January

Jan 31, 2019   Harish Goyal, CEO, Zee TV Africa Set To Take Advantage Of The Burgeoning Growth In Africa’s OTT Content Streaming and Video-on-demand Space.

Harish Goyal, CEO of Zee TV Africa is urging media and broadcasting industry stakeholders to arm themselves with knowledge in order to benefit from the wealth of opportunities that goes hand-in-hand with successfully delivering OTT content streaming and VOD to ...

Jan 31, 2019   Africa’s TV Content Creators, Distributors and Regulators Set To Convene In Lagos, Nigeria For Landmark Meeting

As TV systems and infrastructure go digital, and TV everywhere become a reality, professionals and executives must understand what will be driving the creation, development and the delivery of the quality and range of TV content to meet the expectations ...

Jan 31, 2019   M-Net To Add Nigerian Drama series, Halita, To Africa Magic Family

M-Net has introduced a brand new weekday drama series, Halita. The fast-paced drama will air on Africa Magic Family (DStv 154) as from Monday 4 February, and revolves around a Northern Nigeria woman forced to flee from her village and ...

Jan 31, 2019   MultiChoice Nigeria Adds Three More NTA Channels To DStv

MultiChoice Nigeria has once again expanded the content catalogue on its DStv platform with the introduction of three new stations from the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) and also a spanking-new local entertainment channel that starts on the 31st January 2019. ...

Jan 31, 2019   Airtel Uganda Collaborates With Kwese Iflix To Bring Live Sports To Smartphones

Airtel Uganda has joined forces with Kwesé iflix to launch a mobile platform that will offer live sports, cutting edge programming, video-on-demand and download to watch later entertainment to mobile TV services in Uganda. This collaboration comes a few weeks ...

Jan 31, 2019   Liquid Telecom Preparing For A Big Network Revamp

Liquid Telecom is currently busy with the most significant network modernisation project that it has undertaken in over ten years. The network revamp, which began in August 2018, includes replacing old infrastructure across its main networks. Liquid Telecom’s CEO Reshaad ...

Jan 31, 2019   Cote d’Ivoire To Deploy Digital Terrestrial Television In February

Official sources have reported that the installation of digital terrestrial television (DTT) would start in Cote d’Ivoire’s Abidjan region in February. The Minister of Communication and Media, Sidiki Tiémoko Touré announced at a ceremony that the launch of digital terrestrial ...

Jan 30, 2019   TopStar Adds Three More Zambian Stations To StarTimes ON App

TopStar’s Vice President, Cliff Sichone has revealed that the public signal distributor will be carrying more Zambian channels. He said that TopStar has the broadest terrestrial signal coverage that carries more than 20 Zambian TV Stations over 64 transmitters across ...

Jan 30, 2019   “Keep up with new advancements in broadcast content delivery or go extinct,” Says Farhad Omar, CEO, ITV Networks

Farhad Omar, CEO of ITV Networks warns industry stakeholders of the trouble they could potentially find themselves in if they neglect to pay attention and explore the various ways to keep up with the rapidly evolving media industry, especially with ...

Jan 30, 2019   Ghana To host The 8th DStv Eutelsat Star Awards

Ghana is preparing to host the DStv Eutelsat Star Awards for the second time since the award’s inception in 2011. Ghana was also the first country to produce a poster winner during the first edition of the  DStv Eutelsat Star ...

Jan 30, 2019   South Africa’s SABC And Ster-Kinekor To Pay Hefty Fine For Price Fixing

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), Ster-Kinekor movie cinemas and the media house Primedia have admitted to being involved in price-fixing and have signed settlement agreements with the Competition Commission. This follows an investigation that began in November 2011 which ...

Jan 30, 2019   BBC World News To Launch New Magazine Show In Africa

BBC World News is rolling out a new weekly programme, In Business Africa, to explore the trends shaping Africa's future. In Business Africa will be presented by Lerato Mbele-Roberts and Nancy Kacungira. Kacungira, a seasoned journalist from Uganda and the ...

