Issue no 23 22 February 2008

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Botswana to up TV and radio coverage to 97+% of population, Namibia may follow

The Government of Botswana has made a commitment that it will up the transmission coverage for both radio and television to 97+% of the population. The work to cost the initiative was carried out using mapping software that allowed the consultants employed to identify the current areas of coverage for both radio and TV. Using this baseline mapping as a starting point, the consultants were then able to identify the costs of the new transmitters to reach the increased population target. A similar study is being undertaken in Namibia, again with a view to extending transmission coverage. As elsewhere in…

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Egypt leads an alliance to curb the showing of independent satellite channels like al-Jazeera

Arab countries (including those in North Africa) have agreed to allow punishment of satellite channels deemed to have offended Arab leaders or national or religious symbols. At a meeting in…


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GTV to open for business in Ethiopia

A new, privately-owned pay TV service by the name of GTV- Gateway Community Television (GTV) is poised to enter the broadcasting market with the main objective of educating and entertaining…


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Ghana: Metro TV Makes Impact

From a humble beginning, Metro TV has rose to become a force to reckon with in the media landscape in the country and beyond. Established some few years ago, it…


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Broadcast In Brief

- Last Tuesday the Kenyan government confirmed the setting up of a Digital Television Committee that will oversee the shift from analogue to digital broadcasting in line with the international…


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South Africa: Scramble for Talent as New Pay-TV Stations Prepare to Broadcast

The race to attract broadcasting talent has intensified with the imminent launch of new pay-TV channels, with some stations looking for foreigners to help fill the gaps in a small…


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Algeria: Government hands over audio-visual archive to Government broadcaster

The Algerian Government has handed over an audio-visual archive of 1,850 items to the Government broadcaster, ENTV. The archive covers the period from 1940 to 1962 and provides unique footage…


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Morocco: Government earmarks over USD 7Mn in 2008 for film production

The Moroccan Government has earmarked about US$7.5Mn as assistance for Moroccan film production in 2008, the Moroccan communication ministry announced last Monday. The Government has upped the amount of assistance…


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Botswana: State broadcaster BTV still negotiating Mascom Premier League Broadcasting Deal

State broadcaster BTV was under fire for paying to show the African Cup of Nations but of not yet having secured a deal to air the local Mascom Premier League.…


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Content In Brief

- The Minister of State for Agriculture and Water Resources Alhaji Adamu Maina Waziri has accused journalists in Yobe State, including the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) in Damaturu and the…


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Angola to liberalise its TV sector shortly

The Angolan Government is poised to open its television sector to private FTA channels later this year. Currently, there are three TV companies, the state television broadcaster TPA (with its…


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Multichoice Unveils New EasyView Package for US$30 a year

MultiChoice Africa, the leading pay-TV operator on the continent, has launched a new low-cost product called DStv EasyView. With an annual subscription fee of just US$30 a year (the equivalent…


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Nigeria: NTA’s Jos station becomes a zonal network centres

General Manager of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) Jos Alhaji Ibrahim Damisa has confirmed the upgrading of the station to a zonal network center from where news and other features…


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Distribution In Brief

- Radio Télévision Ivoirienne’s (RTI) television output is now available on Canal Horizons on channel 115 and its national radio output on channel 161. - CNBC Africa, the continent's first…


Investment

South Africa: Kagiso 'Still in Line' for Clear Channel Stake

Kagiso Media was still in line for an empowerment stake in Independent Media's outdoor advertising business Clear Channel Independent, Kagiso CEO Murphy Morobe said last week. This follows the announcement…


Investment

President Bush announces new US$100 million fund for Telecoms, Media and Technology

President George W. Bush announced last week that the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) would support five new private equity investment funds, with a combined target capitalization of $875 million,…


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Investment In Brief

- State-owned South African signal carrier Sentech has received a windfall of R500 million (US$65.7 million) to begin funding a broadband wireless network.


Regulation & Policy

Cote d’Ivoire: Government Bans Radio Station

The government of Côte d'Ivoire has indefinitely suspended a France-based radio station, report the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) and the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). In an interview…


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Kenya: Govt on course for clash with Media Council over monitoring of election coverage

The government and the media were headed for a clash Tuesday with the former threatening to disband an independent industry watchdog. Director of Information Ezekiel Mutua said the Media Council…


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Regulation & Policy In Brief

- The Kenyan government has ordered an investigation into claims that radio stations broadcast hate speeches during the disputed presidential elections. Information Minister Samuel Poghiso said a task force would…


Technology & Convergence

Africa: ‘DStv on Demand pc’ to expand offering

DStv Broadband – renamed DStv on Demand pc on 5 Feb 2008 - was quietly launched to the public on 1 November 2007, offering DStv Premium subscribers a variety of…


Technology & Convergence

Africa: Ericsson and FIFA sign multimedia solution agreement

Ericsson and FIFA have signed a global agreement where FIFA will use Ericsson's content management and service delivery platforms to enable its broadcaster and telecom content licensees to propose a…


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Technology & Convergence In Brief

- Multichoice is set to launch a new payment system called the Blind Voucher. Charles Hamya, the general manager, said the new system allows a customer to update and renew…


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Talent Campus Durban, 25-29 July 2008

The 29th Durban International Film Festival (23rd July to 3 August 2008) is proud to announce the first edition of Talent Campus Durban held in cooperation with the Berlinale Talent…