Issue no. 178 1st May 2014

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Lack of African audience research is holding back TV market

In Africa, there are a few audience measurement research firms that collect and market television ratings' data. Balancing Act's analyst Sylvain Béletre looks at the state of the market and the implications of TV audience measurement in Africa.Back in 2012 (see above and below graphics, audience data from Synovate, extract from from African Broadcast and Film Markets - 2nd edition - Feb. 2012) Balancing Act identified 18 major media audience research firms active across Africa.However, media audience market research is costly and therefore there is no regular annual research on all but the larger Sub-Saharan African countries. For individual countries, aid…

Broadcast

Africans originating major TV series

Premiering on Al Jazeera English on 10 April 2014, Lifelines: The Quest for Global Health highlighs the work of inspiring Africans on the frontline of public health. The groundbreaking eight-part…


Broadcast

DStv: BBC World News, May 2014 - Innovations

As part of the BBC WORLD NEWS MAY 2014 HIGHLIGHTS, there is a TV series highly related to Africans: 'Horizons returns'. BBC WORLD NEWS is available on DStv channel 400 (ALL…


Broadcast

Canal+ gets rights for the 2014 FIFA World Cup

CANAL+ AFRIQUE is pleased to announce the acquisition of broadcasting rights for the 2014 FIFA World Cup to be held from 12 June to 13 July 2014 in Brazil. CANAL+ AFRIQUE…


Broadcast

Gazprom Space Systems together with Telemedia allocated two platforms of Africa TV channels on Yamal-402 satellite

Telemedia has an extensive teleport in Rivonia just north of Johannesburg where they provide playout facilities, studios and correlate TV packages to form multichannel bouquets. Telemedia then provides the uplink…


Broadcast

FOX International Channels no. 1, delivered 94% brand awareness

In remarks made to global attendees at the Asia-Pacific Pay-TV Operators Summit in Indonesia, Fox International Channels President and CEO Hernan Lopez announced the results of a new brand study…


Broadcast

Broadcast - In Brief

For nearly four months, one of the oldest and most famous French TV programmes 'Intervilles' has settled in Abidjan. Broadcasted by the RTI the programme has been sold to TV5…


Content

Letting Africans speak, telling African stories

Shortly before his sudden death in January, Joanna Wright spoke to BBC's Komla Dumor about what it takes to tell the African story.For decades, the African story told in the…


Content

SUMO SPIRIT: A Storm from Egypt (from NHK TV)

A young wrestler from Egypt has taken the world of sumo by storm under the apt name of Osunaarashi ' or 'Great Sandstorm' in Japanese. It took him only 18…


Content

Registration for the 5th Durban FilmMart - now open! Co-production Breakfast, Master Classes, Producers Lounge

The Durban FilmMart celebrates its fifth anniversary in 2014, together with the Durban International Film Festival, which celebrates its 35th birthday, and with it comes the exciting announcement of a…


Content

Documentary spotlights HIV/AIDS prevention and health care in Africa (Rotary)

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) will air a 24-minute documentary about a project that brings free health care to African families on Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 9 a.m.…


Content

Viasat's TV channels: New look, stronger content

Viasat Broadcasting, part of the international entertainment company Modern Times Group (MTG), announced the rebranding of its pay-TV channels. On Tuesday 29 April all channels will get a new look…


Content

Content - In Brief

A two-day media forum today opened in Kigali with over 150 media leaders and top journalists from around the continent in attendance. Dubbed "Turning the Page of Hate Media in…


Distribution

How to advertise in a multiscreen world where mobile is the "first screen"?

AdReaction, the largest ever study on multiscreen usage in 30 countries, shows that mobile is the new "first screen" and that marketers need to understand the behaviour around shifting, stacking…


Distribution

VoD: Today, iROKOtv gets nearly a million hits a month

Tenacity Pays Off For 'Nollywood Netfix' FounderAt only 33, Jason Njoku is already considered one of Africa's most promising entrepreneurs thanks to an online film distribution service that has tapped…


Distribution

MIPTV: Romance Comes to Africa via Round-the-Clock Telenovela Channel

Two of Latin America's powerhouse suppliers of telenovelas have partnered with an African distributor to launch a dedicated channel targeting English-speaking audiences throughout the African continent.The new service is called…


Distribution

Ndani TV premieres Season 2 of 'The Juice' on Africa Magic Entertainment DSTV 151

'It's a new season and a new direction!' 'We are happy to push the boundaries of television and entertainment at Ndani TV, and we are excited about the future!'With the…