Jan 29, 2019   StarTimes Distributes Set-Top Boxes To Its Media Partners In Guinea

StarTimes recently offered decoders and two years of subscription to its Guinean media partners for their collaboration and support in promoting their services. According to Qiao Ying, the Director of Startimes, 2018 was a fantastic year for StarTimes which marked ...

Jan 29, 2019    “Africa’s Broadcast Industry Must Create Platforms To Expand Audience Base And Footprint” – Botlenyana Mokhele, Councillor, Independent Communications Authority Of South Africa (ICASA)

Botlenyana Mokhele, Councillor at the Independent Communications Authority Of South Africa (ICASA) believes that OTT content streaming and VOD can contribute to diversity and media plurality by increasing accessibility of content services to a broader variety of audiences. Botlenyana, in ...

Jan 29, 2019   Netflix’s Effect On South African Content

Due to Netflix’s rapid growth in South Africa, MyBroadband recently had discussions with various experts about whether the global streaming giant could overtake DStv in terms of popularity in South Africa. They also highlighted that Netflix is more affordable than ...

Jan 29, 2019   Orange Secures Burkina Faso’s First 4G Licence

The French telecoms operator Orange has bagged Burkina Faso's first 4G permit and has also had its 2G and 3G licences renewed as the West African country moves towards catching up with continental counterparts on service rollout. Ben Cheick Haidara, ...

Jan 29, 2019   Uganda WarnsTelecoms Against Economy Exploitation

Uganda’sPresident Yoweri Museveni has stated that the business stakeholders in the country should have a win-win situation without exploiting the economy and citizens in an effort to avoid complaints between Ugandan citizens and foreign investors. The Ugandan government has reportedly ...

Jan 28, 2019   Kwese Hints That It Might Unveil Cross-Network Affordable Streaming Packages

Kwese Play is an HD internet TV decoder that allows its subscribers to combine the power of online streaming with the trill of entertainment. The decoder was unveiled quietly last year by Kwese and is currently available at selected digital ...

Jan 28, 2019   TopStar Zambia Expands Signal Coverage For Local Stations

TopStar, a Zambian-Chinese collaboration on pay-TV services, has announced the growth of its signal coverage for local TV stations. The company, a joint venture by the Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation and Chinese StarTimes Group, is Zambia’s official public signal distributor. ...

Jan 28, 2019   MultiChoice South Africa Seals Naspers Split With Dividend Plan

Africa’s largest pay-TV business MultiChoice plans to cough up a 2.5 billion rand ($181 million) dividend two years after leaving its mother-ship of three decades - e-commerce and media group Naspers - and getting a listing solo in South Africa. ...

Jan 28, 2019   BeIN Sports Scores International South American Football Rights In North Africa

The Qatar-based pay-TV operator, BeIN Media has struck an exclusive broadcast rights deal for South American football. The South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL), BeIN Media and FC Diez signed a multi-year media rights agreement that will award BeIN Sports the ...

Jan 28, 2019   “Industry Must Adapt As Traditional TV Declines And Online Entertainment Expands Across Africa” - Surie Ramasary, Ex-CEO Black (by Cell C)

Surie Ramasary, former Chief Executive of Black, Cell C’s streaming service platform has described a future of Africa’s broadcast and media industry where Traditional TV services may continue to decline as digital online entertainment expand. Surie, in an interview with ...

Jan 25, 2019   MTN Zambia And Kirusa Rollout Roaming Service App

MTN Zambia and Kirusa have announced that they are launching ReachMe, a new roaming service for customers travelling outside of Zambia. According to a joint statement by the companies, by using the service subscribers will benefit from a significant reduction ...

Jan 25, 2019   Analysts Predict Uncertain Times For MultiChoice Following JSE Listing Announcement

The internet giant Naspers announced this week that its video entertainment business MultiChoice Group would list on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) on 27 February. Last year, Naspers had said that it was planning to list MultiChoice separately on the ...

