Issue no. 104, 12 May 2011

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General Satellite Corporation ready to put money on table for DTH TV in Africa...right time, right place

Russian-owned General Satellite Corporation threw its hat into the ring to become a contender in the race to provide a credible DTH Free-To-Air satellite service across the continent. Others are in the wings and so this will be a race to watch over the next 12-18 months. Balancing Act’s Sylvain Beletre talks to General Satellite Corporation’s Head of Project Management - Ms Polina Potapova - about looking for joint ventures with African companies to realise its plans.The back-drop to the interest in DTH Free-To-Air broadcasting is the shift to digital amongst Africa’s terrestrial broadcasters. The deadline for this shift has…

Broadcast

Royal Wedding broadcast via Eutelsat to Africa

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


Broadcast

Mauritania: TV5Monde is the most watched international channel

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


Broadcast

New player to shake up South African television

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


Broadcast

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

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


Broadcast

Broadcast - In Brief

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


Content

outh Africa's 3D film ‘Jock of the Bushveld’ to go global

Local 3D film Jock of the Bushveld has been signed by a Hollywood-based distribution company which will see the film screened in the US and Europe later this year before…


Content

MTV and MTN partner to empower African Youth

Lagos, 10 May 2011: MTV Networks Africa and MTN have joined forces in a groundbreaking pan-African multimedia campaign designed to inspire African youth by connecting them with some of the…


Content

South Africa: Naked News Abides By Standards says BCCSA, Evokes Religious Outcry

A late-night news bulletin on e.tv that features nude women was not in contravention of broadcasting standards, the Broadcasting Complaints Commission of SA (BCCSA) said on Tuesday. "It is within…


Content

Angers’ African Film Festival winners

Now in its thirteenth edition, ‘Cinémas d’Afrique’ Festival took place in Angers, France, from April 12 to 17 ended in a festive atmosphere, thanks to Congolese music band ‘Punta Negra’.…


Content

Content In Brief

- In Madagascar, a new 120 episodes TV series called " Anjara sa safidy " has starting showing on TV. The first episode began on 2 May 2011 on national…


Distribution

‘Star Chef’ distributed to CFI’s African TV partners

CFI has partnered with ‘Luwak productions’ to disseminate Star Chef magazine - the first African cuisine contest (7x52minutes) - to its television partners’ network. Every Thursday morning from 10 March…


Distribution

Zimbabwe: Government wants Botswana to close down Studio 7

11 May 2011: According to a report in the Government-owned Daily Herald, The Botswana Government has pledged to address the issue of Studio 7, broadcast by the Voice of America,…


Distribution

Distribution - In Brief

- In Algeria, the event organised by the ‘National Economic and Social Council’ (CNES) on 15, 16 and 17 June 2011 will be the opportunity for associations and unions representing…


Investment

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.…


Investment

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…


Investment

Investment - In Brief

- 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…


Regulation & Policy

Zambia: Govt threatens to revoke radio stations' operating licences

The Zambian government has warned that it will revoke operating licenses of all radio stations airing political campaign songs before the date for this year's tripartite elections is announced, the…


Regulation & Policy

Libya: award-winning photographer and film-maker Tim Hetherington killed in Misrata

The award-winning photographer and film-maker Tim Hetherington and the prize-winning photojournalist Chris Hondros were killed in Misrata on April 20, 2011, while covering the Libya conflict, Human Rights Watch said…


Regulation & Policy

Regulation & Policy - In Brief

- In Algeria over the El Moudjahid forum, Communication Minister Nacer Mehal highlighted that communication and media laws will be amended by June 2011 to allow lighter sanctions to journalists,…


Technology & Convergence

iPad 2 lands in South Africa with the ability to make and edit videos

Apple has reinvented the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and has recently introduced iPad 2 which is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices.iPad…


Technology & Convergence

Professional sound, lighting, staging and rigging takes centre stage at Mediatech Africa Expo

Mediatech Africa boasted over 6,700 visitors at its previous show, making it Africa's largest advanced technology trade exhibition. The biannual hub for all serious industry players takes place at the…


Technology & Convergence

Technology & Convergence - In Brief

- South Africans can finally buy and download paid-for applications from the Android Market South African Android users have reason to celebrate today with paid applications becoming available locally in…


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Events

2 April – 31 May, 2011African film festival (AFF) in NYC (18th Edition)Venue: NYC, USA, various locations.The festival will feature a gallery exhibition, fashion show, panel discussions, Q&As with directors…


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People

Stratcomm Africa's Chief Executive Officer, Ms. Esther Amba Numaba Cobbah, has received an award as the Best Entrepreneur in media communications for 2010, at the Ghana Entrepreneur Awards. Stratcomm Africa…


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Opportunities

Call for entry at Southern Africa Travel & Tourism Film AwardsThe organizers are calling for entries from southern African film and video makers as well as from travel and tourism…