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Jun 29, 2018   South Africa Is Ready To Implement Digital Radio Transmission - Communications Minister

South Africa's Communications Minister Nomvula Mokonyane has announced to all broadcast media stakeholders that she will issue a policy directive to the country's media regulator, Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA), in the next few weeks to hasten the ...

Jun 29, 2018   DStv Makes Plan Remove EbonyLife TV From Southern Africa Region Bouquet

Following the result of poor viewership, MultiChoice has announced that it would remove EbonyLife TV channel - owned by media mogul Mo Abudu - from its South Africa Bouquet from the end of June 2018. This move comes less than ...

Jun 29, 2018   Nigeria: MTN In Suspense Over NCC's Decision To Review Visafone Licence

The plans of leading telecommunications company MTN Nigeria to acquire Visafone's license, frequencies and subscribers, has been suspended by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to enable the commission to examine the acquisition more closely. The network regulator released a statement, ...

Jun 29, 2018   Malawi Encourages African Countries To Collaborate With China For Digital Migration

Malawi's Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services has urged other African countries to make long-term investments in the development of internet so that they can build and operate successful digital television network with China. The Minister made this statement at ...

Jun 29, 2018   Nigeria: NCC Introduces Spectrum Acquisition Palliatives To Encourage Emerging Telecom Operators

The Nigerian Communications Commission, (NCC) through the Executive Vice Chairman, Prof. Umar Danbatta, has disclosed that new measures have been approved to accommodate all telecom operators in the country. According to the Prof Danbatta: "There are palliatives for spectrum, reduction ...

Jun 29, 2018   MTN, StarTimes Allies To Launch TV App in Uganda

Leading telecoms operator MTN Uganda has announced its collaboration with the Chinese owned pay-tv company, StarTimes Uganda to offer special promotional MTN TV bundles for viewers to watch StarTimes channels for as low as $0.51 US (for two hours) and ...

Jun 29, 2018   African Leaders Confers At Startimes 4th Forum Of China-Africa Media Cooperation

Beijing, China hosted about 400 delegates and senior government officials from 42 African countries at the fourth Forum on China-Africa Media Cooperation to improve media cooperation and exchange between China and Africa as well as boost the development of China-Africa ...

Jun 27, 2018   The Mandela 100 Tribute Pop-Up Channel Launches On DSTV

Wednesday 18 July Marks the 100th birthday of legendary statesman and Nobel Peace Prize winner late Nelson Mandela and to join the world in celebrating one of the world's most respected leader, DSTV will be launching a pop-up channel, "Mandela ...

Jun 27, 2018   Nigeria: Entry for Multichoice Talent Factory Academy Draws Near

Leading pay-tv company, Multichoice has announced that entries for its Multichoice Talent Factory Academy would close at 6 pm on Thursday, 5 July 2018. According to Multichoice, thousands of entries have been pouring in from different parts of Africa giving ...

Jun 27, 2018   Zambia: StarTimes Plans To Execute Digital TV Initiative In Zambia

Zambia has entered into a partnership with Chinese owned StarTimes to launch a  digital television project which will give 500 villages in the nation access to satellite tv services. With plans to be completed at the end of 2018 this ...

Jun 27, 2018   Africa To Reach 10 Million SVoD Subscribers According To Forecast

A London based media research company, Digital TV Research has released a report which forecasts that there will be 9.99 Million SVoD subscribers across 35 Sub-Saharan Africa countries by the year 2023, an increase from 1.56 Million subscribers at the ...

Jun 26, 2018   South Africa Choose Aldred Dreyer To Lead In DTT Project

The Minster of Communications South Africa, Minister Nomvula Mokonyane has announced the appointment of media and communication expert, Aldred Dreyer to manage, execute and complete the delayed Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) project.  The new appointee who is also an executive ...

Jun 26, 2018   South Africa: Government Kickstarts Review of Broadcasting Policy With SABC

The South African government has announced the commencement of the review of the country's public broadcasting policy with the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) to be reviewed first! Among issues up for review are; the maintenance of a 3-tier broadcasting ...

Jun 26, 2018   Kwese Iflix and 9Mobile In A Digital Entertainment Deal In Nigeria

Kwesé iflix - a recent Joint Venture of Econet Media and Iflix - has announced the launch of its premier digital entertainment platform in Nigeria with the 4th largest network provider, 9mobile. At the ceremony, CEO Kwesé iflix, Mayur Patel, ...

Jun 26, 2018   MTN Group To Introduce New Products In Namibia

Giant telecoms provider MTN has announced plans to introduce new services in Namibia by August 2018. According to MTN Namibia Executive, Hester Marais, MTN will be using Namibia’s state-owned network for its services, with further plans to also make its ...

Jun 25, 2018   South Africa: Public Broadcaster - SABC - Appoints New Group CEO And CFO

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has announced the appointment of a new Group Chief Executive Officer (Group CEO) in the person of Madoda Mxakwe; as well as a new Chief Financial Officer, Yolande van Biljon. The new executives who ...

