Issue no 58 10 July 2009

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Mozambique: Private TV stations battle it out with state-run TVM

Mozambique’s TV broadcast industry is comparatively small for the size of the country. It is limited by how many of the country’s population it can reach and therefore the level of advertising revenues that can be achieved. Nevertheless it s making serious inroads into the audiences of the state-run TVM. Russell Southwood looks at the current state of play. Besides TVM, there are three other private TV stations in Mozambique: the first to launch, STV; Miramar, a church channel from Brazil; and the latest newcomer TIM. The three big players are the first two of these and the Government-run TVM.…

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Central African Republic: International Criminal Court Begins Radio Series to Explain Activities to Citizens

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has launched a series of radio programmes in the Central African Republic (CAR) as part of an outreach campaign aimed at informing the country's population…


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Cape Town Film Studios to open doors 2010

The state-of-the-art Cape Town Film Studios (CTFS) currently under construction are due to be opened in March 2010. According to Nicco Dekker chief executive officer of CTFS, the South African…


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Zimbabwe: Studio 263 Scrapped Off New ZTV Viewing Season

Popular soap Studio 263 was pulled off air while Legacies remains the only local soap to be aired on television, ZTV's new viewing season unveiled recently has revealed. The corporation's…


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Tarzan: Hollywood’s mythical African character gets his own exhibition in Paris

The mythical white man in the African jungle, swinging from tree to tree, who as character became a star of film and TV has got his own exhibition in Paris.…


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Content In Brief:

- Anant Singh's Videovision Entertainment has teamed up with TOM Pictures, the makers of the acclaimed Gums 'n Noses to produce the new comedy feature, Stiff. The film which is…


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Strike forces Radio France Internationale to broadcast music

At RFI (Radio France Internationale), strikers are now into the eighth week of a strike which started on 12 May over redundancies. RFI announced that it would lay off 200…


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South Africa: Nonhle Thema launches Vuzu TV on DStv to replace GO Channel

Vuzu TV, billed as South Africa's first interactive television channel, launched at The Zone in Rosebank, Johannesburg. It will host a flagship show on the channel, which is based on…


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South Africa: Charnley, Vos join new SABC board

ICT personalities Irene Charnley and Suzanne Vos were appointed as non-executive directors to the SA Broadcasting Corporation's (SABC's) interim board by Parliament yesterday. Their appointments come in the wake of…


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Angola: State-Run Television and Radio extends coverage to 90% of population

The extension process of the signals of the state-run Angola National Radio (RNA) and Public Television (TPA) in whole country is in a coverage of 85 to 90 per cent,…


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Broadcast In Brief

- Residents of the eastern district town of Kenema have raised concern over the continuous closure of the Sierra Leone Broadcasting Service television station, SLBS/TV located in the township despite…


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Movie Mary Slessor airs on the African Movie Channel

The African Movie Channel (AMC ) continues to blaze the trail as the home of Africa’s top creative talent and most captivating entertainment. From Friday, 26th June, AMC will make…


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South Africa: Black Business Takes on Icasa to Reverse Multiplex allocation to M-Net

A Black business consortium is to serve papers on the Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) opposing the publication of digital terrestrial television (DTT) regulations governing the allocation of additional…


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Distribution In Brief:

- The story of the Nigerian movie industry’s success has been examined in an interesting documentary called "Nollywood Babylon," by Canadians Ben Addelman and Samir Mallal. It traces Nollywood's roots…


Investment

Shepherds and Butchers for VideoVision Entertainment

Anant Singh has announced the acquisition of the film rights to Durban advocate, Chris Marnewick's book Shepherds & Butchers. The book is a riveting cliff-hanger courtroom drama about capital punishment.…


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South Africa: Internet, Pay-TV Help Boost Naspers Revenue

Media group Naspers released a solid set of annual results at the beginning of July, with most analysts commenting on an excellent performance. While the media sector in general has…


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Investment In Brief

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Regulation & Policy

Botswana: BCP Reports Khama to Ombudsman

The Botswana Congress Party (BCP) has launched a complaint with the office of the Ombudsman accusing President Ian Khama and the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) of abusing the national…


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South Africa: ICASA to license M-Net competitor

ICASA released its finalised digital terrestrial TV (DTT) regulations on Friday, after almost a year in the making. These could see M-Net face a commercial competitor in just over a…


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Regulation & Policy In Brief

- The Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) announced recently that it was pushing forward its tough stance on broadcasting squatters, saying it hoped to regain over 150 licences and auction…


Technology & Convergence

Telecoms operators shift Focus to Internet As Demand Grows in Kenya

Kenya's mobile providers are moving to strengthen their Internet offerings in response to growing demand for services over the last quarter. Zain Kenya has announced a 25 per cent cost…


Technology & Convergence

Angola Signs U.S. $327 Million Satellite Construction Deal with Russia to help broadcast TV

Angola and Russia on Friday here signed a contract for the building, launching and operation of the Angolan telecommunication satellite named AngoSat, following the visit of president of the Russian…


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Technology & Convergence In Brief

A conference called « journée VNeT » has been organised in Tunis at Hotel Concorde Les Berges du Lac, on the 19th. June with the theme « digital convergence and…


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Michael Jackson, an African Icon

Michael Jackson died of heart failure last Thursday June 25th 2009 at the age of 50 and left the world in a state of shock. Described as a music legend,…


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TUNISIA nomination wave in the media sector

In preparation for November's election, a wave of restructure has occurred within Tunisian leading information media. Mohamed Fehri Chelbi has just been nominated CEO of the nationale Television channel, Chaouki…


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Cameroun - Political changes

 On 1st july 2009 Paul Biya has nominated Philémon Yang First Minister of Cameroun as well as 7 new ministers and one state secretary including: M. ISSA TCHIROUMA BAKARI as…


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Training scheme to cash in on animation boom

SA award-winning animation industry had missed out on $70m-$100m worth of work in the past 18 months as the country had too few trained animators, Cape Film Commission marketing, communications…


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Documentary Opportunities at Encounters

Encounters is pleased to announce that Jonathan Powell, head of Acquisitions of Al-Jazeera Network, will be attending Encounters from 2 to 9 July. Powell is actively seeking to buy existing…


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SA: New channel CTV (Cape Twon TV) calls for Support and partnerships

CTV has been on air for 7 months now and has achieved an enormous amount with limited resources. During this period CTV has established a loyal viewership in the Cape…


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Paris' Musee du Quai Branly Calls for African Artists

Focused on the approach of promoting contemporary creativity (especially photography), the “musée du quai Branly” has launched since 2008 an artistic creation program. Each year, this program will allow contemporary…