Broadcast News - In Brief


- Zuku plans to create original content, as well as partner with other production companies. The company has partnered with Tanzania’s Steps Entertainment to produce two Swahili language music shows, a travel show, cooking series with famous chefs, talk shows, and movies. “As a local brand it makes absolute sense for us to invest in fresh, relevant and highly entertaining programming for the East African region; broadcasting local content will boost and sell East Africa to the rest of the world,” Mwananchi Group CEO Richard Bell said. Zuku currently has an estimated 400,000 subscribers in Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania. Zuku launched in Nairobi in 2009, Kenya and Uganda in 2011, and Tanzania in 2012. The company’s goal is to begin to provide service to 11 countries in Africa, adding Ethiopia, Eritrea, South Sudan, Rwanda, Burundi, Djibouti, Malawi and Somalia. Currently, penetration stands at less than one percent in these countries. “We project that by the end of 2012 we will have doubled our subscriber base as we plan to continuously enrich our product offering through accessible, affordable and relevant content,” said Bell.

- The BBC has launched its first ever dedicated daily TV news programme in English for African audiences.The new programme, BBC Focus on Africa, will draw on a pool of BBC African talents on the continent to report on the Africa’s rising economies, entrepreneurs, innovators, culture entertainment and sports.

The daily 30 minute show will be hosted by Ghanaian born BBC journalist Komla Dumor and Sophie Ikenye on Metro TV from 18 June 2012.