Issue no. 122 - 2 February 2012

Top Story

Africa starts crowdsourcing finance for films – maybe local TV programmes should follow

Africa has begun to join in the fun on crowdsourcing some of the funding for feature films. Crowdsourcing is getting lots of small contributions from individuals that taken together can make up a good chunk of change. Furthermore it connects the film to the audience at pre-production stage. Russell Southwood and Sylvain Beletre look at how it might improve film finance and speculate on whether it could do the same for local TV programmes.Despite Nollywood being in the top 3 of the largest film industries in the world, Africa's total contribution to the international film economy is almost negligible compared…

Broadcast

Cameroon: Marcom Group sponsor of CRTV for CAN 2012

The Marcom Communications Groupo set up on 1 June 2010 by Magnus Biagi, a graduate of Esstic, journalist and writer.  In his capacity of CEO of the group, he established…


Broadcast

Trace Convention 2012 sees strong emphasis on Africa

Founded in 2003, TRACE is an international brand and media group specialised in music and sport. The four TRACE TV channels are watched by over a potential audience of 60…


Broadcast

CNBC Africa's business news kicks off in Gabon

Business news from Gabon scored the opening goal on CNBC Africa with the official opening of the channel’s live satellite bureau in Libreville, West Africa, the same week which sees…


Broadcast

France 24 received by 235 million homes, including many across Africa

French international news channel France 24 has extended its distribution worldwide to 235 million TV homes, gaining 33 million households over 2011 including in Africa.Over five years, France 24 has…


Broadcast

Broadcast - In Brief

- Egyptian TV has launched a new channel called Voice of People. The channel specializes in broadcasting parliamentary sessions live. The Middle East News Agency (MENA) said that the channel…


Content

Nigerian Idol concludes series as contestants battle for last 3 spots

Last weekend, Nigeria’s biggest music reality show Nigerian Idol gave audiences and fans the times of their lives as they presented the wild card show that determines the last set…


Content

Samsung Inspires Fans to ‘Show Their Spirit’ for Africa’s biggest football tournament

Samsung Electronics is rallying fans across the continent to show their passion for the game, and has launched a series of interactive live and online events for fans to gather…


Content

“Punk in Africa” rock documentary on the multi-racial punk movement in Zimbabwe and Mozambique

Punk in Africa, which opened at local cinemas amid much fanfare last week, will make its first appearance in Europe at the end of the month. Such has been the…


Content

Africa in Motion Film Festival 2012’s theme: Modern Africa

This year “Africa in Motion 2012” festival theme is ‘Modern Africa’. Organisers will focus on films and events that represent Africa as part and parcel of the modern, globalised world…


Content

Content - In Brief

- Emmy award-winning director Steven Silver's “The Bang Bang Club” was nominated in January 2012 for seven Genie Awards, Canada's version of the Oscars.- The National Film and Video Foundation…


Distribution

East Africa: African film is online

Film makers in the region who converged in Kampala for the 8th Annual Congress on East African Cinema explored the possibility of exploiting the Internet, film training initiatives, alternative means…


Distribution

Strategy: Local cinema offers residents international fare

Cinema Vietnam, which takes place in the township of Franschhoek North, at Mooiwater, presents a free varied programme of quality movies and documentaries, local and international productions, including classics and…


Distribution

Distribution - In Brief

- Benin - Medias: private channels are looking for finance. There are four competitors: the public broadcaster, ORTB. LC2, Golfe TV and Canal 3 have entered into tough games to…


Investment

TopTV: Shareholder vows to pull out if porn channel goes ahead

One of pay-TV operator On Digital Media’s (ODM’s) largest shareholders says it will pull its 20% stake if it launches its 24-hour pornography on TopTV Kopano ke Matla Investment Company,…


Investment

South Africa: Digital TV launch delayed

The public launch of digital terrestrial television in South Africa will no longer be in April 2012The South African Minister of Communications, Dina Pule, revealed at a press briefing today…


Investment

Investment - In Brief

- The potential merger between France 24 and RFI has been blocked. Trade unions have put RFI employees on a new strike since January 16.- Tunisia: Funds coming indirectly to…


Regulation & Policy

Tunisia: Trial of Nabil Karoui, owner of Nessma TV for broadcasting Persepolis

The trial of Nabil Karoui, the owner of Tunisian channel Nessma TV, is scheduled to resume tomorrow, January 23rd. The trial will take place at the Justice Palace in the…


Regulation & Policy

Uganda: police have shuttered 13 broadcasters since December

Ugandan police have shuttered 13 broadcasters since December, accusing them of misusing power supplies and equipment belonging to the state-run Uganda Broadcasting Corporation (UBC). The widespread allegations of corrupt deals…


Regulation & Policy

Regulation & Policy - In Brief

- The Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (Macra) on Monday 16 January 2012 summoned a privately owned radio station for disciplinary hearing for allegedly broadcasting a programme critical of president Bingu…


Regulation & Policy

NUSOJ Report - highlights worring levels of Intimidation

Somalia: Attacks against and intimidation of journalists in Somalia are reaching a troubling level, says a new report by the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ), a Solidarity Center partner.…


Technology & Convergence

Senegal: Sonatel launches mobile TV

Since 19 January 2012, watching TV programs on a portable terminal is now possible in Senegal. The operator Sonatel-Orange has recently introduced this service to journalists. Twelve TV channels are…


Technology & Convergence

Cameroon Radio and Television upgrades to NETIA's Software

NETIA announced that public national broadcaster Cameroon Radio and Television (CRTV) is upgrading to the Radio-Assist™ 8 range of digital audio automation software, delivered by Belgian systems integrator Studiotech. The…


Technology & Convergence

Technology & Convergence - In Brief

- Nigeria: Mid-Jan. 2012, DStv Mobile introduced the Walka into the Nigerian market, a DVB-H handheld TV device which enables DSTV subscribers to watch television on the move. With the…


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People

Ramsamy Samantha has become one of the key presenters on Africa 24. Graduated from ESJ Paris, she was born in Nogent-le-Rotrou, (Perche region, Eure-et-Loir, France). Her parents Vijay and Santee…


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Opportunities

Call for programmes: 31st International URTI Grand Prix for Author’s Documentary Arman TrophyURTI organizes, with the support of UNESCO and the entirety of the international audiovisual organizations, the first audiovisual…