Regulation & Policy - In brief

Regulation & Policy

- Despite facing a lawsuit from two of its minority shareholders and not yet concluding a business rescue process, troubled pay-television operator On Digital Media (ODM) is pressing ahead with plans to relaunch its TopTV brand as StarSat. This follows an agreement by China’s StarTimes, which already operates 11 digital pay-TV networks across Africa, to acquire a 20% stake in ODM — the maximum permissible under South Africa’s broadcasting law.

- The International Organization of the Francophonie (OIF) launches a new PPP project dedicated to the revival of the audiovisual heritage of francophone Africa, with CIRTEF, INA, UEMOA, the ‘Imagine’ Institute, Côte Ouest, Africafilms.tv / Mobicine and the National Library of France. More to come in our next issue.