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NTV Uganda Shut Down a Second Time

The Nation (Nairobi) reported on February 3rd that NTV Uganda has been switched off air for the second time in a week. The shutdown came at 9.10am on February 2nd, barely two days after its signal was reinstated by the Uganda Broadcasting Corporation. The station had earlier been off air for four days after being shut down by the state-owned media house. NTV Uganda's transmitter at Kololo Hill was switched off by officers claiming to be from the Broadcasting Council, said NTV's General Manager Mr Victor Ngei. "The officers demanded access to the Uganda Broadcasting Corporation (UBC) facility, which is…

Broadcast

Uganda: Broadcasting Council Rules Against NTV

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


Broadcast

Zimbabwe: 'ZBH Licence Fees Hike Justified'

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


Broadcast

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

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


Broadcast

South Africa: Broadcast Digital Upgrade Will Boost Jobs And Skills

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


Broadcast

Algeria: TV channel to promote institutional communication

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


Broadcast

Swaziland Television and Spescom Media IT contract

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


Broadcast

South Africa: Beam me into Africa

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


Broadcast

Ghana chooses nine for ‘Idols West Africa’

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


Broadcast

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

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


Content

Zimbabwe: African Viewers to Get Oscar Experience

The Zimbabwe Independent wrote on February 2nd that DStv will offer live coverage of the 79th Academy Awards. The pre-show and ceremony will be broadcast in the early hours of…


Content

Ghana: Glo-CAF Awards Accreditations Begins

The Daily Champion (Lagos) reported on January 24th that organisers of the 2006 Glo-CAF Awards have set up an accreditation unit to ensure a hitch-free coverage of the event by…


Content

BBC marks launch of new FM transmitters in Sierra Leone with roadshow

The BBC World Service issued a statement saying that radio listeners in Sierra Leone will be treated to a week of live programming when the BBC World Service brings its…


Investment

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…


Investment

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…


Regulation & Policy

Nigeria Media Concerned About Alleged Government Harassment

VOA reported on February 2nd that international and local media rights groups say the Nigerian government has stepped up efforts to intimidate and harass journalists for increasingly criticizing its policies.…


Regulation & Policy

Proposed Self-Regulatory Media Council is Not Superfluous to Existing Media Commission, Says Misa

In a press release on February 1st, the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA)-Zimbabwe stated that they would like to set the record straight regarding recent misleading political statements pertaining…


Regulation & Policy

Angola and Guinea Bissau Sign Co-Operation Accord in Media Sector

The Angola Press Agency reported on February 5th that a technical-professional co-operation agreement between Angola and Guinea Bissau that foresees the sharing of information between both countries in the Social…


Technology & Convergence

Technology Facilitates Community-Media Convergence

In Ifocus, on February 2nd, Isaac A Tetteh, webmaster and news editor on Radio Gold 90.5, Fm Accra, Ghana wrote that, “I have always held the opinion that the convergence…


Technology & Convergence

Lagos: THISDAY Media Store Opens At the Palms

This Day (Lagos) reported on January 31st that THISDAY Media Stores, a retail outlet for media products owned by THISDAY Music and Entertainment Group, opened its doors on January 31st…


Technology & Convergence

SA: Sea Change in Media Industry

Business Day (Johannesbury) wrote on January 29th that media and entertainment companies are facing a radical shake-up as the adoption of mobile technologies and changing content and distribution models reshape…


Technology & Convergence

South Africa: From Turning Pages to Downloading Them

Inter Press Service (Johannesburg) wrote on January 23rd that press freedom is making a stand online instead of in the pages of newspapers and magazines. Zimbabwe's harsh business environment, coupled…


Technology & Convergence

Nigeria: Will the internet sector ever remain the same?

Vanguard (Lagos) wrote on January 31st that making a presentation for a Nigerian resuscitated company over the week, Mr. Sandeep Jayaswal gave an indication of the readiness of some Nigerian…


Technology & Convergence

txtNation welcomes mobile revolution in West Africa

txtNation wrote that analysts know that West Africa is shaping up to become one of the fastest growing mobile markets in the world. For too long now, West Africa has…