Issue no 79 14 May 2010

Top Story

Radio and TV stations using SMS messaging to raise money and generate interactivity

One vital source of income for TV and radio stations is the SMS messages sent in as votes or in response to competitions or questions about programmes. Although the income share of SMS votes on reality TV show programmes are big money earners – sometimes nearly enough to finance the programme – very few media owners have a clear strategy for raising money in this way. Russell Southwood spoke to Charles Etekamba Ekanem, Director of ESJ Interactive, who is hoping to change things in this industry.Q: What does your SMS Messaging Platform do?A: The MediaResponse platform suite, which is made…

Broadcast

Top TV hits the air waves

Top TV was launched on April 29th 2010, aiming to capture the market between the "free" SABC and e-tv channels and the more expensive DStv channel (see previous Afridigital’s issue).…


Broadcast

MultiChoice strikes back

Satellite TV company MultiChoice fires first salvo in battle with TopTV. It has confirmed that the DStv operator is launching a new bouquet, DStv Lite, aimed at heading off the…


Broadcast

New pay-TV service Super 5 Media plans June 2010 launch

On the 6th. May 2010, TechCentral reported that Super 5 Media (formerly Telkom Media) plans to launch a satellite and cable pay-TV service on 1 June, hot on the heels…


Broadcast

Nigeria: NBC Urged to Ensure Better Pay for Media Workers

The lowest paid worker at any media organization should earn not less than N80, 000 while staff on Level 17 should earn nothing less than N652, 000 monthly, the committee…


Broadcast

Broadcast News: In Brief

Anthony Dara, CEO of NN24, Nigeria's premium 24 hours news channel, has announced that its channel is now on air. Showing on channel 414 DStv, NN24 provides "News on the…


Content

Mediapeers offers a plethora of content on 2010 World Cup in South Africa

TV content buyers, TV programme managers, are you ready for 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa? Online content distributor Mediapeers has put together a dedicated screening selection. This selection…


Content

S.A. film “Finding Lenny” wins International Award

Neal Sundstrom’s 2009 film “Finding Lenny” wowed audiences at the Pan African Film Festival in Cannes, France at the end of April 2010. The movie “Finding Lenny” (90’) was filmed…


Content

63rd Cannes Film Festival: Chadian film in official competition

For the first time in over ten years, an African film is selected for the “Palme d'Or” (gold palm). “Un homme qui crie n'est pas un ours qui danse” (“A…


Content

SADC - SABC channel partnership

According to a press release by SADC 2010 Programme coordinator Rama Arya, the Investment Promotion Programme seeks to raise awareness about the region and promote sustainable economic investment into SADC…


Content

Content News: In Brief

World Press Freedom Day was commemorated on Monday, 3 May 2010, by press organisations worldwide. The World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) has made available a package of…


Distribution

Intelsat will transmit the Soccer Championships to the World

Intelsat will provide more than 700 MHz of satellite capacity on as many as seven satellites within its global fleet for transmission services of the 2010 soccer championship. Rights-holding and…


Distribution

SA: Adolescence TV series launched

As children reach adolescence, peers begin to play an important role in their lives. Adolescents with low self-esteem find it important to prove themselves and look for ways to compensate…


Distribution

Distribution News: In Brief

In line with the current global trend towards all things 3D, 11 more RealD 3D screens are to be added to the Nu Metro Cinemas circuit in South Africa. Red…


Investment

Kenya: Small Radio Stations Tune Into Profits in a Crowded Market

Victor Juma wrote on 3 May 2010 in the BUSINESS DAILY: The youth of Korogocho have their own radio station. Since 2006, Koch FM, has been broadcasting in the sprawling…


Investment

Investment: In Brief

Ogilvy & Mather and Scangroup Limited have agreed to create a pan-African joint venture via a share swap transaction, subject to regulatory and shareholder approval, in order to strengthen a…


Regulation & Policy

South Africa: Kagiso seeks more time for digital TV application

Kagiso Media has applied to the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) for an extension of the deadline for aspirant providers of digital TV signal to mobile handsets to…


Regulation & Policy

Botswana: Btv going through political issues

The Director of Broadcasting Services, Mogomotsi Kaboeamodimo has said that Botswana Television (Btv) will continue to flight re-runs of certain news items including those that favour the ruling party, despite…


Regulation & Policy

Regulation & Policy News: In Brief

Reporters Without Borders is deeply saddened to learn that Sheik Nur Mohamed Abkey, a radio journalist based in Mogadishu, yesterday became the first journalist to be murdered this year in…


Technology & Convergence

South Africa: Conference to decide on standard for TV decoders

The Department of Communications will hold a conference on 29 April 2010 to finalize the technology standard for TV decoders, which will be used to receive a digital broadcast signal.…


Technology & Convergence

SA audience measurement: Nielsen gets TAMS contract

The SAARF board has announced the new TAMS contract, which runs until March 2018, has been awarded to AGB Nielsen Media Research (AGB NMR), subject to a suitable agreement being…


Technology & Convergence

Technology & Convergence News: In Brief

CANAL OVERSEAS has announced that it launched Catch Up TV via par satellite in Mauritius and Reunion, branded: “CANAL + A LA DEMANDE”. The service is free of charge for…


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Events

*12-23 May 2010 Festival de Cannes / Cannes Film Festival venue: Palais du Festival, Cannes, South of France. The Festival de Cannes has celebrated the cinema for more than 60…


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People

Nigeria: Nominations at 2010 TERRACOTTA AWARDS. The 2010 Terracotta Awards – the Nigerian Film and Television Awards – was held at the Nicon Luxury in Abuja during the ZUMA FILM…


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More News: In Brief

In direct line with Katharine Hepburn (African Queen -1951) and Meryl Streep (Out of Africa - 1985), French actress Isabelle Huppert is the main character of a production prompting questions…


Opportunities

Opportunities and requests

African journalists: Registration open for the 14th Annual Highway Africa Conference The conference is the world’s largest gathering of African journalists. The conference will take place at Rhodes University’s Eden…