January

Jan 31, 2018   Nigeria: 9Mobile (Formerly Etisalat) To Be Bought By Teleology For USD 500 Million

Adrian Wood's Teleology has agreed to pay USD 500 Million to buy Nigeria's fourth largest mobile network operator 9 Mobile (formerly known as Etisalat). Industry insiders will recall that Adrian Wood was the erstwhile managing director for MTN in Nigeria ...

Jan 31, 2018   Cameroon: CRTV Launches Dedicated 24-Hour News Channel

Cameroon Radio Television (CRTV) has launched a dedicated, specialised news channel: CRTV News. The new platform goes live on Sunday 28th January. According to Mr Charles Ndongo, the Director General and CEO of CRTV, the launch of a dedicated news ...

Jan 31, 2018   Court Orders Multichoice Nigeria To Pay USD 17 Million For Flouting Copyright

A Nigerian Federal High Court has ordered Multichoice Nigeria to pay the sum of USD 17 Million (6 billion Naira) as damages to the Musical Copyright Society of Nigeria for copyright infringement. The Musical Copyright Society of Nigeria had instituted ...

Jan 30, 2018   Kenya: Government Blocks Television Stations From Broadcasting

The Kenyan government, it is reported, have shut down some TV stations in the country, allegedly for broadcasting a mock "Swearing-in" as president of the opposition leader Mr Raila Odinga. The broadcasting organisations that have been affected, according to reports ...

Jan 24, 2018   Zimbabwe Set For 'Feverish' Pay TV Competition As Dr Dish Enters The Fray

Dr Dish, the former commercial partner in Zimbabwe of Econet Media's Kwese TV,  has declared that it will enter the Pay TV market in Zimbabwe and, further down the line, across Southern Africa. Those in the know are aware that ...

Jan 24, 2018   Nigeria: University of Lagos Television (UNILAG TV) To Start Operations Next Month

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) has reported that the newly licensed University of Lagos Television (UNILAG TV) will start on-air operation before the end of February 2018. According to the University's Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, the station - which ...

Jan 24, 2018   South Africa: Minister Sets Up "War Room" To Ensure Digital Migration By June 2019

South Africa's Minister of Communications, Ms Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane seems to have declared total war on her country lag in the TV digital migration issue and is creating a "war effort" mentality across the process value-chain to ensure that South Africa's ...

Jan 24, 2018   Nigeria: BON's International Summit On Content Building And Management Gathers Speed

The Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON), the umbrella body for Nigeria's broadcast and electronic media have confirmed that the forthcoming summit on Content Building And Management for Digital Broadcasting and Media will be packed with valuable information and knowledge for ...

Jan 23, 2018   TRACE Boosted By Additional Investment From US Private Equity Firm

TRACE, the pan-African multimedia entertainment company have secured further substantial investment to boost its media and communications networks. TGG, the US private equity giant, via its TPG Growth is combining with Evolution Media to acquire a majority acquire in TRACE. ...

Jan 23, 2018   Nigeria: Is New Entrant PayTV Company "TSTV" Up To Its Billing?

TSTV, the recently launched satellite-based Pay TV company in Nigeria, has been called out of "failing to deliver" what it has promised its customers. According to a section of the Nigerian industry press, the company - which was initially docked ...

Jan 23, 2018   Zimbabwe: Religious Channel "Yadah TV" Goes On DStv Platform

Multichoice in Zimbabwe has announced that it is adding the Harare-based religious channel to it TV bouquet to be available on channel 281. Yadah TV was established and is run by Prophet Walter Magaya who has a projected congregation of ...

Jan 23, 2018   Iflix In Africa Gets Exclusive Run On The Run-Away Serial 'Britannia'

It is being reported that the blockbuster drama series from UK's Sky TV will be exclusive to Iflix Africa. Owned by Malaysia-based Iflix - operating in around 25 countries globally - Iflix Africa has announced that as from January 22nd, ...

Jan 18, 2018   Nigeria: Channels TV Enters Into Content Co-Production With The BBC

Channels TV, Nigeria's foremost private TV station is said to be working with the BBC to co-produce a half-hour, weekly magazine show. According to reports, the live show - produced from Channels TV studios in Lagos, Nigeria - is an ...

