Issue no. 113; 15 September 2011

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Comedy special: Programme makers in search of Africa’s funny bone

What makes people laugh is widely watched. Local African comedy programmes of any quality nearly always shoot to the number one audience position. However, African broadcasters have been slow to take the local laughter medicine: one hit comedy show in East Africa is still buying its own airtime. The recent pitching session at DISCOPRO in Nairobi highlighted the talent available (also see video clips at the bottom of this article). These shows also lend themselves to high levels of online viewing. Russell Southwood and Sylvain Beletre have talked to several of Africa’s comedy programme makers about their prospects.Conrad Nkutu, CEO,…

Broadcast

Angola: Fire Destroys TPA Studio

A fire believed to have been caused by a short circuit destroyed the broadcasting studio of the State-run "Televisão Publica de Angola" (TPA) on Tuesday in Luena, eastern Moxico province.Speaking…


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South Africa: DStv Mobile Drifta Android application

DStv Mobile announced that significant developments have been made with the Drifta DStv Mobile decoder application for Android devices. The Samsung Galaxy S, Samsung Galaxy SII and the Samsung Galaxy…


Broadcast

WebTV "+ TV5Monde Africa" now on Facebook

+ TV5Monde Africa’s webTV now has its application on Facebook and can be viewed directly on the social network’s fan page, offering users a new way to consume numerous free…


Broadcast

Senegal: New Radio or TV dedicated to environment

Over the summer, state authorities in Senegal have been considering creating a television or radio station that specializes in environmental issues reported the Senegalese News Agency (APS). The objective is…


Broadcast

Broadcast - In Brief

- Somalia: Reporters Without Borders reported that Noramfaizul Mohd Nor, a visiting Malaysian cameraman working for Bernama TV, sustained a fatal gunshot injury to the chest last week at Mogadishu's…


Content

NFVF’s South African film criteria brings value to local films

The National Film and Video Foundation wrapped the regional consultations on the South African film criteria on Thursday at the NFVF offices in Johannesburg.The consultations took place in four cities,…


Content

“Tendance A”, a new programme on Afro-Caribbean creation

New monthly TV5Monde magazine " Tendance A" highlights African and Caribbean talents that affect fashion and design in the world. The 26 ' programme’s next edition will be aired on…


Content

Alcohol adverts ban could play a crucial role in South Africa

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi says the banning of alcohol advertisements could play a crucial role in the health of South Africans. He was speaking at the opening of the fifth…


Content

Nigeria tops Channel O awards with 18 nominations

As the organisers of the annual Channel O Music Video Awards announces this year’s nominees’ list, Nigeria takes top spot with 18 nominations.With Ice Prince, Flavour, Whizkid, D’Banj, Tiwa Savage,…


Content

Content - In Brief

- South Africa: The Natural History Unit Africa (NHU Africa) and WFA have announced that ‘Into the Dragon’s Lair’ has been nominated for Outstanding Cinematography through the News and Documentary…


Distribution

Côte Ouest enriches its catalogue for the Anglophone market

Headquartered in Abidjan, Côte Ouest, a leading TV content distributor in Francophone Africa is proud to announce the expansion of its catalogue to include cutting edge African TV content for…


Distribution

Puppet satire show ZANews broadcast on TopTV

Fans of the web-based satirical TV puppet show ZA News can tune in on Sunday, 11 September at 9:00 pm on Top One, Top TV’s main TV channel in South…


Distribution

Distribution - In Brief

- UK set-top provider Pace is supplying boxes to MultiChoice Africa to support the launch of GOtv, MultiChoice’s new digital-terrestrial pay TV service for sub-Saharan Africa. Capable of receiving DVB-T2…


Investment

Eutelsat showcases innovative satellite broadcast solutions for Africa

Eutelsat will showcase a slew of innovative satellite-based solutions for broadcast and Internet markets at this year's IBC, the premier annual show for professionals engaged in the creation, management and…


Investment

International broadcasters RFI, TV5Monde and Deutsche Welle promote language learning by mobile

RFI and TV5MONDE, as promoters of the French language around the world, have combined their know-how in audiovisual media to create a new iPhone application to learning French from current…


Investment

Investment - In Brief

- Organisers of DISCOP Africa, Basic Lead, has announced the launch of an umbrella event, TV Loves Africa, which will feature markets and conference programmes dedicated to the making, the…


Regulation & Policy

Nigeria: Strike shut down Lagos TV-Radio over minimum wage

The Lagos State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) last week led workers of the state television and radio on a three-day warning strike over the non-implementation of…


Regulation & Policy

Despotic regimes continue to obstruct media coverage of revolutions

As well as Muammar Gaddafi’s whereabouts, media attention has dwelled on the abusive treatment that foreign journalists have received. Meanwhile, many Libyan journalists are still missing. They include:•Mohamed Assahim•Habib Al-Amin•Rabi’…


Regulation & Policy

Regulation & Policy - In Brief

- CNBC Africa and the Namibian Broadcast Corporation (NBC) have sealed a partnership that will see quality business news content from the channel being broadcast across Namibia from September 2011.…


Technology & Convergence

South Africa: Samsung and News24 launch first local smart TV application in the country

Samsung South Africa and News24 today announced the development of the first locally developed Smart TV application in Africa, an application designed to provide consumers access to the latest in…


Technology & Convergence

ITU IPTV Application Challenge

The ITU IPTV Application Challenge calls for original IPTV applications running over ITU-T IPTV standards, which are discussed at ITU-T IPTV Global Standardization Initiative. Selected participants will be given the…


Technology & Convergence

Technology & Convergence - In Brief

- In Rwanda, the Government has placed an order to purchase 50,000 digital television sets to facilitate the commitment to migrate from analogue to digital broadcasting by next year. The…


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Events

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


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People

Zimbawe’s Media, Information and Publicity Minister, Webster Shamu said some foreign and private media organisations were abusing their journalistic privilege by denigrating the country's leadership. Britain, said Cde Shamu, which…


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Opportunities

To private film makers :If you live in Cape Town South Africa, Cape Town TV has launched a new type of community programme: viewers are invited to submit their art…