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Apr 30, 2018   Kenya: Communication Authority Aims For 60 Percent Local Content Programming By 2022.

The Communication Authority (CA) of Kenya through has announced that there is a new goal for all broadcasters to air at least 60 percent local content programming on all their platforms. The Communication Authority says it believes the country can ...

Apr 30, 2018   Nigeria: StarTimes To Broadcast 'Uninterrupted' World Cup Action To Viewers

Chinese owned Pay-TV Company, StarTimes has announced that it will provide all of the exciting experiences of the 64 matches that make up the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup without signal interruption caused by rain, storm or any technical issue. ...

Apr 30, 2018   Nigerian Communications Commission Warns Telcos To Stop Cheating Subscribers

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has directed all service providers in the country to desist from act capable of making communication difficult and unduly expensive for their subscribers. NCC wants operators like MTN, Globacom, Airtel and 9Mobile, among others, to ...

Apr 30, 2018   Nigeria: NIGCOMSAT And TURKSAT Sign Deal On Satellite Deployment

Nigerian Communication Satellite Company Limited (NIGCOMSAT) and the Turkish Satellite Company (TURKSAT) have come into a partnership understanding that will see to the deployment of satellite solutions across the African continent.  A statement released yesterday by NIGCOMSAT stated that both ...

Apr 30, 2018   Yahlive Clinches Over 10 Million Viewers In North Africa

Research conducted by Satellite Monitor reports that more than 10 million households across Nothern Africa have their dishes pointed to Yahlive at 52.5 degrees East. Yahlive is a UAE-based satellite joint venture between satellite operator SES and UAE-based satellite operator ...

Apr 27, 2018   Eutelsat Appoints Jean-Claude Tshipama To Oversee Broadband Services in Africa

Eutelsat Communications has named Jean-Claude Tshipama as the head of its broadband services business in Africa thus completing the staffing of its teams in charge of broadband activities in the region. Tshipama’s important responsibility in his new role is to ...

Apr 27, 2018   South Africa: Hectic On 3 Debuts On SABC3 For Pre-Teens

SABC 3 has set the stage for a brand-new pre-teen show titled 'Hectic On 3' which will debut on Monday 30 April 2018 and will broadcast from 15h00 to 15h30 every weekday. Hectic On 3 provides young viewers from age ...

Apr 27, 2018   Senegal: Avid And StudioTech Revamp TV News Production For RTS Senegal

RTS Senegal is experiencing a transformation by standardising their end-to-end news production workflow that can now seamlessly support HD and SD formats in a highly flexible and fast-turnaround environment. RTS, headquartered in Dakar (the capital of Senegal in Africa), was ...

Apr 27, 2018   Study Shows SES Reaches Over 11 Million TV Homes In Nigeria

A satellite monitor study shows that SES has notably increased its technical reach in Nigeria from 3 million TV homes in 2015 to over 11 million in 2017. According to the study, out of the 11 million TV homes,  3.5 ...

Apr 27, 2018   Rwanda: US-Owned Gospel Radio Station License Revoked For Disparaging Comments About Women

The Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority (RURA) has shut down, Amazing Grace Christian Radio, a community Christian radio station for saying women are evil. The radio station that airs religious sermons was shut down after one of its presenters, Nicolas Niyibikora, ...

Apr 27, 2018   SABA Re-Appoints Cecil Nguvauva As Secretary-General

The Southern Africa Broadcasters Association (SABA) the umbrella body that coordinates broadcasting organisations in Southern Africa, has announced the return of Mr Cecil Jarurakouje Nguvauva as its new Secretary General with immediate effect. This follows the exit of former office-holder, ...

Apr 26, 2018   Nigeria: Kawu Asks Set-Top Box Manufactures To Deliver Or Face Withdrawal of License

The Nigerian National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has directed all licensed Set-Top Box (STB) manufacturers to deliver as promised or face the penalty. The NBC found it worrisome that out of thirteen authorised STB manufacturers in Nigeria, seven are are yet ...

Apr 26, 2018   Uganda: UCC Orders Pay-TV Operators To Pay New Fees Or Face Shut Down

The Ugandan communications regulator has issued a warning to Pay-TV operators in the country over non-compliance with the new licence fee framework. It has given the operators until April 30 to comply or face close down. The Commission, in a ...

Apr 26, 2018   AfriDocs And Channel24 Offers Free Streaming Of Oliver Tambo Documentary

In honour of South Africa's Freedom Day 2018, AfriDocs and Channel24 would offer viewers free streaming of the thrilling biopic titled Oliver Tambo: Have You Heard From Johannesburg? The focus of this extraordinary newly released piece is to give viewers ...

Apr 26, 2018   Médiamétrie And Omedia To Launch Digital Transmission Television Barometer In Africa

Médiamétrie and Omedia, two companies, that specialises in the collection of figures and analysis of data on media activities will launch the first barometer of DTT in Africa. In a press release, the companies said: “Broadcasters, operators,  content producers, institutions, ...

Apr 25, 2018   SES Study Shows That Satellite Can Help Boost Television Operations

An SES Satellite Monitor Study across countries in Africa have revealed that Ghana has the highest satellite penetration to bolster TV broadcasting to directly to homes. According to the study, satellite delivery has proliferated in Ghana with 65 percent of ...

Apr 25, 2018   QYou Celebrates Global Milestone, Surpasses 300 Million Viewers

Content packaging and distribution company, QYou Media, has announced that its programming formats now reach a vast audience of more than 300 million consumers around the world! QYOU is focused on the curation and programming of short-form video content. They ...

Apr 25, 2018   Nigeria: NCC Withdraws 41m Subscriber Numbers Belonging To Starcomms, Zoom Mobile, Others

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has reportedly withdrawn 41,095,448 telephone numbers mainly assigned to Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) operators, effectively putting a lid on the troubled CDMA segment of the telecommunications sector in the nation. According to New Telegraph, ...

