Issue no 7 27 June 2007

Top Story

France: First African film entries in mobile film festival

A wave of mobile film festivals have been happening globally that reflect the rise of use of the mobile phone for making short films. At the beginning of June there was a three day festival of so-called “Pocket Films” with over 200 films of every genre from 30 countries represented. It was an interesting straw in the wind that several African countries entered films. For it is probably true now that more Africans have access to a mobile than have access to a cinema screen. Films submitted to the festival included everything from comedies, political statements, experimental work and community…

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Africa: MTV launches first youth-focused, global, multi-platform climate change campaign – MTV Switch

MTV last week announced the launch of MTV SWITCH, the first youth-focused, global, multi-platform campaign created to help slow down the acceleration of global warming. Through public service announcements (PSAs),…


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Nigeria: HiTV Signs On Sky, Eurosports News

New Nigerian pay television operator, HiTV, has underlined its commitment to bringing the best television entertainment to Nigerians with the introduction of additional news and sports channels to bring its…


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Ghana: The COPA AMERICA 2007 gets set to roll on DStv!

In an announcement guaranteed to keep African football fans locked onto DStv screens this month, SuperSport has confirmed that it will definitely screen what is known as the oldest national…


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Zimbabwe: ZBC in Hola Africa Initiative

Zimbabwe Broadcasting Services -- radio and television -- are together with 40 other broadcasters drawn from more than 30 countries participating in the Hola Africa Initiative to combat HIV and…


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South Africa: SABC Withdraws Controversial Documentary for Second Time

Now you see it, now you don't, now you see it, now you don't: such is the farcical situation with the controversial documentary on President Thabo Mbeki, which the South…


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Zimbabwe/Uganda: Two More News Channels On DStv

At least two more news channels have been added to the DStv bouquet, providing alternative perspectives on international news and current affairs issues to the existing selection of channels. Kirsty…


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Namibia: Are NBC And SABC Bedfellows?

The Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) and its South African counterpart (SABC) certainly have a lot of things in common. After all, both are public institutions administered along the same guidelines…


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Kenya: GTV Launches in Nairobi Promising Value, Quality

Pay Television channel, GTV, has launched its services in Nairobi. It announced that they would show live broadcasts of between 296 and 313 Barclaycard Premier League matches, including those that…


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Namibia: NBC Sinking in Red Ink

The Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) may soon find itself in a situation where downsizing and retrenchments are unavoidable, unless Government steps in to rescue the embattled broadcaster. Escalating financial problems,…


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Botswana: New Radio Stations Herald Exciting Times

Last month the mass media marketplace became more competitive. The issuance of three national radio licences has given a new complexion to the broadcasting terrain. It has been a long…


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Kenya: Introduce Sign Language, TV Stations Urged

The Government has no powers to compel media houses to introduce sign language. However, it has written to all media houses and the Media Owners Association, asking them to introduce…


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Senegal: Radio Station Mired in Technicalities

For a while it appeared as if Madiambal Diagne might have found a way around the Senegalese government's apparent determination to keep him away from the airwaves. The well-known journalist…


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Sierra Leone: Friends of the Earth to Open Radio Station Soon

Executive Director of Friends of the Earth, Olatunde Johnson last week told Concord Times that his organization will be opening a new radio station later this year. He said the…


Distribution

South Africa: SABC Millions to Clinch Deal on British Soccer Matches

The dispute over the sale of Premier Soccer League (PSL) broadcasting rights took another twist yesterday when it emerged that the SABC had bought rights to Monday night English Premier…


Distribution

South Africa: Italian Serie A TV rights assigned

Media Partners & Silva agreed a deal with South African pay-broadcaster SuperSport for the TV rights for Italy’s Serie A in South Africa. Under the three-year deal, SuperSport will broadcast…


Investment

Moroccan cinema: subsidy to rise to USD 12Mn by 2010, Minister

Some US$7 million has been be earmarked in 2007 to promote the Moroccan film industry, and is due to rise to US$12 million by 2010, said Minister of Communication, Nabil…


Investment

Nigeria: Iredia Seeks Funds for Potiskum, Gashua TV Stations

The director general of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), Dr. Tonnie Iredia, has called on the Yobe state government as well as authorities of Potiskum and Gashua local government areas…


Investment

South Africa: Johncom Expects Jump in Earnings

Media company Johnnic Communications (Johncom), which owns media assets including Nu Metro cinemas and the Sunday Times as well as half of Business Day, said last week headline earnings per…


Regulation & Policy

Liberia: Two Journalists Beaten by Police and UN Peacekeepers, One Seriously Injured

Reporters Without Borders condemns the use of violence by members of the national police and United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) against several journalists, including Daylue Goah of the privately-owned…


Regulation & Policy

Congo: Local ANR Officials Close Mayi-Munene Radio Station, Confiscate Equipment

JED condemns the closing of a community radio station emitting in Mayi-Munene, near Tshikapa, in central RD Congo, and the confiscation of its equipment, by local officials of the National…


Technology & Convergence

Africa: Strong growth forecast for MENA pay TV

The pay TV market in the Middle East and North Africa will grow by 36% over the next five years, according to new research published today. The fourth edition of…


Technology & Convergence

South Africa: The Most Definitive Interactive Device

Recent research showed that the US was at the forefront of global mobile web growth, with a 300% increase in usage over the last year. And most remarkably, South Africa…


Technology & Convergence

South Africa: Telkom Media: SA keen on pay TV

South Africans were willing to pay for subscription television services, research by Telkom Media revealed on Thursday. Spokesperson Chris Van Zyl said the market potential for satellite subscriptions could be…


Technology & Convergence

Rwanda: Internet to Boost Newspaper Readership - Honderich

The former publisher of Canada's largest daily, The Toronto Star, has encouraged Rwandan newspapers to use the Internet as a partner to increase their clout and boost circulation. In a…


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Nigeria: Jigawa Fires Gm of State Radio

Jigawa State government has fired the general manager of the state's Broadcasting Corporation (Radio Jigawa), Hajiya Hauwa Sule Ringim, even as it relieved the secretary to the corporation, Hajiya Maryam…


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Nigeria: Osunbor Appoints Chief Press Secretary

Governor Oserhiermen Osunbor of Edo State, Tuesday, appointed Daniel Aigbavboa as his chief press secretary (CPS). Until his appointment Tuesday, he was the chief press secretary to the former Deputy…


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Seeking marketer/distributor for feature film

We are a French production company based in Paris (France) and Abidjan (Ivory Coast). We are registered with the Ministry of Commerce in Abidjan. We are trying to find an…