Technology & Convergence IN BRIEF:



The growing convergence between television and Information Technology (IT) is set to become more viable with the introduction of the Playbox technology into the Nigerian television space. The enablement of this convergence was strengthened with the technical partnership between Long Transmission Nigeria Limited (LTMX) and Playbox Technology. The partnership will enable the deployment of a modern and state-of-the-art television broadcast system that will enable television stations in Nigeria to meet international standard.

§ Angolan Economic Journalists Association Meeting (June 26th-28th)

§ CNN Multichoice African Journalist 2007 Awards (Cape Town, SA – July 21st 2007)

§ 60th World Association of Newspapers Conference (Cape Town, SA – June 3rd-6th)

§ Durban International Film Festival (20 June – 1 July 2007) For full details e-mail:

§ Tiburon International Film Festival (Tuburon, California – March 20th-28th 2008)

South Africa: Jimi Matthews joins Telkom Media

Jimi Matthews, former head of and SABC TV news and who resigned as head of SABC TV Sports Production at the end of February, has been appointed by Telkom Media to run its 24 hour news channel. Telkom Media is one 18 applicants for a cable and satellite television licence, and will be rolling out Internet-based television, IPTV, in the latter half of 2008.

Ngcobo, CEO of Telekom Media, said Matthews had amassed experience unique to his South African counterparts, working for an international news agency (Reuters), a commercial station ( and a public broadcaster (SABC). He helped transform the evening news at both and SABC into the most popular bulletins in the country.

According to Ngcobo, Matthews’s varied experiences - starting a news room from scratch at, supervising the transition from analogue to digital at ReutersTV South Africa, overseeing all sports production output at SABC - will stand him in good stead at Telkom Media. “Jimi is also known for developing loyal teams with an inclusive management style.”

At Reuters, Matthews served as a cameraman, editor and senior producer for South and Central Africa. In 1998, he became the head of news and three years later, turned the channel’s half-hour news slot into an hour-long broadcast – the first in South Africa. Matthews then joined the SABC in 2002 as head of TV news, and in 2005 he moved to become head of Sports Production at the channel., 24 May 2007

EuroNews appoints a Head of Distribution for Africa

Jean-Luc Maertens, age 55, has joined the EuroNews team in the newly created position of Distribution Manager for Africa. A journalist specialising in Africa and former manager of the Africa and Indian Ocean desk for Canal France International, Jean-Luc will be in charge of boosting EuroNews’ presence in Sub-Saharan Africa through distribution on all broadcasting media.