the country to assess measures in which Uganda Broadcasting Corporations (UBC) technical facilities…

Canal Plus in Talks to Buy GTV, according to Le Figaro

Vivendi SA’s pay-television unit Canal Plus is in talks to buy pay-TV operator GTV which is seeking as much as $100 million for the pay-TV company, Le Figaro said. GTV…

International broadcasters RFI, TV5Monde and Deutsche Welle promote language learning by mobile

RFI and TV5MONDE, as promoters of the French language around the world, have combined their know-how in audiovisual media to create a new iPhone application to learning French from current…

Investment - In Brief

- Canal Plus France added 158,000 subscriptions to services in 2011 to take its total to 11.216 million, including 9.76 million in mainland France. Canal Plus France’s subscription base in…

Kenya: Fibre-Optic Project Begins

The East African Standard (Nairobi) wrote on January 31st that the Government may use subsidies to lower bandwith costs for outsourcing centres in the country, a minister has said. This…

Nigeria: Exco Approves N1 Billion for State Radio, TV

Enugu State Government has approved more than N1 billion for the execution of infrastructural development projects in different parts of the state. The Commissioner for Information and Culture, Chuks Ugwoke…

Investment - In Brief

- Organisers of DISCOP Africa, Basic Lead, has announced the launch of an umbrella event, TV Loves Africa, which will feature markets and conference programmes dedicated to the making, the…

Investment In Brief

- In the context of the current economic environment and to respond to the requests for information from our viewers, euronews has created a new programme called business agenda which…

In Brief:

- Focus Features, a division of NBC universal, announced its launch of the Africa First Program in 2008 and awarded five African filmmakers a $10,000 grant to finance production and…

‘Man on Ground’ raised about $30,000 via crowd funding

The South Africa-based actor and producer Akin Omotoso talks about his latest film, ‘Man on Ground’, set to be released across Africa this year.Akin Omotoso is a chip off the…

Namibia: digitalization at NBC

The Director General of the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) Albertus Aochamub speaks about the life at Cullinan Street, his plans for the broadcaster and why he welcomed with open arms…

Investment - In Brief

- MTN, Uganda's largest mobile operator, maintained its lead as top advertiser in the country in 2011, according to a new media report by Ipsos-Synovate- SES the worldwide satellite operator…

DTT: Côte d' Ivoire learns in China

The Ivorian Minister of Communication, Affoussiata Bamba-Lamine has lead a delegation to China in order to prepare Ivory Coast for the transition to digital terrestrial television (DTT).His delegation met with…

Sub-Saharan Africa 2020 pay TV revenues to hit USD 6.2 bln

Pay TV revenues in Sub-Saharan Africa will reach USD 6.22 billion in 2020, up from 3.54 billion in 2014 and 1.92 billion in 2010, according to a new report from…

Nigeria: Daarcomms launches new digital Pay TV channel and will build Film Village with IPO cash

Nigerian broadcaster, Daar Communications Plc, is dreaming of digitised media powerhouse to serve the needs of the continent and beyond, as the company said at the weekend that the bulk…

South Africa: Naspers - Well-Read in Bouncing Back From Bad Ventures

NASPERS , Africa's largest media company, has proved successful in growing its footprint, particularly in emerging markets where other South African companies have struggled or failed to have an effect…

beIN Sport to roll out across MENA with Pace

Al Jazeera-owned beIN Sport has chosen Pace to deliver home media servers and HD set-top boxes to enable it to roll out its service across the Middle East and North…

Kenya: Kirubi’s Capital Group Expands Into Television Broadcasting with CNBC deal

Kenyan businessman Chris Kirubi is expanding into television business in a deal that will see the Capital Group partner with NBC Universal owned by CNBC to launch Kenya's first dedicated…

Diallo Entertainment awarded Zain account for Niger

Zain a leading global mobile telecommunications company across the African continent and the Middle East, has once again commissioned the services of the South African based TV production company, Diallo…

TopTV: Shareholder vows to pull out if porn channel goes ahead

One of pay-TV operator On Digital Media’s (ODM’s) largest shareholders says it will pull its 20% stake if it launches its 24-hour pornography on TopTV Kopano ke Matla Investment Company,…

