Issue no 54 15 May 2009

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Fight the power : African Pay-TV channels come together to bid for Premier League rights

With death of GTV, it seemed that the Pay-TV market would go back to the historic duopoly of Multichoice (in Anglophone countries) and Canal Plus (in Francophone countries). But the idea that Hi-TV’s CEO Toyin Subair trailed at DISCOP in February - a competitor consortium to bid for the English Premier League rights - looks like lighting the blue touch paper for a second round of intense competition. Russell Southwood spoke to some of consortium’s members after their first meeting with the English Premier League in London to sound them out on whether the idea would be accepted. Whilst GTV’s…

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Nollywood begins to rivals Bollywood in film production stakes, says UNESCO study

India remains the world’s leading film producer by number of films made but Nigeria is closing the gap after overtaking the United States for second place, according to a global…


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Cameroonian launches «Africa 24 » from Paris backed by Equatorial Guinea

A new Panafrican information channel, Africa 24, broadcasting 24 hours a day initially in French was officially launched on 12 May in Paris. Created by the Cameroonian Constant Nemale, also…


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Be the star of your own wildlife documentary - southerafricadirect offers holiday content opportunity

southernafricadirect says that travellers can star in their own wildlife documentary: « Ever dreamed of following in David Attenborough’s footsteps? Well, now you can star in your very own wildlife…


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South Africa : White Wedding breaks the R1 million mark on its opening weekend

White Wedding, the locally produced road-movie-rom-com banked its first R1million on opening weekend. These results are in line with the opening weekend performance of the smash hit Slumdog Millionaire’s gross…


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Content In Brief

- M-Net’s new youth channel Vuzu will replace the Go Channel on 9 July. It plans increased interactivity, more local content (also available online) and has future plans for the…


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Origin Radio launches 24-hour African music channel on the Internet

http://www.originradio.com Born from the idea that new technologies make it possible to touch in a precise way a very broad audience sensitive to the African music, Origin Radio wants to…


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Nigeria: Court Orders NBC to Reopen Radio Station

The Federal High Court, Akure, last week gave an ex-parte order authorising the re-opening of a private station, Adaba 88.9FM, located in Akure, Ondo State, barely 24 hours after the…


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Nigeria: Ubosi launches two new radio stations, Beat FM and Classic FM

Just after one week belting out great music to the Lagos folks, Chris Ubosi can heave a sigh of relief that great things are happening in broadcasting. After spending time…


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Gabon: Gabonews launches radio station and TV station, Canal Espoir

The journalists of Gabonews have launched a new radio station Frequence Espoir called which broadcasts on FM89.50 and Channel Espoir, a TV channel of the same name on channel 38…


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Broadcast In Brief:

- According to Médiamétrie , Arte (the French-German TV channel) broadcasted at 22:30 on the 6th May, part of Europa Zoom entitled "Europe seen by Africa" ( "L'Europe vue d'Afrique")…


Distribution

African cinema gets taken under the wing of "Les Cinémas du Monde" Pavilion at Cannes

At the 62nd edition of the Cannes Festival African cinema got a presence by appearing on the "Les Cinémas du Monde" Pavilion, which is funded by Culturesfrance, a Government-funded promoter…


Distribution

MultiChoice inks deal with Sony for Pan-African programming

Sony Pictures Television has signed a distribution agreement with African pay TV companyMultiChoice. The deal gives entertainment channel Sony Entertainment Television carriage in more than 2 million Sub-Saharan homes, executive…


Distribution

Distribution In Brief:

- Filmax International and Orbita Max has acquired the international sales rights of Magic Journey to Africa, one of the first European stereoscopic 3D live-action movies. With a 10 million…


Investment

Telkom Media finally finds a buyer in China’s Shenzhen Media

Telkom's Media has been sold to China’s Shenzhen Media. "Telkom has managed to avert the winding up of Telkom Media by selling its 75 percent interest in and claims against…


Investment

Nigeria’s UBA to Help Filmmakers Access Finance

United Bank for Africa Plc has restated its commitment to the growth and development of the African movie industry, promising to advance its support to the industry through the creation…


Investment

Investment In Brief:

- At a meeting held by the African Development Bank to discuss « Media and the Financial Crisis », Spectrum TV Director General, Mactar Silla He underscored that contrary to…


Regulation & Policy

DR Congo / Government suspends French public radio broadcasts in northeast

Reporters Without Borders wrote last week to communication and media minister Lambert Mendé condemning the government’s decision to suspend local retransmission of the French public radio station Radio France Internationale…


Regulation & Policy

Rwanda: Government shuts off BBC-Kinyarwanda broadcasts

Diplomatic corps and Representatives of International Organisations accredited to Rwanda, were last week briefed on the recent decision by Government to « scrap » the BBC Kinyarwanda programme from local…


Regulation & Policy

Regulation & Policy In Brief:

- Malagasy Radio Mada sports reporter Evariste Ramanantsoavina was detained and charge ed with "inciting revolt against the republic's institutions," defamation and disseminating false information. He was arrested on 5…


Technology & Convergence

Zambia: MISA lobbies Government to zero rate media equipment

The Media Institute of Southern Africa (Misa) Zambia has recommended that the Government should zero rate taxes on media equipment owing to the global economic recession. Misa Zambia is of…


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Technology & Convergence In Brief:

- According to Marklives.com heightened interest in news around the recent general elections seems to have boosted the fortunes of a number of South African news organisations on Twitter. The…