Jan 18, 2018   Kenya: "Broadcasters Not Meeting Children's Programming Quota" - CA

The Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) has declared that most broadcasters in the country are not meeting their quota on children programming on television. According to the CA, the broadcasting regulations in Kenya requires television channels to provide a minimum ...

Jan 18, 2018   StartTimes To Add Hausa Language TV Station "Arewa 24" To Its Platform

Startimes Nigeria has announced it will be adding Hausa-Language TV channel "AREWA 24" to its line-up with a free-of-charge offer to its existing subscribers. The new addition will be on Channel 138 of its DTT platform in Nigeria. Sources from ...

Jan 18, 2018   South Africa's CELL C Looks To Further Acquisition To Drive Growth

CELL C, South Africa's third-largest mobile telecommunications company, is pursuing more acquisitions to enable it to expand its services as grow its seemingly stagnant revenues. According to reports from Bloomberg South Africa, the company is seeking to expand into other ...

Jan 15, 2018   John Kotsaftis Leaves Naspers Showmax To Join Fox Networks

The erstwhile chief executive of Showmax, Mr John Kotsaftis has reportedly left Showmax, the South African video-on-demand streaming service provider, to join Fox Networks Group Asia. At Fox Networks Group Asia, he will be based in Singapore and would be ...

Jan 15, 2018   South Africa: The DoC Initiates Supply Of Subsidised Digital Set-Top Boxes

The South African Department of Communications (The DoC) has started the distribution of government-subsidised digital set-top boxes in the Eastern Cape region of the country. The Eastern Cape distribution is part of the five million government subsidises set-top boxes that ...

Jan 15, 2018   Mobile Broadband: MTN Join With Ericsson For 5G Trials In Africa

Ericsson and MTN have announced that they have successfully launched the technology and applications for 5G in Africa. In a statement attributed the MTN Group, the trials enabled it to achieve just over 20Gbps throughput over the 5G network with ...

Jan 15, 2018   EbonyLife TV To Produce The Legal Drama "Castle And Castle" For Nigeria

Nigerian TV production company, EbonyLife TV, has announced that it is producing a local content legal drama series: “Castle and Castle". The series is a story about a married couple who operates a successful legal practice in Lagos and their ...

Jan 15, 2018   The Nigerian Digital SwitchOver (DSO) - The Need To Think Outside The Box

The Nigerian Digital Switchover known in Nigeria as the DSO is the Nigerian Government’s programme for the migration of television from analogue to digital. The Nigerian DSO journey started with the inauguration of the Presidential Advisory Committee (PAC); this body ...

Jan 12, 2018   Canal+ Afrique And Kwese Sports Secures France's "Ligue 1" Broadcast Rights

The French "Ligue 1"  have agreed on broadcast rights deals for the sub-Sahara Africa region for the next six season, starting from 2018/2019 until 2023/24. The broadcast rights were awarded to Canal+ Afrique who will hold the rights to show ...

Jan 12, 2018   SABC's Programmes 'Uzalo' And 'Generations' Are The Most-Watched In South Africa - BRCSA

Viewing figures just released by South Africa's Broadcast Research Council (BRCSA) revealed that SABC's "Uzalo" And "Generations: The Legacy" were the most-watched TV programmes in South Africa. According to BRCSA's television audience measurements report of December 2017, "Uzalo" had 9,151,710 ...

Jan 12, 2018   Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) To Re-Think The TV Licensing Model

Reports from Accra, Ghana, indicates that the TV Licence implementation regime currently in force could be revisited and possibly revised by the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC). It would be recalled that GBC facilitated the establishment of a "Special Court" to ...

Jan 10, 2018   Case Closed: Justice Served To Debut On e.tv South Africa

e.tv, a leading free-to-air television station in South Africa has confirmed it will air the locally produced "crime and justice" television series, Case Closed: Justice Served. The 13-episode show, which provides insight on how local crimes are investigated and solved ...

Jan 10, 2018   Africa's Pay-TV Subscribers To Reach 17.4 Million By 2023

A new report from Digital TV Research has concluded that Sub-Saharan Africa will see a surge in pay-Tv subscribers between now and 2023 - up to 74% increase. The report also indicated that revenues from pay-Tv for the period would ...