Nine in 10 MENA households now taking satellite TV

Over nine out of 10 housheholds in 15 countries across the Middle East and North Africa now take satellite TV for pay TV and free-to-air services, up from two thirds…

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- Speaking as panelists at a recent event filmmaker Abius Akwaake, Edwin Kanguatjivi, director of the Namibia Film Commission and Mushitu Mukwame, from the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation, all agree that…

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- A group of aspiring Cape Town filmmakers who have struggled to get a start in the film business are finally getting a boost. Nine short films highlighting issues faced…

South Africa: Digital TV launch delayed

The public launch of digital terrestrial television in South Africa will no longer be in April 2012The South African Minister of Communications, Dina Pule, revealed at a press briefing today…

Es’hailSat moves forward with plan for second satellite for MENA

Qatar-based satellite operator Es’hailSat has issued a request for proposals for a second satellite.The Es’Hail 2 satellite will be placed in orbit at the regional hotspot at 26° East.Es’hailSat said…

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- The potential merger between France 24 and RFI has been blocked. Trade unions have put RFI employees on a new strike since January 16.- Tunisia: Funds coming indirectly to…

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SES’s Astra 5B and Hispasat’s Amazonas 4A have been successfully placed in orbit by an Ariane 5 rocket, launched from Kourou end of March 2014. Astra 5B is equipped with…

Botswana: BTV to Pay Intelsat P130 Million

Botswana Television will pay satellite operator Intelsat nearly P134 million for the provision of transponder services over a six year period. The Public Procurement and Asset Disposal Board's (PPADB) website…

Kenyan Govt Pledges Sh400m to set up film academy

The government has pledged Sh400 million (ZAR51,313,016) to establish Kenya’s first public film academy. Speaking during the closing ceremony for the National Drama Festival at the Melvin Jones Hall in…

Satellite operators invest in new broadcast capacity over Africa

Two satellite operators, Eutelsat and Nilesat has just concluded an agreement to develop the 7° West orbital position, which is used by both companies to broadcast to North Africa, the…

Namibia: Film Commission Not 'Very Satisfied' With Auditor General’s Report

The Namibia Film Commission (NFC) says it is not very satisfied with the latest audit report on the accounts of its film and development fund, which was tabled in Parliament.…

MultiChoice responds to Caxton claims surrounding SABC deal

MultiChoice has described the allegations by Caxton about its channel distribution agreement with the SABC as far-fetched and has submitted that the application should be dismissed by the Competition Tribunal.This…

AFDB invest US$25 million in New Dawn satellite

A Pan-African satellite project managed by Intelsat - received a US$25 millions loan from AFDB, the African Development Bank. Another US$250 million has been invested to start operations in 2011…

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*Job cuts are looming at South Africa’s SABC as the new board and CEO Solly Mokoetle strive to slash costs and reduce the bloated head count of nearly 4000 employees.…

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- Executive President of the African Business Roundtable, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, has accused Nigerian media of giving preference to political stories more than business and sports related stories in the…

Nigeria: Kano TV Gets Funds worth N250m for Transmitter

Kano State governor, Malam Ibrahim Shekarau has commissioned a N250 million transmitter to boost coverage of the state by the television station, CTV 67. The governor who also unveiled a…

AdMob invests in South African presence

Global mobile advertising network has entered the South African market with the intention of capitalising on the opportunity presented by the very active local base of mobile Internet users. South…

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- Wassa Janneh, a native of Brikama Town, resident in the United States, recently donated some radio equipments, worth over D25,000, to Yiriwa Development Radio Station, situated in Brikama. -The…

Angola: National news agency Angop will transform itself into multimedia agency

The chairman of the Administration Council of the State-run Angola News Agency (Angop), Manuel da Conceição, on Friday here said that one of the challenges for 2012 is to transform…

NetOne buys ZBC spectrum

Zimbabwe operator NetOne has purchased analogue broadcasting frequencies that were used by the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) and Transmedia for USD 200 million, The Herald reported. ICT Minister Supa Mandiwanzira…

Nigeria: Outdoor Advertising Gulped N100 Billion in 2010, television advertising amounted to N39.656 billion - Survey

