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- An Egyptian state-owned satellite company has stopped broadcasts of a controversial Iraqi television station that was showing insurgent videos and denouncing the Shi'ite-led government of Iraq. The move comes after months of pressure from the United States to take the station off the air. The Egyptian company is denying that it has bowed to political pressure and says it stopped the broadcasts for technical reasons.

- In Nigeria, teacher training by distance learning has received a boost with the granting of a radio licence to the National Teachers Institute (NTI), Kaduna, by the Federal Government.

- A public lecture will  be given by Charles Dalfen, recently retired chair of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC).  Dalfen has over 25 years experience in the sector and the talk covers aspects instructive to the SA regulatory environment - both broadcasting and telecoms. The lecture will be held on 7 March 2007 at 16h30, Wits Business School, hosted by the LINK Centre.