Jan 10, 2018   Fibre-Based Broadband Connections Surges In Kenya - Helped By Video-On-Demand Services

The Communications Authority of Kenya has revealed a more than 200 percent increase in fibre-based internet connections in Kenya. By the end of September 2017, the number of connections across Kenya was put at more than 90, 500 fibre-based broadband ...

Jan 10, 2018   Trace TV Embroiled In Pay-Before-Listing Issues - Denies Allegations

Trace is one of Africa's online music and entertainment platform. According to the company, its channels such as Trace Naija, Trace Mziki, Trace Urban, Trace Africa and Trace Toca - on aggregate - are the number one regarding views across ...

Jan 08, 2018   Nigeria: StarTimes Promises Compelling Entertainment After Adding "Love World Plus" Channel

StarTimes Nigeria, one of the country's Pay TV giant, has promised to work assiduously to provide compelling entertainment and TV services to its customers in Nigeria. As a testament to this, the digital pay-TV company added a new channel called ...

Jan 08, 2018   Ghana: Multichoice Says It Contributed USD23Million To GDP In Past Three Years

The Chairman, Board of Directors of Multichoice Ghana, Mr Richard Darko claims the company added more than USD 23 million to the Ghanaian economy in the past three years and had also contributed tremendously to the development of the creative ...

Jan 08, 2018   Nigeria To Borrow USD500+ Million To Procure Satellites From China For NigComSat

Industry reports have indicated that the Nigerian authorities are finalising plans to take a loan of more than USD 550 Million from the Exim Bank of China. The loan, it is said, is to be used to procure two new ...

Jan 08, 2018   Amazon May Bid For Streaming Rights To English Premier League

The US tech giant, Amazon.com Inc is reportedly planning a bid for the streaming rights to the coveted English Premier League games. Said to be part of its business strategy, the quest for EPL rights will, according to experts, bring ...

Jan 05, 2018   NigComSat Launches Direct-To-Home (DTH) Television Service - Goes Against DStv and Startimes

The Nigerian Communications Satellite company (Nigcomsat) has announced that it is in strategic collaboration with the China Great Wall Industry Corporation to offer DTH-based TV services in Nigeria. According to Nigcomsat's director of Public Affairs, the service will provide multi-channel ...

Jan 05, 2018   SABC Urges Changes To SA's Broadcasting Law To Check MultiChoice Alleged Monopoly

The South Africa Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) is making representation to the ICASA (South Africa's broadcasting and telecommunication regulator) about the market structure in the country. According to SABC, the market is significantly skewed in favour of the dominant pay-TV operator ...

Jan 05, 2018   Kwese TV Flourishes In Zimbabwe; Has 77 Channels, To Get 100 Soon!

Kwese TV has declared it is doing well in Zimbabwe. Its pay-TV platform now has more than 77 channels, some which are free-to-view; and it is on course to reach the 100-channel mark by the end of March 2018. Responding ...

Jan 05, 2018   Lost But Found - Angosat-1 Re-Establishes Communication With Earth Station

Angosat-1, the Angolan satellite that was recently launched into orbit but declared lost when no signal contact was received back following the launch is now said to have re-established communications link with the earth station. Angola's Minister for Telecommunications and ...

Jan 05, 2018   Tanzania Sanctions Five TV Stations For "Offensive And Unethical” Broadcasts

Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA)  has issued fines for some broadcasting organisations in the country for what it called "offensive and unethical broadcasts. The affected stations are Star TV, Azam Two, East Africa TV, Channel 10 and ITV. The total ...

Jan 05, 2018   ICASA Get Set To Give South Africa A New Terrestrial Pay TV Channels

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) - SA's broadcasting and telecommunication regulator has announced that it is opening applications for broadcasters to apply for a MUX3 television spectrum. According to ICASA, this license, when issued will enable the ...

Jan 05, 2018   Ghana To Extend TV License To Content Viewed On Mobile Devices

Consumers of media content on mobile devices are to be liable for TV license fees in Ghana - this is according to Dr Akuffo Annor-Ntow, the Director General of Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC). Ghana has recently been setting up a ...

