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Mar 29, 2019   Institutions Raise Their Stakes In Recently Listed MultiChoice

MultiChoice has reported that Allan Gray and Prudential Investment Managers have both raised their stakes in the recently listed pay-TV group. Prudential’s clients have increased their collective shares in MultiChoice to 5.4%, while Allan Gray has lifted its stakes to ...

Mar 29, 2019   Telkom Expands Its Fibre Network In Kenya To Provide Faster Internet

Telkom Kenya has announced that it has started setting up a fibre network that will serve the city of Mombasa, Kenya with the aim of providing much faster Internet to its individual and business subscribers. The mobile operator wants to ...

Mar 29, 2019   Nigerian Government Approves Multi-Million Dollar Contracts For Nigeria’s Broadcasting Stations

Nigeria’s Federal Government recently approved contracts amounting to approximately $3.6 million to reposition and strengthen its media stations for effective information dissemination.   The media organisations that are set to benefit from the deals include the Federal Radio Corporation ...

Mar 29, 2019   Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation Produces New TV Shows To Develop Industry

Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation has been producing fresh, new television productions that have all been funded by the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe as part of the Zimbabwe Digital Broadcasting migration project. The programmes that range from dramas, game shows, soapies, music ...

Mar 28, 2019   Zimbabwe ISPs In Trouble Over Irregular Data Tariff Adjustments

Zimbabwe’s internet service providers have adjusted their data tariffs to align with new financial measures that were placed in a revised foreign currency exchange rate matrix, even though payable tariffs in US Dollars have not yet been changed. Liquid, TelOne ...

Mar 28, 2019   DStv’s Africa Magic Urban Brings On The Laughs with ‘Comedy Nites’

A brand new season of “Comedy Nites” has been rolled out on Africa Magic Urban on DSTV. The new season promises to keep the audience entertained with 13 nights of fun, laughter and some music. Comedy Nites is a Stand-up ...

Mar 28, 2019   Vox Africa Introduces New Travel Show

Vox Africa has rolled out a new travel show, My African Passport, hosted by the UK comedian Eddie Kadi. Eddie Kadi is a familiar face in the UK comedy scene. He is also the first black British comedian to perform ...

Mar 28, 2019   Zambia Defends Prime TV License Suspension

Chanda Kasolo, the Permanent Secretary of the Zambian Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Services, justified as correct the recent suspension of the Prime TV license. Earlier this month, the Independent Broadcasting Authority (IBA) suspended the Lusaka-based private television station’s licence, ...

Mar 27, 2019   MTN Rolls Out “World-First” WhatsApp Recharging Channel

MTN has introduced a WhatsApp channel which allows customers to purchase data or airtime, which it has described as an exclusive world-first. The function is called MTN Chat. Customers will be able to also receive notifications and check their account ...

Mar 27, 2019   Kenyan Co-Production To Be Showcased At Series Mania In France

Country Queen, a new TV drama series produced as a German and Kenyan co-production will be showcased at both the upcoming Kalasha Market in Nairobi Kenya and the Series Mania in Lille France. With its excellent production quality and universally ...

Mar 27, 2019   Nigeria’s NBC Issues A New List Of Non-Negotiable Working Conditions For GOtv

Nigeria’s National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has issued a new list of conditions for GOtv to continue operating in the country. The NBC Director-General, Is’haq Modibbo Kawu addressed a press conference recently and confirmed that the Digital Terrestrial Licence that had ...

Mar 27, 2019   South Africa: SABC Lays Off 10 Top Managers Amidst Financial Troubles

The SABC has allegedly decided to axe 10 of its General Managers after their contracts came to an end. According to senior executives at South Africa’s national broadcaster, those that were affected were three provincial GMs, as well as some ...

Mar 26, 2019   Vodafone And MTN Respectively Launch 4G In Ghana

Vodafone Ghana rolled out its 4G Long-Term Evolution (LTE) service last week. The launch happened earlier than its originally scheduled April date. Vodafone Ghana’s launch coincidentally took place on the same day that MTN Ghana unveiled its 4G+ advanced service ...

Mar 26, 2019   Amazon Prime To Offer African Content To International VOD Audiences

Amazon Prime has revealed that it will be offering African content to international audiences on its video-on-demand platform. Long ago, international audiences battled to get access to African content, but the rebirth of African cinema and the rapid emergence of ...

Mar 26, 2019   ICASA Appoints Acting Chairperson For South Africa's Broadcasting Regulator

ICASA has appointed Dr Keabetswe Modimoeng as the Acting Chairperson at South Africa's broadcasting regulator. The appointment is effective immediately, and it comes after the dismissal of the previous Chairperson of ICASA, Rubben Mohlaloga following his fraud conviction. ICASA said ...

Mar 26, 2019   Zimbabwe Sets September Deadline For Privatisation Of TelOne And NetOne

According to Zimbabwe’s Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube, the country’s government-owned mobile operator, TelOne, and its subsidiary NetOne, will be partially privatised by September 2019. Ncube announced that NetOne and TelOne had accumulated a joint financial loss of more than US$100-million. ...

Mar 25, 2019   MTV Shuga Makes Its Return To TV In Nigeria

The award-winning drama series MTV Shuga will be returning to Nigeria and is on the hunt for fresh talent to feature in the new season.   This news comes just after the announcement of upcoming campaigns in India and Cote ...

Mar 25, 2019   Tigo Chad Acquired By Morocco's Maroc Telecom

Moroccan telecommunications operator Maroc Telecom has confirmed that it has acquired the entire share capital of Tigo Chad, after successfully inking a deal with Millicom. The new acquisition forms a critical part of Maroc Telecom's plan to expand its operations ...

Mar 25, 2019   StarTimes Adds On-Demand Fox+ Series To StarTimes ON App In Africa

The Chinese pay-TV operator StarTimes has introduced the Fox Networks Group’s (FNG) video-on-demand Fox+ Series content to its StarTimes ON app in Africa. Neither StarSat nor Fox Networks Group Africa (FNG Africa) have revealed any details about the VOD content ...

Mar 25, 2019   Zimbabwe Telcos Hope Increase In Competition And Data Usage Will Boost Revenue

As Zimbabwe’s operating costs continue to escalate, telecom operators in the country are pinning their hopes on increased data usage and the general improvement in the local economy as they wait for an official response to their requests to raise ...

Mar 22, 2019   Airtel Nigeria In Talks With NSE For Listing On The Nigerian Stock Exchange

Airtel Nigeria has reportedly started discussions with the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) and the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) about possibly listing its stock on the local Stock Exchange.   A meeting was recently held at the headquarters of the Nigerian ...

Mar 22, 2019   MultiChoice Malawi Rolls Out Quality-Assurance App For Accredited Installers

MultiChoice Malawi, has announced that it has launched an installer eco-system app for accredited installers to use in order to provide an exceptional customer experience. The Marketing Manager at MultiChoice Malawi, Chimwemwe Nyirenda said that the institution had introduced the ...

Mar 22, 2019   Orange In Preparations To Launch 4G In Guinea

Orange-Guinea has recently gotten its hands on a 4G operating license that will be valid for the next ten years. The 4G license cost the mobile operator $90.4 million that it paid to the Guinean authorities. Orange believes that its ...

Mar 22, 2019   Insight TV Rolls Out Linear Channel On Jawwy TV In North Africa

Insight TV has announced that it will be launching a new linear channel for viewers in North Africa and the Middle East. The deal is being managed by the content distributor and producer SAWA Rights Management (SRM). It promises to ...

