Issue no 33 10 July 2008

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Africa’s broadcasters face ad recession but mobiles may be the silver lining

Africa’s best economies have had their biblical five years of “good harvests” and are now facing the consequences of a global economic downturn. The level of broadcast advertising is a function of disposable income and how well consumers feel about that element of their income. The inflation shocks on both food and oil have not yet fully hit home. The silver lining is the increase in competition in the mobile market is seeing these “big spenders” ramp-up their marketing budgets. Russell Southwood takes the pulse of these changes. You always know a recession’s on the way when companies start assuring…

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Nigeria: Big Brother Africa III runs into House of Representatives’ opposition

The House of Representatives Committee on Information and National Orientation has warned that DSTV Multichoice would not be allowed to broadcast its planned third series of Big Brother Africa (BBA)…


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South Africa: Discovery Channel Gets Hot And More Enigmatic

DStv viewers tuning into Discovery Channel will have much to savour in the next 12 months, with a series of exciting and enigmatic programmes set to hit the small screen.…


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Zimbabwe: Video Promotions’ African Food Adventure on M-Net

A Zimbabwean television series focusing on local cuisine is featuring on DStv between June and September, giving viewers across Africa a chance to enjoy an insight not only into local…


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E.Tv's ‘Let's Fix It’ is back

E.Tv's popular social up-liftment programme Let's Fix It is back on air on 29 July 2008. Now in its fourth season, Let's Fix It is once again looking to lend…


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Content In Brief

- The ITN Source global deal with Al Jazeera will give the network access to over 800,000 hours of video content for use in its programming. Al Jazeera and independent…


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Uganda: Vision Group's new ‘vernacular’ Bukedde FM on Air

Uganda’s newspaper company, Vision Group has opened another radio station, this time a vernacular station in Luganda: Bukedde FM. The radio on 100.5 FM will broadcast in Luganda. "The station…


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South Africa: Groups Unite to Give Country a True Public Broadcaster

Political meddling at the SABC, along with its present crisis of governance, has prompted several civic organisations to launch a bid to return the national broadcaster to the public. Groups…


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Nigeria: FRCN Calabar to Begin Next Quarter

The Minister of Information and Communications, John Odey said on 25 June 2008 that Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) is to be commissioned in Calabar in the next quarter.…


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Independent Radio/TV Station for Efon-Alaaye Soon

An independent radio and television station is to be established at Efon-Alaaye, Ekiti State. A former board chairman of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Chief Biola Olasope, said in…


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Broadcast In Brief

- After six months on air, Capricorn FM is making its presence felt in the Limpopo radio market. Capricorn FM has already captured more than 40% of this market and…


Distribution

SABC pushes ahead on 24-hour news channel

The SABC News International, a 24-hour news channel, is available in several countries but the SABC plan is to make it available worldwide. So far daily 12-hour broadcast deals have…


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Uganda: GTV Subscribers to Pay Using Scratch Cards

GTV a pay television has unveiled a scratch card that enables customers to pay their monthly subscriptions. "The card comes in three denominations, catering for the three GTV bouquets -…


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Distribution In Brief

- Wimpy in South Africa has signed an exciting on screen campaign with CineMARK. The latter is responsible for the majority of advertising sales in South African cinema complexes, and…


Investment

Country Gets N554 Million Aid From Japan to Improve Medium Wave radio broadcasting

The Federal Government of Nigeria has secured yet another financial aid to the tune of N554 million (526 Japanese Yen) for the improvement of medium wave radio broadcasting network in…


Investment

Namibia: Locals Encouraged to Apply for Film Finance

In an initiative earmarked exclusively for emerging filmmakers of African nationality and residence, Focus Features has established the Africa First programme, it has been announced in a press statement from…


Investment

Investment In Brief

- The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has mandated that companies bidding for a WiMax licence must have 51% black ownership.Companies affected by this new ICASA ruling who…


Regulation & Policy

Nigeria: Ogun House Bars Gateway TV, Radio

THE Ogun State House of Assembly has barred the state-owned Gateway Television and Radio from covering proceedings and activities of the House for allegedly portraying the legislators in bad light.…


Regulation & Policy

Kenya: KBC claims monopoly on live parliamentary coverage but looks set to lose it

Barely a week after Kenya Broadcasting Corporation was granted permission to test-run live debates in Parliament, it has now barred other media houses from re-broadcasting its radio or television signal,…


Regulation & Policy

Regulation & Policy In Brief

- Northwest Communication Delegate, Mary Maimo Mah, of Cameroon has identified eight radio stations, two television stations and four cable distributors as operating illegally in the Northwest. Maimo said these…


Technology & Convergence

South Africa: DStv’s first HD channel

MultiChoice will launch its first high definition (HD) channel on the DStv bouquet on 8 August, to coincide with the Beijing Olympic Games. HD PVR recorders will become available from…


Technology & Convergence

South Africa: Pay-TV, Internet Boost for Naspers

Naspers, Africa's largest media company which lifted core headline earnings 38% to R3.9bn in the year to March, would continue to expand existing businesses and develop new opportunities in the…


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Technology & Convergence In Brief

- Vodacom has started transmitting SoLikeLife, a soap opera produced specifically for cellphones and available free to Vodacom's Vodafone live! customers. More than 1,7-million Vodafone live! users were able to…