Issue 86, 18 August 2010

Top Story

African rights holders and broadcasters set to launch Africa Rights Watch to combat piracy by broadcasters themselves

The African television industry’s dirty little secret is that there are television companies who simply broadcast material that they have recorded off air and which they do not have the rights to. To face up to this challenge of corporate piracy, a number of key African broadcasters came together and have agreed to set up Africa Rights Watch as a way of trying to police these kinds piracy. Russell Southwood spoke to Cherise Barsell of DISCOP about how idea to launch the organisation came about and what it is setting out to achieve.*    There are over 40 TV channels in…

Broadcast

story – South Africa’s SABC board suspends GCEO under disciplinary process

On 30th. Aug 2010, after a week of drama involving the SABC board, its chairman Dr Ben Ngubane, GCEO Solly Mokoetle, the parliamentary portfolio committee on communications and the press,…


Broadcast

Uganda: Government adds more districts to its digital broadcast roll-out

Residents of Masaka and Jinja will be the next beneficiaries of the digital television transmission. The National Broadcasting Council has granted a formal permission to Star TV, a new Chinese…


Broadcast

Sudan suspends BBC Arabic on FM radio

BBC News Africa reported on 9 August 2010 that Sudan has halted BBC Arabic broadcasts on FM radio stations in four northern cities, including the capital Khartoum.The move was not…


Broadcast

Uganda: Vision Group uses cross-media strategy with radio promoting papers and newspaper vendors collecting radio ads

Newspaper vendors and radio agents attending a conference at Pearl Afrique Hotel Sales for Vision Group's local language newspapers have shot up after the company established regional television and radio…


Broadcast

MultiChoice Africa launches DStv Compact PLUS

MultiChoice Africa, operator of Africa’s pay TV platform DStv, has announced the launch of a ground-breaking new pay television package, DStv Compact PLUS which gives sports lovers more premium sport…


Broadcast

In Brief

- Independent media group Shabelle in Mogadishu has started broadcasting the BBC's Somali Service. The Radio has continued for 24 hours broadcasting a variety of programmes on four occasions, in…


Content

Nigeria: HiTV launches One Music Channel to replace Nigezie

Nigerian Pay TV company HiTV has launched its “One Music channel” which replaced its Nigezie music channel. The launch of the new channel comes in the wake of its loss…


Content

New pan-African channel Africa Home TV to go live shortly

Starting next September 2010, if the satellite tests are conclusive, Africa Home TV, a new pan-African channel will broadcast in sub-Saharan Africa. The initiator of this channel, Jean-Clotaire Tétiali, a…


Content

SuperSport to offer English Premier League in HD across Africa

The English Premier League is available 24 hours per day and in High Definition on DStv's SuperSport channel. All 380 matches will be broadcast, 180 of them live, annually, in…


Content

South Africa.: Loeries TV Crafts panel announced

The Loerie Awards which encompass every area of brand communication including television, radio and print advertising, graphic design, architecture, direct marketing, non-broadcast video, live events, and digital media, is pleased…


Content

In Brief:

- Africa in Motion (AiM) theme this year is 'Celebrations', in commemoration of 50 years of independence of 17 African countries, as well as celebrating the fifth birthday of the…


Distribution

Kenyan film calling for broad distribution

Kenyan film Togetherness Supreme is a completed feature film (93 minutes) about violence which followed the disputed elections in Jan-March 2007 in Kenya , and left 1300 dead and over…


Distribution

There are only 14 days left before Discop Africa 4

Taking place on 1-3 Sept 2010, Discop Africa is the largest audiovisual content trade show and conference in Africa. So far, 130 buyers and 113 content sellers from Africa and…


Distribution

In Brief:

- The Tanzania Football Federation (TFF) has had no luck in finding a broadcaster willing to cover its Premier League Matches which start on 21 August.- The Tanzanian free-to-air channel…


Investment

Nigeria: Why HiTV Lost the EPL Rights – Toyin Subair tells his side of the story

In an interview with Nigeria’s Daily Independent on Monday, August 9, HiTV’s Managing Director put his side of story about how the company lost the EPL rights. Subair said that…


Investment

South Africa’s Super 5 Media says it’s still in business but makes 40 staff redundant

The Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) has received a written assurance from pay-TV licensee Super 5 Media that it is still in operation. “We received a communiqué from Super…


Investment

In Brief

- Ghana’s Hi Newspaper floated a rumour that Metro TV was to be sold. CEO Mr. Talal Fatal, owner of OMP, the management company of Metro TV denied the rumour…


Regulation & Policy

Zimbabwe: More Zanu PF Jingles Coming to ZBC?

A fresh row is looming in the shaky inclusive government as it has emerged that Zanu PF is set to launch a new wave of partisan jingles. Already there is…


Regulation & Policy

Nollywood decries high taxes that raise the cost of operating a production base in Ghana

On 4 August 2010, the Daily Independent (Lagos) reported that Nigeria's House of Representatives had cause to condemn the imposition of $5,ooo and $1,000 levies on Nigerian film producers and…


Regulation & Policy

In Brief:

A report produced by the Journalists Union of Malawi (JUMA) highlights that the prevailing conditions endured by media practitioners in the country are demeaning, exploitative and not befitting professionals. The…


Technology & Convergence

ODG and Vodacom Launch Africa's first-ever Mobile TV Subscription VOD

On August 10 2010, as an African first, On Demand Group, has taken its one-of-a-kind mobile TV subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) service capability into South Africa with the creation of TV:On…


Technology & Convergence

South Africa: Flat screen TV prices plummet as newer TV technology arrives

On 16 August Mybroadband reported that plasma and liquid crystal display (LCD) televisions have long replaced Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) televisions as the de-facto standard in the TV market, and…


Technology & Convergence

In Brief:

- Cisco announced that the Wananchi Group, Africa's pioneering provider of triple-play (broadband, multichannel cable television and voice telephony) and VSAT (broadband data and Internet) services, has signed a contract…


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Events:

The Loeries Festival weekend1 to 3 October 2010The 32nd Annual Loerie Awards - The Loeries Festival weekendCape TownThe Loerie Awards encompass every area of brand communication including television, radio and…


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People

Behind the scenes footage of Prince William's 2010 trip to Africa will be shown in a TV documentary later this year. The film shows the Prince in Botswana during a…


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Opportunities:

August 2nd. 2010: The Secretariat of the ACP Group and its ACPFilms Programme are pleased to transmit the next calls for application. Please contact the relevant structures directly.CALL FOR FILMS…