Issue no 4 16 May 2007

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Rwanda Television wants to build up its local content output

Most of Africa’s small state-owned television stations have a low skills base and are poorly financed with a legacy of extremely old equipment. If African public sector broadcasting is to survive as anything more than Vanity TV for the Governments that fund it, it needs to break the current mould and generate content that might be shared or sold to its peers. On a recent visit to Rwanda, Russell Southwood interviewed the Director of Rwanda Television Kije Mugisha about these issues. When was Rwanda Television set up? Originally it was set up in 1979 as a Department of the Ministry…

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Namibia: Commercial Channel One Africa Launches News Bulletins

One Africa Television started with their first 30-minute local news bulletin last Friday, signaling the start of daily, local news from Mondays to Fridays at 19h30. The News on One…


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Sierra Leone: Blood Diamond gets its first Public Screening

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in conjunction with Warner Bros put on the first public screening of the movie "Blood Diamond" in Sierra Leone. This movie which, according…


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Uganda: Amakula Festival Gets Better

RAS Jingo is one of the organisers of the increasingly annual Amakula Film Festival in Kampala and in an interview with David Tumusiime of the New Vision, he spoke about…


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South Africa: Country to Spend About R5 Billion on 2010 World Cup ICT

South Africa will spend between R2 billion to R5 billion on Information and Communication Technology (ICT) infrastracture required to host a successful 2010 FIFA World Cup. Zakes Mnisi of the…


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Namibia: Gender Violence Campaign Goes Multimedia

The Desert Soul project of the Namibian Red Cross Society has launched a booklet titled 'Stop The Abuse Against Women' and its second educational television series for children. The booklet…


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South Africa: War for TV Viewers

The television broadcasting market in South Africa is in for a shake-up with the introduction of more players and greater competition. As the media landscape changes shape through convergence, the…


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Uganda: New Pay TV Firm Opens

Gateway TV Uganda (GTV), a subsidiary of Gateway Broadcasting Service of the UK, has started broadcasting on Ugandan airwaves. The new satellite-based pay TV, whose signal is currently being tested,…


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Kenya: NMG Starts Learning Programme

The Nation Media Group (NMG) last week launched a regional media training programme. Dubbed the Media Lab, the one-year course will feature practising journalists and university and college students interested…


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Africa: Digital Evangelists Share Good News With Africa

God TV, a Christian broadcaster that transmits 24 hours a day from Jerusalem into 214 countries and territories, is seeking to boost its presence in Africa. "God TV has a…


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Uganda: NTV Back On Air?

Nation TV Uganda has announced that it will resume its broadcast, three months after it was switched off. General manager Victor Ngei said in a press statement that they had…


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South Africa: Row Rages Over Fate of Media Body CEO

The embattled Media Advertising, Printing, Publishing and Packaging Seta (Mappp-Seta) faces a shaky future as the ongoing legal dispute over its suspended CEO, Melanie Bernard-Fryer, further exposes a split between…


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Somalia: Shabelle Celebrates Its Fifth Anniversary

Shabelle Media Network, one of the major independent broadcasters in the country, is celebrating its fifth anniversary on Sunday. A ceremony, which was held in Sahafi Hotel near Kilometer intersection,…


Distribution

Nigeria: Quiz Line Records 964 Winners, Pays N10m

Officials of frontline TV programme, Quiz Line have been reliving the contributions of the programme to the lives of the viewers and to the broadcast industry in general. Having paid…


Regulation & Policy

Kenya: Agencies Fear Ban on Alcohol Adverts

A proposal to ban television and billboard advertising of alcoholic products has the Association of Practitioners in Advertising worried. At stake is the legitimate concern over underage drinking and rising…


Regulation & Policy

South Africa - Broadcasters Weigh In With Objections To New Media Law In South Africa

Electronic media players yesterday joined their print colleagues in criticising provisions in the Films and Publications Amendment Bill as unconstitutional and “of such severity that they would make broadcasting almost…


Regulation & Policy

Nigeria: May Day - Police Brutalise Journalist

A cameraman with the Ondo State Radiovision Corporation (OSRC), Dare Folorunso, was beaten to a state of unconsciousness by men from the State Police Command led by an Assistant Commissioner…


Regulation & Policy

Egypt: Al-Jazeera Journalist Sentenced to Prison for Exposing Torture

A criminal court in Cairo last week sentenced Huwaida Taha Mitwalli, a journalist for Al-Jazeera and the London-based daily Al-Quds al-Arabi, to six months in prison on charges of "possessing…


Technology & Convergence

USA: CellFlix Festival Celebrates Movies for Mobiles

Earlier this month at the second annual CellFlix Film Festival in New York, a very short film (about a six-foot lobster, obviously), made specifically for showing on a mobile handset…


Technology & Convergence

South Africa: The Times gets ready for web reporting presence

The Sunday Times’s new daily newspaper, The Times, is on track to be distributed to over 120,000 subscribers in early June. Just more than 40 new faces — ranging from…


Technology & Convergence

Nigeria: MTN, Globacom Move to Improve Network Capacity, Pay $300 Million for 3G Licences

Nigeria is finally all set to move to the next generation mobile telephony operation with two of the country's three major operators, MTN Nigeria and Globacom meeting their financial obligation…


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Technology & Convergence In Brief:

• Blu-ray disc and HD DVD player to be introduced into the South African market in the third quarter of 2007. LG Electronics said last week that it will be…