Broadcast, Film and Convergence in Africa - Issue no. 320 – 30 July 2019

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Excaf wants to complete DTT process in Senegal by the end of 2019 and starts DTT transition in Gambia for 2020 finish date – CEO Sidy Diagne on the lessons learned

30 July 2019

Three countries in West Africa have chosen to go the local route for the DTT switchover: Ghana, Nigeria and Senegal. All of them have suffered teething problems or contractual disputes but both Ghana and Senegal are close to completion. It shows that the process can be handled locally and does not always need to be in the hands of international suppliers like StarTimes. Russell Southwood talks to Sidy Diagne, CEO, Excaf about the lessons learned. Excaf is a 42 year old family company with just over 500 employees that started life organizing exhibitions. Its current interests encompass two TV stations…

Broadcast

BBC Closes Down Operations In Burundi

30 July 2019

The British public radio broadcaster BBC has decided to shut down its Burundi bureau following disagreements with the government over the airing of programmes. Larry Madowo, BBC's Africa Business Editor,…


Broadcast

South African teens fight gun crime with radio broadcast

30 July 2019

Every week a group of bubbly South African teens crowd into a studio to play hip-hop music and trade views on the scourge of neighbourhood gun crime for their community…


Content - Film

Ghana: Film Makers Petition Parliament Over Siting of Film Village

30 July 2019

Film makers in the Ashanti Region on Wednesday petitioned Parliament of Ghana over the decision of the government to establish a film village in Amanfrom Akyem Abuakwa in the Eastern…


Content - Film

Egypt To Screen First Animation Film At El Gouna Film Festival

30 July 2019

The El Gouna Film Festival (GFF) has revealed that it will host the premiere screening of The Knight & The Princess, Egypt’s first animated feature film, at its third edition…


Content - Film

Survivors: The Sierra Leonean film nominated for an Emmy

30 July 2019

Sierra Leonean filmmakers who produced the documentary Survivors will be hoping to win an Emmy Award. The Survivors was produced to tell the story of resilience and hope in the…


Content - Film

Oliver Hermanus' new film 'Moffie' to premiere at Venice Film Festival

30 July 2019

Cape Town - Oliver Hermanus’ new film, Moffie, will have its World Premiere in the official selection of the 76th Venice Film Festival which starts on 28 August. Moffie was…


Content - Film

Award-Winning Zimbabwean Film, Cook Off, To Premiere In The UK

30 July 2019

The Writer/Director Tomas Lutuli Brickhill has been named as the person who will host the UK premiere of the award-winning Zimbabwean film Cook Off alongside its cast and crew. As…


Content - Film

Durban International Film Festival announces award winners

30 July 2019

The 40th Durban International Film Festival announced its winner at its awards ceremony on Tuesday at the Elangeni Hotel. After an intense process of viewing the films in competition, three…


Content - Film

Six African and Middle Eastern films selected for Venice works-in-progress initiative

30 July 2019

Karim Ainouz’s new documentary Nardjes, Alger, Mars 2019 is one of six titles from Africa and the Middle East selected for Final Cut in Venice, the works-in-progress workshop run by…


Content - Film

Broaden your African cinema horizons Durban International Film Festival (DIFF)

30 July 2019

The 40th edition of the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) started on July 18 and runs till 28. It’s one of Africa’s longest-running festivals with a strong focus on African…


Content - Film

Malika: Warrior Queen' Is Here

30 July 2019

Malika surely means business in the clip that sets the scene for YouNeek Studios' newest animated pilot. After much anticipation, the new trailer for Malika: Warrior Queen, starring Nollywood's own…


Content - Television

Canal+ and Trace launched new TV channel

30 July 2019

Trace and Canal+ groups have just announced the launch of a television channel, Trace Afrikora; which will be dedicated to the music and culture of Senegal, Mali, Guinea-Conakry and The…


Content - Television

Endemol Shine Builds ‘The Bridge’ in Africa

30 July 2019

Endemol Shine Group has sold the rights to adapt its critically acclaimed and highly popular Nordic Noir detective series "The Bridge" to Cape Town-based production company Both Worlds Pictures, Variety…


Content - Television

VSKIT partners StarTimes for 'Voice to Fame' dubbing competition

30 July 2019

African short video sharing platform VSKIT has announced a partnership with StarTimes, to host the maiden edition of ‘Voice to Fame’, the first dubbing competition in Nigeria, on 28 July.…


Content - Television

ZBC Signs Broadcast Content Partnership Agreement With Zimbabwe Prisons

30 July 2019

The Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services (ZPCS) has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) on a content partnership that is directed towards ensuring a…


Content - Television

Showmax launched its service in Nigeria

30 July 2019

Showmax has launched a new video on demand service in Nigeria. Priced at N2,900 per month, the video streaming service features a dedicated slate of Nigerian TV shows and movies,…


Technology & Convergence

TVCabo introduces Viv Mais IPTV platform

30 July 2019

Angolan operator TVCabo has presented Viv Mais IPTV, an advanced internet TV platform, which allows users to watch the premium Zap and DStv channels, at home with TVCabo's IPTV Box,…


Technology & Convergence

AMOS satellite fleet operator Spacecom has announced the launch of AMOS-17, its latest satellite, on August 3.

30 July 2019

The satellite, which will be launched from Cape Canaveral, FL, USA to the 17°East orbital position, will primarily serve sub-Saharan Africa and connect to Europe, Asia and the Middle East.…


Technology & Convergence

Telecom Egypt signs IPTV deal with Cable Network Egypt (CNE)

30 July 2019

Telecom Egypt (TE) has announced the signing of a strategic partnership agreement with pay-TV operator Cable Network Egypt (CNE) which will enable it to provide TE customers with IPTV services…


Regulation & Policy

Reprieve for MultiChoice as Zim approves forex payments

30 July 2019

MultiChoice has received a reprieve from Zimbabwe's new restrictions on payments using foreign currencies after the country’s central bank – which has also given the green light for usage of…


Investment

Treasury orders the South African public broadcaster to take action against corrupt executives, sell off 'non-core assets, scrap non-performing activities and recoup expenditure on content if the SABC wants access to bailout billions.

30 July 2019

South Africa's National Treasury has ordered the beleaguered South African public broadcaster to take action against former corrupt executives like CEO James Aguma, COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng and even the former…


Investment

Foreign Investors Flock To Nigeria's Nollywood

30 July 2019

Nigeria's film industry, Nollywood, has long kept viewers entertained with stories of riches and romance, now foreign investors are increasingly looking to be a part of the action. US giant…


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Events

30 July 2019

Join Broadcast And Media Leaders At Upcoming Forum To Explore Digital Infrastructure And Platforms For Converged Broadcast Media  Broadcast Media Africa (BMA) in collaboration with the Southern Africa Broadcasters Association…