Issue no 6 13 June 2007

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African 24 hour TV news channel project to start investor fundraising

This week CNBC announced that it would be offering a channel devoted to business news from Africa. But a more ambitious project may be just around the corner to launch a 24 hour African news channel. Russell Southwood spoke to Salim Amin, CEO of Camerapix, the man behind the idea. Q: What does Camerapix do? Camerapix was set up in 1963 by my Dad as photo agency. It then moved on to do film and video. We now have three sides to the company. The first of these is the TV side of the company which does things like broadcast…

Content

Africa: VOA Launches African Music Mix

The Voice of America (VOA) has launched African Music Mix, a continuous stream of African music favorites, available to African listeners, every day of the week. From N'dombolo to Benga…


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Mozambique: Advertising Festival Inaugurated

The Mozambican government expects that companies, through advertising and marketing, will compete in an environment of transparency, capable of bringing ideas about how to promote Mozambican produce and to maximise…


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Uganda: New Vision's Aldrine Live on SS3

New Vision's own columnist, Aldrine Nsubuga has been selected by Supersport to provide the Ugandan perspective in the live television broadcast of the June 2 Nations Cup qualifier. Nsubuga, New…


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Africa: CNBC to Launch African Channel From Friday

CNBC Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa's first 24-hour, live international business news channel, will begin broadcasting from its new Johannesburg headquarters beginning Friday, Xinhua reported from Johannesburg citing the company. The latest…


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Uganda: UBC Closes Kitti FM in Kitgum Over Money

Uganda Broadcasting Council on Tuesday evening closed Kitti FM in Kitgum over non-payment of operational license fees, Johnson Omona, the radio's director has said. The Kitgum-based private radio went off…


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Sierra Leone: SLBS Presenter attacked for applying to NAS for sensitisation programmes

Presenter of the Jolly Good Show at the Sierra Leone Broadcasting Service (SLBS) 93.5 in Kenema, Sahr Victor Fayombo and his colleague, Samuel Obba Navo has been attacked for applying…


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Kenya: Arua Radio Wins Africa Award

Grappling at home with rapid mysterious staff exit, Arua-based Radio Pacis FM on May 26 sailed to continental stardom after it was declared the best "New Radio Station of-the-year" in…


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Kenya: Worldspace Revenue Declines With Fall in Subscribers

In announcing its latest financial results, Worldspace revealed that it had lost a contract with the Kenya Institute of Education on 1 January to broadcast primary education programmes throughout the…


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Nigeria: Focus Digital Cable TV Set for Nigeria

A digital entertainment cable television with bias for information technology, business and gospel is set to hit the Nigerian screen soon. The TV called Focus TV is a cable channel…


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Kenya: Entry of GTV forces DStv to announce cheaper Family bouquet

MultiChoice Kenya announced a new DStv Family Bouquet for Ksh1,350 ($19) a month, starting May 25, hardly a month after GTV - a European company - announced it will launch…


Distribution

Eutelsat, Globacom, Others Subscribe to Nigcomsat-1

The successful launch of Nigeria's communication satellite, NIGCOMSAT-1, has begun to yield dividends as both foreign and indigenous companies have initiated moves to subscribe to the services. Among the companies…


Distribution

Kenya: New Plan on Media Signals Revealed

The Government plans to license signal broadcast carriers to avoid infrastructure duplication. Information and Communications minister Mutahi Kagwe last week said the Government would continue to prioritise the sharing of…


Distribution

Tanzania power utility TANESCO offers broadcasters fibre optic distribution

Tanzanian power utility Tanesco will form a separate subsidiary company to handle its fibre business. According to TANESCO’s David Mshana:”Our business is to generate and provide electricity, but it is…


Distribution

Distribution In Brief

CV Telecom has recruited 250 customers in six months for its IP-TV service but its new private competitor has come in with a cheaper service ($20-30, depending on bouquet) and…


Investment

South Africa/Liberia: South African Media Group Attract Liberia Media

Visiting South African media group, Business in Africa has attracted Liberia media for the forth coming African Business Leaders Forum scheduled to take place in Ghana. The Analyst newspaper, Real…


Investment

Nigeria: Advan Projects N80bn Media Expenditure By 2010

The Advertisers Association of Nigeria (ADVAN) has made a projection that media advertising expenditure in the country would hit N80 billion mark by the year 2010. The organisation comprising of…


Investment

South Africa: Johncom Nears Sale Approval

Johnnic Communications (Johncom), SA' s second-largest media company, said yesterday the Competition Commission had unconditionally approved the sale of its stake in M-Net and SuperSport to Naspers. Last year, media…


Regulation & Policy

Senegalese Government shuts private radio station before launch

The Senegal Government’s tight control of media took an unexpected turn when two weeks ago a large contingent of armed soldiers burst into the 92.3 Premier FM to switch off…


Regulation & Policy

Kenya: Contentious Media Bill Revised

Renaming of the controversial Media Bill was among the amendments agreed after industry stakeholders and a Parliamentary committee met. The Bill, which is awaiting the second reading in Parliament, is…


Regulation & Policy

Congo: CPJ Condemns Police Assault On Journalists During Media Group Meeting

A journalist remained hospitalized today after police in the central diamond mining town of Mbuji-Mayi disrupted an official meeting of a prominent Congolese media group on Thursday, assaulting dozens of…


Regulation & Policy

Somalia: Shabelle Media Network Back On Air

Following four days of closure, Shabelle Media Network, Horn Afrik and Holy Koran radio stations have been reopened after the Somalia transitional government has given their chairmen the consent to…


Regulation & Policy

Somalia: CPJ Slams Somalia Media Shutdown

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), a press freedom watchdog on Thursday condemned the Somali government's closure of three independent broadcasters accused of supporting terrorism, saying the authorities' allegations were…


Technology & Convergence

Kenya: Safaricom's New Data Service Goes Live On June 20

Blackberry, Safaricom's new wireless voice and data service, will go live on June 20. Briefing corporate executives at a breakfast meeting in Nairobi, Safaricom chief executive officer Michael Joseph said…


Technology & Convergence

South Africa: Media Firm Prepares to Capture in-Taxi Television Market

Taxi commuters will soon be in the crosshairs of advertisers hungry for a slice of mass-market action with in-taxi television. The elusive solution to technology limitations and difficult taxi associations…


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Senegal: Ousmane Sembene, doyenne of African film-makers died

It is hard to underestimate the influence of Senegalese film-maker Ousmane Sembene who died last week after an illness. More recently, he was hailed as the “father of African cinema”…


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South Africa: Top Telkom Media Post for Former Johncom CEO Molusi

Connie Molusi, the ousted CEO of media company Johnnic Communications (Johncom), has taken up the position of chairman at Telkom Media, one of 17 companies applying for a commercial satellite…


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Namibia: Munyama to Wait Longer for PG Decision

The case in which former Namibian Broadcasting Corporation Director General Gerry Munyama is facing a charge of defrauding the NBC of some N$346 000 was postponed for a second time…


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Angola: Public National Radio New Director Nominated

The journalist Eduardo Magalhaes was appointed on Monday the new director of the State-run Angola National Radio (RNA), in a dispatch issued by the minister of SocialCommunication, Manuel Antonio Rabelais,…


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Zimbabwe: Sevenzo Blown Away By New Job

Kudzai Sevenzo is no stranger to show business or life on the road, but a new job as presenter for digital channel M-Net's Studio 53 has opened up horizons which…