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Issue no 2019 - 13 August 2015

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  • Cape Town’s Triggerfish Animation Studios has been ploughing a lonely furrow. It has produced two commercially successful, feature length animation films. It now wants to scale up and work with others who want to create African stories for the global market. Russell Southwood spoke to Stuart Forrest, CEO of Triggerfish about what Story Lab aims to do and who it’s partnered with to make it happen.

    According to Forrest, the idea for Story Lab was about addressing the need for script development. Triggerfish has the production facilities and the ability to produce at a global level but needed more stories to develop,

    “With that problem, we approached the DTI about getting funding for script development. They were very much on board and agreed to partner with us on a Story Lab. We want to look for the best writers and directors with truly original stories.” The DTI is putting up most of the US$3.5 million.

    “We approached Disney to see what they were looking for in practical terms. It was looking for diversity and liked the idea of funding talent from a new part of the world. Their involvement is quite light touch at this stage. We want to tap into the development teams working at Burbank and they might develop with us.”

    Applications are welcome from all writing and creative disciplines, not just experienced film and TV screenwriters. Applicants must be over 21 and either African citizens or permanent residents. Entries must be in English. Entries close 31 August 2015. Full guidelines and an online application form are available at 

    Triggerfish will workshop with the 20 best applicants with a scriptwriting consultant and the entries developed in this way will go before a panel of international judges. Shortlisted storytellers will take part in workshops with leading Hollywood script consultant Pilar Alessandra, author of The Coffee Break Screenwriter.

    It’s then looking for 6 final entries where the applicants have demonstrated “a passion and a talent for storytelling,” and help develop them into a marketable product:”We want something we can shop to the market and raise funding for.”

    The entries will be evaluated by a high-profile panel of both local and international experts, including British director and co-founder of Aardman Peter Lord (Chicken Run, The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists), Hollywood writer Jonathan Roberts (The Lion King) and script consultant Karl Iglesias (Writing For Emotional Impact), and a panel of development executives from The Walt Disney Company, as well as South African storyteller Gcina Mhlope, comedian David Kau and Triggerfish’s development team of Anthony Silverston, Wayne Thornley and Raffaella Delle Donne.

    The development process can take a number of years. For each phase of development, Triggerfish will provide financial support, workspace, and expert guidance by internal and international consultants and mentors, as well as a route to market through top-tier relationships with Hollywood agency William Morris Endeavor.

    So what do potential competition entrants need to know?:”We believe that talent is equally disposed all over the world….We’re approaching this with a very market-oriented approach. It is a unique challenge and we’re looking for those who can go beyond their own personal artistic goals with work that is audience-focused. Anfd they bring originality into that.”

    Watch Stuart Forrest, Triggerfish Studios talk about the release of its second animation feature Khumba and its new slate

    So far 1061 people have subscribed to Smart Monkey TV’s web TV channel which uploads 10-15 video clip interviews a month, covering African TV, Film, VoD, social media  and media.
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    Recent video interviews:'s Ryan Dingley on his online audio radio start-up and its pan-African expansion plans

    Eric Kabera on his new documentary Intore about Rwanda 20 years after the Genocide

    Abel Kouame, Afrika Toon on its forthcoming animation feature Poku - Ashante Princess

    African comedian Mamane on his TV political satire, the Very, Very Democratic Republic of Gondwana

    Stanlee Ohikhuare on his new Nigerian comedy film Stupid Movie

    The Scoop: Talk show host Salim Amin gets famous Africans to reveal themselves

    Adamu Waziri on Bino and Fino, an educational childrens' animation series with its own dolls


  • Two community television stations have withdrawn from the nascent body formed to represent the sector, the Association of Community Television - South Africa (Act-SA). Cape Town TV and 1KZN TV have both resigned from Act-SA, citing unbridgeable differences with the initiative. This leaves Tshwane TV, Soweto TV and Bay TV as the only licensed community broadcasters to participate in the initiative, along with a few other unlicensed community TV groups. Act-SA was initiated more than two years ago in May 2013 when a grouping of community television organizations agreed to the formation of the body. The intention was to form Act-SA as a distinct legal entity which operates on behalf of its members, namey the community television stations licensed as such by ICASA as well as those seeking such licenses.

    To this end the participating organizations signed a memorandum of understanding, which outlined their intention to form a legal entity governed by a constitution. The MoU was signed on 29 May 2013, following the election of a steering committee. The mandate of the elected office bearers was to organize the AGM, at which the constitution would be ratified and a leadership elected to take the organization forward. One of the main problems that has led to the demise of the the initiative is that the steering committee failed to organise an AGM, leading to a situation where the initiative lacked legitimacy. This was compounded by a breakdown of trust between members brought about due poor communication, lack of transparency and concerns about the absence of democractic decision-making processes.

    While Act-SA members were able to to agree on a 'Charter for Community Television in South Africa' which set out parameters for the ethical operation of community TV stations, the provisions of this document could not be enforced due to the absence of the legitimate oversight body which Act-SA was supposed to become. Meanwhile government spend on the community TV sector, propelled by policy guidelines from the ruling ANC and parliamentary directives, has been wholey inadequate. Government adspend channeled via the GCIS has been wildly disproportionate in favour of certain channels while others have been almost entirely neglected.

    Act-SA has not met since March 2014 and the body is to all intents and purposes defunct. 1KZN TV and Cape Town TV resigned from Act-SA on 24 and 25 June 2015 respectively. Cape Town TV and 1KZN TV declare that no decisions or actions by individuals purporting to act on behalf of Act-SA will be in any way representative of or binding on our stations, nor do they represent the community TV sector as a whole.

