Issue no 52 16 April 2009

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M-Net amasses library of 450 plus African films and is launching a VOD streaming service

M-Net Electronic Media Network has quietly invested in buying all rights for 450 plus African films which it sees as bringing the rights back to Africa. It will be the distributor for this unique library on its own channels, through other TV stations, in film festivals and on a new VOD streaming service it will launch. Even more radically, it is exploring the feasibility of launching a film channel in francophone Africa. Russell Southwood spoke last week to M-Net’s Head of Sales and African Film Library Acquisition, Mike Dearham. DStv pioneered local content with the (largely Nollywood) Africa Magic Channel…

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CNN International adds two new weekly programmes on Africa

CNN International has launched two weekly programs showcasing Africa's news. A half-hour weekly programme called "African Voices" focuses on engaging African personalities such as Political, art and sport destinies. "Africa…


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Nickelodeon celebrates birthday with multiplay in Africa

Now in its 30 year, Children channel Nickelodeon has launched a new website to complement the launch of its Nickelodeon Africa channel back in July 2008 on DStv channel 305.…


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Nigeria: Daarsat Promises More Live Action football

The Station Manager of AIT Sports on Daarsat, Aisha Falode, has said that the company was ready to bring more live football actions to the homes of its viewers. Falode…


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Content In Brief

http://www.broadbandtvnews.com/?p=14773 - Baraem, Al Jazeera’s kids channel is now available in North Africa via Bis TV. http://www.videoreporter.nl/


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Nigeria: Senate Endorses N8 Billion TV Africa Show, Want More Private TV Stations

The Independent Television and Radio Programm Producers Association of Nigeria (INTARPPAN) has received the blessings of the Senate, which last week insisted on further liberalization of operating licenses of private…


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South Africa: SABC Closes International Offices

As the SABC's financial woes continue to mount, the public broadcaster's latest cost-cutting exercise is to close down three of its 12 international bureaus. The SABC on Friday night confirmed…


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Somalia: Al Shabaab Shut Down Radio Station in Southwest

Islamist hardliners in Somalia have shut down an independent radio station, with the station's owners saying they were not told why the radio was targeted, Radio Garowe reports. The station,…


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South Africa: Icasa Offers New Licences for Radio Stations

Three new commercial radio stations are likely to be licensed early next year, in Gauteng, Cape Town and Durban, while new TV services are inching closer. The Independent Communications Authority…


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Broadcast In Brief

- Three prison officers suspected of smuggling in investigative reporters from the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC)'s special assignment programme into Beitbridge Prison in Zimbabwe were arrested. - In line…


Distribution

10francs: “Africa is on our map”

Broadcast, Film and Convergence interviewed Guy Knafo, General Manager at 10francs, one of the largest independent documentary and art film distributors with a library of more than 1700 films. Q:…


Distribution

Canal+ adds two new channels on Africa

Pay TV CANAL OVERSEAS AFRICA (part of CANAL OVERSEAS, Groupe CANAL+) has announced the launch of Africa 24 and African channel Africable. Africa 24 is an international news channel on…


Distribution

Distribution In Brief

http://portal.unesco.org/ci/fr/ev.php-URL_ID=18780&URL_DO=DO_PRINTPAGE&URL_SECTION=201.html - French media regulator the CSA (Conseil Superieur de l'Audivisiel) has approved pan-African information channel Africa 24’s request for distribution on non-terrestrial networks. According to the convention, Africa 24…


Investment

Satellite operators invest in new broadcast capacity over Africa

Two satellite operators, Eutelsat and Nilesat has just concluded an agreement to develop the 7° West orbital position, which is used by both companies to broadcast to North Africa, the…


Investment

AFDB invest US$25 million in New Dawn satellite

A Pan-African satellite project managed by Intelsat - received a US$25 millions loan from AFDB, the African Development Bank. Another US$250 million has been invested to start operations in 2011…


Investment

Investment In Brief

- Executive President of the African Business Roundtable, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, has accused Nigerian media of giving preference to political stories more than business and sports related stories in the…


Regulation & Policy

Zimbabwe's government plans to relax draconian media restrictions

The UK's Independent media reported that the nation's highest court threw out a section of Zimbabwe's stringent media laws, saying it violated journalists' constitutional right to freedom of expression. Supreme…


Regulation & Policy

DRC: Committee to Protect Journalists calls for re-opening of two closed private stations

The Committee to Protect Journalists has called on authorities in the south-eastern Congolese city of Likasi to allow two private stations to return to the air. On 11, March 2009,…


Regulation & Policy

Regulation & Policy In Brief

Mrs Sabah Zita Okaikoi, Ghana's Minister of Information held discussions with the Deputy Head of Mission at the German Embassy on the digital migration of broadcasting equipment in Ghana from…


Technology & Convergence

Nigeria: MapNTL.com offers location map for Lagos with advertising

MapNTL.com was born in New York City about four years ago when Ireti Ajala and a friend wanted to visit a certain Brazilian restaurant in Queens. Not knowing the exact…


Technology & Convergence

Zain adds entertainment downloads in Kuwait - will Africa follow?

A partnership agreement called ‘Zain Create’ will allows Zain’s customers to download entertainment from Rotana Media Group, the pan-Arab audio-video giant. Initially launched in Kuwait, Zain, the leading mobile telecom…


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Technology & Convergence In Brief

- A battle is brewing over what is being considered the largest chunk of spectrum to be made available since the 1960s in South Africa.Around 400MHz of spectrum is expected…