Issue no 11 it(20 August 2007

Top Story

Almost African independents day - It's not what you do but the way that you do it

A meeting of the South African Parliament's Communications Portfolio Committee offered the first glimpse of an independent television production sector struggling to assert itself against the old monopoly ways. With the exception of Nigeria, where they nearly always do things differently, Africa's independent television producers have almost no space in which to earn a living. Russell Southwood seeks to explain why this matter for the development of broadcasting on the continent. In the olden days, there used to be a single, vertically-integrated telephone company. Now there are many companies competing and offering very different services. One outgrowth of liberalisation was…

Broadcast

Botswana: Multichoice Wins Appeal

The Court of Appeal has held that Multi Choice Botswana was not a broadcaster in Botswana but only enabled subscribers to receive broadcasts. Multi Choice Botswana, is a company associated…


Broadcast

Sierra Leone: Two Presenters Injured in Armed Attack On Evangelical Radio Station

Reporters Without Borders last week condemned an attack by gunmen on Believers Broadcasting Network (BBN), a protestant-run radio station in Freetown, in the early hours of 4 August in which…


Broadcast

Botswana: Multichoice Subscribers Disappointed

Multichoice subscribers have expressed their anger towards MultiChoice management for not informing them before hand that they (subscribers) will not be able to watch all their favourite English Premiership games…


Broadcast

Botswana: A New Pay TV Arrives

A new pay television broadcaster is launching in Botswana. The new channel, GTV, comes at a time when there is a groundswell of disillusionment particularly amongst football lovers after Multi…


Broadcast

Namibia: NBC Goes for One EPL Match

Having secured the rights from the English Premier League (EPL) to broadcast its elite soccer league, the Namibia Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) is only in a position to broadcast one live…


Broadcast

Kenya: Slum Community Radio Hits the Airwaves

A five-story apartment building on the edge of Kibera recently sprouted a new antenna. It isn't much to look at - just six-feet high and dwarfed by the satellite dish…


Content

GTV begins continental roll-out to meet demand for Barclays Premiership League

Across Africa, fans of Barclays Premier League football have noticed a change to the way the 2007-8 season is broadcast. For the first time in history, the rights have been…


Content

Nigeria: HiTV to Shine With Live Matches

Nigerian pay television operator, HITV, has announced a new regime of live broadcast of the Barclays (English) Premier League, which kicks off this weekend, August 12, 2007 with the transmission…


Content

Africa: "The Benghazi Six"

Hollywood filmmakers hope to bring to the big screen the eight-year ordeal of six foreign medics convicted of deliberately injecting 460 Libyan children with the HIV virus. Sixth Sense Productions,…


Content

Nigeria: Nigerian outrage over nude video

A video showing a northern Nigerian film actress in a sex scene has caused a public outcry in the Muslim north. The outraged Kano State Filmmakers Association has expelled the…


Distribution

Liberia: DSTV Reduces Subscription Fees

Consolidated Group, the service provider of DSTV in Liberia has announced a reduction in its services with the aim of making DSTV available to all. The General Manager of Consolidated…


Distribution

Namibia: DSTV Feels Wrath of Soccer Fans

Thousands of Namibian football fans were left frustrated at the weekend after DStv failed to screen most of the English Premier League (EPL) matches on its SuperSport channels. Angry football…


Distribution

Uganda: GTV, Fufa Deal Operational Oct. 15

GTV's sh8.4b sponsorship of Uganda's soccer governing body Fufa takes effect from October 15, with the respective stakeholders receiving their first cash installments. But this will come after a meeting…


Investment

Africa: Telkom signs R225m 2010 Deal with Fifa

The deal for Telkom to provide fixed-line connectivity for the 2010 World Cup soccer tournament has finally received FIFA's public stamp of approval. Yesterday, Telkom signed the deal to become…


Investment

Rwanda: Chinese Invest Big Into IT and TV in Rwanda

A Chinese based company has officially launched a subsidiary in Rwanda to provide digital Pay-TV and broadband Internet services. The locally registered Star Africa Media Co. Ltd is a subsidiary…


Regulation & Policy

Comoros: Broadcast Journalists Prevented From Travelling to Separatist Island

Journalists in Africa's Comoros islands say they were prevented from traveling to the separatist island of Anjouan to cover Independence Day celebrations Friday. Local reporters say travel agencies refused to…


Regulation & Policy

Congo: Two State TV Journalists Released After Fifteen Days in Detention

Vincent Hata Mawika and Michel Shango Mpanya, journalists and union activists with state-owned Radio-Télévision Nationale Congolaise (RTNC) were released on 11 August 2007 at around 1:00 p.m. (local time) by…


Regulation & Policy

Somalia: Radio Warsan Back On Air After Govt. Officials Closed It Down

Government officials in Baidoa, a farming town in southern Somalia, closed down the independent FM station (Radio Warsan) on Tuesday. The C.E.O of Radio Warsan, Abdifitah Gesey, told Shabelle by…


Regulation & Policy

Somalia: Two journalists killed in Mogadishu

Two Somali journalists have been killed in the capital Mogadishu in separate attacks within hours of each other. The owner of HornAfrik radio and television, Ali Iman Sharmake, died when…


Technology & Convergence

Nigeria: DSTV launches Mobile TV

An interview in Biz.com claims that DStv will be launching mobile TV using DVBH in Abuja, Ibadan and Lagos. The DVB-H service has been in pilot trials in South Africa…


Technology & Convergence

South Africa: Integrate Digital in Every Agency Strategy

The digital era is creating a massive buzz in global advertising and marketing circles, but how many are actually making headway into this new arena? Melanie Walter, media director of…


More

Uganda: Senkwale Replaces Mungoma At DStv

They have spent a couple of months without a sales and marketing manager after Peter Mungoma defected to new rival company GTV. Finally, Multichoice Uganda, the distributors of DStv have…


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South Africa: Icasa Appoints New Chief

The Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) has finally appointed a new CEO after the previous head left midway through an internal investigation into her conduct last year. The new…