    Source: Press Release 28th July 2015
    Urban Brew Studios tasked with first ever Disney Channel local production in South Africa

    Urban Brew Studios is honoured to have been commissioned to produce Disney Channel’s first ever South African TV production, Violetta. The weekly companion series for the third season of Disney Channel’s (DStv, Channel 303) number 1-rated hit telenovela Violetta will air this September and see three local presenters talking about a wide range of topics, related to Violetta.
    “For a South African production company to be awarded international work is a great achievement in itself, but for that work to come from undoubtedly the biggest family brand in the world, that is an incredible milestone,” said Urban Brew’s Freddy Louw, Executive Producer on Violetta.
    He has added that it’s a dream come true for many on the team, “This is a career highlight for many of us. We’re so very proud that the production house’s journey of 25 years in television production has finally put us on the road with Disney.”
    Head of Marketing for Walt Disney Company Africa, Deirdre King said they partnered with Urban Brew Studios because of their experience and reputation in the industry, “Urban Brew Studios have experience working with broadcasters and producing a vast range of programming in different formats.  They bring all that local production knowledge, creative and technical expertise and a positive energy to their productions.”
    “Violetta is a true fan favourite on Disney Channel. Upon seeing a similar execution of Violetta being produced in Europe, we were excited at the idea of creating a South African version,” continues King. “The show is a great example of the many local activities The Walt Disney Company Africa is bringing to South African audiences. “
    Aside from producing the show, Urban Brew Studios has in recent months also been helping Disney stage a talent search for the three Violetta presenters. Hundreds of boys and girls between the ages of 13 – 18 years auditioned in front of a casting panel in the country’s major cities before the final presenters were selected.
    Catch a special preview episode of I Love Violetta on 11 September at 17:00, only on Disney Channel (DStv, Channel 303). The third season of Violetta airs weekdays from 21 September and then I Love Violetta will kick off every Friday from 25 September.

    Source: Press Release, 30th July 2015

  • Pay-TV has reached 21 percent of TV households in East African community, a region that consists of five member countries, namely; Kenya, Burundi, Rwanda, Tanzania & Uganda. The five countries of the East African Community (EAC) had a total population of 146.89 million end-2014, with 33.61 million households and a TV household penetration rate of 23 percent.

    Kenya is the most developed market in the region with 12.04 million households and a TV household penetration rate of 32 percent. Uganda has 7.35 million households and a TV household penetration rate of 25 percent, followed by Tanzania with 9.8 million households and a TV household penetration rate of 17 percent. Pay-TV/ FTA Broadcasting in East African Community highlights that Pay-TV services accounted for approximately 1.61 million households end-2014, meaning that free-to-air (FTA) broadcasting is still the primary access method in over 79 percent of TV households.

    Tanzania had the largest Pay-TV base in the region with 592,700 users end-2014, accounting for 36% of the EAC total. Kenya was second with 561,000 users, followed by Uganda with 359,000, Burundi with 62,500 and Rwanda with 38,000.
    According to research y Dataxis, DTT had an overall 53 percent market share of total Pay-TV users, followed by DTH with 43 percent and the remainder on CATV systems in Kenya and Tanzania. StarTimes edged MultiChoice in terms of overall market share with 39 percent against 38 percent.

    The largest single platform was StarTimes DTT with 34 percent market share, followed by the MultiChoice DSTV satellite offering (20 percent) and its GOtv DTT service (18 percent). StarSat, the StarTimes DTH offering, accounted for a further 4 percent.

    Analogue terrestrial was by far the largest access method for the 6.16 million FTA users across the EAC end-2014 accounting for 68 percent of total users.
    DTT had a 26 percent market share, followed by DTH with 6 percent. Rwanda was the only country to have completely turned off analogue end-2014, followed by Tanzania in February, 2015, and Kenya in March.

    Source: CIO East Africa 31st July 2015

  • Lagos — Nigeria's wholly owned indigenous pay TV, African Cable Television (ACTV) has introduced the first multi-room and independent viewership solution on cable TV in Nigeria. Before this solution, the only available option was the dual view decoder with viewership of channels dependent on the person holding the decoder's remote control. According to Mr. Jide Lawrence, Director of Content (ACTV), the innovative ACTV Multi-room TV solution gives subscribers the expanded comfort and experience of viewing television contents in as much as four rooms simultaneously and independently of each other.

    He explained that this is made possible with the use of one satellite dish in the home, hotel or office and a much better four-way signal connector that feeds four rooms simultaneously and allows the use of four independent remote control units. "With the ACTV multi-room channel offering, subscribers can now enjoy their favorite TV shows without stress anywhere in their home," he said.
    He also added that: "With the ACTV Multi-room television bouquet, our subscribers can do everything they wish in any of the rooms with TV without disturbing anyone else watching in other rooms. The kids can watch their cartoons, mummies can watch their soaps and daddies can watch their news or movies without the usual struggle for the remote control."

    According to Lawrence, ACTV has carved a niche in providing cutting edge technology, innovative content and top quality entertainment at affordable prices to every and all its subscribers. To ensure that Nigerians enjoy this new innovation in cable TV viewing, ACTV has also introduced its offerings at promo prices that are "unbeatably low for subscribers to take advantage and enjoy."
    Since the launch of ACTV in November 2014, the company has consistently broken new grounds in TV viewership experience with their brand positioning of innovation and premium content at affordable cost.

    Source: Daily Trust 9th August 2015


  • Premiering on Al Jazeera English on 24 August 2015, My Nigeria is a series of six half-hour documentaries that pulse with the energy of Africa’s leading economy telling the human story. From stand up-comedian Basketmouth to Nollywood star turned politician Kate Henshaw, from ICT expert Gbenga Sesan to fashion designer Deola Sagoe, from football coach Femi Bamigboye to female mechanic Sandra Aguebor, each film focuses on one central character, who invites us into their world, sharing their story in their own words.
    “The series was commissioned specifically to support Al Jazeera English’s brand ‘Hear the human story,’ to bring people’s stories directly to our screens, told in in a first-person style without mediation, offering a range of authentic views,” says Ingrid Falck (left), head of documentaries at Al Jazeera English. Award-winning South Africans directors Brian Tilley and Clifford Bestall shot the series across Nigeria, which is home to one in five Africans. “To get beyond the clichés of Africa, there isn’t a better place than Nigeria,” says Ingrid. “For every stereotype of corruption or extremism, there are millions of ordinary Nigerians making this African powerhouse tick. Our series focuses on these individuals to see firsthand how Nigerians are busy making a difference.”

    BASKETMOUTH: TRASH TALKING, premiering 24 August 2015
    Basketmouth (real name Bright Okpocha) is arguably Nigeria’s most successful stand-up comic. Born and bred in the notorious Lagos slum Ajegunle, he discovered his gift for comedy by chance and has never looked back. His take on the Lagos elite is upbeat, irreverent and challenging.

    KATE HENSHAW: PLAYING A PART, premiering 31 August 2015
    Kate Henshaw has always been known as one of the Nollywood stars with integrity. Having made over 70 Nollywood films, Kate decides to leave the fictional world and run for a seat in Nigeria’s House of Representatives. Kate wants to change how people are represented in her hometown of Calabar in Southern Nigeria, but politics in Nigeria is not for the timid…

    GBENGA SESAN: CONNECTING A MILLION, premiering 7 September 2015
    As a school student, Gbenga Sesan was denied access to the computer room at his Nigerian school and told he was not clever enough to operate one. Years later, Gbenga is an Information and Communications Technology (ICT) expert, with international awards and a successful consultancy business. He’s spreading his good fortune by teaching ICT and life-skills to young adults in Nigeria’s poorest neighbourhoods.

