Broadcast In Brief


- In Ghana, Suhum-based businessman, Frank Amponsah says that his plans to launch a community –based radio station are well-advanced. Speaking to the local press, he explained that the station, which has yet to receive accreditation from the National Media Commission, would operate in the local language.

- NTV Uganda's 24-hour programming can now be accessed on DStv, thanks to an ongoing pan-African drive by Multichoice to include public broadcasting channels on its pay television bouquet.

- A broadcast license has been issued to the National Teachers' Institute (NTI) in Nigeria and transmission of programmes has already commenced on its FM radio transmitter. The main aim of the workshop, he said, is to develop "a core of trainers who will subsequently train all NTI's course tutors in different parts of the country". He also said the training will promote an understanding of the nature and principles of tutoring in Open and Distance Learning (ODL).

-South Africa’s Premier Soccer League has received a unique Christmas gift after a leading European sports television channel made a request to broadcast 200 of its Absa Premiership matches. This was announced by Irvin Khoza, PSL chairman, at a media briefing in Parktown to deal with their achievements in 2008. The interest by Eurosport can be attributed to the success of the PSL, which is now rated among the best 10 financially secure leagues in the world. The PSL was on the verge of clinching a deal with a prospective sponsor, who are reported to have since withdrawn because of the global financial meltdown. The PSL will still have the MTN 8 next season following a request by the sponsors after the success of the inaugural tournament.

- The Angolan movie director, Henrique Narciso "Dito" announced on Sunday in Luanda that he is preparing his new film entitled "A Guerra do Kuduro", portraying issues around the kuduro music genre and national dance. Speaking to ANGOP, on the fringes of the session of the public sale and autographs of the his DVD film entitled "Assaltos em Luanda II" (Robberies in Luanda II), Dito said that in the new movie he will try to show to the public the reality of kuduro music, its singers and problems. He revealed that the movie will start to be shot this month and the filming should last about two weeks. Henrique Narciso "Dito" also said that after this film he will concentrate on the production and directing of the movie entitled "O homem branco". He added that after these productions he will be making TV series. Henrique Narciso "Dito", to prominence as a film director and producer after releasing the film "Assaltos em Luanda I" and "Assaltos em Luanda II".