Issue no 121 - 20 January 2012

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Broadcast audiences – Africa’s blissful ignorance holds back industry development in most of the continent

The rational version of how advertisers and advertising agencies buy airtime is through using media planning based on audience research. Africa’s reality is very different with only a few countries having continuous research. Very little of the existing research is focused on programme audiences on an overnight timeline that will allow agencies to adjust their choices. But for the majority of countries on the continent, there is only blissful ignorance and “gut feel”. Russell Southwood looks at how this lack of audience research holds Africa’s broadcast industries back.I met a broadcaster from DRC at DISCOP for the first time several…

Broadcast

Tunisia: an Islamist TV channel about to be launched - Al Qalam

According to several Tunisian media, a group of Imams in the city of Sfax announced the launch of the first Islamic TV channel. Things are serious and the Islamists will…


Broadcast

GlobeCast and ARABSAT launch the Global Arabic Bouquet in Africa

GlobeCast and ARABSAT announced today that the Global Arabic Bouquet (GAB), a grouping of premium Arabic channels from the Arab States Broadcasting Union (ASBU) available anywhere in the world, is…


Broadcast

Zuku TV has 35,000 subscribers

East African pay TV service Zuku TV has signed up 35,000 subscribers in its first five months.The news that Zuku TV has reached 35,000 subscribers comes as the service’s parent…


Broadcast

DStv Nigeria responds to complaints of high priced bouquets

DStv responded to complaints aired in the press that it was over-charging for its Pay TV service. According to DStv, if you take the South Africa subscription in dollars, it…


Broadcast

Broadcast - In Brief

- WebTV TV5Monde Africa, launched in May 2010 and available free worldwide on all computers connected to the Internet (tv5mondeplusafrique.com), on Facebook, on Android touch pads, and on Philips and…


Content

News censorship never ends well for governments, says CNN exec.

Tony Maddox, the executive vice president and MD of CNN International, is responsible for CNN's international news and information portfolio. Maddox also oversees international newsgathering, editorial and programming oversight. Under…


Content

Battle ensues over Afcon TV rights as SportsFive ups the price again

Zimbabwe football fans might fail to see the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) finals live on national television if the Confederation of African Football (CAF) rights holder, SportFive persists…


Content

CFI – LFP: Training on the production of football matches for six African producers

Canal France International and the French Professional Football League (LPF) have teamed up yet again to support African TV professionals. After two warm-up sessions in April and November 2009 focussing…


Content

Investigative documentary catches corrupt Electric Company of Ghana officials on tape

A new investigative documentary by Anas Aremyaw Anas of Tiger Eye Investigations caught members of staff from Electricity Company of Ghana red-handed accepting corrupt payments for electricity meters in a…


Content

Zuku sells TV content to Nigeria’s My TV

Zuku, the East African three-in-one service provider, today announced that it has completed its first major content sale. The deal sees Nigeria’s My TV purchase over 70 hours of programming…


Content

Content - In Brief

- French comedy "Intouchables" ("Untouchables", from Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache, 5 awars, 4 nominations at various festivals), which led the pack with 16,888,372 admissions by 3 January 2012 according…


Distribution

Zuku licensed with NBCUniversal ITD in East Africa

Zuku, the three-in-one service package from Wananchi Group, has entered a licensing agreement with NBCUniversal International Television Distribution for the pay television rights in the East Africa region to a…


Distribution

SuperSport secures Africa TV rights for 2012 Olympics

South African pay-TV broadcaster SuperSport has acquired the television rights for the London Olympics in 2012.Coverage from Naspers-owned SuperSport will be spread across a number of channels, broadcasting in high…


Distribution

Distribution - In Brief

- SES Astra has announced that it has signed a capacity agreement with the South African pay-TV operator On Digital Media (ODM) for three transponders on its Astra 4A satellite,…


Investment

Nigeria: Nigcomsat-1r attracts African broadcasters’ interest

 Following the successful launch of NigComSat-1R into space on Monday, December 19, 2011, and its successful landing in its orbital position in space on Tuesday December 27, 2011, which was…


Investment

CCTV Africa and "I Love Africa" mobile TV officially launched in Kenya

China Central Television has officially launched CCTV Africa, a news production center based in Kenya that focuses on African news and perspectives as well as international news.CCTV Africa will initially…


Investment

Investment - In Brief

- CAD (China Africa Development fund) inked an agreement with Star communication network technology on Dec 21, 2011 to develop a wireless digital TV network in Africa.- The 28th edition…


Regulation & Policy

Kenya: Taxes account for 45 percent of the cost of payTV decoders

Kenyan pay-TV providers MultiChoice, Smart TV and Wananchi Group's Zuku have blamed the low penetration of their services on decoder import duty, Business Daily reported. Taxes account for 45 percent…


Regulation & Policy

DRC Government orders temporary suspension of RFI closure

Democratic Republic of Congo: On 2 January, communications minister Lambert Mende announced he had ordered the temporary suspension of RFI’s frequencies as a “precautionary measure” until the CSAC ruled on…


Regulation & Policy

Regulation & Policy - In Brief

- Uganda: 35 Ministers have been implicated in the suspected abuse of public resources which has cost Uganda Broadcasting Corporation more than Shs50 billion. Three more broadcast stations, including WBS…


Regulation & Policy

Zimbabwe - Private Television Licences - no time soon

Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ) will not be issuing out private television licences any time soon mounting despite mounting pressure to do so, saying its main focus is on meeting…


Technology & Convergence

Ondemand! delivers TV programs to 100-million mobile subscribers in six languages including Arabic

The service launched with a library from On Demand Group’s studio and television partnerships providing popular series such as Sex and the City, The Sopranos, Entourage, and hundreds of music…


Technology & Convergence

MultiChoice starts BoxOffice Online trial

South African pay-TV operator MultiChoice has opened its internet video-on-demand (VoD) service BoxOffice Online to beta testers. The move follows the July launch of the satellite version of BoxOffice, which…


Technology & Convergence

Technology & Convergence - In Brief

- South Africa’s migration from analogue to digital broadcasting has been fraught with delays and debates, the most recent of which centres around the use of encryption on free-to-air (FTA)…


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People

- The owner of Senegalese broadcast stations TFM (Television Futurs Medias) Youssou N'dour will run for President. "I am a candidate. I will engage in the presidential race," N'dour said…


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Opportunities

Méditalents 2: launch of the call for projects  CFI together with the association 1000 visages and the Quarzazate Film Commission launch the 2nd Meditalents call for projects.Its objective is to…