Issue no. 2006 - 19 June 2015

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DTT in Africa and meeting the ITU deadline: have governments kept their promises?

By Sylvain Béletre for Balancing Act, June 2015.   According to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) agreement signed on 16 June 2006, 54 African states pledged to turn off the analog TV signal before June 17, 2015, with some exceptions. Sylvain Béletre, analyst Balancing Act, co-author of a study on DTT in Africa, reports on the segment's latest developments. ASO (analogue switch off) is not fully completed on the continent. The missed deadline for cutting off the analogue TV signal illustrates the failure of most governments to keep their promises on time. The result is a massive shortfall for the populations and…

Broadcast

Al Jazeera up for 7 One World Media Awards

Al Jazeera is nominated for seven One World Media Awards ahead of Thursday’s awards ceremony in London. Six of the seven nominations are for programming set in Africa.Documentary AwardMiners Shot…


Broadcast

‘Incorruptible’ Documentary Looks Inside Artist-Led Youth Movement During Senegal’s Tumultuous 2012 Election

Incorruptible is a new documentary feature from director Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi (Touba, Youssou N’dour: I Bring What I Love) that traces events surrounding Senegal’s tumultuous 2012 elections. The 90-minute film…


Broadcast

Youth Incubator Film Makes Its Debut At The Durban International Film Festival

Rights of Passage is an anthology of 8 short films linked by a thematic thread and African proverbs. Directed by first time filmmakers Ntombizodwa Magagula, Mapula  Sibanda, Lerato Moloi, Valencia…


Broadcast

NFVF Female Filmmaker Project films selected for DIFF

The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), an agency of the Department of Arts and Culture, is pleased to announce that four films from its Female Filmmaker project have been…


Content

MagicWorld transforms into M-Net Family in July

M-Net and MultiChoice are redesigning channel 162 on DStv to become a general entertainment channel for the entire family. On Wednesday, 1 July from 17h00 the current MagicWorld will make…


Content

SA gets reality-style Baywatch show following Durban lifeguards on the job

Cape Town – A new locally produced reality series, Durban Beach Rescue, will start on the Travel Channel (DStv 179) on Saturday 4 July at 20:00, following various lifeguards across…


Content

The Nigeria Entertainment Awards Announce 2015 Nominees

The Nigeria Entertainment Awards (NEA) recently presented a complete list of nominees for their 10th annual awards show taking place September 6 in New York City. The list of hopefuls,…


Content

The MTV Africa Music Awards Kwazulu-Natal Celebrates Evolution of African Music as Nominations are revealed for the 18 July Showstopper

VIMN Africa and MTV Base (DStv channel 322) have  revealed the nominations for the MTV Africa Music Awards KwaZulu-Natal 2015 (MAMA) at a star-studded reception at Harem, Johannesburg, South Africa…


Distribution

GOtv introduces Milele FM in Kenya

Kenyan pay-TV operator GOtv has launched Milele FM in all GOtv bundles. Subscribers in Kenya can now listen to their favourite music as well as sports programming on channel 302…


Distribution

Francophone Africa Is the New Land of Opportunity for the French Media Industry

The Francophone film industry has experienced a nice boost recently thanks to the success of a few recent films, including “Timbuktu” by Mauritanian filmmaker Abderrahmane Sissako and the Malagasy documentary…


Distribution

Distribution – In brief

English Club TV is now available across Africa. The channel has partnered with Canal Overseas Africa to expand its presence in the continent. The channel began broadcasting in Africa from…


Investment

‘Uzalo’ receives R5 million from eThekwini municipality

Uzalo, a telenovela which began broadcasting on SABC1 in February 2015, has received R5 million from the city of Durban’s eThekwini municipality. This is in response to the R11.5 million…


Regulation & Policy

South Africa: SABC Not in Crisis, Says Faith Muthambi

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) is not in crisis. This is according to Faith Muthambi, South Africa’s minister of communications, speaking about the beleaguered South African public broadcaster.Muthambi has…


Regulation & Policy

Kenya Beats Digital Migration Deadline | Free-to-Air Channels No Longer Free

As the world marks the June 17th global deadline for analogue switch-off as per the International Communications Union (ITU) Geneva 2006 Agreement, Kenyans are expected to start paying for content…


Technology & Convergence

How Zimbabwe Complied with the Digital Migration Deadline?

Transmedia, the company that carries the mandate of connecting Zimbabwe to the world and connecting the world to Zimbabwe yesterday announced that they are in compliance with the ITU deadline,…


Technology & Convergence

DA wants digital TV U-turn

Democratic Alliance MP Marian Shinn wants cabinet to “review and reverse” the broadcasting digital migration policy it adopted in March.Democratic Alliance MP Marian Shinn wants cabinet to “review and reverse”…


Technology & Convergence

Digital switch leaves 1.3 mln Kenyans without TV

More than 1.3 million Kenyans are unable to watch television because of digital migration, out of a total of 3.5 million households estimated to own TV sets. The Communications Authority…


Technology & Convergence

Technology & Convergence - In brief

The governments of Mozambique and South Africa have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to reduce interference during the technological migration from analogue to digital terrestrial TV, reports Jornal. In the…


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Opportunities

Pitching opportunities at The Animation Conference 2015The Animation Conference (TAC), in collaboration with 9 Story Entertainment, is once again offering PITCH THIS!, a specialised program dedicated to providing producers with…


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People

Lead news anchor on Sports News Africa and the presenter of our talk show, The Conversation, Ehi Alonge, has sadly passed away.


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Events

20-22 June, 2015 Natpe 2015 conference and trade show - Film and TV.Miami, USASource: Natpe15 to 17 July 2015Mediatech Africa 2015Venue: Coca-Cola Dome in Northgate, Johannesburg, South AfricaThe biennial advanced…