Issue no 163 - 12 September 2013

Top Story

East Africa: Wananchi to raise up to US$100 million for TV expansion

Wananchi Group, the owner of East African pay TV operator Zuku TV plans to launch a fresh funding round for US$50 million (€38 million) to US$100 million before the end of the year, according to CEO Richard Bell. Bell provided insights on the move: the extra funds will be used to be present in 15 markets and to boost its content  and service features. Sylvain Béletre, Senior Research Analyst at Balancing Act talked to managing director of Wananchi Programming, Hannelie Bekker to understand the investment’s impact on Zuku TV’s content.Richard Bell said that since Wananchi Group was founded in 2008…

Broadcast

S.A.: New free satellite TV in SA boosts local product providers

Free-to-air TV company Sabido, which owns e.tv and is backed by HCI and Remgro, plans to launch a new satellite TV service in October this year.Sabido will launch the OpenView…


Broadcast

Kenya: MCSK Launches Triple P

There is a new 24-hour TV show in town, Triple P. It is a 24-hour channel that is the ultimate one stop shop for local content in a single package…


Broadcast

Uganda: Digital Broadcasting Begins

Signal testing of digital broadcasting in Uganda has commenced, starting with Kampala, officials have said. This marks the automatic migration from analogue to digital broadcasting.The move follows the installation of…


Broadcast

S.A.: Sentech to carry e.tv’s DTT signal

Free-to-air broadcaster e.tv has appointed state-owned signal distributor Sentech to provide signal distribution for digital terrestrial television (DTT) services, which e.tv intends to launch. The broadcaster said that the parties…


Broadcast

Hip TV will launch as a 24-hour channel on DSTV

Smooth Promotions, the umbrella body of Hip TV, the urbane contemporary music and lifestyle channel is proud to announce that the TV brand will launch as a 24-hour channel on…


Broadcast

Broadcast - In Brief

Digital TV Research’s Simon Murray told ‘Via Satellite’ that Africa and Asia could be the most interesting opportunities for DTH over the next few years. “There is still plenty of…


Content

MultiChoice Nigeria invested over N15 billion in the last seven years on local content programming

MultiChoice, Nigeria’s foremost pay-TV provider, says it has invested over N15 billion in the last seven years to acquire locally produced programmes for its audience.The South African company, which entered…


Content

BBC World News launches ‘Africa Business Report’

From Friday, 4th October at 19.40, BBC World News launches Africa Business Report, a new weekly flagship business TV programme. Presented by South African Lerato Mbele and covering key business…


Content

First feature film ever shot in Equatorial Guinea

‘Where the Road Runs Out’ is making history as the first feature film ever shot in Equatorial Guinea. The film features actors Stelio Savante, formerly of Cape Town, South Africa,…


Content

Legendary Warner Theatre Hosts The African Oscars-NAFCA

The Nollywood & African Film Critics’ Awards, now officially known as The African Oscars, are a set of awards given annually for excellence of cinematic achievements. The African Oscars statuette…


Content

The 3rd edition of the Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF)

A special invitation to attend the 3rd edition of the AFRIFF, which will be held in Calabar, Cross River State, Nigeria from 10th to 17th November, 2013.The Africa International Film…


Content

Content - In Brief

A film based on Nelson Mandela's bestselling autobiography "Long Walk to Freedom" will be released in November, producers said in Aug. 2013. The biopic, entitled "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom",…


Distribution

ZNBC cries foul over exhobitant broadcast rights from SportFive

The Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC) has complained over high charges by SportFive, owners of broadcast rights for televising most of Zambia’s and other African teams’ international assignments.ZNBC director of…


Distribution

Kenya: Samsung TV Buyers to Get Free Dstv Decoders

Samsung consumers can now get either a High Definition (HD) decoder or DSTV decoder for every purchase of a television set enabling them enjoy the benefits of digital TV immediately.…


Distribution

South Africa cinema to showcase in the UK

In a groundbreaking film industry partnership development, SAFTEC a South African film events consortium and the UK-based Africa In Motion Film Festival signed a memorandum of understanding at a historic…


Distribution

South Africa: Internet-TV may make DTT obsolete

Despite the imminent launch of new free-to-air satellite and digital TV services, Internet-TV will serve as the real game-changer in South Africa, City Press reports.South Africans are about to be…


Distribution

NHK WORLD TV to Strengthen Broadcasts across MENA

Japan International Broadcasting (JIB) is pleased to announce that NHK WORLD TV is now available in the Middle East and North Africa region (MENA) through Nilesat 201, frequency 12015 MHz…


