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The art of being different: Africa’s broadcasters seek to differentiate themselves in crowded markets

Last week’s 2nd Broadcast and Film Africa Conference had many topics but one that came through at almost every turn was the need for African broadcasters to understand what it means to differentiate themselves in increasingly crowded markets. Russell Southwood looks at what the best African broadcasters think makes them stand out in a crowd. By the end of 2010 there will be 20 TV stations operating in Uganda.  The same country has something like 190 radio stations, whilst Kenya has nearly 150 radio stations. There are 30 radio stations in Ghana’s capital Accra alone, competing with 10 TV stations…

Broadcast

Nigeria’s DTT plans: FG Commissions NTA Pay TV

From Abuja, “Leadership” journalist Betrand Nwankwo reported on 30 July 2010 that President Goodluck Jonathan commissioned the StarTimes pay television of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA).Represented by the Vice President…


Broadcast

Rwanda: Govt allocates $40 Million on ORNIFOR digital transition

The Government has allocated $40m (over Rwf 20 Billion) to the state-owned broadcaster, ORINFOR, to migrate from analog to digital broadcasting, according to the agency's acting Director General.Speaking to The…


Broadcast

Uganda: Bukedde Tv and TV West increase their signals

In July 2010, Bukedde Tv has installed a new transmitter to boost its signal in Kampala and the central region.Vision Group Chief Executive Officer Robert Kabushenga said the new transmitter…


Broadcast

Zambia sets up Task Force to kick off the digital transition process

President Rupiah Banda has authorised the establishment of a digital migration national task force to oversee Zambia's change of broadcasting mode, Information and Broadcasting Services Minister Ronnie Shikapwasha has said.At…


Broadcast

In Brief:

- SES reported its six month financial reports to the end of June 2010."SES continued to implement its growth strategy during the first six months of the year, launching and…


Content

Toronto International Film Festival selects “The Bang Bang Club” shot in South Africa

The 35th Annual Toronto International Film Festival announced the Gala Event & Special Presentation Films for the 2010 festival featuring the SA/Canadian helmed “The Bang Bang Club” as its World…


Content

State Of Violence opens Durban International Film Festival

The Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) in its 31st edition opened with the World Premiere of the South African film, “State Of Violence” directed by Khalo Matabane. The festival ran…


Content

Spotlights on Encounters

Encounters is the premier Documentary Festival on the African continent and a major event on the film circuit calendar. Documentaries have the power to take audiences into other worlds, hold…


Content

SABC and Arte share views about the state of the TV production industry in South Africa.

The SABC Content Hub Department represented by Khethiwe Ngcobo, and Arte France met with filmmakers on Monday 26th of July at the Durban International Film Festival. The purpose of the…


Content

In Brief:

Oscars final call for films: The deadline for the submission of feature films for the 83rd Annual Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences Awards for Best Foreign Language Film…


Distribution

Initiative and Business Africa get wider distribution

Launched in 2000 and 2003 respectively, Business Africa and Initiative Africa are two 30-minute long magazine-format TV programmes produced in French, English and Portuguese by People TV press agency. Both…


Distribution

A24 Media distributes a docu on Niger Crisis

A24 Media has just done a unique feature on Niger’s current crisis that is available for wide distribution. In Niger 90% of the population depend on Agriculture. But with last…


Distribution

In Brief:

- From 28 July to 1 August 2010, CFI staff will be in Nairobi, Kenya, alongside African journalists commentating the 17th African Athletics Championship. Organised and produced by the Confederation…


Investment

Strong Growth in Revenue Boosts Nation Media Group Half-Year Profit to Sh892 Million

Nation Media Group recorded a 51.6 per cent growth in pre-tax profit for the six months ending June 30, 2010, lifted by strong growth in revenue, low cost of newsprint…


Investment

Namibia: incentives for TV license payers

The Minister of Information & Communication Technology, Joel Kaapanda launched a new incentive scheme for TV set owners at the NBC’s Head Office in Windhoek. The launch, which was broadcast…


Investment

In Brief:

- Through funding provided by the City of Cape Town and the Western Cape provincial government's Department of Economic Development, the Cape Film Commission (CFC) is to develop a new…


Regulation & Policy

NUSOJ Calls on Somaliland to open up broadcast media space

On July 29, 2010, the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) calls for the opening of the broadcast media space in Somaliland following a peaceful and a democratic transition of…


Regulation & Policy

Killed for watching the World Cup

A24 reported that at least two men were killed and three more were injured after unidentified assailants hurled a grenade at a house in an area south of the Somali…


Regulation & Policy

In Brief:

- Start of July 2010, Reporters Without Borders and Journalist in Danger (JED), its partner organisation in the Democratic Republic of Congo, are alarmed about the situation of press freedom…


Technology & Convergence

S.A. World Cup fever boosts 3D TV sales

South Korean firms are enjoying a boom in sales of 3D televisions thanks to rising demand stoked by the World Cup in South Africa, officials said mid-July 2010.Samsung Electronics has…


Technology & Convergence

RightsGenie, a new online film distributor…ideal for Africa

New York City- based RightsCube Inc., the global media rights information platform has launched RightsGenie, a new online service that helps content distributors and television channels locate available content for…


Technology & Convergence

In Brief:

The Avalon Group, considered one of South Africa's largest and oldest independent cinema exhibition and entertainment company is opening five cinemas, each featuring the latest 3D, digital projection hardware and…


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Events

9 - 14 August 2010Lola Kenya ScreenVenue: tbaThe annual film festival, film production workshop and audiovisual media market for children and youth in Eastern Africahttp://www.lolakenyascreen.org/index.php/news/127-5th-lola-kenya-screen-launches-12 - 29 August 201012th ENCOUNTERS…


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People

- Journalist Tileni Mongudhi reported on 22 July 2010 for the Namibian that after  more than a year and a half and three acting Director Generals, the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation…


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Opportunities

The 5th SAFTAS SUBMISSION DEADLINE EXTENDED - closing date 13 August 2010The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) and the South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAS) committee have announced…