Issue no 78 23 April 2010

Top Story

My TV looks set to provide a regional challenge in the African Pay TV market

With the launch of ODM’s Top-TV days away, competition in the Pay TV market in South Africa is set to become more intense as it takes on DStv in its largest market. But below the radar there are several regional challengers squaring up to them in key Sub-Saharan markets. My TV has enough subscribers in Nigeria to lay claim to being a contender. Russell Southwood talked to their CEO Bhajat Mirza about what the company’s got planned. My TV is owned by Strong Technologies llc based in Dubai but which started out as a Japanese company based in Yokohama. It…

Broadcast

South Africa: Australian Broadcasting Corporation MD defends public broadcasting at CBA conference

The Managing Director of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), Mark Scott, on 20 April 2010 in Johannesburg, took a swipe at opponents of public broadcasters and emphasized the role of…


Broadcast

Namibia: Search for NBC Chief Put On Ice due to “political interference”

The Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) could go longer without a permanent head, after the process of appointing a new Director General (DG) was brought to a halt. Again political interference…


Broadcast

StarAfrica.com broadcasts new musicians online to seeks the song of the year

Pan-African web portal StarAfrica.com has set up an online competition among young musicians to find the « Song of the Year » for 2010. For a month, the young artists…


Broadcast

Broadcast News: In Brief

- South African Broadcasting Corporation and Kenya Broadcasting Corporation are some of the main winners of the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association's Broadcasting Awards for 2010. The awards were presented at the…


Content

Nollywood Worldwide Entertainment re-launches Nigeria Television Fashion Show to “meet international standards”

In a bid to reach out to more audiences within and outside the country, the Nigerian Television Fashion Show (NTFS) produced by Nollywood Worldwide Entertainment (part of Galaxy), has set…


Content

American networks are sending big staff numbers to World Cup as US soccer becomes more of a draw

American networks are making big commitments to covering the World Cup in South Africa. The Walt Disney Co. networks are sending 200 people from the USA and Europe to join…


Content

Nigeria: M-Net Partners with Nigeria Music Video Awards – Plans for 24 hour music channel “at advanced stage”

The 2009 edition of the NMVA - Nigeria Music Video Awards - may have come and gone, but it does not seem like fading any time soon. Callivision Network, organizers…


Content

LogikMedia’s TV show on top Africa footballers to air across the continent

A television show on how African players live their lives abroad is planned to air across the continent before the World Cup in June. Called Footballers Lives, the show takes…


Content

Content News: In Brief

- With less than six weeks before the beginning of the FIFA World Cup tournament in South Africa, one of Kenya’s towns has been banned from watching the event because…


Distribution

South Africa Distribution: DStv launches DVB over IP for corporate customers

In what is DStv’s first public step into IP-TV, MultiChoice has launched Digital Video Broadcast over Internet Protocol (DVB over IP) to commercial establishments. The service will be provided to…


Distribution

Kenya’s Wananchi will DTH and IP services on SES World Skies in September

Kenyan cable operator Wananchi has signed up SES World Skies to deliver DTH and IP services across Africa. Known for its popular Zuku brand of cable, broadband and IP phone…


Distribution

Distribution News: In Brief

Cameroonian private TV companies providing local and foreign channels are on strike until Ministry of Communications find a solution to their dispute with international pay TV Canal OVERSEAS Africa. Companies…


Investment

South Africa’s ODM signs with SES Astra

SES Astra, an SES company, announced that it has signed a capacity agreement with South African pay-TV operator On Digital Media (ODM) for three transponders on its ASTRA 4A satellite,…


Investment

MGM Channel debuts in South Africa on Top-TV

The MGM Channel has entered into a deal with On Digital Media (ODM) to launch the service in South Africa on the basic tier of its new pay-TV satellite platform,…


Investment

Investment News: In Brief

- Globacom is now the exclusive sponsor of CNN International's weekly half-hour magazine programme, 'African Voices.' Speaking on the partnership, Charles Jenarius, Globacom's Regional Director of Marketing Communications for West…


Regulation & Policy

Kenya: CCK and Lawyers Fall Out Over a Multi-Million Case

Law firms are expected to battle fiercely to represent the Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) after it had a bitter falling out with its solicitors over how to settle the…


Regulation & Policy

Somalia: Transitional Government in Banadir says it will close radio stations that follow Hizbul Islam’s “no music” edict

The administration of the transitional government of Somalia for Banadir region has Sunday said that the government would close the local FM radio stations took the order of Hizbul Islam…


Regulation & Policy

Regulation & Policy News: In Brief

- The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) could face legal action if it did not reconsider its decision to give companies just three weeks to apply for the…


Technology & Convergence

Angola : President Dos Santos gives go-ahead to a new Media Archive of Angola

The Angolan Head of State, José Eduardo dos Santos, recently approved the Network of Media Archive of Angola (REMA). According to the report of Construction and Organisation programme of Media…


Technology & Convergence

South Africa: Doubts Raised About Meeting Looming Digital TV Deadline

In Johannesburg, Communications Minister Siphiwe Nyanda remains committed to a deadline of migrating from analogue to digital TV broadcasting by November next year, despite the fact that no tender has…


Technology & Convergence

Technology & Convergence News: In Brief

- Although the World Cup in South Africa is expected to achieve 3D broadcast, the British media poured cold water on this idea firstly, and considered that the global 3D…


Events

Events

* April and May 2010 South African Cinema Venue: BFI SOUTHBANK, Edinburgh, Scotland. A two-part season that presents an overview of cinema made both during and post South Africa's apartheid…


People

People

Soweto TV (STV), which has recently been granted its first seven-year broadcasting license by ICASA, has announced that its new chair is Murphy Morobe, CEO of Kagiso Media. The station…


Opportunities

Opportunities

South Africa: ICASA to license mobile TV for World Cup The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) has asked interested parties to to submit applications for digital mobile television…