A total of N97.549 billion was invested on outdoor advertising (above the line advertising activities) in Nigeria in 2010.This was contained in the latest edition of Mediafacts, an annual publication…

African Media Organisation Announces U.S.$1 Million Fund for News Innovation

The African Media Initiative (AMI), the continent's largest association of media owners and operators, has announced a $1 million fund to spur innovation in the news industry.The new African News…

Funds for Quarter 3 have been released

The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), an agency of the Department of Arts and Culture (DAC) is pleased to announce that NFVF Quarter 3 funding decisions have been released.…

Cannes: assistance program for development of feature films in Africa

Through its partnership with “Les Cinemas du Monde” Pavilion, the ACP Secretariat set up a special presentation of the program "Babylon International”, May 21, 2010.Babylon International is an assistance program…

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- Open Doors 2012: Sub-Saharan francophone Africa - With support from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) of the Swiss Foreign Ministry, for the last eight years the…

TED seeking to get partnerships with African broadcasters to get its talks seen and heard on the continent

TED is an American organisation devoted to « Ideas Worth Spreading ». It organises conferences and events globally and records the talks at these events. It is now seeking to get these…

SA's new pay-TV attempt

Gay TV, local soccer in the form of a new league and more educational and local programming are what South African TV viewers can expect if new pay-TV licences are…

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- Almost 30 South African films and projects in development have been presented at the Cannes International Film Festival, 12 to 23 May 2010. African delegates had a much stronger…

Nigeria: NTA, Chinese Firm to Review Equity Structure in Star Times

The Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) and Star Communications Technology of China are considering a review of the equity structure of NTA-Star TV Network Limited, operators of StarTimes pay television.The review…

South Africa: R1 billion investment needed for ODM pay-TV operations

A whopping R1 billion. That is the total funding requirement of On Digital Media (ODM), director Vino Govender told Bizcommunity.com, as one of South Africa's pay-TV new players makes final…

Kenya: Sh600 million youth fund for film and music

The Youth Enterprise Development Fund has set aside Sh600 million to revolutionise music and film industries, the board chairman Gor Semelang'o has said. The fund has outlined measures and structures that…

South Africa: Global Media Planning Agency Launches in Country

New generation global media channel planning agency Vizeum, powered by one of Europe's independent groups Aegis Media, has recently launched in South Africa. Heading up the joint venture as directors…

Durban film industry to get study that plugs information vacuum

An intensive review of Durban's growing film industry will be carried out by Martin Cuff Consulting, appointed by the Durban Film Office (DFO), in partnership with the KwaZulu-Natal Department of…

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In Uganda, Multichoice launched two new mobile TV services, DStv mobile and GOtv mobile. The commercial launch comes a few months after a successful pre-launch that saw the mobile TV…

South Africa: Naspers Interim Profit Rises As Competition Looms in Pay-TV

Media giant Naspers has improved its performance in the six months to September, while preparing for competition in the pay-TV arena. With new pay-TV licencees expected to enter the South…

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- Taxi media owner Massiv TV and the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) announced a R60 million equity transaction by the corporation on Tuesday, 3 February 2009. The deal will see…

Naspers shifts focus from acquisitions

Africa’s biggest media firm, Naspers said that while it was always looking for good- value acquisitions, it would focus more this year on growing its businesses organically and developing new…

Is Africa ready for digital TV?

The days of traditional broadcasting or sending video/ sound via analogue signals in Africa are numbered – that much is clear, particularly in light of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU)…

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- SABC has released its 70th annual report and 2007 financial statements at the Johannesburg Country Club in Auckland Park, amid a myriad troubles and controversies that continue to haunt…

African DTT roll-outs with NGB and Digital TV

Digital TV Labs, which provides independent, specialised receiver conformance products and services, has announced that it has been contracted by NGB – Next Generation Broadcasting, which operate as the consumer…

Eutelsat: investment returns in Africa

Reporting on the first six months of its 2013-2014 year, Eutelsat said that it experienced growth notably at 16 degrees East (addressing Central Europe, Indian Ocean Islands, sub-Saharan Africa) and…

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- A UNAMID radio station finally took to the airwaves in the restive region of Darfur end of June 2011 after years of wrangling with the Sudanese government, which seeks…

