Issue no 51 2 April 2009

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Ghana’s VTT Satellite’s Make Me A Success completes production and looks for broadcast partners

Africa has taken global programme formats and morphed them into new shapes. One of the latest formats to arrive is VTT Satellite Ghana’s Make Me a Success and its CEO Fathia Ansah-Plonge believes she has got something that is more than simply a copy. Russell Southwood interviewed her about what she hopes to achieve with the new format. Make Me a Success is a 1 hour reality programme with 13 episodes. Its focus, according to Ansah-Plonge, is on “empowering women from poor communities and villages”. The women selected all want to become enterprising women and put through various challenges before…

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South Africa: The Locker Room wins MIPDOC Co-prod Challenge

In partnership with Reed MIDEM, realscreen co-presented the fifth edition of the MIPDOC Co-production Challenge, which allows five international producers to present their projects to a jury of broadcasters. One…


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New documentary exposes Zimbabwe jail horror

An explosive documentary to be screened at 9.30pm on SABC3’s Special Assignment shows Zimbabwean prisoners dying of starvation and disease. by Benjamin Bradlow The footage, shot secretly with the help…


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AFDA big winner at M-Net EDiT Awards

Men of the Number, a production from AFDA (South African School of Motion Picture Medium & Live Performance) has won the best film award as well as best director, best…


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Zimbabwe: Another Amakhosi Production Censored

Before he could recover from the decision by the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) to suspend the screening of his popular soap Amakorokoza, Mhlanga has had another of his big ideas…


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Content IN BRIEF

- Together with advertising agency Ogilvy Johannesburg, the ANC has produced four commercials that highlight the positive changes ordinary South Africans have experienced since 1994, while acknowledging “there is much…


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New licence for South African Free-To-Air satellite television station coming

South Africa is set to get another free-to-air television station. This was announced by the Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) last Friday in a move to remedy the failed…


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Nigeria: Delta Suspends GM, Board of Radio, TV

Delta State government has suspended the board of the Delta State Broadcasting Service (DBS) Warri, the General Manager of the broadcasting organisation, Willy Sowbo, as well as the board of…


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Ghana: Uneasy Calm At GBC over new wages and benefits structure

Workers of the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) are fuming with rage over the new salary structure that has been introduced. This development, which began in January this year, according to…


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Botswana: BTV in Factitious Tangle With BDP Factions?

State television, Btv, has been accused of involvement in Botswana Democratic Party's (BDP) factional wars. This followed a story Btv carried last Friday about the recent launch of the ruling…


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Broadcast IN BRIEF

- Workers at Cote d’Ivoire’s RTI have been staging “sit-ins” that have bought the work of the station to a standstill. According to Notre Voie 303 staff were involved in…


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BlackBerry to Launch TV Episode Service?

RIM is planning to announce a full-episode television service for BlackBerry users as early as next week at CTIA. According to NewTeevee.com: * It will be an unlimited monthly subscription…


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Mobile TV: Ericsson pushes HSPA world record to 56Mbps

Ericsson continues to increase HSPA speeds for an even better user experience and sustainable development of mobile broadband. Higher data rates give users an instantaneous connection. A click on a…


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Distribution IN BRIEF

- Government through the Rwanda Utility Regulatory Agency (RURA) is considering action against the GTV, a satellite television service across Africa whose local office closed down on short notice. Steven…


Investment

Telkom fails to find a new investor for Telkom Media and closes company

The process to sell Telkom Media has failed and its main shareholder will push for the liquidation of the business, it was announced this morning. Telkom, which holds a 66%…


Investment

Ethiopia: UNESCO sponsors training and equipment for 10 school Mini-Media Clubs

UNESCO, in collaboration with the Peace, Family and Media Association (PFMA), has sponsored training and equipment for school mini-media clubs in 10 locations in Addis Ababa. Luc Rukinama, UNESCO’s Representative…


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Investment IN BRIEF

- It remains to be seen whether the South African public broadcaster SABC, which faces a deficit of R800m, will be able to honour its commitment expressed recently not to…


Regulation & Policy

Cameroon: Mincom To Re-launch Community Radios

Ways of realising the 2009 plan of action of the Ministry of Communication are currently being examined by external and internal staff of the ministry. Minister of Communication, Jean-Pierre Biyiti…


Regulation & Policy

Zanu PF ‘blocks’ Media Conference

A crucial conference to lay the groundwork for the reform of Zimbabwe’s troubled media was cancelled at the last minute on Friday, dashing hopes the inclusive government is ready to…


Technology & Convergence

MultiChoice takes the leap into broadband for rugby package

MultiChoice is branching out from satellite television with its new broadband rugby offering. It is branching out from satellite television with its new broadband rugby offering, but it's hardly a…


Technology & Convergence

Saatchi & Saatchi install HD video conference system

Saatchi & Saatchi has announced it has installed a High Definition Polycom video conferencing system, making it the first South African ad agency to adopt this technology. The system is…


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Rwanda: Fifth Film Festival to Be Held in June

This year's film festival has been pushed to June in order for it to coincide with the popular annually celebrated Gorilla Naming Ceremony commonly known as Kwita Izina. According to…


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Africalia supports documentary!

2 films co-produced by Africalia are in the official selection for the documentary competition of the Festival des cinémas africains (African Film Festival) in Brussels. On this occasion, Africalia would…