Issue no 69 10th December 2009

Top Story

Kenya’s Habari TV to offer streamed online news from TV stations across Africa

As the Thema Pay TV channels in France have shown, there’s a huge appetite for news from “back home” amongst those living in the global African diaspora. Kenya’s Habari TV hopes to capitalise on this interest by providing streamed news programmes from key African broadcasters. Russell Southwood spoke to Habari TV’s Kelvin Karungu about its plans. Habari TV’s ambition is to be the web site where news programmes from TV stations all over Africa are aggregated under the slogan “News like Home”. It wants to be able to offer these news programmes within 24 hours of transmission, either at full…

Broadcast

Sudan: Short-wave radio still going strong in Darfur, says listeners survey

A recent listener survey showed that Darfuri listen en masse to radio broadcasts via the short-wave band. 95% of the population over the age of 15 listen to the radio…


Broadcast

New HD DSTV channel for South African subscribers

HD PVR subscribers to get dedicated high definition sports channel in December. MultiChoice this morning announced that it would be increasing its channel offering for HD PVR subscribers. by Tom…


Broadcast

SportFive is taking SABC to court in Paris

The Paris-based agent for the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has served a summons on the cash-strapped South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) for money it claims it is owed for…


Broadcast

Kenyan TV begins the long journey to going digital

Kenya's long journey to digital broadcasting has begin in Nairobi amid concerns that the high pricing of set top boxes will prevent millions of viewers from migrating to the new…


Broadcast

Broadcast In Brief

- Governor Martin Elechi has threatened to sack all the staff and management of the state owed Ebonyi State Broadcasting Service (EBBS) in Nigeria, should trouble continue to be experienced…


Content

USAID provides funding for two seasons of Sesame Street Nigeria

Focus on the importance of education, empowerment for girls and HIV/AIDS will be part of the Nigerian version of the long-running children’s series Sesame Street. The programme is an extension…


Content

South Africa: 1.1 million viewers Choose Pay TV over Free-To-Air options, says TAMS

DStv viewers have grown 33%, which translates to an impressive 1.129- million new viewers, pitching it for the first time against terrestrial channels SABC and e.tv, the latest Television Audience…


Content

Ghana facing Nations Cup TV black-out because of 1.5 million fee for rights

Ghanaians might not be able to watch the upcoming Africa Cup Nations Cup to be staged in Angola on television due to the inability of local TV stations to secure…


Content

Tunisia: Australia’s SBS TV shoots documentary on Kerkennah Islands

Under the title: "Looks at the relaxed lifestyle of the Kerkennah Islands in Tunisia", the Australian TV channel "SBS TV", broadcast a 30 minute documentary on the Kerkennah Islands on…


Content

Content In Brief

- Twelve Sudanese journalists received one-month training on election reporting under UNESCO’s programme, Joint Media Elections Training. The participants, from both Northern and Southern Sudan, attended two weeks of classroom…


Distribution

SES World Skies and Satlink collaboration expands reach for African clients

SatLink Communications Ltd and SES World Skies have announced the launch of a new DS3 fiber link connecting their teleport facilities. The new link allows SatLink client's direct access to…


Distribution

South Africa: Football fans will be able to watch the 2010 World Cup live in 3D

Fifa has signed an agreement with Sony to film up to 25 games from the finals in South Africa in 3D. Fans will be able to watch the games on…


Distribution

Distribution In Brief

- The Durban International Film Festival has announced that its 31st edition will take place from 22 July to 1 August 2010. The festival will present over 200 screenings of…


Investment

Hollywood is looking to produce in Cape Town Film Studios

Thanks to the international success of District 9, Hollywood is showing great interest in the Cape Town Film Studios (CTFS), which is being built outside Somerset West. Nico Dekker, the…


Investment

Huge Group launches Huge Media with agreement to distribute mobile advertising technology

Huge Group has announced the launch of its latest operating subsidiary, Huge Media, in Johannesburg. Huge Media aims to enter the rapidly emerging digital media arena, positioning itself as a…


Investment

Regulation & Policy

Tanzanian Government worried about rural viewers in the shift to digital by 2015

The Tanzanian Government is worried about those living in rural areas having access to electronic broadcasts once the broadcasting system in country shifts from analogue to digital mode by 2015.…


Regulation & Policy

Cote d’Ivoire: CNCA orders non-licensed broadcasters to stop transmission

In a communiqué broadcast on the news programme 20 heures, Félix Nagnio, Secretary General of the Conseil national de la communication audiovisuelle (CNCA), ordered:”the immediate close down of all non-authorised…


Regulation & Policy

Regulation & Policy In Brief

- The Somali media and journalist associations decided on a cooperative action plan to counter the growing oppression of the media in Somalia. In 2009 six Somali journalists have been…


Technology & Convergence

UNESCO and CBA launch new guidelines for broadcasters on user-generated content

For the first time guidelines have been published on how broadcasters around the world can encourage audiences to produce better-quality user-generated content. The new guidelines will also enable the public…


Technology & Convergence

New UK TV set from Cello offers convergence with iPlayer and 14 Internet channels

A new TV set which offers people the chance to view the BBC iPlayer directly, has launched. The iViewer, from British firm Cello, has built-in internet access, and requires a…


More

Technology & Convergence In Brief

- IMPALA, the International MHEG Promotion Alliance, welcomed the news of the beta release of the world’s first deployment of hybrid broadcast broadband MHEG Interaction Channel (MHEG-IC) by UK free-to-air…