Mar 21, 2019   “To Help Grow TV Audience In Africa With A Diverse Range Of Solutions Is Our Mission” – Andy Anderson, SES Video

Andy Anderson, the Marketing Director, Middle East and Africa at SES Video has suggested that broadcasters and content owners who want to provide the best content in all necessary formats ought to consider a long-term partnership with SES.   SES ...

Mar 21, 2019   MultiChoice Talent Factory Unveils Pan-African Networking Portal Designed For Young Film Makers

The MultiChoice Talent Factory (MTF), MultiChoice Africa’s leading Pan-African shared-value initiative has announced the rollout of the MTF Portal. The portal will be the third touchpoint of the initiative after the launch of the MTF Academies, a 12-month film training ...

Mar 21, 2019   Canal + Set To Launch Its Pay-TV Platform In Ethiopia

Canal + has announced that it will soon be deploying its pay-TV offer in Ethiopia over the next few weeks. The company has received approval from the country’s government to go ahead with the distribution of the channels of the ...

Mar 21, 2019   Vodacom Introduces First E-SIM Support In South Africa

The Mobile operator Vodacom has rolled out support for eSIM mobile devices in South Africa along with an accompanying service, called OneNumber, that enables users to use one phone number across multiple devices. The first devices that Vodacom will launch ...

Mar 21, 2019   NBA Joins Forces With YouTube To Launch New Channel For Sub-Saharan Africa

The NBA together with YouTube has announced the launch of a new channel for sub-Saharan Africa that will broadcast live basketball games every week and also showcase the impact of African players on the NBA. NBA Africa YouTube’s very first ...

Mar 21, 2019   Freeconferencecall.com Gears Up To Expand Its Footprint In Africa By Offering Broadcast Calls To 5,000 People

As Africa’s telecoms industry moves in the direction of over-the-top data services Freeconferencecall.com has used interconnect arrangements to build a free conference calling function to operate in the continent. Freeconferencecall.com's Managing Director of International Operations, Bertrand Daumalle, in an interview ...

Mar 20, 2019   Zimbabwe Hopes To Raise US$350-Million From Telco Shares

According to Zimbabwe’s Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube, Zimbabwe is hopeful that it will raise approximately US$350-million from selling shares in state-owned telcos as part of the country’s economic reforms. Ncube said that the reforms are aimed at strengthening the economy ...

Mar 20, 2019   M-Net Movies To Launch Epic Battle Pop-Up Channel

Fans of war action movies will be thrilled to know that the upcoming Pop-Up channel in the M-Net Movies stable is all about the most significant conflicts of all time. M-Net Movies is on DStv’s channel 109 and is available ...

Mar 20, 2019   BBC Studios Africa Commissions ‘First Dates SA’ To Be Broadcast On DStv’s BBC Lifestyle

Another localised reality dating show is under works for South Africa. BBC Studios Africa has commissioned First Dates South Africa to be aired on BBC Lifestyle (DStv channel 174). The channel is currently showing First Dates Australia, which will be ...

Mar 20, 2019   Uzi Zambia Postpones Network Launch Once Again

The Zambia Information and Communications Technology Authority (ZICTA) has announced that it has for the third time allowed Zambia's fourth mobile phone operator Uzi Zambia to postpone the rollout of its network. Uzi, whose majority shareholder is Unitel International Holdings ...

Mar 20, 2019   SES To Headline As Lead Sponsor At The Industry Forum On Spectrum Management For Converged Digital Media In South Africa

SES has confirmed that it is excited to be the Lead Sponsor and Key Partner of Broadcast Media Africa’s upcoming Industry Forum on Spectrum Management for Converged Digital Broadcast and Media Ecosystem taking place on 10 to 11 April 2019 ...

Mar 19, 2019   Cell C Black Rolls Out Two New Streaming Packages

Cell C’s streaming service Black has announced the introduction of two new subscription packages. The two packages are Black TV Access, which offers a significant focus on local content at $4.78 (R69) per month; and Black TV Premium, a mix ...

Mar 19, 2019   Kwese Free TV Receives Terrestrial Licence To Broadcast In South Africa

Kwese Free TV has become the first free-to-air terrestrial broadcaster since e.tv to receive a licence in South Africa. The broadcaster, which is 20% owned by the Econet Group, will offer five free channels to South African viewers, including an ...

Mar 19, 2019   Paratus Group Spends US$14-Million On Trans-Kalahari Fibre Project That Will Run From Zambia To Namibia

The Pan African telecoms operator Paratus Group says that it has invested US$14-million on the Trans-Kalahari fibre project that will connect Zambia to the undersea cable in Namibia. The project will run from the West Africa Undersea Cable System (WACS) ...

Mar 19, 2019   Showmax Offers Two-Month Free Trial To DStv’s Compact Subscribers

The video-on-demand (VoD) service, Showmax, has declared that it has given DStv Compact and Compact Plus subscribers a free two-month trial to access its service and enjoy its marvellous content offering. The VoD service stated that starting from 7 February ...

Mar 18, 2019   Boomplay Inks A Licensing Deal With Warner Music

The most massive music download and streaming service in Africa, Boomplay has signed an agreement with Warner Music to bring record companies closer to the region. The collaboration will allow Boomplay to distribute Warner Music’s collection of music to its ...

Mar 18, 2019   Nollywood Stakeholders Consider Taking Advantage Of Multi-Billion Dollar VOD Market

With an industry that estimates to make a $16 billion possible annual turnover from video-on-demand (VOD), stakeholders in Nigeria’s movie industry (Nollywood) have demanded that movie distribution be rechanneled towards exploiting the VOD market, according to Saturday Independent. This new ...

Mar 18, 2019   Seacom Carves Out Fibre Express Route From Kenya To Microsoft's SA-based Datacentres

The Pan-African connectivity firm, Seacom has announced that it plans to roll out a dedicated fibre connection all the way from Kenya to South Africa's datacentres and public cloud networks. The company stated that the move had been inspired by ...

Mar 18, 2019   E.tv Removes Unsuccessful E-Bella Channel From DStv A Year After Launch

e.tv has announced that it is shutting down its unsuccessful eBella channel a year after its launch. The channel was carried on e.tv’s own Openview satellite platform and also on MultiChoice's DStv. The existing telenovelas that were playing on eBella ...

Mar 15, 2019   Liquid Telecom Strengthens Inter-Africa Partnership With Microsoft

Zimbabwean business mogul, Strive Masiyiwa’s pan-African telecoms group, Liquid Telecom has solidified its partnership with global tech trailblazer Microsoft after expanding the accessibility of its Microsoft Azure services throughout its inter-Africa network which runs for over 70,000km from Cape Town, ...

Mar 15, 2019   MultiChoice Shares Rise To Their Best Level Since JSE Listing

MultiChoice Group’s shares have climbed to their best level yet since the pay-TV operator was unbundled by Naspers and listed on the JSE in late February. The stock reached a high of $8.49 on the morning of Wednesday 13 March. ...

Mar 15, 2019   Vodacom Video Play Reaches 800,000 Subscribers In South Africa And Plans To Venture Into More Countries Across Africa

Africa’s mobile operators have struggled for a long time with Video-on-Demand platforms and faced many obstacles including shortcomings of their own networks. Eventually, things seem to be coming together for some of them. The Executive Head of Video at Vodacom, ...

Mar 15, 2019   MTN Nigeria Plans To List On Local Stock Exchange Before June

The MTN Group’s Chief Executive has announced that it expects its Nigerian subsidiary to list on Nigeria’s stock exchange sometime towards April and May. The Chief Executive of MTN Nigeria, Ferdi Moolman told reporters in Lagos that the listing should ...