Apr 25, 2018   Nigeria: NBC Calls Out Daar Communications For Breach Of Due Process

The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has directed Daar Communications Plc, owners of AIT and Raypower to stop further test transmission of its FM radio signals in Yola (North Eastern Nigeria) until Daar Communications Plc has obtained statutory approvals from NBC. ...

Apr 25, 2018   Angola Accepts the Roscosmos offer to build AngoSat-2

Reports are citing that Angola's Minister of Telecommunications and Information Technology, Jose Carvalho Da Rocha announced that the nation had accepted Russia’s State Space Corporation Roscosmos' offer of to build Angola’s second satellite, AngoSat-2. The report said that it would ...

Apr 24, 2018   Africanews TV Clocks Two

Africanews, the first pan-African and multilingual media platform is celebrating two years of offering 'credible' and 'unbiased' information around Africa in French and English. The award-winning channel is unique among the media landscape in sub-Saharan Africa. The platform is already ...

Apr 24, 2018   Nigeria: MTN Nigeria Music Streaming Service Partners With Sony Music

The  Music + streaming service of the giant telecommunications company MTN Nigeria has entered into a partnership with Sony Music Entertainment to distribute on its platform contents of the label’s catalogue. The agreement between MTN's Music+ and Sony Music Entertainment, ...

Apr 24, 2018   South Africa: Sentech Halts Suspension Of Community Radio Stations

South Africa's signal distributor, Sentech, has agreed to lift its suspension of 15 radio stations with outstanding signal distribution fees after having a meeting with the South African Communications Minister Nomvula Mokonyane and stakeholders in the industry. The meeting, which ...

Apr 24, 2018   ANN7 Rebrands, Changes Name To 'Afro Worldview' From 30 April 2018

Afro Worldview is the re-brand name for ANN7 - the South African TV station formerly linked to the Gupta family. Afro Worldview will be a new 24-hour news, business and current affairs platform, and will be on the DStv channel 405. ...

Apr 24, 2018   South Africa: Cartoon Network Ranks Number One on Pay TV Channel Ranking

Cartoon Network, the leading kids’ channel in South Africa, has hit number one in the pay-TV market with the broadcast of "Power Rangers: Clash of the Red Rangers" movie on its channel. On 10 March, about 171, 000 kids between ...

Apr 23, 2018   M-Net Collaborates With HBO To Launch Apprenticeship Programme

M-Net and HBO have launched an innovative Producer Apprenticeship Programme aimed at benefiting the local television community. In the Apprenticeship program will give six South African producers complete access to the set of the new HBO/Cinemax series Warrior, currently being ...

Apr 23, 2018   South Africa: SABC Looks Up To Treasury To Help Curb Cash Crisis

The Chief Operating Officer at SABC, Chris Maroleng has said the recent changes that are ongoing within the SABC are meant to control the organisation's losses. Maroleng alongside SABC delegation of acting CEO Nomsa Philiso, acting chief financial officer Thabile ...

Apr 23, 2018   FIFA World Cup 2018: African Sports TV Broadcasters Adopt A 'Go-Slow' Mode

With less than two months to the start of the 2018 World Cup in Russia, not much has changed with the activities of the African sports television broadcasters to drive momentum for the games. SuperSport, a Market leader in sports ...

Apr 23, 2018   Nigeria: New Investment Firms Appointed By MTN Group For Nigeria Unit’s IPO

MTN has newly appointed Chapel Hill Denham, a Nigerian investment firm, as the lead issuing house for its Nigerian initial public offering (IPO). The joint issuers that were appointed as well are Renaissance Capital, South Africa’s Rand Merchant Bank, and ...

Apr 23, 2018   Is Kwese TV Experiencing Cash-Flow Issues?

Kwese TV, the Pan-Africa pay-TV service provider - part of the Econet Group, may, according to reports, have a "cash-flow and funding problem". It is alleged to have defaulted on payments for important content it is seeking to broadcast - ...

Apr 20, 2018   BBC And ECB's Partnership Ends As TalkSport In Negotiation For SA Rights

The association between BBC and ECB has come to an end after TalkSport acquired a free-to-air radio right. Reports show that TalkSport is also in negotiating to secure rights for England’s 2019-2020 tour to South Africa. The last time BBC ...

Apr 20, 2018   Fibrelike Satellite Connectivity Will Improve Telecoms Reach In Africa - SES Chief

SES Africa Sales and Market Development, VP Clint Brown, has said that satellite connectivity provides a vital link in Africa's telecommunications ecosystem through the improvement of the delivery of data services and digital video content. This improvement will happen in ...

Apr 20, 2018   South Africa: Nu Metro Wants Piracy Sites In South Africa Blocked

Nu Metro has said to MyBroadband the effect of Piracy in the creative content industry is detrimental, therefore, blocking sites that enable such act will help curb the scourge of piracy in South Africa. Nu Metro added that anti-piracy measures ...

Apr 20, 2018   Netflix's Mobile Viewers Will Now Enjoy 30 Seconds Trailers.

Netflix has introduced a 30-second trailer for mobile so that as soon as they open their Netflix app, they’ll find a scrollable row of circular thumbnails for different shows which, when clicked, will start playing a trailer for that show. ...

Apr 20, 2018   South Sudan: BBC Stations Shutdown In South Sudan Over Unpaid Debts

South Sudan: BBC Stations Shutdown In South Sudan Over Unpaid Debts Authorities in South Sudan’s capital, Juba has put on lock and keys the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) relay stations in the nation for unpaid debts which have accumulated for ...

Apr 19, 2018   ICASA Considers Additional Investigation Into MultiChoice Over Alleged 'Illegal' Payments

The leadership of the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) has announced it is still considering a probe into MultiChoice about allegedly inappropriate payments made to SABC and the Gupta-linked ANN7. This payment was allegedly in exchange for political ...

Apr 19, 2018   Smart TVs - New Report Examines Market Forecast Till 2024

A 'Smart TV' is a technological convergence between computers and flatscreen television sets and set-top boxes which offers users the opportunity to use all features presents in computers or smartphones.   Smart TV offers various features such as internet accessibility, ...