Jan 25, 2019   Surfline Increases Its 4G LTE Footprint In Ghana

Ghana’s front-running 4G LTE internet service provider, Surfline Communications Limited, has finally decided to expand its network coverage. Surfline has announced that it is increasing its footprint in Accra and that it plans to add more locations to its network ...

Jan 25, 2019   Globacom Nigeria Joins Forces With Nokia Alcatel-Lucent

Bella Disu, the Group Executive Director of Nigeria’s foremost telecommunications company, Globacom, announced a newly-signed deal with Nokia Alcatel-Lucent, an international telecom equipment manufacturing company, to install, supply and integrate a new Sure Pay Intelligent Network platform that would substantially ...

Jan 24, 2019   Liquid Telecom Zambia Welcomes Its First Female CEO

Liquid Telecom has appointed Susan M'kandawire Mulikita as the new CEO of Liquid Telecom Zambia to boost growth and market penetration all across the country. The highly experienced ICT professional, Susan Mulikita is the very first female CEO to join ...

Jan 24, 2019   MTN Pays $53 Million Central Bank Of Nigeria Settlement Fee

Godwin Emefiele, the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has announced to the international news provider, Reuters that MTN has finally paid the $53 million settlement in order to resolve its legal dispute with the CBN. The matter ...

Jan 24, 2019   Turner Reports That Its Africa’s Ratings Are Higher Than Ever

According to its business reports, Turner Africa had a very successful end to 2018, with its combined kids multiplex and entertainment channel, TNT, achieving much more reach and rating results than ever before. In November, Turner Kids celebrated having spent ...

Jan 24, 2019   MultiChoice To Start Trading Its Shares Next Month

Naspers has announced that its video entertainment business, the MultiChoice Group, will list on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) as from 27 February. This is after Naspers revealed last year that it was planning to list MultiChoice separately on the ...

Jan 23, 2019   Kwesé Iflix Adds A New Channel To Growing Lifestyle Line-Up

Kwese iflix, one of Africa’s leading digital entertainment platforms has announced the addition of the international channel Scoop Network to its diverse content catalogue. Kwesé iflix users will now be able to enjoy many hours of showbiz from the stylish ...

Jan 23, 2019   BBC Introduces New TV/Radio Programmes In Nigeria

As Nigeria moves closer to its general election in 2019, the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) Africa, has introduced new radio and television programmes across all its partner TV stations in Nigeria. In a statement that was published on the BBC ...

Jan 23, 2019   MultiChoice Commits To Continue To Carry Showmax Losses

The CEO of the MultiChoice Group, Calvo Mawela has announced that MultiChoice will continue carrying losses accumulated by Showmax in the “medium term”, but the goal is for the streaming television service to eventually make a profit once broadband infrastructure ...

Jan 23, 2019   Uzi Zambia Announces February 2019 Launch

Zambia's fourth mobile phone service provider Uzi Zambia has confirmed that it will launch its operations in February 2019. Uzi, whose majority shareholder is Unitel International Holdings B.V registered in the Netherlands, received a network licence in March 2018, that ...

Jan 23, 2019   Vodacom SA Bags Live Broadcast Rights For The FA Cup 2018-2019

Vodacom’s video-on-demand-service, Video Play has been granted the live broadcasting rights for the British football tournament FA Cup 2018-2019. This means that lovers of football, who use the Vodacom network can register for Video Play and enjoy the next five ...

Jan 22, 2019   9Mobile Nigeria Welcomes On Board New Chief Financial Officer

In Nigeria the Telecommunications firm, 9mobile has announced the addition of Mr Phillips Oki as its newly appointed Chief Financial Officer. Stephanie Beuvelet, 9mobile's Acting Managing Director, disclosed this in an issued statement in Lagos on Monday 21 January 2019. ...