Mar 14, 2019   Kwese Joins Forces With 234Bet In Premier League Broadcast Deal

The multiplatform broadcast network, Kwesé has announced that it has collaborated with 234Bet, an online betting company on an advertising agreement for the Premier League broadcast. The deal, which was concluded and signed this week, will be aired on Kwesé ...

Mar 14, 2019   Dynamic Spectrum Alliance (DSA) Will Be Present At Industry Forum On Spectrum Management For Converged Digital Media

The Dynamic Spectrum Alliance (DSA) has been announced as one of the collaborating partners involved in the forthcoming Industry Forum on Spectrum Management for Converged Digital Broadcast and Media Ecosystem. The Forum, which will take place on the 10th – ...

Mar 14, 2019   Orange And Aurecon Join Forces In US$25-Million Network Transformation Deal That Will Service Key Markets In Africa

The Global engineering and infrastructure advisory firm Aurecon has chosen Orange Business Services to globally manage its communications infrastructure, including cybersecurity services and SD-WAN as part of a US$25-million five-year network transformation agreement. According to Orange, the deal will impact ...

Mar 14, 2019   YouTube Music Rolls Out In South Africa

YouTube has announced that it is launching its new music streaming service YouTube Music in South Africa. According to a statement issued by YouTube, the service provides music videos, singles, official albums, live performances, remixes, covers and music that is ...

Mar 14, 2019   Nigeria’s Digital Switch-Over Plan Suffers Yet Another Setback

Nigeria’s plans for a Digital Switch Over(DSO)  from analogue broadcasts has encountered yet another setback, to the dismay of Nigerian citizens. The momentum of progress in the DSO came to an abrupt and unexplained halt since February last year when ...

Mar 14, 2019   SES Inks Contract To Provide Channels To Benin In Digital Switchover Move

The Satellite operator SES has signed a deal with Benin’s government to provide 15 free-to-air channels to audiences in the West African country. As part of the deal some HD channels, which SES says are the first HD channels to ...

Mar 13, 2019   CEO Says South Africa's SABC Is Facing Possibility Of Insolvency By End Of March

The SABC’s financial crisis is reported to have become so dire that the public broadcaster is at high risk of being insolvent by the end of March if no immediate action is taken, according to what South Africa’s Parliament has ...

Mar 13, 2019   “Co-Sharing Could Deliver More Spectrum For Radio Broadcasting In The Digital Space” – Eswatini Communications Commission

Samkeliso Shongwe, a Senior Manager of Spectrum Planning and Management at Eswatini Communications Commission, has suggested that the industry should explore different ways to get the most value out of the available amount of radio spectrum because it is has ...

Mar 13, 2019   9Mobile Rolls Out Free Watsapp Offer For Subscribers In Nigeria

9Mobile has announced that in remaining true to its pledge to put the needs of its customers first, it is now offering Nigerian subscribers the opportunity to use WhatsApp chat for free on its network. This offer is the first-of-its-kind ...

Mar 13, 2019   DStv’s Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) Launches Christian Lifestyle Talk Show, Zuri

TBN (DStv 343) has rolled out a new weekly lifestyle talk show, Zuri. Zuri will be hosted by well-known South African news anchor Ayanda Allie-Paine and will air on Mondays at 19:30. The Christian-based Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) said that ...

Mar 13, 2019   VIP Promotions Signs Deal To Broadcast African Boxing Talent Free Of Charge In The UK

To the delight of UK Boxing fans, VIP Promotions have announced that they will be broadcasting some of Africa’s greatest boxing talent live and free on Vipboxing.tv. One of Britain’s leading boxing promoters, VIP has teamed up with Kalakoda Promotions ...

Mar 13, 2019   Zimbabwe Expected To Commission Byo-Beitbridge Fibre Optic Project

The President of Zimbabwe, Emmerson Mnangagwa is expected to soon commission the multi-million dollar Bulawayo-Beitbridge fibre optic project, which is a sub-project that falls under the national broadband project that is being undertaken by TelOne and is funded through the ...

Mar 12, 2019   MultiChoice Namibia Becomes Third Country In Southern Africa To Increase DStv Subscription Fee

MultiChoice in Namibia has become the third country in Southern Africa to announce its plans to hike DStv subscription fees from April 2019. This announcement comes after MultiChoice Zambia recently let it be known that its DStv subscribers would see ...

Mar 12, 2019   Econet Buys Back Mascom Wireless Of Botswana For $300 Million

In the late nineties Zimbabwean businessman, Strive Masiyiwa had difficulties securing a license to operate a mobile network in Zimbabwe, so he launched his network, Mascom Wireless in Botswana. Masiyiwa sold off 14% of Mascom in 2004 disregarding the discontent ...

Mar 12, 2019   Meet SES At The Industry Forum On Content Creation, Development And Distribution for Digital Television In Nigeria

SES has reported that it is proud to be the Lead Sponsor and Key Partner of Broadcast Media Africa’s upcoming Industry Forum on Content Creation, Development And Distribution for Digital Television taking place on 26th and 27th of March 2019 ...

Mar 12, 2019   MTN Launches Smart 3G Device To Help Bridge Rural Connectivity Gap

The Chief Marketing Officer at MTN Nigeria, Raul De has declared that the introduction of the world’s first 3G smartphone known as the MTN Smart, is a strategic innovation to bridge the rural-urban connectivity gap.   At the launch of ...

Mar 12, 2019   Zambia's TV And Film Industry Establishes Professional Filmmakers Guild Of Zambia To Standardise Industry Processes

Zambia's growing TV and film industry has created the Professional Filmmakers Guild of Zambia headed up by interim Chairperson, Lawrence Thompson. Thompson said that Zambia’s TV producers have found it important to come together and establish a body that will ...

Mar 11, 2019   MTN Reinforces Its Dominance In The Cameroon Market

The MTN Group, Africa's front-running telecommunications company with operations in more than 21 countries around the world, including Cameroon, released its financial results for 2018 last week. The results showed strong growth in the subscriber numbers, which were at 233 ...

Mar 11, 2019   CABNC-TV Rolls Out New Series To Boost Tourism And Businesses In Africa

Center Africa Broadcasting Network Corporation Television (CABNC-TV) has announced that in partnership with New York’s Bordernation Media, it has launched the ‘Explore Africa’ video series. The series is a campaign aimed towards showcasing the best that Africa has to offer ...

Mar 11, 2019   DStv Angola Boosts Its Offering With The Introduction Of Viacom's Nickelodeon Kids Channel in Portuguese

MultiChoice Angola has announced that it has added Viacom's Nickelodeon kids channel in Portuguese to its DStv offering in the country, further widening Nickelodeon's reach across the African continent. Nickelodeon in Portuguese is now available on the DStv Mega and ...

Mar 11, 2019   Liquid Telecom Contemplates How To Leverage Its 5G Spectrum In South Africa

Liquid Telecom is reportedly giving some serious thought to leveraging its spectrum asset in the 3.5GHz band, which is ideally compatible with the next-generation 5G mobile broadband technology. Considering that South Africa’s communications regulator ICASA has hinted that it would ...

Mar 11, 2019   MultiChoice Namibia Expels Possibility Of Stock Exchange Listing

MultiChoice Namibia has ruled out any possibility of listing its business on the Namibia Stock Exchange following the MultiChoice Group’s recent listing on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE). 51% of MultiChoice Namibia is owned by the country’s ruling party, Swapo, ...

Mar 08, 2019   Netflix Acquires Zambia’s Award-Winning Film

Zambia’s award-winning film that is based on the experiences of women throughout the African continent, ‘I am not a witch’ will soon screen on Netflix. The movie is an internationally co-produced drama that was directed and written by Rungano Nyoni ...