Jun 25, 2018   MultiChoice Ghana Stops Local TV From Unauthorised Broadcast Of 2018 FIFA World Cup

MultiChoice Ghana - the operators of DStv, GOtv and agents of SuperSport International, has secured a court injunction against Nour Vision the operators of Fly TV from the unauthorised broadcasting of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in the country. Multichoice ...

Jun 25, 2018   MultiChoice Concerned About Rapid Decline Of DStv Premium Subscribers

Global media and entertainment group, Naspers has published its financial report for the year ended 31 March 2018, which shows a massive decline in the premium subscription of MultiChoice’s DStv. According to the report, over the last year, subscribers on ...

Jun 25, 2018   Iflix Signs SVOD Licensing Deal With Pop-Culture Company

Iflix has announced a "ground-breaking 10 video series" content partnership with American based media platform for youth culture, Complex Networks, to create localised versions of world-class proven content formats. Some of these shows that would be localised and distributed include ...

Jun 25, 2018   SA Study Indicates More Pressure On Pay-TV Due To SVOD Players

A GfK ViewScape study has published data which shows that, in South Africa, younger subscribers are turning away from the linear TV, as well as pay TV, in favour of SVOD alternatives - bringing into focus how much market share ...

Jun 24, 2018   Apple, Sesame Street Collaborate To Develop Kids’ Programming

Premium technology company, Apple Inc. has teamed up with Sesame Workshop, a not for profit organisation operated by Sesame Street,  to create a new generation of worldwide kids’ programming. The contents of the workshop which promises to be wholly original ...

Jun 24, 2018   Nigeria Gets More Movie Streaming Platforms

Film Makers in Nigeria are raising concerns at the way at poor internet connections, and intense competition is posing as obstacles to the growth of the industry as they make efforts to create a local African rival to Netflix. These ...

Jun 22, 2018   Broadcast Regulator Grants Three Broadcast Licensees In Ivory Coast

Ivory Coast’s Broadcast Authority (HACA) has awarded three new cable and satellite TV services licences to French billionaire businessman,  Xavier Niel, to operate Free Afrique, TNT Sat Africa Cote d’Ivoire and Sat Ivoire. In a statement, HACA recently revealed that ...

Jun 22, 2018   Ethiopia Plans To Sell Stakes Of National Telcom

The government of Ethiopia's has announced its decision to open up its telecoms market to international investors. The country's Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed who made this announcement said that 5 percent of the equity in each company would be opened ...

Jun 22, 2018   Amazon Launches Cloud Services In Africa

Giant e-commerce company, Amazon has launched what it calls two new "Edge" locations in Johannesburg, South Africa and another in Bangalore, India with the aim of expanding its global CloudFront content delivery network (CDN). To bolster digital infrastructure in Africa ...

Jun 21, 2018   Government Votes Against Changing Botswana TV

Botswana's Vice-President, Mompati Merafhe has told Parliament that converting the Department of Information and Broadcasting Services (DIBS) from state to public media is not negotiable as it would depict the present administration with a dim view. Merafhe stressed that "DIBS ...

Jun 20, 2018   MultiChoice Introduces Talent Factory For Young FilmMakers Across Africa

MultiChoice Africa, has announced MultiChoice Talent Factory (MTF), a new Pan-African social investment initiative focused on making Africa’s creative industries as vibrant as it can be. MTF is a 12-month long filmmaking boot camp where students will go through an ...

Jun 20, 2018   South Africa: Johannesburg High Court Orders ICASA Against New Data Rules

A South African high court has made a ruling that the country's communications regulator,  the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) could not implement the planned data regulations surrounding out-of-bundle (OOB) billing and rollover data. These regulations will thus ...

Jun 20, 2018   Kwesé And WorldRemit Enters Partnership Commitment

Digital Money Transfer Service, WorldRemit, has signed a partnership with Pan-African broadcaster Kwesé TV to use the game of football to scale up its global operations and help more people save money on international transfers. As a result of this ...

Jun 20, 2018   Vision 4 Channel To Launch In Togo

Cameroun based television channel Vision 4 will be entering the Togolese market. The introduction of Vision 4 in Togo continues the process of exporting the channel to the continent's audiovisual landscape. According to the owner, Jean-Pierre Amougou Belinga "We have ...

Jun 20, 2018   Nigeria: NCC May Introduce Regulatory Framework For Over-The-Top (OTT) Services

The Commonwealth Telecommunications Organization (CTO) has published a report on the benefits and challenges of OTT services in Nigeria suggesting that the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), should set up a regulatory framework to control Over-the-top (OTT) technology services. The telecommunications ...

Jun 20, 2018   SES Reaches Thirty Million TV Homes Across Africa!

According to the Satellite Monitor study, world-leading satellite operator SES has expanded its reach in Africa and now delivers TV channels to 30 million TV homes in the region, broadcasting directly to satellite homes and feeding terrestrial networks.   The ...

