Issue no 63 16th September 2009

Top Story

Internet takes centre stage for African broadcasters : News channels, feeds, distribution and downloads

This week has seen a slew of announcements that highlight the fundamental impact the Internet will have on Africa’s broadcasters. ANN 24 has launched what it claims will be the first African Internet TV news channel. The BBC has announced that it will offers its play and download software to international broadcasters. Vizada has teamed up with Streambox to deliver IP-streamed reporting solution. And as if that wasn’t enough to take in, content distribution platform A24 signed one of the continent’s premium news generators, Al-Jazeera. Russell Southwood looks at how the Internet will play a key role in African broadcasting.…

Broadcast

Gabon: Radio and TV staff attacked by party supporters after election results announced

The announcement of Ali Ben Bongo’s election to President in Gabon was followed by attacks on journalists working for radio and TV stations. Official results announced today declared Ali Ben…


Broadcast

Zambia: State Warns Satellite TV Broadcasters For Airing Other Broadcaster’s Content

Zambia’s Information and Broadcasting Services Minister Ronnie Shikapwasha took the slightly odd step of trying to prevent terrestrial broadcaster My Television from selling its content to satellite operator Muvi TV.…


Broadcast

South Africa : Broadcasters move on digital switchover

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) and etv have received six bids after their request for proposals for digital terrestrial television set-top box control software. The public broadcaster issued the…


Broadcast

Uganda: : Bukedde FM Now in Masaka, Mbarara

Bukkedde FM station has extended to Masaka and Mbarara districts transmitting from channel 106.8. Bill Tibingana, the Vision Group radio programme director, on Monday said the extension would also cover…


Broadcast

Broadcast In Brief:

- South Africa’s parliamentary portfolio committee on communication has been asked to make public the curricula vitae and motivations for the 31 nominees to the new SABC board so that…


Content

South Africa gears up to welcome more than 300 international broadcasters for World Cup

Although the World Cup does not start until next June, the territory is already pulling out the stops. US president Barack Obama has accepted the invitation to be at the…


Content

Al Jazeera Selects Africa’s A24 Media for online programme distribution

http://www.a24media.com The distribution of this content is part of the organisation’s drive to revolutionize the African media environment and to service strong demand among international audiences for African content. Al…


Content

South Africa: Kwanda Reality TV Series Set to Change Communities

A new, fresh and exciting TV series, the Kwanda Reality show, is set to entertain and inspire people to make a difference in their communities. Aired on SABC1 every Wednesday…


Content

PAMRO conference reviews how the African media landscape is changing

Africa’s market researchers came together at the end of August for their annual conference PAMRO in Nairobi. Although there was no big headline announcement, there were many presentations looking at…


Content

Content In Brief:

- African-American group BET Networks, a division of Viacom Inc, has announced its New Fall Programming. This includes eight news series that premiere in September and October : First In, Hear…


Distribution

Discop Africa opens its second media market in Nairobi with over 200 companies in attendance

Discop Africa is the major matchmaking and networking events centred on audiovisual content production, distribution and funding in Africa. The event is not only a media market but is also…


Distribution

Multichoice secures pre-launch satellite capacity on Intelsat 20

Intelsat, Ltd, announced last week that MultiChoice, signed a long-term, multi-transponder agreement for satellite capacity. The agreement extends and expands MultiChoice’s existing contract on the Intelsat 7 satellite at 68.5º…


Distribution

Distribution In Brief:

- Ryan Kampe and Sylvain Tron’s Visit Films has acquired international sales rights to NFVF funded film Shirley Adams (taking place in SA) which won multiple awards at the 30th…


Investment

State help for South African film industry

Because of the downturn in the South African economy the Department of Trade & Industry has decided to throw a lifeline to the film industry and help it with its…


Investment

Cash-strapped SABC shuts down five international news bureaux

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has begun shutting down operations at five of its international news bureaus as it continues to scale down its operations in key African and…


Investment

Investment In Brief

- The Yobe State Commissioner for Information, Barrister Bala Haladu, last week said the actual costs of renovation work of the state owned television (YTV) is N152 million not N500…


Regulation & Policy

Nigeria: NBC Urges Radio, TV Stations not to use Pirated Materials

The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has solicited for the support of broadcast stations in the fight against piracy by asking them to discourage pirated materials on their stations. It also…


Regulation & Policy

Kenya: CCK to Act On Broadcasters Who Corrupt Young Minds

Stephen Mburu wrote on 5 September 2009 that: "Radio and television stations that bombard their audiences with immoral programmes will be switched off, the government has warned. The Communications Commission…


Regulation & Policy

Regulation & Policy In Brief:

- In Uganda, police detained Prosper Businge, Gerald Kankya, Joram Bitamanya, Stephen Rwagweri, William Gonza and Dan Rubombora in January 2008 after they participated in a talk show that the…


Technology & Convergence

Mobile TV in Africa: Alcatel-Lucent's on its implentations

In Africa, and just as preparations for the 2010 FIFA World Cup tournament are gathering momentum in most African countries, a few African mobile telephone operators signaled their intention to…


Technology & Convergence

Mediapeers rolls out in Africa

As a Pure B2B service company for sellers and buyers of audiovisual content, mediapeers (spelled with a small "m") has decided to market its popular platform to the African market.…


More

Technology & Convergence In Brief:

- The Print Media Services Sub-Committee of the FIFA Under-17 World Cup has rejected the computers in the media centres of the Kano Sub-seat. In a media parley last week,…