Issue no. 143 22 November 2012

Top Story

Pace of VOD launches gathers speed in the wake of iROKO – Wabona.com launches in South Africa

In Africa, the success of one venture is always the spur to many others launching in the same space. The high profile investment in Nigeria’s iROKO Partners seems to have driven interest in the VOD space and more launches have followed. But not all African VOD platforms are the same. Last week saw the launch of a South African platform Wabona.com. Russell Southwood spoke Wabona’s Simbarashe Mabasha and tries to understand what makes the VOD platforms different.Wabona’s platform was, according to Mabasha, launched out of a sense of frustration:”We are an aspiring production house but it was very difficult being…

Broadcast

Africa's Alternative Media Chanel OFIVE TV Joins AMOS-5 Ku-band Neighborhood

Spacecom, operator of the AMOS satellite fleet, announced on 12 November 2012 that OFIVE TV, Africa's first international Alternative TV network, is now a part of the French broadcast bouquet…


Broadcast

What Rising TV Ownership Reveals About Africa's Future

The usual story about African development over the last few decades is, simply, that it hasn’t developed. It is a region mired in permanent poverty—destined by geography or disease burden…


Broadcast

Tunisia: Launch of Radio Kalima FM

During a press conference held on 2 November 2012 in Tunis, which brought together all the Tunisian press, Mestiri, as CEO of the radio station, announced the official launch of…


Broadcast

Convergence Partners exits Africa satellite venture

A consortium led by Convergence Partners, formed by businessman Andile Ngcaba, has sold its 25.1% stake in satellite joint venture New Dawn to Intelsat South Africa for an undisclosed amount,…


Broadcast

“Bloomberg-Afrique” TV Channel to be Launched from Casablanca Soon

Francophone African and Maghreban countries will shortly be able to watch a new TV channel, “Bloomberg-Afrique” that will beam its programs in French from the city of Casablanca.The new channel…


Broadcast

Broadcast News - In Brief

- In Tunisia and according to Sigma Conseil, here are the audience numbers of the main TV channels for the first 10 months of 2012: 1. Al Watanya 1 :…


Content

Nollywood: $200m intervention fund, YouWIN to the rescue

The fund may not be at large, but there are people who shoot a movie for N10 million, N20million, even for people who shoot a movie for N5millionIt was an…


Content

South Africa: Developing films within the Film Community

Filmcontact.com announced the launch of Film Projects, an innovative way to develop films by harnessing the collective talents of professional filmmakers to move projects forward as a community.Lilian Baksalevowicz, the…


Content

Filming wraps in Cape Town on Felix

Filming has just wrapped in Cape Town on the new South African family feature film, Felix! The all-star cast includes Jo'burg-born Oscar-nominee Dame Janet Suzman (Nicholas and Alexandra, Nuns on…


Content

From the 17th edition of the annual African film Awards

The 17th edition of the annual African film Awards holds tomorrow at the Old Stratford Town Hall in London. Mike Abiola, the CEO of African Voice Newspaper, London and the…


Content

Content News - In Brief

- On November 12, 2012, Kenyan sensation Nairobi Half Life was announced the winner of the Buni TV-sponsored Audience Award at the Film Africa festival’s closing ceremony in London on…


Distribution

Discop Africa: Programme directors from 24 African chanels discussed CFI acquisition

Programme directors from 24 African partner channels convened at DISCOP (Africa's premier market for TV programmes) in Johannesburg this year for CFI s annual programmes committee.As in previous years, this…


Distribution

TV programme distributor A24 Media launches new website

A24 Media,the pan-African multi-platform media company, has redesigned their website to make it easier for its readers. With a new look and better navigation, users will now be able to…


Distribution

iROKING enters into partnership with GoMetro

African online music distributor iROKO Partners has entered into a partnership with GoMetro, a mobile site launched by mobi.lity, and the South African commuter rail agency Metrorail to allow commuters…


Distribution

Canal Panda commissions a live-action series available in Africa

Canal Panda has made its first major move into original content with the commission of a live-action series featuring its iconic mascot. The Portuguese channel, which is run by Liberty…


Distribution

Fox International: “Africa is our key growth point going forwards”

Alessandro Tucci, SVP & General Manager Africa at Fox International, on how to successfully launch new channels and balanced bouquets in small emerging markets, and the unique potential he sees…


Distribution

Investment

SES Platform Services Makes A MENA Fashion Statement

SES announced on October 15, 2012 that its 100 percent owned subsidiary SES Platform Services has signed a multi-year contract with global television network Fashion One to broadcast the free-to-air…


Investment

How television can take a fresh look at Afican cities?

CFI supports Africities summit 2012.About 5,000 participants from all over Africa are expected to attend this key summit on the role of cities in Africa's development. It will be held…


Investment

DISCOP Africa 2012 reports record breaking attendence

Basic Lead, the organizers of DISCOP Africa, have reported a record breaking attendance for the 7th annual edition of the television content market and co-production forum, which concluded last week…


Investment

Investment News - In Brief

- In October 2012, Astrium successfully completed the ASTRA 2F testing in orbit and has handed over the control of the satellite to SES. The ASTRA 2F satellite is based…


Regulation & Policy

Transition to digital in Nigeria: Broadcast stations urged to liase wiht NBC

Radio and television stations across the country (Nigeria) have been advised to liaise with the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) for technical guidance in the process of transition from analogue to…


Regulation & Policy

TunisiaL INvestigating a Tunisian Channel and Iman Al-Noor Mosque Due to Charges of Incitement and Dissemination of Hate Speech

ANHRI denounces the investigations conducted with Nasreddin Elwi the Imam of Al- Noor Mosque, due to charges of incitement to spread the sedition and dissemination of hate speech due to…


Regulation & Policy

Regulation & Policy News - In Brief

- The Tanzania Media Fund (TMF) has disbursed institutional grants to nine media outlets and production companies, totaling 1.38 bn. A statement issued by the fund said each beneficiary of…


Technology & Convergence

Nigeria: Online Business Tv launches web portal

Nigeria's online business Television (WebTV) has announced the launch of its Web Portal and corporate service. The online business television & video service was founded in May 2011 as an…


Technology & Convergence

WildEarth: “Catch-up-TV will be successful in Africa once costs come down”

Graham Wallington, CEO of WildEarth, a network of live wildlife channels and broadcasters, on the current state of online video in Africa, the continent’s potential for catch-up services, and the…


Technology & Convergence

BizRadio launches free streaming app in South Africa

Internet-based business radio channel, BizRadio, has launched a free application in South Africa that will give iOS and Android users access to live streams and archived podcasts from their mobile…


Technology & Convergence

Technology & Convergence News - In Brief

- Michael Ward, head of operations, WRN Broadcast, highlights the key factors to consider in choosing between satellite and fibre when approaching a new broadcast distribution project. "The geography and…


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Events

Telecoms Fraud & Revenue Assurance Forum26th - 27th November 2012, DubaiThe only event currently in the region dedicated to telecoms fraud and revenue assurance, Tavess' Telecoms Fraud and Revenue Assurance…


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People

Film shines light on Obama's Kenyan sisterWhen Barack Obama won the U.S. election four years ago, his Kenyan half sister Auma was with her family at their homestead, watching the…


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Jobs & Opportunities

Discop Africa: abundance of television content opportunities waiting to be seizedIndependent production house Rapid Blue says there is an abundance of television content opportunities waiting to be seized on the…