Broadcast Briefs:


- South African station M-Power FM, the new commercial radio station for Mpumalanga, took to the airwaves earlier this week. The station has been in the making since 2005 after the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) gazetted an invitation for businesses and individuals to apply for a commercial radio licence in the province. The radio station, purpose built for the province, is owned by majority owned by local business consortium Mbombela JV with a 48% stake. The other two shareholders are Direng Investment Holdings, 27.1%, and operational shareholders African Media Entertainment Limited (AME), 24.9%. AME, which also owns Algoa FM in the Eastern Cape and OFM in the Free State, has been working on the project since April 2005.

- The Algerian Broadcasting Company (TDA) has started broadcasting national television and radio programmes via the European satellite "AB 3," a TDA's release has indicated. The Algerian company had signed last November a contract allowing it to use a frequency beam on the satellite that will ensure the broadcasting of the Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT).