Issue no 60 5 August 2009

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Kenya’s Kiss FM goes into TV with new Kiss TV channel

Kenya’s Kiss media group started in radio and established a leading position for itself before branching out into newspapers with the Nairobi Star. No sooner was it challenging on that front than it announced that it was going to launch a Kiss TV channel. Russell Southwood caught up with one of the two Managing Directors of the company, Patrick Quarcoo in Nairobi. Q: How come a Ghanaian like you finds himself running a media company in Kenya? I was working in London for Reuters and was keen to come back home so I was sent to their offices in Nairobi,…

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Nigeria: Minister Akunyili says 7,758 Adverts Not Vetted in 2008

Minister for Information and Communication, Professor Dora Akunyili, said week that in the the last year, a total of 7,758 adverts were not inspected before they were aired in Nigeria.…


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335 International Filmmakers want to be part of the 6th Abuja Film Festival

As the 6th. edition of the annual Abuja International Film Festival continues to gather momentum, at least 335 foreign filmmakers from 50 countries have expressed in taking part. The Festival…


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€460,000 audio-visual production Funds for Francophone Films

Fourteen films from French-speaking countries in the South, representing approximately 17 hours of films, will receive production assistance or completion support for a total of €460.000 granted by the International…


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Ghana’s TV3 Win Three Awards

TV3 picked up three awards at the Ghana National Honorary awards of fame, one for the channel itself and two others for distinguished journalists and presenters, which went to Nana…


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Content In Brief:

- Angola’s Damba district, 197 kilometres from Uíge city, can receive signal coverage for National Radio of Angola (RNA), which is transmitted by a repeater that was inaugerated inaugurated by…


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Uganda: Advertising Formula Milk Illegal - Government

The Ministry of Health has warned manufacturers of formula milk against advertising. Offenders risk imprisonment for up to two years, heavy fines or a ban of their products. Tabley Bakyaita,…


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GBC and Metro TV blame each other for poor quality of Obama visit transmission

A blame game has ensued between the incumbent public broadcaster, GBC and one of its private sector challengers, Metro TV over the poor quality production of the coverage of US…


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Madagascar: RTA enlarges its studios and launches the second edition of Pazzapa

Malagasy broadcaster RTA has enlarged its studios and the opening of them coincides with the launching of the second edition of Pazzapa. Broadcaster Radio Télévision d'Analamanga (RTA) has since 2004…


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Namibia: Government Admits Favouring State Media during Cuba Visit

The Ministry of Information and Communication Technology has admitted that it gives preference to state-owned media during state visits and national events. The admission came after an outcry over the…


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Broadcast In Brief

- MultiChoice is upgrading the software in viewer's decoders. During the month of August 2009, MultiChoice will release new software over the air to decoders for subscribers on the W4…


Distribution

West African TV channels from Ghana and Benin now available on satellite

Two TV channels – one Beninois and the other Ghanaian – announced satellite distribution deals last week. French triple play oiperator “Free” has added ORTB to its African TV pack…


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Shortage of capacity in South Africa for the World Cup will benefit Satellites

Shortage of capacity over Africa is likely to present a major challenge for OU providers as they prepare for the World Cup next year, and will be good news for…


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Distribution In Brief:

- Television licence fees will increase 11%, the SABC said on Tuesday. The increase, effective from last Saturday, was approved by Communications Minister Siphiwe Nyanda, SABC spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago said…


Investment

Orange, main sponsor of major competitions organised by the Confederation of African Football

At the end of July 2009, Orange announced that it will be the main sponsor of major competitions organised by the Confederation of African Football over the next 8 years.…


Investment

South Africa: Allied and Ellies partner for digital migration

Allied Technologies Limited (Altech), through its subsidiary, Altech UEC (Pty) Limited (Altech UEC) has partnered with AltX listed Ellies Holdings Limited (Ellies), to provide a full service offering for digital…


Investment

Investment In Brief

- Driven by mobile services, Orange’s revenues in Africa and the Middle East rose 5.8% due to the growth of new operations (+27.8%) and Egypt (+11.1%). Orange is rolling out…


Regulation & Policy

Parliament Interviews Candidates to Sit on the Zimbabwe Media Commission

Twenty seven people, among them practising and retired journalists, were on Monday interviewed by a Parliamentary select committee to sit on the newly constituted Zimbabwe Media Commission. MDC's Masvingo Urban…


Regulation & Policy

Congo-Kinshasa: Govt Bans Radio France Internationale

The Committee to Protect Journalists called on the Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo to lift a ban on the FM broadcasts of Radio France Internationale (RFI) across the…


Regulation & Policy

Regulation & Policy In Brief

- Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria (APCON) has advised Advertising Practitioners to adhere to the ethics of the advertising profession by a conscious compliance with the laws, rules and regulations…


Technology & Convergence

Multichoice Africa’s Eben Greyling on IP-TV and Mobile Phones

Eben Greyling, the CEO of Multichoice Africa, spoke to Daily Monitor on the sidelines of the recent CNN/Multichoice African Journalist Awards 2009 in Durban, South Africa. Key points included: Q:…


Technology & Convergence

Set-top shipments worldwide to exceed 200 million by 2013 but where is Africa?

Africa has been slow to make the transition to digital transmission but the rest of world is powering forward with this shift and the danger is that Africa will get…


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Technology & Convergence In Brief

23 - 25 August 2009 Mediatech Africa 2009 EXHIBITION The Coca-Cola Dome Northgate - Johannesburg (South Africa) 10h00 - 18h00 (Thursday and Friday) 10h00 - 17h00 (Saturday) SA’s only all-inclusive…