Issue no 3 2 May 2007

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Liberia: End of civil war has changed media landscape forever

Liberia is only a few years out of civil war and only has a population of 3 million people. Yet it has a vibrant broadcast sector without any state television company. Except for a small part of the downtown area, there is no power grid. Everything is run on individual generators. It is hard to imagine a less promising soil in which the future of African media might grow but young shoots are beginning to turn into strong plants. Just back from a visit to Monrovia, Russell Southwood looks at what might be learnt from what is happening in Liberia.Liberia’s…

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Uganda: Frenzy for Ugandan Films Grips Kampala

Whether 'Kinna-Uganda' (films made in Uganda) means theatre plays adopted to the screen or real films, Ugandans are crazy for it. The obsession for local movies is spreading like a…


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Zimbabwe: ZBC Strikes Off 'Talking Business'

Talking Business, arguably the most watched business programme on ZTV, has been struck off air on curious grounds that the loss-making public broadcaster was already running similar productions. Insiders at…


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Rwanda: PMC/UNFPA to Launch Drama Series

The Country Representatives of Population Media Centre- Rwanda (PMC-Rwanda) will today launch a radio serial drama programme, 'Umurage Urukwiye'. The U.S- based organisation coordinated under UNFPA -Rwanda uses the media…


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Uganda: New Health Show on UBC TV

As a way of ensuring that people adopt good health practices to prevent and treat illness and save money, AFFORD, a USAID-funded health marketing initiative launched a "good life game…


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Angola: National Television Transmission Centre Ready in December

Angolan Social Commission minister, Manuel Rabelais, Friday visited the works of construction of the country's Public Television (TPA) production and transmission centre underway in Luanda-Sul area, expected to end in…


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Namibia: NBC Debt Reaches Record High of N$242 Million

The Namibia Broadcasting Corporation has accumulated debts of N$242 million, of which N$35,2 million is operational debt. Announcing the budget for the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting in Parliament last…


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Namibia: NBC Staffers Protest Working Conditions

Employees of the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) on Friday made public their frustrations with their employer, staging a peaceful demonstration outside the broadcaster's administration block in Windhoek during their lunch…


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Uganda: NTV Back On Air

NTV Uganda resumes transmission at 7pm tonight, three months after it was taken off air by the Broadcasting Council citing technical reasons. NTV General Manager Victor Ngei announced they were…


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Broadcast In Brief:

The University of Liberia will be launching its own radio station in two weeks time to enable its media students to have “hands-on” experience in running all aspects of a…


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Rwanda: 43 Percent Don't Listen to Radio

A survey carried out by the Population Media Centre [PMC], an organisation working under the United Nations Population Fund-Rwanda [UNFPA] has indicated that 43 percent of the Rwandan population neither…


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ZBC Groans Under Creaky Equipment

The Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC), whose debts were inherited by government, is creaking under a pile of obsolete equipment and poor funding in what analysts said is an indication that…


Regulation & Policy

Congo-Kinshasa: Journalist Released After Being Held for More Than Five Months Without a Hearing

Papy Tembe Moroni was released on April 13, 2007, in Kinshasa. Tembe, a cameraman and reporter with the privately-owned Canal Congo Television (CCTV), was detained for 132 days in the…


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Somalia: RSF and Local Partner Denounce Current Wave of Violence Against Media in Mogadishu

Reporters Without Borders and its partner organisation in Somalia, the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ), are outraged by the recent wave of violence in Mogadishu and the arbitrary shelling…


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Nigeria: SSS Raids AIT Abuja Office, Carts Away Tapes

The State Security Services (SSS) raided the Abuja office of the African Independent Television (AIT) on April 17th and reportedly carted away transmission tapes of the station. The raid took…


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Ghana: District Official Assaults, Verbally Abuses TV Journalists

On 26 April 2007, reporter Kojo Hayford and cameraman Lord Asante Fordjour of TV3, an independent Accra-based television station, were mistreated by Raymond Gbegoah, coordinating director of Akuapem South District…


Technology & Convergence

Telkom ready to launch pay-TV

Telkom Media is ready to roll out pay-TV by 2008 if it acquires a cable and satellite broadcasting licence from the Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa). It is one…


Technology & Convergence

Egypt: Vodafone launching mobile TV in Egypt

The Mobile TV content supplier, Kamera says that it has signed an agreement with Vodafone Egypt, to offer a host of its mobile TV channels, as well as distributing a…


Technology & Convergence

Motorola Buys Terayon for $140m

Motorola will buy Terayon Communication Systems, a digital video processing and networking software maker, for $140 million, the companies announced on Monday, reports IDGNS. The merger marks another move by…


Technology & Convergence

Kenya: Safaricom Testing High Speed Data Service

Kenya's largest mobile phone service provider, Safaricom, is still in the process of testing a high speed downlink packet access (HS-DPA) to enable its subscribers to enjoy faster downloads of…


Technology & Convergence

South Africa: Myvideo to Offer Cash for News

After the worldwide success of video-sharing sites such as Youtube, South African website MyVideo is tapping into citizen journalism to pull in viewers. MyVideo announced this week that it had…


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Africa: Mobile TV Figure 'Will Spiral 800 Percent in Three Years'

The number of people watching television on their cellphones is poised for an eightfold increase over the next three years, reaching a figure that will finally quash doubts about its…