Mar 08, 2019   MTN Set To Launch Messenger Service To Rival WhatsApp

At MTN’s recent financial year-end results presentation for 2018, the Group’s CEO, Rob Shuter announced that the giant mobile operator would be launching a new instant messaging service. Shuter said that the Instant Message service would form part of the ...

Mar 08, 2019   Nigerian Communications Commission Takes Action To Root Out Fake Mobile Devices

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has joined forces with the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA), together with other government agencies, to fight fraud and cybercrime which officials believe is being accomplished through fake and sub-standard mobile devices. A ...

Mar 08, 2019   Streaming Platform, Joy Prime Introduces New Series ‘Puzzled’ In Ghana

Ghana’s entertainment VOD TV channel, Joy Prime has premiered a brand new Ghanaian TV series, ‘Puzzled’ which is set to completely take over the airwaves. According to Joy Prime, the 13-week drama series will deal with relevant issues of social ...

Mar 07, 2019   Orange Niger Considers All Available Options In the Face Of Market Difficulties

Mobile operator Orange Niger is reported to be exploring all options, including partnerships and restructuring as it continues to be affected by regulatory pressure from socio-economic and political instability. According to a document issued by the Commercial Court of Niamey, ...

Mar 07, 2019   Intelsat Announces That 5G Delivery In Africa Will Depend On Satellite Networks

According to the giant integrated satellite network solutions provider, Intelsat, the ability to deliver 5G in Africa would depend heavily on the allocation of satellite networks. At the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2019 that was recently hosted in Barcelona, Intelsat ...

Mar 07, 2019   DStv Seeks Regulatory Approval To Hike Up Subscription Fees In Angola

MultiChoice wants to raise DStv's monthly subscription by up to 20% in Angola, but the satellite pay-TV operator needs to receive regulatory approval before it would be allowed to go forward with a price increase. According to recent media reports ...

Mar 07, 2019   Showmax Releases Concrete Viewership Number For The First Time

MultiChoice's video-on-demand (SVOD) streaming service, Showmax, publicised its first concrete viewership number when it announced that Tali's Wedding Diary had just topped 1 million views. The streaming service then hinted that a second season for the South African mockumentary series ...

Mar 06, 2019   Broadband Research Report Reveals Zimbabwe As Most Expensive Country For Mobile Data In Africa

According to the UK-based broadband research firm Cable, Sub-Saharan Africa is home to four of the most expensive countries in which one can purchase mobile data. The cost of mobile data (in US Dollars) in the Democratic Republic of Congo, ...

Mar 06, 2019   MultiChoice Zambia To Hike Up DStv Subscription Fees Due To Increasing Cost Of Content

MultiChoice Zambia has announced that it will hike up the price of its DStv subscriptions by 10% in Zambia as from 1 April 2019 because of inflation and increasing operational and programming costs. In a text message to DStv subscribers, ...

Mar 06, 2019   South Africa's National Film And Video Foundation Announces Plans To Form Film Fund In Collaboration With Other African Countries

South Africa's National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) has revealed that it has kicked-off discussions with other African nations around the possible founding of an African film fund that would assist in making TV and film co-productions possible between producers ...

Mar 06, 2019   MTN Might Ditch Allegiances With Mascom Wireless Botswana

According to people who are familiar with the matter, MTN might be toying with the idea of dropping its business venture with Mascom Wireless in Botswana as CEO Rob Shuter makes plans to reduce the number of countries in which ...

Mar 05, 2019   DStv’s Newzroom Afrika Channel Set To Begin Recruitment Process In Preparation For Launch

Newzroom Afrika, the news channel which won a bid last year to become the brand new channel on Multichoice's DSTV platform, announced that it has kicked-off its recruitment process in preparation for its launch. In a statement, Newzroom Afrika declared ...

Mar 05, 2019   Netflix Set To Debut Yet Another Nigerian Movie Following Genevieve Nnaji's 'Lionheart'

Netflix has announced that following the successful acquisition of Genevieve Nnaji's 'Lionheart', it is set to release another Nigerian movie on its streaming platform soon. According to the American streaming powerhouse, a comedy that is titled 'Chief Daddy' will be ...

Mar 05, 2019   Globacom Nigeria Maps Out Strategic Plans To Beat Competitors

Globacom Nigeria Limited said that it had put together some plans that will help place the Nigerian economy on the right digital path. These plans are also designed to hopefully enable the telecom operator to rival its numerous competitors. Globacom’s ...

Mar 05, 2019   “To Succeed, Content Producers And Local TV Hubs Must Establish Mutually Beneficial Relationships” – Agatha Amata, CEO Of Rave TV Nigeria

Agatha Amata, the CEO of Rave TV, has suggested that Nigeria’s content producers and media owners ought to develop mutually beneficial relationships in order for the industry to thrive in the era of digital television.   Ms Agatha, responding to ...

Mar 05, 2019   Infrastructure Rental Debts Revealed As The Biggest Contributor To Total Telecom Debt In Nigeria

Investigations conducted by Nigeria Communications Week have revealed that infrastructure leasing debt is the biggest threat to service delivery in Nigeria’s telecoms sector.   The investigations showed that in the $456 million telecom debts profile recorded at the end of ...

Mar 04, 2019   DStv’s Zambezi Magic Set To Launch ‘Date My Family Botswana’

Botswana’s production houses have been invited to present their pitches to produce Botswana's version of the popular Dstv dating show, 'Date My Family'. According to Mzansi Magic, the tv show aired on Zambezi Magic (DStv channel 160) helps singletons try ...

Mar 04, 2019   MultiChoice Rolls Out Exclusive BBNaija Pop-Up Channel On DStv And GOtv

The countdown towards the eagerly awaited fourth season of Big Brother Naija has begun, and MultiChoice Nigeria has revealed that it is treating fans of the favourite reality TV show to a special reunion show and an exclusive pop-up channel ...

Mar 04, 2019   Liquid Telecom Signs 4G Roaming Deal With MTN South Africa

Liquid Telecom South Africa has announced that it has inked a deal with MTN to provide 4G roaming to millions of South Africans. Liquid said that the deal would include LTE services to cater to the growing demand for high-speed ...

Mar 04, 2019   MTN Zambia Appoints New CEO

MTN Zambia has announced that it has appointed Philip van Dalsen as the company’s new Chief Executive Officer to lead the country’s front-running network. Van Dalsen was CEO of MTN Cyprus up until this appointment. He is, however, familiar with ...

Mar 01, 2019   Cell C Black Financial Report Reveals $37 Million Spent On Content Acquisition

Cell C’s financial report for the year that ended on 31 December 2018 reveals that it spent a staggering $37 million acquiring film and programme rights throughout the year. The rights are stated on the report as contractual obligations that ...

Mar 01, 2019   South Africa Misses Deadline For DTT In The Free State Province

The 28th of February 2019 marked the promised deadline for the complete switch-over from analogue to digital terrestrial television (DTT) in the Free State region of South Africa. The province was earmarked to be the one that would be first ...

Mar 01, 2019   Ivory Coast Teams Up With GatesAir For National Digital TV Transition

The government of Ivory Coast has announced that it will be collaborating with GatesAir technologies for the necessary services and equipment contract to back the country’s national digital TV (DTV) network. The first phase is made up of seven transmitter ...

Mar 01, 2019   Cell C Announces Interim CEO

Cell C has released a statement revealing that it has appointed Douglas Craigie Stevenson as the interim Group Chief Executive officer of the business as from 1 March 2019. Up until this point Craigie Stevenson has held the position of ...