Jun 19, 2018   South Africa: Government Accused Of Using SABC To Promote Political Agenda

South Africa's opposition party, Democratic Alliance (DA) has filed a complaint against the SABC for allowing its platform to be used to carry out irresponsible political point scoring instead of communicating government’s work. The DA believes that as a result, ...

Jun 19, 2018   PRIME Television Partners With Kwese For Broadcast Rights To Russia 2018

Kwese has offered a sub-license to PRIME TV a local TV in Lusaka, the capital of Zambia to televise the world's most recognised Football tournament. While speaking in Lusaka during the signing ceremony, the Managing Director for Prime TV Gerald ...

Jun 19, 2018   Nigeria: State Broadcaster NTA Hits 1.3 Million Views in Africa

Research Company, GeoPoll has released a study in which State-owned Nigeria Television Authority (NTA), has been recorded with the highest TV viewership of the currently running 2018 FIFA World Cup. GeoPoll is considered a leading research company that provides research ...

Jun 19, 2018   ITSO Elects South African ICT Minister As Chairperson

For the first time, South Africa would be chairing the International Telecommunications Satellite Organisation (ITSO) as its Telecommunications and Postal Services Minister, Siyabonga Cwele, becomes the elected chairperson. The elections took place recently at the ITSO 38th Assembly of Parties ...

Jun 19, 2018   SABC New Drama "Uselwa" To Be Suspended Amidst Allegations

The production of an epic new Zulu historical series, Uselwa, may now be suspended after the resignation of its line producer Megan Firth and a revolt of the cast and crew against its executive producer Mkhomazi Mashinini. On Thursday night, ...

Jun 15, 2018   Nigeria: Lawmakers Orders The 'Expulsion' of Samsung Chief Executive

Samsung Managing Director Mr Young Ho Jo has been expelled from Nigeria back to South Korea for entering the country without accurate documentation, it is being reported. The Nigerian Senate ordered the removal of Mr Young Ho Jo, after the ...

Jun 15, 2018   "We Won't Share Our Database with Anyone" Multichoice Tells SABC

Multichoice South Africa has forewarned the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) not to interfere with its consumer database information and to find other ways of generating ideas to solve thier financial problem. The response came from Multichoice after it has ...

Jun 15, 2018   Kwese To Air The 2018 Rugby Africa Gold Cup Live

Kwese TV will be showing the Rugby Africa Gold Cup 2018 live and exclusive on Kwesé platforms from 16 June to 18 August. As the exclusive rights-holder for both TV and all digital platforms, the Pan-African broadcasts network “Kwese TV’ ...

Jun 15, 2018   New $100 million TV and Radio Broadcast Stations To Be Built By China In South Sudan.

According to the Director-General of the South Sudan’s Broadcasting Corporation (SSBC) James Magok, the South Sudan government signed a memorandum of agreement with the Chinese government to build a modern broadcasting facility in South Sudan. The SSBC Director said “It ...

Jun 15, 2018   Cartoon Network in Collaboration With Gulli To Make Animation In Africa Accessible

Kids across Africa should get a bump in content as the the world largest cartoon providers Gulli will be collaboration with Cartoon Network. A statement by Gulli stated said it has has acquired an animated TV series by Togo’s Ingrid ...

Jun 14, 2018   South Africa: Former SABC's COO Seeks Reinstatement As Chief Executive

The former COO of SABC, Hlaudi Motsoeneng has appeared at the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA)  to challenge his unfair dismissal by the SABC. At the hearing, the introduction of a 90 per cent quota for local content ...

Jun 14, 2018   Eutelsat's Satellite Fleets To Carry 5,500 Hours Of HD Content For Russia 2018

As preparations are on top gear for the FIFA 2018 World Cup in Russia, Eutelsat has announced that it currently has satellite capacity bookings for the equivalent of 5,500 hours of ad-hoc HD programming from several TV channels and service ...

Jun 14, 2018   Nigeria: MTN Looking To Sell Some 30 Percent Share Capital To The Public

Reports are indicating that the leading mobile network operator, MTN Nigeria, may sell about 30 percent ordinary shares to Nigerians in a much-awaited initial public offering (IPO). Interested parties in the IPO indicated that MTN Nigeria could sell the said ...

Jun 14, 2018   Egypt Acquires Rights To Broadcast 22 World Cup Games On National TV

The World Cup frenzy is at its peak, and Egypt and FIFA has finally agreed that 22 of the 64 World Cup games will be aired on its National TV. This decision finally came through after the talks between both ...

Jun 14, 2018   Ghanaians To Watch Russia 2018 Games On The Go On StarTimes App

StarTimes Ghana is offering Ghanaians the opportunity to enjoy the World Cup games anytime and anywhere by officially launching "ON SPORT" its App video streaming service ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. During the launch of the new service, ...

Jun 13, 2018   Ghana: GBC, Metro TV And Kwese Partner To Broadcast the 2018 World Cup

As the world countdown to the most anticipated global spots event, Ghana Television (GTV) has entered into a partnership with Metro TV and Kwesé TV for the terrestrial rights (Free to Air) to the 2018 World Cup. According to the ...

