Issue Number 93, 23 Nov. 2010.

Top Story

Thema’s Bouquet Africain will hit 100,000 subscribers by year end

Africa’s broadcasters desperately need to develop rights revenues by selling their programming elsewhere if the market is to develop. French distributor Thema has played a big part in making this a reality for francophone broadcasters and is now moving on to launch lusophone and anglophone channels for the same target audiences. Last week, Sylvain Beletre spoke to François Thiellet, founder and director of Thema TV about these latest developments.THEMA has developed over 50 TV channels all around the world and built strong relationships with major payTV platforms in France, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia. Q: What is your involvement in…

Broadcast

Kenya: NGB about to launch new PayTV

Kenya, like a few other countries in Africa has embarked on a migration process from the current analogue TV broadcasting to digital transmission. This process was marked by the launch…


Broadcast

Nigeria: 4real TV, Ahlulbayt Islamic Channel Berths on HiTV

Nigeria's pay TV, HiTV, has once again decided to give to Nigerians and its valued subscribers a gift at a most auspicious time of celebration by its Muslim brothers. And…


Broadcast

Africa’s premier basketball show on SuperSport

On 05 November 2010, Supersport issued the following: “Basketball Africa” is a 30-minute show that showcases basketball on the African continent. The focus of the show is all basketball, whether…


Broadcast

Nigeria: “Heir Apparent” back on air

Nigeria has been described as coming back on course with the introduction of “Heir Apparent” (Nigeria's Leadership Reality Television Show) conceived by IMS Advertising Limited for the National Orientation Agency…


Broadcast

Broadcast News - In Brief

- South African public TV broadcaster SABC scooped two golden awards on Thursday, 18 November 2010, at the Public Sector Excellence (PSX) Awards in the brand leadership, and overall effectiveness…


Content

Local content on the rise, says Libero Films’ Hassoun

Sylvain Beletre interviewed Jean-Francois Hassoun, director of Libero Films which has done a great deal of work across Africa, most notably with two programmes: "Afrik’Art" and "+d’Afrique". Q: How did you…


Content

Durban-based Earth-Touch on wildlife and nature broadcast programmes

Established in 2007, Earth-Touch is a Durban- based (South Africa) multimedia company that disseminates its content across multiple platforms, including television networks, video and DVD, the Internet and mobile phones.Sylvain…


Content

Premiere of African Indian Odyssey documentary film

To celebrate and commemorate the 150th anniversary of the first Indian settlers in South Africa, Ochre Moving Pictures in collaboration with CISA (Centre for Indian Studies in Africa) at the…


Content

Francophone popular programmes get remakes’ opportunity in Hollywood

Basic Lead, the organisers of the DISCOP television markets (such as Discop Africa, the leading audiovisual content trade show), and The Media Faculty, a Paris-based training consultancy, are launching a…


Content

Content News - In Brief

-   The first three of four jury presidents for the Dubai International Advertising Festival, the leading creative advertising and communication awards for the Middle East and North Africa, have been…


Distribution

SuperSport acquires Euro 2012 and 2016 media rights

SuperSport’s promise of broadcasting major world football took another giant leap on 17 November 2010 with the acquisition of media rights for the 2012 and 2016 Uefa Euro Football Championships.…


Distribution

M-Net and A24 media enter into partnership

On 3 Nov 2010, A24media announced that it has entered into a partnership with South African subscription-funded television channel, M-Net. The deal gives A24media exclusive rights to distribute M-Net's home…


Distribution

Distribution News - In Brief

- RTV has secured broadcasting rights for the upcoming Senior Challenge Cup in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. "They (RTV) are expected to pay $20000 (approx.Rwf11.7m) so as to broadcast the…


Investment

Google TV could be launched in South Africa

Internet giant Google plans to roll out its internet TV service around the world starting next year - and it might be heading for South Africa. Google launched Sony Internet…


Investment

East Africa: Tigo Partners with DStv to ease Payments

In Tanzania, mobile company Tigo (part of Millicom International Cellular S.A., and established in 1994 in the country), has partnered with DStv to provide Tigo Pesa registered customers to subscribe…


Investment

Investment News - In Brief

- The latest addition to the Zoopy TV line-up is a custom online and mobile video show for Exclusive Books, called Exclus1ves TV, which delivers short-form videos to book fanatics…


Regulation & Policy

South Africa: Padayachie pulls plug on broadcasting bill

Communications minister Roy Padayachie has withdrawn the controversial Public Service Broadcasting Bill pending further consultation, and wants to consider new models for funding the SABC and community media.Padayachie’s decision follows…


Regulation & Policy

Cote d’Ivoire: Media monitoring resumes as second-round campaign gets under way

When the campaign for the second round of Côte d’Ivoire’s presidential election officially gets under way tomorrow, Reporters Without Borders will begin the second phase of its monitoring of the…


Regulation & Policy

Regulation and Policy News - In Brief

- Rwanda's High Commissioner to Uganda, Frank Mugambage, has cautioned the regional media against using their profession to mislead the public by creating and publishing or broadcasting conspiracy theories. In…


Technology & Convergence

Iran to help Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corp go digital

Zimbabwe and Iran have resuscitated a deal to digitalise the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation as the national broadcaster moves to comply with a 2015 Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) deadline. Media,…


Technology & Convergence

TopTV will launch high-definition channels next year

TopTV will launch high-definition channels next year as it takes its fight for subscribers with incumbent pay-TV operator MultiChoice to the next level.The company, owned by On Digital Media (ODM),…


Technology & Convergence

Technology and Convergence News - In Brief

- The Unity Schools Old Students’ Association (USOSA) has signed a memorandum of understanding with multimedia content developing and disseminating outfit, Bob TV to create USOSA Television that would take…


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Events

21st October to 5th November 2010 Africa in Motion 2010 Venue: Africa in Motion 2010 will take place at Filmhouse Cinema and other venues in Edinburgh, Scotland. Much longer than…


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People

African Media owners forge new path in Cameroon meetingSome 271 media leaders and proprietors, bankers and representatives of banking institutions in African continent are meeting in Yaoundé for the Third…


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Opportunities

Nigeria: African filmmakers call on private sector support for exportAt a fund raising dinner organised by the Africa Film Academy in Lagos,Nigeria on 17 October 2010, filmmakers called upon private…