Issue no 66 28th October 2009

Top Story

Kenya’s Freeview looks for a new business model in the digital future

Outside of South Africa, Kenya has been the one country where the transition to digital transmission is making real progress. New signal carriers are likely to be set up but initially broadcasters will use incumbent KBC’s transmission network, currently being tested. There are proposals that the regulator CCK will subsidise set-top boxes for those who can’t afford them from the funds it collects from operators. Russell Southwood spoke to Freeview CEO Kass Khimji who’s pioneering a new Free-To-Air digital business model Q : How did your operation get started ? A : Initially we started out as intending to go to cable TV.…

Broadcast

Southern Africa: Angola to Host Saba Conference in 2010

Angola will host the 18th annual conference of the Southern African Broadcasting Association (SABA) in 2010. It was announced in Maseru, capital of Lesotho, by the Director for Programmes and…


Broadcast

African Radio Stations are going digital

Securenet Systems, Inc., a radio streaming services provider announces several new music stations in Africa and around the world signing up for their services as World Beat and African Beat…


Broadcast

Media&Money programme comes to CNBC Africa

CNBC Africa this week launches its Media&Money programme, focusing on the competitive and business side of Africa's media, marketing, advertising, branding and communications sector. The show will each week feature…


Broadcast

South Africa promos equal to Europe, according to Promax/BDA Chair

There is a unique African aesthetic emerging in South Africa’s on-air promos and broadcast design, according to the international judges of the fourth annual Promax/BDA Africa Awards. This message was…


Broadcast

Broadcast In Brief:

- 2010 FIFA World Cup update : On top of the actual matches, the FIFA will allow the production of 20 to 25 hours of TV programme per day. In addition,…


Content

Kenya/SA sci-fi film collaboration

Award-winning Kenyan filmmaker Wanuri Kahiu (From A Whisper) has teamed up with South African film producers Simon Hansen, Hannah Slezacek and Amira Quinlan of Inspired Minority Pictures to make a…


Content

SA: Sky HD drama series Strike Back films in Joburg

The Sky1 HD production, Strike Back, starring Richard Armitage, Jodhi May and Andrew Lincoln, commenced filming on location in South Africa recently. Based on the hugely successful Chris Ryan novel,…


Content

Celebs can raise money for charity by competing in Endemol/M-Net series

Celebrities around South Africa can benefit a charity of their choice by taking part in brand-new Survivor South Africa but they will have to give up their luxury lifestyles and…


Content

Africa short films selected for Africa in Motion competition

Seven short films by up-coming young African filmmakers have been shortlisted for the 2nd annual Africa in Motion (AiM) short film competition. The films come from across the continent, spanning…


Content

Content In Brief:

- The International Womens Film Festival (le Festival International du Film de Femmes - FIFFS) was held of September 28 to October 3 in Morocco. Among the 12 films in…


Distribution

South Africa’s Telkom wins the contract to carry 2010 World Cup online

South African telecommunications company Telkom has won the rights for to carry the online coverage of the 2010 Fifa World Cup, a tournament for which it is also a major sponsor.…


Distribution

Discop Africa 3 goes back to Dakar in February 2010

Discop Africa 3, the third edition of Discop’s new matchmaking and networking event targeting Sub-Saharan African free and pay television platforms, will take place in Dakar, Senegal at the Pullman…


Distribution

Distribution In Brief:

- The Moroccan city Tangiers hosted the 7th edition of the Mediterranean Short Film Festival from October 12th till 17th.


Investment

South Africa: Naspers - Well-Read in Bouncing Back From Bad Ventures

NASPERS , Africa's largest media company, has proved successful in growing its footprint, particularly in emerging markets where other South African companies have struggled or failed to have an effect…


Investment

Diallo Entertainment awarded Zain account for Niger

Zain a leading global mobile telecommunications company across the African continent and the Middle East, has once again commissioned the services of the South African based TV production company, Diallo…


Investment

Investment In Brief:

- A group of aspiring Cape Town filmmakers who have struggled to get a start in the film business are finally getting a boost. Nine short films highlighting issues faced…


Regulation & Policy

Piracy hits District 9

The local box office revenue of the South African blockbuster District 9 is estimated to have lost approximately R1.5m in ticket sales because of piracy, according to the South African…


Regulation & Policy

Liberia: Information Minister Bropleh Suspended

The Minister of Information, Culture Affairs & Tourism, Dr. Laurence Bropleh, has been suspended by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, pending results of an ongoing investigation by the Ministry of Justice,…


Regulation & Policy

Regulation & Policy In Brief:

- In mid October 2009, a Japanese national, Takano Makoto (36), was been found guilty of working illegally in Namibia while having a holiday permit. Swakopmund Magistrate Hannelie Prinsloo on…


Technology & Convergence

Mobile TV: Ericsson's solution

Mobile TV targeting residential customers has started being used in several countries, and it has met a relative success: some users have found it useful as for example a news…


Technology & Convergence

Canal Plus launches PVR in Africa

Francophone Pay TV operator Canal Plus (Canal+) has announced the launch of a major innovation on the African continent. Jean-Noël Tronc, PDG of Canal Overseas Africa, which has been present…


More

Technology & Convergence In Brief:

- Vislink announced its first sale of Link L1500 HD wireless camera systems in South Africa -to Dimension Television Facilities It is purchasing four complete, high-end LINK L1500 wireless camera…