Jun 13, 2018   eTV Ghana Brings Chinese Content To Its Audience Via Partnership With CMC

Ghana's free-to-air terrestrial television network,  eTV Ghana, has signed a partnership agreement with China Movie Channel (CMC) in Beijing to broadcast movies and telenovelas from brought in from  China. This content acquisition deal was signed in Beijing by Chief Executive ...

Jun 13, 2018   South Africa: Limpopo To Host First-Ever Summit For Young Filmmakers

In response to the call by the President of South Africa to address the menace of unemployment in the country, especially among the youths, the International Film Festival and Inside Education have partnered to host a summit for Young FilmMakers ...

Jun 13, 2018   CAF Ready To Fight Against Piracy Of Football's Broadcasting Rights

Africa's football governing body, CAF, issues a warning on Tuesday against any practice of infringement on the broadcasting rights held by beIN Sports, a Qatari-owned network. The Sports channel has acquired the exclusive rights to broadcast CAF competitions, as well ...

Jun 13, 2018   Angola Prepares For Angosat-2 After First Failed Attempt

Not long after Angola’s first telecom satellite - Angosat-1 - failed soon after reaching orbit, the country is already implementing activities that will help them get a second shot at satellite ownership with the planned launch of Angosat-2 in the ...

Jun 12, 2018   Malawi Kicks Off SIM Registration Exercise After Suspension

A new deadline of September 30 has been announced by The Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA)  for all mobile subscribers in the country to register their SIM cards, while all newly purchased SIMs would have to register within seven days ...

Jun 12, 2018   Nigeria: NCC To Address Interconnect Debt Crises in Its Telco Industry

The Executive Vice Chairman, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Umar Danbatta, has assured stakeholders and the public that the commission was taking appropriate steps to resolve the N165 Billion interconnect debt owed by some network providers. Interconnect debt occurs when ...

Jun 12, 2018   South Africa: Brands Spent R45 Billion On Advertising 2017/18 - Neilsen Study

Nielsen South Africa Watch (Media) has published a study which indicates that in 2018, the South African market experienced an investment of R45-billion from brands spend on advertising and sponsorships. Managing Director, Nielson Terry Murphy who was speaking at a ...

Jun 12, 2018   Kwesé And Safaricom Partner To Provide Kenyans Live Feed Of 2018 World Cup Games

Smartphone users in Kenya now have the opportunity to stream the fast approaching Russia World Cup matches on the Kwesé iflix platform anywhere, anytime on their devices thanks to the launch of Giga Football Passes a unique data bundle by ...

Jun 12, 2018   South Africa: SABC TV Goes HD As Russia 2018 Draws Near!

With the World Cup fever now spreading across different nations in the world, South Africa has decided not to be left behind as South Africa's national broadcaster SABC1, and SABC3 has finally switched its TV channels from Standard Definition (SD) ...

Jun 11, 2018   Nigeria: Mobile Telecom Subscribers To Enjoy Data Roll-Over From June 2018

Following constant complaints from subscribers,  The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC)  has given a directive to mobile network operators in the country to start data rollover from the 26th of June 2018. Before now, any subscriber's unfinished or unused data subscription ...

Jun 11, 2018   StarTimes Says It Now Has 3 Million Subscribers In Nigeria

Chinese owned subscriber TV company, Startimes has announced that it has hit three million subscriptions in Nigerian across the country’s six geopolitical regions. Public Relations Director Mr William Masy, StarTimes Overseas said: "Nigeria always has represented the largest market for ...

Jun 11, 2018   Kenya And China's StarTimes To Provide Satellite TV To Rural Communities

Kenya's ICT Ministry and the Chinese Government have entered into a partnership to conduct a10,000 "Villages Digital Television Project" so that the underserved in 47 areas can get access to satellite television. Kenya's ICT Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru said both ...

Jun 11, 2018   What You Need To Know About Classifications Of Movies and TV Content In South Africa

The Film and Publication Board (FPB), is the content-classification and censorship authority in South Africa that has the responsibility of registering and classifying media contents (terrestrial and digital) in the country. For a start, before distributing media contents like a ...

Jun 11, 2018   Cartoon Network Seeks New Animation Talents From Africa

In order to reinforce the local relevance of its brand, leading entertainment network for kids, Cartoon Network Africa has announced the introduction of their new initiative called "Cartoon Network Africa Creative Lab", an African project designed to bring innovative, local ...

Jun 08, 2018   Ghana: Metro TV Under Closed By Taxman For USD490,000 Tax Default

The Debt Management Compliance Enforcement Unit of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) has sealed media company, Metro TV for not paying its taxes worth GH¢2.3 million as at when due. It is being reported. The Assistant Commissioner for GRA's Public ...

Jun 08, 2018   SES Boasts Of 3.3 million TV Home Reach In Tanzania

SES has released a report through its annual market survey - Satellite Monitor - which indicates that SES distributes TV channels to 3.3 million homes in Tanzania. It is being reported as a milestone for the company. Results from the ...