WTS Broadcast expands across Africa

WTS Broadcast is a leader in broadcast services offering broadcast solutions to clients all over the African Continent. The company stocks and distributes the largest volume of broadcast products to…

New studio complex launched in Johannesburg

A new studio complex is underway in the tranquil and largely residential suburb of Fontainebleau, north of Johannesburg. The scope and determination which has been invested in this project is…

Nigeria: Why HiTV Lost the EPL Rights – Toyin Subair tells his side of the story

In an interview with Nigeria’s Daily Independent on Monday, August 9, HiTV’s Managing Director put his side of story about how the company lost the EPL rights. Subair said that…

RSA: Jozi Film Festival goes international in 2014

The third annual Jozi Film Festival takes place 21-23 February 2014 and for the first time ever, we will be screening international films alongside local ones. With well over 250…

Nigeria: Convergence gains momemntum as AIT goes to capital market

With Nigeria’s first private television network, African Independent Television (AIT), at the capital market to raise some N18 billion or so for expansion, the line for convergence between broadcast and…

Algeria: Government gives its backing to a swift transition to DTT

The meeting, chaired by Secretary of State at Prime Minister for Communication Azzedine Mihoubi, is aimed at giving a visibility to the authorities by mapping out guidelines and the methodological…

South Africa’s Super 5 Media says it’s still in business but makes 40 staff redundant

The Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) has received a written assurance from pay-TV licensee Super 5 Media that it is still in operation. “We received a communiqué from Super…

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Ghana, a country for filmmakers: Situated along the Gulf of Guinea in West Africa, Ghana is often referred to as the ‘Island of Peace’ and the ‘Land of Sunshine’. It…

TV Cabo buys TVTEL

TV Cabo, the Portuguese cable operator with a significant presence in Lusophone Africa, looks set to buy rival Portuguese satellite Pay TV operator TVTEL with funding from investment bank CaixaBI.…

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- Intellect have announced the launch of the Journal of African Cinemas at the African Film in the Digital Era Conference, on Sunday 29 November at the University of Westminster,…

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- Ghana’s Hi Newspaper floated a rumour that Metro TV was to be sold. CEO Mr. Talal Fatal, owner of OMP, the management company of Metro TV denied the rumour…

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- National incumbent Ghana Telecom (GT) plans to launch an IP-TV service next month, according to GT Broadband Manager Johnny Nettey. The new service will be available as part of…

South Africa: DA Seeks Clarity On Imports of Set-Top Boxes for Digital Television

The Minister of Communications, Ms Dina Pule must state clearly and unambiguously whether foreign-made set-top boxes (STBs) or digital converters can be imported to and sold in South Africa.STB or…

Advertising Gains Still Holding Up Well for South Africa’s E.TV

While the SABC has blamed a disastrous advertising market for R400m of its R784m loss for the year to March, its competitor, e.tv, says the TV advertising market has held…

Google's Youtube marks 7 years and 6 months in Uganda

YouTube recently celebrated its seventh birthday. Acquired by Google in 2006 for $1.6 billion, the investment is turning out to be a successful bet. YouTube has become the go-to destination…

Gauteng Film Commission beats the drum for more investment in South Africa’s film and TV industry

Jacques Stoltz, senior marketing manager at the Gauteng Film Commission, recently contributed an article to the Annual Guide to the Crocodile Ramble, one of Gauteng’s popular and well-known art and…

Ghana: AUCC to Establish Film and Muiltimedia School

After stamping its mark as a prime centre of excellence for higher education in Africa, the African University College of Communications (AUCC) is set to establish a School of Film…

Uganda: New Awards to Boost Media

Kampala, a city that takes pride in being alive with night entertainment, has now got an extra social event to add to its calendar. Last Friday, Radio and TV Academy…

TV white space broadband about to be commercialised in Africa, hints Microsoft

Microsoft should be commercialising a handful of TV white space projects in Africa in the upcoming months, according to Frank McCosker, general manager of affordable access for Microsoft’s Africa initiatives.New…

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- Following a three-year development of relationships and the training of Stage Audio Works as its first Certified Partner in South Africa, Christie, a global visual technology company, has announced…

