Issue no 29 15 May 2008

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Ghana: Metro TV’s CEO Tallal Fattal on reality show Football Academy and launching new DTT channel

Metro TV’s CEO Tallal Fattal started life as a pop performer and came to television through running an advertising agency. He still makes albums but his main passion now is his television station, Ghana’s first private Free-to-Air channel. Some African stations have a programming format that would be easily recognisable from the 1970s. But Fattal is not a man to let the grass grow under his feet. He devised the local reality Football Academy and is in talks with its sponsor MTN about an African roll-out. Today Africa, tomorrow the world as he is also in discussions with a European…

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Nigeria: HiTV Set to Treat Nigerians to its own local TV Reality Show from Dudu Productions

HiTV, Africa's leading pay TV brand, has finalised plans to treat Nigerians to the finest in TV reality with the debut of its 'Nigeria' TV reality series very soon. Local…


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Angola: Public Television Launches Programme On Next Elections

Angola's state-run television station TPA is to inaugurate this Thursday a weekly programme named "Angola, a caminho das Eleiçoes" (Angola on its way to the elections), says ANGOP news agency.…


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Ecobank partners Vitamalt, IMPC for ‘Entrepreneur’ TV show

At least, 60 lucky Nigerians with small businesses or business ideas will soon have the opportunity to fully own their businesses through free financing. This is being made possible by…


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New web site Pitchit aims to connect aspiring filmmakers with local and international producers

Ants Multimedia has launched www.pitchit.co.za, a unique online platform for African filmmakers and scriptwriters to pitch their concepts to an array of local and international producers, broadcasters, agents as well…


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Content In Brief

- The low budget Afikaans teen comedy Bakgat! continues to make good at the South African box office, having amassed just over R2m in its three weeks of release. It…


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Community station Cape Town TV to be launched

Cape Town is to have its own television station, which will start broadcasting in August this year. Called Cape Town TV (or CTV), the new channel has just been awarded…


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Uganda: 10 Television And Radio Stations to Be Set Up Countrywide

Ten television and radio stations will be set up countrywide, Uganda’s Parliament heard last week. The stations will be in Arua, Gulu, Soroti, Mbale, Kampala, Jinja, Mbarara, Fort Portal, Kabale…


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Tanzania: Mukidoma TV Likely to Surf Local Airwaves

The Mukidoma chain of schools intends to establish what is likely to be the first television station in Arusha region. The Executive Director of Mukidoma establishment, Dr. Musa Masanja revealed…


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Tavern TV launched in SA to reach South African shebeens

Business Day reports that Tavern TV, aimed at South African shebeens, will be launched in August by the Provantage Group. The Group predicts that Tavern TV will reach four million…


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Broadcast In Brief

- The Minister for Trade, Industry, Presidential Initiative and Private Sector Development, Mr. Joe Baidoe-Ansah, found himself on the wrong side of etiquette last week, when he disrupted a live…


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Nigeria: MTN Partners DSTV for TV On the Go

MTN and Multichoice Nigeria recently launched mobile television on the MTN network. With the launch, MTN becomes the first cellular network to offer its subscribers an opportunity to watch television,…


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Africa: SABC Launches News Agency

In order to firmly stamp its presence on the national and international market, the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has launched its own news agency. "As Africa's leading news-gathering and…


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Distribution In Brief

- Nigeria’s, Daar Communications is set to stir exciting competition in the Digital Satellite TV in Nigeria. According to Daar chairman, Dr. Raymond Dokpesi, the company is doing this in…


Investment

South Africa: Kagiso Trust Investment COO Resigns

The resignation of Kagiso Trust Investments COO Roger Jardine, effective 30 June 2008, was announced by Johnson Njeke, group MD of Kagiso Trust Investments (KTI), on Tuesday 13 May. Jardine…


Investment

New IP-TV operator invests in Triple Play offer in Cape Verde

With backing from a European investor, a new company Cabo Com is to launch another IP-TV service for Cape Verde as part of a new Triple Play service that includes…


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Investment In Brief

- Malawi now has 15 broadcasts stations with three Free to Air TV stations and its regulator MACRA will be looking at how to tackle the digital transition shortly.


Regulation & Policy

Morocco: Al-Jazeera Bureau Forced to Stop Broadcasting Maghreb News Programme From Rabat

Reporters Without Borders called on the Moroccan authorities to reverse their decision to stop the pan-Arab satellite TV news station Al-Jazeera from broadcasting a daily news programme covering the Maghreb…


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Regulation & Policy In Brief

- On 8 May 2008, Unity Radio, a station run by Sierra Leone People's Party (SLPP), was shut down on the orders of the Minister of Information and Communication, Alhaji…


Technology & Convergence

Cameroon: Koreans to Install Digital Broadcasting in CRTV

A delegation from the Korean company, Posdata, is in Cameroon to evaluate the needs and conduct technical studies in view of installing digital broadcasting and management in the Cameroon Radio…


Technology & Convergence

Kenya: Easy FM Pioneers Reverse Auction On Radio

Easy FM has partnered with a mobile phone service provider to offer its listeners a chance to participate in the first ever reverse bidding auction on phone. The service will…


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People

- South Africa’s Sibusiso Leope, better known as DJ Sbu, is officially back on the YFM airwaves - this after speculation, denials and even a podcast stating that DJ Sbu…