Issue no 70 7th January 2010

Top Story

ZEM: Canal Overseas Africa co-produces new series made in Togo

One of the African broadcast industry’s challenges in 2010 is how to generate enough income to start commissioning local programme and doing it in such a way that there is at least some hope of secondary rights income in other territories. Sponsors need to see that establishing local fiction franchises rather than just reality shows provide deep roots for their brands. Interestingly, francophone Pay TV operator Canal Plus Overseas has just launched its first short-format fiction series. Perhaps it will be the continent’s Pay TV operator – DStv and Canal Plus – who will prove to be the pioneers. Francophone…

Broadcast

Uganda: 'CBS to Reopen After Talks With Kabaka' - Museveni

In a significant blow to Buganda Kingdom, President Museveni on Saturday said CBS radio will not be re-opened until Kabaka and clan leaders hold talks with him on a matter…


Broadcast

Nigeria: Chief Raymond Dokpesi and Daar Communications’ Broadcasting License Troubles

Again troubles have started for Chief Raymond Dokpesi since he made revelation about how the Nigeria State Security Service (SSS) pressured him to sack one of his staff Gbenga Aruleba…


Broadcast

Broadcast In Brief

* The Nation Media Group (NMG) will be celebrating its 50th anniversary in March next year. Over the years the organization has become a significant player in East Africa’s development,…


Broadcast

Ethiopia: Political Opponents Agree On the Use of Broadcasting Airtime for election

The highly controversial issue in the Ethiopian electoral politics, the allocation of airtime for contesting parties during the time of campaigns, finally has a deal agreed upon by the ruling…


Broadcast

Malawi: Pirate Radio Owner Welcomes New Radio

Gabriel Kondesi, the brains behind 'Pachikweza radio' of Soza village in Southern Malawi's Mulanje has welcomed news that the district would soon have a community radio, saying this was a…


Content

Nigeria: The wave of reality shows may be coming to an end

2009 has seen the conclusion of many reality shows in Nigeria. Reality shows have become popular with Nigerian brands as a means of deepening the appeal of their brands. About…


Content

Aburokyere : Film On Migrant ordeal aired on Ghana’s GTV

The Sankofa Foundation, a Holland-based Ghanaian foundation, has through a documentary film entitled Aburokyere challenged Africans, especially the youth, on the need to stay and develop their home country rather…


Content

Nigeria: Enthusiasts Want More Fans, TV Cast for Basketball

In spite of the successes recorded by the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) in the out-going year, the sport's enthusiasts are asking for more in 2010. Some of those who spoke…


Content

Invictus - Stop whining and start acting Edward Tsumele tells the critics

By now everyone knows that Morgan Freeman, the Academy-award winner, was in South Africa to promote the new movie Invictus in which he plays Nelson Mandela. The film opened in…


Content

Content In Brief

* A seventeen series documentary entitled: 'The Gambia in motion' produced by the Gambian based media firm, I-Media, was was presented to the country’s President Yahya Jammeh. * Uganda Telecom…


Distribution

South Africa in the running for 5 Golden Globe Awards

Football isn't the only reason why 2010 will be a good year for South Africa. With five Golden Globe nominations directly linked to the country, Hollywood is sure to take…


Distribution

Madagascar: National stations get new transmission mast funded by Radio Nederland in Anosy

National stations RNM and TVM have a new transmission mast in the Anosy region funded by Radio Nederland. This news was announced by Nathalie Rabe, Minister of Communication, in a…


Distribution

Distribution In Brief

* Thomson Grass Valley representatives met with Hadj Gley, Tunisia’s Minister of Technology and Communications to discuss the country’s TV digitalisation programme «Télévision numérique terrestre» (TNT). The Government has put…


Investment

North Africa has highest terrestrial TV ad rates in MENA region, says new report

North Africa boasts the highest average terrestrial TV advertising rates in the Arab World. A report by Arab Advisors Group overviews, compares and analyzes terrestrial TV channel's advertising rates in…


Investment

South Africa: SABC’s Year End Accounts show loss of R910

The SABC's annual report and audited financial statements ending 31 March 2009, which were submitted to Parliament on 17 December, reflect a loss of R910m. According to interim board chairperson…


Investment

Investment In Brief

* Eritrea’s President Isaias Afwerki this week inspected the newly introduced digitalized broadcast operation in Dimtsi Hafash aimed at undertaking clear and efficient news work. In the course of the…


Regulation & Policy

Zambia: 'Media Bill is Our Baby', says Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Services

THE Government has implored politicians and media practitioners in Zambia to desist from maligning Vice-President George Kunda over the draft media bill because he has no hand in the matter.…


Regulation & Policy

Uganda: Radio moderator challenges Sedition charge against him

The Constitutional Court has set January 18 for hearing a petition in which the East African Media Institute and journalist Andrew Mwenda try to outlaw sedition.The petitioners are challenging the…


Regulation & Policy

Regulation & Policy In Brief

* The Zambian Government has given Muvi Television Studios a licence to broadcast nation-wide, managing director Steven Nyirenda has said. * Nigeria: Community radio stakeholders in the country have canvassed…


Technology & Convergence

South Africa: Wireless broadband providers starting to offer VOD services

Wireless broadband providers in South Africa are offering video on demand (VOD) services with zero rated bandwidth charges.In November Internet Service Provider (ISP) Axxess launched their DSL Digital Delivery of…


Technology & Convergence

South Africa: ThL Mobile launches dual SIM cellphone with analogue TV

A new cellphone with the capacity for two SIM cards and an analogue TV receptor has been launched in South Africa by ThL Mobile.The phones will be able to receive…


More

Technology & Convergence In Brief

* Haykel Ezzeddine, a blogger of Tunisian origin living in Geneva, was recently awarded the title of blogger of the year 2009, by the Swiss daily newspaper "La Tribune de…