Issue no 83 7 July 2010

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Zambia’s Breeze 89.3FM becomes a key regional player, mixing vernacular and English

In countries that have liberalised their airwaves, radio has become one of the most crowded sectors. Some countries have well over 100 radio stations. The stars of this upsurge have been vernacular radio stations that broadcast in local languages, often on a local or regional basis. In this issue Russell Southwood talks to Mike Daka, founder and Director of Breeze 89.3FM who has managed to carve himself a commercial niche in the Eastern Province of Zambia.Mike Daka, founder and Director of Zambia’s Breeze 89.3FM started the radio station shortly after Zambia liberalised its air waves:”Two things happened. I’d begun to…

Broadcast

Nigeria: NTA rolls out 79th station and implements Wonder Cube news gathering system

MZahardeen Nasirdeen is the Corporate Affairs Manager of the Nigeria Television Authority (NTA). He spoke to Anthony Ada Abraham of Leadership on the prospects and challenges facing this media organisation..What…


Broadcast

Nielsen releases key 2010 FIFA World Cup TV audience data

According to the latest stats from Nielsen, it does appear that people have been taking time off work to watch the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The average TV audience for…


Broadcast

DStv awarded at Promax in LA

DStv and its Johannesburg-based on-air creative agency Studio Zoo been awarded four awards at Promax BDA’s 2010 award ceremony in Los Angeles, California. The awards recognise the best and brightest…


Broadcast

South Africa could miss 'window of opportunity' as it dithers over digitilisation

While government is debating whether to use the Japanese or the European standard when the country moves over to digital television, the debate could cost the country dearly in lost…


Broadcast

Broadcast News: In Brief

- SuperSport, will launch a new, dedicated, high-definition football channel, SSHD2, on 13 August, offering all the games in the English Premier League. The competition, which consists of 380 matches…


Content

Africa: RFI Launches Kiswahili Service in Ten Countries

Radio France Internationale has launched its Swahili language daily radio broadcast on Monday from Dar-Es-Salam. A team of nine journalists, headed by manager David Coffey will produce news, features, sports…


Content

Selected African filmakers are invited to film in China

Inspired by the growing influence of China in some African countries, the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) has invited seven filmmakers from South Africa, Cameroon, Uganda, Rwanda, Congo and Angola…


Content

STV enhances kids’ programme offering with a daily dose of Nickelodeon

Nigerian free-to-air TV channel STV is to significantly upgrade its offering for kids, tweens and teens thanks to a new content deal with MTV Networks Africa that brings quality programming…


Content

STV enhances kids’ programme offering with a daily dose of Nickelodeon

Nigerian free-to-air TV channel STV is to significantly upgrade its offering for kids, tweens and teens thanks to a new content deal with MTV Networks Africa that brings quality programming…


Content

South Africa’s Indian channel Saffron launches new 13 part Festivals series

The locally packaged pay-TV channel for South Africa’s Indian community, Saffron TV, will premiere a new, 13-part series, Festivals, on 29 July 2010 at 8pm. The series celebrates the spirit…


Content

Balancing Act revamps its website

Balancing Act has revamped its website to make it more engaging, flexible and professional. After a year of part time work for five team members, the new site was launched…


Content

Content News: In Brief

Zanzibar International Film Festival: The final schedule is now online. The complete schedule of all the films, events and activities over the 10 day Festival taking place from 10 to…


Distribution

Ster-Kinekor will open its first 3D cinema in Limpopo

Ster-Kinekor will open its first 3D cinema in Limpopo in 2011 as part of its six state-of-the-art cinemas with full digital sound in the Polokwane Mall of the North shopping…


Distribution

Nollywood in Nairobi to find distributors

Nigeria’s leading film producers will be showcasing their latest productions at this year’s Broadcast & Film Africa Conference, to be held in Nairobi over 28-29 July.AITEC Africa, the event organiser,…


Distribution

Distribution News: In Brief

- The Africadoc Movement (for an event called “Le Louma”) welcomed about 100 docu-makers, producers and commissioning editors (TV, festival, mobile cinema) to enhance financing & distribution of African documentaries.…


Investment

Naspers Annual Results confirms four million pay TV homes across Africa

Naspers released its annual results on Tuesday, 29 June 2010. "Overall we had a good year," Ton Vosloo, Naspers chairman said. "The increase in free cash flow to R4.1 billion…


Investment

Market research event PAMRO looks at implications of investment in DTT

Taking place at the Grand Palm Hotel, Casino and Convention Resort, Gaborone, Botswana from Sunday 22 August 2010 to Wednesday 25 August 2010, the Pamro event will feature “Strong Foundation…


Investment

Investment News: In Brief

- Delivering a keynote address at the recent 31st annual SAMRA conference at Mount Grace Country House and Spa, James Fergusson, TNS global director Emerging Markets, said that marketers needs…


Regulation & Policy

KBC suspends MD David Waweru

David Okwembah wrote in the Daily Nation on June 26th, 2010:It seems the deal to air World Cup matches locally struck between the Kenya Broadcasting Corporation and Radio Africa was…


Regulation & Policy

Gabon has started deploying DTT

Since the beginning of October 2009 and by government law, Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) is available in Gabon. In a country of 1.5 million inhabitants, Gabon becomes the 4th country…


Regulation & Policy

Regulation and Policy News: In Brief

- In Guinea, the Government has passed two new media laws.The country’s military leader, Gen. Sékouba Konaté issued these laws on 22 June 2010, one decriminalising press offences and the…


Technology & Convergence

Sony supported FIFA WC in 3D

Sony has opened 3D Experience Pavilions in seven countries around the globe including one at Nelson Mandela Square in South Africa. Open to the general public for a 3D movie…


Technology & Convergence

S.A.: Nu Metro and Ster-Kinekor Cinemas screen selected WC matches LIVE in 3-D

FIFA has set up a distribution partnership with SONY, Ster-Kinekor and Nu-Metro cinemas around the world so that soccer fans can enjoy key matches on 3D.Ster-Kinekor's 3D world cup games…


Technology & Convergence

Technology and Convergence: In Brief

- A recent global Nielsen survey as well as online fan buzz strongly supports the urgent introduction of instant video replays during World Cup matches. After a weekend of two…


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Events

*5-7 July 2010 Highway Africavenue: Rhodes Uni., Grahamstown, S.A.click for details: http://www.highwayafrica.com/*11-28 July 2010 RWANDA FILM FESTIVAL venue: Kigali, Rwanda click for details: http://www.africultures.com/php/index.php?nav=murmure&no=5472*10-18 July 2010 ZANZIBAR INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL…


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People

Sean Cameron Michael who hails from Cape Town appears on M-Net this June in the true life drama, Natalee Holloway, about a teenager who vanished in 2005 while visiting Aruba…


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Opportunities

Pratiks calls Africans to use and post their videos on its web portalWith the arrival of new submarine fibre optic cables in Africa, enabling broader internet access at lower cost,…