    DEOLA SAGOE: TOP DRAWER, premiering 14 September 2015
    Nigerian fashion has broken out, gracing the catwalks of New York, Johannesburg and Monaco. Deola Sagoe was one of the designers who led this Nigerian fashion expansion. The House Of Deola Sagoe is on Lagos’ Victoria Island and caters for Nigeria’s who’s who. Deola’s father, prominent Nigerian businessman Chief Ade Ojo, never wanted his daughter to go into fashion. He actively discouraged her,wanting her to take over his lucrative business. But Deola had other ideas…

    FEMI BAMIGBOYE – LOCAL MAN, premiering 21 September 2015
    Femi Bamigboye is the coach and founder of the Remo Football Academy in the small Nigerian town of Iperu. You have to really look for Iperu on the map, but Femi has managed to produce a line of young players who represent Nigeria at age group level, including two players who will represent Nigeria at the under 17 World Cup at the end of the year. This is some achievement in a country of over 180 million people. Femi is not just a football coach: he is a pastor with a loyal congregation who worship every Sunday in a lean-to church in the middle of the thick forest that surrounds Iperu.  Femi feels his job is not just to teach football; he wants to develop world-class young men.

    SANDRA AGUEBOR: LADY MECHANIC, premiering 28 September 2015
    Sandra Aguebor is Nigeria’s first Lady Mechanic. Growing up in Benin City in a polygamous family, Sandra’s mother actively discouraged her from following her dream, sometimes beating her when she would be out tinkering in an engine instead of doing her kitchen chores. But Sandra is the sort of woman who responds well to adversity. She has built a network of lady mechanics that is spreading from city to city in Nigeria by training ex-sex workers, orphans, and victims of trafficking to be mechanics.  Sandra’s Lady Mechanic Initiative has now spread to the north with its first project in Kano City, where the response from Muslim women has been unprecedented.

    Source: AL Jazeera 6th August 2015

  • Lilongwe — Timveni TV has launched "StarZone" an urban lifestyle brand that provides urban entertainment experiences and media content to a youthful Malawian target audience. In an interview with Malawi News Agency (Mana) on Monday, the show's host Alex "Dizzo" Kachepa said StarZone Entertainment show is a new variety entertainment show on Timveni TV that showcases and promotes the different facets of Malawian urban culture and lifestyles.
    "The first product of the StarZone brand is a television show hosted by myself and Malawi's 2014 BBA representative Sipherile "Sipe" Chitambo. The brand's promise is facilitated through a mix of public events, social media initiatives and branded media content," said Dizzo.

    According to Dizzo, the show will be aired every Friday from 8-9 pm on Timveni TV. The pilot episode which featured entertainment news, an exclusive interview with Lilongwe based rapper Sage Poet and coverage of the MHUB tech festival at Chancellor College was aired on 31 April, 2015. "Unlike any other show on Malawian television, The StarZone Entertainment show incorporates social media interaction and trends throughout its content to deliver an interactive experience to its audience.

    Viewers can follow the show's social media accounts to gain access to extra content, behind the scenes footage, exclusive entertainment news and competitions," Dizzo boasted. Aimed at a local middle/working class youth audience that have recently created an increased demand in locally produced and relevant urban entertainment content, the show incorporates music videos, fashion focus, entertainment news (Both local and international), technology reviews, interviews and more in a fun one hour package.

    Source: Malawi News Agency 3rd August 2015

  • DStv Premium subscribers will soon get a dedicated Star Wars pop-up channel from M-Net from 31 August on channel 109, Channel 24 reported. The channel is set to be available until 13 September. All the Star Wars movies will be shown on the channel, along with additional content from the universe.

    A Star Wars movie will air every day at 19:30, which will be repeated at 06:00 on subsequent days, starting with 1977’s “Episode 4 – A New Hope”.
    In-between screenings of the films, animated features and series, shorter featurettes, documentaries, and other material related to the Star Wars universe will be shown.
    On Sundays, the channel will run a movie omnibus from beginning to end.

  • From Saturday 8 August, football fans in Africa can follow the exciting live action of the new season of the Barclays Premier League in four languages.  BBC Africa will bring commentary from matches of the world-famous league to football fans across the continent – in French, Hausa, Somali and Swahili.
    Broadcasts are available on BBC FM stations and partner radio networks. The programmes provide live match commentary and also interaction with pundits and fans across the continent via satellite links, telephone, SMS and social-media channels. Live updates from matches will also offered via live pages for each of these services on, giving fans the chance to keep up with the matches wherever they are.

    Solomon Mugera, BBC Africa Editor  says: “We know that the English Premier League has millions of supporters from all across Africa and are very happy to be launching the season once again. Our commentary brings the thrill of these matches directly to fans, and there is more to come. In response to our audience’s growing interest in all things English Premier League, we want to give them an all access pass to players and clubs as well featuring the people who are the league’s heartbeat: its fans. Look out for our new and exciting online extras to support this season.”
    How it will work
    BBC Hausa
    Weekly on Sharhin Gasar Premier League, commentators are Aminu Kado and Aliyu Tanko.
    BBC Hausa reaches an audience of 18. 1million every week across Nigeria, Niger, and parts of Ghana and Benin. It is broadcast via 14 local FM stations.
    BBC Hausa has over 872,000 fans on Facebook and over 110,000 followers on Twitter (as of July 2015).
    Hausa-speakers anywhere in the world can access BBC Hausa multimedia content at
    BBC Afrique (French)
    Weekly on Samedi Foot, commentator is Emmanuel Coste.
    BBC Afrique reaches an audience of 12.7million every week and provides content for 23 countries across Africa. It is broadcast via eight local FM stations.
    BBC Afrique has over 382,000 fans on Facebook and over 124,000 followers on Twitter (as of July 2015).
    French-speakers anywhere in the world can access BBC Afrique multimedia content at
    BBC Somali    
    Weekly on Tabinta Tooska ah ee Tartanka Premier League-ga Ingiriiska ee Sabtida, commentators are Ahmed Abdinur and Mohamed Deysane.
    BBC Somali reaches an audience of 3.5 million every week across Kenya, Somali, Djibouti and parts of Ethiopia. It is broadcast via four local FM stations.
    BBC Somali has over 299,700 fans on Facebook and over 32,000 followers on Twitter (as of July 2015).
    Somali-speakers anywhere in the world can access BBC Somali multimedia content at
    BBC Swahili
    Weekly on Ulimwengu wa Soka, commentators are Salim Kikeke and Hamisi Kizigo.
    BBC Swahili reaches an audience of 16.6 million every week across Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo and parts of Mozambique, Zambia and Malawi. It is broadcast via 21 local FM stations.
    BBC Swahili has over 973,000 fans on Facebook and over 55,000 followers on Twitter (as of July 2015).
    Swahili-speakers anywhere in the world can access BBC Swahili multimedia content at

