Issue no 67 12th November 2009

Top Story

Ochre’s niche channel Saffron TV targets South Africa’s Indian community

As Africa’s broadcast industry moves from time-based programming to thematic channels, viewers will stop asking “What time’s the news on?” and start saying “What’s my news channel?” Thematic programming also opens up the potential for TV broadcasters to address niche markets in a way that African vernacular radio stations have done in more liberalized markets. One of this new generation of niche TV channels is Ochre Media’s Saffron TV. Russell Southwood spoke last week to Stan Joseph and Alet Bensch of Ochre Media. Ochre Media is one Africa’s top 5 production companies and has been in existence for 15 years.…

Broadcast

Nigeria: DSTV launches new low-cost bouquet

New DSTV access, with over 25 channels at the monthly subscription of N1, 500, with the access, subscribers will pay $10 as monthly subscription emerges. MultiChoice Africa, operator of Africa's…


Broadcast

South Africa: Bonisanani cracks early morning AR's

Bonisanani, a children's programme produced by Kagiso TV & Communications for SABC 1, has defied the odds by catching and holding viewers in an early morning weekend timeslot. Remarkable AR's…


Broadcast

SABC Crisis, Recession Deal Blow to Advert Producers

The financial crisis at the SABC and the global recession have hit SA's advertisement production industry, with a 14% decrease in the number of adverts produced in the 2008-09 financial…


Broadcast

South Africa: On Digital Media and Super5Media are preparing to enter the pay-TV market

On Digital Media and Super5Media are preparing to enter the South African pay-TV market to take on DStv. They have cleared their regulatory hurdles and are gearing up for the…


Broadcast

Broadcast In Brief:

- Students of the Department of Mass Communication, Delta State University (DELSU), Abraka, Delta State, have asked the Vice Chancellor, Prof. John O. Enaohwo, to ensure that the university's FM…


Content

Sénégal: Channel 3 launches Nguélawal Nawet, a new health awareness programme with support from USAID

Channel 3 of Senegal’s public broadcaster RTS last Thursday in St Louis launched a programme called Nguélawal Nawet (Winter Wind) to promote health awareness in the national language Wolof, according…


Content

South Africa as seen through Hollywood eyes

Hollywood is taking a renewed interest in South Africa these days. A century after D.W. Griffith filmed his 13-minute black and white silent fable "The Zulu's Heart," South Africa and…


Content

Mozambique: Inhambane Film on Manta Rays

The UK’s public broadcaster the BBC on 11 November transmitted a documentary on the work of Inhambane-based researcher Andrea Marshall, who has discovered that there are two types of manta…


Content

FIFA WC Countdown to 2010: A24 provides footage for broadcasters

A24 media provides several pieces of materials to broadcast networks. Where will you be on the 11th of June 2010? With slightly over 220 days remaining before the world of…


Content

Content In Brief:

- The Gauteng Film Commission (GFC) has announced that it will officially launch the ‘Film Friendly Gauteng’ campaign this month (November 2009), positioning the Province as an attractive and competitive…


Distribution

Finding Lenny comedy finds an international sales agent in Cinemavault

Cinemavault has further bolstered its AFM slate as the market prepares to get underway this week with Neal Sundstrom’s South African football comedy Finding Lenny. South African stand-up comic Barry…


Distribution

Uganda: mobile projections at the Kampala International Film Festival

There’s been filmic pleasure to be had by all in Uganda from 6-14 November when the Amakula Kampala International Film Festival (amakula.com) took place. The festival went some way to…


Distribution

Distribution In Brief:

  - The African Cinema Conference is a virtual summit focused on the production and distribution of African related films & videos. This Yahoo groups invites members who write in…


Investment

Eutelsat's upcoming satellite launch: more sub-Saharan Africa coverage

Eutelsat has plans to launch five more satellites by the end of 2011. The W7 satellite is currently in final stages of preparation for launch on November 23, 2009 from…


Investment

Intelsat to use its successful acquisition of ProtoStar I to serve Central Africa

On October 29, 2009, Intelsat was selected as the successful bidder at a bankruptcy auction for the ProtoStar I satellite with an all cash offer of $210 million. The acquisition,…


Investment

Investment In Brief:

- South Africa’s ISP iBurst has introduced a triple-play proof of concept (POC) at the gated community of Monaghan Farm which is situated just north of Lanseria Airport. The triple…


Regulation & Policy

Cameroon: Private sector broadcasters battle with new licensing law

Although Cameroon has over 100 radio and television stations, only three have obtained licences from the Government. The others only have authorisations to enable them operate. These stations are operating…


Regulation & Policy

Nigeria: Obaigbena - With Internet, broadcast regulator NBC has lost relevance

Chairman/Editor-in-Chief of This Day Newspaper, Nduka Obaigbena, has questioned the relevance of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) as a regulator in an age where technology has created a borderless world.…


Regulation & Policy

Regulation & Policy In Brief:

- Buganda MPs on Friday accused the government of curtailing their efforts to table a motion for the immediate reopening of Central Broadcasting Services [CBS] radio. - The National Union…


Technology & Convergence

Madagascar: Data Telecom Service launches Internet TV

Last week Data Telecom Service (DTS), a subsidiary of the telco incumbent, Telma, launched a new Internet TV service called Moov Live. “With this new multimedia service, it is possible…


Technology & Convergence

SA: New stadium meets international communication requirements

The new multipurpose Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit, purpose built for the FIFA 2010 World Cup, will have a voice, data, cabling, satellite master antenna television and computer network, as well…


More

Technology & Convergence In Brief:

- South Africans without DSTV will not see high-definition TV until after 2012. Seven million South Africans will not experience high-definition TV if the current digital migration regulations remain the…