Issue no. 126 29 March 2012

Top Story

African Football Factory seeks to open up the broadcast sports space beyond the boundaries of the big players

There is a growing interest globally among broadcasters for African sports and for African football in particular. Last week Sylvain Béletre of Balancing Act interviewed the two directors of African Football Factory, Olivier Monlouis and Gabriel Bartolini, about how they are planning to open up the broadcast sports space.Launched three years ago, African Football Factory is a marketing agency specializing in African sports. Located in Paris, the agency has supported several events, brands, broadcasters, agencies and sports clubs to make sure that African sports get more resources and visibility. The company currently holds broadcast sponsorship rights for the football event,…

Broadcast

Mauritius: Island Republic's Television Stations a 'Tool of the Government,' Says President

Television in Mauritius has become nothing more than a Government tool for managing public opinion, the island republic's president declared today as he called for reform to allow the establishment…


Broadcast

Arab reality TV show The Real World pioneers a new way of looking at differences

This is the true story of seven strangers, picked to live in a house, work together and have their lives taped to find out what happens when Sunnis and Shias,…


Broadcast

MipTV 2012: Côte Ouest brings unique TV programmes’ catalogue to broadcasters

Côte Ouest Audiovisuel, the leading distributor of audiovisual rights for and from Africa, will exhibit for the first time at MipTV, bringing with it a unique catalogue of TV programmes…


Broadcast

Tanzania: Coast region wants to start new TV/Radio

Media stakeholders in Coast Region have said time is ripe for the region to have a media outlet of its own that would provide stable employment for journalists based there.…


Broadcast

Broadcast - In Brief

- Since 13 February 2012 a new TV channel ‘CamNews 24 TV’ (abbreviated C24) driven by group Fadil/Equateur Media Group (EMG) has kicked off to air in parts of Europe…


Content

Nigeria and South Africa get most AMAA nominations

Most nominated films at the Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) 2012 include South Africa’s Otelo Burning and How to 2 Steal 2 Million; Nigeria’s Adesuwa; Ghana’s Somewhere in Africa; The…


Content

Tanzania’s The Village of Perceived Justice released

A new film by the name of The village of perceived justice is just about to be released in Dar es Salaam as confirmed by producers Policy Forum and Kanumba…


Content

African film festivals in Italy building momentum

Under an apparent discretion, Italy has a few major festivals devoted to Africa and open to cinema in French: Milan, Verona, Padua, Parma, Trieste. We should add those of Roma,…


Content

A24 Media signs agreement to make 20 documentaries with CCTV

Camerapix/A24 Media, has signed a significant agreement with CCTV (China Central Television) to make 20 documentaries for their series “Faces of Africa”.  CCTV News, their 24-hour English language news station,…


Content

Content - In Brief

- The stage is set again for another round of 91 days of tension and excitements for its fans as Africa's biggest reality TV show, Big Brother Africa returns live…


Distribution

Nollywood Cinema Series kicks off in America

Following the huge success of Nollywood films in cinemas across Africa and the UK, Movie lovers in the US, Canada and Caribbean can now enjoy Nollywood in American Cinemas courtesy…


Distribution

African Television to air in Europe following SES deal

SES has signed a capacity and uplink deal with Netherlands-based Scope Media TV for the free-to-air distribution of African Television (AFTV) via Astra’s 23.5° East orbital position.Supported by various African…


Distribution

African programmes on Canadian cable TV

In April 2012, for the first time on Canadian cable television, Canadians will be able to access and watch African movies, drama-series and entertainment programming on African Movies and Entertainment…


Distribution

MIPTV: Francophonie brings 400 hours of films and television programmes from the South

With a supportive budget of 65,000 euros granted by OIF (l'Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie), five operators will in 2012 ensure the promotion of Francophone audiovisual content from the South…


Distribution

Distribution - In Brief

- Opinion: Professor Duncan, Highway Africa Chair of Media and Information Society at the School of Journalism and Media Studies at Rhodes University delivered his views on the digital transition…


Investment

CCTV to produce 20 ‘Faces of Africa’ documentaries

A24 Media is excited to announce the new partnership with China Central Television (CCTV) to produce 20 documentaries for the CCTV series “FACES OF AFRICA”.CCTV’s commitment to bringing viewers the…


Investment

SES and Samsung set up a free Satellite TV set

The sector of television receivers just recorded a new technological advance. An ongoing collaboration between SES, the world leader in satellite services and the South Korean giant Samsung has led…


Investment

Investment - In Brief

- Canal Plus France added 158,000 subscriptions to services in 2011 to take its total to 11.216 million, including 9.76 million in mainland France. Canal Plus France’s subscription base in…


Regulation & Policy

Ivory Coast liberalising broadcast media

Press reports from the Ivory Coast say potential private TV owners will have to pay one billion Fcfa (about two million US dollars) as a deposit as part of the…


Regulation & Policy

Nigeria: OGTV decries NBC Closing Order

Following the directive by the National Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) that the Ogun State Television (OGTV) cease the streaming of the station on the internet, the general manager of the station,…


Regulation & Policy

NCC wants to eradicate piracy

The Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) announced that it has disconnected over 1,300 illegal television subscribers and five suspects were arrested. The subscribers were disconnected for unauthorized transmission of copyright protected…


Regulation & Policy

Regulation & Policy - In Brief

- Jerry Cole, a senior television cameraman of the state-owned Sierra Leone Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC), was on March 12, 2012 attacked by some supporters of the main opposition. (source :…


Technology & Convergence

Ivory Coast: Light on the transition to digital TV

After the political and military crisis in October 2011, public broadcaster RTI (Radio and Television of Ivory Coast) has undergone a complete makeover: journalists, leaders, equipment ...Now we do not…


Technology & Convergence

My TV uses Conax anti content theft solution

Sub-Saharan African pay TV service My TV has extended its relationship with Conax to supply content security. Nigeria-based My TV has extended its six-year relationship with Conax and has committed…


Technology & Convergence

Technology & Convergence - In Brief

- Gambian network operator Netpage launched its 4G device last week. This is Gambia's first implementation of 4G and the device even went on sale before the official launch. Simon…


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People

- Uganda: In search of top digital media personalitiesA group of UK-based Ugandan entrepreneurs has come up with an initiative to appreciate the country's best electronic media.Yusuf K. Lule, the…


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Opportunities

The Africa Film Academy: Film in a BoxWorkshops : The Africa Film Academy is set to empower 1000 youths in its quest to promote capacity in different aspects of film…