Broadcast - In Brief

Broadcast

- WebTV TV5Monde Africa, launched in May 2010 and available free worldwide on all computers connected to the Internet (tv5mondeplusafrique.com), on Facebook, on Android touch pads, and on Philips and Toshiba connected TV sets, reached a record audience in November 2011, totalling more than 270,000 visits and 55,000 fans on Facebook. The many African series represent the most successful WebTV content across all the continents it broadcasts to.

- Super 5 Media, formerly known as Telkom Media, still wants to offer pay-TV services to South Africans, more than three years after first being licensed (from Icasa on 4 August 2008), and has requested yet another 6 months extension from the Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) to launch its products. In a notice published in the Government Gazette on 28 December, Icasa says it has received applications from Super 5 Media to extend the launch date of its “individual subscription television broadcasting service operations”.

- The source of the jamming being conducted against Eritrean satellite broadcast has been confirmed to be Ethiopia. Disclosing this fact, the Riyadh-based Arab Satellite Communications said that it has told the regime in Addis Ababa that the practice is illegal. In connection with this, Asmelash Abraha, Director General of Eritrean Television, told ERINA that in continuation of its hostile policy of blocking information disseminated from Eritrea, the TPLF regime, with the complicity of external forces, is engaged in jamming and interfering activities. Full story here 

- The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) is to hold an emergency meeting over the massive clampdown on radio and television stations in the ongoing probe into alleged mismanagement of Uganda Broadcasting Corporation (UBC) property.

- South Africa: SAARF released its January 2012 TAMS universe update‎ (audience survey).