Vivendi Earnings Up on Strength of CanalPlus Group

Strong sales of the 'Frozen' soundtrack and releases from Ariana Grande and 5 Seconds of Summer helped subsidiary Universal Music GroupStudioCanal and Universal Music Group parent company Vivendi nearly doubled…

Angola launches INFRASAT to provide DTH coverage across the country

The Angolan Government has launched INFRASAT, a multi-sectoral satellite communications support project that will connect the entire country, even the remotest areas. In terms of broadcast, it will allow viewers…

Escalating locaction fees in Johannesburg might hamper investment in production

The Gauteng Film Commission (GFC) has expressed concern regarding escalating location fees being charged by tourism venues and other city attractions to film crew shooting in Johannesburg. This follows complaints…

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- The team behind an English Civil War drama that was filmed in South Africa rather than the UK has defended its decision. UK’s Channel 4 drama The Devil's Whore,…

South Africa: plan to privatise the SABC’s assets

The official opposition will break up the public broadcaster and sell the assets to the highest bidder if it’s elected to national office. It will also privatise Sentech and Broadband…

ARRIS Targets International Growth with New Channel Program

ARRIS Group has launched its new International Channel Program to drive sales and market share for its video solutions across the globe.  Channel Members will promote, support and sell a…

South Africa: Lottery still owes Sithengi R1.9 million

With auditors wanting to dissolve the Sithengi Film and Television Market, the National Film and Video Foundation is taking legal action against the National Lottery over an installment of R1,9-million…

Digital Broadcasting Switchover Forum 2014 Announces World Class Speaker Faculty

The Digital Broadcasting Switchover Forum Africa 2014 is attracting some of the largest names from the broadcasting sector including policymakers, regulators broadcasters, content developers, broadcast network infrastructure providers and operators,…

Icflix agrees exclusive deal with Maroc Telecom

IcflixMiddle East and North African VoD streaming service, Icflix, has agreed an exclusive partnership with Maroc Telecom. The deal will allow Maroc Telecom customers to access Icflix for what the…

Durban FilmMart 2015 announces partners’ awards for this year’s market

The Durban FilmMart (DFM), the joint initiative of the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) and Durban Film Office (DFO) the film industry development arm of the City of Durban, which…

Euronews and Naguib Sawiris successfully complete negotiations

Following a capital increase of €35m, Media Globe Networks, a company controlled by the Sawiris Family, becomes the majority shareholder of Euronews Lyon, France, July 9th, 2015 - Euronews announced…

Benin gets loan for digital broadcast transition

The West African Development Bank has approved a loan of XOF 35.5 billion for Benin to assist in the transition to digital broadcasting. The loan to the government of Benin…

France’s Canal+ Group Targets Africa as Growth Driver

Targeting its main growth driver for the short-to-medium-term future, Gallic pay TV giant Canal Plus Group (CPG) is driving ever deeper into Africa, launching a four-channel sports bouquet, Canal Plus…

Kenya Suspends Multi-million deal with CNN over Terrorism Slur

Kenya has suspended a multimillion shilling marketing communication deal with Cable News Network (CNN) in the latest sign of an escalating row with the American news channel over a recent…

Digital Migration to Blame for NMG's 8 Percent Drop in Pre-Tax Profits

Nation Media Group (NMG) has posted its half-year profit before tax which dropped to Kshs 1.43 billion from Kshs 1.56 billion posted in the first six months of last year,…

Botswana Football Association and Department Broadcasting Services Seal Deal

Gaborone — Botswana Football Association (BFA) and Department of Broadcasting Services (DBS) have agreed on a five-year broadcasting deal.The agreement would see Botswana Television (Btv) broadcasting be Mobile Premiership matches…

The NFVF to position SA film industry at the TIFF

The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), an agency of the Department of Arts and Culture is embarking on a trip to the Toronto InternationalFilm Festival (TIFF) taking place from…

SuperSport signs US$5 million deal with Zambian FA

South Africa broadcasting giant SuperSport has finalised a deal worth US$1 million per year with the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) for the broadcasting rights to the Zambian Super League…

Safaricom says not keen on running a TV station

Kenyan operator Safaricom does not plan to run a television station through the four broadcasting licences it is seeking from the Communications Authority (CA). CEO Bob Collymore said the commercial…

