Broadcast, Film and Convergence in Africa - Issue no. 324 – 25 September 2019

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Crisis at Namibia’s public broadcaster spreads as it turns off two other private TV channels on its digital broadcasting platform as a desperate negotiating ploy

25 September 2019

In June this year I wrote about the financial crisis affecting four of Africa’s public broadcasters – SABC (South Africa), KBC (Kenya), UBC (Uganda) and ZBC (Zambia) (see link: African public broadcasters facing a financial crunch – different circumstances and common threads but a worrying trend) Two weeks ago, I also wrote about the financial pressures on ZBC’s signal distributor TopStar, a joint venture with StarTimes (See link) Earlier this month, Namibia’s national broadcaster NBC joined those four by announcing tough job cuts. The crisis started in December 2018 when the Government announced a broader policy decision to cut state…

Broadcast

Private televisions will have to pay 75 million FCFA per year to air their program on the DTT platform in Burkina Faso

25 September 2019

In Burkina Faso, private televisions will have to pay 75 million CFA francs (US$ 125,777) of annual fees to broadcast their programs on the DTT platform. For two years now,…


Broadcast

South Africa’s SABC Pushes Ahead With Plans To Hike TV Licence Fees, Amidst Objections

25 September 2019

The SABC is going ahead with its plans to increase TV licence fees as it battles to increase its revenue. The executives at South Africa’s cash-strapped public broadcaster recently told…


Broadcast

AzamTV Uganda reduces subscription rates

25 September 2019

AzamTV Uganda has announced some significant price cut to its kits and will also give free subscription to its existing customers following persistent appeals by both customers and its agents…


Broadcast

Africa-America Institute Set to Honor Angola, New York Times Magazine, and Netflix Film During 35th Annual Awards Gala

25 September 2019

NEW YORK, New York – The Africa-America Institute (AAI) will celebrate African success during its 35th Annual Awards Gala on September 24, 2019. The highly anticipated event will take place…


Broadcast

Talk of British TV Show Cancelling Filming in South Africa Due to Crime and Security

25 September 2019

A popular British reality TV show - Love Island - is reconsidering its plans to film in South Africa following safety concerns for the contestants in the wake of reports…


Content - Film

Ghana Selects The Film 'Azali' For First-Ever Oscar Submission

25 September 2019

Ghana has chosen Kwabena Gyansah's Azali as its first-ever submission for the international feature film award at the 2020 Oscars. Starring the brilliant Asana Alhassan in her debut role, the…


Content - Film

Knuckle City journey to Oscars kicked off in Eastern Cape on 20 September

25 September 2019

SA film about a fighter from Mdantsane gives a glimpse into the life of one of SA's largest and oldest townships. ‘Knuckle City’, the new movie by acclaimed director Jahmil…


Content - Film

Nigeria: NFC On A Mission To Fund Films That Promote Peace

25 September 2019

The Nigerian Film Corporation (NFC) has announced that it would now focus on funding the production of film projects that promote peace, discourage human migration and modern-day slavery as well…


Content - Film

South Africa: New film tackles the burning issue of date rape

25 September 2019

Sexual violence affects thousands of South Africans. “Cut-Out Girls’ is the story of how the lives of six young women are forever altered by the actions of two aspiring sportsmen.…


Content - Film

Woman plays the Blessers Game

25 September 2019

A wealthy family gets into some hairy situations in this hilarious new comedy about a particularly South African tradition View the trailer by clicking on the image above. Sassy, sophisticated…


Content - Television

Mysterious Zuma-infused reality series films at Nkandla

25 September 2019

A mysterious new 13-episode reality series involving some of the Zuma family and partly filmed at the Nkandla presidential homestead is coming to screens in 2020, but the producers remain…


Content - Television

MTF West Africa Class of 2018 film screening

25 September 2019

MultiChoice Talent Factory (MTF) is excited to announce the highly-anticipated screening of the films Life of Bim and DreamChaser by the MTF West Africa Academy’s Class of 2018! The two…


