Issue No. 123 16 February 2012

Top Story

It’s a monster….Africa’s broadcasting growth tracked in a new 500+ page report released this week

The African broadcasting market has been growing rapidly. New players have sprung up in liberalised markets and there is growing international interest from external investors. Tracking this growth is far from easy but Balancing Act has taken 10 months to produce what is almost certainly the most detailed report on the African broadcast market. Russell Southwood outline what’s in this “monster-size” report.The 534-page report is split into three sections: industry trends; audience trends (with comparator data and 13 country profiles); and directories. It is illustrated with 203 charts, 101 tables, 8 boxes and 2 maps and the data were collected…

Broadcast

Thema’s SVOD getting up to 9 000 African programmes watched per day

Balancing Act’s Sylvain Béletre interviewed François Thiellet (President of Thema) and Marianne Bédé (VP Business Development & Marketing of Thema) on 8th February 2012. Thema’s African SVOD (Subscription Video On…


Broadcast

Broadcasters team with ITU to connect Africa

The International Telecommunication Union and the World Broadcasting Unions have declared their  support for African Union of Broadcasters exchange network.Over the World Electronic Media Forum in November 2011, the International…


Broadcast

Sub-Saharan Africa: France 24 on 95% of Pay TV

News broadcaster France 24 increased its distribution by 33 million homes last year. The company, which operates English, French and Arabic channels, reached 235 million homes at the end of…


Broadcast

Drama at TopTV as CEO negotiates exit

On Digital Media (ODM), owner of satellite pay-TV service TopTV, has confirmed the company’s board is in talks with CEO Vino Govender about a “mutual separation”. A source that spoke…


Broadcast

Broadcast - In Brief

- On January 30, 2012, Eutelsat Communications announced the end of 2011 saw the threshold of 4,000 channels broadcast by its satellites. Year 2011 is also the entry into service…


Content

ZNBC in need of K 2 bn. to televise AFCON

The Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC) is scouting for K2 billion (US$376,000) to enable it televise the 2012 Orange Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) slated for Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.ZNBC…


Content

TV5Monde supported film Today, a French-Senegalese co-prod

62nd International Film Festival of Berlin, from 9 to 19 February 2012: TV5Monde supported the production of film Aujourd’hui/Today (France / Senegal) directed by Alain Gomis, film listed in the…


Content

North Africa: PriMed 2011 lists more than 300 films

The Mediterranean is more and more present on our television screens. For the first time the number of films registered in all categories of PriMed 2011 exceeded 300 units. This…


Content

BET and Centric TV channels pay tribute to African-American experience

BET and Centric pay tribute to the richness and diversity of the African-American experience with a line-up of dynamic programming during Black History Month.BET HONORS recognize the achievements of Maya…


Content

The movie An African Revolution using crowd-funding to reach completion

A film named Une Révolution Africaine (An African Revolution in French, 90 mns in HD) directed by Samir Benchikh is almost completed thanks to crowdfunding site ‘Touscoprod.com’.The documentary An African…


Content

Content - In Brief

- Provided on this page are expamples of HIV/AIDS-related AV content produced by member companies of the “African Broadcast Media Partnership Against HIV/AIDS”, as well as examples of innovative programming…


Distribution

Zuku signs carriage agreement with the African Movie Channel

Zuku, the three-in-one service provider announced that it has signed a carriage agreement with the African Movie Channel (AMC). The deal will see Zuku screen Nollywood and other top quality…


Distribution

Senegal: RTS sells football rights to private TV channels

In Senegal, RTS gained exclusive broadcasting rights for football’s African Cup of Nations (CAN) that it acquired from LC2. However, the public broadcaster is in partnership with Senegalese private television…


Distribution

AEF’s websites record a traffic rise

All of Audiovisuel Extérieur de la France’s (AEF) Internet sites recorded an increase in traffic in December 2011 with over 15,000,000 visits (7.7 million unique browsers and a total of…


Distribution

Distribution - In Brief

- Music and sports broadcaster Trace has appointed Laurent Dumeau as CEO of Trace Sports. Dumeau will oversee all activities of the recently launched channel that is dedicated to sports…


Investment

New partnership launched for African media

The African Media Initiative (AMI) and the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) have launched an ambitious strategic partnership to provide professional training and other forms of technical…


Investment

Zimbabwe: Govt intensifies efforts to expand transmission

Government has intensified efforts to expand radio and television transmission to reach most parts of the country, a Cabinet Minister has said.In his speech to mark today's World Radio Day,…


Investment

Investment - In Brief

- Fixed line incumbent Telecom Egypt (TE) as launched its first IPTV services via its ISP subsidiary TE Data, reports C21Media. The TE-VU services provides streaming and video-on-demand content to…


Regulation & Policy

Senegal: CNRA warns RTS, Africa 7, TFM and Walf TV

The National Council for the Regulation of Broadcasting (CNRA) of Senegal gave notice to the RTS (public), AFRICA 7, TFM and Walf TV (private).According to CNRA, on Monday, January 23,…


Regulation & Policy

Youssou N'Dour: Singing for people power

Youssou N'Dour feels his candidacy to be Senegal's president can bring the world's attention to the West African nation's election at the end of next month."Now people are going to…


Regulation & Policy

Regulation & Policy - In Brief

- Somalia: The Federation of African Journalists (FAJ), the African Regional Organisation of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), has joined its affiliate, the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ)…


Technology & Convergence

S.A.: ATEC brings fibre to suburbs, video services to follow

ATEC Systems and Technologies (www.atec.co.za) has just completed phase one of a large roll-out to create South Africa's first non-gated FTTH community. This deployment, in the affluent suburb of Clifton,…


Technology & Convergence

Irokotv.com officially launched

Iroko Partners, the company that brought NollywoodLove on YouTube officially launched a new home for Nollywood movies to the public on December 1, 2011.We got exclusive access to test the…


Technology & Convergence

Technology & Convergence - In Brief

- At the end of 2011, the Arab States Broadcasting Union (ASBU) launched a new service to the benefit of its member radio and TV corporations. Broadcasting Arab radio and…


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People

Simon Camerer, the man who “appointed” comedian Trevor Noah as Cell C’s CEO (“chief experience officer”) and who led the makeover of the cellular operator’s brand, is set to take…


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Opportunities

Biggest ever CABSAT drives the media industry in the Middle East & North Africa RegionCompanies from 42 Countries Exhibiting at the Region's Leading EventDubai, United Arab Emirates: Broadcast and production…