88 - 16 September 2010

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With the digital transition coming, Africa needs a manifesto for change in its public broadcasting

The digital transition is not simply a technical changeover but an opportunity to provide better broadcasting for Africa’s citizens. The best of the continent’s telecoms policy-makers and regulators have been innovative in how they have tackled the issues they have faced. But in an area like broadcasting that is closer to the “powers that be” and potentially more threatening, there has been little sign of much needed innovation. Russell Southwood thinks the time has come to re-examine how public broadcasting works (or perhaps more accurately, doesn’t work) in Africa. Public broadcasting in Africa had a poor start in life. The…

Broadcast

After two years negotiating a licence, Youssou Ndour’s new station TFM finally launches in Dakar

The TV landscape in Senegal is becoming more competitive with the official broadcast launch of TFM - Télévision Futurs Medias - a new TV station located in Dakar, Senegal from…


Broadcast

Canal + Africa adds Voxafrica to its bouquet

Canal + Africa has announced the arrival of a new channel on its bouquet: Voxafrica.Voxafrica is the first Panafrican bilingual (French / English) and independent channel.Dedicated to the whole family,…


Broadcast

Google signs up African broadcasters for its Google Earth product

Media pros in Africa are usually familiar with popular Google tools such as Google image, video, news, books, alerts, ad, mail (Gmail), trends/insights searches, or Google Earth. What’s great about…


Broadcast

DRC: Radio Okapi Wins International Award

The radio station based in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), which has the largest Francophone audience in sub-Saharan Africa, is the winner of this year's Free Media Pioneer…


Broadcast

Broadcast News- In Brief

- A journalist from the privately owned radio station Luanda Antena Commercial (LAC), José Rodrigues, won the 2010 Journalism Maboque Prize. - Reporters Without Borders condemns the jamming of some…


Content

Kenyan film - Wanuri Kahiu’s Pumzi wins Cannes award

Lizz Ntonjira reported in “The Standard” that Wanuri Kahiu’s film, Pumzi, recently won ‘Best Short Film’ at the Cannes Independent Film Festival (CIFF), which runs simultaneously with the main Cannes…


Content

National Museum of Kenya shows first Black and White silent film shot in the country – 100 years of Kenyan film in new doc

Kiundu Waweru reported in “the Standard” on a century of cinema in Kenya. “Theodore Roosevelt, former US president, visited Kenya, then known as British East Africa, in 1909 for a…


Content

South African film “The First Grader” scores at Telluride Film Festival

John Horn from the Los Angeles Times reported that “The First Grader” scores at Telluride Film Festival.  While the rest of Hollywood turns to far-fetched fantasies of flying superheroes, impossible…


Content

“Surfing Soweto”, a film about train-hoppers, will be shown at the Tri-Continental Film Festival

A documentary, Surfing Soweto, captured the story of three boys who hopped from one speeding train to the next, risking their lives daily for the thrill. by Shanthini Naidoo Three…


Content

Content News - In Brief

- The African awards ceremony (ZAFAA 2010), now in its third edition, will take place at the prestigious Troxy Hall, East London on October 20, 2010. It will showcase the…


Distribution

Ghana’s Cine Media seeks distribution partners for “Wedlock of the Gods” series

Ghana’s Cine Media is looking to sell a series version of the popular “Wedlock of the Gods” story. The company provides educative and informative African program for Television stations with…


Distribution

AV Distribution in Africa: “Sustainable Media Business Models in the Digital Age”.

Leading African media executives are preparing to meet in Tanzania from 26-29 September for the 2010 edition of the Africa Media Leadership Conference (AMLC). This year’s summit will focus on…


Distribution

Distribution News - In Brief

A documentary film on Cote d’Ivoire’s President Laurent Gbagbo is touring Mali and Burkina. Titled "A man, a vision”, it has been directed by Mrs. Hanny Tchelley Etibou. Two dates…


Investment

Funding African Media - AMLF meeting in Cameroon

Funding African Media in an Age of Uncertain Business Models will be the main theme of the African Media Leaders Forum (AMLF) when it meets in Yaoundé, Cameroon in November.The…


Investment

Angolan Media Minister encourages the creation of community radio stations

In Luanda on Sept 13th. 2010, the Angolan Media minister, Carolina Cerqueira, on Monday in Luanda encouraged the creation and development of community radios in the southern Africa region.Carolina Cerqueira…


Investment

Investment New - In Brief

- Sports brand Puma has partnered with the Channel 4 Britdoc Foundation to launch a documentary film fund, which will see up to €200,000 (US$256,200) issued annually to filmmakers. -…


Regulation & Policy

Madagascar: Radio Fahazavana Personnel Freed, But Another Opposition Radio Station Suspended

Ten Radio Fahazavana employees who have been in pre-trial detention since 27 May were released on 8 September, but they still have to face trial on a charge of inciting…


Regulation & Policy

Angola Radio Journalist murdered

On 9 September 2010, Reporters Without Borders reported to be shocked by the death of Alberto Chakusanga, the host of a programme on a radio station critical of the government.As…


Regulation & Policy

Regulation and Policy - In Brief

- In Kampala Hajji Hassan Basajjabalaba, of the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party, slapped and punched senior journalist Arthur Kintu at a NRM conference at the Namboole stadium in…


Technology & Convergence

Video workshops in Ghana and Zambia

Martine Koopman from IICD reported that video workshops in Ghana and Zambia taught members of their national ICT4D networks to produce, film and edit basic videos to promote the activities…


Technology & Convergence

South Africa eTV and Multichoice get mobile TV licences from ICASA

In South Africa, E.tv and Multichoice were awarded mobile TV licences. ICASA has awarded both channels which did not have other competing bidders with respect to the multiplexes they applied…


Technology & Convergence

Technology and Convergence - New Brief

- In Angola, “the local government Aspires to digitalising of media. The Angolan executive intends, through its strategic plan for 2010/2012, to implement digitalization system in the state-owned mass media…


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Events

1 to 3 October 2010 The 32nd Annual Loerie Awards - The Loeries Festival weekend Cape Town The Loerie Awards encompass every area of brand communication including television, radio and…


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People

The new Senegalese TV channel TFM has announced its executives’ list. Moustapha Diop (former Program Director of the El Hadji Ndiaye 2STV) was appointed Director of Tfm. He will be…


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Opportunities

The IP&TV Forum MEA 2010 offers free passes to African operatorsThe IP&TV Forum MEA 2010 is due on 2nd-3rd November 2010, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Dubai. Its organiser, Informa is giving…