Jan 05, 2018   AfDB And The EU To Finance Central Africa National Fiber Backbone

The African Development Bank (AfDB) has confirmed its commitment to assisting the Central African Republic to achieve its digital potential. To this end, the Bank is partnering with the European Union to finance the building and deployment of the country's ...

Jan 05, 2018   SES: Giving Women A Platform In Satellite Industry Via ELEVATE Training

SES, one of the world’s leading satellite operators, says its ELEVATE training programme designed for satellite dish installers across Africa is empowering women with the skills needed to enter this dynamic field. Launched in 2012, the two-day course combines ...

Jan 31, 2017   KWESE TV Goes Live Across Selected Territories In Africa

Econet Media has announced that it's Pay TV Satellite broadcaster - KWESE TV has commenced broadcasting. According to the statement from the organisation press office, KWESE TV will offer a suite of entertainment and sports programming to subscribers in Ghana, ...

Jan 29, 2017    SEACOM And ShowMax Enter Service Delivery Pact In East Africa

SEACOM (Africa's leading broadband and data services provider) has entered into a working agreement with ShowMax (a leading video-on-demand -VoD- player, owned by Naspers) to provide ShowMax with hosting and caching server services. The agreement will allow ShowMax videos to ...

Jan 29, 2017   Revealed: Top TV And Radio Stations In Africa - GeoPoll Q4 2016 Report

GeoPoll has in a recent report announced the finding of their research indicating the top TV and Radio Stations in 8 African countries. According to the report, issued by the company's Media Measurement service, ratings and share of audiences were ...

Jan 27, 2017   Low-Cost Smartphones - Key To Digital Radio Success In Africa

If digital radio services are to take-off and be successful in Africa, there is a need for low-cost mobile phones with digital radio receivers to be readily available. This is from Mr Omar Essack CEO of Primedia Broadcasting, South Africa. ...

Jan 26, 2017   MTN Ghana Offers African Movie Downloads On Smartphones

Africa Movies on the Go (AMGO) has collaborated with telecoms giant MTN to provide African movie lovers easy access to their favourite’s movies while on the move. Subscribers to AMGO, which is a Video on Demand Solution, are allowed to ...

Jan 26, 2017   Mega-Choice Debuts News And Entertainment TV Platform In Ghana

Mega-Choice Digital Network, a subsidiary of Crystal TV, Ghana's first private television network officially launched its new Direct-to-Home TV service in Ghana at the International Summit on Content Management for Digital Broadcasting organised by BSP Media International (UK). A ten-year ...

Jan 26, 2017   Streaming Growth Steady For Sony Music In Nigeria

Michael Ugwu, General Manager for Sony Music West Africa, said in a statement to Reuters that factors such as the decrease in internet data costs coupled with a growth spurt in population is the driving factors for music downloads in ...

Jan 26, 2017   SA Independent (Indy) Media Debuts Young Independents Community Leader Competition

SA Independent (Indy) Media Debuts Young Independents Community Leader Competition The Independent Media in South Africa have launched the "Young Independents community leader competition". 100 aspiring young leaders aged between 18 and 35 who are innovators, influencers, leaders within their ...

Jan 25, 2017   Nigeria's NBC Instructed To Look Into Big Brother Nigeria's Issue

The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) of Nigeria has been told by the Federal Government of Nigeria to look into the arguments around the recording and production of the Reality Show Big Brother Nigeria in South Africa. The NBC was instructed ...

Jan 24, 2017   Netflix Allows Downloads To Android SD Cards

Netflix Allows Downloads To Android SD Cards Subscribers to Netflix can now download content to their device’s SD card – removing the existing restriction to devise storage capacity when storing content users on Android devices. Netflix added a new feature ...

Jan 23, 2017   Fox Debuts Virtual And Augmented Reality Unit

Fox has introduced a new division, FoxNet, to broadcast across 20th Century Fox Film and Fox Networks. It forms part of the organisation’s agenda for today’s next-generation entertainment experiences. FoxNext will widen its goal to sustain all of 21st Century ...

