Issue no 40 16 October 2008

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Broadcast content distribution goes digital: Welcome to the world of A24 Media and Freedom Fone

Digital convergence will allow broadcasters new ways of handling and distributing content. Kenya’s A24 Media has launched a web site that allows broadcasters to buy and sell African content. If it takes off, it offers a golden path to selling material to developing world broadcasters with all of the rights hurdles cleared before you start. Zimbabwe’s Freedom Fone offers a way of listening to audio material (radio programmes) using automated voice menus. Russell Southwood seeks to discover whether what today’s innovators are doing will become the shape of tomorrow. A24 Media was launched by Salim Amin at the beginning of…

Content

Uganda: NTV's Hotsteps Dance is back

NTV's dance reality show Hotsteps is back for the second season and dancers will be competing for a Shs10m purse. The reality TV show will be aired starting the first…


Content

South Africa: The Model Million$: ‘Go hot or go home'

It's a recipe that truly reflects the life of an internationally acclaimed supermodel - it's got the girls, the behind-the-scenes drama, betrayal, the money, the jet set suitcase lifestyle and…


Content

South Africa: Sony launches 24-hour Indian entertainment TV channel

Sony Entertainment Television Asia has launched its premium movie and special-events channel in South Africa. The new channel, MAX, which is available on DStv’s Indian bouquet, offers a blend of…


Content

Pan African Pay-TV service GTV seeks programmes

GTV, the pan African pay TV service will attend MIPCOM 2008 and is keen to acquire programmes to fill slots for its seven channels, G Prime, G Series, G Africa,…


Content

Content In Brief

- ZBC Television last week launched a brand new breakfast show, Good Morning Zimbabwe that runs every weekday from 6 am to 8 am. The new programme is news-driven. It…


Content

South Africa: Cape Town's community TV channel finally takes to the air

It's been a lengthy process, which began with the launch of the initiative two years ago and has been hampered by delays, but CTV, Cape Town's community television station, is…


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Rwanda: France’s SportFive will produce and promote U-20 African Youth championship

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has awarded broadcasting rights to French-based SportFive to produce the TV coverage for next year's U-20 African Youth championship due for January 18-February 1…


Content

South Africa: ANC Changes Tune on SABC Board

The political battle over the board and management of SABC has taken a new turn, The African National Congress (ANC) has backed down from its insistence that the speaker of…


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National Geographic commissions weeklong live broadcast from South Africa from Aquavision

National Geographic Channels International has commissioned Aquavision TV Productions to produce Caught on Safari: Live!, a weeklong real-time broadcast from Kruger National Park in South Africa that will be available…


Content

Broadcast In Brief

- Two channels on the platform of Nigeria's indigenous satellite pay TV operator, HiTV, have been nominated for the prestigious the Hot Bird TV. The two channels with virtually all-Nigerian…


Distribution

Uganda: Local Film Distributors Raise the Flag for Kinauganda Films

Godfrey Kaweesi, the proprietor of Hills Videography, a film distribution centre at Majestic Plaza, looks at the Ugandan film industry with a lot of optimism. The 26-year-old businessman was one…


Distribution

Distribution In Brief

- Nine African films made by local filmmakers from nine African countries are being broadcast across the region between September and October 2008.These nine films for television tell stories within…


Investment

Africa: GTV Gets $35 Million Boost As It Targets 1 Million Viewers

Pan African satellite TV operator GTV has received a capitalisation of US$35 million, bringing the total capital invested into the company to almost US$200 million. The company is also getting…


Investment

Nigeria: N4.8 Billion VON Station to Be Ready in 2009

The Voice of Nigeria (VON) transmitting station in Abuja would be completed by the first quarter of 2009, according to Alhaji Abubakar Jijiwa, the station's Director-General. The cost of the…


Investment

Investment In Brief

- Visafone and Vitamalt have joined Ecobank to sponsor a new TV series, "The Entrepreneur TV Series", which would make its debut very soon. While Visafone and Vitamalt are co-sponsors,…


Regulation & Policy

South Africa: Icasa steps in to protect legal rights of producers

Icasa's move to intervene on how the issue of intellectual property rights between broadcasters and the local production industry should be addressed, could prompt a sigh of relief for those…


Regulation & Policy

South Africa: TV ad banned for mocking Islam

A television commercial for an "Ahmed the dead terrorist" ringtone mocks Islam and must be withdrawn, the South African Advertising Standards Authority has ruled. Its ruling followed a complaint by…


Regulation & Policy

Regulation & Policy In Brief

- Mozambique's main opposition party, the former rebel movement Renamo, has threatened to sue a catholic radio station in the central city of Beira for carrying a false story about…


Technology & Convergence

Angola: National Radio Engaged in Technological Modernisation for Countrywide Coverage

The National Radio of Angola (RNA) has undertaken a plan for technical and technological modernisation aiming at providing radio coverage throughout the national territory. Speaking to Angop in Luanda, in…


Technology & Convergence

South Africa: Digital TV faces problems

Severe funding challenges could result in many South Africans losing out on public digital television when state-owned signal carrier Sentech switches on its digital signal in November. With just over…


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Technology & Convergence In Brief

- Internet radio is ready to move off your computer and into your living room. Radio fans will be pleased to hear that Tivoli Networks Radio will be launching its…