Issue no 100 - 15th March 2011

Top Story

Gabonese Free-To-Air and Pay TV operator using DTT wants to expand across Africa, searching partners

TNT Africa is the brand name of Digital TV, a private Gabonese company that offers FTA and Pay TV bouquets using a digital DTT platform. As in many African countries, the private sector is outpacing the Government in moving ahead with the digital transition. Sylvain Béletre from Balancing Act (market research and consultancy company) talked to Morgan Juteau, Development Manager at Digital TV about the ambitions of the company.TNT Africa carried out a DTT pilot in Gabon in October 2009 and launched shortly thereafter, making Gabon the first in Central Africa to get DTT, and the fourth on the continent…

Broadcast

African pay TV market targeted with Kenya FX launch

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


Broadcast

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

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


Broadcast

MultiChoice fights scammers with tech

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


Broadcast

MTG rolls out African nets, unveils 'TV Everywhere'

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


Broadcast

Broadcast - In Brief

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


Content

Fespaco 2011: Creating strategies to distribute African films globally

Fespaco, the ‘Biennale of African Cinema’ took place in Ouagadougou for a week from 22nd February to 5 March 2011.  Participants at Fespaco talked about how to introduce strategies to…


Content

East Africa: Nairobi hosts AMA Awards but region’s industry faces problems

To prove that East Africa in general is not a movie production backwater, Nairobi recently hosted the Africa Movie Awards (AMA) nominations ceremony, dubbed the Oscars of Africa, which brought…


Content

AiM Film Festival 2011: Focus on Children and Youth in African Cinema

Now that 2010’s celebrations are over, organisers of AiM in Edinburgh are in the planning stages of the next Africa in Motion Film Festival to be held from Thursday 27…


Content

Successful Cinema Mondial Tour in Africa extended

The Cinema Mondial Tour in Africa, which started in July 2010, is to continue for a second season. The Cinema Mondial Tour continues in 2011-2012 with a new programme of…


Content

Content - In Brief

In January 2011 the UNESCO Office in Cairo, in cooperation with the Cairo University, has launched a project to strengthen journalism education and communication research in Egypt. This initiative aims…


Distribution

BET Networks’ top-rated late night talk show makes debut on SABC

On 10 March 2011, Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN), a unit of Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), announced the sale of BET Networks’ top-rated late night talk show, The Mo’Nique…


Distribution

A24 Media launches Africa’s Voice programme

On the audiovisual side, A24 Media is a popular distributor of video material about Africa that reflects what it sees as the true nature of the continent. It has just…


Distribution

Distribution - In Brief

A newcomer to the African broadcasting sector became known as part of the 22nd edition of Fespaco: Afrik.tv. Joakim Afoutni, the editor of the webTV explained that the new video…


Investment

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

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…


Investment

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,…


Regulation & Policy

Libya: TV jammed, journalists confined, Internet disconnected

On 4 March 2011, Reporters Without Borders deplored the way the Gaddafi regime prevented journalists from covering the anti-government protests that followed Friday prayers in Tripoli today.Ever since the start…


Regulation & Policy

ACPFilms inaugurates its free legal assistance service for all cinema and audiovisual professionals

"Knowledge of legal principles applicable and the use of complete and properly drawn up contracts are prerequisites to the success of an activity like cinema and audiovisual production. Incomplete knowledge…


Regulation & Policy

Regulation & Policy - In Brief

A film crew made up of three Senegalese and two French citizens were on Febuary 19, 2011 arrested and detained for three days by Gendarmerie in Ziguinchor, a town in…


Technology & Convergence

Google to help digitise Madiba and Tutu archives including audio-visual materials

On March 8th 2011, Google has announced a $1,25 million (ZAR 8,6 million rand) grant to the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory, housed at the Nelson Mandela Foundation, that will…


Technology & Convergence

Remote development via cell phone videos

A farmer in Niger learns how to protect his crops from insects. A resident of Port-au-Prince or a rural Haitian village learns how to avoid exposure to cholera. An entrepreneur…


Technology & Convergence

Technology & Convergence - In Brief

March 8th 2011, the BBC has launched BBC 104.7FM in Ghana's Western Region, from a transmitter based just outside Sekondi-Takoradi, Ghana's third largest media market and the country's new oil…


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Events

15th March 2011BOBTV conference, exhibition and trade showAfrican film and TV programmes expo Venue: Abuja, NigeriaTopic: new media tech For further information click here: 22nd - 27th March 2011Festival Cinema…


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People

French TV mag "Africans in Paris” provokes a storm  Sunday 6th March 2011 in prime time, ‘Enquêtes exclusive’ - an investigation magazine on M6 TV channel in France produced by…


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People - In Brief

Uganda: A presenter at Masaka-based Top Radio, Ssozi Lyazi Ssekimpi, is reported to have been suspended over a talk show which discussed electoral malpractice witnessed during recent presidential and parliamentary…


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Opportunities

Call for Films: 5th Kids for Kids Africa Festival On Monday, 07 March 2011, the Nairobi-based Lola Kenya Screen audiovisual media festival, skill-development mentorship programme and market for children and…