Issue no 71 14 January 2010

Top Story

The Africa Cup of Nations – Biennial rights farce plays 27th time as LC2-AFNEX practices daylight robbery

Much has already been written about the tragic shooting up of the Togolese team’s bus in Cabinda. Alongside this, what follows may seem relatively petty. But every time the Africa Cup of Nations is played, there is an unseemly tussle over the cost of rights. The sales agent LC2-AFNEX names unrealistic prices for buying the rights. Many African broadcasters throw up their hands in horror and say they cannot afford it. At the last minute, some get Government funding to help and LC2 accepts a lower price. All of which happens weeks or days before the Cup so promoting the…

Broadcast

Nigeria: Daar faces problems of burnt down studio and licensing issues

Just as many companies were taking stock of activities of 2009 and planning how to tackle 2010, Daar was battling a plethora of problems that made the festive season look…


Broadcast

Tanzania: Simba and Yanga Football Clubs try to get local broadcasters to pay for showing matches

Two of Tanzania’s leading football clubs, Simba and Yanga, are trying to persuade local broadcasters who show their matches to pay them for the privilege. In a dramatic move, leaders…


Broadcast

Nigeria: Niger State Acquires N449 Million Transmitter to Resuscitate NSTV

As part of efforts to resuscitate the state-owned Niger State Television (NSTV), the state government has spent N449 million for the procurement and installation of a 40 kilowatts digital transmitter.…


Broadcast

South Africa: New SABC Board Takes Up Office

The interim board, whose term in office ended on Saturday 9 January 2010, officially handed over the SABC's affairs to the 'permanent' board at a ceremony held in Auckland Park,…


Broadcast

Nigeria: NBC Urged to Relax Radio, TV Licence Fees

The Managing Director of Kano-based private radio station, Freedom Radio, Alhaji Farouk Dalhatu, has asked the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to reduce the licence fees charged for the establishment of…


Broadcast

Broadcast In Brief

* Uganda’s broadcasting council last Tuesday lifted the suspension of Ssuubi FM. The radio was closed three months ago over inciting violence in parts of Buganda kingdom. Godfrey Mutabazi, the…


Content

Uganda: Who Wants to Be Millionaire? UTL Brings It to Country

It is one of the most popular live TV quiz shows in the UK and US. Courtesy of Uganda Telecom (UTL) the show will be for the first time in…


Content

South Africa: Hunk reality show premiers on SABC3

The Bar-One Manhunt, presented by popular TV and radio personality Ursula Stapelfeldt, had its premier on Wednesday 6 January 2010 on SABC3.The reality TV show pits 14 of some of…


Content

Botswana: My Star Show Starts in Earnest

About 200 aspiring singers on Saturday queued up for auditions for the annual music talent show, My Star, which airs on Botswana Television (Btv). The auditions were held at Yarona…


Content

Nigeria: Glo launches new G-Bam TV Show for the youth

Glo ambassador and one of Nigeria's leading solo music acts, Ego Ogbaro, flanked by presenters of G-Bam, Globacom's new youth entertainment programme, Isio delaVega and Illrymz, during the unveil ceremony…


Content

Content In Brief

* Awareness about contemporary issues affecting South African teenagers and young adults will be raised in the new 26-part talk show, Harambe, which starts broadcasting on SABC1 on Thursday, 14…


Distribution

Habari Media and MTV Networks Africa partner in African online sales deal

African digital sales house, Habari Media, has partnered with multimedia entertainment platform MTV Networks Africa (MTVNA) to create a digital entertainment hub allowing advertisers the opportunity to connect with tech-savvy…


Distribution

Africa: On Digital Media to offer 30 channels

On Digital Media, the only pay-TV broadcaster still planning to go ahead out of the initial four companies granted licences for subscription television by Independent Communications Authority of SA (ICASA),…


Distribution

Distribution In Brief

*MEMBERS OF the Akan Movie Producers (AMP) in Kumasi have expressed great dissatisfaction with the Film Producers Association of Ghana (FIPAG), and movie vendors in Accra, for disallowing movies to…


Investment

South Africa: SABC, Nedbank Sign Loan Agreement

SABC has signed a five-year loan agreement with Nedbank which will contribute to stabilising the cash strapped corporation."The SABC has now entered into a five-year loan agreement with Nedbank, thus…


Investment

South Africa: Dual-Financing Model for Public Tv ‘Harmful to Local Content’

Dual commercial and public funding in public service broadcasters does not work because inevitably the bottom line becomes the biggest consideration and takes precedence over providing relevant local content, broadcast…


Investment

Investment In Brief

* Private sector broadcasters have reacted to a Ministerial statement saying there will be an end to “administrative tolerance” over non-payment of licence fees. «I am troubled knowing that the…


Regulation & Policy

South Africa: New TV research planning guidelines

According to Media Shoptalk's recent newsletter released last week, a contentious issue is the new TV universe changes and the effect of these changes, where reportedly a number of planners…


Regulation & Policy

South Africa: Coalition Wants SABC to Act On Gobodo Report

Independent TV producers have called on the SABC's new board to put conspiracy theories in the past and either take action or publicly reject a report alleging corporate governance failures.…


Regulation & Policy

Regulation & Policy In Brief

* Nigeria’s Kano state government and the state's based private radio station, the Freedom Radio's relationship has gone sour, following the government's decision to stop state ministries, agencies and local…


Technology & Convergence

Africa: wTVision provides on-air graphics for Africa Cup

wTVision is providing a complete on-air graphics service for the broadcast coverage of the Orange Africa Cup of Nations 2010 edition, which kicked off on 10 January and runs through…


Technology & Convergence

Ethiopia: Radio Fana in Ethiopia installs Netia to automate its workflow

Netia announced on 7 January that Radio Fana, Ethiopia's first national commercial broadcaster and multilingual radio station, has selected Netia's Radio-Assist digital audio software suite. Radio-Assist will enable Radio Fana…


More

Technology & Convergence In Brief

*Stonewall+ digital marketing agency has created a website for MTV base which is directly linked to their new TV show and forms part of a worldwide movement to encourage young…