Mar 29, 2018   ECOWAS Plans To Launch Independent Radio Station Broadcasting In Three Languages

The president of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Dr Jean-Claude Brou has stated that ECOWAS Radio will begin broadcast in the three most spoken languages in the continent, English, French and Portuguese. The focus of the radio ...

Mar 29, 2018   Naspers To Dig Deeper Into India With More TMT Investments

Naspers, one of the largest technology investors in Africa, it has been revealed, is planning to execute early-stage investments across different sectors in India covering sectors like media, technology, education, and blockchain. Industry reports show that the Johannesburg based Naspers ...

Mar 29, 2018   South Africa: Cell C OffersFree Streaming For Its Black Subscribers At Easter

Cell C, a Mobile Data Operator in South Africa has announced that it will be offering free online streaming services to subscribers on its 'Black' platform. Black is the platform from that Cell C in South Africa launched with a ...

Mar 29, 2018   Teleology 'Finishes' Move To Acquire 9 Mobile (Nigeria) In US$500 Million Deal

After an extended period of rumours (and counter-rumor) about the change of ownership at of 9mobile, a youth-focused telecommunications brand in Nigeria ((formerly Etisalat), the interim board of the company seems to have finally accepted the US$500 million offer from ...

Mar 28, 2018   Nigeria: Telcos Against FaceBook’s Free Internet Project In Sub-Saharan Africa

FaceBook, the global social media networking online platform says it is making plans to roll out satellite and drone activities to provide free internet services to rural and Sub-Saharan African. This plan, however, is causing unease with Telecom operators in ...

Mar 28, 2018   African Broadcasters Acquiring Quality Content Across Many Genres

Significant numbers of broadcasters across Africa are accepting the challenge of having to adapt quickly to their counterparts in more developed nations. This is evident through from the recent moves being made to provide relevant and appealing content like soaps, ...

Mar 28, 2018   South Africa: Radio and TV Stations Will Be Mandated To Carry 70 Percent Local Content

In South Africa, a new policy that TV and radio stations in South Africa should attain 70% local content within five years has been adopted by the African National Congress (ANC). According to the resolution that was issued at the ...

Mar 28, 2018   GOtv Licensed As Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) Operator

The Zambia Information and Communication Technology (ZICTA) has given license to GOTV, a signal distributor network to install and operate a Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) network in the nation. ZICTA is a government-owned regulatory body responsible for the regulation of ...

Mar 28, 2018   MultiChoice Africa And ROK Nigeria To Launch Two Channels In April

MultiChoice Africa, a leading entertainment company and ROK, a Nigerian based award-winning film production and entertainment brand will be launching two brand new channels on the DSTV and GOTV platforms on Thursday, 5 April 2018. The two to-be-launched ROK 2 ...

Mar 27, 2018   Nigeria: NCC To Issue More Infracos Licenses, Auction More Spectrum To Improve Broadband

In a bid to achieve the 30% target for universal broadband delivery set by the Federal Government of Nigeria for December 2018, the Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) has said it would seek to offer additional infrastructure provider licences and auction ...

Mar 27, 2018   Naspers Rejects Multi-Million USD Offer From Vivendi's Canal+ For Multichoice Africa

Naspers Group, one of the largest global technology investors and owners of MultiChoice has rejected a multi-million dollar offer from Vivendi, a French-owned multinational integrated media and content group to acquire MultiChoice Africa.  In a report released by BFM TV, ...

Mar 27, 2018   South Africa: Tebogo Leshope Appointed As New COO 0f Signal Distributor - Sentech

Sentech, a South African based broadcast signal distributor has appointed Tebogo Leshope as its' new Chief Operations Officer (COO). Sentech is a state-owned organisation that offers signal distribution services to most South African licensed broadcasters. Leshope, the newly appointed Chief ...

Mar 27, 2018   South Africa: Naspers Considering Separating MultiChoice From Other Group Businesses

Naspers, the internet and media group is on the reconsidering listing MultiChoice and some other brands within its group separately. According to Naspers CEO, Bob Van Djik this consideration is focused on the reduction of the discount to the value ...

Mar 27, 2018   Nigeria: Sony Film Brings Internationally Acclaimed "Dating Game Show" To Africa

Sony Television Pictures (SPT) has announced that it will be introducing the show: "The Dating Game" one of the most watched show in Europe to Africa on EbonyLife in Nigeria. The "The Dating Game" is an internationally distributed video content ...

Mar 26, 2018   Nigeria: Nation's Movie Industry Needs A Minimum of 774 Cinemas - Says NFVCB

Piracy has been a significant challenge in the Nigerian movie industry. For years, movie makers have recorded enormous loses to the Pirates despite the battles that have been fought and lost. As a way of tackling this seeming perpetual challenge, ...

Mar 26, 2018   Media Giants BBC And CBS Agree To Deepen Collaboration In South Africa

Two global media giants, CBS News and BBC News have revealed their plan to kick-start a joint news bureau in Africa, to be based in  Johannesburg, South Africa. This collaboration indicates an upward climb in the budding relationship of both ...

Mar 26, 2018   Nigeria: BBC Goes Big On Investing In Mentorship For Young African Journalists

The  British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) has promised to invest in the next crop of journalists in Africa through the launch of a mentorship and internship scheme for young African Journalists in Nigeria. Jamie Angus, Director of the BBC World Service, ...

Mar 26, 2018   South Africa: Unions Unhappy Over The Commercialisation Of SA FM!

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has an axe to grind with unions over its plan to commercialise one of its radio stations, SA FM. Chris Maroleng, Chief Operating Officer of SABC's (a public owned media outfit that provides broadcasting ...

Mar 02, 2018   Nigeria: Are DStv And StartTimes Broadcast Licenses About To Be Cancelled?

The Federal government in Nigeria may, via the National Broadcasting Commission -  Nigeria's regulatory authority for the broadcasting industry - have already read the riot act to both Multichoice Nigeria and StarTimes concerning their license to operate in the country. ...

Mar 01, 2018   Nigeria: Broadcast Regulator (NBC) Sanctions 78 Media Outfits In Quarter 4 Of 2017

The regulatory body for the Nigerian broadcasting and media industry, the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), has said it issued a variety of sanctions against 78 broadcasting and electronic media organisations in the country between October and December of 2017. According ...

Mar 01, 2018   Kenya's A24Media Wants To Create A US 1Millon Dollars Fund For Media Innovation.

Kenya-based A24Media has stated that it is looking to set up a "Media Technology Investment Fund" of  US 1 Million Dollars. According to Mr Asif Sheikh, co-Founder of A24Media, the fund will support the need for innovation around technology development ...

Mar 31, 2017   SABC's New Interim Board Promises To Restore 'Tarnised' Image

The newly-appointed interim board of the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has pledged to do its utmost to restore the 'tarnished' image of the Corporation. In a clear-the-air meeting with SABC's 'rank and file' staff, the board, after listening to ...

Mar 31, 2017   e.TV South Africa And Disney In Free-To-Air TV Broadcast Deal

e.TV South Africa and Disney Africa have entered into a content agreement enabling e.TV to broadcast feature films, animations and other shows from the stables of the Walt Disney and ABC Studios as well as from Disney Pixar. Industry sources ...

Mar 31, 2017   Kenya: DStv And Telkom To Attract Customers With Data And TV Bundle Offers

DStv and Telkom Kenya have agreed to work together to offer more value added services to keep existing subscribers and attract new ones. Both companies are looking to leverage and cross-sell data bundles (from Telkom) and TV bundles (from DStv). ...

