Technology & Convergence In Brief:


- M-Net will bring out a new interactive youth channel, with content that will be viewed on TVs and cellphones. Vuzu, which is expected to start broadcasting in July, will also be supported by an online social networking site. “TV is reinventing itself and we are looking forward to working with all sectors of the local industry to create new and innovative ways to thrive in this fast-evolving environment,” says Vuzu channel director Yolisa Phahle. Phahle explains the channel will provide a platform for young people to have access to entertainment on their phones, PCs and TVs. Vuzu will replace the current youth channel, GO Channel.

- Recently there have been a number of rumours circulating regarding the release of a new dual-view HD PVR decoder which would replace the current PACE HD PVR decoder that Multichoice offers. In response to this rumour a Multichoice representative recently said that “there are no plans to replace the current PACE HD PVR with another decoder which will enable dual view without the need to use XtraView or purchase another decoder”. MultiChoice said that “the PACE HD PVR is not going to be replaced with another decoder. The PACE HD PVR is the current model in the market and will be joined by the UEC HD PVR within the next few months. Both models are similarly specified and there will be no difference in service offerings, functionality and capability.”

South African film director, Regardt van den Bergh, is to be awarded the special Ischia Global Award for his ‘extraordinary films and contribution to the art industry’ at the 7th Annual Ischia Global Film & Music Fest.

Vacancy for Group Chief Executive Officer at the South African Broadcasting Corporation

Recruitment notice for the position of the Director-General of the Islamic Broadcasting Union (IBU) by Javad Mottaghi:

The Islamic Broadcasting Union (IBU) with its Head Quarters in Jeddah is in the process of restructuring itself with its new Vision, Mission and Objectives. The Asia- Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development (AIBD) in Kuala Lumpur has been invited to act as a consultant to IBU to facilitate the procedure of recruiting the Director-General of the IBU among broadcasters in the IBU from 57 member countries around the globe.We seek your kind assistance in bringing this matter to the attention of interested candidates. We would highly appreciate if potential candidates who are applying for the said position could do so by reading the attached Recruitment Notice and adhering to the terms and conditions stated therein. The closing date for the receipt of applications is 15 May 2009. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered. /homepage/recruitment_ibu.pdf

Africa and the Moving Image: the Role of Libraries and Archives

Date: Wednesday 17th June

Venue: Newnham College, Sidgwick Avenue, Cambridge, CB3 9DF, UK

This day conference will explore questions relating to the production and preservation of moving image from and about Africa. What is happening in the world of African film and DVD production? What is the role of moving image in university teaching and research? How do image-based formats help us to understand African history, culture and politics? And what are libraries and archives doing to acquire and preserve this material, and to make it available?


Dr Guido Convents (anthropologist, historian and organiser of the Belgian African Film Festival)

Keith Shiri (Director, London African Film Festival)

Dr Sloan Mahone (University Lecturer in the History of Medicine, University of Oxford)

Prof. Vivian Bickford-Smith (Professor of Historical Studies, University of Cape Town)

Dr Emma Hunter (Gonville and Caius, University of Cambridge)

Dr Annamaria Motrescu (Researcher, Colonial Cinema Project, Birkbeck College, University of London)

Susanne Hammacher (Film Officer, Royal Anthropological Institute, London)

Bid for Broadcasting kits for AIDS programmes - DRC

UC Berkeley offers fellowships for African journalists

Last Call to enter Vodacom Journalist of the Year 2009

The deadline for the 2009 Vodacom Journalist of the Year Awards is Midnight on 28 May 2009.

This competition has contributed significantly towards raising the bar in pursuit of journalistic excellence. Vodacom's dedicated page states that "The winning entries are an opportunity for journalists to be saluted by their peers and the public for courageous, objective and honest reporting." Entries includes a wide choice of categories available. Entry rules stipulates that "All material must have been published or broadcast between 1 May 2008 and 30 April 2009." No entry fee is charged. Editors, with an eye for talent, can nominate up-and coming journalists in a special category, the Editors Choice Award. The Prizes' section reads that "One winner will be selected in each of the 14 categories, from five Vodacom regions around the country. Regional winners will each receive R7 500 in cash and a certificate. These winners will automatically be entered into the national competition. The regional winners will be invited to attend the final awards ceremony where a national winner will be announced in each of the 14 categories. The national winners will receive R15 000 in cash and a certificate. Finally, the Vodacom Journalist of the Year will be announced at the awards ceremony - and will receive the grand prize of R125 000 in cash, as well as the opportunity to donate R125 000 to an official charity of his/her choosing. The winner of the National Editors Choice Award receives a sponsored media leadership in the United Kingdom. The Editors Choice regional and national winners do not receive a cash prize due to the considerable value of the final prize."

Call to enter the 2009 World Communication Awards