Distribution

Distribution - In Brief

The TNS-Sofres study reports outstanding performance in audience from DRC for the Africa 24 TV channel, positioned as the first channel for Global Information on Africa . Of the managers…


Investment

'SPORTS DAY' announced over DISCOP AFRICA 2014 content trade event

A new in-depth survey of sports content made in Africa has been commissioned.Basic Lead, organizers of the upcoming 9th edition of DISCOP Africa, today unveiled plans to dedicate day three…


Investment

VoD: New Nigerian satire show reached over 160,000 views

Launched just a month ago on leading African VOD platform Buni.tv and on YouTube, the new Nigerian puppet satire show OGAS AT THE TOP has already gone viral, reaching more…


Investment

Africa: Hyundai Motors Nigeria Lifts Africa's Film, TV Industry At Awards

Hyundai Motors Nigeria has donated two new Hyundai cars to support Africa's film and TV industry at the just ended 2014 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards (AMVCA).The vehicles which include…


Investment

Homeland TV Series Season 4: Filming To Take Place In South Africa

With "Homeland" off the air since the third season concluded in December, the show is certainly missed. The hanging death of Nicholas Brody certainly created a stir and brought some…


Investment

Internet tv in SA on the way as Discover Digital buys sports content

Discover Digital, a South African digital entertainment business, has concluded its first sports content deal in anticipation of the launch of internet TV in South Africa later this year. The…


Investment

Investment - In Brief

The International Organization of the Francophonie (OIF) has started its "Numeric Capital" (digital asset) project from the first quarter of 2014. The large operation concerns 3018 pieces of work (films…


Regulation & Policy

Zimbabwe: ZBC gives live TV coverage to parliamentary proceedings

Finally, the electorate will be the judges, courtesy of ZBC. The decision by the public broadcaster to give live television coverage to parliamentary question time every Wednesday and radio coverage…


Regulation & Policy

African media leaders to counter hate speech

An unprecedented commitment by African media leaders to work together to counter hate speech was made in Kigali on April 18th at the conclusion of the EJN's first major initiative…


Regulation & Policy

IFJ Condemns killing of Radio staff in Mogadishu and clampdown on critical media

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has strongly condemned the murder of a media professional in Somalia's capital city, Mogadishu, Monday 21 April.According to IFJ affiliate, the National Union of…


Regulation & Policy

Regulation & Policy - In Brief

Tanzania: The government is considering legal action against dealers of alternative medicine and television stations that advertise unregistered and unauthorised traditional herbs. Full story here. Al Jazeera Media Network has…


Technology & Convergence

Nigeria: Zamfara Radio and TV Ready for Digital Transmission

The Managing Director of Zamfara State Radio and Television services, Alhaji Adamu Muhammad, has said the state is ready for the National Broadcasting Corporation's (NBC) deadline on the digitization of…


Technology & Convergence

MultiChoice Expands Digital Terrestrial Television Distribution

Intelsat, provider of satellite services, has announced that African direct-to-home operator, MultiChoice, is leveraging Intelsat capacity to expand the reach of its digital terrestrial television (DTT) offering in Sub-Saharan Africa.…


Technology & Convergence

RSA: Second Imax (with 3D) cinema theatre in Pretoria East

Ster-Kinekor has signed an agreement with Imax to install a second Imax theatre, following the opening of its first theatre at Gateway in Durban, in November 2013.The site for the…


Technology & Convergence

Innovations for African broadcasters at AfricaCast 2014

AfricaCast will take place from 11th - 13th November 2014 at the Cape Town Convention Centre, South Africa. www.africacast-event.comSpeak alongside Marie Lora-Mungai, CEO, Buni TV as well as many other…


Technology & Convergence

Technology & Convergence - In Brief

Vibes of Africa is a web portal dedicated to African music videos. The website promotes music video clips from Nigeria, Uganda, Ivory coast, Congo, South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, Ghana, Ethiopia and…


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Events

Important events in the African broadcast, film and TV sector 14 to 25 May 2014 The 67th annual Cannes International Film Festival (Festival de Cannes) Venue: Cannes, South of France. One…


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People

African American audiovisual starsThere are a plethora of Independent films soaring through the film world and here are a few prominent ones featuring African American actors, writers and directors. Click…


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Jobs & Opportunities

Course: The Business of Television in a Changing Global Marketplace Next Course: May 19 - June 20, 2014  Deadline to Register: May 12, 2014 The Business of Television in a Changing Global…