Issue no 19 14 December 2007

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Executive Group International and Storm to start shooting Africa's version of The Apprentice in January

Two weeks ago a crowd of hopefuls sat in the Serena Hotel in Kampala waiting for their turn to audition for Africa’s version of the Apprentice, the search for business person show that has been popular in the USA (with Donald Trump as the host) and in the UK (with Sir Alan Sugar). In January 2008, a Nigerian-American production company called Executive Group International will start shooting. Russell Southwood sees what all the hoopl-la is all about. The smartly-dressed Kampala candidates sat waiting nervously and looked outwardly as if they were going for a job interview, which in a way…

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South Africa: Five New Channels for DStv as it lays out battle lines with new Pay TV rivals

DStv's MultiChoice launched an additional five channels to its existing bouquet at the Constitution Hill in Johannesburg, sending a clear message to its newly-baptised rivals that it will fight on…


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Kenya: Supersport Beats GTV to KPL sponsorship deal

Following months of speculation over who would be the likely sponsor of the Kenya Premier League (KPL), last Wednesday pay television channel SuperSport sealed a four-year deal with KPL to…


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South Africa: Kevin Savage for OFM

Central South African radio station OFM has signed broadcasting legend Kevin Savage to host the weekend mid-morning slot 9am - 1pm, as well as Lindsay Batteson to co-host the youth…


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Southern Africa Direct Goes Live on Sky Channel 283

Southern Africa Direct, an exciting new lifestyle and culture TV channel, has now gone live on Sky channel 283. The new TV channel is dedicated to providing lifestyle & culture,…


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Content Briefs:

- "Benboulaid" movie will probably be in cinema on March 22nd to commemorate the anniversary of the death of Martyr Mostefa Benboulaid, indicated, Algerian filmmaker and producer Sadek Bakhouche. During…


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MultiChoice hits 2 million subscribers across and grows despite competition

MultiChoice Africa and MultiChoice South Africa, the leading pay television operators in Sub-Saharan Africa announced today that combined subscribers in South Africa and the African continent have hit the 2…


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Uganda: Radio stations urged to explain ebola to listeners by District Commissioner

Gulu Resident District Commissioner Walter Ochora-Odoch has urged the radio stations and clinical officers in Acholi sub-region to sensitize the community on Ebola. The outbreak of Ebola in western Uganda…


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South Africa: Feb RAMS Show Radio Audiences Remain Unmoved

For the second RAMS in a row, no individual radio station has managed to win over significantly more listeners. The latest SAARF Radio Audience Measurement Survey shows a medium with…


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Sierra Leone: GTV launches new Pay TV channel

A new satellite pay television channel was launched on Wednesday 28 November 2007 by the country's minister of information and communications, Alhaji Ibrahim Ben Kargbo in a glittering ceremony attended…


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Broadcast Briefs:

- South African station M-Power FM, the new commercial radio station for Mpumalanga, took to the airwaves earlier this week. The station has been in the making since 2005 after…


Distribution

Algeria: Algérie Télécom launches triple play service

WiMAX services will launch in Algiers, Blida and Boumerdes, and extend to Oran, Constantine, Annaba and Ouargla before the end of 2007, opening the way for IPTV. By Branislav Pekic…


Distribution

South Africa: Successful Launch of New Pay TV Satellite

The SES satellite that will deliver On Digital Media (ODM)'s broadcast channels to South Africa, and later to sub-Saharan Africa, has been successfully launched, ODM announced at the end of…


Investment

South Africa: Global Media Planning Agency Launches in Country

New generation global media channel planning agency Vizeum, powered by one of Europe's independent groups Aegis Media, has recently launched in South Africa. Heading up the joint venture as directors…


Investment

South Africa: Naspers Interim Profit Rises As Competition Looms in Pay-TV

Media giant Naspers has improved its performance in the six months to September, while preparing for competition in the pay-TV arena. With new pay-TV licencees expected to enter the South…


Investment

Investments Briefs:

- SABC has released its 70th annual report and 2007 financial statements at the Johannesburg Country Club in Auckland Park, amid a myriad troubles and controversies that continue to haunt…


Regulation & Policy

Nigeria: Big Brother Africa - M-Net to Pay N10 Million Fine

Multichoice Nigeria has been fined the sum of N10million for violating Nigerian Broadcasting Commission (NBC) Act by beaming pornographic images to Nigerian viewers during the 'Big Bother Africa' programme which…


Technology & Convergence

Uganda: DStv Subscribers to Pay Bills Via SMS

MULTICHOICE Uganda, the lead agent for DStv, has introduced a scratch card system that allows clients pay their subscription fees through a short message service (SMS). Richard Sebahiima, the sales…


Technology & Convergence

South Africa: OFM Goes Mobile

OFM is now available anytime and anywhere - on your mobile phone - through the spodtronic network, which allows listeners to listen to from around the world by downloading the…


Technology & Convergence

Briefs for R&P and Technology:

- Exiled Somali journalists marked Human Rights Day last Monday with the launch of a programme to protect the country's besieged journalists and enhance working relations with other national journalists…