Jan 22, 2019   Konnect Africa To Roll-Out Satellite Broadband In Côte d’Ivoire

The initiative from Eutelsat that is dedicated to satellite broadband throughout the African continent, Konnect Africa, revealed that it is now launching new internet access offers in Côte d’Ivoire. According to information provided by the Telecommunications Sector Observatory of the ...

Jan 22, 2019   NCC Grants Nigeria’s Telcos Licence For $200m VAS Market

The Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) has awarded an additional nine telecommunications firms, Value Added Services (VAS) aggregator licensing in an effort to deepen the VAS market. The NCC board made the recommendation that Nine Jojar Limited, I-Cell Media Limited, 21st ...

Jan 22, 2019   Nigeria’s Pay TV Operators Fail To Provide ‘Pay-As-You-Consume’ Viewing

There is a widespread belief amongst Nigeria’s pay-TV subscribers that pay-television services are too expensive, especially when the operators continuously increase prices for their services. In addition to that, research has shown that subscribers generally watch only 15% or so ...

Jan 22, 2019   Spectrum Management For Converged Digital Broadcast And Media To Take Center Stage At Key Industry Stakeholders Meeting In April 2019

Broadcast Media Africa (BMA) has announced that it is collaborating with key industry partners to host a key meeting on Spectrum Management for Converged Digital Broadcast and Media Ecosystem in Johannesburg, South Africa on Wednesday 10th – Thursday 11th April ...

Jan 21, 2019   Showmax To Launch New South African Original Series

Showmax has launched the trailer for The Girl from St. Agnes, and it looks like a fascinating and creepy adventure. The series is shot in Kwazulu Natal, South Africa and is the second South African original show from the streaming ...

Jan 21, 2019   Telkom Kenya To Invest Millions In Expanded Network Capacity And Coverage

Telkom Kenya will dedicate over $9.8mil into the optimisation and expansion of its 3G and 4G network. The network roll-out will ensure the improvement of mobile connectivity by boosting the quality of service to users. Mugo Kibati, the CEO of ...

Jan 21, 2019   MultiChoice Nigeria Treats GOtv Subscribers To A Top Up Campaign Offer

MultiChoice Nigeria is giving subscribers on its GOtv platform a major reason to smile this new year with the rollout of GOtv’s ‘Top Up’ campaign. Starting from Tuesday, 15 January up until Monday, 15 April, 2019, all active as well ...

Jan 21, 2019   Tanzania: Millicom Earmarks Full Ownership Of Zantel

The international telecommunications company Millicom, operating through its Tigo brand, wants to secure full ownership of the Zanzibar Telecom (Zantel) by raising its current stake in the operator from 85% to 100%. In an effort to achieve this, Millicom is ...

Jan 18, 2019   Nigeria: NCC Urges Federal Government To Review National Broadband Plan

Telecoms operators and The Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) have called on the government to re-look at the National Broadband Plan, which expired in December 2018. The National Broadband Plan 2013-2018 had penetration goals for mobile and fixed broadband. Nigeria achieved ...

Jan 18, 2019   South Africa: Intelsat SA Joins GSMA To Encourage Integration of Satellite And Terrestrial Solutions

Intelsat SA, the operator of the world’s first Globalized Network and frontrunner in integrated satellite communications, has announced its recent collaboration with GSMA, the organisation that represents mobile operators globally, to further strengthen the merger of satellite and terrestrial technologies ...

Jan 18, 2019   Vodafone Ghana Customers To Receive 4G LTE Services By April

Vodafone Ghana’s customers will soon be offered superior internet connectivity services on their network. Vodafone Ghana’s officials say plans are advanced in the instalment of its newly purchased 4G LTE spectrum by the second quarter of 2019. Yolanda Cuba, the ...

Jan 18, 2019   Netflix South Africa’s Speeds Are Among The Slowest Globally

Netflix has revealed that on its ISP Speed Index for December 2018, South Africa still very low in the rankings. South Africa’s achieved an average ISP speed of 2.63Mbps in December, an increase over the previous month’s average. Despite the ...