Jan 23, 2017   Selection Process For SABC Temporary Board Kicks Off

South Africa's Communications Committee for Parliament has highlighted the pressing need for the arrangement of a temporary SABC board. The consensus was to have members agree to have the chief whips of parties provide the house with possible names of ...

Jan 22, 2017   Lumen Christi, Catholic TV Now Showing On Africa’s DStv Platform

The unveiling of a Catholic television station, ‘Lumen Christi TV,’ on Africa’s DStv platform was announced on Tuesday by Prince Robert-Joseph Soji Olagunju. Olagunju, the founder and Chairperson of Lumen Christi TV said in a statement released to Vatican Radio ...

Jan 19, 2017   Naspers Will Seek To Collaborate With Mobile Phone Operators For VOD Service

Bloomberg is reporting that Naspers - Africa’s biggest company by market value - is actively searching collaborations with mobile-phone operators in Africa to expand its video-on-demand business and push-up competition against rival Netflix. It was reported that last year, Naspers ...

Jan 18, 2017   BBC Shows Planet Earth II In South Africa

Planet Earth series has captured the imagination of a worldwide audience of over half a billion people, by providing a never seen before view of life on Earth. Since debut broadcast over a decade ago, it has changed how viewers ...

Jan 16, 2017   20th Century Fox TV’s DreamWorks Animated films to be distributed In Africa By Nuvu

20th Century Fox TV’s DreamWorks Animation films are set to be distributed by Ericsson’s Nuvu.   Thorsten Sauer, Head of Broadcast and Media Services at Ericsson said Ericsson is growing Nuvu its new SVOD service, via this partnership.  The deal ...

Jan 16, 2017   Azam TV And Turner Collaborates To Launch Boing Channel In East Africa.

Turner confirmed its collaboration with AzamTV, a large digital satellite platform in East Africa. After its initial launch in May 2015, Turner released news that it was taking Boing Africa – a well received, cartoon-based entertainment channel, across Africa. From ...

Jan 15, 2017   Reinventing Public Service Broadcasting A Must - BBC

Tony Hall, the Director General of the BBC,  revealed the growth plans for the organisation in a recent statement. A critical aspect of this plan involves the rebranding of public service broadcasting for a new generation. Hall also said that ...

Jan 15, 2017   StarTimes And HS Media Formalise Partnership On Bundesliga

StarTimes and HS Media Group announces official commencement of their collaboration for the live broadcast of the German Bundesliga games. The deal estimated to be worth several millions of dollars was finalised on Friday, January 13, 2017. Justin Zhang the ...

Jan 13, 2017   Strive Masiyiwa's Broadcast Empire Set To Challenge Multichoice

MultiChoice's strangle of the payTV market in Africa is now facing a full-blown challenge by Strive Masiyiwa who is building up a broadcast empire for this. Econet Media houses the broadcasting platform Kwesé. To make this happen, his Econet Media ...

Jan 13, 2017   BBC Collaborates For A Week Of Live Broadcasts in Uganda

From 23rd to 27th January, BBC Focus on Africa television and radio, as well as the BBC Swahili Dira ya Dunia, will collaborate to broadcast live from Uganda for a week. The show will be anchored by some of the ...

Jan 13, 2017   Vivendi To Build Additional Canal-Olympia Venues Across Africa

In January and February, Vivendi is to open four other Canal Olympia venues in Africa. The venues will be in Conakry (Guinea), Douala (Cameroon), Niamey (Niger) and Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso) and they will have cinemas and functional spaces for music ...

Jan 11, 2017   StarTimes Starts Viasat Life Across Africa

On January 2, 2017, Viasat Life in Africa, first-ever female-skewing entertainment channel was launched by Viasat World. The channel delivers true-life entertainment programming from everywhere. Featured shows include House of Curves, I Do Over, Bye Felicia!, The Three Day Nanny.  ...

Jan 11, 2017   Voxafrica Purchases PlayBox Technology Neo

Multichannel PlayBox Technology AirBox Neo has been acquired by Voxafrica TV (one of the biggest providers of African, Caribbean and American entertainment) to enlarge its presentation resources. The new television playout system was designed and managed by TNP Broadcast, a ...

