Issue no 34 24 July 2008

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Better security systems and competitive pricing undercut pirate Pay-TV hackers

Following national and international pressure, Communication Minister, Jean Pierre Biyiti Bi Essam, lifted a ban he slammed on Equinoxe Radio and Television and Magic FM in February. The Minister announced the decision during a question and answer plenary at the National Assembly on July 4.While announcing the lift of the ban, Biyiti Bi Essam urged the authorities of the media organs to do well to respect the regulations in force. He told them not to mistake government's act of magnanimity as a blank cheque to continue to strive in anarchy. Biyiti Bi Essam had come under scathing criticisms from MPs…

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Botswana: Crime Dramas Break Into GTV programming

GTV is unleashing two new US award-winning crime drama series on its flagship channel, G Prime this month: Prison Break, an action thriller following a young engineer as he ingeniously…


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Tanzania: EATV Seek to block TBC1’s use of Zee Comedi for programme name as copycat

As the tussle over "Ze Comedy" continues, the EATV has filed a lawsuit to block state-run station Tanzania Broadcasting Corporation from airing any programme using the service mark or words…


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South Africa: Multichoice, SABC in Talks

Multichoice confirmed last week that it was in negotiations with the SABC "on alternative channel and content agreements". The channel referred to could only be SABC News International, the public…


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Botswana: etv’s GBC-TV announces new beefed-up programme schedule

July 15 ushered in a new era for etv’s Gaborone Broadcasting Company (GBC-TV) following the launch of its new programme schedule. The Minister of Communications, Science and Technology, Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi,…


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Content In Brief

- The documentary by Christopher Gargot, a French filmmaker, entitled "D'Arusha à Arusha" (From Arusha to Arusha), which exposes the limits of the work of the International Criminal Tribunal for…


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South Africa: Icasa Grants ODM Pay-TV Licence, set to launch in 60-90 days

On Digital Media (ODM) announced earlier this week that it has been awarded a pay-TV broadcast licence by ICASA. "We are ecstatic that ICASA has issued our broadcasting licence," commented…


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South Africa: SABC Gets LOC 2008 Olympics Rights

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has announced an agreement with the African Union of Broadcasting (AUB) and the South African Broadcasting Corporation Limited (SABC) for the acquisition of the broadcast…


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Nigeria: Daar Communications to Begin Multi-Channel Pay TV

Africa Independent Television, AIT, a subsidiary of Daar Communications is set to come up with a multi channel Pay TV platform that will revolutionalise broadcasting in Nigeria. Chairman of Daar…


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South Africa: Soweto TV given permission to broadcast without licence until ICASA catches up

After two short runs of one month each in 2005 and 2006, Soweto Community TV finally went on air for a year in July 2007 to viewers in the South…


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Broadcast In Brief

- South Africa's first commercial radio station, Springbok Radio, is back on air by popular demand. The Springbok Radio Preservation Society of South Africa, a non-profit organisation based in Johannesburg,…


Distribution

South Africa: No More Fighting Over the Remote as Multichoice launches Dual View

MultiChoice earlier this week launched an enhanced version of Dual View, which provides a more cost effective and flexible viewing option of its pay TV offering in the home. XtraView…


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Internet delivery platforms gather momentum as Amazon offers VOD and Canderel puts out You Tube channel

Amazon, one of the first companies to sell goods on the Internet, has launched a beta version video on demand (VOD) service. Users have 40,000 films and TV shows to…


Distribution

Distribution In Brief

- Intranews Media Management has expanded its monitoring bouquet to include 24-hour news channel, ENews, as well as SABC International and Al Jazeera. Intranews offers a rapid turnaround time and…


Investment

South Africa: Financing Your Film – Women are doing it for themselves

Women in Film and Television South Africa (WIFTSA) will host a Panel Discussion entitled Financing Your Film: managing your relationship with broadcasters and financiers, on 5 August (6pm – 8pm)…


Investment

AME invests in the new commercial radio market

Africa Media Entertainment Ltd is delighted to announce its acquisition of a 24.9% stake in the new commercial radio market of Mpumalanga. The AME led consortium of M-Power Radio comprises…


Investment

Investment In Brief

- Telkom South Africa Ltd. is considering an offer for its pay-television unit, Telkom Media, Telkom had halted plans for the unit to start services. The buyer, if the transaction…


Regulation & Policy

Cameroon: Minister Lifts Ban On Equinoxe, Magic FM

Following national and international pressure, Communication Minister, Jean Pierre Biyiti Bi Essam, lifted a ban he slammed on Equinoxe Radio and Television and Magic FM in February. The Minister announced…


Regulation & Policy

Rwanda: Parliament Wants Government Media to be able to keep up with Foreign Broadcasts

Lawmakers in the lower chamber are demanding that government comes up with a plan to develop government media with the aim of countering the influence that foreign media is having…


Regulation & Policy

Regulation & Policy In Brief

- Three South African nationals employed by the British Sky News channel who were arrested in Zimbabwe carrying broadcasting equipment and were later sentenced to six months in prison have…


Technology & Convergence

Refinery Group embrace launch of HD channels

With the imminent launch of DSTV’s HD channel offering (scheduled for August 2008), Refinery Group have positioned themselves as the preferred solution for HD conversions. “We fully embrace the move…


Technology & Convergence

South Africa: Digital migration off track?

South Africa's deadline for the digital broadcasting switch-on is 1 November this year, but as of the end of June, the Department of Communications (DoC) had still not published a…


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Technology & Convergence In Brief

- Listeners of 94.7 Highveld Stereo can now purchase the music they hear on the airwaves through a partnership with eXactmobile called 94.7 Music Shop. The partnership is part of…