Broadcast News - In Brief


- "Jungle Gold" is a new Discovery Channel TV series about gold miners in Africa, premiering on Friday, Oct. 26, 2012 (10 p.m. ET/PT), according to a press release from Discovery Channel. Determined gold miners from around the world seek their fortunes in the dangerous and gold-rich jungles of Ghana, Africa's second largest gold producing country. Full story here

- More South African households own televisions than they do refrigerators, according to 2011 Census, released on Tuesday. Of the 14.5 million homes around the country, almost 10.7 million have a TV, while 9.9 million have a fridge. According to the document, more than 12.8 million households have a cellphone, 11.1 million have an electric or gas stove, and 8.6 million own a DVD player. There are relatively few households that own a washing machine (4.6 million), and fewer still - 2.5 million - with a vacuum cleaner. A total of 4.3 million households own a motor vehicle. The census, a snapshot of the situation in the country at midnight on October 9 last year, found there were 3.7 million homes with satellite television, and 3.1 million which owned a computer. Full details here

- M-Net is charting a radical new chapter for the South African pay-TV operator, changing its programming broadcasting strategy to bring subscribers new TV series as soon as they start in America – something which will mean a bit more homework for local viewers. 

- Popular South African tabloid, Daily Sun, is moving into television with a unique, twice-weekly show on Mzansi Magic hosted by stand-up comedian, Kedibone Mulaudzi.

- Some Digital Satellite Television (DSTV) subscribers in Botswana are lobbying to take giant service provider Multichoice Africa to task for its alleged discriminatory practices of offering competitions that are open only to their South African counterparts. Full story here:

- CNBC opened its ninth African bureau in Rwanda as it continues to widen its African reporting footprint. The bureau in partnership with Rwanda TV and the Rwanda Development Board, is based in the Rwandan capital, Kigali and opened for business in September 2012.