Issue no 151 7 March 2013

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Digital TV deployment with full geographic coverage across Africa will require satellite contribution - Eutelsat a key contributor

African countries will need satellite help to meet the ITU’s 2015 digital switchover deadline. With only two years left to switch to digital TV, it is highly unlikely that the 2015 ITU Goal will be reached across the continent without the help of satellite broadcast. Sylvain Béletre talked to Aymeric Genty, Sales Director at Eutelsat for France, West and Central Africa who has high expectations on the African broadcast TV market. According to Genty, the technology is ready for any country in Africa to switch to digital TV across its whole territory. Q. What is Eutelsat’s strategy in Africa?A. Firstly, we…

Broadcast

‘Africa needs own TV stations to correct misinformation’

Chief Executive Officer, Continental Broadcasting Services, Nigel Parsons, has emphasised the need for a pan-African television station to provide accurate information on the continent. He said only an African station…


Broadcast

South Africa: NuWeb Television, new challenger to DStv

NuWeb Television looks set to offer more than 150 channels and other streaming content and may be launched commercially as early as April, with set-top boxes sold through DionWired stores.A…


Broadcast

Religious satellite TV show Miracle Hour 'risking lives'

TV shows made in London that encourage viewers to believe they are cured of life-threatening illnesses by prayer have been condemned by charities. Charities criticised an episode of the Miracle…


Broadcast

TV5MONDE Afrique added to AMOS-5 Broadcast Neighbourhood

TV5Monde maximises SatLink’s Gateway to Africa from Europe. On 20 February 2013, Spacecom which is on Tel Aviv Stock Exchange as “SCC”, operator of the AMOS satellite fleet, and SatLink Communications,…


Broadcast

Nigeria: Zeb Ejiro storms Nollywood with new TV Series Classique

A new soap opera, Classique, which promises to be the best of its kind will feature stars such as Uche Iwuji, Lawrence Lurrenz Onuzulike, Mary Eboka, Kate Henshaw, Fred Amata,…


Broadcast

Broadcast - In Brief

- Rating agency Nielsen is to begin measuring online viewing in what is seen as a response to concerns by broadcasters that falling ratings could be attributed to viewers migrating…


Content

FESPACO, and the winners are…

The Golden Stallion of Yennenga award was awarded to a Senegalese film. At the 24th edition scheduled from February 28 to March 7, 2015, the amounts of the Stallions doubled…


Content

Jozi Film Festival 2013 winners announced

The second annual Jozi Film Festival took place over the weekend – twenty three films were screened at three venues across Johannesburg – The Bioscope Independent Cinema, Villa Arcadia and…


Content

Kenya: Peace Film Hits Screens As Tensions Rise Ahead of Election

In Nairobi Mercy Wanjiru pauses to collect her thoughts. The 29-year-old Kenyan actress, who stars in a new film to promote peace ahead of the 4 March presidential vote, has…


Content

Nigeria: Ficomms Launches Entrepreneurial TV Show “The Next Titan”

Ficomms International has announced the launch of a Nigerian entrepreneurial reality TV show tagged The Next Titan and sponsored by African telecoms giant MTN, through one of its division, MTN…


Content

Content - In Brief

- The 8th edition of the Screen Nation Awards also known as the Black Baftas was held on the 17th of February 2013 in London. This spectacular event took place…


Distribution

Export of African audiovisual productions: 44,000 euros allocated by the OIF, 3 distributors

Aid recipients - OIF distribution of French-language works from the South:•    Patou Films International (Cameroon / France): 15,000 euros•    Holders of Images (Mauritius): 14,000 euros•    Encounters Short Film Madagascar: 15,000…


Distribution

Gabon, 15 + audience survey: TV5MONDE, first international generalist French TV channel

With a weekly cumulative audience of 36.1% and 92.9% of global awareness on the target 15 years old+, TV5MONDE is the first international generalist French TV channel in Gabon according…


Distribution

Bloomberg Television Announces Partnership with Nigeria's Optima Media Group

Content will be packaged and distributed via satellite delivery and Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) as well as traditional terrestrial formats. The Bloomberg Media Group, a division Bloomberg L.P. , has…


Distribution

South Africa: Fashion One gets presence on TopTV

Fashion and lifestyle channel Fashion One has expanded its presence in Africa on the TopTV platform.The Fashion One Africa feed will launch on the alternative TopTV pay TV platform in…