Apr 19, 2018   AfriDocs Brings Best of African Documentaries To Channel24 Streaming Platform

It has been announced that an African documentary from the AfriDocs platform will be made available on Channel24’s streaming platform on a weekly basis. This collaboration was made possible by an agreement signed between the AfriDocs documentary streaming platform and ...

Apr 19, 2018   South Africa: No Sexual Health Related Ads On SA TV Before 9PM, Says ASA

The Advertising Standards Authority of South Africa (ASA) has brought about a policy that states that commercials that sell early ejaculation and weak erection solutions can air only after 21:00 GMT on South African television. A viewer named Marcus Govender ...

Apr 19, 2018   South Africa: Gupta-linked Group's Application For Free-to-air TV Licence Raises Concerns

Concerned Civil society groups such as Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) and Support Our Public Broadcaster (SOS), have written to the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) about concerns that bother on by Infinity Media's application for a commercial free-to-air ...

Apr 18, 2018   South Africa: Google Go App Newly Launches In South Africa

Google, the world leader in search engine, has publicised the launch of a new Google Go app that will enable users to search and browse using without consuming much data. Google Africa CMO, Mzamo Masito, said that Google Go is ...

Apr 18, 2018   Nigeria: TSTV To Begin Sale Of New Decoder Soon!

TSTV, one of the new players in the pay-TV market has announced on their social media platforms that they will begin the sale of a new decoder known as “Dexterity decoder”. Their TSTV’s Instagram page reads thus, “the sale of ...

Apr 18, 2018   Nigeria: Show Of Technical Competence Is A Must For 9mobile Bidders – NCC

The Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) has said it would not approve the sale of 9mobile to any bidder who does not meet the requirement of technical competence. The Executive Vice-Chairman of the regulatory body, Professor Umar Danbatta, said this in ...

Apr 18, 2018   MTN Group Meets Nigerian Government Over Country's IPO Plans

MTN Group has met with the federal government of Nigeria to re-assure the government of its determination on the planned IPO and diversification of shareholding to Nigerians. The MTN  Group's delegation which was led by its Chairman Mr Phuthuma Nhleko ...

Apr 18, 2018   Netflix Hits 125 Million Subscribers; Makes USD 3.6 Billion In Q1 2018

Netflix, the popular video-on-demand (VOD) platform has announced that now has 125 million subscribers. The VOD company has also released its Q1 2018 financial results, which reveal that the company made $3.6 billion in streaming revenue from its 125 million ...

Apr 17, 2018   South Africa: SABC May Lose Up To 500 Million Rand If Ban Of Alcohol Adverts Becomes Reality

The Southern African Alcohol Policy Alliance (SAAPA) is currently lobbying for a fast-tracking of the Liquor Amendment Bill to stop the advertisement of alcohol-related substances by broadcasting organisations and also raise the legal drinking age to 21. The bill is ...

Apr 17, 2018   Indian’s Zee TV Makes A Big Plan For Nigerian Viewers, Looks Forward To Collaborating With Nollywood

The head of the team at  Zee World, Harish Goyal has said that with the completion of the Zee studios, Bollywood is looking to have future collaborations with Nollywood. According to Mr Goyal, “Nigerians are passionate about music and drama, ...

Apr 17, 2018   Starz Play Grabs 26% Market Share Of MENA’s OTT TV Sector In Three Years - IHS Markit

IHS Markit data has reported that Starz Play has gained about 26 percent of digital TV streaming market of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region in the first three years of operations. The Principal Research Analyst at IHS ...

Apr 17, 2018   Zimbabwe: Online Registration Portal Opens For Big Sister Africa

Big Sister Africa is a reality TV show modelled after the famous “Big Brother Africa” show where participants, both male and female from all around African participate for a grand prize of $100 000. Big Sister Africa is organised by ...

Apr 16, 2018   Global pay-TV Revenues To Fall By 11 Percent In 2023 - Digital TV Research

According to the Global Pay TV Revenue Forecasts report from Digital TV Research, global pay-TV revenues were seen to have peaked in 2016 at $205 billion and is projected fall by 11 percent in the year 2023. This fall ...

Apr 16, 2018   Congo: Trace Launches New Congolese Music Channel

The Trace Media Group has launched a new television channel, Trace Kitoko, that is dedicated to music from the Congolese region of Africa. Trace Kitiko will be devoted to the rhythms, sounds and dance that rock Democratic Republic of the ...

Apr 16, 2018   MultiChoice Kenya Assures Customers Of The Best in FIFA World Cup Coverage

Lovers of the football game across Kenya will be sure to have a good time following Multichoice Kenya’s promises to provide the best world cup experience to subscribers on its platform, through the live broadcast of the FIFA 2018 world ...

Apr 16, 2018   Sentech Switches Off 15 Community Radio Stations Because of Debt

Sentech, South Africa’s signal distribution company has switched off 15 local radio stations because the money they owe is too much. A report that was published by The City Press shows that the state-owned began its first batch of the ...

Apr 16, 2018   South Africa: ICASA Seeks To Increase Digital Radio Broadcasting In South Africa

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) in an effort to improve digital radio services in the country has published a document on the future of Digital Sound Broadcasting Services in South Africa. The regulator has defined digital broadcasting ...

Apr 13, 2018   Nigeria: Copyright Regulator Tells COSON To Comply With Its Directives Or Face Sanctions

The Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) has released a statement asking the Governing Board of the Copyright Society of Nigeria, (COSON) to follow its directives regarding the disputed chairmanship of the organisation or face sanction. The statement signed by  Director-General NCC, ...

Apr 13, 2018   American Idol Comes Back To SA Screens; Courtesy M-Net

South Africans can now enjoy one of the most popular reality music series - American Idol, as M-Net is bringing it back to the region.   Episodes of season 16 of American Idol will air Fridays and Saturdays. As a ...

