Issue no 81 10 June 2010

Top Story

The Long Road to the World Cup: South Africa finally takes centre stage in the media spotlight

In the Apartheid years, the prisoners on Robben Island played football to FIFA rules and dreamt of the day when a Black South African Government would invite players from all over world to play. That day has finally arrived and this week we look at the media-build up to the big event that starts this Friday. FIFA President Sepp Blatter has officially open the US$125.5 million International Broadcasting Centre (IBC) situated near the Johannesburg Soccer City Stadium. This world class facility is expected to house more than 500 broadcasters who will transmit World Cup images to billions of viewers in…

Broadcast

Nigeria: Broadcasters short-changed by advertising agencies but brou-ha-ha over exact number

The Advertising Practitioner Council of Nigeria (APCON) publishes the amount owed by the advertising industry to the media but has not done so since 2007. The sums are always very…


Broadcast

Cable and MMDS Channels+ Channels for the first time in Africa

For the first time in Africa, Canal Overseas Africa has announced on 20th. May 2010 the signing of an agreement permitting the self-distribution of cable and MMDS Canal+ Channels.These agreements…


Broadcast

Nigeria: Orientation Agency Plans Reality TV Show for Youths

According to a 2 June 2010 report in the Daily Trust, a 60 day long reality television programme aimed at reversing youth problems in Nigeria will soon make its debut,…


Broadcast

South Africa: Super 5 Media goes all silent about on Delayed TV Launch

Super 5 Media, formerly Telkom Media, failed to release a new pay-TV product to the market on Tuesday as promised, and efforts to get an explanation from majority shareholder Shenzhen…


Broadcast

Broadcast News: In Brief

- Angola’s Score Media is planning a new radio station to be launched in November. - Saffron TV (DStv 456) is launching this South African Indian TV channel's first weekly…


Content

M-Net announces new local content channel for DStv subscribers

South Africa’s local production industry received a boost on 25th. May 2010, with M-Net’s announcement of a new local content channel, Mzansi Magic, which will showcase on-screens on the 12th…


Content

Portrayal of women in Nollywood films:” wicked, manipulative, loose in morals, diabolic and inferior to the men"

Portrayal of women in Nollywood films:” wicked, manipulative, loose in morals, diabolic and inferior to the men" According to Nigeriafilms, there is a noticeable trend in Nollywood films: The women…


Content

Koowee, the first multi-language children's television channel in Africa

Koowee is a children's channel aimed at children under the age of six. The channel was conceptualized to be the first multi-lingual kids channel in Africa. M-Net identified the opportunity…


Content

Ladies Detective Agency movie relocates to Cape Town

According to a 3 June 2010 report in FilmContact.com, the producers of the popular MamaRamotswe movie also known as the No.1 Ladies Detective Agency have auctioned their property, including movie…


Content

Content News: In Brief

According to a 3 June 2010 report in FilmContact.com, the producers of the popular MamaRamotswe movie also known as the No.1 Ladies Detective Agency have auctioned their property, including movie…


Distribution

New distribution partnership for A24 Media as the World Cup arrives

A24 Media, Africa’s first online delivery site for African content, has entered into a partnership with Earth TV, a German Satellite TV network that airs live broadcasts of camera streams…


Distribution

SES Astra successfully launches new Astra 3B satellite

On 22 May 2010. SES Astra announced that its new Astra 3B satellite has been successfully launched. Astra 3B roared into space onboard an Ariane 5 rocket from Kourou, French…


Distribution

Distribution News: In Brief

- CFI supported the worldwide broadcasting of Yann Arthus-Bertrand’s film “Home”, by offering it to its African TV partners. The UEFA Champions League, the African Athletics Championship (CAA) and the…


Investment

Nigeria: World Bank and NFVCB, NFC and NCC come together to promote job creation in the entertainment industry

Early in May 2010 and for three days, the Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC), World Bank, National Film & Video Censors Board (NFVCB), Nigerian Film Corporation (NFC), and Nigerian Copyright…


Investment

CFI has geared up for FIFA World Cup

The 2010 FIFA World Cup will take place in South Africa from 11 June to 11 July 2010. To help CFI’s TV partners adapt their schedule to this sporting event,…


Investment

Investment News: In Brief

- Mid-May 2010, MultiChoice South Africa handed over three fully resourced and networked multimedia school laboratories in KwaZulu-Natal to the Superintendent General- Dr R C Lubisi of the Provincial Department…


Regulation & Policy

Madagascar: Church radio journalists charged

According to a report from the World Alliance of Reformed Churches on 31 May 2010, concern is mounting for eight radio journalists and technicians detained in Madagascar last week. The…


Regulation & Policy

Fighting Albinos Discrimination in Tanzania wins award

On 31th. May 2010, MultiChoice reported that Sam Rogers, from South Africa, has been awarded the top prize at this year’s CNN MultiChoice African Journalist 2010 Awards Ceremony. Sam Rogers,…


Regulation & Policy

Regulation & Policy News: In Brief

- South Africa’s Deputy Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba plans to submit regulations banning pornography on the internet and cellphones to the Law Reform Commission, together with other recommendations aimed…


Technology & Convergence

African Digital Migration: a tough and expensive but necessary move

A recent event has highlighted that migration from analogue to digital TV broadcasting by 2015 as set by ITU will not be easy for East African countries. Officials from the…


Technology & Convergence

e.tv, the only contender for South Africa’s first mobile TV licence

As Mobile TV services are being launched in countries all over the world, récent Mobile TV audience research showed that this new media works for important not-to-be-missed events.On purpose, ICASA…


Technology & Convergence

Technology & Convergence News: In Brief

- There are rumours that Dstv 173 has been left open for another high definition (HD) channel on DStv. That channel is marked for another future HD channel.


Events

Events

*11 June – 11 July 2010 2010 FIFA World Cup Venue: South AfricaMore at http://www.fifa.com*16-27 June 2010 2010 Edinburgh International Film Festival Venue: Edinburgh, Scotland. The Festival is internationally regarded…


People

People

- Allied Technologies (Altech) subsidiary UEC has appointed Peter Balchin as its new CEO. Balchin will take over the business as the company prepares to begin the manufacturing of SA's…


Opportunities

Opportunities

Call for DocumentariesThe organisers of ENCOUNTERS, the annual South African International Documentary Festival, are calling for entries from South African and International filmmakers for 2010 the 12th edition of the…