Content - Television

MBC To Launch New Channel In North Africa

25 September 2019

The Saudi-backed media group MBC has revealed that it will be launching a new free-to-air satellite TV channel for its audiences in the Maghreb on 21 September. MBC released a…


Content - Television

Lumen TV goes live in Zambia

25 September 2019

Catholic Bishops of Zambia have launched test broadcast of Lumen TV. “As a Church, and as a nation, we may be going through so many troubles. May Lumen TV Zambia…


Content - Television

Lupita Nyong’o’s take on Chimamanda’s Americanah for HBO will help Hollywood’s Africa blind spot

25 September 2019

The long-awaited on-screen adaptation of Chimamanda’s bestseller, Americanah, is finally coming to life as a ten-episode HBO series starring Lupita Nyong’o and directed by Danai Gurira. The duo of Nyong’o…


Content - Television

Ford Boyard Africa now on Canal+ in Africa

25 September 2019

Canal+ is very pleased to announce the launch of the world-famous television concept, Ford Boyard, with an edition specially designed for the African continent: Ford Boyard Africa, the first African…


Content - Television

The Wendy Williams Show renewed for another two seasons across Sub-Saharan Africa

25 September 2019

The 11th season of the American talk show kicked off this week in the United States with Liongate’s Debmar-Mercury announcing that Wendy has been renewed for another two seasons until…


Content - Television

'Adorned By Chi': Anime-Inspired 'Nigerian Magical Girl' Franchise Being Developed For Film/TV, Animation And More

25 September 2019

Jacque Aye, the creator of Adorned by Chi, has signed with MWM and its MWM Universe division as they plan to develop the story for multiple platforms including animation, comic…


Content - Television

New talent reality TV series ‘Calling The Called’ to be launched in SA

25 September 2019

South Africans will soon get a taste of a battle between wanna-be preachers live on TV. Production house, Zallywood, is at the moment doing trials around Gauteng to find talented…


Content - Television

In brief

25 September 2019

One of South Africa's beloved telenovelas, The River, has received its first ever International Emmy nomination in the category of "Best Telenovela", according to IOL. The River will go up…


Distribution

South Africa’s SABC Secures Deal To Bring Some Rugby World Cup Games To Radio

25 September 2019

The SABC will be broadcasting a few “select” Rugby World Cup matches — but only on radio stations. The confirmation that was issued by the national public broadcaster on Friday…


Technology & Convergence

One Africa TV inked a live streaming and VOD deal with TV2Africa.com

25 September 2019

One Africa TV (OATV) has inked a live streaming and video-on-demand agreement with TV2Africa.com to offer its content further beyond the boundaries of traditional media. The CEO of OATV Stefan…


Regulation & Policy

Arabsat wins compensation from BeIN in piracy dispute, rejects new allegations over BeoutQ

25 September 2019

Arabsat said in a statement that a recent ruling by a French tribunal upheld a previous court decision in its favour, which had dismissed allegations made by BeIN Sports against…


Regulation & Policy

Media Stakeholders Urge Malawi Govt To Introduce TV Institute To Boost Industry

25 September 2019

Malawi’s Government has been urged to roll out a television institute in order to boost the film and TV industry in Malawi. In an interview with Malawi24, the ex-TV presenter…


Investment

Canon and the Kenya Film Commission (KFC) have agreed to collaborate to accelerate the development of the film industry in Kenya

25 September 2019

Canon (www.Canon-CNA.com) has partnered with the Kenya Film Commission, established by the Kenyan government in 2005, to promote the Kenyan film industry locally and internationally. The collaboration aims to raise…


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Opportunties

25 September 2019

JEDDAH: Lights, camera, action! Film submissions opened on Tuesday for the inaugural Red Sea International Film Festival due to be staged in Saudi Arabia early next year. The new event…


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Events

25 September 2019

Broadcasters Convention of Southern Africa and SABA's 27th AGM! The Broadcasters Convention of Southern Africa 2019 (incorporating the 3rd SADC-SABA Broadcasters' Forum and 27th AGM) is the platform for TV,…