Issue no. 173 - 13 February 2014

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Uganda on the brink of national DTT roll-out after Greater Kampala transmission completed – Funding issues hover

There’s an old saying that the pioneers get the arrows and the settlers get the land. Those countries that sought to be first across the line with the digital transition in broadcasting have – with the exception of Mauritius – all stored up more problems than they have solved. Russell Southwood went to a UCC/APC/WOUGNET sponsored workshop on the transition in Uganda and reports on progress.There’s sort of a phoney war between Governments and their citizens in Africa. Deadlines for things like the digital transition are purposely set early to try and focus political energy. But in reality they have…

Broadcast

The END of broadcasting (as we know it), says Web TV producer

“I don’t see broadcasting as something that will stay on beyond two years,” declares Ahigyan Jha, founder and CEO of Underground Productions. “It’s going to crumble far more quickly than…


Broadcast

AMC/Sundance Channel launched in North Africa

AMC/Sundance Channel Global, the international division of AMC Networks, has announced numerous acquisitions from the 2014 Sundance Film Festival to premiere exclusively on Sundance Channel internationally shortly after the festival…


Broadcast

Africanews, 1st Pan-African multilingual news channel to be launched by Euronews

In 18 months time, Euronews will have a sister channel in Africa. In partnership with the national television channel of the Republic of the Congo, Euronews will bring to Africa…


Broadcast

Broadcast - In Brief

- RFI - Mahamat Saleh Haroun: “TV in Chad is doing well, because it has new means today. It has a budget, a seat that is under construction and will…


Content

Libya: Critical TV Bans Setback for Freedom of Speech

A new decree passed by Libya's parliament banning satellite television stations critical of the government and the 2011 uprising against Gaddafi violates free speech and Libya's Provisional Constitutional Declaration. The…


Content

South Africa: Clumsy TV Product Placements Anger Viewers

Opinion Piece: There was an interesting article in a recent Sunday Times written by an academic who was clearly extremely upset by the penchant for the producers of South Africa's…


Content

Two Afrikaans films win big at Indian film festival

Afrikaans Language films Musiek vir die Agtergrond and Verraaiers walked away big winners at the Indian International Film Festival of South Africa (IIFFSA) awards ceremony held at Gold Reef City's…


Content

Marvel's Avengers starts shooting in Johannesburg

The Johannesburg Joint Operations Committee announced that Marvel Studios will film portions of Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron in the Johannesburg city center and surrounding areas in the Gauteng province.The…


Content

Content - In Brief

- From 5 - 8 June 2014, the best of Nigerian cinema will showcase in Paris!Join the crowd at Cinéma l'Arlequin in Paris “Rive Gauche” for the 2nd edition of…


Distribution

Rwanda: Animation Nation seeking distribution channels

For years, Rwandan children have watched foreign cartoons and television programming. Foreign characters speaking foreign languages in foreign places dealing with foreign situations. While many of these imported programs are…


Distribution

South Africa: Exciting new TV channel additions on OpenView HD

The New Year comes with fresh news, with OpenView HD launching three exciting new channels to their existing bouquet of 15 channels.In keeping with their commitment to consistently offer a…


Distribution

Ghana: 'MTN Heroes of Change' Now On TV

MTN Heroes of Change, a mission by MTN to identify and recognize heroes who have provided unconditional services to their communities, has started showing on several television channels in the…


Distribution

MTG expands across Africa

Modern Times Group has launched a free-to-air channel in Tanzania.The TV1 channel has launched on the East African country’s digital terrestrial network, which reaches almost 15 million people.The general entertainment…


Distribution

Distribution - In Brief

- Naspers, in its Integrated Annual Report 2013 confirmed that MultiChoice, leading provider of pay-television services, including mobile, under the DStv umbrella, serves 6,7m households in 48 African countries. Source…


Investment

Nigeria: New Mood At OGTV Abeokuta As Amosun Insists On Professionalism

If the unfolding incidents in Ogun State Broadcasting Corporation [OGBC] is anything to go by, the State governor, Ibikunle Amosun might truly be set to transform the state owned television,…


Investment

Bloomberg TV Africa to broadcast 3 separate shows: African Business Weekly, Football Dynamics and African Women To Watch

A premium business news environment, currently distributed to over 200 million television households across Europe and Africa.In February 2014, Bloomberg TV Africa will be broadcasting three separate shows: African Business…


Investment

This lucky guy just won the biggest SA TV prize ever!!