Mar 31, 2017   Avoid Signal Interference, Focus DSO Awareness On Border Towns - SA Minister

The South Africa Minister of Communications, Ms Faith Muthambi said that she would be driving forward the public awareness campaign for digital switchover in the country by prioritising the border towns and villages in South Africa. According to the Minister, ...

Mar 31, 2017   Kwese, SuperSport, SABC, StarTimes All Bag Broadcasting Rights From FIFA

The announcement made by FIFA regarding broadcasting rights for the FIFA tournaments (including the Confederation Cup and 2018 World Cup) reveals the following: Kwese Sports (Econet Media) has broadcast rights on Pay TV and Free-to-air across all African territories (sub-Saharan) ...

Mar 30, 2017   Optima Takes Bloomberg TV Africa To Court For Terminating Contract

According to news reports, Optima Media Group (a Nigerian based media company) is actively suing Michael Bloomberg's TV outfit in Africa (Bloomberg Television Africa) for USD60M for 'unlawful' termination of their contract. Sources close to the matter say that  Bloomberg ...

Mar 30, 2017   Trace Launches TracePlay (SVoD, OTT And Streaming Services) For Urban Audience

Announced by Trace as a hybrid service, TracePlay will deliver subscriber video-on-demand (SVOD), live TV (OTT TV), streamed Radio and entertainment to urban audiences. The platform is available across Africa (part of a global release) in English and French. For ...

Mar 30, 2017   Entries And Submissions Open For Durban International Film Festival

The Durban International Film Festival submissions for the 2017 edition of the festival are open! The Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) invites filmmakers from across the world to submit their Short, Documentary or Feature Fiction films to screen in the ...

Mar 30, 2017   MultiChoice Works With Accenture To Expand Video Test Automation Capabilities

MultiChoice is implementing StormTest from Accenture to broaden its video test automation capacity. This will enable Multichoice drive further its strategy of enhancing the viewing experience for customers and aim is to deliver the right kind of programming tailored to ...

Mar 30, 2017   SES And iDirect Test Over-The-Air DVB-S2X Tech

SES, the global satellite and media operator and US-based iDirect have announced the positive testing of the innovative over-the-air DVB-S2X Technology over C-Band. According to the two organisations, this test will enable the crucial lessons and adaptations to be made ...

Mar 29, 2017   Nigeria: NBC Cannot Guarantee Migration Of Digital Broadcast Signal

Reports from Nigeria are suggesting that the country might miss the 2017 set deadline for the switchover of broadcast signal from analogue to digital. In a recent statement, Director-General of the National Broadcasting Commission of Nigeria (charged with regulating the ...

Mar 29, 2017   Digital Innovations Will Keep Advertising Industry Relevant In Nigeria

Emeka Okeke, CEO of Media Fuse Dentsu Aegis Network Nigeria is urging the advertising industry in Nigeria and across Africa to adapt quickly to the current digital revolution, or face an uncertain future Addressing industry stakeholders in Nigeria, he stated ...

Mar 29, 2017   Cape Verde Multimedia Deploys Interactive TV Platform From Beenius

Cape Verde Multimedia (part of Cape Verde Telecom group) have selected Beenius (a provider of Interactive TV platforms) to provide it with next generation interactive TV systems. The CEO of Capo Verde Telecoms, Mr Rui Fortes, said that Beenius would ...

Mar 28, 2017   Netflix Still Refuses To Pay South Africa For Online Video Distribution - Claims Extortion

South Africa's Film and Publication Board (FPB) says it is owed more than 1.6 million South African Rands (USD 125,000) in licensing fees by Netflix, the global Video-On-Demand and streaming behemoth. These sums were allegedly accumulated by Netflix over the ...

Mar 28, 2017   South Africa: Awards To Drive Radio Broadcasting To Greater Heights

A review of South Africa’s Liberty Radio Awards nominations shows that recognition is accorded to the best-in-class, which according to the organisers is crucial. Lance Rothschild, CEO of the awards described it as the fulcrum for motivating and inspiring the ...

Mar 28, 2017   Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM) Consortium Assembly To Hold in Zurich, Switzerland

The Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM) Consortium's annual General Assembly 2017 is set to take place on the 10th - 11th May in Zurich, Switzerland. It has been confirmed by the DRM secretariat. According to Chairperson of the organisation, Ruxandra Obreja, ...

Mar 28, 2017   Showmax Entices Subscribers With Free 3GB Data

Showmax, the Naspers-owned VoD and online streaming service, is in a marketing push for more subscribers and are offering free data for use on their platform. In partnership with Vodacom (South Africa), the free data package (said to be up ...

Mar 27, 2017   Kwesé To Show Friday Night Live Boxing Across Africa

Kwesé TV is said to have finalised arrangements with a "licensed Boxing" promoter to bring Friday Fight Nights show to subscribers in Africa. According to reports, the three-year deal with Kaladoka Promotions is set to position Kwesé TV as a ...

Mar 27, 2017   Startimes To Expand Into More Of Africa With 'Quality' Content

Startimes, the Chinese digital television company has said it will drive further expansion into Africa with more "quality content". Speaking on Monday in Kenya at the launch of integrated digital TV sets to the Kenyan market, Mark Lisboa, Vice President ...

Mar 27, 2017   SABC Gets Interim Board - Asked To Sort Out Its Issues - Fast!

The South Africa Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) now has its interim board confirmed. The South Africa presidency have upheld the following to the organisation's board: Khanyisile Kweyama as Board Chair, and Mathatha Tsedu as Deputy Board Chair. Others include: John Matisson, ...

Mar 24, 2017   Startimes Introduces No Set-Top Box Digital TV Sets In Kenya

Pay TV company Startimes Media is introducing HD digital television sets to the Kenyan market. Mark Lisboa, Vice President of Startimes, said the product was a new business initiative under the company's premium offering and would allow users to receive ...

Mar 24, 2017   Zambia: Muvi TV Rebrands To Launch As Diamond TV

Vivacious Journalist Costa Mwansa has gone from hosting successful tv show The Assignment, on Muvi TV, to starting Diamond TV. A move he describes as groundbreaking for the local broadcasting industry. The former Muvi TV GM emphasised the importance of ...

Mar 24, 2017   Uzalo From SABC Most Viewed Programme In SA - February 2017 Poll.

The Broadcast Research Council of South Africa has published its television audience measurement results for February 2017 with shows such as Uzalo, Generations, Skeem Saam and Muvhango with the highest viewership. The report, however, does not include overall viewership of ...

Mar 24, 2017   South Africa: KZN Film Commission To Host Conference On Innovation

South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission is bringing together filmmakers, government officials and media at a conference on the 27th and 28th March to provide innovative solutions for the industry. According to KZN Film Commission CEO, Carol Coetzee, the two-day event ...

Mar 23, 2017   Senegal's Religious Channel - Touba TV - Broadcasts X-Rated Movie, Inadvertently!

The National Audiovisual Regulatory Council of Senegal is demanding a full and detailed explanation from Touba TV, a religious TV channel in the country, as to why it broadcasted what has been described as a highly explicit (x-rated) movie, right ...

Mar 23, 2017   More Drama As Big Brother Naija Is Dragged To Court By Compulsive Viewer

MultiChoice Nigeria is being taken to court in a bid to get Big Brother Naija removed from the DStv and GOtv platform by a concerned citizen. Reason? He and his family had become compulsive viewers of the show. Press reports ...

Mar 23, 2017   Content Protection System From Conax To Be Used To Fuel Growth In MENA.

My-Media will deploy Conax content protection system to drive further growth across the Middle East and North Africa. According to sources from Kudelski (Conax parent company), the cloud-based system included versatile innovations and extensive modular characteristics. The partnership between Conax ...

