Issue no 75 12 March 2010

Top Story

Kenya: New survey results show Citizen challenging KBC’s dominant position in rural areas

Last week market research company InterMedia launched AudienceScapes, a research web site funded by the Gates Foundation. It conducted two country surveys (Ghana and Kenya) in 2009 and of the two, the Kenya survey is probably the more interesting for African Broadcast, Film and Convergence readers. Based on a robust national sample covering all regions of the country, it is filled with a number of interesting nuggets: three examples are that 11% of the sample have access to the Internet at home, 12% use their mobiles weekly to access the Internet and that rural viewers in the sample were as…

Broadcast

DRC makes the decision to go over to digital broadcasting

The Democratic Republic of Congo has announced that it will begin the process of digital transition for broadcasting transmission. Other African countries already making progress with the transition include Morocco,…


Broadcast

South Africa: State Entities do not have structures to keep up with global broadcast technology, says Neilsen

TV audience measurement firm AGB Nielsen told Business Day on 11 March 2010 that it was not ideal for state-owned entities to handle technology related to broadcasting, because their structures…


Broadcast

Cape Verde: New private channel struggles to find financial backing

Until recently, the only free-to-air channel available in Cape Verde was the Government-run TCV. However, recently a new private channel called Tiver has been available on a test basis since…


Broadcast

Uganda: FDC Party Buys Two Radio Stations because denied licences

The Forum for Democratic Change has announced that it has bought two existing radio stations following a government decision to deny the party a licence to set up its own.…


Broadcast

Broadcast In Brief

- New South African Pay-TV operator ODM will make a soft launch of its services at the beginning of April. - Based in Paris and run by Eritrean exile journalists,…


Content

Namibia: No Porn Channel for DStv Viewers

Fans of adult entertainment who were eagerly anticipating a possible porn channel on DStv have been disappointed. The pay-TV service announced on Friday that the majority of its viewers had…


Content

South Africa: Spud, the movie goes into production at Michaelhouse

Production of the film version of one of South Africa's most beloved books, John van de Ruit's Spud, got underway at Michaelhouse in the KZN Midlands on Monday 8 March…


Content

Namibia: DSTV Education Bouquet for Namibian Schools

MultiChoice Namibia together with the Ministry of Education is providing educational content from the DStv bouquet to schools and learning institutions throughout Namibia. The partnership, whose aim is to promote…


Content

African films get high profile at the “Berlinale”

More films on Africa made it at the 60th edition of Berlin International Film Festival, also known as “Berlinale” this year (11 to 21 Feb. 2010), such as for example:…


Content

Content In Brief:

- To celebrate its anniversary, TV5, the French TV channel provides an interactive documentary about going and meeting modern Africa, fifty years after independence. http://independances.tv5monde.com/ - After an extensive talent…


Distribution

South Africa: ODM to launch as Top TV in May 2010, announces bouquets

On Digital Media (ODM) has finally announced details of its multi-channel television brand TopTV. It offers the first real alternative to the DSTv monopoly. The service will see a staggered…


Distribution

New Ikon South Africa short documentary series

"Signs of our Times" - the new Ikon South Africa short documentary series is back on SABC 2 and brings viewers a compelling collection of short films from South Africa,…


Distribution

Distribution In Brief:

- Global media have reported that Nollywood, Nigeria’s film industry might well be the largest producer of videos and the second or third film producer in the world, churning out…


Investment

Rwanda: ORINFOR Urged to Conduct Audience Survey

The government owned media outlet, ORINFOR, has been called upon to establish the needs of the audience it serves by conducting an audience survey. The call was made by the…


Investment

Ster-Kinekor invests in its first multiplex in Lesotho

Ster-Kinekor Theatres is opening its first cinema multiplex in the mountain kingdom of Lesotho, as part of the company's strategy to expand into Africa. The new six-cinema complex in the…


Investment

Investment In Brief

- The DTI and the NFVF recently met with the Cape Film Commission and industry leaders in Cape Town to discuss possible changes to the DTI Film rebate scheme as…


Regulation & Policy

Cote d’Ivoire: French TV news station France 24 allowed to resume local retransmission

RWB published on 4 March 2010 : Reporters Without Borders is relieved to learn that local retransmission of the French TV news station France 24 resumed yesterday in Côte d’Ivoire…


Regulation & Policy

ICASA wants to create regulatory framework for IPTV

South Africa’s communications regulator, ICASA is looking at implementing a regulatory framework for IPTV. The regulator hopes that this framework will speed up the introduction of triple play services –…


Regulation & Policy

Regulation & Policy In Brief:

- The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has clarified and amended the Invitation To Apply (ITA) for regional commercial radio stations.- The Government of Swaziland has launched a…


Technology & Convergence

Rwanda: ICTR to Digitize Video Recordings of its Trial Proceedings

The UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda has embarked on a project to migrate its video recordings to high-resolution digital video files for the purpose of ensuring the long-term preservation…


Technology & Convergence

3D TV in South Africa

Manufacturers give details about local 3D TV release plans. Although the technology has been available for some time three dimensional projection has become a hot topic in the past year.Bolstered…


Events

Events

- South Africa has opened submissions from members of the public and relevant stakeholders on the Public Service Broadcasting Discussion Paper.www.icasa.org.za * 17-27 March 2010Cape Winelands Film Festival 2010 -venue: Cape…


Opportunities

Opportunities

 USA – NY City: Submissions to African Film Festival (AFF) ProgramsAFF programs year-round; Therefore, the organiser accepts submissions on an ongoing basis.If you are interested in having your work considered,…


Opportunities

Opportunities And Requests In Brief:

S.A. - Call for film crewEver dreamt of cracking it big in the film industry? This could be your lifetime opportunity. A new ground-breaking movie soon to hit the shelves…