Apr 13, 2018   Morocco: iflix Introduces Subscription Video-on-Demand (SVOD) Services

iflix, a subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) service has now been made available in Morocco, with a one-month free trial. Members who are on ‘Club Inwi’ are being offered a whooping six-month unlimited access to iflix as part of subscriber privilege service ...

Apr 13, 2018   Tanzania: New Cyber Law Requires Online Media Platforms To Pay US 900 Dollars License Fees

The Tanzanian government has approved a law that aims to regulate contents posted online by introducing a license fee of $900 for bloggers and online media platforms in addition to monitoring morals and authenticity of social media users. The regulation ...

Apr 12, 2018   Voice Of America (VoA) Africa's Division Lines of Programming

VOA's Africa Division Managing Editor, Mr Scott Stearns has announced that VOA is committed to co-operating with broadcast partners across the continent to deliver the latest news and information from Africa and the Diaspora. This commitment has led the American ...

Apr 12, 2018   SuperSport Introduces Pop-Up Channels Ahead of 2018 Fifa World Cup

SuperSport, Africa’s leading sports broadcaster, will launch the build-up to the 2018 Fifa World Cup in earnest this month by starting a 24-hour pop-up channel dedicated to international football showpiece. The new channel, "SuperSport 13", will start broadcasting a ...

Apr 12, 2018   South Africa: ICASA Publishes Its TV White Space Regulations

The Dynamic Spectrum Alliance (DSA) has congratulated the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) for publishing regulations on the utility of Television White Space for South Africa. This move marks a huge step in the right direction for the ...

Apr 12, 2018   Nigeria: NCC Approves Teleology Bid For 9 Mobile, Required To Pay $450m In 90 Days

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has announced that Teleology Holdings Limited, the preferred bidder of 9Mobile Nigeria is on course to take over the company, on the condition that they pay $450 million within the next 90 days. The commission ...

Apr 12, 2018   Nigeria: Intelsat And Vodacom Nigeria Sign New Deal To Boost Broadband Connectivity

Intelsat South Africa, an operator of one of the world's globalised network, has signed an agreement with Vodacom Business Nigeria for the expansion of its enterprise broadband networks and enable new and improved services throughout the West African region. Part ...

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Apr 11, 2018   BBC Studios Signs Raft Of New Deals With African Broadcasters

The new BBC Studios has announced that it has sold more than 300 hours of programming to broadcasters across Africa. Content that has been sold includes flagship titles like Planet Earth II, Blue Planet II and Hustle. Since the beginning ...

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Apr 11, 2018   Ivory Coast: Cote Ouest Audiovisuel And Globo TV Extends Content Arrangement

Cote Ouest, the first to introduce Latin American telenovelas to Africa has stretched its deal with Globo TV to last until 2023. The extended agreement will give Cote Ouest the position of sole distributor of the programming in the continent ...

Apr 11, 2018   Nigeria: MTN Nigeria Has Paid N165Bn Out Of N330Bn Fine To NCC

The Nigerian Communications Commission ( NCC) said MTN had paid the sum of 165 billion Naira out of the 330 billion Naira fine it was charged due to its inability to disconnect SIM cards that were not registered properly. Executive ...

Apr 11, 2018   Cape Verde Establishes New Company To Manage Digital Terrestrial Television

The government of Cape Verde, a northwestern African country, has established a company that will oversee the introduction of Digital Terrestrial Television  (DTT) in the country. The company called Cabo Verde Broadcast (CVB) will be public-owned and would be charged ...

Apr 10, 2018   South Africa: eNCA To Broadcast Documentary On Winnie Mandela

The 24 hours Television news broadcaster in South Africa, eNCA, promises to bring Pascale Lamche’s Winnie documentary film to its viewers on Wednesday 11 April 2018, after which it will be made available to all South Africans on e.tv and ...

Apr 10, 2018   Showmax Want To Work With Telcos To Boost Internet TV Growth In Africa

Naspers, a global entertainment group, is urging telecoms operators in Africa to offer customers unlimited data to help bolster the growth of internet television on the continent. The group argued that the high cost of data in Africa is hindering ...

Apr 10, 2018   M-Net Movies To Launch Marvel Studios Pop-up Channel For Ten Days

M-Net has announced that it plans to offer DStv premium customers, with what it tags as “an unprecedented cinematic journey with an M-Net Movies Marvel Studios Pop-Up Channel” from Friday, April 13 to Sunday, April 22. A report which was ...

Apr 10, 2018   StarTimes Nigeria Signs Movie Production Deal With Adebayo Salami (Oga Bello)

Adebayo Salami, a veteran Nigerian actor, director and filmmaker, popularly known by his stage name “Oga Bello”, has signed a movie production deal with, StarTimes, a pay-TV Company in Nigeria. There are indications that the signed deal is worth millions ...

Apr 09, 2018   SABC Will Continue To Put Local Content Front And Center Of Its Programming

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) is making efforts to resolve the issues of misrepresentation that it has been experiencing in the press with regards to its local content offering. The SABC in a written statement said it has always ...

Apr 09, 2018   Kenya: 800 Villages To Have Access To Satellite TV Courtesy Of Startimes

It will now be possible for dwellers in eight hundred remote villages in Kenya to watch programmes on satellite television for free. This project is made possible in a collaborative effort of the Kenyan government and StarTimes (the Chinese technology ...

Apr 09, 2018   Nigeria: MTN, Huawei Collaborate To Connect Rural Communities With Low-Cost Broadband Services

Nigeria: MTN, Huawei Collaborate To Connect Rural Communities With Low-Cost Broadband Services Telecommunications company - MTN Nigeria and technology company - Huawei are collaborating to provide remote communities in Nigeria with low-cost mobile broadband services. The project tagged ‘RuralStar 2.0’ ...

Apr 09, 2018   SABC2 Introduces DEKATV Programming To Its Viewers

SABC2, a channel owned by The South African Broadcasting Corporation has announced the introduction of a favourite magazine content known as DEKATv to its Wednesday schedule as a part of its growing genre of magazine programmes that are educating and ...