Distribution

Distribution - In Brief

- Faced with increasing difficulties, many African film festivals located in Europe put together a network over Fespaco 2013. At the initiative of Mane Cisneros (Director of Festival of Cordoba,…


Investment

2go and iROKING Bring Music to Millions

2go and iROKING are joining forces to bring instant free Nigerian music downloads to the more than 9 million active 2go users across Nigeria. The fully-integrated music site will bring…


Investment

K-NET supports New TV and Ultrafast Broadband Internet services across Sub-Saharan Africa

K-NET , an ISP offering triple-play voice, data and video services across sub-Saharan Africa, has announced the successful transition of its satellite-based services to a new high-powered digital communications satellite…


Investment

MTV Base to launch 'The Official Naija Top 10'

For Naija music lovers, MTV Base is set to launch the first definitive chart of Nigerian contemporary music.'The Official Naija Top 10', produced by MTV Base, will be a weekly…


Investment

Rwanda: First privately-owned Television station hits airwaves

The first ever privately-owned television station in the country, TV10, has hit the airwaves. The station has been testing its signal for the past three weeks.Rwandans have for long been…


Investment

Investment - In Brief

- OIF (Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie) and the EU/ACP organisations invested over FESPACO 2013. Conferences from both entities took place on site and rewards were handed out by PIF…


Regulation & Policy

Swaziland: Move to merge state broadcasters

The cabinet has approved draft legislation that intends to convert Swaziland's two state broadcasters into one national broadcaster, according to local media reports.The Swazi Observer, a state-owned daily, says cabinet…


Regulation & Policy

International Women’s Day 2013: join the debate with The Africa Channel

To celebrate International Women’s Day 2013, The Africa Channel UK (Sky 209, Virgin 828) is launching a season of programmes showcasing inspirational African women, including gripping documentaries such as Sisters…


Regulation & Policy

Zimbabwean police seize radios in run-up to elections

Zimbabwean authorities’ seizure of hand-cranked and solar-powered radios distributed by nongovernmental organizations prevents local citizens from accessing diverse sources of information in the run-up to the country’s general elections in…


Regulation & Policy

Egypt: TV Host Sent to Criminal Court for Insulting Police Syndicate

Egypt's general prosecutor's office referred on Sunday popular television host Tawfeek Okasha to criminal court for insulting the police syndicate.The prosecution's spokesman said that the attorney general has ordered the…


Regulation & Policy

Life Imitates Art: Movie Predicts the rise of Boko Haram

When the producers of 30 Days began filming seven years ago, their goal was to produce a quality piece of cinema that would serve as a reminder of the gruesome…


Regulation & Policy

Regulation & Policy - In Brief

- The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) has been unable to recoup millions of rand from noncompliant licensees. Full story here:  - Buni TV Exclusive: Exploring South Africa…


Technology & Convergence

YahClick Go from Vox Telecom provides fast, transportable connectivity

YahClick Go, from Vox Telecom, provides fast, transportable connectivity to organisations and businesses that may require access to the internet whilst on the move, such as broadcasters, event companies, mobile…


Technology & Convergence

Africa: Samsung Galaxy Note 8 with TV features soon in Africa

Samsung has introduced the Galaxy Note 8 tablet with an 8-inch display, adding a new screen size to its expanding lineup of Note products.The Note 8 will be available in…


Technology & Convergence

South Africa: Provantage launches Transit.TV in-taxi ad network, targets 6.9 million viewers

You might not have heard of Provantage, but there’s a good chance you’ve seen the company’s work. Provantage runs Airport.TV, a news and advertising service for airports. With the recent…


Technology & Convergence

Technology & Convergence - In Brief

- A new report published in Kenya by the International Data Corporation (IDC) has revealed that the overall number of Internet users in the East African country has risen to…


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Events

12-14 March 2013CABSAT 2013Venue: Dubai World Trade Centre, Dubai.CABSAT is the established and respected trade platform for the broadcast, digital media and satellite sectors across the Middle East, Africa and Southern…


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People

Oscar Pistorius: Claims of profiteering as reality TV show featuring Reeva Steenkamp airs Women's rights groups in South Africa have called for proceeds from a reality television show featuring Reeva Steenkamp,…


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Opportunities

Potential film scripts: Africa's largest literary festival (with Art including films)Congo is hosting Africa's largest literary festival this week. It's called "Amazing Travellers" - and it brings together more than…