Jan 17, 2019   Big Brother Nigeria 4th Season Production To Be Moved From Johannesburg To Lagos

M-Net West Africa and MultiChoice Nigeria have announced that a new season of Big Brother Nigeria will be filmed in 2019. Production of the anticipated 4th season of Big Brother Naija is moving from Johannesburg, South Africa to Lagos, Nigeria. ...

Jan 17, 2019   South Africa: MultiChoice And SABC To Respond To ICASA’s Sports Broadcasting Review

Both the SABC and MultiChoice are preparing their responses to regulations set by the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) that have the potential to challenge SuperSport's monopoly of sport broadcasting rights in South Africa. The draft of the ...

Jan 17, 2019   NCC Implements 9Mobile Damage Control

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has started putting together measures to prevent any disruption of service at 9mobile following reports that Teleology Holdings might possibly abandon its acquisition deal of the troubled operator. Even though none of the parties involved ...

Jan 17, 2019   Bharti Airtel In Negotiations To Acquire Telkom Kenya

Bharti Airtel is in talks to purchase Telkom Kenya, which will help the telco sink its roots deeper in the east African market and boost the valuation of Airtel Africa. Telkom Kenya is the third-largest telecommunications operator in Kenya with ...

Jan 16, 2019   Zambia: SuperSport Introduces New Outside Broadcast Partner And Restates Commitment To Zambia

SuperSport has been a big supporter of the Zambian Football League since 2012 and has invested over US$ 5.3 million in licence fee payments to the Football Association of Zambia over the years to broadcast league matches and game highlights ...

Jan 16, 2019   UNILAG TV Airs On StarTimes

The University of Lagos ( UNILAG ) is launching Nigeria’s very first campus television station, UNILAG TV. The station is which boasts top of the range technical facilities is scheduled to air on StarTimes digital broadcast, Channel 184. Mr Adebisi ...

Jan 16, 2019   South Africa: Free State Digital Migration Date Extended To February

South Africa’s Department of Communications (DOC) has moved the deadline for switching over from analogue to digital terrestrial television (DTT) in the Free State to the end of February. The initial deadline was 31 December 2018. According to the DOC, ...

Jan 16, 2019   Uganda’s President Surprised That MTN Was Charged Less For Licence Renewal

According to the letter seen by Reuters, the President of Uganda, Yoweri Museveni has been very critical about the telecommunications regulator’s decision to slash MTN Uganda’s fee for renewing its telecoms licence. Ugandan media reported that the Uganda Communications Commission ...

Jan 15, 2019   South Africa: SABC Financial Woes Affect South Africa’s Music Industry

According to the Southern African Music Rights Organisation (SAMRO), the SABC stopped making payments on music royalties for songs used on its radio stations and television last year. South African news publication, City Press has reported that SAMRO — in ...

Jan 15, 2019   Practitioners To Explore Future Of Content Creation And Distribution For Digital Television In Africa

Broadcast Media Africa has announced that it will be hosting The 2nd International Industry Forum On Content Creation, Development And Distribution For Digital Television in Lagos, Nigeria, on Tuesday 26th – Wednesday 27th March 2019. As TV infrastructure and systems ...

Jan 15, 2019   Mauritania: Three Operators Fined US$1.5-Million Because Of Service Failure

Mauritania's three telco operators, Mattel, Mauritel and Chinguitel will each have to cough up a portion of a US$1.5-million fine that has been issued by the Regulatory Authority for Posts and Telecommunications (ARPT) due to the poor quality of voice ...

Jan 15, 2019   Nigeria: Minister Of Information And Culture Distributes Free Chinese-Funded Satellite TV In Nigerian Villages

Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information and Culture, has rolled out a project to issue free satellite television to over 1000 villages all across Nigeria. The Chinese government is funding the project. Mohammed kicked off the project on Monday 14 ...

