Broadcast Issue no 156 - 17th May 2013

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Stronger regulation should be the lever to eliminate those TV channels that do not meet high standards from the race, says OIF’s Tidiane Dioh

French organisations have played a key role in supporting both culture and media in Africa in a way that has little parallel amongst other former colonial powers. One of the key organisations is l'Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF for short in French). This week Balancing Act’s Broadcast Analyst Sylvain Beletre spoke to journalist and writer Tidiane Dioh, who heads up its media programme which supports radio and television in francophone Africa.Q. What were the founding objectives of the OIF?A. In March 1970 a few members of governments from ex-French colonies came up with the idea of a cultural and…

Broadcast

South Africa: TopTV shareholders accept China bid

TopTV’s creditors and shareholders have voted in favour of a business rescue plan involving China’s StarTimes, leaving rival bidders, an MSG Afrika-led consortium and Kenya’s Wananchi, out in the cold.…


Broadcast

Africa Rising: The Role of Media Audience Research in Emerging Markets

15TH PAMRO and AllAfrica media audience research conferenceSun 25 August 2013 – Wed 28 August 2013Hotel Colbert - Antananarivo, MadagascarTheme: “Africa Rising: The Role of Media Audience Research in Emerging…


Broadcast

Al Jazeera: Redi Tlhabi’s talk show explores Nollywood

As the world celebrates 100 years of Bollywood, South 2 North talk show host Redi Tlhabi asks whether Nollywood, the Nigerian film industry, is on a similar trajectory.“According to UNESCO,…


Broadcast

CanalSat in Africa to launch adult channel, Penthouse Black

analSat in Africa is to become the first pay TV platform to carry a new adult channel, Penthouse Black.The latest Penthouse channel will provide a range of black and multiracial…


Broadcast

Broadcast - In Brief

- A TV advertisement promoting condom use in Kenya has been withdrawn after an outcry by religious leaders, health official Peter Cherutich has said. Christian and Muslim clerics said the…


Content

Content revolution in Africa: Over 60 speakers for BFMA 2013

Over 60 international and local experts have committed to speaking at this year's BFMA conference in Nairobi, billed as Africa's Leading Business & Technology Event for Creative Content & Digital…


Content

‘Next Top Model' TV programme lands into Africa

Tyra Banks is yet again setting her sights overseas and expanding her empire one spinoff off show at a time. "Africa's Next Top Model" will become the fourth continent that…


Content

NollywoodWeek Paris Festival to kick start end of May 2013

NollywoodWeek Paris is an annual event dedicated to showcasing the best of Nollywood to a French audience in order to foster distribution opportunities in this untapped market and 2013 marks…


Content

Kenya's First Series Shot Entirely Using A Phone!

The trend for shooting videos through mobile phones has come to Kenya.Enter Phoney, a new series about to hit the streets! According to the trailer, it's a concotion of love,…


Content

Content - In Brief

- Independent Film and TV content producers taking part in DISCOP AFRICA 2013 will also have the privilege to attend DISCOPRO, the ultimate coproduction forum centered on Africa. Designed to…


Distribution

African Vision Exchange supports North-South cooperation

African Vision Exchange (AVE) is a learning and network programme in which Europe-based Film Festivals explore the artistic, educational and creative potential of African and African diaspora film. The exchanging…


Distribution

African producers will pitch their programs at BFMA Nairobi

On 26, 27th June 2013, BFMA Expo in Nairobi will host several Pavilions and Special Features as an ideal event for local filmakers to propose their programme catalogue and meet…


Distribution

Gulf Bank and VISA offer special packages through OSN payTV

Gulf Bank, along with VISA International, are offering the Bank’s VISA cardholders special packages through OSN, the leading Pay-TV network in the Middle East and North Africa. The packages include…


Distribution

Cannes Film Market: Kenya is going to have its own Pavilion

This year, the Cannes Film Market has offered to focus on Kenya.This provides a great opportunity for Kenya and specifically the Film industry to expose its work, connect and network…


