Issue no 59 24 July 2009

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Setanta Africa pioneers Free To Air sports television

So much attention has been focused on the Pay TV battle for the Premiership rights that it would be easy to miss the development of Setanta Africa’s Free To Air coverage through its partner stations on the continent. This week Russell Southwood talks to Setanta Africa’s founder Barry Lambert and to Nada Anderson of Sports TV Uganda, one of its partner stations. Setanta Africa has survived the very public collapse of Setanta UK because it is part of Setanta’s separate parent company based in Ireland. Barry Lambert launched LIM Africa in 2002 after leaving TV Africa, of which he was…

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Morocco puts US$619,000 into local film and TV production

Morocco has earmarked 5 million dirhams to promote national audiovisual production, said Communication Minister and Spokesman for the government, Khalid Naciri on Tuesday. It may be a relatively small sum…


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Nigeria: Enugu will build Nollywood production village in bid make itself the centre of the country’s movie industry

The state government has announced plans to build a Nollywood village in order to try and make the state the centre of movie production in the country. The announcement was…


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Private sector broadcast chief Mactar Silla stresses role of communication in Africa's development

The chairman of the Organization of Africa's Private Television stations, Mactar Silla, has said communication plays a key role in Africa's development and urged the continent's leaders to be aware…


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Tunisia: Nessma TV promotes exchange of broadcast content between Maghreb countries

Tunisian private Television station, Nessma TV, has pledged to promote culture in the Maghreb region with its new programme schedules. One of its owners Nabil Karoui told a press conference…


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Content In Brief:

- Algiers International Cinema Festival will become an annual event. The Head of the department of Cinema in Algeria, Moura d Aït Oumeziane, announced that the Algiers International Festival of…


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Burkina Faso’s regulator CNC charts the rise of broadcast stations

Burkina Faso’s broadcast regulator Conseil supérieur de la communication (CSC) has published a short overview of the broadcast landscape in the country that shows the massive increase in the number…


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Malawi’s broadcast regulator promotes the benefits of digital transmission but no date set yet for switchover

On July 9, 2009, the President of the regulatory agency responsible for Malawi’s broadcast sector (MACRA), Thengo Maloya, declared that the transition from analog to digital would facilitate the advent…


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Sierra Leone: Two radio stripped of their licences by the Independent Media Commission

Two Sierra Leonean radio stations have been stripped of their licences. The national regulatory body, the Independent Media Commission (IMC), says the stations failed to comply with the country's media…


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Nigerian public media workers into second week of strike over non-payment of allowance

The strike embarked upon by employees of the Nigerian government-owned media organisations entered its second week Tuesday without a solution in sight to the issues that precipitated the crisis The…


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Broadcast In Brief

- On July 20-21, Gaborone, capital of Botswana will host a meeting of the Commission of marketing and education of the African Union of Broadcasting (AUB). The commission is in…


Distribution

Interview with Cherian M. Chacko, Berserk Media: Indian films find a ready market across Africa

Most people in the industry know that Bollywood is one of the largest film producers in the world. But far fewer know that one of the largest potential markets for…


Distribution

Wananchi to use KPLC network for fibre rollout in Kenya

Kenya’s Wananchi Group is to use the national electricity transmission network to build a fibre optic platform expected to open a new front in the bruising battle for control of…


Distribution

Distribution In Brief:

MultiChoice Africa, operators of pay television service DStv, have launched a new pay television package called DStv Access. The new package goes for a subscription sum of UShs21,000 per month…


Investment

Nigeria: Federal Government spends N8.2 billion upgrading state broadcaster’s equipment including HD

A contract worth N8.2 billion has been approved by the Federal Executive Council (FEC) for the upgrading and renovation of the broadcast equipment of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA). Briefing…


Investment

Nigeria: Apex bank organises training for journalists

On 14 July finance correspondents in Nigeria gathered in Makurdi, capital of northern Benue Statefor a seminar aimed at building their capacity for better reporting, according to the organisers, Central…


Investment

Investment In Brief

- The Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa), anxious to avoid a repeat of the embarrassment that followed the sale of Vodacom shares to Vodafone, will invite public comment on…


Regulation & Policy

South Africa: ICASA calls for submissions on Second Draft Terrestrial Broadcasting Frequency Plan

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has set July 25 as the closing date for submissions regarding the second draft terrestrial broadcasting frequency plan. The Authority received comments…


Regulation & Policy

Zimbabwe: Jomic Official Blasts State Media Over 'Hate Speech'

The Joint Monitoring and Implementation Committee, stung by accusations that it is a paper tiger, has turned the heat on the state media accusing it of poisoning the new political…


Regulation & Policy

Regulation & Policy In Brief

- Kenya’s KBC is shortly to purchase DTT transmission equipment and it may make its first digital transmissions within a month. KBC will offer a national transmission service to other…


Technology & Convergence

Nokia and DMTV Partner On Mobile TV in Nigeria

Mobile telecommunications Giant, Nokia and Digital Mobile Television (DMTV), a subsidiary of Multichoice last week signed a memoranda of understanding (MOU) on mobile TV services. With the partnership, consumers can…


Technology & Convergence

CNN, Multichoice Improve Media Awards to include Internet

Advanced technology features like Web2.0 and live blogging will be part of this year's CNN-MultiChoice Journalist of the Year awards ceremony. This will be the first time that there will…


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Technology & Convergence In Brief

- An opportunity to get to grips with the MEPG format, the Switch to digital: MPEGIF Master Class at the IBC2009 Conference 10 - 14 September at the RAI Centre…