Jan 15, 2019   Helios Towers Joins South African Market With Vulatel Collaboration

Telecommunications tower operator Helios Towers has made its entrance into the South African market, promising large investments in infrastructure as the country moves towards 5G. A representative of Helios Towers said that through its partnership with local partner South Africa’s ...

Jan 14, 2019   MultiChoice Nigeria Says It Will Not Operate Pay As You View System

Multichoice, the giant pay-TV operator, announced recently that it would not operate the "Pay-as-you-view" tariff system in Nigeria, in spite of high demands for such. Martin Mabutho, The Chief Customer Officer of Multichoice, made the statement in an interview with ...

Jan 14, 2019   DSTV: Comedy Central Rebrands For The First Time In Eight Years

DStv channel 122, Comedy Central has unveiled its first rebrand in eight years, which aims to put the spotlight on the pay-TV channel’s diverse range of shows and its online content rather than to overshadow it. Comedy Central was founded ...

Jan 14, 2019   Kenya: Safaricom Launches Home Fibre In Nyeri

One of Safaricom’s most popular products is Home Fibre. It was launched over two years ago and since then has covered a large part of Nairobi. The initial roll-out, which targeted the Kikuyu and Nairobi East areas, focused on places ...

Jan 14, 2019   Former Orange Exec Joins Liquid To Run MEWA Business

Pan-African telecoms group Liquid Telecom has hired Mohamed Abdel Bassit as its brand new Regional CEO for the Middle East and West Africa (MEWA), starting in January 2019. The company issued a statement explaining that Bassit would be based in ...

Jan 11, 2019   Nigeria: Teleology May Pull Out Of 9mobile Acquisition Amid Board Disagreements

There is a chance that Teleology Holdings could decide to walk away from its hard-won acquisition of Nigeria’s 9mobile after reports started doing the rounds about the operator’s management shooting down the buyer’s turnaround plan. After a sales process that ...

Jan 11, 2019   South Africa: MultiChoice Confirms That Showmax South Africa Is Not Going Anywhere

The recent news that Naspers is shutting down Showmax video streaming service in Poland on 31 January 2019 has raised some questions in the industry about the company’s sustainability. Showmax first widened its reach to Europe in February 2017 when ...

Jan 11, 2019   Niger: Orange Reaches Settlement Agreement In $38Mil Tax Dispute

The telecoms firm Orange Niger and the General Tax Directorate of Niger have finally reached an amicable settlement agreement concerning the tax adjustment dispute between them that has been going on since November 29, 2018.   According to sources that ...

Jan 11, 2019   TV Cabo Mozambique Fined For Tax Evasion

According to the Mozambican independent newspaper, @Verdade, TV Cabo Mozambique recently lost its second appeal to the Administrative Tribunal over a conviction for tax evasion, and must now pay a fine of just over $39 000,00 to the national treasury. ...

Jan 10, 2019   MTN May Face S&P Downgrade If It Lifts Exposure To Nigeria

S&P Global Ratings has sent a warning to MTN stating that should the telecoms operator increase its relative exposure to Nigeria — the West African country that has demanded billions of dollars from MTN in recent years — its debt ...

Jan 10, 2019   MultiChoice’s New Promo Comes With Offer For Subscribers To Upgrade

As part of its pledge to provide the best quality pay television service and also to reward loyal subscribers, Multichoice Nigeria, the owner of GOTV and DSTV, has kicked off a new promo tagged “Step-Up’’. The Step-Up offer, will officially ...

Jan 10, 2019   Africa Launches Its First Short-Format Sitcom

‘The Bellos', Africa's first ever short-format sitcom for social media and TV is now released. The show is produced by the KMP Media Group in Johannesburg and was written by Cilla Lowen, a screenwriter who has a fantastic penchant for ...