    Source: Association of International Broadcasting, 4th August 2015

  • The BBC is finally changing its set of BBC channels on MultiChoice’s DStv pay-TV platform to update it to the rest of the world. The BBC is finally changing its set of BBC channels on MultiChoice’s DStv pay-TV platform to update it to the rest of the world. At the beginning of the month BBC Worldwide told Channel24 in response to a media request there isn’t a date yet for when the BBC channels will be changing, but is now saying the channels will change at the end of this month.
    BBC Entertainment and BBC Knowledge on MultiChoice’s DStv in Africa is ending.
    BBC Knowledge is being changed to BBC Earth on channel 184. BBC Earth, still a documentary channel, will be upgraded to a high definition (HD) channel and will become available on 1 September.

    BBC First, will launch on DStv on 18 October on channel 119 for DStv Premium subscribers. BBC First will show original British drama series – a new version of BBC Entertainment. BBC Lifestyle and Cbeebies, the kids’ channel, will remain unchanged. BBC Brit which will launch on 1 September on channel 120 on DStv, is a new channel targeting men, a factual entertainment channel which will carry shows like Top Gear. “BBC Brit, BBC Earth and BBC First bring together some of the world’s biggest names and best programme-makers in three brilliantly curated, high-quality channel brands,” says Paul Dempsey, the president for global markets at BBC Worldwide.

    “These channels capture what’s special about British TV and our South African launch marks an important step in the company’s global strategy as we continue to inspire audiences with distinctive, premium programming.”

    Source: News24 12th August 2014

  • MultiChoice Africa is delighted to announce that KTN News channel is now available to all DSTV subscribers in the East African region. Subscribers of DStv in Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Djibouti, Burundi, Sudan, Somalia and the Seychelles will now have access to the newly-launched 24 hour news channel owned by the Standard Group in Kenya, which promises to keep its audiences engaged and up to date.

    The launch of KTN News into the other East Africa countries forms part of MultiChoice's commitment to providing viewers with local channels and content that is relevant to local audiences. KTN News' primary focus is news, current affairs and information with content ranging from live debates, human interest stories, features, current affairs and documentaries. The channel also incorporates showbiz news, talk shows and live broadcasts. The scope of the station is coverage from around Kenya, focusing on matters affecting the residents, business opportunities, their social scene, and some political news driven by the governor's agendas among other issues. KTN News will be available on all packages on DStv channel 274.

    Source: CIO East Africa 10th August 2015

  • Mokolo, Cameroon — Conditions are often harrowing for women and girls in Cameroon's Far North Region. Violence, child marriage and maternal death are all too familiar experiences in this part of the country. But these grave concerns are being tackled head-on in an unexpected place: The local 95.8 FM radio station. Every day at 1pm, the channel offers women and girls a glimpse into another way of living - a world where they are empowered and valued, and where their voices are heard.

    Threats to women's health and rights
    The Far North Region has the second highest child marriage rate in the country among girls aged 12 to 14, according to 2005 census data. And discussion about women's reproductive health and rights is considered taboo, leaving women and girls without access to critical information and care. All of this contributes to Cameroon's staggering maternal death rate, one of the highest in the world.
    The situation is even grimmer in Mayo Tsanaga Division, close the Nigerian border. Attacks by the militant group Boko Haram have driven tens of thousands of Nigerian refugees into the area, and many local families have been also affected by the violence. "Women are the basis of a stable society. When a woman is uncomfortable or frustrated because of cultural barriers, and she doesn't have the opportunity to make her voice heard, the whole society is sick," said Pascal Djakaya, the head of the radio station, known locally as 'Echos des montagnes', or Echoes of the Mountains.

    Lessons for women and men
    Based in the city of Mokolo, Echos des montagnes is the only radio station broadcasting in the Mayo-Tsanaga Division. Its reach includes the nearby Minawao camp, where some 40,000 Nigerian refugees have sought shelter from Boko Haram attacks. The station covers issues pertinent to both refugees and members of the local community, ranging from reproductive health and girls' education to women's rights and empowerment. One show, 'Vie de femme' - the Life of a Woman - offers practical information to improve women's status and welfare.

    "Vie de femme gives an opportunity to a woman to talk about her life, problems she faces daily, and tips she uses to address her vulnerability," explained Mr. Djakaya. Tips include how to engage in income-generating activities, such food sales. Even men are realizing the value of these programmes. "I call my wife and girls to listen Vie de femme because they can draw some very important lessons for their welfare," said Ibrahim, a Mokolo resident. Some messages are even directed at men, informing them about the rights of women and the consequences of gender-based violence.

    Giving women a voice
    The station has proved to be a powerful public health tool. The show 'Santé plus' - Health Plus - features reproductive health experts answering questions from listeners. And public service announcements are broadcast in the local languages, promoting antenatal care and encouraging women to give birth in the local health centres instead of at home. One programme, in particular, offers a platform for women to express opinions rarely heard in public. In 'Débat au féminin' - Debates of Women - women discuss issues widely considered forbidden, including sexual violence, sexually transmitted infections such as HIV, family planning, and child marriage. Listeners learn where to find assistance and health services, including care for victims of abuse. "It gives vulnerable women and girls an opportunity to make their voices heard and to participate in discussions about everything that frustrates them and affects their collective well-being," said Mamoudou Kermi, the host of the show.

    Key tool for development
    Echos des montagnes was established in 2007, part of a joint project between UNFPA, the Food and Agriculture Organization and the Ministry of Agriculture.
    In December 2014, UNFPA and H4+ began helping Echos des montagnes, and five other community radio stations in the Far North, to strengthen their health and human rights coverage. "Journalists from these radio stations took part in trainings on how to use radio specifically to talk about reproductive health and rights," said Gabriel Tchokomakwa, a UNFPA project manager. Radio is a critical means of reaching out to the community, Mr. Tchokomakwa added. "It is the safest and fastest way to promote reproductive health to the largest number of refugees, internally displaced and host populations," he said.