Apr 09, 2018   South Africa: "Five Fingers for Marseilles" Is Coming To America

Five Fingers for Marseilles is a South African production that will be hitting American cinemas after it's premiere across South Africa on Friday, 6 April 2018. The plans is to release the fast-paced thriller in the United States of America ...

Apr 06, 2018   BBC Studios: A New Content Creation Company

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) has launched a new company called “BBC Studios”. This new move by the media giant is termed  “a new chapter” for the content creation of the firm. The newly launched BBC Studios is made possible ...

Apr 06, 2018   FRANCE24 TV Now Available To Kenyan Audience

TV audiences in Kenya will now have access to additional quality reportage of round-the-clock News, Current affairs, Documentaries, Business and other content courtesy of France 24. France 24, the Paris-based international news and current affairs television network have signed an ...

Apr 06, 2018   Africa's Creativity To Show At Global Content Bazaar in Cannes

The Creative Africa pavilion is coming back to the MIP TV Show in   Cannes. According to organisers, it will offer broadcasters, production companies, distributors, sales agents in the international community open sesame to the rapidly growing African TV market. The ...

Apr 06, 2018   Kwese To Drive Its OTT And Video Streaming Services Across Africa

Kwese TV, Africa's Pay-TV broadcaster has chosen Alpha Networks to deliver its over-the-top (OTT) services. These will include Kwese's TV App across Africa and Kwese Play  TV in South Africa. According to sources close to the matter, Alpha Networks’ responsibility ...

Apr 05, 2018   TV White Space Allows Internet Connectivity To Reach Remote Areas

Kenyans in the rural areas might soon have the kind of internet connectivity same as their counterparts in urban regions. This breakthrough happens with TV White Space technology providing last-mile connectivity. TV White spaces are unused frequency spaces deliberately put ...

Apr 05, 2018   Yanga! A New Afro-Centric TV Channel Launches Free-To-Air On UK’s Freesat

Yanga! is the newly launched lifestyle entertainment channel targeted at the African diaspora audiences, and is now available as a free-to-air Channel on UK’s Freesat. Yanga! Is a Nigerian English Pidgin word interpreted 'Pride' or 'Flamboyance'. The word is also ...

Apr 05, 2018   Nigeria: Another Varsity - Bayero University , Kano - To Launch Radio Station

The quest for hands-on training in broadcasting for students in Nigerian Universities has led to the establishments of some radio campus radio stations in Universities and some cases polytechnics. So far, there are about 20 campus radio stations in Nigeria. ...

Apr 05, 2018   Vanessa O’Connor Becomes A Director Of European Broadcasters Union.

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU), Europe's public broadcasters organisation has named Ms Vanessa O’Connor as director of member relations and communication. The former  Eutelsat corporate communications expert was in charge of activities in Eutelsat’s communications for about three decades. She ...

Apr 05, 2018   SES Hits 1 Billion Viewers And 351 Million TV Households

SES can now boast of reaching a total of 351 million TV homes and 1 Billion individual viewers. It's Satellite Monitoring team released data which also showed that its broadcast signals are now reaching, a total of 325 million homes. ...

Apr 04, 2018   Nigeria: TV Set-Top Box Issues Beset Nigeria's Digital Broadcasting Switch Over Project

The plodding pace of progress of the digital broadcasting switchover process in Nigeria (popularly referred as the DSO project) is the result of inadequate planning and execution, primarily as it concerns the delivery and access of TV set-top boxes. Two ...

Apr 04, 2018   The 9Mobile Saga: Smile Communications Criticised For Being A Sore Loser

Stakeholders in Nigeria’s telecommunication industry are openly criticising Smile Communications, the second highest bidder for 9Mobile, for its seeming disrespect of the process since it lost out on the bid. Smile Communications, (Teleology the eventual winner), Glo, Airtel, and Helios ...

Apr 04, 2018   Can MTN Create An E-Commerce Platform Exceeding Amazon, Alibaba And Netflix Combined?

The African market is not yet saturated with e-commerce initiatives because the likes of Amazon, Alibaba and Netflix are not active players in the continent. Speaking at the recently held Innovation Africa Digital Summit (IADS), in Addis Ababa the Group ...

Apr 04, 2018   Kenya: BBC Africa Employs Larry Madowo As New Business Editor

Larry Madowo had landed a new job with the giant Media House British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) as a Business Editor. Larry Madowow is an outspoken Journalist and TV news anchor in Kenya with interest in Technology, Current Affairs and entertainment. ...

Apr 03, 2018   Kenya Premier League On Why It Went With MediaPro Instead Of StarTimes For Broadcast Rights

Mr Jack Oguda, the Chief Executive Officer of Kenyan Premier League, has defended the decision of the League to reject the rights broadcast deal offered by StarTimes and also clarified his organisation's involvement with MediaPro in producing the Kenyan Premier ...

Apr 03, 2018   Nickelodeon Launches #KidsCan Project In Partnership With The KidRight Foundation

Nickelodeon International, the number one brand for children television programming has partnered with KidRight Foundation to launch #KidsCan which is an international campaign that focuses on educating young people about making positive changes to the world. This initiative will begin ...

Apr 03, 2018   South Africa: Gau TV Blazes New Trail With Unconventional Programming

Gau TV is causing a ripple in South Africa through the launch of a new show that seeks to tackle LGBTQ issues titled “I was in the Closet” hosted on DSTV Channel 256. launched in 2015, GauTV is an entertainment ...

Apr 03, 2018   Sale Of 9 Mobile May Be Stopped By Nigerian House Of Reps - As NCC, CBN Deny Teleology!

The Nigerian House of Representatives may be forced to put a stop to the ongoing sale of the embattled 9mobile to the acclaimed highest bidder Teleology Holdings. This was hinted at by Mr Saheed Akinade-Fijabi, Chairman of the Telecommunications committee ...

