Broadcast - In Brief

Broadcast

- Since 13 February 2012 a new TV channel ‘CamNews 24 TV’ (abbreviated C24) driven by group Fadil/Equateur Media Group (EMG) has kicked off to air in parts of Europe and in Francophone Africa in a crowded marketplace. According to the broadcast regulator C24 is the 17th TV channel in Cameroon. Its content is focused on general, global continuous information with high quality standards seen from Cameroon. Video itw extract here

- Uganda: Mulindwa Mukasa, a correspondent with local private television station Wavah Broadcasting Service (WBS) TV, was arrested at Nabweru Parents School, a private primary school, while following up a news story about the treatment of the pupils. Mulindwa is the Executive Board chairperson of Human Rights for Journalists-Uganda (HRNJ-Uganda). Full story here

- SES has renamed its satellite internet subsidiary Astra Broadband Services as SES Broadband Services. Its successful satellite internet service Astra2Connect is renamed as SES Broadband. The service is technically available across the entire fleet of SES and able to support Triple Play services combining broadband access with Voice over IP (VoIP) telephony and TV réception in EMEA.

- Satellite provider Intersat Africa has inked a new partnership with Belgium Satellite Services (BSS) to enhance its offerings and services in the continent. According to a statement, the companies hope to draw on recent investments in new technologies to push into North Africa and the Arab region. (IT News Africa).

- Al Janoubia TV, based in France, will officially begin broadcasting on the NileSat frequency on March 20th. Full story here

- In Senegal, RTS – the public TV channel) has lost its 1st position in large cities (representing 60% of the population). This is what was revealed by Institute Panos, putting 2STV first following by TFM. TSL (Télévision Saint-Louis) is a new private TV channel in Senegal.

- As part of the migration of South Africa's TV stations to digital terrestrial transmission (DTT), Cape Town TV, the free-to-air community television channel is switching its broadcast frequency to the new analogue frequency - channel 67 or 839.25MHz in the UHF band - on 26 March 2012.

- MultiChoice Malawi has announced the rebranding of Africa Magic channels on DStv. A statement issued by Katenga-Kaunda to the media says M-Net has yet again revealed that for subscribers in Southern Africa, the three channels they will see from 16 April 2012 will include the flagship Africa Magic channel, now focused into a family themed channel, along with a dedicated Africa Magic Movies channel, which was formerly Africa Magic Plus. "Rounding off the trio is a brand new channel Africa Magic Entertainment which will serve as the home for all M-Net's glittering and original African productions from East, West and Central Africa," reads the statement in part.