Issue no 46 22 January 2009

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DISCOP launches Africa’s first fully-fledged media market in Dakar in February and will offer second event in Nairobi in September

Another sign of the growing maturity of Africa’s broadcast and markets is the launch of DISCOP 09 Africa in Dakar between 25-27 February. So far it has attracted over 300 participants and looks set to attract more people. No longer will African broadcasters and film companies be the poor country cousins at European and US content markets. They will have their own continental markets to both buy international content and sell their own local content to other African countries and to broadcasters outside the content. Russell Southwood interviewed Patrick Jucaud who heads up Basic Lead who are organising DISCOP. Q:…

Content

Nollywood, Zollywood Set to Seal Deal On Movie

Representatives from the Nigerian Actors Guild are expected in Zimbabwe this weekend to seal a deal on the production of a joint movie featuring Nollywood and Zimbabwe's (Zollywood's) best actors…


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Audiovisuel Extérieur de la France and Orange sign global news partnership

Didier Lombard, Chairman and CEO of France Telecom-Orange and Alain de Pouzilhac, Chairman and CEO of Audiovisuel Extérieur de la France last week signed, in the presence of Christine Ockrent,…


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Soweto: Al Jazeera buys South African hospital doc ‘Saving Soweto’

This eight-part documentary looks at the goings on at the world's largest hospital, the Chris Hani Baragwanath, in Soweto. International TV news channel Al Jazeera will, for the next eight…


Content

Mobisodes for Nigerian Film Industry

For stakeholders in the Nigerian film industry, the just-concluded 7th Lagos International Film Festival (LIFF) in Lagos was a ground-breaking event. It was at the Festival that a new product…


Content

Content In Brief

- Newly inaugurated President Barack Obama will encourage young people to embrace community service and volunteering projects, at the US Youth Inaugural Ball. The show will air live on MTV…


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Nigeria: DAAR/AIT coat-trails its continental ambitions and HD capabilities

DAAR Communications Plc, owners of African Independent Television (AIT), Raypower FM and DAARSat, the high-definition pay TV channel, says it has acquired and installed broadcast equipments capable of beaming not…


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South Africa: It’s radio but not as we know it…

What's on the cards for radio this year? It's all about keeping up with the times - multimedia, digital media skills, mobile, user-generated content (UGC), the demands of the youth…


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South Africa: Sign Broadcasting Bill, Coalition Urges Motlanthe

'Save our SABC Campaign' Coalition spokeswoman Kate Skinner has come out in support of the ruling ANC, urging President Kgalema Motlanthe to sign the Broadcasting Amendment Bill as soon as…


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South Africa: Setting a standard for Broadcasters' conduct

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) is inviting public feedback to its newly published Draft Code of Conduct for Broadcasters. The public has until 20 February to submit…


Content

Broadcast In Brief

- According to a columnist in the Ghanaian Chronicle, listeners to the news broadcasts of the Government’s GBC have failed to get news transmissions “because of annoyingly frequent breaks in…


Distribution

Distribution In Brief

- The SABC says there will be no need for South Africans to buy the new digital terrestrial television (DTT) product in order to see all the Confederations Cup and…


Distribution

Nigeria’s 21st Century Technologies rolls out Sub-Saharan Africa’s first FTTH network

21st Century Technologies looks set to lay claim to being the first Sub-Saharan operator to roll out a Fibre-To-The-Home (FTTH) network. It plans to target 10,000 homes in the capital…


Distribution

SABC seeks global audience for its international channel

The SABC is in talks with international pay television providers to carry SABC International on their platforms, in a bid to reach wider audiences for its 24-hour international news channel…


Investment

Lesotho TV invest in new file-based infrastructure

South African systems integrator Inala Broadcast has supplied an Omneon MediaDeck (TM) integrated media server to Masero-based Lesotho TV, in a turnkey solution that also includes the Omneon MediaController(TM) panel…


Investment

Kenya missing out despite unique movie shooting locations

The world movie industry is worth a whooping $180 billion. Of this, South Africa controls about eight per cent. West Africans too command a significant chunk of this pie with…


Investment

Investment In Brief

- Durban’s Deputy Mayor Logie Naidoo has encouraged Indian movie-makers to shoot more films in his city. Naidoo, who attended the seventh annual Prevasi Bharatiya Divas Convention (a global Indian…


Regulation & Policy

Somalia: Puntland Media Banned From Live Election Reporting

Independent media organizations have been banned from live coverage of the presidential election in Somalia's Puntland region, Radio Garowe reports. Abdullahi Said Samatar, Puntland's security minister, issued the order Wednesday…


Regulation & Policy

SABC coalition welcomes ICASA hearing on FXI complaint

The Save Our SABC Coalition (SOS) has welcomed the long-awaited set down of the Freedom of Expression Institute's (FXI) complaint against the SABC for hearing before the Complaints and Compliance…


Regulation & Policy

Regulation & Policy In Brief

- For the second time in two months, the Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON) has appealed to its members to stop newspaper reviews on their media. It will be recalled…


Technology & Convergence

South Africa: 24 hours of eyewitness news online

Primedia Broadcasting has finally come out of the closet over the stealth launch in December 2008 of Eyewitnessnews.co.za, a new standalone news brand which provides content to Primedia Broadcasting's four…


Technology & Convergence

African soccer website debuts

A website devoted to the coverage of the game of football in Africa, www.africansoccerunion.com has been launched online. The website is being promoted by a team of journalists and stakeholders…


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Technology & Convergence In Brief

- South African public broadcaster SABC has selected OmniBus’ Colossus automation system for its upgraded Johannesburg playout facility. The system will provide transmission of the SABC’s three premium channels, along…