Issue no. 114; 29 September 2011

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Arab Spring prompts a new wave of Free-To-Air licence liberalisation in North Africa but still a hard core of “hold-outs” in Sub-Saharan Africa

The Arab Spring has provided much needed momentum for Free-To-Air broadcast liberalisation in North Africa. The pace of change has been matched in Sub-Saharan Africa where the domestic airwaves are opening up to something more than Mr President TV and satellite Pay TV for the well-heeled elite, with the exception of North Africa where Satellite TV is a more democratic affair. Russell Southwood looks at those that have now got their foot on the accelerator and at the traffic jam at the back of the queue.Free-To-Air TV broadcast liberalisation is one of the litmus tests of freedom of expression and…

Broadcast

New 335,000 Euros Malian history TV series "The kings of Segou" now on TV5Monde webTV

A historical saga that traces the saga of the Bambara kingdom in the seventeenth century, this is the crazy bet of director Boubacar Sidibe, with ‘the Kings of Ségou‘ («Les…


Broadcast

Pay-TV operator Canal+ contracted multiple transponders with SES for CANAL+ AFRIQUE

SES announced today that Canal+ Overseas, the international subsidiary of French Pay-TV operator Canal+, has contracted multiple transponders and signed a long-term agreement for its subsidiary CANAL+ AFRIQUE in order…


Broadcast

Togo: TV5MONDE first international channel in Lome

TV5MONDE unveiled that the international TV channel is ahead of international channels in Togo, both in terms of reputation and audience.In the Togolese capital, 75% of people know TV5MONDE. They…


Broadcast

Broadcast - In Brief

Thema TV confirmed that in May 2011, it has sold 4 African TV channels to cable-operator “Numéricable Belgium” mainly present in Brussels. The channels are RTNC, RTI, CRTV and Telecongo.This…


Broadcast

URTI and the Radio and Television Commissions Assembly holds its 63rd General Assembly in Paris

URTI is holding its 63rd general Assembly of URTI and the Radio and Television Commissions in Paris, France, on Friday, October 21st 2011, at the invitation of France Télévisions, as…


Content

Nigeria’s Ajala TV seeks to create an African travel launch

Ajala’s Dayo Osholuwu has launched the Ajala Travel Channel on Hi-TV and has far reaching ambitions to take it across the continent. The existence of a travel travel channel somehow…


Content

Al Jazeera doc claims there are more slaves than ever before

Doha, Qatar, 14 September 2011: There are more slaves than ever before, according to a shocking new documentary series premiering on Al Jazeera English on 10 October 2011.South African Oscar,…


Content

23rd Bond film will shoot in South Africa instead of India

You might have previously heard about the local Indian government and railway ministries being reluctant to allow EON Productions to shoot Bond 23 in their country this winter and the…


Content

Content - In Brief

- In line with the objective of globally positioning the South African film industry, The National Film and Video Foundation will be participating at Toronto International Film Festival Canada (10th…


Content

‘How to Steal 2 Million’ selected for US ‘Fantastic Fest’

How to Steal 2 Million, South Africa director Charlie Vundla’s compelling debut feature film, has been selected for this year’s Fantastic Fest, the largest genre film festival in the US.…


Distribution

THEMA TV acquires rights for AfricaMagic, great Nollywood content

M-Net, the South African terrestrial pay-television channel, has sub-licensed the rights of its AfricaMagic content to international distributor THEMA TV. In a groundbreaking initiative, this deal will see a selection…


Distribution

Award-winning "Viva Riva!" from Congo opens across the World!

The award-winning gangster thriller feature film "Viva Riva!", directed by Congolese Djo Tunda wa Munga, is set to open in South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho and Swaziland on 7 October 2011…


Distribution

Distribution - In Brief

A historical contract has been signed between the producers of the Afrikaans film, ‘Roepman’, and the American production and distribution company, D Street Media Group (deleted). In terms of the…


Investment

South Africa: co-productions budget reaches R111 million in 6 months

International co-productions are an essential tool for the South African film and television industry. They not only allow the local industry to pool financing, but also attract creative talent with…


Investment

The African Union launches the Pan-African Media Network Project

The African Union (AU) will, from 17 to 20 September 2011, participate in the Pan-African Conference on Access to Information (PACAI) in Cape Town, South Africa. This major event will…


Investment

Investment - In Brief

International Jewish News 1 launched on September 21, 2011. Jewish News 1 (JN1) is a new 24-hour Brussels-based English-language channel offering news from a Jewish perspective. The channel, which currently…


Regulation & Policy

Burundi: Massacre Media Ban Broken

23 September 2011: A government-imposed ban on media organizations reporting on the recent shooting that killed 39 people in Burundi has been broken by five radio stations and a private…


Regulation & Policy

African Union: «Access to information is a fundamental human right»

The African Union (AU) took part on 17, September 2011 in Cape Town, South Africa, at the official opening ceremony of the first edition of the Pan-African Conference on Access…


Regulation & Policy

Regulation & Policy - In Brief

The Committee to Protect Journalists (NYC) condemns the shooting of a Somali radio journalist in the semi-autonomous region of Puntland, and calls on the government to immediately take steps to…


Technology & Convergence

Orbit to launch multi-screen service

Middle Eastern and North African pay TV platform Orbit Showtime Network is launching a digital platform that will allow subscribers to watch programming on tablet computers and smartphones.The operator will…


Technology & Convergence

SA Mobile TV ready to launch

New SA broadcast challenger edges closer to launch.Mobile TV, the company planning to introduce mobile television services in South Africa using Korea's digital multimedia broadcasting (DMB) standard, says it could…


Technology & Convergence

Technology & Convergence - In Brief

On 8 September 2011, Global satellite operator SES S.A. and content management and delivery company GlobeCast announced that GlobeCast has contracted a transponder on the SES-4 satellite as well as…


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People:

Looking for the next NFVF CEO:Applications from suitably qualified candidates are invited to apply for the vacant position of Chief Executive Officer.The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) is a…


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People - In Brief

September 21, 2011, digitaltveurope.net wrote that Wadah Khanfar has stepped down as general director of Al Jazeera. Khanfar, who has run the international news and kids broadcaster for the last…


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Opportunities

Call for South Africa and Australia Co-production of FilmsThe National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), hereby calls for applications for productions to be made in terms of the Agreement between…