Issue no 28 1 May 2008

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Cinema: The rise of video booths shows there is an untapped audience out there at the right price

Africa’s cinemas saw the decline in audiences experienced elsewhere in the 1970s but failed to have a resurgence in the following years. Some investment is being made in urban multiplexes and there are old single or double screen outlets left over from a previous era. The evangelical Christian revival over the last two decades has meant that many cinemas have been converted into churches. But alongside this rather mixed picture, there has been a relentless growth in video booths. These are basic rooms which show pirated films and TV events (like concerts and football matches) and can be found in…

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Africa: Big Brother Africa's Back

After the huge success of the first two series of the reality television show 'Big Brother Africa', M-Net has moved quickly to begin work on a new season of the…


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South Africa’s first 24-hour TV news service

June will see the launch of South Africa’s first ever 24-hour TV news service, the eNews Channel, which will only be available as a pay-TV service to subscribers of DStv’s…


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Uganda: GTV Launches Three New Channels

GTV has launched three new channels packed with African programming, kids' content, nature programmes and hit series from across the globe, writes Emmy Olaki. "We are delivering what we promised…


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Africa: New classic sports channel

ESPN and MultiChoice have announced the launch of ESPN's second sports channel in Africa: ESPN Classic. ESPN Classic will be the first sports channel in South Africa devoted entirely to…


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Content In Brief

- Muppets Go To Tanzania :In an agreement between non-profit educational organisation Sesame Workshop, Tanzania Broadcasting Corporation (TBC) and Television Zanzibar (TVZ), 13 television and radio episodes of the pilot…


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Nigeria: Atiku's Radio Gotel Begins Transmission

Radio Gotel, the radio station set up by former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, in Yola, Adamawa State capital, has formally begun transmission. It began transmission shortly after the former vice…


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Nigeria: LG Set to Launch TV With Nigerian Languages

LG Electronics has concluded plans to introduce the first television with its menu functions in the three major Nigerian languages into the country. Speaking at an interactive session with newsmen…


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Uganda: Mugenga Expands Into Telecom Dealership, Starts Radio Station

After building a string of successful companies starting with his flourishing clearing and forwarding business, city businessman Tom Mugenga has spread his tentacles to his home area, Kisoro, where he…


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South Africa: Broadcaster's Cape Bureau 'Still Mismanaged, With Bias'

THE SABC's powerful Cape Town bureau continues to be dogged by allegations of mismanagement and politically skewed reporting in favour of an African National Congress (ANC) faction in Western Cape…


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Broadcast In Brief

- Unizik FM, a radio station built by Nigeria’s Nnamdi Azikiwe University (Unizik) Awka in Anambra State, is billed to commence transmission of programmes to the public in less than…


Distribution

Ghana telecom strikes deal with Indian operator to offer IP-TV

Ghana’s telco incumbent Ghana telecom has struck a deal with Indian operator Wisenet to offer an IP-TV service to its broadband subscribers. Ghana Telecom provides the marketing and delivery and…


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South Africa: Cinemas must go digital to survive

With the rise of video downloads, South African movie theatres will have to step up their game if they hope to remain operational. According to George van Gils, head of…


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Distribution In Brief

- With telecommunications operators grappling with the anger of customers following the industrial action embarked upon by staff of telco incumbent NITEL, Nigeria' s Pay TV operator Hi-Tv, has appealed…


Investment

South Africa: Nasrec Could Become Country's First Tax-Free Media City

THE idea of an Egoli-wood south of Johannesburg is more than just a dream for Johannesburg Expo chairman Andrew Mthembu. He says they have been considering the idea of creating…


Investment

South Africa: Mercury Plans to Lift Its Turnover to R1bn

Media buying company Mercury Media hopes to boost turnover from R464m to R1bn within the next three years as it continues its drive to attract more private sector clients and…


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Investment In Brief

- Wesgro has been successful in positioning the Western Cape as a competitive international business destination and in its previous financial year it hosted 6 outward missions and 50 inward…


Regulation & Policy

Niger: Radio Station Shut Down for Broadcasting Military Brutalities

Sahara FM, a privately-owned radio station based in Agadez, the largest city in the northern part of Niger, was on April 22, 2008, shut down indefinitely by the media regulator,…


Regulation & Policy

Rwanda: Campaigner Accuses BBC of 'Deliberate' Genocide Negationism

The BBC never gave a platform to German Nazis after the holocaust but is very comfortable hosting convicted Rwandan Genocide criminals on its airwaves, a prominent campaigner and journalist has…


Regulation & Policy

Regulation & Policy In Brief

- The Egyptian government has initiated a drastic move to thwart satellite channels. It recently raided one of the most important companies offering satellite equipment for rent and confiscated five…


Technology & Convergence

Africa Soccer website launched

In the run-up to South Africa’s hosting of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, the Africa Soccer website (www.africasoccer.co.za) has been launched to offer ‘everything a broadcaster needs in the build…


Technology & Convergence

Kenya's Safaricom launches mobile TV

Kenya’s largest cellular operator by subscribers, Safaricom, has launched the country’s first mobile TV service. Under a partnership with pay-TV operator DSTV and Kenya Broadcasting Corporation, customers can access ten…


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People

- Gospel Musician Martin Angume (Diamond Production) of Guli Mugiya Nene fame, Catherine Kusasira (Eagles Production Band) of Wafuuka Bikadde, Immaculate Nabiryo (Diamond Production Band) of Kirabe E'biiso and Aloysius…