Issue no 38 28 September 2008

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Wananchi to launch Triple Play in Kenya and Tanzania with US$100 plus investment in HFC networks

Africa’s second wave investment after mobile telephony has kicked off with a commitment from Kenya’s Wananchi to invest over US$100 million in an HFC network in Nairobi and Mombasa to deliver a Triple Play service with plans to also launch in Tanzania. It has put together a range of bouquets including one aimed at Asian viewers and a GTV premium content package. Russell Southwood interviewed the Group’s new CEO Euan Fanell. Fanell is a veteran of the cable industry and has worked for over 20 years with the Group’s Chairman Mark Schneider and his father Gene. He joined Wananchi from…

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Nigeria: HiTV's Nigeria Reality Show Begins on Independent Day

To commemorate Nigeria's 48th independence anniversary, HITV, Nigeria's pay TV service provider has announced October 1, as the new date for the commencement of the broadcast of its long awaited…


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Zimbabwe: ZBCTV to Screen Two New Local Dramas and a Korean soap

Two new local dramas - Legacies and Kusika Moto - are set to grace the screens as part of ZBCTV's new viewing season. The productions will be screened on Tuesdays…


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South Africa: TV channel to ignite motoring industry

Launching in October 2008, DStv's new weekend motoring channel Ignition TV is allegedly the first dedicated TV platform for an industry that ranks as one of the largest contributors to…


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Zimbabwe: Talent Show CBZ Academy is Here

The third season of the CBZ A Academy kicks off today on ZTV, with the launch in Gweru. The first auditions will be on September 26. The auditions will then…


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Content In Brief

- On Monday 15 September,South Africa’s e.tv will launch Zulu and Sotho eNews bulletins at 6pm. The bulletins will be broadcast Mondays to Fridays and will include national, international, business,…


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South Africa: Red Bee to broadcast BBC Africa channels

BBC Worldwide Channels have awarded Red Bee Media the contract to provide playout services for four new channels launching in Africa, as part of the broadcaster’s ongoing expansion. From 1…


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Nigeria: Daarsat Set to Pump Life Into Pay TV Market

When the digital power gathering at DaarSat is unleashed from Kpaduma Hills, corporate headquarters of the organisation, it will have capacity to belt out 40 digital satellite TV channels, and…


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Nigeria: Afribank Partners HiTV on Live Broadcast

Afribank Plc is sponsoring the live broadcast of the matches on Nigeria's growing cable network, HiTV. Football fans across the country will with this effort, beginning from this season have…


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Nigeria: NBC to Blacklist Dormant Stations

The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), says dormant broadcast stations in the country will be blacklisted within the next two weeks. The commission also said some stations were not complying with…


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Broadcast In Brief

- For the first time in the country's broadcasting history, Rwanda Television (RTV) broadcast Parliamentary polls live from four upcountry areas using the Internet Protocol Teleconferencing technology. The technology, which…


Distribution

Nu Metro boosts film productions in Kenya

Nu Metro cinema theatre has finally inaugurated the Africa Sinema Club, a move seen as an attempt to lure more Kenyans into their theatres. Supported by Kenya Film Commission, the…


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Tanzania: Media Owners Issue say no more ads to Defaulting Advertising Agencies

Nearly 10 advertising agencies, which owe media organisations about Sh3 billion in outstanding payments, were yesterday given until September 30 to pay up or be denied advertising services. The Media…


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Distribution In Brief

- The UK-based broadcaster, SW Radio Africa that beams its programming back to Zimbabwe, has been overwhelmed by requests for its SMS news feeds. The station, backed by a range…


Investment

GTV secures US$35 million investment from sale of Gateway to Vodacom

In a statement on Tuesday, GTV said it had secured an additional $35 million of external funding, bringing the total capital invested into the GTV business so far to almost…


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South Africa: Jo'burg in Bid to Build Own Film Industry

Newtown, Johannesburg's cultural precinct, will be promoted as a film-friendly zone in a bid to capture a slice of the lucrative film market. The audiovisual industry is worth R5.5bn nationally,…


Investment

Investment In Brief

- Local social media aggregator startup Afrigator.com has sold a majority stake to MIH Print Africa, a division of the Naspers group, it was announced today, Friday, 5 September 2008.The…


Regulation & Policy

Liberia: Law to Regulate Broadcasting Media Outlets Passed

The Plenary of the House of Representatives, Thursday, September 11, 2008 at its regular Session unanimously voted and passed into law an Independent Broadcasting Regulator for Liberia following hectic arguments…


Regulation & Policy

Nigeria: Writers, Film-Makers Defy Censors

"I don't sell cocaine," says the video vendor in Kano's Rimi market when I ask for Adam Zango's music video CD Bahaushiya. He is not referring to the white powder,…


Regulation & Policy

Regulation & Policy In Brief

- Leading Lagos news station Channels TV was shut down for a period after it broadcast news that President Yar’Adua had resigned for health reasons. Its coverage was based on…


Technology & Convergence

South Africa: Digital TV goes live in November

Television in South Africa enters a new era in November, when digital signals will start running in parallel with analogue. The switch-on date is November 1. by Jocelyn Uithaler Analogue…


Technology & Convergence

Africa: Flyaway coverage of African football

Gearhouse Broadcast has been contracted to build three Flyaway systems to cover domestic football leagues in various African countries for South African satellite broadcaster M-Net. The tender was put out…


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Technology & Convergence In Brief

- Members of Zoopy.com, which launched in March 2007, are able to upload and share videos, photos, podcasts and blogs - both online and via a choice of mobile applications.…