Issue no 5 30 May 2007

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GTV Scoops Premiership Rights for Sub-Saharan Africa

GTV’s parent company Gateway Broadcast Services has acquired the rights for the key British premiership football matches for the next three seasons. If you want to watch Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool or Arsenal, you’ll find them on GTV. The owners of the rights last time around, South Africa’s DSTV, that previously had a monopoly on pay-TV in Anglophone Sub-Saharan African, retained the rights for South Africa. The Nigerian Rights went to Hi-TV. Russell Southwood interviewed Julian McIntyre of Gateway Communications about the announcement. Q: What do you get with this set of rights? Gateway Broadcast Services has acquired ten live…

Content

South Africa: MTV voted Coolest TV Channel in Sunday Times Generation Next Survey

MTV Networks is celebrating after its iconic music channel MTV was voted South Africa’s Coolest TV Channel and its localised channel for Africa, MTV base, scored second behind MTV as…


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Uganda: Besigye Blocked From Kitgum Radio Show

A Kitgum-based private radio station, Kitti FM, was switched off for several hours on Saturday evening - 30 minutes after FDC President Kizza Besigye had started talking. Events began at…


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Namibia: NBC Makes Big U-Turn

The on-again, off-again call-in programmes of the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation appear to be on again, but for how long no one seems to know. Regular radio listeners report that on…


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Uganda: BBC to Cast Akii Bua Documentary

The BBC is making a documentary about Uganda's only Olympic gold medallist John Akii Bua, which will be aired just before the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. The documentary titled "Looking…


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Uganda: DSTV Brings Copa America

Pay television guru, MultiChoice has added spice to its sports programmes. The Copa America (Copa Sud America) is the latest in its array of newly unveiled sports programmes on DStv.…


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Angola: MPs Praise Construction of Television Production, Broadcasting Centres

MP's with the 6th Commission on Education and Media Thursday in Luanda, praised the quality of the works of construction of the new production and transmission centres of Angola's state-run…


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Congo-Kinshasa: High Hopes for Catholic Radio in Nation's South

A new Catholic radio station in the southern region hopes to promote evangelization and social awareness. "We named the radio Kaoze, in memory of the first Congolese priest of our…


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Botswana: Radio Stations Prepare to Go Nationwide

Botswana first private radio stations, Gabz FM and Yarona FM, are procuring equipment and placing correspondents in preparation to go nationwide. Yarona FM is looking over the horizon at Christmas…


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Uganda: UBC Faces Disconnection Over Shs189 Million Debt

The State-owned Uganda Broadcasting Corporation television and radio may be disconnected from the satellite over alleged failure to pay about Shs189 million to Big Dish, its satellite link provider. Daily…


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Zimbabwe: ZBH to Launch New Short Wave Radio Station

Zimbabwe Broadcasting Holdings is next Friday -- on Africa Unity Day -- expected to launch a new short wave radio station, The Voice of Zimbabwe, a Zimbabwean news and news…


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Chad/Sudan: Radio offers new voice on Darfur border

Men driving donkey carts to the market and refugees crouching in the shade finally have something to break the boredom of life in this arid Darfur border village - news,…


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Nigeria: Nta Uyo Network to Gulp N150m -Iredia

Director-General, Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), Dr. Tonnie Iredia has said that NTA Channel 12 Uyo, Akwa Ibom State would require about N150million to transform itself into a network centre in…


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Egypt: Sawiris' OTV Channel looking good one year on

The launch of OTV earlier on this year, a new free to air satellite television channel owned by one of Egypt's most successful businessmen, demonstrated the increasing liberalisation and profitability…


Distribution

Botswana: Where is Black Earth TV?

It was supposed to be up and running by now, airing its television signals from Botswana to the rest of the continent. Just where is the pay television, which was…


Distribution

Nigeria: HITV Opens New Page for Premiership

New indigenous pay television station, HITV, would be launching additional sports channels to herald the forthcoming 2007/08 English Premier League, EPL, season starting in August. The new sports channels are…


Investment

South Africa: Primedia Private Equity Bid 'Progressing'

Media company Primedia said last week the market could expect an announcement regarding a proposed R6bn private equity offer within the following two to three weeks. According to CEO William…


Investment

South Africa: Naspers Finds Nasdaq a Drag, Heads for London

South African media group Naspers said last week it would delist from US-based Nasdaq because of the cost of regulatory requirements. The company said it intended listing on the London…


Regulation & Policy

Congo-Kinshasa: Private Broadcaster Suspended for Seven Days

Journaliste en Danger (JED) expresses its profound indignation over the 20 May 2007 decision by the local section of the media regulatory agency (Haute Autorité des Médias, HAM) in Mbuji-Mayi…


Regulation & Policy

Uganda: Man Held for Insulting President

A man suspected to have insulted President Yoweri Museveni during a talkshow on NBS radio in Jinja has been arrested. Richard Ssenyonga alias Madiru was on May 21 picked by…


Regulation & Policy

South Africa: Clear Danger in Vague Phrases

Controversial proposed amendments to the Film and Publications Act have resulted in an outcry from media organisations and civil society institutions. While much of the debate has focused on the…


Technology & Convergence

South Africa: SA to Launch Satellite for High-Def TV for 2010

Sentech intends to launch at least one High Definition Television (HDTV) satellite channel in time for the 2010 Soccer World Cup, Minister of Communications Dr Ivy Matsepe-Casaburri announced Thursday. Speaking…


Technology & Convergence

Nigeria: MTN Makes First 3G Call

MTN Nigeria Communications Limited has made a successful "voice and video" test call on its 3G UMTS technology platform. Chief Technical Officer of MTN Nigeria, Karl Toriola explained that the…


Technology & Convergence

Uganda: Ugandan Radio Online

Ugandan recording artists have reason to smile. A new UK-based online radio station called Pearl radio.net is out to promote Ugandan musicians in the Diaspora by playing their music exclusively.…


Technology & Convergence

Nigeria: Nigcomsat - Gateway to Digitalising Africa?

With the successful launch of Nigeria 's Communications Satellite, NIGCOMSAT in far away China, Efem Nkanga, appraises the benefits and implications of the historical launch for Nigeria in particular and…


Technology & Convergence

South Africa: Students in Mobile TV-to-Cellphone Trial

Students on five university campuses are enjoying a new service that delivers free downloads of made-for-mobile television shows, music and movie trailers to their cellphones. Every 20 minutes, students in…


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Technology & Convergence IN BRIEF:

* LTMX AND PLAYBOX -NIGERIA The growing convergence between television and Information Technology (IT) is set to become more viable with the introduction of the Playbox technology into the Nigerian…