Issue no 68 26 November 2009

Top Story

Uganda runs DTT pilot and plans to go digital by 2012 but private sector argues for separate signal carrier

The pace of the transition to digital broadcasting in Africa is picking up with a larger group of countries now entering the race with practical action rather than just policy proposals. But the issue of who will be the signal carrier has not been settled and the private sector is understandably wary of putting itself in the hands of the incumbent broadcaster. Russell Southwood looks at the issues that surfaced at a recent public viewing of digital television in Uganda. Five Ugandan television stations are taking part in a digital broadcast pilot with 200 viewers receiving the signal in the…

Broadcast

MTN Nigeria cuts off transmission of FIFA U-17 matches because of unpaid bills

A major crisis has hit the ongoing FIFA U-17 World Cup when MTN cut offthe fibre connection which transmits television signals from the producers to the rest of the world.This…


Broadcast

VP Commissions NTDC's Tourism Radio

Vice President Goodluck Jonathan last wee commissioned NTDC's Outside Broadcast Van (OB Van) and Radio Tourism 89.9 FM in the Tourism Village, NTDC headquarters in Abuja. Dr. Jonathan in his…


Broadcast

SA: New Transmitter Site Switches On

Public broadcaster SABC has switched on another low power transmitter site at Indermark, Limpopo Province. The SABC has been rolling out the installation of low power transmitters across South Africa…


Broadcast

Spectrum delivers IP-TV on an Angolan oil ring

Spectrum, a South African digital media company and supplier of IP-TV software recently installed IPTV-VOD System, with set-top boxes on screens in 80 rooms on an oil rig housing around…


Broadcast

Broadcast In Brief:

- On Wednesday 2 December, it will be one year ago that Radio Darfur went on air in Darfur. It is the only source of independent news for the Darfuri.…


Content

$22m Dubai deal for South Africa’s Know Your Nation animation format

Mon, 16 Nov 2009 South African cartoonist/filmmaker Tim Mostert of Speedy Productions has entered into a $22m deal with Dubai-based Emari Toons for his two-minute animation format, Know Your Nation.…


Content

Kenya film selected by Hubert Bals Fund

Soul Boy, first film by Kenyan filmmaker Hawa Essuman, will be part of the 39th Hubert Bals Fund of the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) theme section ‘Where is Africa?’…


Content

Paris' Quai Branly Museum celebrates "Présence Africaine" with films

“Présence Africaine” was an important journal and media tool that allowed black intellectuals and writers to claim their cultural and historic identities that the colonial context denied or “exoticized”. This…


Content

FIFA Assures South African Fans for 2010 Despite SABC Court Wrangle

FIFA said last week that South African audiences would still be able to view World Cup matches next year even if outside broadcast vans were not delivered to the SABC…


Content

Content In Brief:

- "Harragas," the latest film by Algerian director Merzak Allouache, is running in the official competition of the 29th International Film Festival of Amiens (North of France) which opens this…


Distribution

Super5Media, aka Telkom Media, recently retrenched 28% of its workforce with more jobs in the firing line

Telkom Media was recently rebranded as Super5Media after Shenzhen Media South Africa bought 75 percent of Telkom Media from then controlling shareholder Telkom. Super5Media has a commercial satellite and cable…


Distribution

"MJC franciliennes" festival shows the great names of African cinema

The "MJC franciliennes" will show a season of the “greats” of African cinema in several theatres around Paris.With the financial support of "Ile-de-France" Council, the festival will provide a choice…


Distribution

Distribution In Brief:

- Algerian Radio and Deutsche Welle Radio inked a partnership agreement in radio broadcasting and production start of November 2009, the Algerian Radio said in a statement. Both sides have…


Investment

New studio complex launched in Johannesburg

A new studio complex is underway in the tranquil and largely residential suburb of Fontainebleau, north of Johannesburg. The scope and determination which has been invested in this project is…


Investment

Algeria: Government gives its backing to a swift transition to DTT

The meeting, chaired by Secretary of State at Prime Minister for Communication Azzedine Mihoubi, is aimed at giving a visibility to the authorities by mapping out guidelines and the methodological…


Investment

Investment In Brief:

- Intellect have announced the launch of the Journal of African Cinemas at the African Film in the Digital Era Conference, on Sunday 29 November at the University of Westminster,…


Regulation & Policy

Uganda: Broadcasting Boss Probed On CHOGM

MPS on the public accounts committee last week handed over Broadcasting Council chairman Godfrey Mutabaazi to the criminal investigations department over a $5m (about sh9.4b) deal he negotiated with Globecast…


Regulation & Policy

Broadcast rights: HiTV condemns cable owners

HiTV has started a blazing row with Association of Cable Owners of Nigeria (ACON). It resents press reports attributed to ACON, which HiTV’s Public Relations Manager, Justin Akpovi-Esade, condemned as…


Regulation & Policy

Regulation & Policy In Brief:

Media reform in the coming years needs to focus on the future of public broadcasting in Namibia and legislation on access to information.This was one of the findings of the…


Technology & Convergence

South Africa has selected MHEG-5 as the interactive TV middleware for its digital switchover

IMPALA, the International MHEG Promotion Alliance, is pleased to announce that South Africa – via its Digital Dzonga Advisory Council – has selected MHEG-5 as the interactive TV middleware for…


Technology & Convergence

Tunisia: NETIA Radio-Assist Provides Automated Workflow at Radio Tunisienne Chaine Internationale

NETIA announced that Radio Tunisienne Chaine Internationale (RTCI) has installed NETIA's Radio-Assist digital audio software to streamline the broadcast workflow, from acquisition through playout, for its international radio programming. The…


More

Technology & Convergence In Brief:

- Zambian regulator CAZ is proposing that the Government should help finance acquisition of DTT technology and infrastructure for the national broadcaster Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC) and then let…