Kenya Hollywood Incentives For Movie Crews Offered To Increase Tourism, Foreign Film Productions

In an effort to entice foreign filmmakers and compete with South Africa for Hollywood productions, Kenya is offering a tax rebate and other incentives. Kenya is seeking to get back…

Millions more switch on to MultiChoice

Cape Town - Pay-TV provider MultiChoice has increased its reach by almost four million, the National Association of Broadcasters said on Tuesday. NAB executive director Nadia Bulbulia presented these figures…

Kagiso Media heads to Ghana

KAGISO Media has acquired a 37% stake in Ghana’s Global Media Alliance Broadcasting Company for an undisclosed amount and is busy setting up a direct presence in the West African…

SABC records R395m loss in last financial year

Johannesburg - The public broadcaster South African Broadcasting Authority (SABC) recorded a R395m loss in the last financial year. During a media briefing announcing the organisation's 2014/2015 annual results, SABC…

SABC defends Motsoeneng’s R1m pay hike

There was nothing untoward about SABC chief operating officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng receiving an increase of almost R1m, the public broadcaster’s CEO, Frans Matlala, said on Wednesday. Addressing the media at…

Orange Digital Ventures invests in SVoD service Afrostream

Orange Digital Ventures has invested in Afrostream, the African SVoD service founded by producer Tonjé Bakang that aims to bring Afro-American, African-Caribbean and French films to a wider audience, which…

Tiso Blackstar Net Asset Value Jumps On Two Big Transactions (ALLISS)

LONDON (Alliance News) - Tiso Blackstar Group SE Monday reported a significant rise in intrinsic net asset value in the half year to end-June following two significant transactions during the…

A+E Networks secures Sponsor for Four Weddings South Africa on Lifetime

Johannesburg, 29 October 2015: A+E Networks® has announced a multi-media partnership between entertainment channel brand Lifetime® and 1st for Women Insurance for new reality series Four Weddings South Africa. This…

Vidi is in trouble – is this the end?

Tiso BlackStar, an investor in Times Media Group’s video on demand (VOD) service Vidi, has stated its intention to exit the business due to its poor take-up, Business Day reported.…

Blue Ice launches largest South African production company

Media and entertainment company Blue Ice Group announced that it has bought a controlling stake in leading South African production company Film Afrika, and has merged this acquisition with its…

NileSat mulls USD 50 mln African investment, seeks licences

Egyptian satellite company NileSat will extend its operations throughout Africa to tap into digital migration in Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, South Sudan, South Africa, Angola and Nigeria. Marketing manager Mohamed El-Sawy…

IROKO announces content development and capital funding deals

African mobile entertainment and internet TV pioneer, iROKO, has signed multiple deals totalling $19m, both in content development and in capital funding. French media giant CANAL+, together with existing investor…

Nigerian govt seeks new Chinese satellite contracts

Nigeria is negotiating with China on possible new satellites for Nigeria Communication Satellite (NIGCOMSAT) and support for its ground station improvement, The Guardian reported. Minister of Communications Adebayo Shittu led…

Cairo’s NileSat to invest additional $50m in East Africa

NileSat, which operates three satellites, with two more planned for launch in 2017 and 2019, offers satellite hosting services for television and radio stations, Internet connections and satellite navigation services…

Africa, priority conquest Canal+

Two million is now the number of Group Canal + subscribers in Africa. Beyond the charm round accounts, the figure announced Thursday, January 14 by the pay channel hides an…

Nigeria shelves plans to privatise NIGCOMSAT

A Nigerian government has shelved its plans to sell the Nigerian Communications Satellite (NIGCOMSAT), the Daily Trust reported. The ICT minister Adebayo Shittu said the government had to ditch the…

Mediamax buys out Ebru TV in expansion drive

Mediamax Network Ltd has expanded its portfolio by acquiring Ebru TV, a new entrant in the digital TV industry. The media house, substantially owned by the Kenyatta family, bought the…

Standard Group obtains 50% stake in Bamba TV

RADIO Africa Group has signed a Sh300 million deal with the Standard Group's KTN for a 50 per cent stake in Bamba TV. The deal announced yesterday will see Standard…

