Issue no 8 11 July 2007

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New African-owned UK and US TV channels target diaspora Africans with IP-TV

Two new African content channels – one in the USA and the other in the UK - are fighting hard to get the attention of Africa’s diaspora populations. Early results from both seem to show a significant preference for IP-TV as a delivery mechanism, particularly amongst younger users. Although user figures are modest, both companies are looking at global rather than territory rights, thus breaking down more traditional industry approaches by using IP-TV. All this is good news for Africa’s film and TV industries as the payments being made for global rights should be a significant additional financial shot-in-the-arm for…

Content

Africa: MTV INTERNATIONAL’S STAYING ALIVE BRINGS 48FEST FILM COMPETITION TO AFRICA

Staying Alive, MTV International’s ongoing HIV and AIDS prevention campaign, and African music channel, MTV base, are joining forces to bring its thought-provoking film competition 48fest to Kenya for the…


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Namibia: First Namibian Soapie to Be Made

Optimedia, a local film company, has been selected by the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) through its television commissioning system for the production of a local 26-part soapie, Art/Life has exclusively…


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South Africa: SABC Pulls Plug On in-House Production of Award-Winning Programme 50/50

The SABC has pulled the plug on in-house production of its award-winning environmental programme 50/50, the longest running local programme in SA's television history. Without warning, all six permanent 50/50…


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South Africa: Community TV Starts to Carve Out Its Space in SA

The launch of Soweto Community Television this week (see story below) was an important step forward for South African media. But is it sustainable? The problem always with community media…


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Uganda: Pay TVs Rush to Tie Down Subscribers

The public is excited. And the buzz suggests that a new pay television service in Uganda will change the face of television. Ugandans, on June 29, received maiden broadcast from…


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East Africa: GTV Launches Expand to Region

GTV a pan African pay Television has set up its African office in Kenya that will serve as the hub for the whole of the continent via satellite transmission to…


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Liberia: Labour Ministry Launches Radio Program

The Ministry of Labor has launched an educative radio program on the state-owned Liberia broadcasting system airwave. According to J. Kortu Nyandibo, Acting Director of Public Affairs, the program "Labor…


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South Africa: Soweto TV is Ready for Sunday's Launch

Community television station SowetoTV will begin broadcasting as the country's first fully-fledged TV station dedicated to one area on Sunday evening. The Independent Communication Authority of SA (Icasa) issued SowetoTV…


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Uganda: New Vision Starts TV, Radio in October

Vision Group is to launch a free-to-air television station and an FM radio for Kampala around October this year. Chief Executive Officer Robert Kabushenga said the group will also start…


Content

Liberia: LMC, RNTC to Build Up Six Community Radios

Six community radio stations in Liberia have been selected by the Liberia Media Center (LMC) and the Radio Netherlands Training Center (RNTC) to kick start the first phase of a…


Distribution

Kenya: Lola Kenya Screen

Lola Kenya Screen is an audiovisual media movement that seeks to place audiovisual media production tools in the hands of children and youth for the advancement of literacy, gender equity,…


Distribution

South Africa: Is Supersport Soccer Deal Under Threat?

The enthusiasm and joy that followed the signing of a multibillion rand soccer deal between the Premier Soccer League (PSL) and SuperSport seems to be fading away, as the SABC…


Investment

Namibia: Edutainment Business Pact Signed

The Win-Win-Group, Namibia's first Marketing, Communication and Learning Consultancy, is pleased to announce that, as part of their vision to change the hearts and minds of Namibians, a smart-partnership agreement…


Investment

Kenya: Standard, SABC in Joint Venture

The Standard Group Limited has entered into negotiations with a leading African media company, South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), for a strategic partnership. On Friday, SABC Managing Director Dr Snuki…


Regulation & Policy

Nigeria: Government Demolishes Broadcaster's Offices, Allegedly in Retaliation for Critical Election Coverage

Nigeria's leading independent broadcast network says it will take the government to court next week after authorities demolished three new station facilities in the capital, Abuja. African Independent Television (AIT)…


Regulation & Policy

Congo: Journalist Detained and Her Camera Seized While Covering Ceremonies Marking Anniversary of National Independence

RSF has protested the attacks on journalists by the Congolese security services during ceremonies on 30 June 2007 marking the 47th anniversary of the country's independence. "This type of incident…


Technology & Convergence

Africa: EUTELSAT W3A SATELLITE SELECTED BY GATEWAY BROADCAST SERVICES FOR NEW AFRICAN PAY-TV PLATFORM

Eutelsat Communications last week announced the conclusion of a five-year contract for capacity on its W3A satellite with Gateway Broadcast Services, which is preparing to launch an innovative new pay-TV…


Technology & Convergence

South Africa: Mixed Response to DSTV Deaf Plan

Multichoice's decision to cater for deaf people by including subtitles in its bouquet, announced last week, has received mixed reactions from deaf personalities who are concerned that its reach will…


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Sierra Leone: SLPP Aspirant Threatens to Close Down Radio Station

Hon. Ansu Kaikai of the ruling Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) Friday allegedly threatened to shut down Radio Wanjei in Pujehun and have its Station Manager arrested if he allowed…


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Somalia: Govt Soldiers Storm Shabelle Radio for the Second Time Today

Heavily armed government soldiers stormed the center of the Shabelle Media Network, a local radio based in Mogadishu for the second time today alone, arresting one of the Radio's security…


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Africa: ALEX OKOSI NAMED SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT & MANAGING DIRECTOR, MTV NETWORKS AFRICA

Alex Okosi, formerly Vice President & General Manager, MTV Networks Africa, has been promoted to the new role of Senior Vice President & Managing Director, MTV Networks Africa. The appointment…


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Call for Entries - Tiburon International Film Festival

The 7th Annual Tiburon International Film Festival (TIFF) will be held March 13-21, 2008 in Tiburon, California, a showcase for the independent films and filmmakers from around the world. Submissions…