Issue no 41 30 October 2008

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75% of radio stations in West African survey produce digitally, says new report

A new report from the Panos Institute of West Africa includes a survey of radio stations in seven West African countries about their use of ICT for reporting, production, transmission and interaction with their listeners. The survey clearly shows the existence of a “two-track” Africa in radio broadcasting with countries like Ghana and Senegal in the “fast track” with others like Niger and Sierra Leone falling well behind. Russell Southwood pulls out the key findings. The countries surveyed in the report include: Benin, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Mali, Niger, Senegal and Sierra Leone. These represent a good cross section of countries…

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Angola: Public Television Announces Greater Diversity of Programmes

Government operated channel TPA says that it is going to be offering its viewers "programming with a greater diversity", according to its director for Communication and Marketing, Pedro Ramalhoso who…


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MTV Base and Sony Ericsson bring Player Season III to Urban Youth

MTV base and Sony Ericsson are targeting aspirational, tech savvy and trendsetting young urban adults in a new multiplatform partnership revolving around the channel’s flagship Player music property. Sony Ericsson…


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Namibia: NBC Cancels Talk Show

The Director General of the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC), Bob Kandetu, on Monday cancelled the NBC talk show 'Talk of Nation', which was set to discuss the controversial Millennium Challenge…


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South Africa’s Model Million$ goes on-off, misses deadlines and loses sponsor

Reality show Model Million$ appears to have been blighted by a spectacular run of bad luck. However, it’s unclear what part of this bad luck it has bought upon itself…


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Content In Brief

- Hansie, the biopic of South Africa’s late, fallen cricket hero Hansie Cronje, has generated R3.6m after only three weeks of release. - Revele is moving a step forward in…


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Nigeria: AIT Favoured to Beam Ibori Cup Competition

Africa Independent Television (AIT) now seems favoured to pick the host broadcast right for the WAFU U-20 men football competition holding in Delta state between November 30 and December 14.…


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DRC: Catholic TV station RTCE will start operations in December 2008

The new catholic television station RTCE which will be based in the Centre Béthanie in Gombe will be inaugurated by Mgr Laurent Monsengwo Pasinya, the Archbishop of Kinshasa, according to…


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South Africa: Broadcasting Amendment Bill 'Still Unworkable'

The battle to 'save' the SABC's soul continues unabated and has entered a crucial phase. Towards the end of last week, the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) held its deliberations…


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Soweto Community Television gets licence go ahead

Soweto Community Television’s first year of broadcast ended on 30 June but it was allowed to continue broadcasting by the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) until their application…


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Broadcast In Brief

- Multi-million record selling US hip-hop phenomenon The Game is to headline the debut edition of the MTV Africa Music Awards with Zain (MAMA) on 22 November 2008. - Thousands…


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Africa in Motion hits its stride with third year at Edinburgh Film Festival

Edinburgh will turned into a hub of African film culture last weekend as the UK’s largest African film festival opens. According to festival founder and director Lizelle Bisschoff, Africa in…


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Africa Movie Channel shows its first ever Gambian film in October

The Africa Movie Channel is showing its first ever Gambian film this October. Arrou (Prevention) is an award-winning film from the stable of Vinasha Productions of The Gambia. Directed by…


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Film Indaba 2008

The 2010 FIFA World Cup will offer opportunities for showcasing the province and its locations, and is already having an impact on the technological and infrastructural asset base. From locations…


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Distribution In Brief

filmindaba@tepg.co.za - The Algerian Minister of Communication Abderrachid Boukerzaza announced that digital television broadcasts will be available in several cities in the country in Q3, 2010.


Investment

Namibia: NBC Can't Pay Taxes, Debt Hits N$250 Million

The State-owned Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) has been unable to pay employees' tax deductions to the Receiver of Revenue for several years and is using this money to stay afloat.…


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Nigeria: BBC Spends N2.5 Billion On Programmes

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) says it has invested about N2.5 billion (13 million pounds) on ongoing special media programmes in Nigeria since 2006. Jim Egan, BBC Director of Strategy…


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Investment In Brief

- South Africa’s Minister in the Presidency Manto Tshabalala-Msimang is expected to open the R1.2 million Moletsi FM community radio station building in Limpopo. The radio station is generating a…


Regulation & Policy

Kenya: Ban On Live Broadcasts By Ministry Was Illegal

The ban on live broadcasts slapped on December 30, last year was illegal, the Waki report says. Even as the Ministry of Information and Communication asked media houses to desist…


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Nigeria: Lawyer Sues NBC Over Suspension of Channel Television's Licence

An Abuja high court sitting in Maitama has granted leave to a lawyer based in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Godwin Sunday Ogboji, to sue the National Broadcasting Commission over…


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Regulation & Policy In Brief

- Nigeria’s Ogun State House of Assembly has lifted the suspension clamped on the two state-owned broadcast stations, Gateway Television and Gateway Radio for the coverage of its proceedings. -…


Technology & Convergence

Nigeria: FG Task Committee on Digital Broadcasting starts its work

Nigeria’s Minister of Communication and Information, John Odey has said that it is imperative for Nigeria to switch over to digital broadcasting technology if the nation would not become a…


Technology & Convergence

South Africa: SABC lays out its digital conversion stall

The SABC says that the process of migrating from analogue to digital broadcasting will result in more channels, additional services and better quality and programming. However, the public broadcaster points…


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Technology & Convergence In Brief

- Specialist online media sales house, Habari Media, hosted the BBC.com media presentation in Cape Town on the 17 October 2008. Local media planners and direct clients were given insight…


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People

- The Communications Chief Officer of the 2010 Fifa World Cup Organising Committee South Africa (OC), Tim Modise, has resigned from the OC and will be returning to the broadcast…


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African Movie Channel calls for input from SA filmmakers

Ever considered watching African movies at home on your PC for a fairly reasonable rate? Interested in another source of distribution for your African movie? Well, it is all possible…


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Call for Entries to the Wild Talk Africa Film Festival

The call for Roscar entries is now open. The competition is open to all wildlife, travel and cultural productions. Building on the success from last year’s Awards, six new categories…