Issue Number 92, 9 Nov. 2010

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New reports highlight broadcast and ad revenue revolution in Africa

Two new Briefing Papers from Balancing Act published this week highlight the dilemmas faced by TV and radio broadcasters and more broadly media houses which also include newspapers. A range of factors are converging that will produce significant fragmentation of audiences in the faster developing countries. And although advertising spend is set to increase, changes in how it is spent will again pose significant challenges. Russell Southwood looks at the findings of the reports and the challenges they identify. The two new Briefing Papers - "Africa’s fragmenting media landscape - changes in audiences and advertising in broadcast", and "Advertising in…

Broadcast

Nigerian Television Authority expands in the USA

Abiodun Oluwarotimi from Leadership (Abuja) reported on 24 October 2010 that the Nigerian Television Authority has begun operations in the USA. The Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) in conjunction with Suncast…


Broadcast

Canal + launches ”+ d’Afrique“ infotainment mag

In a November 2010 communiqué, “Canal + Afrique” was pleased to announce the launch of “+d’Afrique”, a new weekly show broadcast on Friday evening on Canal + Africa. Sylvain Beletre…


Broadcast

W3B satellite loss will soon be replaced with W3C

Eutelsat issued a statement on the loss of W3B satellite on 29 October 2010. The satellite operator announced the loss of its satellite, following an anomaly which was detected on…


Broadcast

DStv: Popular holiday channel on screens in December

DStv Premium subscribers can look forward to the return of the popular holiday channel on DStv.  The M-199 channel, previously known as the M-Net holiday channel, gives subscribers the opportunity…


Broadcast

Broadcast News - In Brief

- New programme “Spotlight” is a 45 minutes entertainment review showing live in the studios of TV3 (Ghana, Accra) every Fridays. Sensitive issues, Misconceptions, wrong reports from newspaper journalists are…


Content

South Africa’s NFVF invites producers to apply for co-production status under France-SA agreement

On the 4th November 2010, The National Film and Video Foundation have invited South African producers to apply for co-production status under the Agreement between the Government of the Republic…


Content

TV series looking for South Africa’s next president

A TV series broadcast in South Africa’s seeks the next great leader of the country. SABC Education is looking for the very best young leaders in South Africa to participate…


Content

South African 3D animation goes to Hollywood

Herman Manson wrote that “Jock of the Bushveld” is leaving for Hollywood, literally, as film director Duncan MacNeillie takes his 3D animated remake of the classic tale to American movie…


Content

Africa First welcomed filmmakers to NYC

BWW News Desk announced on November 8, 2010 that Focus Features' Africa First program, the company's unique ongoing initiative awarding funds towards the completion of short films, welcomed 2010's five…


Content

Content News - In Brief

- Start of November 2010, BBC Earth, the natural history brand for BBC Worldwide, and Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group's Reliance Big Entertainment announced a deal to partner on three motion…


Distribution

Ster-Kinekor rolls out 3D movies in 58 cinemas

Bizzcommunity reported that South African Cinema chain Ster-Kinekor will have increased its number of 3D cinemas to 58 by the end of November 2010, as the festive season's 3D films…


Distribution

Do you know African Cinema? Interview with Côte Ouest

Ask the average American, European or Asian person to give you African film titles (“Out of Africa” does not apply), and you’re lucky if they can quote just one. African…


Distribution

Distribution News - In Brief

- On 2nd. Nov. 2010, A24media has entered into a partnership with M-net, a subscription-funded television channel in South Africa. A24media has acquired exclusive rights to distribute 150 M-net’s home…


Investment

Popular TV series on African Arts calls for broadcasters’ support

African Arts constitute one of the richest human elements of the continent. African people, societies, and civilizations each have a unique and special art culture, sometimes quite different from the…


Investment

Call for donations: Ster-Kinekor invests in children’s Vision

On 3 November, cinema chain Ster-Kinekor’s Vision Mission in partnership with Pareto Limited handed over free prescription spectacles to 80 disadvantaged children at Tygervalley Mall, Cape Town.The children, all from…


Investment

Investment Nes - In Brief

- The West African Cinema, Related Arts and Cultural Industries Development Fund (WACRACID fund), is offering five hundred thousand ordinary shares at a price of USD 5 per share to…


Regulation & Policy

Angola: Letter to interior minister about violence against journalists

On 2 November 2010, Reporters Without Borders declared that it has written to Angolan interior minister Sebastiao José Antonio Martins voicing concern about the recent wave of threats and violence…


Regulation & Policy

Election in Côte d'Ivoire: TV and Radio “favouritism”?

Reporters Without Borders reports that La Première (the state-owned broadcaster RTI's main TV channel) and state-owned Radio Côte d'Ivoire (RCI) continued to give much more air-time to President Laurent Gbagbo…


Regulation & Policy

Regulation and Policy News - In Brief

- Questions have been raised about the South African telecommunications and IT regulator’s complicity in allowing Global Web Intact (GWI) and Screamer to lease spectrum, apparently illegally, from Sentech. (Source:…


Technology & Convergence

South Africa: final decision on DTT standard is imminent

In South Africa, there have been delays in announcing the official digital TV standards decision, and it’s a decision which does not seem easy to take. SADC was supposed to…


Technology & Convergence

WTS on a technical mission to improve film quality in Nigeria

Goddie Ofose from the Daily Independent (Lagos) reported on 1 November 2010 that broadcast companies and their adjuncts in Nigeria will receive foreign support to produce programmes that would be…


Technology & Convergence

Technology and Convergence News - In Brief

- MC Kerry from DStv announced on 28-Oct-2010 the launch of DStv.com’s new website. The site includes an on-demand section packed with videos and trailers. Anybody can get glimpse of…


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Events

6-14 Nov. 2010 Lumires d'Afrique Venue: Besanon, France. African film festival. click for details   29 Nov � 1 Dec, 2010 3rd Dubai International Character & Licensing Fair Venue: Hall…


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People

Vanguard Online Edition reported on the 20 most influential Nigerians back on Oct 10, 2010. Among them, we noticed a media professional, Biodun Shobanjo.Vanguard stated: “Biodun Shobanjo is the CEO…


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Opportunities

IP&TV Forum Middle East & Africa - IP&TV Industry Awards 2011 SubmissionsSubmissions are now being accepted for the IP&TV Industry Awards 2011. Closing date for entries is 5:00pm on 29th…