Issue no 44 11 December 2008

Top Story

African public broadcasting – Going from nothing to something in a converged world

Gandhi was once asked what he thought of Western civilisation. He responded by saying it would be a very good idea. If you asked the same question about African public broadcasting, this rather sharp response might also fit the bill. Mr President TV appears to be alive and well across the continent but threats to its existence continue to gather. Largely funded by advertising, outside of state imposed monopolies it struggles to survive financially. In a world where mobile phones and the Internet provide less controlled, faster and more interactive responses to events, the public broadcasters can begin to look…

Content

Rwanda: GTV Launches Two More Major Channels

GTV, the Pan African Pay-TV network, introduced Black Entertainment Television (BET) and the Afro Music Channel to its subscribers from December 1. It launched both BET and the Afro Music…


Content

South Africa: Beeld now on TV

DStv subscribers now have a news service in Afrikaans. The content of Beeld is now available on DStv as an interactive news channel, the Afrikaans newspaper announced last week. “Beeld…


Content

Ethiopia: Country Radio to Broadcast BBC Programs On FM, MW

The Ethiopian Radio and Television Agency (ERT) and the BBC World Service on Friday forged a partnership that will see a range of BBC programmes broadcast on 97.1FM in Addis…


Content

South Africa: Rugby drama series to screen next year

A drama series for kykNET on the lives of rugby players, Getroud met Rugby, is currently being shot in and around locations in Gauteng, including the Roodeport Country Club, Houghton,…


Content

Content In Brief

- Whiz Kids Workshop, an educational TV show for children in Ethiopia, won top prizes in a competition for the most entrepreneurial education programs in Africa. It seeks to educate…


Content

Angola: Can2010 Transmission Rights awarded exclusively to "Sportfive" Agency

The TV transmission rights for the 27th edition of the African Football Cup of Nations (CAN2010) Angola will host, have been awarded exclusively to the Sportfive Agency. This was announced…


Content

Multichoice Africa announces a 26% increase in subscribers bringing total to 830,000 subscribers

At the end of November MultiChoice Africa announced a 26% (92,000) increase in net equated* subscribers to 630,000 from September 2007 to September 2008, as consumers continued to see the…


Content

Africa: FIFA completes distribution of 2010 TV rights

With the awarding of the free-to-air terrestrial TV rights to the Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria (BON), FIFA completed its worldwide placement and distribution structure of the 2010 media rights on…


Content

South Africa: Pay-TV viewers are promised more choice by next March

Variety is in store for South African viewers when three more pay-TV channels hit the small screen by March next year. The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) initially…


Content

Broadcast In Brief

- East Coast Radio's licence application for a new Richards Bay region local radio station is currently on hold, thanks to an ICASA moratorium on all new radio licence applications…


Distribution

Africa: Upton gets catalogue rights for World Wide Entertainment

One of Australia’s largest producers and distributors of traditional and new media content for the international market, World Wide Entertainment has inked a multiple year deal with South African company…


Distribution

South Africa: Torrents to hurt DSTV?

Will downloading movies and TV series hurt more traditional TV models like DSTV? The use of P2P services, like Bittorent and Limewire, to download movies, music and TV series has…


Distribution

Distribution In Brief

- SatLink Communications Ltd. will offer production facilities and services located throughout the Holy Land, including coverage of the Church of the Nativity’s Midnight Mass and Manger Square. It has…


Investment

Intelsat to launch $250 mln satellite for Africa

Private-fund owned satellite firm Intelsat and a South African investment consortium plan to build and launch a $250 million satellite to serve Africa and improve communications on the poorest continent.…


Investment

South Africa: Naspers reports flat earnings despite good revenue growth

Media giant Naspers reported largely flat earnings despite good revenue growth for the six months to September, but was bullish on its prospects. The group has been open about its…


Investment

Investment In Brief

- ANC Youth League President Julius Malema was quoted suggesting that the SABC should receive something like 60% of its operations revenue from the state so as to shift the…


Regulation & Policy

Nigeria: Film Marketers Protest in Onitsha

Awka-Members of Film Video Producers Marketers Association of Nigeria (FVPMAN) at the weekend staged a protest at the Electronics Dealers Market in Onitsha over alleged sabotage of their business by…


Regulation & Policy

Minister calls for investigation into CT Film Permit Office

The Minister of Finance, Economic Development and Tourism of the Provincial Government of the Western Cape, Garth Strachan, has called for an independent investigation into the operations of the City…


Regulation & Policy

Regulation & Policy In Brief

- The South African telecoms regulator Icasa has opened a tender for two DVB-H mobile TV licences. The licences will initially offer frequencies covering major urban centres such as Johannesburg,…


Technology & Convergence

Nigeria: Anabel Mobile Signs Music and Video Deal With Storm Records in Nigeria

Anabel Mobile, the latest entrant into the telecommunications industry in Nigeria, has signed a music and video deal with Storm Records. The deal covers Storm granting Anabel licences to most…


Technology & Convergence

Deciphering the high-definition TV alphabet soup

With Multichoice making a great deal of noise about its recent launch of an HDTV channel and rumours abounding that by 2010 the country's national broadcaster will be capable of…


More

Technology & Convergence In Brief

- Zoopy, an online and mobile social media community based in South Africa, has unveiled an overhaul of their service, including a new identity, a new website and the introduction…