Issue no. 111; 16 August 2011

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Sweden’s Pay TV operator NGB pulls out of Africa for other markets, selling companies in Kenya and Uganda

It’s official. The Swedish-owned DTT Pay TV operator NGB which runs the Smart TV brand seems to have quietly slipped out of Africa, having offloaded off its three existing operations. Russell Southwood rakes over the still glowing embers from this week’s news.“The Sixth Swedish Pension Fund (AP6), investors in NGB Africa have decided to refocus their Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) investment plan from Africa," NGB said in a statement on Friday, 5 August 2011.When interviewed by us about their investors commitment to the continent in May 2010 it said that its main investor was a Swedish pension fund and this…

Broadcast

Rwanda: Shift to Digital Broadcasting on Track

The television industry is set to benefit from increased investment after it emerged that all necessary infrastructure is in place to switch from analogue to digital broadcasting ahead of the…


Broadcast

Somalia: Radio Simba Staffer Shot Outside His Studio

The logistics manager and driver for Radio Simba, Farah Hassan Sahal, died from bullet wounds early Thursday evening just outside the station's compound in the restive Bakara Market in the…


Broadcast

Nigeria: NTA-Star TV Targets 50 Channels

A pay television operator, NTA-Star TV said it planned to increase its channels to 50 by the end of this year. Chairman of Startimes Networks of China, the major investor…


Broadcast

Namibia: NBC Ban on phone-in shows Triggers Firestorm of Criticism

A recent decision by the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) to impose a blanket ban on all radio phone-in programmes for the Silozi Service at Katima Mulilo has precipitated a firestorm…


Broadcast

Broadcast - In Brief

- Following a five day training workshop, broadcast media representatives on Lesotho established Guidelines for the Coverage of Elections on Radio and TV.- From 1st August, 2011 Swazi TV is…


Content

Mad Max Fury Road set to film in Namibia

Plans are underway to shoot the fourth Mad Max film 'Fury Road' in Namibia instead of Australia. By Brendan Swift It is understood that equipment and crew are currently preparing…


Content

Zimbabwe: 'BBC Human Rights Documentary a Shame'

A leading analyst of the diamond industry cast doubts on a BBC documentary exposing human rights violations at the controversial Marange fields. The BBC's famed Panorama programme alleged that Zimbabwe's…


Content

South Africa: Jacaranda 94.2 Launches World Cup of Music

On 9 August 2011 Jacaranda 94.2 launched its  World Cup of music open, back by listener demand. The channel has selected 32 of the biggest music stars, solo artists and…


Content

Three NFVF Funded films win at Durban International Film Festival

At the beginning of the festival the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) announced its support for an array of feature films, shorts and documentaries that were to be exhibited…


Content

Content - In Brief

- South Africa’s Dstyles Productions recently shot the music video “Get Going” for The Stella’s, a Johannesburg-based band.- Broadcasters from Europe and Asia have bought high-definition programming from South Africa-based…


Distribution

South Africa: Film industry growing nicely

With South Africa's longest-running film festival, the Durban International Film Festival having concluded this past weekend, the industry has shown growth with 55 of the 193 films screened being South…


Distribution

Distribution - In Brief

- Zuku, the three-in-one service package from Wananchi Group, today announced that it will carry STAR channels across Wananchi's cable and DTH platforms immediately, as part of a drive to…


Investment

Nigeria: Outdoor Advertising Gulped N100 Billion in 2010, television advertising amounted to N39.656 billion - Survey

A total of N97.549 billion was invested on outdoor advertising (above the line advertising activities) in Nigeria in 2010.This was contained in the latest edition of Mediafacts, an annual publication…


Regulation & Policy

Tanzania: Media Legislation to Wait Longer

The eagerly awaited laws to regulate media operations in Tanzania may not be ready for enactment by Parliament this year as most stakeholders had anticipated, it has emerged.The minister for…


Regulation & Policy

Kenya: NTV reporters almost shot by prison guards

He had been filming prison guards beating his colleagues, NTV reporters Jared Nyataya and Barnabas Bii, who were covering attempts to recapture the escaped inmates who had hidden in a…


Technology & Convergence

Kenya: Curse Or Blessing? Radio Industry Chews Over Technological Changes

At a recent conference in Johannesburg dubbed Joburg Radio Days hosted by the University of Witwatersrand's Wits Radio Academy, scholars, analysts and radio industry practitioners mulled over what the future…


Technology & Convergence

South Africa: Avusa Media Live Grows in Strength And Numbers

Continuing to grow in strength and influence within the digital media arena, Avusa Media LIVE (AML) which attributes the majority of its popularity to news portals Times Live, Sowetan Live…


Technology & Convergence

Technology & convergence - In Brief

- Apple has decided to allow an additional 33 countries to access their hugely-successful App Store, including five African countries. The App Store allows users of any Apple device such…


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Events

July - Sept. 2011 (final dates tba)African film festival (AFF) in NYCNYC, USAOutdoor Summer Screenings in NYC Parks. Featuring dance, music, food and of course films. AFF programs year-round; therefore,…


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People

The Angolan Ministry of Mass Media has appointed a Managing Commission for the Anibal de Melo Press Centre (CIAM), according to ANGOP.