Issue no. 119 8 December 2011

Top Story

Trace Africa will raise the profile of African music and company set to launch local FM radio stations soon

Trace Africa joins Channel O and MTV Base Africa in offering Africans the chance to see their own music on TV. Trace is going through a growth spurt with Trace Urban, Trace Tropical and Trace Sports expanding its brand, both in Africa and elsewhere. But Trace Africa will also raise the profile of the continent’s music globally. Balancing Act Senior Analyst Sylvain Beletre talks to Nadeige Tubiana, VP Africa at Trace on the new channel's deployment and how Africans can benefit from it.Q. How can people get to watch Trace Africa? A. Trace Africa has been available since the 15th of…

Broadcast

Gilat Satcom offer distribution solution to African broadcasters for under 10K$/month

Gilat Satcom is a service provider with 18 years experience in Africa focused on satellite and fiber connectivity. VSAT specialist Gilat Satcom has invested millions of dollars to set up…


Broadcast

South Africa: Radio Shows Stable Results in Final RAMS

As 2011 draws to a close, the South African Advertising Research Foundation's (SAARF) final RAMS release for the year shows a medium that continues to demonstrate its stability and reliability,…


Broadcast

ony top officials visit GRTS for more training and equipment

Three top officials of Sony Broadcasting and Professional Company based in Dubai in the Middle East, visited the Gambia Radio and Television Services (GRTS) building along the MDI Road in…


Broadcast

ITU and World Broadcasting Unions launch African news and programming exchange project with AUB

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the World Broadcasting Unions (WBU) which include the European Broadcasting Union have declared their support for establishment of a satellite broadcast network for TV…


Broadcast

Broadcast - In Brief

- The CEO of Africable, Ismaïla Sidibé, announced the launch of a new television station, Zig TV in January 2012 in Ziguinchor. Ziguinchor (also called Zinguinchor) is the capital of…


Content

Kenya pitches itself as a regional animation powerhouse

As Kenyan tech companies push for their vision of a "silicon savannah" in this East African nation, local animators say their industry is set to ride the high-tech wave toward…


Content

MTV Networks Africa launches Comedy Central in Sub-Saharan Africa

MTV Networks Africa, a division of Viacom Inc, has expanded its portfolio of brands in Sub-Saharan Africa with the launch of Comedy Central via MultiChoice’s DStv platform. The deal was…


Content

Movie London premiere: “The Past Came Calling on 15 December”

Ruke Amata is a producer and director, whose name rings a bell in Nollywood and beyond. In this interview with Tope Olukole, he speaks on film production in Nigeria and…


Content

Gaddafi: The End Game

Gaddafi: The End Game is a series of three documentaries about the Libyan revolution, premiering on Thursday 8 December 2011 on Al Jazeera English. Produced and directed by Anne Reevell (Moonbeam…


Content

Content - In Brief

- 14 November 2011: Sara Blecher, director of the acclaimed South African film, 'Otelo Burning', was awarded the IFP Adrienne Shelly Director's Grant in New York last week for her…


Distribution

Africa: Funding Slows Continent's Digital Migration Rollout

Most African countries are facing financial hurdles and social problems in their quest for migration to digital broadcasting system a regional summit heard last week.Representatives of various African governments attending…


Distribution

Online activations and new apps from DStv Mobile

DStv Mobile has made it even easier for subscribers to access the DStv Mobile service. From 30 November 2011, subscribers can activate their DStv Mobile device Online by visiting the…


Distribution

Distribution - In Brief

- In France, Bouygues Telecom is now carrying ‘Africa 24’ on channel 159.- Value-added services including IPTV added almost 37% to the value of basic broadband subscriptions in 2010, according…


Investment

U.S.$1 Million Fund for News Innovation

The African Media Initiative (AMI), the continent's largest association of media owners and operators, has announced a US$1 million fund to spur innovation in the news industry.The new African News…


Investment

TV5Monde launches "TV5MONDE +" catch up and VoD

TV5MONDE launched "TV5Monde +", its global platform* for VoD (video on demand) and catch up services allowing Internet users a wide range of programs broadcast on the air and access…


Investment

Investment - In Brief

- 24 November 2011: The Cape Film Commission (CFC) has announced that it has secured the rights for the City of Cape Town to host the semi-final judging of the…


Regulation & Policy

Zimbabwe State Television to broadcast Chinese news programming

In a move that could bolster the influence of the People’s Republic of China in Zimbabwe, the state-run Zimbabwe Broadcasting Cooperation will soon start airing programming from Chinese Central Television…


Regulation & Policy

BAZ invites applicants for radio licences for urban centres

The Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ) has invited applications for 14 commercial radio licences, to be dotted around the country’s major urban centres.The 14 local FM licences will be in…


Regulation & Policy

Regulations & Policy - In Brief

- 25 November 2011: Cape Film Commission (CFC) CEO Denis Lillie is inviting the commercials and advertising sector in Cape Town to meet with him and the CFC management team…


Technology & Convergence

Kenya: Firms in deal for joint broadcast digital signals venture

All free-to-air television broadcasters are to form a joint company that will be given a licence to broadcast digital signals across the country.This is expected to end a stand-off between…


Technology & Convergence

DStv Mobile now available through Mac OS X

The Mac OS X is the latest operating system to be made compatible with the Drifta and the Drifta USB, this just weeks after the Drifta was made compatible with…


Technology & Convergence

Technology & Convergence- In Brief

- Multinational media company Naspers released its interim results for the six months to 30 September 2011. They show subsidiary MultiChoice has enjoyed far slower growth than in 2010 but…


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Events:

4-5 July 2012,Broadcast & Film Africa,Venue: Kenyatta International Conference Centre, NairobiThe conference provides the platform for industry leaders shaping broadcast and film industries to share their knowledge and perspectives with…


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People

- Professor Alfred Opubor passed away on 2 December, 2011, after a brief admission at the university teaching hospital in Cotonou, Benin. He was one of the first generation of…