Jun 08, 2018   Uganda: MTN Receives License Renewal Conditions

The Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) has released a policy which states that for MTN Uganda to renew its licence, it must widen its current 4G coverage in urban areas and cover all other areas with 3G. The leading telecom provider ...

Jun 08, 2018   Amazon Video Acquires English Premier League Streaming Rights For 3 Years

Amazon Video Acquires English Premier League Streaming Rights For 3 Years The English Premier League and tech giant Amazon.com has announced that from 2019, exclusive and live matches including weekly highlights will be available on Amazon's Prime Video platform in ...

Jun 08, 2018   Universal TV Introduces New All-Female Crime Drama In South Africa

NBC Universal International Networks’ general entertainment brand, Universal TV, has acquired exclusive television rights to air, in Africa, the crime drama titled "The Detail", from Entertainment One (eOne). The show was first shown exclusively on Universal TV on DStv. This ...

Jun 07, 2018   Uganda: UCC Raises Pay-TV Licence To USD25,000 (Shs 95 Million)

Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) has issued a new licencing regime for pay-TV service providers scrapping the disputed Shs550m the regulator had imposed at the start of the year. However, pay TV services providers rejected the proposal sparking a war of ...

Jun 07, 2018   UK Entertainment And Media Sector To Grow By USD 10.76 Billion Growth By 2022 - PWC Report

PwC has released its latest Global Entertainment & Media (E&M) Outlook 2018-2022 which forecasts that the Entertainment And Media Industry in the UK would grow by almost USD 11 billion over the next four years, making the UK the second ...

Jun 07, 2018   Nigeria: StarTimes Introduces Video Streaming Service Ahead Of Russia 2018

One of Africa’s largest pay-TV service provider, StarTimes is launching a video streaming App which will enable Nigerians to Subscribe to "ON Sport" to watch all 64 World Cup matches Live and in HD.  According to the company, from 7th ...

Jun 07, 2018   Countdown To AMVCA 2018, Debbie Odutayo Announced As Head Judge

Africa Magic has announced the appointment of renown filmmaker, Deborah Odutayo popularly called “Debbie”, as Head Judge of the anticipated sixth edition of the prestigious Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (AMVCA) scheduled to hold in Lagos, Nigeria, September 1, 2018. ...

Jun 07, 2018   South Africa: AfroWorld View Owner "Confident" Of DSTV Channel Listing

Mzwanele Manyi, the owner of the new Afro World View Channel, formerly known as ANN7 news, has expressed "quiet confidence" that the channel, in which Nelson Mandela’s granddaughter is a shareholder, has what it takes to hold its spot on ...

Jun 06, 2018   MultiChoice Names Kenyan Stephen Isaboke As Head Of All Units Across Africa

Subscriber TV firm, MultiChoice Africa has appointed a Kenyan, Stephen Isaboke, to run the affairs of units of its company across the continent. The newly appointed Isaboke whose base will be in Dubai, United Arab Emirates,  joined MultiChoice Africa in ...

Jun 06, 2018   DStv Introduces Africa's First Live TV Shopping Channel

DSTV is reported to be launching the first Shopping Channel in Africa channel titled, TV Mall . Presenters and product experts will offer information and educate viewers on a wide range of shopping choices from fashion to furniture, technology, toys, ...

Jun 06, 2018   SES Now Serves 2.7 Million TV Homes In Uganda - According To A Study!

Leading satellite operator, SES  through its annual market research study known as Satellite Monitor has released a report which indicates that SES now transmits TV channels to 2.7 million TV homes in Uganda. The study which was conducted for the ...

Jun 06, 2018   SABC News Rebrands With An Editorial Identity Defined By Social Consciousness

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has announced the rebranding of SABC News programming across its TV, radio and online platforms with the aim of keeping up with the dynamic broadcast landscape and emerging digital opportunities. South Africa's premier broadcaster ...

Jun 06, 2018   Nigeria: ECWA Church Unveils TV Station To Spread The Good News

The Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA) has added a television broadcast station to its portfolio in Jos with the aim of advancing the course of evangelism and propagation of spiritual messages to its teaming worshipers in Nigeria and other parts ...

Jun 05, 2018   Survey Shows Kenyans Consume Video Contents For Over Six Hours Daily

Consumer Market Research Firm GFK has published the result of a survey conducted in Kenya which indicates that  97 percent of Kenyan adults who have access to the Internet are using some form of online service, with nearly two-thirds paying ...

Jun 05, 2018   Zimbabwe: ICT Minister Calls For Additional Spectrum For Africa

Zimbabwe would like more spectrum to support growth for its broadcast and Information Communication Technology (ICT) sector. This declaration was made by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information Communication Technology and Cyber Security, Engineer Sam Kundishora while speaking ...

Jun 05, 2018   Nigeria: Country's President Pushes To Deliver More Local Content In The ICT Sector

The President of Nigeria, Muhammed Buhari has signed executive orders for the proper implementation of policies to enhance local content development in Nigeria's Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector. The signing of these executive orders shows the renewed vigour that ...