    Source: United Nations Population Fund 4th August 2015


  • The federal ministry of information has advocated for the broadcast of Nigerian programmes in the Chinese electronic media to further strengthen the cultural ties between Nigeria and China. Permanent secretary of the ministry Dr FolasadeYemi-Esan, made the request in Abuja when a delegation from the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television of China paid a courtesy visit to the ministry, a statement by the ministry's press secretary Joseph Mutah said.

    Yemi-Esan who commended the bilateral relations between Nigeria and China, which she said had provided the ministry and its agencies the opportunity for staff training and technological exchange observed that unlike in Nigeria where Chinese programmes were being broadcast, no Nigerian programme was on air in China.

    In her remarks, the Vice-Minister, State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television of China, Ms. LI Qiufang said her country was exploring the existing bilateral relations with Nigeria in order to strengthen its cultural ties especially in the field of media. "There are bilateral exchange and cooperation in the trade and economic fields, which I believe can lay a very good foundation for cultural exchange and cooperation", she said.

    Source: Daily Trust 7th August 2015

  • The Afrotainment Family of channels, the leader in African Home Entertainment on Television in the USA and Canada announced today that it is expanding into Africa with the launch of OUI TV in exclusivity on StarTimes, the leading digital Pay-TV operator in Africa.
    Already available nationwide in the USA and Canada, OUI TV is a 24/7 French language channel broadcasting African TV Series and movies (Including Nollywood) in French. Everyday on OUI TV, viewers can watch over 20 different episodes of African TV Series and 6 African movies.

    Commenting on the deal, Yves Bollanga, CEO of the Afrotainment Family of Channels said, “We are delighted to have concluded this strategic partnership with StarTimes Media. Africa’s transition to digital broadcasting has improved both the quantity and quality of television programs available on the continent. This has reinvigorated the African Cultural Renaissance, which in turn should help further Africanize content broadcasted to African viewers.”

    “The addition of OUI TV to StarTimes platform assists us in delivering on our promise of bringing high quality, affordable digital TV to our diverse subscribers in Africa.  With the addition of OUI TV, our French speaking viewers now have more choice of their favorite series and movies,  broadcasted in their home language,” said Mike Dearham, Managing Director of Media Department and VP-StarTimes Group.

    Eric Noue, Afrotainment Family of channels Senior VP of Business Development said, “Our expansion in the Pay TV market in Africa marks an exciting milestone for our company. This latest development is another step in the implementation of our growth strategy that will culminate in the near future with the launch of more Afrotainment channels in the USA, Africa, Europe and the Caribbean.”

    Source: Afrotainment 4th August 2015

  • LUXEMBOURG- SES Platform Services, a wholly-owned subsidiary of SES S.A. (NYSE Paris:SESG) (LuxX:SESG), announced today that StarTimes, the fastest-growing digital TV operator in Africa, will distribute TV channels for their direct-to-home (DTH) subscribers across Sub-Saharan Africa via SES Platform Services’ broadcast facility in Germany.

    Under the new multi-year agreement, SES Platform Services will be providing signal turnaround, video processing, and uplinking services for StarTimes’ SD and HD channels. StarTimes has more than 5 million DTT and DTH subscribers across 16 countries in Africa and currently provides English-language TV content to viewers across the region via the SES-5 satellite located at 5 degrees East.
    “We want TV audiences in Africa to perceive StarTimes as a reliable DTH platform operator broadcasting engaging content at competitive rates to its subscribers. We are confident that SES and SES Platform Services have the space and ground infrastructure and the expertise to help us grow our TV business by delivering a wider range of attractive offerings across the continent,” said StarTimes Group Chairman and President Pang Xinxing.

    “The new contract reiterates StarTimes’ utmost confidence in SES’s and SES Platform Services’ capabilities to provide both space and ground segment services to grow their business in Sub-Saharan Africa. We are proud to be a valued partner of StarTimes, supporting their growth ambitions in new African markets,” said Wilfried Urner, Chief Executive Officer of SES Pl

    About SES
    SES (NYSE Paris:SESG) (LuxX:SESG) is the world-leading satellite operator with a fleet of more than 50 geostationary satellites. The company provides satellite communications services to broadcasters, content and internet service providers, mobile and fixed network operators and business and governmental organisations worldwide. SES stands for long-lasting business relationships, high-quality service and excellence in the satellite industry. The culturally diverse regional teams of SES are located around the globe and work closely with customers to meet their specific satellite bandwidth and service requirements.
    SES holds a participation in O3b Networks, a next generation satellite network combining the reach of satellite with the speed of fiber.
    Further information available at:

    Source: ME NewsWire 31st July 2015

  • German broadcaster expands internationally by delivering two channels using ASTRA 4A, ASTRA 5B and SES-5
    SES S.A. (NYSE Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG) announced today that German broadcaster Deutsche Welle has signed a new long-term capacity agreement on three SES satellites to broadcast two channels in Eastern Europe and Africa. Deutsche Welle will be broadcasting its German-language TV channel DW via the ASTRA 4A satellite, allowing more than six million direct-to-home households in Eastern Europe and 40 million cable and IPTV households in Europe to receive the channel directly and indirectly.

    Deutsche Welle will also broadcast its new English-language channel across Eastern Europe and Africa via the ASTRA 4B and SES-5 satellites. The 24-hour news and information channel, which broadcasts events from Germany and around the world, was already launched on 22 June via ASTRA 19.2 degrees East.

    Guido Baumhauer, Director of Distribution and Technology at Deutsche Welle said, “Deutsche Welle produces high-quality content in 30 languages for the whole world. We are very pleased that we have found, in SES, a reliable technical partner that complements our global satellite portfolio and helps us to broadcast news and information to two of the most important regions in the world.”
    “We are very pleased that Deutsche Welle is once again relying on SES to expand its coverage. The latest agreement with Deutsche Welle is an example of how our global satellite network can enable broadcasters to expand beyond their domestic markets to reach international audiences on all continents,” said Norbert Hoelzle, Senior Vice President, Commercial, Europe at SES.

    Source: Association for International Broadcasting 5th August 2015


  • 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 terrorism slur.