Distribution

iROKOtv Selling Top Nollywood DVDs on Jumia

iROKOtv announces that it is moving into Nigeria’s DVD market, launching its new arm of the business with 17 Nollywood top titles in HD-quality. Celebrated around the world for bringing…


Distribution

Distribution - In Brief

In what is believed to be a first in South Africa, a new local video on demand (VOD) service is able to stream its library of films, TV series and…


Investment

SA's new pay-TV attempt

Gay TV, local soccer in the form of a new league and more educational and local programming are what South African TV viewers can expect if new pay-TV licences are…


Investment

Nigeria: NTA, Chinese Firm to Review Equity Structure in Star Times

The Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) and Star Communications Technology of China are considering a review of the equity structure of NTA-Star TV Network Limited, operators of StarTimes pay television.The review…


Investment

Kenya: Sh600 million youth fund for film and music

The Youth Enterprise Development Fund has set aside Sh600 million to revolutionise music and film industries, the board chairman Gor Semelang'o has said. The fund has outlined measures and structures that…


Investment

Investment - In Brief

In Uganda, Multichoice launched two new mobile TV services, DStv mobile and GOtv mobile. The commercial launch comes a few months after a successful pre-launch that saw the mobile TV…


Regulation & Policy

Banned’ SA movie selected for Toronto

The controversial film “Of Good Report”, which was technically ‘banned’ from screening at the Durban International Film Festival in July, has its international premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival…


Regulation & Policy

Zambia: Concerns over media restrictions

Global civil society alliance, CIVICUS, and the Zambia Council for Social Development (ZCSD) are alarmed at attacks on the independence of the NGO sector and the media in Zambia.The Zambian…


Regulation & Policy

Egypt: Al Jazeera team freed after five days without charge

Al Jazeera correspondent Wayne Hay, cameraman Adil Bradlow, producers Russ Finn and Mohammed Baher were released by the Egyptian authorities on Sunday afternoon. They were arrested on Tuesday and were…


Regulation & Policy

Egypt court bans Al-Jazeera TV affiliate

An Egyptian court ordered Al-Jazeera's local affiliate to stop broadcasting along with three other stations known for their coverage of Islamist protests, saying that they had operated illegally, the state…


Regulation & Policy

Rwanda: Media to get self-regulatory board

Media practitioners and experts exchanged views on the Rwanda Media Self-Regulation Board, which is to be established to protect, defend media practitioners’ rights and monitor the professional dissemination of information.Local…


Regulation & Policy

Regulation & Policy - In Brief

The Acting Director General of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) Musa B. Maiyaki has said that the authority expects to fully digitalize its services by June 2014 ahead of the…


Technology & Convergence

Nigeria Targets N380 Billion From Digital Migration

Nigeria could earn as much as $2 billion (about N380 billion) when it finally migrate from analogue to digital broadcasting.The Chairman, Fatora Consult Limited, Mr. Edward Amana, whose firm is…


Technology & Convergence

Buni TV launched its Android app with Samsung

Buni TV  is finally launching its long-awaited Android app, thanks to a partnership with smartphone leader Samsung.The app, which works on all Android 2.3 devices and up, allows viewers to…


Technology & Convergence

South Africa: Ellies unveils new consumer division

Ellies has unveiled its new consumer centric arm, Ellies Connect, which will position the company in the satellite broadband and free-to-air TV space.Ellies, the JSE-listed electronics distributor, has unveiled its…


Technology & Convergence

East Africa: Uganda Third in ICT Usage

Uganda is the third highest user of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in East Africa ahead of Tanzania and Burundi but behind Rwanda and Kenya highlighting the need for public…


Technology & Convergence

Technology & Convergence - In Brief

South Africa’s state-backed Sentech transmission company will launch a free-to-air satellite platform on September 30th.  Dubbed ‘Freevision’, the service is a rehash of its existing ‘Vivid’ service. The launch will…


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Events

7-10 Oct. 2013MIPCOMPalais des Festivals, Cannes, FranceOne of the largest global markets for entertainment content across all platforms. Reknown African producers and distributors will have some presence this year, esp.…


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People

Jason Njoku is CNBC AABLA West Africa Young Business Leader of the Year 2013Nigerian Internet Entrepreneur of Nollywood Fame Secures Prestigious Business Accolade.Jason Njoku, co-founder and CEO of iROKOtv, has…


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Opportunities

ANN7 looking for TV news reporters across South Africa  In Cape Town, Africa News Network or ANN7 is urgently looking for TV news reporters across the country, days before the…