Issue no 17 12 November 2007

Top Story

Africa’s digital switchover – nothing much happening except a handful of pioneers

Africa’s television broadcasters are supposed to be making the switchover to digital broadcasting by 2015. Eight years to go sounds like a long time but even some developed nations are taking 10 years to make the switch. South Africa has set itself an eye-wateringly short timetable of three years and started the process this month. It is among a handful of African pioneers who have even begun to think about the issue. The vast majority of African countries have not even started writing plans for how they will tackle the issue, let alone scheduled a deliverable timetable. Unsurprisingly, the private…

Content

Morocco: Moroccan movies to be screened in 'CinemaEast2007' Festival

Two Moroccan films "What a Wonderful World" by Faouzi Bensaidi and "Casa" by Ali Benkirane were shown in CinemaEast Film Festival 2007, slated for November 8 -15 in New York.…


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Africa: Moving Into A Magic World

M-Net has added another feather to its cap with the introduction of a new channel on the DStv bouquet: Magic World. Featuring an array of wide-reaching watching, Magic World's line-up…


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Nigeria: Studio 53 Visits Country, Three Other Countries

DStv audiences in Nigeria, Ethiopia , Benin and South Africa will this week have an exciting time as M-Net's Studio 53 makes stopovers at these destinations during the latest episode…


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Mauritius: State broadcaster launches new local series to mixed reviews

L’Express’s Surendra Bissoondoyal gives a sarcastic and critical welcome to Mauritius’ latest local series while pointing out that the state-run broadcaster does not have enough money to screen live football…


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Content Briefs:

- "The television station Walf Tv has decided to withdraw the image of the Head of State of generic emission satirical Xumb tee Dagane. This decision was taken last week,…


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South Africa: Naspers braces for pay-TV challenge

South Africa's pay-TV and publishing group Naspers has re-launched a lower tier pay-TV package to counter the impending challenge of market competition in the form of four new operators. Last…


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Somalia: Radio Station Returns to Air in Central Somalia, Mayor Criticizes Governor

An independent radio station in central Somalia returned to air Sunday after Ethiopian troops forced radio employees to shut down operations last week, sources said. Al-Hikma Radio in the central…


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Ethiopia: Amhara Regional Gov't to Launch TV Station

The Amhara regional government will next year launch regional TV and radio broadcasts, according to the Amhara Mass Media Agency. The project incorporates TV and radio stations as well as…


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South Africa: Changes at Ligwalagwala FM

Mpumalanga-based Ligwalagwala FM has been hard at work improving on its image and brand offering, as well as launching into Gauteng, where there has been a demand for the siSwati…


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Broadcast Briefs:

- SABC board chairman Eddie Funde has called for an increase in government funding and a drastic reduction in commercial funding of the public broadcaster. “It’s very unusual for the…


Distribution

South Africa: MTN Gets Exclusive Right to Downloads of Kwaito Singer but Vodacom offers more

Cellphone company MTN hopes to win more support from the youth market by signing a deal giving it the exclusive right to sell music downloads by kwaito singer Arthur Ma…


Distribution

East Africa: Cecafa Gets a Boost From GTV

Die hard fans of the Council of East and Central Africa Football Association (CECAFA) are in for a treat following the signing of an agreement to broadcast football matches live…


Investment

South Africa: Thumbs Up for Johncom's Naspers Deal

The Competition Tribunal has unconditionally approved the sale of Johnnic Communication's (Johncom's) 38% stake in M-Net and SuperSport to Naspers, overruling objections from media company Caxton. The tribunal unconditionally approved…


Investment

South Africa: Lottery still owes Sithengi R1.9 million

With auditors wanting to dissolve the Sithengi Film and Television Market, the National Film and Video Foundation is taking legal action against the National Lottery over an installment of R1,9-million…


Regulation & Policy

Somalia: Popular Radio Station Silenced, NUSOJ Strongly Protests

The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) is gravely concerned about the growing press freedom crisis in Somalia following shutting down of Radio Shabelle, a popular Radio Station in Mogadishu,…


Regulation & Policy

Malawi: Joy TV Station Ordered to Stop Broadcasting

On 29 October 2007, the Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (Macra) ordered Joy TV to immediately stop all television broadcasts until the station is issued appropriate radio and broadcasting licenses. Joy…


Technology & Convergence

Africa: Mobile and digital to rule by 2010

The international broadcasting centre at Nasrec in Johannesburg will ensure that billions of viewers worldwide get uninterrupted coverage of the 2010 Fifa World Cup, through satellite and fibre optic transmissions.…


Technology & Convergence

Nigeria: Club Int'l Introduces WBEica

A new product, 'WBEica', consisting of essential industry specific work tools and a personal entertainment platform all on a handheld device has been introduced into the Nigerian market by Club…


Technology & Convergence

Kenya: Telkom to Launch Internet Enabled Pay Phones

Kenya's national telecommunications provider, Telkom Kenya, has decided to beat the irritating underground copper cable vandals at their own game. The company announced last week it will launch internet enabled…


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T&C Briefs:

http://www.dstvbroadband.co.za/ - Input 2007 Awards May 2008 Joburg has been awarded the bid to host the International Public Television (INPUT) organisation’s annual showcase – considered to be the World Cup…