Jun 05, 2018   South Africa: Durban FilmMart Announces 2018 Festival For African Filmmakers

Africa is set to hold the 9th edition of its leading film industry events known as the Durban FilmMart (DFM), from 20 to 23 July 2018 in Durban, South Africa. According to Head of the Durban Film Office, Toni Monty: ...

Jun 05, 2018   Kwese TV Unveils Kwese Play and Kwese iFlix Apps In Zimbabwe

Kwesé TV has announced the launch of two applications, Kwesé Play TV and Kwesé iFlix to strengthen its presence in the broadcast space ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. According to Econet, operator of Kwese TV, both apps will ...

Jun 04, 2018   South Africa: Communications Minister To Ask USAASA Off Digital Migration Project

South Africa's Communications Ministry through its leadership, Minister Nomvula Mokonyane has issued a directive to the effect that the communications ministry will no longer deal with digital migration or procurement of Set Top Boxes (STBs) through the USAASA. According to ...

Jun 04, 2018   Nigeria: Linda Ikeji, Renowed Blogger, To Launch Online TV Platform

The new Linda Ikeji TV, an online streaming service, has launched with the hope becoming the leader in African online video content just like its blog did in the blogging world. On the new channel, viewers and lovers of the ...

Jun 04, 2018   Facebook To Introduce 'Watch', A News Video Streaming Platform To Combat Fake News

Facebook is planning to launch an exclusive "News shows" for its video platform to be called "Watch".  It will likely include contents from Fox News and CNN and will be financed by the social media company. The new News programs ...

Jun 04, 2018   SES O3b Satellites Geared To Provide Access To Underserved Communities

Globally recognised Satellite operator, SES has announced its readiness to provide increased capacity across the world through its expanded O3b Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) constellation. The constellation of Ka-band satellites orbits at approximately 8,000 km from planet Earth which is ...

Jun 04, 2018   South Africa: Survey Result on DStv Shows People Still Subscribe Despite Its Offerings

After much dust has been raised over the issue of taxing OTT TV and VOD by MultiChoice a survey conducted by MyBroadband on DStv and Netflix has revealed that many people still subscribe to DStv. According to MyBroadband, a total ...

Jun 01, 2018   Liberia: Kwesé Launches TV Services In Partnership With Orange

Econet Media's Kwesé TV will be entering the Liberian through its distribution deal with telecoms provider, Orange Liberia, says reliable industry reports. According to Kwesé's Group Chief Executive Officer, Joseph Hundah: “With the launch of our pay-TV service last year, ...

Jun 01, 2018   South Africa: Cell C Enters Roaming Partnership Deals With MTN

The South African mobile company, Cell C has announced it has entered into a "far-reaching roaming agreement" with Africa's telecoms giant MTN with an aim to complement its high-quality network. According to Cell C's CEO, Jose Dos Santos, “We conducted ...

Jun 01, 2018   Successful Digital Switchover Would Make Nigeria Largest TV Market In Africa

Nigeria's Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo has said that the digital switchover project being carried out by the National Broadcasting Commission, NBC, will put Nigeria in the dominant position and make the nation the biggest digital television market in Africa. ...

Jun 01, 2018   Nigeria: NigComSat Implements Technology To Boost E-Learning In Schools

Nigerian Communications Satellite company, NIGCOMSAT has announced that it has commenced the implementation of satellite-enabled connectivity solutions for e-Learning facilities for Nigerian schools. NigComSat is seeking to further partner with relevant stakeholders to deploy internet connectivity not only Nigeria but ...

Jun 01, 2018   South Africa: Zama Mkosi, CEO Of NFVF Resigns!

The South Africa National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) is experiencing some changes as Zama Mkosi its erswhile CEO abruptly resigned. According to industry reports, her resignation letter which was submitted to the Chairperson of Council on 27 May 2018 ...

Jun 28, 2017   Charity Organisation To Renew Contract For Satellite Connectivity Across Africa

Save The Children International; a charity organisation headquartered in the United Kingdom has confirmed it will be renewing the deal with Speedcast to provide 'Connectivity' to over 40 of its sites across Africa. Speedcast to provide C-band virtual network services ...

Jun 28, 2017   IROKO To Add 'Afrobeats' Music Channel To Canal+ Platform

Leveraging on his newly-found partnership with Canal+, Mr Jason Njoku of IROKO has announced he is adding the Nigerian Afrobeat music genre to the IROKO music channel, to be carried on the Canal+ platform. Afrobeats is the quintessential style of ...

Jun 28, 2017   Cash-Rich Telcos Seeking To Acquire Struggling Broadcasters For Their Content

If recent activities in the South African telecoms and media space is an indication, then the trend is that: Cash-rich Telcos are looking to acquiring struggling broadcasters - for their content. Last week, Telkom South Africa was reported to have ...

Jun 26, 2017   Kenya: Startimes Plans To Cover Rural Areas With Digital TV Signal

Startimes - the pan-African digital TV company - has announced it will expand digital TV coverage to more counties covering rural Kenya. A statement attributed to the company says it is aiming to enable digital terrestrial TV signals reach rural ...

