Issue no 20 11 January 2008

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Africa’s “nanny-state” seeks to restrict discussions on radio call-in shows

Call-in shows on African radio represent one of the more lively aspects of the growth of media on the continent. Anything from extra-marital affairs to the state of the Nation attracts energetic comment and discussion. However, the “nanny state” is never far away and as two recent incidents in Zambia and Namibia have shown, is quick to try and close down areas for potential discussion. For understandable reasons, many of Africa’s leaders are somewhat paranoid about controversy and the debate over freedom of expression is haunted by role played by radio in inciting the Rwandan genocide. The absence of accepted…

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East Africa: M-Net commissions Kenya’s Big Ideas Entertainment to make first East African drama

In its second major announcement in a week, M-Net confirmed its partnership with Big Ideas Entertainment, the Kenyan TV company which has been commissioned to produce M-Net’s first ever East-African…


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Angola: Angolan actors in crime film 'killed by police'

The director of an Angolan crime film says police have shot dead two of his actors after mistaking them for real armed robbers. The duo were carrying unloaded firearms as…


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Senegal: The Shape of Water

The Shape of Water is a new feature documentary that tells the stories of powerful, imaginative and visionary women confronting the destructive development of the Third World with new cultures…


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South Africa: New Book: Interplay of Film History – on the reception of film of the Weimar Republic in South Africa 1928-1933

The cinema of the Weimar Republic in the "golden twenties" is rightly regarded as one of the most innovative periods of film history. A new book published in South Africa…


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Content In Brief

- Movie makers under the aegis of Motion Picture Practitioners' Association of Nigeria (MOPPAN) have urged the Kano State Censorship Board to reverse its decision not to censor films featuring…


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Cote d’Ivoire: First private TV chain announced for May 2008 in Ivory Coast

As a further sign of the steady liberalisation of broadcast media across the continent, a new Pay TV channel called Tam-Tam TV will be launched in Cote d’Ivoire on 1…


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Africa: DStv gets 24-hour e.tv news

E.tv announced on Wednesday that it is to launch a 24-hour news channel on MultiChoice's digital satellite television service DStv next year. Chief executive of the company, Marcel Golding, said:…


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Botswana: New Pan-African Satellite Tv Company Licensed

The National Broadcasting Board (NBB) at the end of last year awarded a Satellite Subscription Television Service Licence to Munhumutape African Broadcasting Corporation (MABCTV). The licence was awarded at the…


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Tanzania: GTV hopes sponsorship of ECA will see players turn professional

The main sponsors of East and Central Africa Challenge Cup, GTV say the television channel was proud of the standard of the game in the region. GTV (T) general manager…


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Broadcast In Brief

- Government will not tolerate the de facto privatisation of public airwaves through corporate sponsorship of normal programming, a senior Government official has said. Secretary for Information and Publicity George…


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Ethiopia: GTV sets up shop with Metro plc

GTV is to partner with Metro plc in Ethiopia to offer new pay television services after searching for a partner in the country for over six months. According to Dinir,…


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South Africa: PVR Gets New Features As Sales Rocket

It was entirely predictable that Multichoice would vastly underestimate the popularity of its personal video recorder (PVR) when it launched last November. By now they'd forecast to have sold about…


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Distribution In Brief

- The ITU has announced the first set of global standards for providing television services over the Internet, a move that is expected to fuel innovation and competition in an…


Investment

Benin: Liberalisation of licences provide new investment opportunities

Benin’s broadcast regulator Haute autorité de l’audiovisuel et de la communication (Haac) has announced that it will allocate frequencies for new licences for both radio and television. The move was…


Investment

Angolan Government to invest in film campus to help revive local industry

Angolan Minister of Culture Boaventura Cardoso announced the construction of a new film campus designed to help relaunch film-making locally and to play a key role in developing the sector.…


Investment

Investment In Brief

- Gateway Broadcast Services, an unrestricted subsidiary of Gateway Telecommunications, has raised US$60 million to accelerate the roll out of its pan African pay-TV service, GTV. Gateway has sold more…


Regulation & Policy

Somalia: Mogadishu Mayor Closes Radio Station Over Interview With Opposition

RSF condemns the 26 December 2007 arbitrary closure of the privately-owned radio station Somaliweyn by the government of Banadir, the province that includes the capital Mogadishu, after the station broadcast…


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South Africa: SABC's Demand Unreasonable - Pay TV Operators

South Africa's pay TV operators are incensed about the SABC's demand that they pay for all its content that they carry on their platforms. In their "must carry" presentation made…


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Regulation & Policy In Brief

- The Media Institute in Kenya and other IFEX members have condemned the Kenyan government's decision to ban live TV and radio broadcasts in response to post-election violence.


Technology & Convergence

Algeria: Algeria to Introduce Digital TV Broadcasting by 2009

Algeria is poised to shift to digital TV broadcasting by year 2009 in line the ITU’s proposal to migrate all broadcasting services by 2015 to digital. Algeria’s preparations to migrate…


Technology & Convergence

South Africa: Pay-TV Group to Relay DStv On Mobile Phones

Multichoice Africa plans to air its Digital Satellite Television services to subscribers on mobile phones, the company's CEO Eben Greyling has said. Greyling said, "We not only plan to introduce…