Broadcast In Brief


- Owners of electronic media (radio and television) in East Africa region have been urged to change from analogue to digital technology in their operations. The call was made last week in Arusha at a meeting for Eastern African Communications Organization (EACO) technical committee by the East African Community Director for Infrastructure, Philip Wambugu. He said the whole of Eastern Africa region would go digital in electronic communication from 2012 so the media people have to make the necessary preparations for the change over.

- As from July 2009, international dramas like Desperate Housewives, Lipstick Jungle and Prison Break will be stripped on SABC3 and shown in the 9pm drama slot on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. “This means that viewers will get to see entire series in a shorter space of time, rather than weekly episodes over a long period. We’ve decided to go this route as we’ve noticed that people who hire TV series on DVD like to watch episodes in bulk,” explained SABC3 Communications manager Gesh Conco, at the SABC3 press screening in Johannesburg on 9 June.

- A midnight fire gutted vital facilities at Nigeria’s Delta Broadcasting Service (DBS) in Warri and put television and radio transmission temporarily off air.

- Veteran broadcaster, Geoffrey Motshidisi, popularly known as 'Rraagwe Malaakatse' or 'Moshombororo' is back on the airwaves with Radio Botswana (RB1). Moshombororo, who re-joined the radio station in November, handles the afternoon 12 to 3pm shift.