Issue no 25 21 March 2008

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A private company in Mauritius called Parabole Maurice (the DSTV Multichoice representative in Mauritius) prevents DSTV Multichoice from having broadcasting rights over DSTV French channels in Mauritius. This means that Mauritian DSTV subscribers have to pay for both an English and French satellite package if they are bilingual. Parabole Maurice offers Canal Satellite (French channel) but this is another product and is not related to DSTV. Mauritians cannot afford to subscribe to two different satellite packages at a time. A Mauritian DSTV Multichoice subscriber (Name supplied) Editorial response: If Parabole Maurice do not control the rights for Canal Satellite, they…

Content

Zimbabwe: ZTV to Screen New Magazine Programme

Jack Shack's show, a new magazine programme, will soon be screened on ZTV as part of the new season programmes to be launched by the station later this month. Produced…


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Kenya: 'Skika' Finally Hits the Screens This Evening

After months of shooting in Nairobi, DSTV's Channel O will this evening air Skika, an entertainment programme designed to showcase East African popular youth culture. Created for Channel O by…


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South Africa: SABC to produce feature films on SA Icons and kicks off with Sobukwe

SABC executives have signed an agreement with the family of the late Pan African Congress (PAC) President, Robert Sobukwe, in Cape Town, to produce a feature film on his life.…


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Uganda: High Court reinstates banned radio programme in Fort Portal

In what could become a landmark precedent in defence of freedoms of expression, speech and the media, the High Court in Fort Portal has ordered the immediate reinstatement of a…


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Content In Brief

- South African produced film Taxi to the Dark Side won the Documentary Feature award at the 80th Annual American Academy Awards.


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Tunisia: Latest audience stats show HannibalTV ahead everywhere except Sfax

Latest Tunisian audience figures for January 2008 show HannibalTV has taken a 36.5% of the TV audience against 24% for TV7 in the greater Tunis area. In Sfax HannibalTV took…


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Uganda: GTV Subscribers Increase to 20,000

GTV, the second pay television to venture into the Ugandan market, got 20,000 subscribers last year, the general manager, Daniel Kagwe, has said. Kagwe said they entered the market with…


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Mauritius: Has the MBC Censored Local TV Serial?

The broadcast of the local Hindustani TV serial on MBC TV 2 each Sunday at 8.30 pm was suddenly stopped four weeks ago. No explanation has been given to the…


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Tanzania: Regulator suspends the issuing of new radio licences

The Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA) has suspended registration of new applications for radio licenses.The halting of the registration exercise has been attributed to the high number of licences already…


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Broadcast In Brief

- The BBC launched a new channel in Arabic on 11th March 2008 with much marketing hoop-la. The channel also has its own Arabic website: www.bbcarabic.com - Télédiffusion d'Algérie (TDA)…


Distribution

Nigeria: Super Sports, Green World Communications Secure Broadcast Rights

South Africa Television outfit, Super Sports and Green World Communications Limited have been given the exclusive right to produce and ensure adequate coverage of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games qualifier…


Distribution

Kenya: Kenyan Film Commission Seeks Global Network

The Kenya Film Commission wants to establish a global distribution network for locally made films and aggressively promote the country as a film location destination. Managing Director David Maingi said…


Distribution

Distribution In Brief

- The National Film and Video Foundation, SABC and M-Net are joining forces for the first time to host a South African national stand at the MIP TV mart in…


Investment

Nigeria: Convergence gains momemntum as AIT goes to capital market

With Nigeria’s first private television network, African Independent Television (AIT), at the capital market to raise some N18 billion or so for expansion, the line for convergence between broadcast and…


Investment

TV Cabo buys TVTEL

TV Cabo, the Portuguese cable operator with a significant presence in Lusophone Africa, looks set to buy rival Portuguese satellite Pay TV operator TVTEL with funding from investment bank CaixaBI.…


Investment

Investment In Brief

- National incumbent Ghana Telecom (GT) plans to launch an IP-TV service next month, according to GT Broadband Manager Johnny Nettey. The new service will be available as part of…


Regulation & Policy

Niger: Government Suspends RFI Over Day of Solidarity With Imprisoned Correspondent, But Leaves Problem Unresolved

Nigeria’s Higher Council for Communication (CSC) has suspended local FM retransmission of the French public radio station Radio France Internationale (RFI) for three months for "discrediting" Niger's institutions by holding…


Regulation & Policy

Togo: Nana FM journalist suspended by content regulator HAAC

La Commission nationale des droits de l’homme (CNDH) of Togo has accused the Haute autorité de l’audiovisuel et de la communication (HAAC) of abuses and violating the right to information…


Regulation & Policy

Regulation & Policy In Brief

- The Mozambique regulator INACOM is about to set up an in-house working group to look at the transition to digital broadcasting. - The Southern African regulators Association CRASA is…


Technology & Convergence

Nigeria: How Converged Video Can Switch Viewers On to Mobile TV

Bilal Saleh, Director Applications and Mobile TV Services for Motorola explains how the service characteristics of personalisation and convenience, driven by video convergence and supported by original value added products,…


Technology & Convergence

WiMAX mobile TV platform gains momentum

Careworn kit maker Alcatel-Lucent has become the second vendor to sign up for a WiMAX-based mobile TV platform from NextWave Wireless this week. Under the agreement, Alcatel-Lucent will integrate NextWave's…


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Technology & Convergence In Brief

- Research house BMI-T predicts an increase in developers providing fiber based triple-play services to residents in South Africa. - Pan African entertainment platform MTV Networks Africa (MTVNA) is expanding…