    The Kenya Tourism Board (KTB), a State agency that markets the country's attractions, said the move was necessary to avoid backlash from Kenyans angered by the "misrepresentation on the country's security status".
    "Some narrative adverts were already running on CNN as we planned launch of above-the-line TV campaigns with them but we suspended all of that," said CEO Muriithi Ndegwa on Thursday.

    The CNN caused a storm after it showed a graphic just days to President Barrack Obama's July visit in which it described Kenya as a "terror hotbed".
    The remark was in reference to spate of terrorist attacks that have rocked Kenya since 2013, climaxing with the killing nearly 150 Garissa University students in April.

    Two guests invited on the CNN show to discuss security matters declared that Kenya, where less than 1,000 people have been killed in terror attacks, was more dangerous than Afghanistan and Iraq.

    Last year, Afghanistan saw about 8,000 civilians killed in fighting and terror attacks, while sectarian violence in Iraq claimed more than 15,000 lives.
    The "terror hotbed" reference touched off a nationalistic fervour with Kenyans taking to social media to mock or rebuke the American television network.
    At the top echelons of power, President Uhuru Kenyatta told his American counterpart during the official opening of the Sixth Global Entrepreneurship Summit: "Kenya is a hotbed of vibrant culture, spectacular natural beauty, and infinite possibility. Let the world hear a simple message: the narrative of African despair and indignity is false -- indeed, it was never true. Mr President and to all of you gathered here, today let that narrative change... When you go home and as you travel around the world, tell those whom you meet about what you have seen in Kenya."

    Under the deal previously made public by Tourism secretary Phyllis Kandie, Kenya was to engage CNN to run a one-year campaign targeting the US, Europe, Asia and Africa.

    Mr Ndegwa said at the launch of the 26th edition of the Maralal International Camel Derby in Nairobi that Tourism ministry and other State agencies were in talks to find alternatives.

    Tourism, a key source of foreign exchange, has been on a three-year decline, pulled down by a series of travel advisories that source markets have issued in response to terrorist attacks. The tourism agency estimates that Ksh5.2 billion is required to revive the sector, but it was not clear how much of that budget had been set aside for the CNN campaign. "KTB will continue to work with the 47 counties for all to benefit from tourism and make Kenya a middle-income country by end of 2016," said Mr Ndegwa.

    Source: The East African 7th August 2015

  • 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, siting the 8 per cent drop of profits on significant disruptions to its TV business between February and March at the height of the digital migration stand-off with the regulator.

    "On the television front in Kenya, during the period that we were off air, a lot of advertisers pulled out and it was pretty much a wait and see attitude," said CEO Joe Muganda while announcing the results on Thursday. "I am happy to report that we are back on track and I am sure when we will be reporting our full-year results, you will see a different picture. Despite the disruptions to our TV business, cash generated from operations increased."

    Mr Muganda was presiding over his first investor briefing since taking over as chief executive from his predecessor Linus Gitahi. Group chairman Wilfred Kiboro said the two television stations that's NTV and QTV returned profits for the three months to July, and they are expected to close the year in positive territory. "The digital migration process is now behind us and we can focus on how to grow the business going forward," said Mr Kiboro, while describing Mr Muganda as the right person to lead the company.

    Earlier in February, four TV stations owned by Standard Media Group, Nation Media Group and Royal Media Services went off air for the 18 days after the Supreme Court passed a ruling on 13th February that the analogue switch-off timelines would remain as scheduled by the Communications Authority of Kenya and ordered the three media houses to switch off their analogue signals on the same date. The TV stations switched off their digital signals in protest against the CA's decision to turn off their analogue signals. They were also opposed to pay- TV service providers carrying their content without consent.

    During its annual General meeting, which took place on June 5th, Nation Media Group chairman Wilfred Kiboro had said that the company hopes to reclaim viewership levels with the sale of the free-to-air set top boxes as some estimated two million people have been cut-off by pay-TV. The census showed there are about 4.5 million TV sets and there are estimated 2.2 million to 2.3 million set-top boxes in the country. This means there are about two million people out there who are not enjoying TV. The decoders were set to retail at a price of Kshs 3,500 with no monthly subscription fee but since then nothing much has been said by the company in regards to this. The government launched the digital broadcasting service in Kenya in 2009 following an ITU Member States at the Regional Radio communication Conference held in 2006, known as the GE06 Regional Agreement. During the conference member states set a deadline for 17th June, 2015 where all analogue TV signals were expected to be switched off worldwide, Kenya was able to meet the deadline though.

    Source: CIO East Africa 7th August 2015

  • 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 for five years. The duo signed the deal in Gaborone on Wednesday (August 5). For the 2015/16 season, he said, Btv would pay P8 million as broadcast rights. The previous contract was worth P5 million per season. He said the income from broadcast rights would assist in improving clubs' revenue streams.

    Deputy Permanent Secretary responsible for information and broadcasting services, Mogomotsi Kaboeamodimo, said broadcasting matches would help grow Botswana football. BFA president, Tebogo Sebego said the association was satisfied with terms of the agreement. "It was important to conclude this agreement so that Botswana could watch premier league matches from their national television station," he said. The league's chief executive officer, Bennett Mamelodi said the agreement entitled Btv to broadcast 71 live games every season. The station would also air Mascom Top Eight matches.

    Source: Daily News 6th August 2015

regulation & policy

  • StarSat parent On Digital Media (ODM) has no intention of withdrawing a complaint it lodged against DStv parent MultiChoice in 2013 at the Competition Commission in which it accused its rival of engaging in anticompetitive behaviour. ODM, which is close to completing a business rescue process it went into in 2012 after running into financial trouble, accused MultiChoice of abusing its monopoly by not supplying it with access to two SuperSport channels for broadcasting on StarSat (at the time known as TopTV). “As you know, the Competition Commission takes its time. When it concludes, it usually comes out with a killer punch that leaves the monopolies rattled,” said ODM director Eddie Mbalo.

    “As much as it takes time, the commission will come up with a solution to dealing with the monopolistic behaviour by the incumbent competitor.” He vowed that ODM will not withdraw the complaint, and said it is more relevant today than ever, especially as MultiChoice readies its plans for digital terrestrial television. “MultiChoice has positioned itself very closely with the SABC to ensure that they continue to dominate,” he said. Despite the amount of time that has lapsed since ODM lodged its complaint, Mbalo said he is confident the commission will still pursue the matter. In its complaint, ODM asked the commission to refer the matter to the Competition Tribunal and asked that a fine be imposed on MultiChoice and/or subsidiary SuperSport amounting to 10% of their annual turnover.

