Broadcast, Film and Convergence in Africa - Issue no. 319 – 18 July 2019

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New report shows that digital migration and online have disrupted the Kenyan media landscape – find out the winners and losers

18 July 2019

There have major changes in the Kenyan media landscape and a just published report by Reelforge and TIFA Research provides many useful insights into what’s changed. Russell Southwood reviews the reports’s key findings. The real BC and AD for the Kenyan media landscape has been before the digital broadcasting migration and after it. According to Communications Authority of Kenya data, from 2015, the number of TV channels has gone from 9 to 68 in 2019. Radio channels have also increased over the same period from 120 to 173. It also claims that there are 22 new online sites. Newspaper title…

Broadcast

Zambia: Local Media Owners Concerned About China's Influence On Broadcast Media Landscape

18 July 2019

Zambia made a deal with the Chinese media conglomerate, StarTimes, to help switch from analogue to digital TV. Now, Zambian media owners are criticising the collaboration saying that the country's…


Broadcast

Ghana Broadcasting Corporation denies selling TV channels to private sector

18 July 2019

Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) has denied that it has sold GBC's television channels to private companies to operate, Graphic reported. It said the allegation that the state broadcaster had sold…


Broadcast

Troubled SABC's massive latest survival plan includes axing a third of its staff, closing 5 regional bureaus and dissolving SABC Sport as part of latest turnaround plan - report.

18 July 2019

The embattled and financially gutted South African public broadcaster's latest dramatic survival plan includes getting rid of a third of its total workforce including axing thousands of workers, closing down…


Broadcast

The most-watched TV shows in South Africa

18 July 2019

The Broadcast Research Council of South Africa (BRCSA) has released its television audience measurements for June 2019. The data includes a list of the most-watched shows on DStv, SABC 1,…


Content - Film

South African premiere of Buddha in Africa at Durban International Film Festival

18 July 2019

Buddha in Africa, directed by KwaZulu-Natal-based filmmaker, Nicole Schafer, has been selected in the International Documentary Competition at the 40th Durban International Film Festival (18 to 28 July) for the…


Content - Film

The Luxor African Film Festival (LAFF) unveils features of the ninth edition on the sidelines of Cannes International Film Festival

18 July 2019

The organizers of Luxor Film Festival; Sayed Fouad and Azza el-Husseiny, respectively president and executive director of LAFF in presence of LAFF general coordinator Ahmed Helba unveiled - at a…


Content - Film

Acclaimed SA film wins Genesis Award

18 July 2019

South Africa’s breakout film STROOP – journey into the rhino horn war, has won the prestigious Genesis Award in the Outstanding Brigitte Bardot International Documentary Feature Film category in the…


Content - Film

Acclaimed SA film comes to the screen at Durban International Film Festival

18 July 2019

The acclaimed South African feature film, The Last Victims will be screened on Friday, 19 and Wednesday, 24 July at the 2019 Durban International Film Festival (DIFF). The film had…


Content - Television

MultiChoice Offers Discovery Inc.'s Real Time Channel Across Africa

18 July 2019

MultiChoice has announced that Discovery Inc.'s Real Time channel will be added to MultiChoice's GOtv and DStv satellite pay-TV service throughout the rest of Africa as well from Monday 15…


Content - Television

REAL TIME channel Launches on DStv and GOtv

18 July 2019

The new entertainment channel from DICOVERY INC. to dazzle customers with reverting reality programming Multichoice Africa in collaboration with Discovery, Inc. today announced the expansion of its portfolio in Africa…


Content - Television

Showmax Enhances Its Sports Offering With Live Streaming

18 July 2019

Showmax has recently been very busy enhancing its sports offering. Extended highlights from major sporting events such as Wimbledon, PGA tournaments and the Tour de France as well as a…


Content - Television

M6 Group To Launch New TV Channel Across Sub-Saharan Africa

18 July 2019

M6 Group has confirmed that it plans to roll out a new TV channel into French-speaking Africa – M6 International. The CEO of M6 Group, Nicolas de Tavernost, said that…


Content - Television

Globecast brings The Total Africa Cup of Nations to the world in 4K alongside VOD content creation

18 July 2019

Globecast, the global solutions provider for media, is extending its relationship with the organisers and rights holders of the Total Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt, bringing the 2019 event…


Distribution

StarTimes partners with MLW to air ‘Fusion’ in Africa

18 July 2019

Major League Wrestling has recently announced it has entered into an agreement to broadcast its flagship weekly hour-long program MLW Fusion non-exclusively in Africa on StarTimes. The partnership will commence…


Distribution

Africa Poised to Break Out as Distributors Mine Prestige TV Projects for Global Markets

18 July 2019

When South African writer-director Gareth Crocker was developing “Shadow,” a series about an ex-cop with superpowers who fights crime in Johannesburg’s underworld, he took the unusual and risky approach of…


Distribution

Africa’s football body condemns beoutQ

18 July 2019

Africa’s equivalent to UEFA, the Confédération Africaine de Football (CAF), has come out strongly against beoutQ. The alleged Saudi-backed pirate network has recently been denounced by FIFA and Arabsat was…


Technology & Convergence

Ethiopian Broadcasters Association migrate to SES satellites

18 July 2019

SES has recently signed two agreements with Association of Ethiopian Broadcasters (AEB) and the Ethiopian Broadcasting Cooperation (EBC) that aims to result in the creation of a dedicated Ethiopian TV…


Regulation & Policy

Somalia Suspends Two Private TV Stations

18 July 2019

Authorities in Somalia have confirmed that they have suspended the activities of two private TV channels namely Eryal TV and Horyaal 24TV, accusing them of inciting violence, according to a…


Regulation & Policy

Zimbabwe - Film school status must be regularised: Chiri

18 July 2019

Auditor-General Mildred Chiri has said the status of the Zimbabwe Film and Television School of Southern Africa (Ziftessa) needs to be regularised as it is unclear whether it is public…


Investment

CANAL+ Group Acquires ROK

18 July 2019

Lagos, Nigeria. ROK, the leading African film studio and international TV network, has been acquired by CANAL+ Group, comprising production, content distribution and publishing channels. As part of the transaction,…


Investment

Sipromad takes over pan-African channel Africanews

18 July 2019

The pan-African channel Africanews, owned by Euronews NBC has been bought by Malagasy Group Sipromad for approximately 20 million US Dollars.   Created in 2016 by the French group EuronewsNBC,…


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Opportunities

18 July 2019

Call for Entries: 3rd FUPiTOONS FESTiVAL 2019 Africa's first animated short film festival, coming this November as part of DISCOP Johannesburg, is looking for kids’ content; submission deadline is September…


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People

18 July 2019

Veteran South African Actress Nomhle Nkonyeni Has Passed Away After having been in hospital since last week Friday, the actress has passed away at 77. Nomhle Nkonyeni's family have confirmed…


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Events

18 July 2019

Announcing Official DFM 2019 Project Selection for the 10th Durban FilmMart . Durban, South Africa: The Durban FilmMart, which celebrates its 10th edition this year from 19 to 22 July,…