Broadcast, Film and Convergence in Africa – Issue no. 2039 2 June 2016

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New research shows serious African media deficit exists – the land beyond broadcast and other media

Africans in the city increasingly have access to a wide range of media but those in rural areas or conflict zones do not. Some areas have access to little or no media. This media deficit means that those who lack access probably understand less and have very little to measure their opinions against. Russell Southwood looks at new research from South Sudan that identifies the scale of this problem in one country.The research we carried out for the New Venture Fund in 2014 (see right hand column for free downloads) showed that across a diverse range of countries with better…

Broadcast

'Shepherds and Butchers' withdrawn from DIFF

Producer Anant Singh and director Oliver Schmitz announced on Tuesday, 31 May, the withdrawal of their film Shepherds and Butchers from the Durban International Film Festival.Speaking from Berlin, Schmitz said,…


Broadcast

Namibia Welcomes Documentary ‘Tango Negro: The African Roots of Tango’

On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the film series “African Perspectives,” AfricAvenir celebrates African Cinema throughout 2016. On June 8, at the FNCC, AfricAvenir presents the Namibian premiere…


Broadcast

DIFF announces its 2016 programme

The 37th Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) has announced its official programme. The festival will take place at 15 venues across the city of Durban and its outlying areas from…


Broadcast

KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission Township Screenings Pilot

The KwaZulu- Natal Film Commission Film Commission is proud to announce its community outreach programme that will take place in townships around Durban, KwaZulu-Natal from 21 June -25 June 2016,…


Broadcast

Gabon launches 24-hour news channel

The first Gabonese news channel, Gabon 24, was launched Tuesday in Libreville with the ambition to offer a “quality television” on national and international news, three months before the presidential…


Content

SABC boss Hlaudi Motsoeneng extends 90% local content quota to SABC TV channels, starting with 80% on SABC3 from 1 July.

The SABC's chief operating officer (COO) Hlaudi Motsoeneng on Tuesday announced a concerted drive to rid the public broadcaster's TV channels of its remaining international content, saying that the 90%…


Content

'The Salafists' arrive at the African Film Festival of Tarifa and Tangier

This weekend was the film’s premiere in Spain.The screening of Les Salafistes took place for the first time in Spain on Saturday 28 May as part of the African Film…


Content

Full list of nominees for 2016 Golden Movie Awards Africa (GMAA)

The second edition of Golden Movie Awards Africa (GMAA) announced this year nominees and had scores of actors and actresses in the movie industry bagging nominations.This year’s nominees was unveiled…


Content

MTN offers 30 free Digital TV channels, available to 200,000 TV viewers in Nigeria

MTN Nigeria has launched its digital TV service in Jos, the Plateau state capital. Speaking at the event on Thursday, Jason Lobel, Group Head of MTN Group, South Africa said…


Content

eNCA staff unhappiness continues as reporter Nontobeko Sibisi slams eNCA for self-censorship after she's told her story's canned for wearing a 'doek'.

Ongoing staff unhappiness and resentment behind the scenes at eNCA (DStv 403) continue to make waves at the eMedia Investments 24-hour TV news channel where the arts and entertainment reporter…


Content

Canal Plus Africa to show all Copa America, Euro 2016 games

Canal Plus Africa (Canal+) announced that it will broadcast all 32 matches of the Copa America Centenario and 51 matches of the UEFA Euro 2016 football competitions between 03 June…


Content

Why Some Chinese Fail to See Racism in Qiaobi's Viral Detergent Commercial

A viral detergent commercial showing a black man being stuffed into a washing machine by his Chinese girlfriend and “washed” into a handsome, light-skinned Chinese man sparked outrage outside China…


Content

The first cross-border Film Festival kicks offs in the Strait of Gibraltar

Tarifa's choral company singing Tanzanian, Congolese and South African songs during the inauguration of the African Film Festival FCAT 2016 in Tarifa, Spain.Tarifa (Spain), 27 May 2016 – The 13th…


Content

AfriDocs celebrates the human spirit this June

This June, AfriDocs, the only documentary broadcast stream across sub-Saharan Africa, celebrates the human spirit. This month AfriDocs screens a diverse array of triumphant human stories including For Kibera, the…


Distribution

Tigo Music Transforming lives of Tanzanian Artistes

The popular music of the new generation, known as ‘Bongo Flava’ has evolved from being seen as an art for ‘outlaws’-or rather;  that’s how the older generation viewed it about…


Distribution

Malawian top tier league to go live, Beta TV win rights

Beta television has won exclusive rights to show live the Malawian top tier, the TNM super league. The deal which runs until 2018 will see the giant TV company show…


Distribution

MENA pay-TV spikes in 2015

According to a report from IHS, in the 13 countries covered by the annual report, revenues from pay-TV passed the billion-euro mark for the first time. Revenues from primary households’…


Regulation & Policy

R2K demands an end to SABC censorship!

The South Gauteng High Court today hears the case of the SABC's banning of Project Spear, a documentary by filmmaker Sylvia van Vollenhoven about massive corruption in the run-up to…


Regulation & Policy

Icasa asked to overturn Hlaudi’s blackout decision

Several organisations have teamed up to submit an urgent application to the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa to force the SABC to immediately revoke its controversial decision to not…


Technology & Convergence

E.tv wins court appeal over encryption

E.tv has won the latest battle in the long-running war over digital terrestrial television in South Africa, potentially throwing the long-delayed project off-track once again.The supreme court of appeal on…


Technology & Convergence

Zimbabwe: Econet, Ericsson to Launch Video-On-Demand Platform

Econet Wireless Zimbabwe will partner Ericsson to launch NuVu, a Video-on-Demand (VOD) platform in Zimbabwe.The service would become the latest entrant into the increasingly popular, highly-competitive sector, and the first…


Technology & Convergence

SES Platform Services and K-NET partner to provide quality satellite channels for West Africa

LUXEMBOURG, 24 May 2016 – SES, a leading satellite operator, today announced that SES Platform Services (SES PS), a wholly-owned subsidiary of SES, has strengthened its partnership with K-NET, an…


Technology & Convergence

Tunisia extends broadcasting of new free-to-air television platform with Eutelsat

The Tunisian broadcasting corporation (ONT) has signed a multi-year contract with Eutelsat Communications to broadcast its new subscription-free TV platform across North and West Africa. ONT has selected the powerful…


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Opportunities

Entries open for Cape Union Mart Adventure Film Challenge 2016 The winning entry will be screened at the Banff Mountain Film Festival Tour 2016.The annual Banff Mountain Film Festival World…


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People

Grant Meldrum - Dir. Marketing at Star Times is no longer with the company.


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Events

Introduction: Quoting notable nigerian filmmaker Kunle Afolayan, "film festivals help to increase the mileage and patronage of our local movies in the global village and they allow movie aficionados to converge…