Distribution

Distribution - In Brief

- From April 23 to April 28 2013, TRACE Africa (channel 581) was clear on French telecoms network SFR. TRACE channels are part offers "Select" and "Big Show" bouquet of…


Investment

Mahindra Comviva Evolves the Mobile Music Ecosystem in Africa

Mahindra Comviva is expanding its mobile music offerings in Africa. Over the last 12 months the company has become one of the largest music aggregators in the African continent, having…


Investment

19th Annual MTN South African Music Awards

The build-up to the 19th Annual MTN South African Music Awards (MTN SAMA 19) is reaching fever pitch, especially in the Record of the Year (RoY) category where fans from…


Investment

New film studio for Cape Town

A new boutique film studio, Narrative Truth, has opened in Cape Town. Headed by Bauke and Candice Brouwer, its motto is 'We do Story', expressing its passion to bring stories…


Investment

Lack of sponsorship will kill Township TV

Graeme Joffe, co-founder of Township TV is asking why is it so difficult to do something good in SA, as the social responsibility project that has reportedly changed thousands of…


Investment

Investment - In Brief

- Nigeria: The Coordinating Minister for the Economy and Minister of Finance, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has said that the federal government is committed to ensuring that the $19m (N3 billion)…


Regulation & Policy

GOtv throws spanner in Malawi Digital Migration works

GOtv, a low cost television services launched in Malawi by Multi-Choice Malawi, has thrown a spanner in the process of Malawi's digital broadcasting migration, with government wondering how it is…


Regulation & Policy

An all New Kenya Film and TV Professional Association

Can the Kenyan film and TV industry one day become a global force to reckon with?The newly elected team of the Kenya Film and TV Professional Association (KFTPA) strongly believes…


Regulation & Policy

"678“ by Mohamed Diab, a film on sexual harassment endured by millions of Egyptian women

“A gift to all women” wrote Christiane Taubira, French Minister of Justice. “A gripping feature film” wrote the The New Yorker. On Saturday, 25 May 2013 at 6 pm AfricAvenir…


Regulation & Policy

‘People of the South’: a film on national identity and key achievers

In South Africa, Dali Tambo’s legendary People of the South returns to SABC3 on Sunday 19 May at 20:30 with 13 brand new episodes featuring leading personalities across multiple disciplines…


Regulation & Policy

Regulation & Policy - In Brief

- The first two episodes of To Hell and Back, Shoot the Breeze’s latest docu-reality show on lifestyle addictions airing 9pm Sundays on SABC 2, have got the attention of…


Technology & Convergence

Pan African Network says 70% of Kenyans covered by digital TV

Pan African Network Group, the second licensed digital broadcasting signal distributor has announced that 70 per cent of the population can now access digital broadcasting signal. Speaking at the familiarization…


Technology & Convergence

The first smartphone made in Africa is not all it seems to be

News of the first African-designed smartphone release caused a lot of excitement last year. And so it should have: Africa is, after Asia, the largest mobile phone market in the…


Technology & Convergence

Technology & Convergence - In Brief

- Broadcast Engineering reports that global information and measurement company Nielsen is implementing a pilot programme that will measure, for the first time, audience statistics for TV content viewed on…


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Events

3 Apr. -27 May 2013-02-19African Film Festival Inc. Venue: Lincoln Center, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, and Brooklyn Academy of Music - NYC, USA.African film fest of NYC presented annually…


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People

Femi Oke the new host of Al Jazeera English’s “The Stream”International broadcaster Femi Oke has been revealed as the new host of Al Jazeera English’s hit social media show The…


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Opportunities

Health journalism contest offers US study tour - Apply by May 20, 2013.Professional and freelance journalists working in Sub-Saharan Africa, the Gulf states and Pakistan can enter a contest recognizing…