Issue no. 137 29 August 2012

Top Story

FrontlineSMS bring a free, innovative solution to African broadcasters

As TV and radio broadcast markets intensify across several liberalized African countries, broadcasters need to find solutions to create more interactive communication with their audiences and build loyalty among them. SMS is one of those. There are a few SMS management software available out there but FrontlineSMS, a rather discreet solution provider has already been in the front line to support several African broadcasters. Sylvain Beletre, Senior Analyst, Balacing Act talked to Amy O'Donnell, Project Manager at FrontlineSMS on how SMS can be a very powerful media tool.Looking at recent audience surveys across the African market, it is obvious that…

Broadcast

eNews launches 'daunting' eNCA

The eNews Channel on MultiChoice's DStv platform has changed its name to eNCA with a new mosaic logo depicting the continent of Africa as the independent 24-hour news channel went…


Broadcast

CCTV Africa begins live broadcast to China

The countdown starts and the Kenyan news reader runs through the top headlines for the evening bulletin. In a few minutes he will go on air in Nairobi, broadcasting live…


Broadcast

The Power of Sport and Television for Africa

Television has transformed the FIFA World Cup, Olympic Games, and European Football Champions League into lucrative multi-billion-dollar undertakings creating a frenzy of bidding for the TV rights for the events.…


Broadcast

“South Sudan: The World’s Youngest Nation” to air soon across Africa

The first-time documentary film by Newfoundlander Matthew LeRiche opens with a dimly lit closeup of young man rapping smoothly into the camera.He’s young; he’s hip; he’s the future of South…


Broadcast

Broadcast News - In Brief

- MultiChoice subsidiary M-Net wants access to more radio frequency spectrum than it has provisionally been allocated in the draft digital terrestrial television (DTT) regulations, it said at Independent Communications…


Content

Why Nigeria's film industry can't yet square up to Hollywood

Nollywood is in a transitional phase, but its still has some way to go to be truly mainstream.A bright-green kit car marked "51 Nigeria" stands under grey skies, yards from…


Content

Namibia: Ramata Screened At Goethe Centre

Ramata is an African documentary screened in the Goethe Centre Auditorium, courtesy of AfricAvenir, a company that has been screening films in Namibia in the series of "African Perspectives" since…


Content

The UK's Colonial Film Catalogue, a database of more than 6000 films

'African Urbanism' discusses the UK's Colonial Film Catalogue, a database*  of more than 6000 films, which provides a window into British colonial period (Over 350 of the most important films…


Content

Mobile Entertainment Africa event back in Cape Town

As a piece of technology the mobile device has had an incredible affect across the world. The geographical nature of Africa as a continent and the lack of previous fixed…


Content

Content News - In Brief

- Shot in South Africa, set in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, 'The Dinosaur Project' purports to be found footage from an expedition led by a TV adventurer that…


Distribution

MultiChoice entrenches its monopoly

The TV giant has consolidated its impregnable position in terrestial and satellite broadcasting in Africa. Lloyd Gedye reports.As the Zambezi River surged past in the background, destined to plummet 100m…


Distribution

ReelAfrican.com releases African hit movie series 'Adams Apples'

ReelAfrican.com, an online platform for African and Caribbean film  and TV series in the United States, debuts the ten-part dramatic African hit movie series Adams Apples, on Thursday, August 30th,…


Distribution

Distribution News - In Brief

- Businesses are … beginning to tap into the desire of millions of its consumers to access entertainment online. One of the best examples is in Nigeria, where the stunning…


Investment

Nigeria: Dons seek investment in educational TV

If Nigeria can emulate South Africa by establishing an educational television channel, performance in public examinations could improve, some educationists have said.This is coming as outgoing president of the Science…


Investment

Extreme sports film from Award-winning South African filmmakers using crowd-source funding

Inspiring Ghanaian polio survivors pioneer extreme sports combination of skating and soccer / Award-winning South African filmmakers crowd-source funding via Kickstarter for the documentarySkate soccer won’t be featured at this…


Investment

Investment News - In Brief

- Investments in Tencent Holdings Ltd. (700), China’s biggest Internet company, and Mail.ru (MAIL), the largest Russian-language Internet firm and a 1.5 percent owner of Facebook Inc. (FB), account for…


Regulation & Policy

Tension high in Gabon, opposition says TV station torched

Tension reigned Thursday in oil-rich Gabon where the main opposition said its television station was torched after violent clashes between its supporters and police in the capital Libreville.But the government…


Regulation & Policy

Call for feedback on TV content piracy: state of the market survey to best practices

Like in other parts of the world, the African audiovisual industry faces the challenge of content piracy. But combatting content piracy is a rather tricky business.Ahead of major African TV…


Regulation & Policy

Regulation & Policy News - In Brief

- The week-long strike that silenced the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) radio and television services ended on 22 Aug. 2012. NBC Director-General Albertus Aochamub went live with an announcement welcoming…


Technology & Convergence

Digital pay TV company eyes Kenya's key towns

Kenya's digital pay TV market is becoming more competitive with the aggressive entry of StarTimes Media Kenya, a company that recently launched its services in Kenya's capital Nairobi and second…


Technology & Convergence

South Africa: Another R7 billion needed for digital TV

The project to migrate South Africa’s TV from analogue to digital broadcasting needs another R7 billionBetween the requirements of the Department of Communications (DoC), SABC, and Sentech, the budget shortfall…


Technology & Convergence

New initiative for the African digital TV industry - Africa Page

Netherland-based Exset today announced the launch of its Africa initiative for the African digital TV industry - Africa Page - at the SABA (Southern African Broadcasting Association) CEO Summit on…


Technology & Convergence

Technology & Convergence News - In Brief

- Black-owned investment company Kagiso Media would like to launch both subscription and free-to-air television services but will only do so if the Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) crafts…


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Events

11-12 September 2012  The Internet Show Africa  Venue: Sandton Convention Centre - Johannesburg, SA.  Africa's only internet business event. Free educational seminars and exhibition on digital advertising and marketing, web 2.0…


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People

Nollywood actress visits JamaicaNigeria actress Omotola Jalade Ekeinde, has thrown out a challenge to Hollywood filmmakers to visit Africa and discover great stories.The actress, who is in Jamaica on business…


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Jobs & Opportunities

 Call for training for TV producersThe Sediba International Financing Programme, aimed at "experienced" and "emerging" producers in television drama & feature film products, is geared at offering focused training in…