Broadcast, Film and Convergence in Africa - Issue no. 307 – 31 January 2019

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Ethiopia - EBS seizes the number one audience position over October-December 2018 according to new research data

31 January 2019

The newly liberalized airwaves in Ethiopia are seeing a battle royal among 14 TV channels. Russell Southwood picks over the market research data from WAAS International. After our story on Kana TV in issue 305, Ethiopian market research company WAAS International contacted us to provide new data about the shifts in the market. In 2017, Kana TV had secured a wide audience. But with the opening of the reform process in Ethiopia, things have begun to change. WAAS International’s data is based on a national sample of 1,500 each month carried out between October and December 2018, with a wide…

Broadcast

Sony Pictures Television Networks yanks Sony Channel and Sony Max are Cell C black.

31 January 2019

Sony Pictures Television Networks has decided to leave Africa with its Sony Channel and Sony Max channels that have now also been removed from the Cell C black video streaming…


Broadcast

Netflix not the only threat: MultiChoice outlines its biggest risks

31 January 2019

Streaming services, including Netflix and Google’s YouTube, pose a significant threat to MultiChoice’s future growth potential, but they are by no means the only risks exercising the minds of the…


Broadcast

Ghana: A Plus creates new TV station, vows to expose Communication Minister

31 January 2019

Kwame Asare Obeng popularly known as A Plus has launched a TV station 'A PLUS TV' with an opening act to be covered from the Office of Special Prosecutor Martin…


Content - Film

Africa Human Rights Film Festival

31 January 2019

The power of film in harnessing the promotion and respect for human rights is what Africa Human Rights Film Festival (AHRFF) seeks to use to create a vibrant culture of…


Content - Film

Ghana's 'Kumawood' studios make films in a hurry

31 January 2019

Ghana's TV and film industry, known as Ghallywood, was once the pride of Africa but has now fallen on hard times. Now 'Kumawood' has taken its place. The new industry,…


Content - Film

A Local Wizard: Matwetwe Smokes Its Homegrown Competition

31 January 2019

Diprente and UIP South Africa announced that local film, Matwetwe, has made an impressive R980 762 within its first three days at the local box office. The movie which was…


Content - Film

Nollywood’s growing international reach signals the broadening definition of the Nigerian film

31 January 2019

From million-dollar budgets to Netflix partnerships, Nigeria’s film industry, Nollywood, has burgeoned in the past decade. Nollywood films have dominated international film festivals, making the industry a creative force to…


Content - Film

New documentary says SA group tried spreading AIDS to “cement white rule”

31 January 2019

Cold Case Hammarskjöld premiered at the Sundance Film Festival this weekend, and it's packed with shocking revelations about the spread of AIDS. It’s an allegation so heinous, it’s almost impossible…


Content - Film

Beyond Vanity: A New Documentary Sheds Light on Cape Town’s Sneaker Culture

31 January 2019

The film from Imraan Christian takes a hard look at Cape Town youth's obsession with "bubbles." On the day a highly anticipated new release finally hits the shelf, a queue…


Content - Television

BBC Africa launches new TV/radio programmes in Nigeria

31 January 2019

As Nigeria prepares for the general election in 2019, the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) Africa, has launched new television and radio programmes across its partner TV stations in Nigeria. In…


Content - Television

Scoop Network launches on Kwesé iflix

31 January 2019

Africa’s Kwesé iflix is launching international channel Scoop Network from FCCE on its content catalogue. Kwesé iflix users can now watchs hours of showbiz from the Scoop Network, comprising of…


Distribution

TopStar Zambia expands coverage for local stations

31 January 2019

TopStar, a Zambian-Chinese collaboration on pay-TV services, has announced the growth of its signal coverage for local TV stations, reports Xinhua. The company, a joint venture of the Zambia National…


Technology & Convergence

Advocacy group urges Multichoice on ”pay-as-you-view” software

31 January 2019

The National Association of Telecommunications Subscribers (NATCOMS) has urged Multichoice, the Digital Satellite Television (DSTV) operator in Nigeria, to adopt a software that would ensure the pay-as-you-view billing. The President…


Regulation & Policy

SABC, Primedia and Ster-Kinekor to pay millions for price fixing

31 January 2019

The SABC will be paying a fine of close to R32 million for being involved in price fixing. The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), Primedia and Ster-Kinekor have reached settlement…


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Opportunities

31 January 2019

African News Agency partners with Berlinale Africa Hub Berlinale Africa Hub has proudly announced the African News Agency (ANA) and Variety as media partners for the Berlinale Africa Hub’s 3rd…


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Events

31 January 2019

Addis International Film Festival30 April to 5 May 2019Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) The Addis International Film Festival (AIFF) is an annual documentary film festival created by Initiative Africa in 2007 and…