Issue no 36 21 August 2008

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Television liberalisation makes further inroads into francophone Africa

Two recent developments in francophone Africa have set the stage for wider broadcast liberalisation. Firstly, the Ivorian Minister of Communication has received a study recommending opening up the market. Secondly, Africa’s newest Pay TV contender GTV fired its opening shots in the battle to win a significant chunk of subscribers in francophone markets. Russell Southwood looks at what’s happening. Cote d’Ivoire liberalised the press in 1990 but up until now there have only been two “Free-To-Air” public television channels: La Première et TV2. This is all set change with the delivery of report by French consulting company Media Consulting Group…

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Namibia’s first local soap halted by Film Commission audit

Namibia’s first local soap has halted production because of an audit by its main investor, the Namibian Film Commission (NFC). This emerged after a story in the New Era claimed…


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South Africa: MultiChoice adds three new audio channels to DStv

MultiChoice has added three audio channels to DStv and expanded the History channel from an 18 hour to a 24 hour broadcast service. The three radio stations; 94.7 Highveld Stereo,…


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South Africa: First football, now Rugby goes the reality TV route

Following the lead set by Soccer Academy (produced by Ghana’s Metro TV), SABC2 is producing a new reality TV series called Up&Under. Says the programme's executive producer, Duncan Irvine of…


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Nigeria: National Broadcasting Commission insists on a one percent obligation to run programmes for farmers

Faced with food what one Ministry official described as a “looming food crisis”, the Ondo State Ministry of Information, Orientation and Mobilisation is insisting that the National Broadcasting Commission provide…


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Content In Brief

- Old Location Films is a brand new production company under the direction of young Namibian filmmakers Perivi Katjavivi and Horst Zaire. Their first script, 'The Shop', was selected, along…


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South Africa: Telkom Media Takes Delivery of Pay-TV License

South Africa’s industry regulator ICASA has issued Telkom Media with a pay-TV licence. While the licence was granted last year, the actual delivery of the licence means that the Telkom…


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Botswana: BESTV Gets Broadcast Licence - at Last

It has finally happened - Black Earth Communications (BEC) - has received its Satellite Broadcasting Service Licence from the Botswana Telecommunication Authority (BTA). BEC, which will be trading as Black…


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Kenya: Broadcaster Probed Over Frequencies

A parliamentary committee is investigating how the Royal Media Services acquired 61 radio frequencies. The chairman of the Committee on Communications James Rege disclosed that Royal Media Services had the…


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Namibia: Karas Radio to Hit Airwaves

The latest licensed community radio station, Karas 102.3 FM, will go on air in Keetmanshoop by the end of the month, reported station manager, Anwar Thomas. According to the Namibian…


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Broadcast In Brief

- South Africa’s parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Communications will vote on amendments to the Broadcasting Act. The ruling party is expected to submit its latest proposals on the amendments. The…


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3rd Lola Kenya Screen Unveils Winning Films – Swedish film wins 3rd place in children’s film competition

Hoppet (Leaps and Bounds), a film by Peter Naess of Sweden. beat a strong field of 24 well crafted, award-winning internationalfilms that competed in seven categories, including that of Best…


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Cameroon: Donga-Mantung Community Radio Goes International

The Director of Radio Active, London-based Marx Graef Ta-Nformi, recently confirmed the international recognition of the two-year-old Donga-Mantung Community Radio, DMCR, based in Nkambe. Graef Ta-Nformi, who personally installed the…


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Distribution In Brief

- Already the most popular football competition in Ghana, the Premiership will have a bigger presence on free-to-air television for the first after years of dominance by pay TV.Three free-to…


Investment

Morocco attracts record 17 movie productions worth US$ 111 m in Q1, 2008

Some 17 foreign movies were shot in Morocco during the first half of 2008, worth some $ 111 million which is "a record that has never been achieved before," according…


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Cameroon: Vamoulke Asked to Improve CRTV's Financial Situation

Who’d want to be General Manager of Cameroon Radio Television (CRTV)? The current incumbent is clearly struggling with a board chaired by a Government Minister and a Board that has…


Investment

Investment In Brief

-The South African Script Writing Institute (The Institute is in danger of having to shut down operations due to a funding crisis caused by failure of funders to deliver on…


Regulation & Policy

Ghana: Police Storm Radio Station, Assault Two Media Workers

On 5 August 2008, police officers stormed the premises of Radio Gold, an Accra-based pro-opposition FM station, and assaulted a number of individuals, including a station employee and a newspaper…


Regulation & Policy

South Africa: Cabinet Approves Policy for Better TV

SA's long-awaited digital migration policy was finally approved by the cabinet this week, paving the way for better-quality TV reception, interactive services and more free-to-air channels. The cabinet committed R2.45bn…


Regulation & Policy

Regulation & Policy In Brief

- On 13 August 2008, Unity Radio, a Freetown-based radio station owned by the opposition Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP), was ransacked by supporters of the ruling All People's Congress…


Technology & Convergence

Rwanda: IOC Online Channel to Broadcast to Country

Rwandan will officially be able to watch the forthcoming Beijing 2008 Olympic Games thanks to the International Olympic Committee's online channel initiative that will broadcast the Games live in chosen…


Technology & Convergence

South Africa’s GetMo launches all-in-one online entertainment service

GetMo, South Africa's first all-in-one online digital entertainment service, was launched today at the Wits University campus in Johannesburg with a free live music spectacular to more than 3000 students.…


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Technology & Convergence In Brief

- On 13 August 2008, Unity Radio, a Freetown-based radio station owned by the opposition Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP), was ransacked by supporters of the ruling All People's Congress…