    ODM accused MultiChoice and SuperSport of anticompetitive behaviour, which it said has made it difficult for it to offer a compelling alternative to DStv.
    It said it requested access to SuperSport 3 and 4, which broadcast Premier Soccer League and other football games. Although SuperSport appeared to be open, at least at first, to the idea of providing SuperSport 3 and 4 on commercial terms to ODM, it later backtracked on this, with ODM suggesting pressure had come from parent MultiChoice not to make the channels available to its rival.
    It accused MultiChoice and SuperSport of contravening the Competition Act by refusing to give it access to an “essential facility” when it was “economically feasible” for it do so.

    The companies also contravened the act’s prohibition against a dominant firm engaging in an anticompetitive exclusionary act, the broadcaster argued.
    ODM’s submission showed that it met on a number of occasions with SuperSport and MultiChoice executives. It claimed that at a meeting in November 2008, SuperSport agreed to consider supplying the SuperSport 3 and 4 channels to TopTV.

    “The management of SuperSport undertook to review SuperSport’s supply agreements in order to ascertain whether there was any impediment in the way of SuperSport supplying ODM with SuperSport 3 and 4. This, together with possibly creating a new, separate sports channel specifically for ODM, was confirmed in e-mails…” At a meeting on 5 February 2009, SuperSport denied it had agreed to evaluate the feasibility of supplying SuperSport 3 and 4 to ODM, the complaint read. “Instead, SuperSport would only acknowledge that it had offered to supply ODM with a new sports channel. This proposed channel would be considerably inferior to SuperSport 3 and 4 and would in fact not be a premium sports channel at all,” it says.

    “It would consist of mainly delayed sports events rather than live ones, and a very limited number of live football games (two per week), both of which were from a secondary league (La Liga), whose popularity in South Africa is subordinate to the PSL, the English Premier League or the Champions League. Moreover, the price proposed for supplying the secondary channel was substantial, despite containing minimal live sports content.”

    Negotiations to improve the programming content of this “secondary” channel broke down and were eventually terminated, ODM said.
    Talks were revived later in 2009 following a meeting between ODM then-chairman Valli Moosa and Naspers CEO Koos Bekker. “The meeting was concluded on the basis that Bekker would instruct the senior management of MultiChoice and SuperSport to assist and cooperate with the management of ODM in working out an acceptable supply agreement.”

    However, at a follow-up meeting — at which ODM again tabled a proposal to buy access to SuperSport 3 and 4 — executives from MultiChoice and SuperSport adopted an “adversarial, counterproductive and obdurate” attitude. MultiChoice later rejected all of ODM’s requests made at the meeting, and mooted the idea of a revised secondary channel. This channel was “substandard and would not have enabled TopTV to compete effectively with MultiChoice’s pay-TV packages carrying premium sports channels,” the company said in the complaint to the commission.

    However, despite its reservations, ODM agreed to accept the channel “subject to certain conditions”. “At this juncture, ODM was two months away from the launch of TopTV. Consequently, there was a plethora of other matters that required urgent attention in order to ensure that the launch would occur in a timely fashion. As a result … ODM was compelled to accept the secondary channel, despite its reservations that this channel would not allow it to compete effectively with DStv’s Compact package.” ODM claimed the MultiChoice offer was then verbally retracted at a lunch meeting in Sandton between executives of the two companies. This was never communicated in writing, ODM said.
    “Since SuperSport and MultiChoice are vertically integrated, there is an obvious incentive for SuperSport to protect the monopoly position enjoyed by MultiChoice. Such an incentive would most likely not exist were the two firms independent of one another.”

    Source: Techcentral 12th August 2015

technology & convergence

  • Airtel has announced the launch of two new innovative digital products. The Airtel Jam Sessions, a music show and Airtel Future Shapers, a written feature on innovative young Kenyans in a move aimed at providing great local multimedia content online for consumers as well as in support of people doing great work in the arts, culture and technology.

    Airtel Jam Sessions is an intimately shot show that invites awesome upcoming stars to jam and talk about their hustle. The company has worked with Amos and Josh, Kiu, S.O.C and Dandora Music amongst other artists on this project and will continuously develop more content and opportunities to showcase budding and exciting young talent.

    Airtel Future Shapers is a set of written photojournalistic features that profiles young, fresh and ambitious trendsetters in technology, the arts and culture. Covering young and dynamic talent such as Top 40 under 40s youngest awardee Esther Kinuthia and fashion trendsetters such as Sylvia Njoki and many more on their work and lessons that they share for those wishing to join their path.

    The content will be held on the company's blog- Airtel Hadithi as a central portal, where the company will share entertainment content, exciting ideas and stories on innovative people and out of the box concepts. Hadithi by Airtel aims to bring alive the Airtel spirit that is all about recognizing the great moments in society. In addition to this, the company is open to receiving content proposals that they can invest in going forward.

    Source: CIO East Africa 10th August 205

  • Cape Town — The Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) team will this morning present a progress report on digital migration to the Portfolio Committee on Communications as well as Telecommunications and Postal Services in Parliament. The team, which will be led by Communications Minister Faith Muthambi, will table the report which will reflect the progress and state of readiness of the country to roll-out the digital migration project.
    "We are moving with necessary speed to migrating from analogue to digital broadcasting system and it is our view that the committee will be happy with the progress we've made so far and we are also happy to inform the nation that even the SABC is ready to migrate from analogue to digital broadcasting," said Minister Muthambi. When Minister Muthambi was delegated the responsibility of driving the digital migration process by a Presidential proclamation, she immediately initiated the process of reviving the migration project.

    However, Minister Muthambi had two challenges - the first was to develop a policy aimed at creating a conducive environment for smooth migration from analogue to digital. The second challenge was whether to adopt a Control Access System or not on the Set Top Boxes (STBs). This matter has been a major source of contention in the country which has even led to court challenges. However, the North Gauteng High Court dismissed the case with costs.The need for a DTT programme derives from the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) resolution where countries in region one, consisting of Europe, Russia, Africa and the Middle East, including the Islamic Republic of Iran had to migrate their broadcasting services from analogue to digital by 17 June 2015.

    The main reason for the migration was to release valuable spectrum which can be used for other services. Spectrum is scarce, and it is necessary to make efficient use of the spectrum available for more telecommunications and broadcasting services. Shortly after the country missed the ITU deadline, Minister Muthambi immediately initiated a process of signing bilateral engagements with five neighbouring countries (Botswana, Lesotho, Swaziland, Mozambique and Namibia) to mitigate cross border radio frequency spectrum interference.

