Issue no 2 doldrums (Pilot issue

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Digital cinema has the potential to take Africa’s under-invested film exhibitors out of the doldrums

Outside of Sub-Saharan Africa’s larger country markets, Africa’s cinemas are few in number relative to population sizes and nearly always in poor shape. A recent transition to digital cinema in South Africa shows that Africa can lead with technical innovations. But the impact of digital cinema may also have a role to play in reviving the sagging fortunes of Africa’s cinemas elsewhere. Russell Southwood looks at what might become possible. South Africa’s Central Point Communications with the support of Argil Venture Capital (a technology fund whose investors include Ernst & Young) has concluded the roll-out of digital cinema servers in…

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Nigeria: Winners Emerge on Quizline

More winners have emerged from the television interactive show, Quizline. Commenting on the winnings, Olu Akinlabi, General manager of GeTV, promoters of quiz line, pledged that his organization, GetTV would…


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South Africa: End of Open Time Will Hit M-Net Revenue

M-NET's free-to-air, open-time slot, which airs between 5pm and 7pm daily, stopped at the end of March. This will hit the channel's advertising revenue and remove a valuable branding opportunity…


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Tanzania: EATV Pays $6,250 for Taifa Tie

With the funfair that has come about because of Tanzania Taifa Stars' sitting atop its 2008 Nations Cup Group Seven, East Africa Television (EATV) has paid a whopping $6,250 (Tsh8m)…


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Kenya: KBC Acquires TV Rights

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Namibia: NBC is Now the Talk of the Nation

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Liberia: Concerned LBS Workers Want Speedy Probe

Concerned workers of the Liberia Broadcasting System have spotted delays by the Board of Directors in probing the LBS management of alleged financial and administrative mal-practices. In a release, the…


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Liberia: Sasstown Gets FM Radio Station

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South Africa: SABC to Open Bureau in Zimbabwe

One of Africa's biggest public broadcasters, the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), plans to set up a bureau in Harare to enhance its coverage of events in the country. SABC…


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Nigeria: Protesters Attack Freedom Radio

Thousands of protesters marched on the Kano-based private radio station, Freedom Radio and destroyed its transmitter and other facilities. Four station workers, including security men and duty officers, were injured…


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South Africa: Satellite Health Channel Reaches Nearly 300 Clinics

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Zimbabwe: New TV Station

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Botswana: Mini-Choice Satellite Tv

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South Africa: Viewers Lose as SABC Stumped By Super Eights Coverage

It’s fair to say that the SABC gambled (sensitive word in cricketing terms) when it came to their screening of World Cup matches and lost. Having shown all the group…


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Zimbabwe: ZBC Botches World Cup Deal

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Investment

South Africa: Johncom Asset Shuffle May Open Way to Acquisition

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Investment

Zimbabwe: Govt allocates $8.9bn for New Radio Station – Iran to fund refurbishment

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Nigeria: Commercialization of Govt Owned Media Begins

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Regulation & Policy

Zimbabwe: Press Freedom Falls Prey to Arrests And Torture

The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) in Zimbabwe has warned journalists of an increasingly hostile working environment after the abduction and subsequent murder of a freelance reporter, and the…


Regulation & Policy

Nigeria: Security Forces Close Radio And TV Stations Three Days Before State Elections

Reporters Without Borders called on April 12th on the federal authorities to permit the reopening of two new, Lagos-based broadcast media, Link FM and GTV, which were abruptly closed by…


Regulation & Policy

Somalia: TV Crew Arrested By Order of Presidential Official; Ministry Bans 'Unauthorised' Conferences, Lectures And Public Events

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Regulation & Policy

Uganda: Parliament Insists on Re-Opening of NTV, Fails to Secure Deadline

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Regulation & Policy

South Africa: Dept Clears Pay TV Licensing, Digital Migration Confusion

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Somalia: Government Shuts Down Al-Jazeera Bureau in Mogadishu

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Regulation & Policy

Nigeria: Court Arraigns DSTV Boss Over Copyright Infringement

Multichoice Nigeria Limited, operators of Digital Satellite Television (DSTV) in Nigeria, and its Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Collins Khumalo were arraigned in late March before a Federal High Court sitting…


Regulation & Policy

Zambia: Anti-Graft Officers Raid Radio Station, Seize Materials, Intimidate Staff

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Technology & Convergence

South Africa: DSTV Guides By Cellphone

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Technology & Convergence

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Technology & Convergence

Namibia: PM Urges Hi-Tech Services for the Region's Masses

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Technology & Convergence

Kenya: Local Broadcast Set to Go Digital

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Technology & Convergence

Nigeria: Television coming to Mobile Phones

What promises to be a major application in mobile services in a short while is mobile TV. This service will enable mobile phone subscribers watch television programmes on their mobile…


Technology & Convergence

Zimbabwe: Econet Wireless Completes 3G Network Installation

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Technology & Convergence

Nigeria: Time Machine - A Personal Computer, TV Tool

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