Jan 09, 2017   RLG Ltd Awarded The Contract To Manufacture Digibox For Digital TV In Ghana

RLG Ltd, a Ghanaian-owned technology company, has been given the contract to assembly Set Top Boxes (STBs) for Ghana as the country moves to the final stage of its Digital Migration. The local production of STBs in Ghana prompted the ...

Jan 09, 2017   Nigeria To Use Digital Access Fund To Support Migration Plan

Digital Access Fund, which is revenue from annual TV license payments will be utilised by Nigeria's government to comply with the June 2017 digital migration deadline. Ishaq Modibbo Kawu, the Director-General of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) made this announcement ...

Jan 06, 2017   The Confederation Of African Football (CAF) Says Deal With Lagardere Did Not Break Competition Law

The Egyptian Competition Authority said it had referred Caf president Issa Hayatou to prosecutors for investigation on claims that the deal with Lagardere Sports for broadcasting rights to several African football tournaments is illegal. However, in a statement released by ...

Jan 06, 2017   Norway May Be First To Switch Off FM Radio Signal, Other Countries Including In Africa Could Follow

Norway is poised to emerge as the first nation to start switching off its FM radio network next week. This move has been tagged as dicey, and many countries are testing the waters to do the same. The notion that ...

Jan 05, 2017   Egypt To Challenge CAF Over Sale Of Broadcasting Rights To Lagardere Sports

Egyptian Competitions Authorities has filed a violation charge against the Confederation of African Football (CAF) relating to the granting of football broadcasting rights in Africa The president of CAF, Mr Issa Hayatou is being accused of using his position to ...

Jan 05, 2017   SABC's Uzalo Is The Most Watched Show On SA's Free-To-Air TV, According To BRCSA

South Africa's Television audience measurements report by the Broadcast Research Council of South Africa (BRCSA) recently revealed that SABC has the most watched shows in the country.   “The figures in the report specified “viewership on the platform at the ...

Jan 05, 2017   APPOINTMENT: Helga Palmer Becomes Endemol Shine Africa’s New Managing Director

The selection of Helga Palmer as the new managing director of the company has been announced by Endemol Shine Africa on 15 December 2016. Endemol Shine Africa is the creator of popular TV series like Survivor, Clash of the Choirs, ...

Jan 04, 2017   INTERVIEW: "Internationally Tested Formats With Local Talent Is Key To OTT Content Success"

The CEO of ZEE TV in Africa, Mr Harish Goyal, spoke to Broadcasting Media Africa about key issues in relation to the exploding OTT TV and Video On Demand services accross Africa, looking at factors that may influence and ultimately determine ...

Jan 04, 2017   Two Gambian Private Radio Stations Shut Down

Following the shutdown of a private radio station in Gambia at the weekend from a political standoff, two more private radio stations have also been taken off air for undisclosed reasons. National security agents told top radio station Teranga FM ...

Jan 04, 2017   Ghana Media Practitioners (GJA) Advocates For Independence Of State-Owned Media

The Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) is advocating for the independence of state-owned media from the government come January 2017. Akufo-Addo berated the state broadcaster of being biased and acting “like a propaganda wing of the ruling party.”  GJA also urged ...

Jan 04, 2017   StarTimes Unveils DTT platform In Daura, Nigeria

The digital television network company StarTimes has announced the unveiling of its DTT platform in Daura, Katsina State. The launch of DTT decoder was a noteworthy event at the historical centre of Northern Nigeria. Mr Maxwell Loko, the representative of ...

Jan 04, 2017   GatesAir And Pinnacle Communications Collaborate In Nigeria

Nigeria's Pinnacle Communications Ltd. in conjunction with GatesAir,  have announced the launch of a turnkey DVB-T2 transmission system stationed in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, Nigeria’s capital city. The DVB-T2 system supports the switch-on of a new over-the-air DTV ...

Jan 01, 2017   Broadcasters View On Audience Measurement and Programme Ratings - Abdul Matee, SABC.

A copy of the presentation delivered by Mr Abdul Matee, General Manager of Sales Operations at the SABC during the International Summit On Advertising For Digital Mulitimedia Broadcast and Media in February 2016 organised by BSP Media International. What Is ...