Issue no. 109 21 July 2011

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Three year old TV content market DISCOP back in Nairobi in September plus African Sports Rights Market

Africa’s TV content market DISCOP is coming back to Nairobi in September. Since 2008, it has not only made it easier for African TV buyers to do deals for content but has become an international meeting point for those involved in the development of the industry. Before Discop launched in Africa, broadcasters on the continent had limited options to buy TV content. Sithengi closed in 2006, leaving only MIP-TV and the small MICA market held during Fespaco. Balancing Act’s Sylvain Béletre spoke to Regional Manager for Africa Cherise Barsell from the event’s organiser Basic Lead before she left at the…

Broadcast

StarTimes TV connects 200,000 subscribers in East Africa

StarTimes DTV has by far connected over 200,000 customers in the East African region, the Chief Marketing Officer Star DTV Uganda Kevin Chen has said. StarTimes DTV is a Chinese-owned…


Broadcast

Arabsat launches TV and radio bouquet from Morocco

Arabsat has announced the launch of a Moroccan television and radio bouquet on BADR-4, accessible in the Middle East, North Africa and in much of Europe. The package includes eight…


Broadcast

Chinese firm wins digital signal distribution tender in Kenya

China has secured a larger share of Kenya’s television market after one of its firms won a licence for distributing digital signals in the country, further cementing the hold of…


Broadcast

HiTV launches Hip TV

In June 2011, Nigeria’s Pay TV, HiTV announced that it added a new channel, Hip TV to its Premium bouquet.The new channel which was launched on May 31 according to…


Broadcast

Broadcast - In Brief

- On 3 July 2011, OSN, a pay-TV network in the Middle East and North Africa, has signed an agreement with New Horizons to implement eLearning across all its locations…


Content

Ster-Kinekor supports Afrikaans film

Ster-Kinekor will release two new Afrikaans movies in June and July 2011, Ek lief jou and Ek joke net, while Platteland and ‘n Saak van Verloof will be released later…


Content

After Mirror Boy release, Odeon Cinemas will progamme another 2 Nollywood titles

Odeon Cinemas release of Nollywood’s The Mirror Boy grossed £40,000 at the UK box office. It was ranked No 11 on the Odeon Box office chart in the opening weekend…


Content

HiTV breaks new grounds with Whiz Kid album launch

Nigerians in Africa, Europe and America were filled with a feeling of nostalgia as they watched live the Red Carpet of the Whizkid album launch in Lagos, Nigeria on Sunday.Social…


Content

The next Hollywood star is African

The search for the next Hollywood star is on, and it starts in Motherland-Africa. The new television reality show, ‘Search for Africa’s Next Hollywood Star’, according to its organisers, is…


Content

Content - In Brief

- The magic of Indian films from the silent era, the black and white golden oldies to contemporary cinema is set to be played out in South Africa through an…


Distribution

MTN inks deal with music channel Trace

As African telecom players innovate to beat their competitors, South Africa's MTN Group has pulled a first by announcing a brand and content licensing agreement with Trace, an entertainment television…


Distribution

TV Globo Internacional enters second phase…and eyes Africa

TV Globo Internacional, the international version of Brazil's main broadcaster TV Globo, is to celebrate 12 years in the TV market with a major push into new markets. The channel…


Distribution

Distribution - In Brief

- The Kenyan government should look into television rights monopoly by some digital TV broadcasters to level the playing field, digital media firm Wananchi group said yesterday. The firms CEO…


Investment

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…


Investment

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…


Investment

Investment - In Brief

- 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…


Regulation & Policy

DRC: Government bands TV station favourable to opposition presidential candidate

The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the Democratic Republic of Congo’s ban of a private broadcaster favorable to opposition presidential candidate Etienne Tshisekedi. The blocking and ban of the broadcaster…


Regulation & Policy

Zimbabwe: Independent media banned from Mugabe-Fifa meeting

Journalists from the private media were reportedly barred from attending a meeting between Robert Mugabe and Fifa president Sepp Blatter. According to Newsday, only photographers working for ZBC and the…


Regulation & Policy

Regulation & Policy - In Brief

- In Nigeria, the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) said in 2 July 2011 that broadcasting stations in the country will undergo full digitisation by 2012 if government enacts the necessary…


Technology & Convergence

Nigeria gets drifta mobile TV

Digital pay TV company, DStv, has introduced Drifta, a mobile TV decoder to its Nigerian subscribers.The Drifta is a mobile TV decoder that receives a DVB-H signal and converts to…


Technology & Convergence

Irdeto secures South African mobile TV service

Content security specialist Irdeto is securing South Africa’s first broadcast mobile TV service.In partnership with Korean manufacturer Valups, Irdeto is delivering content from pay TV operator DStv to devices including…


Technology & Convergence

Technology & Convergence - In Brief

- Literary giant and Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka has given his nod to the latest arrival, a cinema 3D TV, by LG Electronics Nigeria when it was unveiled at…


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Events

21 - 31 July 2011DIFF - 32nd Durban International Film FestivalVenue: Durban, South AfricaContact: Durban Film Office – For more information please visit here: 31 July 2011The African Audio-Visual Awards…


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People

Employees of the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) are up in arms after their director general, Albertus Aochamub, recently received N$90 000 after tax as a "performance payment". Aochamub received the…


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Opportunities

Chinese television shops for journalists in East Africa China Central Television (CCTV), the Chinese national broadcaster has announced several vacancies for East African electronic media journalists, setting the stage for…