Apr 03, 2018   South Africa: SABC Investigates Kamwendo Radio Show Incident

The executive management of the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has launched an investigation asking for a full incident report in which SAFM Sakina Kamwendo’s show was apparently cut off the air in the middle of a show. The spokesman ...

Apr 28, 2017   Ethiopia Launches Own Satellite TV Transmission Platform: 'Ethiosat.'

Ethiopia is launching a Satelitte TV Transmission platform called 'Ethiosat'. It is described as an integrated satellite transmission platform to cover the nation. A spokesperson for the government in Ethiopia said that Ethiosat will should provide "a unified transmission platform" ...

Apr 28, 2017   Nigeria: Set Top Boxes To Be Blocked For Non Payment Of 4 Dollars Digital Access Fees

Digital TV customers in Nigeria risk their set top boxes being remotely shut-out of services if they are unable to pay a required digital TV access fee of N1,500 (4 Dollars US). During the pilot to digital TV switchover  which ...

Apr 28, 2017   GOtv Malawi's Innovation: Collect Payment For Services Door-To-Door

GOtv (part of Multichoice) in Malawi is rolling out an 'innovative', (albeit old-fashioned) way of receiving payment for its services.  By visiting customers at home and knocking on doors for payment. A statement from the company in Malawi said they ...

Apr 28, 2017   Charles Oshuremi Appointed Africa Executive For WhiteSpace Alliance

The WhiteSpace Alliance (WSA), a global industry body involved with the management and optimisation of spectrum have announced the appointment of Mr Charles Oshunremi has its executive adviser for Africa. Mr Oshunremi is tasked with driving forward WSA activities on ...

Apr 27, 2017   Startimes Collaborates With Govt. To Provide Digital TV Services In Rural Rwanda

The Rwanda government is working with the Chinese firm Startimes to help improve access to digital broadcasting and information in the country. Press reports from Kigali indicate that a USD 92 million initiative has been launched that will see up ...

Apr 27, 2017   YouTube Puts Kids App On Smart TV Sets - Available In Parts Of Africa

YouTube Kids TV app that can now be accessed on smart TVs, smartphones and tablets. In a statement, YouTube said that bringing their entertaining content for kids to the television screens for all the families to enjoy is a "perfect ...

Apr 27, 2017   South Africa: Multichoice Box Office To Carry Afrikaans-Speaking Movies

Multichoice movie rental service (Multichoice Box Office) is now offering Afrikaans-speaking titles; starting with Droomdag, an Afrikaans flix by Willie Esterhuizen, which premiered on Multichoice Box Office earlier in the week.TV executives believe that local Afrikaans films have come of ...

Apr 27, 2017   SABC Looking To Fill Posts For Group CEO, Group COO, Other Positions Urgently

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) is now actively in a search-for-executives mode, with key positions needing to be filled urgently "to stabilise the organisation". The following vacant post are currently been searched for: Group Chief Executive Officer (GCEO) Group ...

Apr 26, 2017   90 Percent Local Content Policy Resulted In Loss Of 16 Million USD At The SABC

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) lost more than USD16 million as a direct result of adopting the policy of a 90 percent local content quota. A policy instituted by former COO of the corporation, Mr Hlaudi Motsoaneng. According to ...

Apr 26, 2017   D.R. Congo: Orange Delivering Connectivity Via Gilat's Satellite Infrastructure

Orange networks Africa is increasing its broadband service delivery capabilities in the Democratic Republic of Congo with the help of satellite capacity from Gilat Satcom. Gilat Satcom said the deal with Orange now positions it as a cost-effective connectivity infrastructure ...

Apr 26, 2017   Morocco: Intelsat Connectivity To Support Operator's Broadband Service Delivery

Intelsat, a leader in integrated satellite communications, have announced a deal with the Moroccan mobile operator and broadband provider INWI. INWI is said to be deploying Intelsat's EpicNG platform, and leverage the 35e satellite infrastructure. According to Jean-Philippe Gillet, Intelsat's ...

Apr 25, 2017   CNN International, Cartoon Network And Boomerang Added To Kwese TV Platform

Econet Media have signed new content programming deal with TURNER. With this deal, Econet Media, via their Kwese platform could now broadcast, on a multi-territory basis, programmes such as CNN International, Cartoon Networks and Boomerang TV. Commenting on the deal, ...

Apr 25, 2017   Best Of South Africa Radio Personalities Acknowledged At Liberty Radio Awards

Top achievers from across the public service, community, campus as well as private radio stations in South Africa were recently recognised and awarded for service excellence in radio broadcasting at a ceremony in Johannesburg, South Africa. The 'Liberty Radio Awards' ...

Apr 25, 2017   Report: Viewing Of Content On TV Sets Is Falling Rapidly - Accenture

A recent survey by Accenture indicates that more people now prefer to watch their favourite television programmes via desktops, laptops and smartphones and other devices - rather than on the traditional TV sets. In the survey report, titled "Winning Experiences ...

Apr 24, 2017   Zuku TV Sale Stalling Due To of Shareholders' Disagreement

According to press reports in Kenya, internal strife between the shareholders and owners of Zuku may be preventing the company's sale. Business Day in Kenya is reporting that the East Africa Capital Partners Management (co-founders and investors in Zuku) have ...

Apr 24, 2017   Startimes and Mediacore Bag DTH TV Licences In Botswana

Startimes Satellite and Mediacore are two companies that have now obtained a Direct-To-Home (DTH)/Satellite TV licenses in Botswana. The licenses were issued by Botswana Communications Regulatory Authority (BOCRA) under its Subscription Management Services (SMS) platform. According to BOCRA's chief, Mr ...

Apr 24, 2017   Intelsat To Power Liquid Telecom's Pan-African Delivery Of Broadband Services

Satellite company Intelsat says it has entered into agreement with Liquid Telecom to deploy theur EpicNG satellite services across its' networks. This deal will enhance Liquid Telecom's capacity to provide higher broadband bandwidth customers with greater efficiency. It will also ...

