89 - 30 September 2010

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Long-awaited Free2View to launch over West Africa in “next few weeks” and on IS17 in February 2011

There has a steady but increasing trade in set-top boxes that can receive Free-To-Air content, particularly in southern Africa where broadcast signals spill over between countries. Free2View is planning to turn the availability of FTA channels into a business model by offering users an FTA bouquet for a one-off fee for the set-top box. Russell Southwood spoke to Elissa Wilding, CEO of Free2View last week in London. Below the radar, there has been a steady sale of satellite set-top boxes that can capture FTA programmes broadcast over satellite. Dealers have been reporting sales as high as 50,000 boxes a month…

Broadcast

Uganda: Regional Government Officials Can Vet Radio Talk Show Guests, Says Minister

Resident District Commissioners have the authority to vet guests on radio talk shows to take care of security in their jurisdictions, Information Minister Kabakumba Masiko has said.The minister, who was…


Broadcast

Sierra Leone: Radio Democracy Staff Live in Fear After Threats

The management and staff of Freetown-based Radio Democracy are living in a state of fear after receiving frequent anonymous threats. Radio Democracy has been off air for the past three…


Broadcast

South Africa: Cape Town TV runs competition to get promo

Community station Cape Town TV is calling on all animators, graphic designers and artists to electrify CTV’s community channel. It wants designers to use CTV's logo (see brief below) and…


Broadcast

Broadcast News - In Brief

-  Eighty-five television and film industry professionals have begun judging entries to this year's South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAS). Their main focus will be on critique of excellence…


Content

Zain Africa Challenge - TV competition with hi tech support

Zain Africa Challenge is the first ever televised academic competition among students at African universities. It is an academic quiz programme involving universities in Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Sierra Leone,…


Content

Angola: IACAM runs scriptwriting course as part of forthcoming Luanda Film Festival

Over 30 theatre and cinema artists are attending a script writing course, being held in Luanda, from September 13 to November 15 2010, promoted by the Angolan Institute of Audiovisuals…


Content

Documentaries: Encounters’ 2010 winners

After a 17-day run in Cape Town and a satellite run in Johannesburg, Encounters announced the winners of the annual Audience Awards for Best South African and International Documentary of…


Content

Content News - In Brief

- In about six weeks’ time, the Africa in Motion festival will kick off. The festival will celebrate its fifth anniversary from 21 October to 5 November 2010 at Filmhouse…


Distribution

Germany’s Deutsche Welle offers African broadcasters programmes and multi-media content

Deutsche Welle is comprised of a team of around 1,500 employees and hundreds of freelancers from more than 60 countries. Its services reach more than 86 million listeners and viewers…


Distribution

Germany’s Deutsche Welle offers African broadcasters programmes and multi-media content

Deutsche Welle is comprised of a team of around 1,500 employees and hundreds of freelancers from more than 60 countries. Its services reach more than 86 million listeners and viewers…


Distribution

North African broadcasters look to MyContent media market in November

Koichi Yokoyama, Project Manager at MyContent is reminding North African broadcasters that there are only 2 months left for the Middle East's first entertainment content exhibition and conference MyContent which…


Distribution

Distrubution News - In Brief

- In South Africa, two broadcasters face the challenge of finding the right business model to monetize Mobile TV Content. Cellular network operators and television broadcasters MultiChoice and e.tv who…


Investment

South Africa: NFVF greenlights five movies and sets up docs support funding

At the 3rd cycle meeting of the NFVF Council in early September 2010, its management recommended funding seven feature films and four documentaries, that have previously been funded in development,…


Investment

South Africa: Kagiso New-Media Foray Pays Off

Kagiso Media 's decision to diversify revenue streams away from a dependence on advertising revenue to new media just three years ago has paid off, according to the company's latest…


Investment

Investment News - In Brief

- MultiChoice have invested R300m in experimentation on mobile broadcast technology, it announced after being awarded a Mobile TV broadcast licence.- The Pan African Space Station (PASS) cyber-radio project, launched…


Regulation & Policy

Former SABC Radio Head – Media Appeals Tribunal “could inflict irreparable damage...”

In South Africa, DStv held a breakfast launch for the BBC's World News Africa Business Report in Parktown on Tuesday, 7 September 2010, hosted by BBC's Komla Dumor. Speaking at…


Regulation & Policy

SMS ban in Mozambique shows that mobile is a media competing with broadcast

The banning of SMS messaging in Mozambique shows that the mobile phone has become an interactive media channel that broadcasters ignore at their peril. During the food price riots in…


Regulation & Policy

Regulation and Policy News - In Brief

- Pay-TV licensee Super 5 Media has been granted another extension by the Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) to launch a service. Icasa spokesman Paseka Maleka says the regulator…


Technology & Convergence

Upcoming Internet revolution will have tremendous impact on the African AV industry

More than 90% of business decision-makers across Africa are expecting prices to drop and competition to increase dramatically, according to the new Telecoms Trends in Africa 2010 report. This announcement…


Technology & Convergence

South Africa: Black-owned consortium Mobile TV Gets Licence to Test Technology

Black-owned consortium Mobile TV, which took the Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) to court over the mobile TV licence selection process, has been awarded a trial broadcast service licence…


Technology & Convergence

Technology and Convergence News - In Brief

- In South Africa on 17th. Sep 2010, commercial broadcasters have announced trials of DVB-T2. A select group of Soweto residents will be the first in the country to experience…


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Events

14 October - 7 November, 2010 The 17th “Out in Africa” Film Festival Johannesburg, 14th - 31st October 2010, Cape Town - 21st October - 7th November.With Oscar nominees and…


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People

South African blogger, Seth Rotherham made 2oceansvibe Radio, one of his brainchildren a bigger hit since Sept’2010. Reportedly South Africa's first online radio station, 2oceansvibe Radio is now powered in…


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Opportunities

2011 Pan African Film Festival Calls for SubmissionsOfficial Deadline of October 31 for 19th Annual Festival, Which Runs February 16-21, 2011.The 2011 Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) announced a call…