Jun 26, 2017   Report: Africa's OTT TV Revenue To Reach USD640 Million By 2022

An new industry report from Digital TV has stated that the OTT TV and video market in Sub-Saharan Africa is set to reach USD 640 Million by the year 2022. According to Mr Simon Murray, Principal Analyst at Digital TV ...

Jun 26, 2017   South Africa: DStv Made USD 3.2 Billion In Revenue During 2016 - 2017

Multichoice - Africa's digital TV behemoth - has announced a relatively 'modest' set of financial result for the year ended 31 March 2017. According to results, DStv South Africa generated a total of USD 3.2 Billion in gross pre-tax revenue ...

Jun 21, 2017   Coke Studios Merged Across Africa, Broadcast To Reach 30 Participating Countries

Coke Studios, owner and producer of the "Coca-Cola Company Show" has announced it is combining the Coke Studio in Africa and South Africa. The merger will see the number of participating countries to 16 and  the show will now reach ...

Jun 21, 2017   DStv SuperSport Gets Major UEFA And FIFA Football Rights

SuperSport announced it has secured the rights to a handful of major football tournaments with UEFA and FIFA. DStv's SuperSport says they now have the rights for TV, mobile and internet platforms for UEFA Euro 2020 qualifiers; UEFA Nations League ...

Jun 21, 2017   South Africa: eNCA Announces Mapi Mhlangu As New Managing Director

eNCA, South Africa's premier dedicated news channel have announced that Ms Mapi Mhlangu is the new Managing Director of the organisation. The appointment commences on 1st of July 2017. Ms Mhlangu has been with eNCA since 2009, having served in ...

Jun 19, 2017   Nigeria Not Tied To June 2017 Digital TV Switchover; Needs 32 Million Set-Top Boxes - NBC

The National Broadcasting Commission of Nigeria (NBC); the body responsible for implementing the country's migration from analogue to digital broadcasting has conceded it might not achieve the self-imposed switchover deadline on 17th June 2017. According to a statement from the ...

Jun 19, 2017   Kenya: Film Board To Stop Content On DStv With Alleged 'Homosexual' Themes

The Kenyan Film Classification Board (KFCB) says it has had to ban a number of children's programme on the DStv and GOtv platforms for allegedly promoting gay themes. Mr Ezekiel Mutua, CEO of KFCB said it had taken the precaution ...

Jun 16, 2017   DStv Promises To Stop 'Misleading' Ads On BoxOffice Channel In South Africa

DStv has pledged to desist from showing 'misleading ads' on its BoxOffice channel. This undertaking was given to the South Africa's Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) following a string of public complaints about some of their commercial ads being misleading to ...

Jun 16, 2017   BBC 'Focus On Africa' Programme Celebrates 5th Year Anniversary

Focus on Africa, the BBC World Service weekday news and current affairs programme is celebrating five years since it was launch in 2012. Statement from the BBC press office said the organisation is delighted that the programme has been instrumental ...

Jun 16, 2017   Nigeria: BON Says Key Industry Leaders Will Attend Broadcasting Summit In August

The Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria (BON) has confirmed the great and best of the Nigerian broadcast and media industry will be participate at the 3rd International Summit on Digital Broadcasting in Nigeria. The high-level summit will take place on the ...

Jun 15, 2017   South Africa: Former COO To Take Legal Action Against SABC For Wrongful Dismissal

Mr Hlaudi Motsoeneng, the former Chief Operating Officer of the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has stated his intention to take the corporation to court over his dismissed. In a briefing, lawyers for Mr Motsoeneng said he is 'aggrieved' by ...

Jun 15, 2017   IROKO TV And Orange Cameroon In Video-On-Demand Partnership

Nigerian based IROKO TV is reported to have agreed on a Video-on-demand deal with Orange Cameroon. Under the terms of the deal, Orange Cameroon would offer its customers a data package that will cost less that 50cents (US) in return ...

Jun 15, 2017   StarTimes Will Broadcast All FIFA Confederation Cup Games Live

Startimes - Africa digital Pay TV company - have announced that it will broadcast live all the games from the FIFA Confederations Cup 2017. A statement from the organisation said the live channels where the games can be seen are ...

Jun 14, 2017   South Africa: 'SABC To Lose US$ 87Million In 2016/17 Financial Year' - Reports

According to reliable sources close to the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), the organisation may announce a projected nett loss of R1.1 Billion for the fiscal year of 2016/2017. Also, the state of SABC's finances have convinced SA's Communications Minister ...

Jun 14, 2017   Nigeria: Six States To Go Digital Within The Next Month - Minister

Nigeria's  Minister of Information, Mr Lai Mohammed has stated that six (6) States in the country will be switching over to digital broadcasting within the next month. Although the States concerned were not named at the time of the statement, ...

Jun 14, 2017   SA Communication Minister Insists On Set-Top Boxes (STBs) Encryption

South Africa's Communication Minister, Ms Ayanda Dlodlo, has vowed that government subsidised set-top boxes will stay encrypted, even as the highest Court in South Africa ruled against encryption of set-top boxes in South Africa. Ms Ayanda Dlodlo told industry press ...

