Issue no 13 happen(17 September 2007

Top Story

Nollywood the movie – How the money makes it happen

Next week Italian-American filmmaker Franco Sacchi’s This is Nollywood is being shown at the Abuja International Film Festival before coming to the Raindance Film Festival in London in October. Sacchi’s film uses the making of Bond Emeruwa’s film Checkpoint as the core of a look at Nollywood’s actors and producers. Russell Southwood spoke to Franco Sacchi about the money behind the movies, the origins of Nollywood and the desire to raise production standards. The tale that claims to be the founding story of Nollywood sounds both apocryphal and very Nigerian. A distributor of blank VHS tapes had a container load…

Broadcast

South Africa: Four New Pay-TV Players to Take On Multichoice

Multichoice, SA's largest subscription-based satellite platform, will see its decade-long exclusive control over the pay-TV market come to an end in the next few months after the announcement yesterday that…


Broadcast

Zimbabwe: Radio Listeners', Television Licence Fees Go Up

The Zimbabwe Broadcasting Holdings has increased radio listeners' and television licence fees in a move which now requires rural listeners to pay Z$50,000 while their urban counterparts pay Z$200,000 a…


Broadcast

Nigeria: Regulator NBC Shuts Down FM Stations in Jigawa

Eleven community radio stations established by the former governor of Jigawa state, Alhaji Ibrahim Saminu Turaki, have been shut down for allegedly operating illegally without securing broadcast licences since 2004.…


Broadcast

Zimbabwe: Gtv's Arrival in Zimbabwe Imminent

GTV'S arrival in Zimbabwe is imminent and it has already started advertising in the local media. The little-known satellite broadcaster has become popular with football lovers after it won rights…


Content

Tunisia: New Private Koran-Focused Radio Station Launched

The first day in Ramadan was marked by the launch of Tunisia 's third privately -owned Radio Station, dubbed the "Zeitouna Radio Station for the Holy Koran". Taking its name…


Content

South Africa: TV ad Throws Out Challenge to All Citizens

FNB's new 2010 TV ad is intended to position the bank as the 2010 FIFA World Cup sponsor that holds nation-building at its heart - without shying away from addressing…


Content

Big Brother Gets Uncut – what the late night version shows

For those that no longer find any steam in watching the shower hour viewing segment of Big Brother Africa 2, the uncut show - airing Friday nights at about 11.30p.m.-…


Content

Senegal: Democracy in Dakar – Doc pic goes below surface of 2007 presidential election

The documentary project, "Democracy in Dakar" highlights the impact hip hop artists have had on the democratic process in Senegal, shedding light on the politics of one of francophone Africa's…


Distribution

South Africa: Multichoice Defends Pay-TV Domain with content lock-up deals

With the long-awaited new pay-TV licences set to be announced on Wednesday next week, the only existing player in the South African market, MultiChoice, appears to be strongly defending its…


Distribution

Angola: Cunene - TPA's Channel-2 Inaugurated in Ondjiva City

The city of Ondjiva, capital of southern Cunene province, has since this Monday morning the Channel-2 of the Public Television of Angola (TPA), a signal that was inaugurated by the…


Investment

South Africa: Sentech Pull-Out From Pay-TV Race a Puzzle

Sentech has yet to say why it withdrew its application for a pay-TV licence at the last minute, after releasing a "temporary" statement last week . The state-owned broadcast signal…


Investment

Botswana: etv invests ‘millions of pulas’ to acquire GBC TV and goes national

Following a multi-million pula deal with South Africa's private television station etv, Gaborone Broadcasting Corporation (GBC TV) is prepared to go national and give viewers quality programming and content. 51…


Regulation & Policy

Somalia: Police Forces Arrested & Terrified 14 Journalists, 5 Staffers of Shabelle Media Network

The National Union of Somali Journalists is powerfully denouncing the police's forced entry of the building of Shabelle Media Network, in which the police forces of the Somalia's Transitional Federal…


Regulation & Policy

Rwanda: Govt Officials Warn Journalists

Top government officials on Sunday accused Rwanda's independent press of undermining the government and threatened to force journalists to reveal their sources, according to local journalists. During a four-hour state…


Technology & Convergence

Africa: Text Messaging Delivers News

Print newspapers must re-strategise if they wish to keep up with new information and communication technologies (ICTs) since their emergence is enabling citizens to access news long before media houses…


Technology & Convergence

Uganda: UTL's New Technology to Broadcast TV, Mail

Uganda Telecom's mobile phone subscribers will be able to watch television and read office mail from their cellphones once its 3G network is rolled out this year. Uganda Telecom's (UTL)…


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Events

• 4th Abuja International Film Festival (25-28 September 2007) The festival is a four- (4) day event with workshops and panel discussion featuring local and international filmmakers. Abuja has over…


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South Africa: Selection Process Tipped to Pick Qunta

Opposition parties have expressed concern that President Thabo Mbeki will likely use his power to appoint lawyer Christine Qunta as chairman of the SABC's next board after she made it…


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South Africa: Chris Cramer for New Pan-African News Channel

Chris Cramer, former head of international channels for CNN, will take a leading role in the launch of the multimedia, all-news pan-African channel, A24, it was announced yesterday, Tuesday, 11…


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South Africa: Local Drama Star Makes Emmy Semi-Finals

Brenda Ngxoli, star of SABC1 drama series Home Affairs, has been selected as a semi-finalist in the Best Actress award for the International Emmy Awards 2008, it was announced end…