January

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 ...