Issue no 24 7 March 2008

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Rapid increase in the number of radio and TV channels in Africa, says new report

Over the last ten years, the African broadcast industry has slowly been liberalising and over the last year, the pace of this process has quickened. New Free-To-Air channels are planned in an increasing number of countries and there are new entrants to the Pay-TV market which has begun to grow in size. There are shifting patterns for advertising in different media. For anyone in the industry or interested in how it has and will develop, there has been a frustrating lack of data up until now. This week sees the publication of African Broadcast and Film Markets by Balancing Act…

Content

Nigeria: Kano’s “Kannywood” hurt by restrictions in the wake of a sex scandal

Fury over a sex video in Moslem northern Nigeria has all but finished a flourishing local film industry that employed thousands of people, but was under scrutiny by clerics and…


Content

Africa: Apprentice Africa Goes on Air

Apprentice Africa, the business reality television show sponsored by Bank PHB will hit the airwaves from Tuesday. The programme will also be aired simultaneously in five different countries including Nigeria,…


Content

Liberia: Arcelor Mittal Launches New Web-TV Season

ArcelorMittal, the world's largest steel company, has launched the second season of its Web-based television series focusing on its brand value of transforming tomorrow. Interestingly, the first episode focuses entirely…


Content

Botswana: Controversial sports DJ Chillieboy speaks his mind

The wise saying 'everybody will get his or her chance under the sun"-and never have these words proved truer than in the case of Macdonald Rakgare. Popularly known as Chillieboy…


Content

Content In Brief

- On 4 March, 2008 EuroNews launches “Comment: Visions”, a series of interviews and events with prestigious guests on the challenges facing humankind in the coming century. Visions is a…


Content

Angola: Unita MP criticizes the Government for handing TPA’s Canal 2 over to son of the President

Unita Deputy Alcides Sakala criticized the Angolan Government (of which Unita is a part) of “nepotism” in handing over state broadcaster TPA’s Canal 2 to the son of the President…


Content

Rwanda: GTV Set to Change the Television Landscape

GTV, the new pan-African pay TV operator is currently taking the country by storm, particularly attracting sports fans. The pay TV Company will launch its services in the country on…


Content

Nigeria: Freedom Radio soon to launch a TV channel

Chairman, Board of Directors of the Independent Radio Station "Freedom Radio" in Kano, AVM Mukhtar Muhammad, said that a plan is in pipeline for the establishment of an independent television…


Content

Eritrea: Opposition Launches Satellite TV Against President

Eleven Eritrean opposition activists in exile have launched a satellite TV channel to broadcast news against Eritrea's President Isayas Afewerki. The group's spokesman, Mengisteab Asmerom, told the Nation in the…


Content

Broadcast In Brief:

- Television in Kenya: Regulation and Programming, an 88-page book written by Pierre-Emmanuel Maubert and published by Transafrica Press with the support of the French Embassy to Kenya in 2006,…


Distribution

South Africa: Sithengi set to relaunch in a more focused way

The new Board of Directors of “Sithengi” (the annual Southern African International Film and Television Market) – hosted in the city of Cape Town since 1996 - has announced that…


Distribution

Nigeria: MultiChoice Launches Mass Market Bouquet

MultiChoice Nigeria, one of the leading pay-TV operators in the country has made another significant contribution to the country's digital future with the launch of a mass market bouquet called…


Distribution

Distribution In Brief

- There is an interesting site for those wishing to promote completed programmes: http://www.ipextv.tv/ipextv/welcome.do


Investment

Nigeria: Daarcomms launches new digital Pay TV channel and will build Film Village with IPO cash

Nigerian broadcaster, Daar Communications Plc, is dreaming of digitised media powerhouse to serve the needs of the continent and beyond, as the company said at the weekend that the bulk…


Investment

Kenya: Kirubi’s Capital Group Expands Into Television Broadcasting with CNBC deal

Kenyan businessman Chris Kirubi is expanding into television business in a deal that will see the Capital Group partner with NBC Universal owned by CNBC to launch Kenya's first dedicated…


Investment

Investment In Brief:

- Speaking as panelists at a recent event filmmaker Abius Akwaake, Edwin Kanguatjivi, director of the Namibia Film Commission and Mushitu Mukwame, from the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation, all agree that…


Regulation & Policy

Cameroon: Private Radio Suspended, Independent Newspapers Prevented From Appearing

The Cameroon Government has suspended a range of different media including radio stations and newspapers during the outbreak of rioting in the country’s second city Douala. As the Communications Minister…


Regulation & Policy

Somalia: In Mogadishu Media Crackdown, Media Executive Arrested, Equipment Confiscated

The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) has condemned in the strongest possible terms the attacks on Radio Shabelle and Radio Simba in Mogadishu by the Armed Forces of the…


Regulation & Policy

Regulation & Policy In Brief:

- Officers of the Liberia National Police assigned to the provincial city of Tubmanburg in Bomi county on 1 March 2008 flogged and briefly detained journalist Edwin Clarke of Truth…


Technology & Convergence

South Africa: Mobile Advertising Showing Real Results

The mobile advertising space is starting to see important growth and is likely to explode in the run up to the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Internationally, mobile advertising and branding…


Technology & Convergence

South Africa: Mass Market Reach With in-Game ADs

In-game ad placement - the placing of ads alongside or within online games - is poised to break through into the mass consumer market in South Africa. One of the…


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Technology & Convergence In Brief:

- TTETV launched its official Internet portal to provide eclectic mixes, hot track downloads and never seen before video mixing all in one place. Turntable Entertainment is a multi-media DJ,…