Apr 24, 2017   Multichoice In Ghana Tells Consumers To Lookout For 'Illegal Decoders' From Nigeria

The General Manager of Multichoice Ghana, Mr Cecil Sunkwa-Mills have decried the influx of 'illegal' digital TV decoders that are coming into the country from Nigeria. These decoders, according to him, have not been approved for use in Ghana and ...

Apr 20, 2017   African Shows And Productions Doing Well As Web Series

Internet television is 'exploding' and is set to be the biggest rival to traditional TV networks, according to the online magazine Africa.com. Many African filmmakers are now going to the web to distribute their content. Africa.com did a round-up of ...

Apr 20, 2017   I'm Not Responsible For SABC Financial Woes - Hlaudi Motsoeneng

The former COO of the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) Mr Hlaudi Motsoeneng, has said that he is not at all responsible for the current financial situation of the organisation. Making this declaration at a press conference in Johannesburg, South ...

Apr 20, 2017   Netflix Not Keen On Doing Sports Content - For Now!

Netflix have confirmed that they have no immediate interest in Amazon's move and going into sports content and programming. Although Amazon is moving into the sports content and programme franchise (for example via NFL football), a statement coming from Netflix ...

Apr 20, 2017   TV White Spaces - SA Regulator Publishes Draft Framework And Position Paper

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) have recently published a draft regulation and position paper on the use of TV White Spaces in the country. TV white spaces technology can help provide 'low-cost' broadband internet by using gaps ...

Apr 19, 2017   Netflix At 100 Million Subscribers, Acknowledges Competitive Pressure

Latest released figures show that Netflix currently has 98.7 million streaming subscribers. 50.8 million of these are in the United States and 47.9 million international customers. Despite the impressive growth numbers, Netflix says it is very aware of the competitive ...

Apr 19, 2017   Startimes To Start A Dedicated 'Igbo-Speaking' Channel In Nigeria

Startimes Nigeria have announced the launch of a new, dedicated Igbo-Speaking TV Channel on its pay-TV platform. The new channel is called "Isi Mbido" (meaning "the Source"). According to the company, the channel will provide entertaiment shows and other programming ...

Apr 19, 2017   SABC Considers Possibility Of Reverting Its Local Content Policy

Press reports in South Africa have indicated that the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) may be looking to abandon its 'laudable' 90% local content policy. Accroding to news sources in the country, the SABC interim board is of the opinion ...

Apr 18, 2017   New Digital Entertainment On Demand (DEOD) Service To Launch In SA

Discover Digital SA has announced it will be launching a new 'internet-only' entertainment platform - Digital Entertainment On Demand (DEOD). The new platform, according to the company, will be Africa's first converged TV service delivered solely over the internet. The ...

Apr 18, 2017   Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC) Faces Uncertain Financial Future - Report

Recently seen reports indicates that Kenya Broadcasting Corporation is 'waste-deep' in debt and may struggle to manage its financial obligations. According to the Auditor General's Report, the national broadcaster in Kenya is reported to have accumilated a trading loss of ...

Apr 13, 2017   Kwese Partners With Safaricom To Deliver Video Content To Customers

Kwese TV and Safaricom have agreed on a video content distribution partnership that will see Kwese offer some of its premium content to subscribers of Safaricom - the Kenyan mobile operator. Kwese TV will provide access to some of its ...

Apr 13, 2017   NIGERIA: Ghana's RLG Wins 31 Million Dollars Contract To Produce Digital Set-Top Boxes

The Ghanian-owned RLG have been awarded the contract to manufacture and deliver Set-Top Boxes for the Nigerian DSO programme. The contract is valued to the tune of 31million US Dollars. RLG will work with a local partner - Adulawo Technology ...

Apr 12, 2017   We Have 'Licensed Over 400 Hours Of Programming In South Africa' - BBC Worldwide

Coming out of MipTV, BBC Worldwide has announced sales of over 400 hours of programming and content in South Africa. According to Joel Churcher, VP and GM for Africa, BBC Worldwide have been working in partnership with Rapid Blue - ...

Apr 12, 2017   SuperSport Corners The Premier League Until May 2022

SuperSport have extended the rights to Premier League from England until 2020. According to a press release from the organisation, the new extension means that SuperSport will retain the rights to all 380 league matches across all the distribution channels. ...

Apr 11, 2017   CAF Looking To Review And 'Reverse' 10-Year TV Broadcast Rights Deal With Lagardere

The new boss of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has strongly suggested that the organisation might review the TV broadcast rights awarded to French company Lagardere by his predecessor, Mr. Issa Hayatou. Mr Ahmad Ahmad, from Malagasy, told reporters ...

Apr 11, 2017   Mozambique: TVM To Run New TV Channel Targeted At International Audience

TVM International, a 24-hour TV channel for the international audience was recently launched in Mozambique. The channel will broadcast in Portuguese and targeted at Mozambicans abroad and Portuguese speaking people interested in Mozambique. Speaking during the launch, Mr Jaime Cuambe ...

Apr 11, 2017   NIGERIA: RayPower FM Has A New Boss As Former Head Launch Kennis FM

The owners of Ray Power FM in Nigeria have announced the appointment of a new Managing Director - Mr Ambrose Somide. Mr Somide is taking over from erstwhile head of the organisation, Mr Kenny Ogungbe who left to start Kennis ...

Apr 11, 2017   Africa Movie Channel Adds 'Nolly Africa' To 'Freeview' In Nigeria.

The Africa Movie Channel (AMC) have launched a new 'Nollywood-based' channel on the Freeview digital platform in Nigeria. Executives of the company said they are delighted to be able deploy and present this new channel to complement their current AMC ...

Apr 10, 2017   SES Unveils 'SES Video' And 'SES Networks' As Separate Business Units

SES, the global satellite company, have established two different business units to build on the capabilities of MX1 and O3b. Commenting, SES Chairman, Mr Romain Bausch says the new structure will help drive the execution of a 'market-centric strategy' to ...