Centum Foundation invests Sh10.2m in Elimu TV

The Centum Foundation has invested Sh10.2 million ($100,000) in Elimu TV, a television station that provides the secondary education curriculum. This is the second startup in which Centum Foundation is…

Intersat Ltd. Signs New Contract with Avanti Communications

Intersat Ltd., a Service Provider of VSAT equipment, has signed a new contract with Avanti Communications, a leading provider of satellite data communications services in Europe, the Middle East and…

Nigeria’s S&T Media Secures $1m Seed Round

S&T Media Confirms Exclusive Distribution Deals with Total and Spar in NigeriaLagos, Nigeria. Thursday 17 March 2016. Nigeria-based S&T Media has closed on seed financing from early-stage technology venture capital…

Exim Bank of China considers request for loan for DTT in Mozambique

The Export-Import Bank of China (Exim) is considering a request from Mozambique for a loan of US$156 million to accelerate the digital migration process in the country, said the Mozambican…

Naspers Sub-Saharan Africa Business Hit by Commodities Drop

Naspers Ltd., Africa’s largest company by market value, said fiscal full-year profit growth will be held back by depressed sub-Saharan economies, where consumers are struggling to pay for extras like…

South Africa: small price increase for Top TV

Prices for Top TVs packages will increase on 1 July 2011, the satellite pay TV operator has confirmed.Top TV explained that the increase in pricing is an “inflationary adjustment which…

8th African Film Festival of Tarifa gave 8 African movies 46,500 euros

The 8th African Film Festival of Tarifa (FCAT) awarded eight new African movies with awards endowed with 46,500 Euros. The festival jury selected winners from more than 140 movies from…

South Africa: small price increase for Top TV

Prices for Top TVs packages will increase on 1 July 2011, the satellite pay TV operator has confirmed.Top TV explained that the increase in pricing is an “inflationary adjustment which…

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- Africa24 confirmed to Balancing Act that the French-speaking international news channel will launch its English version early 2013.- Multi-Play packages (fixed/mobile telephony, Internet and TV) offers are a good…

beIN Media acquires digital platform Digiturk

It has been announced by beIN Media, the company operating the television network beIN Sports which is present in 36 countries including the Middle East North African countries. The company…

East Africa: Rwandan-Burundian Actors to Launch Movie for Charity

Rwanda and Burundian youth film activists have joined efforts to collect funds from the new film 'Ca Inkoni Izamba' set to be launched on October 21, 2016. The film will…

Emmy Award Winning Hoplite Entertainment finds South African Partners

Los Angeles based Hoplite Entertainment, has officially opened an office in Johannesburg South Africa bringing its growing TV production business into the region. Emmy award winning Hoplite has successfully produced…

Angola seeks financing from China and private sector for digital migration

The government of Angola plans to include the analogue to digital television migration programme in China’s credit line and involve private companies in the process to reduce government spending, according…

The “Berlinale Africa Hub” – a new EFM platform for innovation and technology in the African film industry

Thanks to the support of the German Federal Foreign Office, for the first time the 2017 Berlinale will provide a platform for innovative projects and ideas from the African film…

Crowdfunding campaign to complete SA musical film

An Indiegogo campaign is running to raise finishing funds for She is King, a South African musical film. There are just 21 days left to contribute, get involved and be…

MTG offloads loss-making African TV operations

Sweden-based media group MTG has completed the sale of its loss-making free TV channels and production business in Ghana and Nigeria, with a further deal in Tanzania expected to close…

South Africa tells the world it is open for business through global campaign on CNN

Brand South Africa, the organisation that positions South Africa as a competitive and inspiring Nation Brand - is connecting with CNN s business audiences through a new multi-platform advertising and…

Zimbabwe seeks USD 125 mln to complete digitalisation

Zimbabwe’s government is seeking for USD 125 million for the completion of its long overdue digital migration programme, reports ITNewsafrica. The programme, which is 25 percent to complete, has been…

Ster-Kinekor pledges more support to film industry

Ster-Kinekor, the cinema chain, has reiterated its commitment to support the local film industry and the development of exciting young talent therein. It sponsored the Young Achiever Award at the…

