Issue no 72 28 January 2010

Top Story

Kenya: Internet is creeping up on television for key 18-24 demographic, says new national survey

The latest national survey from market research company Synovate shows that Internet use in Kenya is beginning to eat into the time devoted to television viewing, particularly in the key 18-24 demographic. The number of Kenyan Internet users continues to grow and this growth is coming from both urban and rural areas. Russell Southwood looks at the latest evidence of change in the media landscape in this bellwether country. On average, the Internet users in the sample spent 1.1 hours daily online on average on a daily basis: this compares to just 1.6 hours on average spent daily watching television.…

Broadcast

SuperSport goes big for 2010 – Four customised World Cup Channels including one HD

The FIFA 2010 World Cup will represent the biggest broadcast in the 23-year history of SuperSport. Announcing its broadcast plans this week, SuperSport revealed that it will have at least…


Broadcast

Zimbabwe: Ill-Prepared ZBC Fails to Launch TV2 due to "technical unpreparedness and lack of programmes”

The Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation's much hyped launch of TV2 has failed to take off. According to sources, ZBC which is struggling to attract viewers due to its archaic and partisan…


Broadcast

Sierra Leone: Capital to launch pay-for cable network in Freetown

Capital cable network television limited will soon hit the airwaves in Sierra Leone with its eight-channel TV station. Managing director Mohamed Jah said the channels will be dedicated to producing…


Broadcast

Botswana: DJ Fresh Routes for Own Radio Station

Botswana man, South African based radio DJ, club DJ and record maker is reported to be eyeing a radio licence in Johannesburg which if successful would see the man known…


Broadcast

Broadcast In Brief

*The Ugandan government has ordered the Central Broadcasting Station radio to immediately relocate from Bulange-Mengo, the seat of Buganda kingdom, and disassociate itself from the Kabaka if it wants to…


Content

Nigeria: Flykite Productions launches new Youth Programme

Nigeria’s Flykite Productions has launched a new youth programme series called Youth.com. According to the producers it is intended to introduce a serious approach to youth programming with a view…


Content

South Africa: Reality show Class Act on SABC1 set to give acting talent a break

Every aspiring actor dreams of his big break, his chance to shine, to find that perfect role. Imagine that lead to becoming South Africa’s next leading man. Class Act, an…


Content

South Africa: SABC transmits programme for distance learners

With the recent furore around the low 2009 matric pass rate in South Africa, it’s comforting to hear that SABC1 is to broadcast a new daily educational show targeted specifically…


Content

FIFA stops newspapers doing Internet and mobile video packages.

FIFA rights restrictions, which are at the centre of a major row between the South African National Editors' Forum (SANEF) and the Zurich-based organisation, include prohibition on newspapers to do…


Content

Content In Brief

* BBC Worldwide Channels has renewed a partnership deal with Volvo Car South Africa to launch the new Volvo C70. The agreement includes a variety of on-air elements, such as a…


Distribution

Coca Cola sponsors new Content 360 category

The Content 360 cross-media competition, which closes on 15 February 2010, has a new category, sponsored by Coca-Cola. The competition is calling for entries in six categories and is organised…


Distribution

Tunisia: TV 7 Resumes Broadcasts On Hotbird Satellite

The Tunisian TV7 channel has resumed its broadcasting to Europe via the Hotbird satellite without any change of frequency. TV 7 services via Hotbird were interrupted on Wednesday January 27,…


Distribution

Distribution In Brief

* Eutelsat Communications has confirmed the signature of a contract with MultiChoice Africa, the pioneer in multi-channel pay-TV across sub-Saharan Africa.MultiChoice has signed for a total 20 Ku-band transponders for…


Investment

Ethiopia: Etv gets extra budget money to increase transmission coverage

The Ethiopian Radio and Television Agency (ERTA) requested an additional budget of 280 million Br from the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development (MoFED) for ongoing projects including the digitisation…


Investment

South Africa: Nyanda Determined to Proceed With Sabc Funding Bill

Communications Minister Siphiwe Nyanda is determined to proceed with the controversial proposals in the draft Public Service Broadcasting Bill despite widespread concern that they would undermine the independence of the…


Investment

Investment In Brief

* SABC2 will run a telethon to raise funds for the Haiti earthquake victims on Thursday, 28 January 2010, on the Morning Live show, 6-8am. The channel has entered into…


Regulation & Policy

Nigeria: NBC Warns Against Sensational Broadcast of Anambra Poll

National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) Director General, Yomi Bolanrinwa, has cautioned broadcast practitioners to be wary of the kind of information they disseminate to the public, especially as the governorship election…


Regulation & Policy

Uganda: CBS Must Say Sorry – Museveni

President Yoweri Museveni wants the Central Broadcasting Services (CBS), the Buganda kingdom owned radio station, to apologise before it is reopened. CBS was shut down by the Broadcasting Council on…


Regulation & Policy

Regulation & Policy In Brief

* THE subpoena hearing of eNews journalists Mpho Lakaje and Ben Said was postponed in the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court by agreement so an alternative process could be used to resolve…


Technology & Convergence

Kenya: Technology Shift to Drive New Innovations in Digital Broadcasts

The visual broadcasting industry is set for radical changes over the next five years as policy and technology shifts drive new innovation in the sector, analysts say. Aside from the…


Technology & Convergence

Zimbabwe: Marketing Artists Online

www.africaunsigned.com Already there are three Zimbabwean acts in the project namely, Victor Kunonga, Bongo Love and Africa Destiny. Fans can log on to the website, find an artist of their…


More

Technology & Convergence In Brief

* NETIA has announced that over the past 12 months, the company has increased its presence in Africa and the Middle East, where new and existing customers have demonstrated their…