Jan 10, 2019   Nigeria Hits 31% Broadband Penetration Goal

The Nigerian Communications Commission confirmed that Nigeria had reached its target of 31 percent broadband penetration. In a statement, the NCC said that the data was based on factual indices, contrary to some insinuations that the country was nowhere near ...

Jan 09, 2019   Nollywood Reaps Box Office Returns As It Shifts Focus From Movie Quantity To Quality

Nigeria’s Nollywood movie industry has always been known for its volume of production that is ranked behind only India’s Bollywood. The emphasis on low-budget and high-volume production helped Nollywood movies become widely popular at home and all over Africa, but ...

Jan 09, 2019   Vodafone Prepares For Q2 4G Rollout In Ghana

Vodafone Ghana has announced plans to start rolling out 4G services all across the country in the second quarter of 2019, after its successful bid for Ghana's second 4G license. This puts the company toe-to-toe with MTN (which received its ...

Jan 09, 2019   Liquid Telecom South Africa To Launch Multi-Billion Rand 4G Network

Liquid Telecom South Africa, part of the front-running pan-African telecoms group Liquid Telecom, has announced that it will roll out a multi-billion Rand 4G network in South Africa. Wholesale roaming services will be made available on Liquid Telecom’s networks throughout ...

Jan 09, 2019   Ethiopia: Kana TV Reinforces Its Commitment To Local Content As Media Reform Increases Competition

Ethiopia’s new Government Communications Minister, Ahmed Shide announced at the end of 2018 that the country could expect legislative and institutional improvements. He declared that the reform of media and communications would be one of the Ethiopian government’s high priority ...

Jan 09, 2019   Key Players Set To Chart The Future Of Africa’s OTT Content Streaming And VOD Services At Industry Forum

Market and Industry Intelligence platform, Broadcast Media Africa (BMI) and the Southern Africa Broadcasting Association (SABA) are confirming that key executives will converge for the  Industry Forum On OTT Content Streaming And VOD Services in Johannesburg, taking place on Tuesday ...

Jan 08, 2019   Zimbabwe Orders Foreign Satellite Service Companies To Pay Tax

Zimbabwe’s cash-strapped government has changed its Finance Bill to allow it to tax foreign satellite service providers such as MultiChoice. Parliament has agreed to the amendment of Section 14 of the Income Tax Act so that charges and all other ...

Jan 08, 2019   MTN Nigeria Settlement Deal Fails To Pull Up Share Price

MTN executives may have hoped that investors would cut them some slack after they got a potential fine payment of $8.1bn in Nigeria decreased to $53m last month. Unfortunately, at this point, the numbers on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) ...

Jan 08, 2019   Ethiopia: Ethio Telecom Plans To Buy Communications Satellite

According to the Ethiopian news hub, The Reporter, Ethiopia’s state-owned telecommunications operator, Ethio Telecom, is toying with the idea of acquiring a communications satellite to provide connectivity to rural areas of Ethiopia as well as to economic industries in the ...

Jan 08, 2019   Research Shows That Sub-Saharan Pay-TV Numbers Will Increase Rapidly By 2024

According to a report released by Digital TV Research, Sub-Saharan Africa will gain over 16 million pay-TV subscribers between 2018 and 2024 and will reach a total of 45.63 million. The research company’s report on ‘Sub-Saharan Africa Pay-TV Forecasts’ predicts ...

Jan 07, 2019   South Africa: ICASA Plans To Put An End To MultiChoice’s DStv Monopoly On Sport

The Independent Communications Authority Of South Africa (ICASA) has unveiled its Draft Sports Broadcasting Services Amendment Regulations 2018, which aim at making big sporting events accessible for free to all citizens of South Africa. High-profile sporting events, especially for well-loved ...

Jan 07, 2019   Kwese TV Introduces Free Bouquet

Kwesé TV has been making big strides in the pay-TV industry and is said to be the most rapidly growing broadcast network on the continent. The popular pay-TV platform is available in all English speaking countries in sub-Saharan African through ...

