Issue no 14 land?(1 October 2007

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African IP-TV – Will the pioneers get the arrows or the land?

IP-TV has crept up slowly on Africa. The pioneers have introduced it without much fanfare. It is an activity that exemplifies the word convergence and is probably one against which the reality of this idea will be judged on the continent. Currently, IP-TV is being offered in a small number of African countries: Algeria, Benin, Egypt, Cape Verde, Mauritius, Morocco and Senegal. Others like South Africa are planning to enter the market. The question is: will the pioneers of IP-TV get the arrows and the settlers (who come along later) get the land? Two of these pioneers are from West…

Broadcast

South Africa: E.TV sees profits double

E.TV, the only commercial terrestrial channel in South Africa, nearly doubled after-tax profit in the year ended in March, giving a timely liquidity boost to its major shareholder, Hosken Consolidated…


Broadcast

Cameroon: CRTV Staff On Brink of Strike Action

The poor state of Government broadcasting in Africa is well illustrated by the threatened strike action at Cameroon Radio and Television. However, it is not clear whether there are real…


Broadcast

Nigeria: Unesco Boosts Unilag Radio With N1.190m

University of Lagos (UNILAG) has received equipment worth over N1 million from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) for its Mass Communication Radio station. UNESCO's Director and…


Broadcast

South Africa: Jozi FM in turmoil over who controls the station

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has called for an emergency meeting on Monday, 1 October 2007, with the parties involved in the Sowetan community radio station Jozi…


Content

African Movie Channel in tie-up with 3A Telesud to bring Ya Ma’Afrika to viewers on-demand

Telesud’s exciting new TV series, Ya Ma’Afrika made by its production company, Soundview Africa based in New York, debuts on the African Movie Channel, AMC this October. The highly acclaimed…


Content

Kenya: Nairobi Festival a Great Boon to EA Film-Makers

Nairobi will for the next one week be turned into a movie capital of sorts, with more than 10,000 enthusiasts from the eastern Africa region and beyond expected to converge…


Content

South Africa: 'SABC beefing up its foreign news'

The SABC's news division is pressing ahead with plans to become a globalised African media organisation. Snuki Zikalala, SABC managing director of news and current affairs, told the Cape Argus…


Content

Botswana and Namibia: GTV Holds Hope for Soccer Fans wanting English Premier League football

English Premier League football fans may soon be smiling again after confirmation that the Namibian Communications Commission officially gazetted GTV's television broadcasting licence on Monday. The formal applicant for the…


Distribution

Namibia: Fan to Launch Film Website

The Filmmakers Association of Namibia (FAN) will launch a website next month, it has been learnt. According to FAN board member, Michaela Bauer, the website will cover a wide field…


Distribution

South Africa: TV Stations Object to Paying SABC

Multichoice says it is already paying millions to carry SABC channels on its DStv platform, after the public broadcaster's "must carry, must pay" submission to the Independent Communications Authority of…


Investment

South Africa: Kagiso Considers Move Into Pay TV

Leading black-owned media company Kagiso Media may be looking at diversifying out of radio after it confirmed yesterday it was "entertaining" the idea of entering the pay-television space as part…


Investment

Liberia: LMC/RNTC Launches Radio Project

The Liberia Media Center last Thursday officially launched a broadcast training facility and a community radio support project in partnership with the Radio Netherlands Training Center. The community radio project…


Regulation & Policy

Somalia: Police Fire On Radio Shabelle, Force Station Off the Air

CPJ condemns the attack by Somali security forces on the Radio Shabelle compound this morning. Forces opened fire on the building with staff inside, forcing the station off the air.…


Regulation & Policy

Burkina Faso: Arson Attack On Radio Host's Car Marks Escalation in Intimidation Campaign

Reporters Without Borders last week condemned a campaign of death threats against singer and radio host Karim Sama, which took a disturbing new turn with an arson attack on his…


Technology & Convergence

Africa: A first taste of Multichoice’s DVB-H service

Multichoice is currently trialing their Digital Video Broadcasting – Handheld (DVB-H) service in Soweto, Johannesburg, Pretoria, Cape Town and Durban. This service is delivered over Multichoice’s own 800 MHz trial…


Technology & Convergence

Kenya: Retail TV That Could Edge Out Billboards

Digital Signage - you've seen it already working in some supermarkets in the city. This is an emerging technology that has already caught on in the rest of the world…


Technology & Convergence

Uganda: Ugandan Radio on Internet

JumpTV Inc., a leader in broadcasting international television and sports programming over the Internet has began streaming Uganda’s top 5 radio stations live via www.JumpTV.com. The five stations form part…


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Events

Africa: Africa is on the verge of multimedia explosion The African continent is often left in the dark on essential and innovative technological experiences. But it is hard to deny…


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People

Botswana: Sekgororoane Ditches GTV for Multichoice? Even before moving to second gear, Botswana's new pay TV has suffered a setback with the news that its founding general manager Billy Sekgororoane…