Rwanda gets Chinese grant to set up film and TV production facility

The Rwandan broadcasting and creatives industries will soon have access to modern production facilities in the country, thanks to a $7 million (about Rwf6bn) Chinese grant. The dubbing and production…

Naspers Considers Sale of Africa Pay-TV Business

Naspers Ltd. is considering the sale of its pay-TV business in Africa as sluggish economic expansion in key markets stifles growth and viewers switch to cheaper online alternatives, according to…

Zanzibar Film Festival launches campaign to fund African filmmakers

During the festival, filmmakers take part in multiple workshops, discussions and interactions with other industry players. During the festival, filmmakers take part in multiple workshops, discussions and interactions with other…

Hollywood dreams: Curro snaps up AFDA, Africa’s number one film school

Dreaming of bigger stars, a subsidiary of education business Curro, Stadio, has moved to acquire Africa’s top film school AFDA. Stadio – which Curro intends to spin-off separately and list…

South Africa's Naspers considering U.S. dollar bond issue

South African ecommerce and pay-TV group Naspers said on Thursday its subsidiary Myriad International Holdings B.V. (MIH B.V.) is exploring the possibility of an international U.S. dollar bond offering. Naspers,…

Study reveals the South African film industry has a positive impact on the economy

The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) released findings of their second Economic Impact Assessment study which reveals the industry’s economic contribution to the country’s GDP over a four-year period.…

Zimbabwean bank suspends pay-TV payments over forex shortages

HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwe's Steward Bank has suspended payments to the pay-TV subsidiary of South Africa's Naspers, citing unavailability of foreign currency, in a sign that dollar shortages are worsening…

Vubiquity signs content licensing deal with Iroko Partners

Vubiquity, a leading provider of premium content to video providers, announced today that it has signed a two-year content licensing deal with Iroko Partners, the world’s largest online distributor of…

Rotterdam's Hubert Bals Fund backs four projects

Films from Colombia, South-Africa, Palestine and Brazil selected. The Hubert Bals Fund (HBF), which is administered by International Film Festival Rotterdam, has announced the four projects selected for its 2017…

Morocco Unveils Plan to Triple Investments by International Film Producers

A plan to set up financial incentives to attract more international filmmakers to Morocco was unveiled in Rabat with the aim of tripling investments by foreign producers in the Kingdom.…

Africa Cinematography Festival unveiled to grow Nigeria’s film and entertainment sector

WorldStage Newsonline-- Africa Cinematography Festival, the game changer in the film making and entertainment industry has been unveiled to train young Nigerians and improve the skills of stakeholders in the…

Movie ticket price hikes in South Africa

Ster-Kinekor and Nu Metro have increased movie ticket prices, with 3D movies at top-tier Ster-Kinekor cinemas going from R91 to R97. Ster-Kinekor did not increase ticket prices at several of…

Dr Dish inks deal with Econet Media to launch Kwese TV in Zimbabwe

Dr Dish (Private) Limited wishes to announce that it has struck a ground breaking Content Distribution deal with Econet Media Limited, a Pan African Broadcasting Network, to bring Kwese TV…

BEE shareholders get R1.3 billion in dividends from MultiChoice

MultiChoice has announced that its Phuthuma Nathi shareholders will receive R1.3 billion in ordinary dividends. The dividend, which was approved by shareholders at the annual general meeting held in Johannesburg…

Internal memo confirms Showmax to merge with DStv

An internal memo has confirmed Naspers is to merge on-demand TV streaming platform Showmax Africa with DStv Digital Media as it looks to "create greater synergy". ITWeb Africa has already…

Actis and Genesis Group unveil premier cinema in Douala

Actis, a leading growth markets investor, and Genesis Group have signed an agreement to bring the premier cinema to Douala in Cameroon. The five screened cinema will add to the…

Africa aims to grow its film industry

Africa has set up an ambitious program to grow the continent's film industry from 5 billion US dollars to 20 billion US dollars, with the potential to create at least…

A Hollywood take on local talent

Cape Town - South Africa is world-renowned for its wines, so it’s no surprise that big-shot Hollywood film executive producer Dexter Davis, the chief executive of D Street Media, settles…