Jan 07, 2019   South Africa’s MPs Return To Work Early To Fill SABC Positions

In Johannesburg, South Africa, members of Parliament are expected to return to their duties early this year in a race to lessen the load on the SABC which currently has the crisis of operating without a solid board. Last month, ...

Jan 07, 2019   Nigeria’s TVC News Is Awarded Best TV Station Of The Year

Because of its invaluable contribution to Nigeria’s broadcasting industry, TVC News, an entity of TVC Communications, has won the NBC award for the “Best Television Station of the Year” at the prestige 26th Nigerian Media Merit Awards (NMMA). To grab ...

Jan 04, 2019   Brain Trust Initiative To Unleash The Power Of Digital Media In Africa

Media in sub-Saharan Africa is at a crossroads. Journalism as a change agent within sub-Saharan Africa has lagged, due primarily to the lack of commercially vibrant media and editorially independent media institutions. This has weakened sub-Saharan Africa’s democratic governance processes ...

Jan 04, 2019   MultiChoice And Startimes Worried About Netflix Entry Into Nigeria

Pay-TV companies, StarTimes and MultiChoice, are concerned about the threat that the Nigerian TV scene might be under with the involvement of global streaming service, Netflix. Affected by Netflix’s rapidly growing popularity among African viewers, MultiChoice -Africa’s largest pay-TV operator, ...

Jan 04, 2019   Democratic Republic Of Congo Withdraws Broadcasting Rights Of Radio France Internationale Correspondent

The Congolese Minister of Communications, Lambert Mende announced that the Congolese authorities had revoked the broadcasting rights of a Radio France Internationale (RFI) correspondent in Kinshasa. The state has also prohibited the French radio station from broadcasting in the country. ...

Jan 04, 2019   Ghanaian Multimedia Group Chosen As Official Media Partner For 3Music Awards

Ghana’s front-running private English speaking radio station, Joy FM and its two media affiliates– Hitz FM and Joy Prime– have been confirmed as official media partners for the revolutionary Ghanaian music awards show – the 3Music Awards. The awards show ...

Jan 04, 2019   Nigeria: NCC Assures That No Telecom Subscriber Will Be Disconnected Due To Interconnect Debt

The Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, has assured the public that none of the telecoms subscribers in Nigeria will suffer disruptions or be disconnected as a direct result of its recent decision to permit the disconnection of the indebted operators from ...

Jan 02, 2019   MTN Shares Rise Following Settlement With Nigeria

The South African telecoms giant MTN's shares went up by eight percent on the 27th December 2018 after it settled a dispute with Nigeria’s central bank for only a fraction of the $8.1 billion it had threatened to cost. MTN ...

Jan 02, 2019   Netflix Rival Iflix Walks Away From Africa Business To Focus On Asia

Iflix, the Netflix competitor that’s backed by Sky, is leaving Africa to pay more attention to its business in Asia. The Malaysia-based company announced that it had sold off the last remaining shares in its Africa business — Kwesé Iflix ...

Jan 02, 2019   Chinese-Backed Dating Show Takes African Countries By Storm

Godfred Wafula, a 25-year-old restaurant waiter, and Deiz Nandako, a 21-year-old student at the University of Nairobi had never imagined that they would find love as a result of the filming of Hello Mr Right, a blind dating TV show ...

Jan 02, 2019   BAZ Boss Under Fire Over Issuance Of Radio And TV Licences

The Chief Executive of Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe, Obert Muganyura was recently grilled by parliament over issuing Oracle Virtual Directory (OVD) webcast television and radio licences at a time when the organisation had no board. Muganyura was called upon to ...

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 31, 2018   SES Gets New VP, Boasts Of Video Sales Expansion in Africa

SES video, an acclaimed world leader in Satellite Operation, has announced the appointment of Clint Brown as the new Vice President, Sales and Market Development for the African Continent. This is part of a strategy that is formed to boost ...

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 ...