Issue no 48 19 February 2009

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The Africa Channel now reaches 12 million households in USA, UK and Caribbean

The two founders of the Africa Channel wanted to “showcase the beauty and promise of Africa” to audiences outside Africa. So they put together a channel that took African material and framed and packaged it in a way that American audiences were used to. It’s not a channel aimed at African diaspora audiences but one aimed squarely at the general viewer. Russell Southwood talks to its President Jacob Arback. Q: How did the company get started? We started in January 2003 but my business partner James Makawa who's from Zimbabwe started even earlier. We wanted to showcase the beauty and…

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FESPACO 2009 sees Nigerian and South African competition entries

Director and scriptwriter, Michael Raeburn's Triomf has been selected for the FESPACO 2009 - the Pan-African Film and TV Festival official competition. FESPACO, one of Africa's largest film festival established…


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Cameroon: Local Serial to be Screened on CRTV

A Cameroon produced serial, 'My Successor', will soon be projected on CRTV, The Post has learnt. Produced by Premier Films that produced 'Trials of Passion', 'My Successor' is a 52-episode…


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South Africa: More radio drama on air

Lotusfm last week launched its first Tamil-language drama ‘Meesai Aanalum Manaivi'. The Indian community station last year aired the first locally written and produced Hindi-language radio drama ‘Safar'. “We are…


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Nigeria: Nollywood TV Reality Show to be launched Soon with international backing

All is now set for the Nollywood reality TV show, "Real Me Show' to make its debut as the project team said plans has reached it peak for the successful…


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Content In Brief:

- Godwin Mawuru, Studio 263 executive producer said he was taken aback when Zimbabwe’s NACZ officials asked him to submit the footage on the eve of the annual awards. Mawuru…


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MTV Base champions emerging South African designers through DIAGI programme

In a bid to provide young creative talent with a platform and a voice, pan-African music channel MTV base has set aside airtime to showcase the creativity of up and…


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South Africa: Radio Stations Aid Disadvantaged Communities

Radio stations and their listeners across the country have been aiding disadvantaged communities in their regions through various CSI projects by raising funds, distributing food and providing necessary school materials…


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Rwanda: Gov't Compensates RTV Transmission Site Evictees

The government has compensated 29 residents from the Nyamyumba Sector, who will be evicted from the area where Rwanda Television transmitters will be established. According ORINFOR's director of Finance and…


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South African TV station mistakenly broadcasts “ George Bush is dead”

In television, if it can go wrong, it will go wrong… A South African TV station erroneously broadcast that former US President George Bush had died during one of its…


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Broadcast In Brief:

- While Tshwane Community TV missed its December 2008 deadline of being on air and broadcasting in the capital city, it is only a matter of time before residents start…


Distribution

Shah Rukh Khan show for Indian channel

Indian community channel Saffron TV has been awarded exclusive rights to air King Khan's Kya Aap Paanchvi Pass Se Tez Hain?' (Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?), it announced…


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Cameroon: DSTV to Broadcast All FA League Matches to Citizens

Following the closure of GTV, DStv, whose subsidiary office in Cameroon is managed by Spectrum Media Group, has secured the licence to broadcast all Barclays Premier League games. DStv now…


Distribution

Distribution In Brief:

- As part of measures to further raise awareness on the prevention of HIV/AIDS, Le Meridien Hotels and Resorts, Port-Harcourt recently joined its parent company Starwood Hotels and Resorts' to…


Investment

South Africa: R1 billion investment needed for ODM pay-TV operations

A whopping R1 billion. That is the total funding requirement of On Digital Media (ODM), director Vino Govender told Bizcommunity.com, as one of South Africa's pay-TV new players makes final…


Investment

Durban film industry to get study that plugs information vacuum

An intensive review of Durban's growing film industry will be carried out by Martin Cuff Consulting, appointed by the Durban Film Office (DFO), in partnership with the KwaZulu-Natal Department of…


Investment

Investment In Brief:

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


Regulation & Policy

Nigeria: Award-Winning Film Lands Kano Director in Jail

The first time I visited award-winning Northern Nigerian filmmaker Hamisu Lamido Iyan-Tama in prison, a week after his arrest, the former Kano State gubernatorial candidate seemed to be in high…


Regulation & Policy

South Africa: Freedom of Expression Institute Pushes for Change to SABC Law

Legislation governing the SABC is set to change further, with the much-criticised Broadcasting Amendment Bill being further amended after President Kgalema Motlanthe refused to sign it into law. And the…


Regulation & Policy

Regulation & Policy In Brief

- A Ugandan court in Arua has issued an order barring transactions on two bank accounts owned by the defunct Gateway Broadcast Services (GTV). The order, signed last week by…


Technology & Convergence

Lagos: FCMB Deploys ATM Based DStv Bills Payment Solution

DStv subscribers in Nigeria can now pay their subscriptions bills through First City Monument Bank Plc (FCMB) Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) across the country. This is following the bank's deployment…


Technology & Convergence

South Africa: Yfm releases iPhone app

99.2 Yfm released its custom Apple iPhone application yesterday, Thursday, 12 February 2009, claiming to be the first radio station in Africa to do so. The app allows any person…


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Technology & Convergence In Brief:

- Communications Minister Ivy Matsepe-Casaburi is expected to give an update on the readiness of South Africa's Information and Communications Technology (ICT) infrastructure ahead of the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup…