Broadcast, Film and Convergence in Africa - Issue no. 322 – 30 August 2019

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Zambia’s public DTT signal distributor in trouble – market seems too small to make the Government’s loan payments

30 August 2019

DTT was always going to be hard to finance in Africa’s smaller broadcast market’s. Zambia’s public DTT signal distributor TopStar – a joint venture between Government broadcaster and China’s StarTimes – seems to be in financial trouble only two years after it started. After a shaky start, the Zambian digital TV market has become extremely competitive. In the free-to-air space, there are three main channels: the Government’s ZNBC (which is the joint partner for the troubled TopStar), Muvi TV (which operates two channels and is also a signal distributor) and Prime TV (which has been critical of the Government which…

Broadcast

BBC Lifestyle to expand advertising prospects across Sub-Saharan Africa

30 August 2019

BBC Studios is planning to offer advertising opportunities on its BBC Lifestyle channel for clients across sub-Saharan Africa in countries including Nigeria, Ghana, Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya and Ethiopia. As from…


Broadcast

Zambia's TopStar Communications Struggling To Sustain Operations -Reports

30 August 2019

Zambia's digital pay-TV station, TopStar is reportedly struggling to raise enough funds to repay the US$273-million loan that it had received from China for Zambia's digital migration project. In the…


Broadcast

South Africa’s SABC Proposes An Increase In TV Licence Fees -Reports

30 August 2019

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has drafted a proposal and sent it to the Communications Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams suggesting an increase in TV licences fees. This was according to…


Broadcast

The MultiChoice Talent Factory bags a Loerie in its inaugural year

30 August 2019

The MultiChoice Talent Factory (MTF) took home a campaign bronze Loerie in the Creating Shared Value (CSV) category at 41st Annual Loerie Awards held at the International Convention Centre in…


Broadcast

Women revolt after Silwerskerm faux pas

30 August 2019

Award-winning film director Jenna Bass boycotted the Silwerskerm film festival screening this week as she felt that a naked image being used as a marketing campaign at the innovative festival…


Broadcast

Loeries 2019 awards the best in creativity across Africa and the Middle East

30 August 2019

On Friday, 23 and Saturday, 24 August, the best of advertising and design was awarded at the 41st Loeries Awards, with both evenings hosted by Donovan Goliath. On the first…


Broadcast

Steve Harvey To Launch and Host ‘Family Feud’ In Africa

30 August 2019

Family Feud is going international — Africa to be specific. Steve Harvey has been set to launch and host versions of Fremantle’s Family Feud in South Africa and Ghana. In…


Content - Film

Ghana Controversial: Music from the Ground Up

30 August 2019

Young artists in Ghana shake things up as they question global powers and local values with their music. In Ghana, a new bold music scene has taken hold. "Help America!"…


Content - Film

Silwerskerm Film Festival: 'Poppie Nongena' wins big

30 August 2019

Cape Town – The winners of the 9th annual Silwerskerm Film Festival were announced in Camps Bay on Saturday night at the Bay Hotel. The four-day long local film festival…


Content - Film

Sparkling new comedy explores Blesser Culture

30 August 2019

Although the arrangement is nothing new, ‘blesser’ is a South African term for an older man who has multiple girlfriends he lavishes with gifts, in exchange for sex and companionship.…


Content - Film

Shining a light on lesbian experiences in Nigeria

30 August 2019

“If you haven’t come out to yourself, it’s difficult to come out to [other] people … At first, it might look like a difficult task, like something that’ll never end…


Content - Film

First-look trailer: Heretic Outreach acquires TIFF world premiere 'Africa' (exclusive)

30 August 2019

Heretic Outreach has picked up worldwide sales rights to Africa, Oren Gerner’s feature debut that will receive its world premiere in Toronto in the Discovery section next month. Africa tells…


Content - Television

MultiChoice's SuperSport Inks 5-Year PSL Deal With SABC In South Africa

30 August 2019

After the South African government and Sports Minister Nathi Mthethwa forced an agreement between the two parties, a vague 5-year deal was signed on Friday by MultiChoice's SuperSport and the…


Content - Television

ZEE5 offering news channels for free in Africa and MENA

30 August 2019

ZEE5 Global is offering its top news channels available free for streaming in select countries in APAC, MENA and Africa. Subscribers in these countries will have access to 15 news…


Content - Television

Bold Women. Scandalized Viewers. It’s ‘Sex and the City,’ Senegal Style.

30 August 2019

Esther Ndiaye plays Racky in “Mistress of a Married Man,” a wildly popular show in Senegal. DAKAR, Senegal — In the most controversial scene of “Mistress of a Married Man,”…


Distribution

Madgoat TV seeks license in Kenya

30 August 2019

Dubai-based investor Ricardo Badoer is seeking a commercial free to air television licence for the sports and entertainment channel Madgoat TV (MGTV) which is currently available online and planning to…


Distribution

Zog, Triggerfish's latest award-winner, is now streaming on Showmax

30 August 2019

Zog, the latest award-winning animation from Triggerfish, is now streaming first on Showmax in Africa. Animated in Cape Town by Triggerfish for Magic Light Pictures, Zog premiered on BBC last…


Distribution

This award-winning Nigerian movie is coming to Netflix soon

30 August 2019

Kunle Afolayan's 'October 1' is coming to Netflix. It is one of the movies that will be available on the streaming app in September 2019. Other big movies headed to…


Technology & Convergence

Santo Antao slows Cabo Verde DTT implementation

30 August 2019

Cape Verde Broadcast's president of the board said that the island of Santo Antao presents the biggest difficulties for the installation of DTT, delaying the end of the process. Speaking…


Regulation & Policy

Buhari approves licences for online radio, TV

30 August 2019

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved licenses for online radio and television stations, as part of reforms in the broadcasting industry. This was revealed in a statement by the Ministry of…


Regulation & Policy

Major global film and music studios have sent a letter of warning to Ramaphosa – here’s what it said

30 August 2019

A number of top international film and music bodies have sent an open letter to President Cyril Ramaphosa, warning about the impact of South Africa’s new copyright bill. Currently awaiting…


Regulation & Policy

Ethiopian authorities arrest journalist Mesganaw Getachew after he films outside court

30 August 2019

Authorities in Ethiopia should unconditionally release journalist Mesganaw Getachew, who was arrested on August 9 after recording an interview outside a court in Addis Ababa, the Committee to Protect Journalists…


Investment

MultiChoice declares R1.5bn dividend for Phuthuma Nathi shareholders

30 August 2019

Shareholders in one of the country's largest empowerment schemes will soon be smiling all the way to the bank, as pay TV operator MultiChoice declared a R1.5bn dividend on Wednesday.…


Investment

Azam Tv ends its sponsorship deals with FERWAFA in Rwanda

30 August 2019

Azam TV is believed to have ended its sponsorship of the Rwanda Premier Football League, a decision that has come as a huge blow to the league. Azam TV entered…


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People

30 August 2019

Pierre Cloete joins BBC Africa as commercial director The BBC has just announced the appointment of Pierre Cloete as commercial director of the group for sub-Saharan Africa. The new British…


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Opportunities

30 August 2019

KENYA FILM COMMISSION TO AWARD WINNERS OF NATIONAL SCRIPTWRITING COMPETITION   The Kenya Film Commission will on Thursday, 29th August, 2019 award winners of the National Scriptwriting Competition. The National…


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Events

30 August 2019

Animation du Monde 2020 returns to DISCOP Abidjan ANIMATION DU MONDE 2020 @ DISCOP ABIDJAN Animation du Monde 2020 returns to DISCOP Abidjan in partnership with the African Animation Network…