Jun 12, 2017   South Africa: MultiChoice Delighted With Digital TV 'No-Encryption' Verdict

MultiChoice South Africa has expressed great delight with the recent South Africa's Constitutional Court judgement in favour of non-encryption of set-top boxes for digital TV services in the country. Earlier in the battle, the former communications minister of South Africa, ...

Jun 12, 2017   ZEE Africa To Launch Specialist News Channel On Kwesé TV

Zee Africa announced it would be launching a premium news channel in English on Kwesé TV platform. The new channel called "The World is One Family" (WION) will reach Kwesé customers and viewers in Zambia, Rwanda, Lesotho and Ghana via ...

Jun 12, 2017   Nigeria: TVC and Radio Continental To Receive Multi-Million Dollar Investment

Mr Andrew Hanlon, CEO of Continental Broadcasting Services (CBS) - owners of Nigeria's Television Continental (TVC) and Radio Continental - have confirmed they are looking to ramp up financial investments into their TV and Radio platforms. Addressing the current restructuring ...

Jun 08, 2017   Nigeria: 75 Percent Local Content Requirement Will Help Digital TV Services

The Director-General of the National Broadcasting Commission of Nigeria, Alhaji Issaq Modibo-Kawu has stated that the requirement for a 75 percent local content for TV and Radio platforms in the country will facilitate the adoption and growth of digital broadcasting ...

Jun 08, 2017   Cameroon: CRTV Ready To Move From Broadcasting To 'Narrowcasting.'

The Managing Director of Cameroon Radio and TV - the public TV broadcasting service of Cameroon - Mr Charles Ndongo have announced a call for tender to implement an internet TV streaming solution for the country. Mr Ndongo said the ...

Jun 08, 2017   Satellite Provider Intelsat Opens Regional Office In Nairobi, Kenya

Intelsat, a global satellite services provider, has confirmed it is setting up a regional office in Nairobi, Kenya. According to the company, the move is to "enhance the company's responsiveness to its media and connectivity customers". The organisation believe that ...

Jun 06, 2017   US$ 26 Million Spent On 620,000 Set-Top Boxes For Nigerians, So Far - NBC

Nigeria's National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) - the body in charge of the broadcast media industry in the country - has confirmed it has spent $26 Million (US) to procure 620,000 set-top boxes so far for the Nigeria digital switchover programme. ...

Jun 06, 2017   Netflix To Reach 128 Million Subscribers And US$15 billion By 2022 - Report

Netflix, the global Video On Demand services behemoth is said to be on track to reach up to 130 million subscribers by 2022, with more of its users now coming from outside its home country - the United States. According ...

Jun 06, 2017   Supersport Revamps Channel Offering For More Predictable Scheduling

DStv's Supersport is revamping its channel line-up in a bid, according to the company, 'to provide a better viewing experience' to all sports lovers. Accordingly, Supersports customers are now being promised up to 14 dedicated channels from the Supersports and ...

Jun 05, 2017   Digital Migration: Will Nigeria Meet The June 2017 Deadline Date?

After missing the original deadline for the migration of broadcasting signals from analogue to digital as set by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), Nigeria set a new internal deadline of June 2017. Now, as June 2017 is here, the entire ...

Jun 05, 2017   Continental Broadcasting Services (CBS) To Close Down 'TVC News Africa'!

Broadcast Media Africa have learnt that Nigeria-based Continental Broadcasting Services (CBS) - owners of Television Continental (TVC) brand - have reached the decision to wind down its pan-African news operation, TVC News Africa. Sources close to the company said the ...

Jun 05, 2017   CNBC Africa Celebrates 10 Years Of Daily Afrocentric Financial News

When CNBC Africa launched on 01 June 2007 to bring Africa's financial and economic story 'to a continent-wide and international audience', few wondered how long the franchise it would last. Fast forward ten (10) years, and it does seem it ...

Jun 02, 2017   Euronews And Ivorian's RTI Accuse Senegalese Excaf Telecom Group Of Content Piracy

France's Euronews and Ivory Coast's Radio Télévision Ivoirienne (owners of the RTI1 and RTI2 channels) have reportedly issued a formal cease notice to the Senegalese firm Excaf Telecom Group, asking it to stop rebroadcasting their content without official authorisation. According ...

Jun 02, 2017   Kenya: Seacom's Data Services 'Back Online' After Undersea Fibre Repair

After a period of outages to many of its corporate customers in Kenya, Seacom - the communications infrastructure company - have announced that regular services will resume following the successful completion of the repair work to one of it undersea ...

Jun 02, 2017   Zambia: Multichoice Wins Landmark Case Against ZNBC And China's TopStar Communications

Multichoice Zambia has won an injunction stopping the Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC) and Chinese digital TV services provider TopStar Communications from interfering with arrangements for the broadcast of local free-to-air channels in the country. Presently, Multichoice Zambia's GOtv customers ...