Issue no 37 4 September 2008

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New broadcast TV companies set to enter Nigeria’s cauldron of competition in Lagos

The broadcast television market in Nigeria is as complex as the country itself. With an estimated 138 million population, it is more like several countries in one and until recently broadcast television tended to follow this regional pattern. The capital Lagos alone has a staggering 7.1 million potential viewers over the age of seven. It is a cauldron of competition as established private players seek to hold their own against new entrants. Russell Southwood looks at developments in the capital city. According to the most recent census, about 24 million households have televisions in Nigeria. However, almost everyone in urban…

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Zimbabwe: Studio 263 Set for Come Back on DVD after contract row with ZTV

Stalled by Zimbabwe Television (ZTV) due to a long-standing contractual disagreement, Studio 263 management is to put the series on DVD as prospects of getting the production back on television…


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Uganda: Face of Africa Contest is Back

The new season of M-Net Face of Africa kicked off last weekend in Gabarone, Botswana, that will see the team traveling to 12 countries including Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique,…


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Zimbabwe: ZBC-TV to Screen HIV, Aids Series supported by Soul City

Untold Stories in a Time of HIV and Aids, a series of nine feature films, starts showing on ZBC-TV beginning this Saturday at 8:30pm. The series, launched at Elite 100…


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Uganda gets Own 'Big Brother' lookey-likey as Muvabulaya airs on WBS

Reality TV is becoming more than a mere fad, especially as free-to-air stations jump onto the bandwagon. The latest of these shows is Muvabulaya that will soon start airing on…


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Content In Brief

- Noah’s Ark is the latest lTV drama to boast the crème de la crème of South African actors. Flighting on SABC2 on Tuesdays at 7.30pm, the four-part miniseries has…


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Nigerian Subscribers besiege Multichoice’s Abuja office to get connected to view new season of Big Brother Africa

An unusually large number of subscribers besieged the Abuja office of Multichoice yesterday to get connected or reconnected to the network cable. The surge was caused by subscribers wanting to…


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Cricket South Africa to sell TV rights till June 2012

South Africa is keen to sell its cricket telecast rights for four years, till June 2012, and has invited bids for the process. Tenders for the rights ensures 118 days…


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Africa: Multichoice Africa to Broadcast Five New Channels

Pay television service provider MultiChoice Africa has been given the rights to broadcast four new channels from the London based BBC and ESPN Classic, starting September 1. The new thematic…


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South Africa: New home grown Indian channel

On 27 August at Johannesburg’s Hazeldene Hall, hundreds of glamorous guests, including celebrities from the South African Indian community and soaps like Isidingo and Scandal, attended the glitzy launch of…


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Broadcast In Brief

- The "loud" youth radio station, YaRona FM, will be celebrating its ninth anniversary on August 30. The radio station's bash will be hosted at Orange Farm in Oodi.YaRona FM…


Distribution

SABC2 joins earthTV network

SABC2 has signed a deal with Earth Television Network - part of the Telcast Media Group from Munich, Germany - to broadcast live earthTV programmes every day, plugging SABC into…


Distribution

Nigerian signal carrier DigiTech signs with NigComSat to boost DTH digital transmission

Nigeria’s Government owned satellite operator NigComSat has signed a deal with the Nigerian broadcast signal carrier DigiTech. Under its joint venture with DigiTech Broadcasting Limited, the Nigerian signal carrier distributor…


Distribution

Distribution In Brief

- The Angola Public Television (TPA) is to inaugurate on Tuesday its new production centre, located in Camama commune, in Luanda's Kilamba Kiaxi District, according to a report from Angop.…


Investment

Angola launches INFRASAT to provide DTH coverage across the country

The Angolan Government has launched INFRASAT, a multi-sectoral satellite communications support project that will connect the entire country, even the remotest areas. In terms of broadcast, it will allow viewers…


Investment

Escalating locaction fees in Johannesburg might hamper investment in production

The Gauteng Film Commission (GFC) has expressed concern regarding escalating location fees being charged by tourism venues and other city attractions to film crew shooting in Johannesburg. This follows complaints…


Investment

Investment In Brief

- The team behind an English Civil War drama that was filmed in South Africa rather than the UK has defended its decision. UK’s Channel 4 drama The Devil's Whore,…


Regulation & Policy

Rwanda: Government threatens to crack down on international radio stations

International radio stations, among them the BBC and Voice Of America (VOA), have been strongly warned to desist from what is described as non-factual reporting or else risk being banned…


Regulation & Policy

Zimbabwe: SA Broadcasting Firm Acquitted

Globecast Africa, a South African broadcasting company that was being accused of circumventing the Broadcasting Services Act by operating in Zimbabwe without a licence, was on Monday cleared of the…


Regulation & Policy

Regulation & Policy In Brief

- Zimbabwe’s Urban groovers have accused local radio station Power FM of ditching its 75% local content policy. They said the station was playing more international songs than local tunes,…


Technology & Convergence

High-definition digital TV is next big trend

According to Andy Brauer, Business Connection’s Chief Technology Officer the next big trend will be widespread use of high-definition digital TV (HDTV) sets that have a standard connection that allows…


Technology & Convergence

Nigeria to switch to digital broadcasting by 2012

Nigeria is getting ready to switch from analogue to digital broadcasting platform. The National Broadcasting Corporation of Nigeria is in the process of complying with an order from regulators to…


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Technology & Convergence In Brief

- South Africa’s Department of Communications says it plans to award DVB-H mobile TV licences early next year. Pay-TV operator Multichoice has confirmed that it is interested in acquiring a…