Briefs for R&P and Technology:

Technology & Convergence

- Exiled Somali journalists marked Human Rights Day last Monday with the launch of a programme to protect the country's besieged journalists and enhance working relations with other national journalists bodies worldwide.

-The Ghana music industry is set to receive a major boost as plans are on course to establish a Copyright Investment Bank (CIB) in the country. The CIB will give long term financing to producers and musicians with their respective copyrights at collateral as well as provide loans for copyright based project, such as creation, marketing, distribution of music, visual arts, audio-visual and arts software or for the capitalisation of existing copyright.

South Africa: Ormerod Means Business

Sub-Saharan Africa's first international business news channel, CNBC Africa, will be headed up by Trevor Ormerod. Ormerod, who used to head up advertising sales at the SABC, was most recently MD of Primedia @ Home. CNBC Africa will begin officially broadcasting from its Sandton (Johannesburg) headquarters in May 2007.

Nigeria: Fraud - Ex-Taraba TV GM Denies Report

Former General Manager, Taraba State Television, Sylvanus Giwa, has denied any involvement in the alleged misappropriation of funds and theft of computer accessories belonging to the station. The denial comes after a story published in the Daily Champion of October 10, 2007.

In a letter to Daily Champion, Giwa, who is currently Senior Special Assistant to the state governor on media and publicity, through his counsel, H.R. Ibi said there was no iota of truth in the earlier publication.

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) donors of the said equipment, Ibi added, has since absolved his client of wrongdoing, declaring that no computer or its accessories were supplied to the station in 2006 as was reported by the newspaper. According to him, the station through one Zakaria Yarima only received 55 pieces of VHS cassette player-C120 and 15 pieces CD re-writable from UNICEF on July 12, 2007 in Kano.

Part of the letter reads: "Consequent upon the publication the sitting General Manager of Taraba Television wrote a letter to United Nations Children's Fund requesting for an exhaustive inventory of all equipment donated to the television station during the period our client served as her General Manager.

"Essentially, the General Manager got response thereof through a letter dated October 29, 2007 enumerating the following as equipment donated during the period under reference namely, 55 pieces of VHS cassette players and 15 pieces of CD re-writable."

(Daily Champion (Lagos), 3 December 2007)

East Africa: Keeping Film for Children and Youth in Focus

Lola Kenya Screen 2008 Call for Film Submission Lola Kenya Screen—eastern Africa’s first and only audiovisual media festival, production workshop and market exclusively designed for children

and youth—is calling for film entries in all genres, lengths, and formats from all over the world for the 3rd Lola Kenya Screen that runs August 4-9, 2008 in Nairobi, Kenya.

Announcing the opening of the film submission period as December 1, 2007-April 15, 2008, the Lola Kenya Screen management says eligible films are those made by children and youth, made with children and youth, and those made for children and youth. In other words, the Press Release issued in Nairobi on November 29, 2007 says Lola Kenya Screen accepts films made by professionals and amateurs that focus on children and youth. Lola Kenya Screen also accepts family films.

Nairobi-based Lola Kenya Screen, that caters to children (6-13 years), youth (14-25 years), and family, receives and processes films by students, by children and youth, with children and youth, experimental films, television series, internet games and even creatively packaged music videos tackling issues related to children, youth and family.

Lola Kenya Screen serves films of all lengths, formats and in all conceivable genres.

The DEADLINE for film entries is April 15, 2008.

http://www.lolakenyascreen.or.ke/admin/filmentryform.rtf

- 3rd REGIONAL WORKSHOP ON MEDIA AND ICT ISSUES IN WEST AFRICA

13-15 December 2007, Dakar, Senegal

The workshop entitled “new journalism, new technologies, improved governance” will aim at promoting uses of blogs and new ICT tools by medias for improved governance in West Africa and strengthening reporting on ICT in the region.

jlenti@panos-ao.org

- THE CTO’S 3RD ANNUAL DIGITAL BROADCASTING SWITCHOVER FORUM

29 Jan – 1 Feb 2008, Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa

Covering National Switchover Frameworks and Planning, the Digital Dividend, the Results of WRC 07, Dual Illumination, the Broadcasting Skills Shortage, African Content Production as well as a host of other critical issues that were raised in the 2007 event.

m.dawes@cto.int

- 29th Durban International Film Festival

23rd July-3rd August 2008 – Durban, South Africa