Apr 10, 2017   SuperSport Terminates Contract With The Kenyan Premier League

Reports say that the USD 3million a year agreement between SuperSport and the Kenya Premier League will come to an end. After almost a decade of collaboration that has seen SuperSport with live broadcast rights to the Kenyan league, the ...

Apr 10, 2017   Netflix Loses Company's Chief Product Officer Of 18 Years

Neil Hunt, the executive that has been in charge of Netflix's products development for upwards of 18 years, will be leaving the organisation, to be replaced by Greg Peters. According to Netflix, they have also parted ways with Tawni Cranz, ...

Apr 07, 2017   UK's Talksport Takes Premier League To Kenya With Radio Africa Group

Talksports, a UK-based sport broadcasting radio station, have entered into an agreement with Kenya's Radio Africa Group to broadcast commentary of the English Premier League across Kenya in English and Swahili. Talksport has the international audio/radio broadcast rights and currently ...

Apr 07, 2017   Lagardere Studio Plans To Expand Content Distribution Business In Africa

Lagardere Studio - the France-based content production and distribution studio - part of the Lagardere Group, has announced plans to broaden its content production and distribution business in Africa. According to a statement attributed to Mr Christophe Thoral, a senior ...

Apr 07, 2017   YouTube TV Goes Live In The US - Coming To Africa Soon!

Google's YouTube TV is now accessible to subscribers in the United States for a membership fee of USD 35 monthly. The cancel anytime package provides access to live feeds from FOX, ABC, CBS, ESPN, Comcast and many more TV and ...

Apr 06, 2017   Nigeria Leads Africa In Digital Switch-over, According To Government Minister Lai Mohammed

The Nigerian Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed has declared that Nigeria is leading the rest of Africa in the race to migrate broadcast signals from analogue to digital. He made the statement at the MIPTV event in Cannes, ...

Apr 06, 2017   SES Deploys Digital Transparent Processor Onboard SES-17 Satellite

SES has recently announced that in collaboration with Thales, they have successfully deploy the 'powerful' Digital Transparent Processor onboard the SES-17 satellite. This deployment allows SES to provide offer unrivalled flexibility in bandwidth management to many of its mobile infrastructures ...

Apr 06, 2017   Communications Minister Tasks SABC Board To 'Quick-Fix' Finances

South Africa new Communications Minister Ayanda Dlodlo has reportedly charged the recently constituted SABC interim board with the 'urgent' task of fixing the organisations finances. The minister and deputy made this call during their inaugural visit to the SABC, where ...

Apr 06, 2017   MultiChoice' Supersport To Broadcast The Indian Premier League

Multichoice - Africa PayTV leader - has entered into partnership with Dubai OSN to screen the T20 Cricket Indian Premier League 2017 show. The broadcast is scheduled to commence shortly and will be live on its Supersport platform. The agreement ...

Apr 05, 2017   Amazon Video: Multi-Local Strategy Is Key To VoD Success

'There are no global customers; content must be truly local if we are to succeed." This view was shared by the worldwide head of content for Amazon Video speaking at the MIPTV in Cannes yesterday. He said that while there ...

Apr 05, 2017   Multichoice MNET Screens Italian Mafia Series 'Gomorrah'!

After acquiring screening rights of the Sky Italia's mafia 'Gomorrah', The series is now due to be screened on MNET. Beta Films and Multichoice European production recently signed a deal that will see the Italian show - subtitled in English ...

Apr 05, 2017   South Africa: SABC TV Share-Of-Viewers At Lowest Point

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) is witnessing the lowest share of audience across its stations. Local reports are saying that the current audience share across SABC 1, 2 and 3 is currently hovering at around 45%. Industry watchers and ...

Apr 05, 2017   SABC To Adapt Hat Trick International Show 'Dinner Date' For SA Viewers

Dinner Date, the 'entertainment reality' show from Hat Trick International is set to be adapted for South Africa viewers following the agreement between The SABC and production company. The SABC adaptation is said to launch shortly on SABC 3. In ...

Apr 04, 2017   Mozambique: Cabo TV To Add 15 New Channels Before 2017 Ends

Cabo TV has announced it will be launching new 15 channels on its platform in Mozambique before the end of the year. New additions will include Mov+ dedicated to new movies and TV series channels Cabo TV has also indicated ...

Apr 04, 2017   After A Successful Season 1, 'The Voice Nigeria' Returns For Season 2

M-Net will run season two of the formatted TV show 'The Voice' called 'The Voice Nigeria' on its Africa Magic channel. A statement from M-Net said the company is "delighted to bring back The Voice Nigeria for season two". An ...

Apr 03, 2017   Exclusive: NBC Will Not Be Revoking Broadcasting Licences - After All!

Sources from inside the Nigerian Broadcasting space have told Broadcast Media Africa that the National Broadcasting Commission of Nigeria (NBC) may have decided not to revoke the licences of 'errant' broadcasting stations after all. This decision was apparently reached following ...

Apr 03, 2017   PayTV Giant DStv Hikes Subscription Prices In Nigeria, South Africa

It is evident that subscribers to the DStv platforms in two of its principal markets will experience price increases for the services they get from the company. According to reports, Multichoice Nigeria will from 1st May 2017 increase it package ...

Apr 03, 2017   SA New Communications Minister To Deliver On Analogue To Digital Migration, Hopefully

Post the ministerial changes that took place at the Department of Communication in South Africa, it is now hoped that the new Communications Minister, Ms Ayanda Dlodlo will 'speedily' and 'efficiently' conclude the digital switchover process in South Africa. South ...

Apr 03, 2017   Subscribers Ask DStv To Remove ANN7 From Bouquet

A petition requesting that Multichoice stop carrying the Gupta-owned station - the Africa News Networks (ANN7) on its platform is gathering momentum. The petitions signed on a South Africa website 'petitions24' are claiming that ANN7 is a politically motivated and ...