Mohamed Kajee has become the winner of the biggest prize ever given away in the history of South African television by winning the R5.8m Top Billing Dream Home competition on…


Investment

SuperSport to broadcast Olympic Games in 2014, 2016

SuperSport International has the rights to broadcast the XXII Olympic Winter Games in 2014 in Sochi, Russia, and the Games of the XXXI Olympiad in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro,…


Investment

Investment - In Brief

- In Cotonou, Benin, 25th. January 2014, the public television broadcaster launched a Chinese film week. The campaign aims to promote Chinese culture in Benin and was officially launched at…


Regulation & Policy

John McCain calls on Egyptian authorities to release Al Jazeera staff

Senator John McCain says the detainment of the Al Jazeera journalists by the Egyptian authorities is a "clear violation" of human rights and freedom of press.Speaking in Davos, McCain labelled…


Regulation & Policy

Copyright: author sues film company re. South Africa’s political transformation

The author of two books about South Africa’s political transformation is suing the makers of a documentary titled Miracle Rising: South Africa for over R2 million damages for allegedly adapting…


Regulation & Policy

NUSOJ Demands Somaliland Lifts Ban on Television Network

The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) today criticized the Somaliland administration which has officially banned privately owned Universal TV from operating in its territory, and accused authorities of attempts…


Regulation & Policy

South Africa: SABC is 'too important' to be allowed to collapse

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) is too important to be allowed to collapse and must be placed under administration immediately‚ Media Monitoring Africa says‚ after confirmation that CEO Lulama…


Regulation & Policy

Regulation & Policy - In Brief

- A complaint about a programme broadcast on the Comedy Channel on DSTV was dismissed, the Broadcasting Complaints Commission of SA has said. Read More here: - South Africa: Government…


Technology & Convergence

Chinese Dominance in Kenyan Digital Migration Raises Alarm

There are concerns that Chinese dominance of Kenya’s digital migration process could be used to muzzle freedom of the press. Courtesy: Miriam GathigahControversy and confusion have marked Kenya’s transition from…


Technology & Convergence

Super Bowl shown in HD in SA for the first time ever

Super Bowl XLVIII will be live – and for the first time it will be seen in high definition (HD) in South Africa on Monday morning.This year will be the…


Technology & Convergence

South Africa: SABC lacks skills for digital migration

Marian Shinn, the DA's Shadow Minister of Communications, says that the SABC does not have the skills to successfully transition to digital broadcasting before the international deadline of June 2015.Shinn…


Technology & Convergence

Tuluntulu: a South African startup worth watching in 2014

Ventureburn, with our focus on emerging markets, covered a fare amount of startups from the BRIC countries and the likes in 2013. With our eye on 2014, let’s take a…


Technology & Convergence

Technology & Convergence - In Brief

In South Africa, Ster-Kinekor launches a new app for Windows phone: Continuing their long-term digital partnership, Ster-Kinekor Theatres and Prezence have announced the launch of a new Ster-Kinekor app for…


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Events

April 5 – 10, 2014NAB ShowVenue: Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.NAB Show® provides a meeting for creative inspiration and next-generation technologies to assist audio and video executives…


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People

Chadian film director Mahamat Saleh Haroun is one of the 18 jury members who will award Golden FIPA (Fipa d’or in French) at the International Festival of Audiovisual Programmes in…


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Jobs & Opportunities

South Africa: The 13th Metro FM Awards require a co-presenter for the black carpet affair being held in KwaZulu-Natal. More hereOpportunities for African producers: Netflix could change SA television.There are…