Issue no 98 - 17 February 2011

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Discop Africa: Seen and heard in Accra – Things coming up from below the radar

Last week, Africa’s biggest content market – Discop Africa – took place in Accra. The event brings together African broadcasters and producers with their international counterparts. It offers an ideal moment to take the pulse of what is happening in the industry. The event was spread over three floors so Russell Southwood expended serious shoe leather to find out what was happening both above and below the radar.The event produced no single big story but a clear set of trends emerged from the public conference sessions and discussions with a wide range of people:* There was a pre-conference workshop on…

Broadcast

Media’s Role in Peace-building: A Radio Case Study from Côte d’Ivoire

The crisis in Côte d’Ivoire drags on, with the political leadership of the country deadlocked. The 2010 elections had raised hopes across the country that the eight-year crisis would be…


Broadcast

North Africa represents some of the most vibrant markets for satellite services, says Eutelsat

Eutelsat announced on 7 February 2011 that the Middle East and North Africa are representing some of the most vibrant markets for satellite-delivered digital entertainment, enterprise and government services.Key players…


Broadcast

Sudan radio service solicits feedback via text messaging

Anne-Ryan Heatwole, PBS MediaShift Idea Lab reported on 02/02/11 in ijnet.com that from January 9 to 15, Southern Sudan held a referendum to decide if the region should become an…


Broadcast

UNESCO and Al Jazeera to promote freedom of expression in the Arab world

At the end of last year, UNESCO and Al Jazeera Satellite Network have signed an agreement to promote freedom of expression and access to information in the Arab world. UNESCO’s…


Broadcast

Broadcast - In Brief

At the end of 2010, Africa 24 claims to officially be the first global TV channel for information especially via its satellite channel - most watched channel in Francophone Africa.…


Content

Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds soon in Cape Town

Production Listings reports that Denzel Washington movie is on its way to the rainbow nation. The countdown to the arrival of Hollywood stars Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds in Cape…


Content

African Film Festival of Tarifa supports African movies online

On the 1st February 2011,  the African Film Festival of Tarifa announced that it will offer movies online. Sylvain Béletre from Balancing Act interviewed Filip Hruby, International Press Officer at…


Content

Citizen journalism and democracy in Africa

A new report released by Rhodes University in South Africa analyzes citizen journalism within Africa's unique political, economic and technological context.The ethnographic study, "Citizen Journalism and Democracy in Africa," reveals…


Content

The Angolan Institute of Cinema rounds up its activities in 2010

In Luanda, the activities of the Angolan Institute of Cinema, Audio-visual and Multimedia (IACAM) in 2010 were marked by a strong personnel training component and concerted actions in the promotion…


Content

Content - In Brief

10 tips for interviewing politicians: David Brewer from ‘Media Helping Media’ posted this interesting how to guide for journalists. There is a fine art to interviewing politicians. You need to…


Distribution

Japanese NHK attended DISCOP Accra for the first time

NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) and NHK Enterprises (NEP) attended DISCOP Africa for the first time from Japan. NHK, Japan's sole public broadcaster, has a high reputation for quality programs in…


Distribution

MYCONTENT, next Entertainment Content Market for the MENA Region in Dec’11

The MENA region’s 2nd entertainment content marketplace MYCONTENT will be held in Dubai from 30th Nov. - 3rd Dec. in 2011 in conjunction with 4th Dubai International Character & Licensing…


Distribution

Distribution - In Brief

A2Media offers the following magazine programme to TV stations: “Takaba Drought Response Project, Delivering Water Saving Lives”. Takaba lies in the arid region of Mandera West district in North-Eastern Kenya.The…


Investment

TV set makers addressing new opportunities in emerging markets

Global shipments of 3D TV sets in 2010 are expected to total 3.2 million worldwide, according to DisplaySearch.The findings from the Q4 report include: in the global broadcast environment, South…


Investment

TV5Monde continues to innovate with more focus on Africa

Over the last few years, Television in Africa has become more due to the arrival of new private channels. But the competition will reached an unprecedented level by 2015 when…


Investment

Investment - In Brief

Greek films in South Africa: In association with The Lyceum Club of Greek Women under the auspices of the Greek Embassy of South Africa and assisted by the Federation of…


Regulation & Policy

Egypt: Unprecedented violence against journalists

On Friday 4 February 2011, Members and supporters of the international press freedom NGO Reporters Without Borders demonstrated outside the Egyptian embassy in Paris at midday today to express their…


Regulation & Policy

Two Ivorian TV journalists in jail with no formal charges

The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned about the well-being of two Ivorian journalists who have been detained without charge for 10 days amid reports that they have been tortured…


Regulation & Policy

Regulation & Policy - In Brief

A new report on public broadcasting in Nigeria launched by Open Society Institute and Africa Governance Monitoring and Advocacy Project (AfriMAP) has revealed that lack of public broadcasting media reforms…


Technology & Convergence

CTO Conference examined progress in digital migration in Africa

CTO reported that over one hundred broadcasting experts and ICT leaders congregated at the Southern Sun Grayston Hotel in Johannesburg from the 1-3 February 2011, to discuss and deliberate on…


Technology & Convergence

SMC become authorised CRM.COM agents in Africa for Pay TV

On February 4, 2011, SMC, a South Africa based association of Pay TV and Media consultants, has agreed to partner with CRM.COM Software Ltd to promote, sell and implement the…


Technology & Convergence

Technology & Convergence - In Brief

In Kenya, the National Environmental Management Authority (Nema) is set to anchor the recently drafted guidelines controlling the collection, disposal and recycling of electronic waste into the law books. The…


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People

On 24 Jan. 2011, Colin McLeod has been managing director of Emerging Markets EMEA, Universal Networks International since December 2007 and recently added BNA (Benelux, Nordics and South Africa) to…


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Opportunities

Reminder: Call for Papers for ‘Reading & Producing Nollywood: An International Symposium’, March 23-25, 2011 at University of Lagos.A reminder that deadline is February 21 for submitting your proposals and…


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Events

10-20 February 2011“Berlinale” – Berlin International Film Festival (Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin)Venue: BerlinOne of the most important dates on the international film industry’s calendar: About 400 films are shown every year,…