Issue no 27 18 April 2008

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Reader’s response - South Africa: State Gets Behind Local TV and Film Industry with tax incentives package

The content of the article published under the above subject heading is in fact correct. I would like to draw your attention to the fact that the Heading for the story is indeed incorrect and might be misleading to readers..The SA Dept of Trade & Industry has made revisions to it's Film REBATE SCHEME. This is not a Tax rebate or a Tax Incentive at all. It is based on how much is spent from the budget in SA. Please note that this expenditure is not an upfront payment, but is subject to a rigorous Audit process when the film…

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Kenya: GTV Hits the Market With Four New Channel

Pay television channel GTV has released new subscription rates that make it cheaper for subscribers. This came on the back of recent insistence by the company that it would keep…


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Botswana: M-Net Idols Show Off to a Flying Start

The screening of the M-Net Idols show has started and viewers can sit back and enjoy it on DStv's M-Net channel on Sunday and Monday nights. The show kick-started with…


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Uganda: Kina Uganda TV Series Set for June

People have been wondering whether a long-running television drama like That's Life Mwattu could ever grace our screens and have people glued onto it. The problem is attributed to lack…


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South Africa: Multichoice is planning another DSTV channel shuffle in May.

Following the implementation of the Channel Shuffle 6 months ago, MultiChoice says it has taken note of feedback from customers and “has made further improvements to its DStv’s channel numbering…


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Content In Brief

- Mr. Bones 2 is currently being shot in Gauteng, having completed a 2 week shoot in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal. Produced by Anant Singh’s Videovision Entertainment, this second version of the…


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Ghana: Minister praises success of Metro TV at Global Village Awards

At the Global Village Group of Companies (Metro TV & OMP) awards night in Accra, last Friday, Minister of Manpower, Youth and Employment, Nana Akomea commended the management and staff…


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Uganda: New Radio Station for Rwandans in Uganda

A new radio station that will broadcast exclusively in Kinyarwanda has been set up for the Rwandan community living in Uganda. Based in Kampala on the Naguru Hill, Citizen FM…


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Uganda: Masindi to Get Radio Station

Masindi district local government will start a radio station to mobilise communities and generate revenue to run district programmes. The district chairperson Steven Birija said once on air, the radio…


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South Africa: The great pay-TV wars of 2008 are turning into a bit of a damp squib

The Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) is coming under fire for licensing “too many” pay-TV operators, leading e.sat to pull out of the race and, arguably, to the potential…


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Broadcast In Brief

- Public broadcaster SABC is celebrating the launch of its new youth radio station, truFM. The station is built on the foundations of the much loved, but outdated, CKI FM.…


Distribution

Launch of digital outdoor network in South Africa

Primedia Outdoor is launching what is billed as the first large-format, high-resolution digital outdoor network in South Africa. As a result, it reports that many early adopting advertisers have already…


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Kenya: Postal Corporation and GTV sign sales deal

The Postal Corporation of Kenya has entered into an agreement to receive subscription payments on behalf of pay -TV service provider GTV. The deal is part of the corporation’s effort…


Distribution

Distribution In Brief

- In a historic move, the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) has brought together public broadcaster SABC and pay-TV operator M-Net to participate in the South African Pavilion at…


Investment

Naspers to exit its pay-TV investments in Greece and Cyprus

Locally-listed media giant Naspers has reached an agreement on its decision to sell its Greek and Cypriot pay-TV operation, NetMed. Last week the group announced a conditional sale agreement had…


Investment

South Africa: Telkom Cans Pay-TV Plan, Saudi Offer

Telkom stock fell last week after the company said it was slashing its proposed investment in a pay-TV division and rejecting an investment proposition by Saudi operator Oger Telecoms. Instead…


Investment

Investment In Brief

- The South African Delegation of Media Professionals, which is participating in the SA/Hollywood Exchange in Los Angeles, the week after next, will be meeting with the highest level decision…


Regulation & Policy

Egypt: State-Run Satellite Nilesat Blocks Transmission of Alhewar Satellite

On 1 April 2008 Nilesat stopped the transmission of Alhewar TV without warning or giving clear reasons for their decision. Alhewar TV, which broadcasts from London, is viewed by thousands…


Regulation & Policy

Regulation & Policy In Brief

- Sipho Moses Maseko and Abdul Ismail Gaibee, the two South African engineers who were arrested for covering a Press conference on Zimbabwe’s March 29 elections without accreditation, were acquitted…


Regulation & Policy

Nigeria: From Cannes to Vaga, a Defining Moment for Broadcasting

Last Monday morning the 2008 MIPTV featuring Mila opened in Cannes South of France for a world voracious for global content to drive the soul of television, while by weekend,…


Technology & Convergence

KenTV unveils online shopping network

Internet broadcaster, KenTV has launched an on-line shopping network for local and international shoppers visiting its website. Company executives said the service not only targets the growing number of Kenyans…


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DRC: Acting President of Haute Autorité des Médias suspended

Dominique Sakombi Inongo, who was appointed Acting President of the Haute Autorité des Médias (Ham) in November 2007, by Esdras Kambale, the Minister of Culture and Arts in the Gizenga…


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Technology & Convergence In Brief

- The mobile project Voices of Africa has been recognized as an Official Honoree by the Webby Awards 2008, the leading international honor for the Web. Voices of Africa gives…