Issue no 47 5 February 2009

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Death of a dream: Africa’s pay TV challenger GTV runs out of financial road

Last Friday Gateway Broadcast Services (GTV’s operating company) announced today that its Board of Directors has unanimously approved a plan to liquidate the Company. Its statement blamed “excessive demands on the business” caused by the global financial crisis that “interrupted (its) ability to secure funding on an acceptable timescale and have left us no choice but to cease operations”. Russell Southwood looks at where it all went wrong. To understand how GTV came to be launched, it’s necessary to go right back to the beginning and start with Gateway Communications. Ex-banker Julian McIntyre and his friend Ghanaian-Briton telecoms manager Peter…

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South Africa: SABC launches a dedicated sports channel in run-up to World Cup

By the time the first whistle is blown to signal the beginning of the 2010 FIFA World Cup at Soccer City in Johannesburg in 499 days, the national broadcaster will…


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Angola: Public Television Screens New Soap-Opera in February

A new soap-opera entitled "Minha Terra, Minha Mãe" (My land, my mother) will start to be screened on channel 1 of the state-owned Angola Public Television (TPA), on February 4th.…


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Getaway enters TV arena

The Getaway brand moves to the small screen this month when the TV series "Getaway to Africa" launches on M-Net on 29 January 2009. The 13-part series will look at…


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SA broadcasters buy Italian animation cartoons

Italian animation studio, Rainbow SpA reports that it has signed a deal with M-Net for two of its cartoons, Monster Allergy and Huntik. According to Monica Condiani, TV sales manager…


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Content In Brief

- The moment of reckoning for young comedic talent has just arrived for those that took place in the TV comedy show The Fanta So You Think You’re Funny, which…


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Senegal: WalfTV and 2S TV are the winners in audience reach survey, says Tns Sofres

Market research agency Tns Sofres have published the results of a survey of 11 national and international TV channels in Senegal. WalfTV and 2S TV came out top with an…


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Nigeria: Review Cost of Broadcasting Licence, NBC Urged

National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has been called upon to urgently review the cost of obtaining broadcast licence in Nigeria. The call was made by Managing Director, R-Wells Media, Jibe Ologeh,…


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Uganda: TV Stations Face Closure Over Fees

The Uganda Broadcasting Council has threatened to close 32 television and FM radio stations over defaulting on licence fees. Kagole Kivumbi, the council's secretary, said the two-week notice that expires…


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South Africa: TV Groups Oppose SABC On Sport Rights

Multichoice and M-Net have slammed the SABC's attempts to garner more commercial sports matches for free-to-air TV. In a joint presentation to the Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) on…


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Broadcast In Brief

- Namibia’s KARAS 102.3 FM community radio says it has made great strides in providing participatory broadcasting services to people in Keetmanshoop and surrounding areas despite facing many challenges since…


Distribution

Global audience for SA Open

The SA Tennis Open, which starts on Monday, will be broadcast to 65 countries. Countries like Brazil, Russia, the US and also the Middle East region will see action from…


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DISCOP Africa exceeds expectations

With just over three weeks to go before the first DISCOP Africa launches, the organizes confirmed that 350 participants have already registered for the event. This number is well over…


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Distribution In Brief

- A fresh generation of British film-makers and stars are bringing Africa's political dramas and human stories to the small screen. For decades, Africa has been a minor player on…


Investment

Nigeria: Multimesh Still Rues on Losses As NBC Resolves Rift With Hitv

It appears the National Broadcasting Commission, NBC, is not ready to allow quarrels amongst its members whittle down the level of progress broadcasting could make in it Nigeria in 2009,…


Investment

IDC invests R60 million in Massiv TV

Taxi media owner Massiv TV and the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) announced a R60 million equity transaction by the corporation Tuesday, 3 February 2009. The deal will see the IDC…


Investment

Investment In Brief

- Equipment rentals houses Media Film Service and MCC/Logical Designs have entered into a merger which will see the former absorb MCC’s staff, liabilities and assets. The merger will result…


Regulation & Policy

Mauritius Broadcasting Corporation accused of disrupting air traffic

The use of unauthorized frequency bands by the Mauritius Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) is putting air traffic in danger in the Indian Ocean region, the African Press Agency (APA) has learned.…


Regulation & Policy

Nigeria: FG Urged to Liberalise Broadcast Industry and issue national licences to private sector

Taking a cue from the telecommunications industry, the former Director-General of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) and President, Silverbird radio and television stations, Ben Bruce has called on the Federal…


Regulation & Policy

Regulation & Policy In Brief

- A senior military official at the Presidency in Cameroon recently urged authorities of the Cameroon Radio and Television, CRTV, to ban the Sunday morning radio programme, "Cameroon Calling", for…


Technology & Convergence

Kenya Data Networks to introduce advanced news gathering applications for local TV and Radio stations

Kenya Data Networks is bringing a whole new way of news gathering and dissemination for Local TV and Radio stations that will significantly reduce their operating expenses by up to…


Technology & Convergence

South Africa: Sentech Warns On Analogue Deadline

Sentech, the state-owned company that carries radio and television signals for SA's terrestrial broadcasters, is likely to miss its first looming deadline for migrating to digital TV. Switching from analogue…


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Technology & Convergence In Brief

- - Newtec, the Arab States Broadcasting Union (ASBU) and Arabsat, have announced the official launch of MENOS (Multimedia Exchange Network over Satellite). MENOS is a revolutionary concept that for…