84 - 20 July 2010

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Over half of African countries are likely to fail to meet the 2015 deadline for the transition to digital broadcasting

According to new research from Balancing Act, over half of Africa’s 52 countries are unlikely to make the 2015 deadline set by the ITU for the transition to digital broadcasting. 29 countries appear to have not yet even started the policy and implementation process and although 2015 is four and half years away, the time remains tight to complete the process. Russell Southwood looks at the scale of the challenge facing the laggards in the field.Five African countries have had public launches of DTT broadcasting and have set-top boxes on sale. Ten countries are at the pilot stage but this…

Broadcast

Broadcast News: In Brief

- At the end of June 2010, Canal+ Overseas announced the signing of an agreement with the Tunisian Ministry of Communications, enabling the commercialisation in Tunisia of the Canal +…


Broadcast

South African box office tops R202 million but local production share tiny

South Africa’s NFVF has released its first trimester box office report for South Africa which shows record box office returns of R202 million but only R4.4 million came from local…


Broadcast

Morocco’s SNRT one of three Arabic TV channels selected to show Maarifa

Canal France International (CFI), France Télévisions and the Arab States Broadcasting Union (ASBU) launched "Maarifa" under the aegis of the Cultural Council of the Union for the Mediterranean in April…


Broadcast

Uganda: Record Network Sacks 32 Journalists in 9 Months

Record Network, a media house that owns both a television and radio station on 30 June 2010 sacked 12 journalists, bringing to 32 the total number of journalists that have…


Broadcast

GlobeCast expands and rebrands its fiber network for broadcasters

GlobeCast announced 19 July 2010 that its international fiber network, newly renamed the GlobeCast Backbone Network, now offers broadcasters the ability to not only reach new markets, but to connect…


Broadcast

Rwanda: Orinfor to Become Public Broadcaster

The Rwanda Information Office (ORINFOR) has announced plans to become a public service broadcaster. This means that the institution will start running programmes, publications and new media outputs that are…


Content

Angola: Theatre Director Caracol says impact of telenovelas “worrying”

Adelino Caracol, a theatre director with Horizonte Njinga Mbandi recently spoke to ANGOP saying that foreign soaps, especially the Brazilian telenovelas, are having a very negative influence on young people,…


Content

Studio 37 produces films on Africa

Studio 37, a production house that is part of Orange sis showing growing interest in Africa. Passionate about the African culture, Frédérique Dumas, CEO of Studio 37 has invested in…


Content

Content News: In Brief

- CanalSat Maurice acquired Barclays Premier League and championship rights for the next 3 seasons, over 2010 to 2013. The contract includes rights to broadcast these in Mauritius, France and…


Distribution

African Film Library about to be launched

African Film Library is still in beta phase and will be launching the full video-on-demand service shortly, Dstvo confirmed to Sylvain Beletre at Balancing Act. “we have no official launch date just…


Distribution

Kikulacho – the Bite Within: soon distributed globally

On July 16th. 2010, A24 Media and Camerapix, in collaboration with Transparency International-Kenya, launched a deeply insightful and powerful documentary titled Kikulacho - The Bite Within, at the Silverbird Cinemas…


Distribution

Distribution News: In Brief

- On July 18 2010, as eyes across the continent turn to DStv channel 198 for the launch of M- Net’s “Big Brother All Stars”, Jamaican dancehall superstar Sean Paul…


Investment

New Eutelsat satellite will boost African coverage

Eutelsat Communications announced at the end of June 2010 that it has selected Astrium to build a 48-transponder Ku-band satellite that will be located at its 70.5° East location in…


Investment

Arabsat-5A launched: covers the whole of Africa

Arabsat second Satellite of the fifth generation (5 A), was launched successfully on Sunday, June 27, 2010 from the island of French Guyana in South America by the Ariane –…


Investment

Investment News: In Brief

- The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) announced its continued support for the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF), taking place in Durban from 22 July until 01 August 2010.…


Regulation & Policy

Zimbabwe: State Radio and Television Stations Ordered to Play Zanu PF Jingles

Information and Publicity Minister Webster Shamu recently ordered all ZBC radio and television stations to play ZANU PF propaganda jingles, produced by him, at least twice every hour.The jingles are…


Regulation & Policy

Sierra Leone: President Koroma Angry With SLBC

President Ernest Bai Koroma is not happy with certain developments within the newly created Sierra Leone Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC), revealed minister of information and communication.Alhaji Ibrahim Ben Kargbo, while addressing…


Regulation & Policy

Regulation & Policy News: In Brief

- Uganda: The Attorney General (AG) on Friday defended the counter-claim against the currently closed CBS radio, saying it was filed at the High Court to protect the general public.-…


Technology & Convergence

Senegal: subscribers to Canal+ Overseas can pay with their mobile phones

Satellite pay-TV operator Canal+ Overseas Africa has announced on the 28th. June 2010 the signature of a partnership with the “Société Générale de Banques au Sénégal” (SGBS), a subsidiary of…


Technology & Convergence

African Internet, soon a broadcast distribution medium in its own right

Unesco published a free media management manual available on its website: a handbook for television and radio practitioners in countries-in-transition. Since this is very relevant to African TV and Radio…


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People

- Gregory Gondwe reported that President Bingu wa Mutharika has ended growing speculation by appointing former acting director general of the defunct Malawi Television (TVM), Bright Malopa, director general of…


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Opportunities

SAFTAS - Call For EntryThe National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) and the South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAS) committee have announced that the period to submit projects for…


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More News: In Brief

New filmmakers across Africa are invited to enter their short film projects into Focus Features’ Africa First Program, now in its third year. The organisers of the Porsche International Student…