Mar 23, 2017   Kenya: iSAT Partners Avanti To Introduce Broadband To Schools

iSAT Africa and Avanti Communications have signed a deal to supply 500 Kenyan schools with satellite broadband connectivity. iSAT will provide broadband to schools and prepaid services to locals via Avanti's Hyla 2 Ka-band satellite. The two-year cooperation will focus ...

Mar 23, 2017   Netflix To Bring 4k High Resolution Video To Platforms In Africa?

Netflix has announced that it is also growing the compatibility of its offering to now enable Firefox users on Linux to access its services. The company stated that this was just a tip of the iceberg since it had also ...

Mar 22, 2017   SES Delivers TV And Media Services To 325 Million Homes

Recently released figures showed that SES (the leading Satellite services company) helped deliver TV and media services to more than 1 billion people (325 million households) around the globe. The industry report breaks down SES service delivery global coverage till ...

Mar 22, 2017   Eutelsat And Nilesat Lead With HDTV Services In MENA

Eutelsat has said it was steadily ahead with HD broadcasting in MENA. Speaking at the industry summit CABSAT in Dubai, Eutelsat, VP / Business Development & Strategy, Ghassan Murat, said the company was committed to the integration of HD and ...

Mar 22, 2017   Commonwealth Cyber Security Conference Takes Place In London - UK

Cyberspace has the benefit of building cross-country relationships and advancing socio-economic development, but cyber attacks and crimes stifle its impact. These are the reasons why the Commonwealth CyberSecurity Summit in London cannot come too soon. Organised by the Commonwealth Telecommunications ...

Mar 22, 2017   SES Partners With Intersat To Deliver Internet Connectivity Across Africa

SES and Intersat have partnered in a long-term deal that will see Intersat provide internet services across Africa through SES's broadband connectivity. The partnership is an extension of previous collaborations between the two companies in East Africa and will also ...

Mar 21, 2017   South Africa Loses Media Icon Joe Mafela

South Africa has lost a great media superstar in Joe Mafela who died on 18 March 2017. Dubbed "the face of South African entertainment". His 50 year plus career started at the age of 22 and saw him take on ...

Mar 21, 2017   Zambia: ZNBC To Launch News Exchange Portal

Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC) has announced the introduction of a news portal to advance cultural interchange with Egypt According to Mr Richard Mwanza, Director General of the ZNBC, the news portal will carry a wealth information that would educate ...

Mar 21, 2017   Sentech Enters Partnership With Intelsat To Deliver DTH and DTT Services Across Africa

Sentech (the South African signal distributor) and Intelsat have announced a partnership that would enable Sentech deliver its services across Africa. Sentech wants to provide Direct-to-Home and Digital Terrestrial Television at low costs in South Africa - and into sub-Sahara Africa. ...

Mar 21, 2017   Pirated Video Content Popular In MENA - Irdeto Reports

A report by Irdeto had shown that over half of the people in the Middle East and North African countries watched pirated videos and millennials were most likely to consume the illegal content and pirated more than once weekly. The ...

Mar 21, 2017   Morocco's SNRT Partners With EVS To Deliver HD Content

Moroccan Broadcaster, Societe Nationale de Radiodiffusion et de Television (SNRT), has signed a deal with EVS to drive more integration of its current affairs and breaking news programminf. The deal will help the broadcaster integrate and access content easily across ...

Mar 20, 2017   Market Stranglehold By Multichoice And DStv Must Be Addressed - ANC

South African ruling political party, the ANC, is suggesting the break-up of Multichoice and DStv's market dominance of the South Africa's Pay-TV market. In a policy discussion document titled "Towards the Fourth Industrial Revolution", the ANC noted that "the likelihood ...

Mar 20, 2017   Is The SABC On The Brink Of Financial Collapse? Is The Former COO To Blame?

The South Africa Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) is apparently so cash-strapped that it is now using the reserve to pay Staff and finance programmes. The organisation's financial situation is said to be worse than 2008 when it required a massive public ...

Mar 20, 2017   The South African Film And Television Awards (SAFTAs) Held At Sun City

The elite of SA's entertainment industry attended the South Africa Film and Television Awards (SAFTA) to celebrate local TV and film industry. The show, presented by Katlego Moboe and Thando Thabethe was broadcast on SABC 2. Winners in Television category ...

Mar 20, 2017   Nigeria: Install Aviation Warning Lights On Broadcast Masts By End Of March - NBC Demands!

The National Broadcasting Commission of Nigeria (NBC) have pointed to the lack of Aviation Warning Lights on many broadcasting masts across the country as a very grave safety problem It has therefore given notice to all broadcast organisations in the ...

Mar 17, 2017   South Africa: Five New Board Members Recommended For SABC

The Parliament in South Africa has recommended five new members to the SABC Interim Board. The National Assembly has endorsed Ms Febe Potgieter-Gqubule, Mr Mathata Tsedu, Mr John Mattison, Ms Khanyisile Kwayema and Mr Krish Naidoo. The Interim Board is ...

Mar 17, 2017   M-Net Set To Launch A Fast And Furious Channel

M-Net (part of the Multichoice brand) if planning to turbo-charge its entertainment offering following recent successes in movie pop-up channels. The company is said to be launching a Fast and Furious movie channel with a selection of movies that will ...

Mar 17, 2017   Kwese And Sky Vision In Content And Programming Partnership

Sky Vision has signed a content and programming deal with Africa newest pay-TV broadcaster - Kwese TV. This deal brings new content to the Kwese platform through licensing from the US and the UK. Managing Director of Sky Vision, Jane ...

Mar 17, 2017   SABC Clears The Air Over State Of Its Finances!

A recent report from the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) is affirming the organisation's commitment to educate, inform and entertain South Africans and audiences worldwide. The statement acknowledges the SABC's main funding streams of advertising revenue, sponsorships and TV licenses ...

Mar 17, 2017   Streaming On DStv Now Increases By 90 percent

According to Multichoice, its 'DStv Now' service, which allows DSTV subscribers to stream live TV channels through the website or app, saw more than 4 million titles streamed in 2016. Over 38 percent of the streams was on web platforms, ...

Mar 16, 2017   DStv Trigger Channel Free-To-View In Month Of March

MultiChoice DStv new male audience entertainment channel Trigger is, according to reports from the company, free-to-view for all subscribers on the DStv platform until 21st March and will after that only be accessible to qualified customers. The channel is being ...

Mar 16, 2017   MultiChoice Promises To Improve On Quality Of Service.

MultiChoice Nigeria has pledged to deliver better quality services to subscribers at its recently held Customer Forum meeting in Lagos, Nigeria. Caroline Oghuma, DStv Public Relations Manager, said the company was familiar with some of their customer concerns raised and ...

Mar 16, 2017   Zap, Angolan Pay-TV Operator To Stop Distributing SIC Channels

Zap, the Angolan pay-TV satellite operator (owned by Isabel dos Santos) is suspending the broadcast of Portuguese TV channels SIC in Mozambique and locally in Angola. According to news reports, this is coming after recent negative reports of the Angolan ...

Mar 16, 2017   Liberia: K3 Telecom Introduces Triple-Play Services

Swiss operator, K3 Telecom is adding fixed line, broadband and IP TV services to its Liberian platform using Air Last mile solutions. With its triple-pay services, the company is committing to a faster internet that is cheaper than in any ...

Mar 15, 2017   SABC And MultiChoice Access-To-Public-Archives Deal Under Investigation

A South African parliamentary inquiry is recommending investigations into the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) and MultiChoice agreement that would see the SABC supplying MultiChoice's DStv with a 24hour news channel, an entertainment channel and access to its public archives. ...