    Source: 11th August 2015


  • Kenyan Students Invited to Submit Entries for DSTV Eutelsat Star Awards

    DStv and Eutelsat are calling on all learners between the age of 14 and 19 to submit their entries for the DStv Eutelsat Star Awards 2015. This year participants will be expected to write an essay or design a poster on how satellites have helped understand and take care of our planet.
    The aim of the awards is to instigate innovative thinking amongst secondary school students; to create awareness of how science and technology can be applied to everyday life; and to show the many ways that satellites impact development on the African continent.

    The DStv Eutelsat Star Awards is part of the ongoing partnership between MultiChoice Africa and Eutelsat since 1999 that has over the years created meaningful engagement with students, the academic community and the scientific world.

    Since its inception, the competition has drawn over 3000 entries across the continent. In 2012, Kenyan student, Eva Chemwgorem won the Best Poster Award for her work titled "Africa united through satellites." Eva also got a chance to visit Eutelsat's Paris headquarters to get a closer insight on satellite technology. The first assessment of entries will be done in Kenya with a panel of local judges selecting country winners and runners-up who go through a round of preliminary judging which culminates in the selection of the final winners. A regional panel selects the top four entries.

    Kenyan winners will receive exciting prizes from MultiChoice and go on to compete against each other for the overall continental awards. The overall essay and poster winners are eligible for a once in a lifetime trip for two to the Eutelsat facilities in Paris, with the essay winner traveling onwards to witness a live rocket launch.

    Runners up will win a trip to South Africa as guests of MultiChoice Africa. Schools attended by the overall winners will also receive a DStv installation, including dish, television, state-of-the-art PVR decoder and free access to the DStv Education Bouquet. Students can obtain entry forms from any MultiChoice Resource Centre, the nearest MultiChoice office or copies can be downloaded from here.  may be done in English, French and Portuguese. The competition closes on 05 November 2015. Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in February 2016.

    DSTV's TLC Announces Search for Its First African Presenter
    TLC Entertainment (DStv channel 172) has announced the launch date for TLC's Next Great Presenter, the channel's campaign to find its first local presenter.
    The campaign to uncover a local TLC host will kick off on From Sunday 9 August, calling for all TLC super-fans from across Africa who believe they have what it takes to be the next Buddy, Oprah or Randy and crowned TLC's Next Great Presenter.

    The search for TLC's Next Great Presenter will begin with the channel asking viewers to submit video clips of their presenting skills explaining why they should be chosen. A panel of experts will whittle down a shortlist, but it will be up to the TLC viewers to choose the lucky winner. The winner will get the chance to present TLC Top 10 - a brand new series coming to TLC later this year, which celebrates the biggest and most popular shows that have broadcast on the channel since it launched in Africa in 2011.

    Further details as to how to enter TLC's Next Great Presenter competition will be announced closer to the launch date.

  • ZBC Fires Top Executives

    The Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) has, with immediate effect, dismissed suspended chief executive Mr Happison Muchechetere, general manager-finance Mr Elliot Kasu, acting radio head Mr Allan Chiweshe and finance head Mr Ralph Nyambudzi. This comes as Zimbabwe Newspapers (1980) Limited yesterday terminated the contracts of 109 employees, including journalists, and gave them three months' notice in line with the recent Supreme Court ruling. Mr Chiweshe was suspended last November together with general manager News and Current Affairs Mr Tazzen Mandizvidza on allegations of misconduct and prejudicing the corporation of over $7 million.
    Mr Mandizvidza has since been reinstated following his option to cooperate with investigations. Messrs Kasu and Nyambudzi were suspended, together with Mr Muchechetere, early last year on allegations of costing the national broadcaster millions of dollars.

    Dimension Data appoints Grant Bodley as CEO for Middle East & Africa

    Dimension Data's five-year strategy to double its revenues, the Group today announced the appointment of Grant Bodley as CEO Middle East & Africa (MEA). Derek Wilcocks, current CEO of Dimension Data MEA, and Sean Joubert, current Managing Director of Dimension Data MEA will both be taking up executive positions within the global group. All appointments are effective 1 October 2015.
    Bodley (40) joined Dimension Data in 2000. Prior to being appointed Sales Director of Dimension Data MEA in 2012 - the role he currently holds - he headed up Dimension Data MEA's IT Outsourcing business.

  • Save the Date: 26-30 October 2015
    Call for Entries & Registration now open
    Registration has opened for film, TV and creative players to join the Kalasha International Film & TV Festival & Market. The Kalasha Film & TV Trade Show – 28 & 29 October 2015. The trade show will showcase Kenyan, East African and Pan African companies under pavilions, while the international TV & Film players will attend as participants.
    2015 Kalasha Film & TV Awards ceremony – 30 October 2015. The Awards ceremony will close the event. The range of the categories has increased to incorporate a new category i.e.: East African. Film makers in the region can follow the link to enter films for the awards ceremony.
    The festival is offering all film, TV, creative professionals a unique platform to discuss, collaborate and develop new business opportunities in the fast growing East African region. Kalasha International is organized a week before Discop Africa offering all professionals an easy way to benefit from both events. Register now via the website here Visitor pass is free of charge.

    23 - 26 August 2014
    The 16th PAMRO meeting and All Africa Media Research Conference
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
    “Media Research for One Continent”
    Updates on media audience research activities from countries from all parts of Africa and the rest of the world will be given.
    “Presentations will address a wide range of subjects such as Television audience research methodologies, as well as the measurement/status of Radio, Print, Internet and Outdoor research in Africa.”
    This year market segmentation will also be a focal point of the conference.

    10-15 September 2015
    IBC Amsterdam

    Big! global meeting place for everyone engaged in creating, managing and delivering the future of electronic media, entertainment technology and content. Featuring an influential conference and world-class exhibition, IBC immerses 55,000+ professionals from over 170 countries...

    5 - 8 Oct. 2015

    Cannes, France

    4 to 6 November 2015

    Venue: Johannesburg - The Dome @NorthGate Johannesburg, RSA

    The biggest African market & creative forum for TV programmes and audiovisual content trade: not to miss. Around 1500 participants. Organised by Basic Lead.

    17 – 19 November 2015
    AfricaCom / AfricaCast / TV Connect Africa 2015

    The largest annual meeting of ICT, telecoms and broadcast professionals for Africa. A 'must attend'. AfricaCom welcomes the re-launch of the AfricaCast event as TV Connect Africa.
    About 8000 participants. 
    Organiser: Informa

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