Mar 15, 2017   MultiChoice Still In Full Operation In Zimbabwe

MultiChoice has denied claims that it has stopped its pay-per-view services in Zimbabwe. According to MultiChoice Zimbabwe CEO, Mr Lovemore Mangwende DStv services in Zimbabwe remained fully operational. There have been speculations as to whether the Zimbabwean government was shutting ...

Mar 15, 2017   Copyright Society Of Nigeria Sues Mobile Operator Etisalat

The Copyright Society Of Nigeria (COSON) is filing a lawsuit against Etisalat over intellectual property rights infringements. COSON, the organisation that advocates for intellectual property rights of creative talent and investors in Nigeria. COSON is asking the court to order ...

Mar 15, 2017   Kenya: Communications Authority Not Planning To Split Safaricom

Kenya's Communications Authority (CA) has dismissed rumours that it is planning to split Safaricom. According to its Chairman, Mr Ben Gituku, I would like to put to bed any fears that the CA may break-up Safaricom or take any action ...

Mar 15, 2017   StarTimes Not Permitted To Provide Services In Zimbabwe - BAZ Official

The Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe has rubbished reports that international media company StarTimes is set to start broadcasting locally. BAZ Chief Executive, Obert Muganyura, announced that these reports are false and StarTimes had not been granted a license to operate ...

Mar 14, 2017   Kenya Television Network Strikes Content Deal With BBC

Kenya Television Network, a subsidiary of Standard Group of Kenya, has reportedly agreed a new content licensing deal with BBC Worldwide. According to Mr Joel Churcher, BBC Worldwide VP and General Manager for Africa, "the deal ushers in new and ...

Mar 14, 2017   Nigeria: National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) Withdraws 54 Broadcasting Licenses

Nigeria's broadcasting regulator the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has cancelled the licenses of 54 broadcast stations for refusing to pay their fees withing the 60-day range. According to reports from the organisation, these includes both private and public broadcasting stations. ...

Mar 14, 2017   Netflix Refuses To Pay Fee And Give Content For Classification In South Africa

South Africa's Film and Publication Board (FPB) has urged Netflix to pay the online content distributor fee and submit content for classification. Otherwise, it will fall foul of regulations.   According to reports from the organisation, Netflix is among the ...

Mar 14, 2017   Radio Africa Group Joins ABS Broadcast To Deliver Sports Content

European broadcast giant, ABS Broadcast, has partnered with Kenya's Radio Africa (owners of the Bamba TV platform, Kiss FM, Classic 105, Kiss television) to air sports content from international rights company, MP & Silva. With the new partnership, Bamba Sports ...

Mar 13, 2017   Kenya Broadcasting Corporation Services May Face Devolution

In a bid to drive its media development agenda, the Kenyan Government is planning to decentralise the services of Kenyan Broadcasting Corporation (KBC). According to the Principal Secretary of Broadcasting and Telecommunications, Mr Samuel Itemere, devolving KBC services to the ...

Mar 13, 2017   DStv Considering A Streaming-Only Option In South Africa

Multichoice is deliberating on launching a streaming-only version of DStv which will not be offered through satellite subscriptions but exclusively over broadband connections. Multichoice CEO, Mark Rayner, announced at a press conference that the streaming-only version of DStv was on ...

Mar 13, 2017   NIGERIA: TV Anchor, Suleiman Aledeh Reveals Why He Quit Channels Television

Nigeria's Channel Television's reporter and producer, Mr Sulaiman Aledeh recently resigned from the company to join AriseTV. Mr Aledeh was with Channels Television for eight years and co-anchored the popular breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily. He said he left the organisation ...

Mar 13, 2017   Martin Scorsese, UNESCO and FEPACI Collaborate On African Film Preservation

Martin Scorsese's Film Foundation is presenting the African Film Heritage Project to locate, restore and preserve African films. In collaboration with the Pan African Federation of Filmmakers (FEPACI) and UNESCO, the project will at first restore an initial selection of ...

Mar 10, 2017   ESPN Returns To Africa With Econet Media's Kwese Sports

Kwese Sports and ESPN are launching an exclusive channel on Kwese TV bouquet.  Sources reveal that the new channel is to broadcast some of the most comprehensive sports. The channel will also provide the latest news, updates and diverse sports ...

Mar 10, 2017   South Africa: ICASA Tells SABC - Editorial Policy Amendments Not Valid

ICASA (South Africa's communications industry regulator) has approved recommendations made by the Complaints and Compliance Committee (CCC) against the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) on the issue of editorial policy amendment. According to the CCC, the SABC have not complied ...

Mar 10, 2017   SuperSport To Launch Dedicated eSports Channel

SuperSport has announced that it will be launching a dedicated eSport channel with GINX. According to Gideon Khobane, CEO of SuperSport, "as the company is now competing squarely in the domain of the internet... the GINX offering is being developed ...

Mar 09, 2017   Nigeria Ready For June 2017 Digital Migration - Modibo Kawu (NBC)

The Director General of the National Broadcasting Commission (Nigeria), Mallam Issaq Modibo Kawu, has announced that Nigeria is ready for the digital switchover (DSO) scheduled for June 2017. Broadcastingandmedia.com understands that although the DSO plan will not initially cover the ...

Mar 09, 2017   MultiChoice Appoints Executives For GOtv And DStv Platforms

MultiChoice East Africa announced four new profile executive appointments to strengthen customer retention on GOtv and DStv platforms. The newly appointed executives are: Mwendwa Maunda is General Manager, Regulatory Affairs Kenneth Oyolla is now General Manager Commercial (overseeing DStv and ...

Mar 09, 2017   South Africa: ICASA To Review Community Broadcasting Framework

ICASA (The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa) has proposed a process to examine the framework governing the community broadcasting sector. The move is aimed at finding solutions to the regulatory and operational environment within the industry. The process will ...

Mar 09, 2017   Iflix To Launch In Africa, Competing With Netflix, Showmax!

Netflix and ShowMax's biggest competition, Iflix, is set to launch in South Africa and six other African countries by June. The move will send the company head-to-head with the global industry giant Netflix, as well as South African-based, Showmax. Iflix, ...

Mar 08, 2017   Facebook Inspired By Learning From West Africa

Chris Cox, Chief Product Officer for Facebook, has described his recent visit to West Africa as inspiring with exciting learning from local developers and content creators in Nigeria, Senegal and Ghana. He lauded the region as being "at the leading ...

Mar 08, 2017   Survey: AfricaNews Viewers Increasing In Franco-Phone Countries

A study seen by Digitising Africa indicates that AfricaNews is gaining momentum across French-speaking African nations. According to Africascope, as at December 2016, 1.7 million people in 7 mainly French-speaking West and Central African countries watched the channel daily. Now, ...

Mar 08, 2017   Kwese To Launch Own Business Channel

Kwese TV is to start a new business channel called Kwese Inc. The platform will showcase global success stories and case studies to its African audience. Also, a feature of the channel - SHiFT Africa will focus on innovators and ...

Mar 08, 2017   Multichoice Introduces Rewards Programmes In Selected Markets

Multichoice has launched two new reward programmes: DStv Thanks and GOtv Wow.  The incentives plans offer rewards to loyal customers who are subscribed and remain continuously connected to services for three months or more. Awards include monthly airtime bonuses, Gogetters ...

Mar 07, 2017   Kenya: Standard Group Posts Full Year Profit In 2016

Kenyan media company, Standard Group, announced full year profit for 2016, attributing the gain to lower operating costs and higher revenues. BroadcastingAndMedia.Com understands that company recorded a pretax profit of USD 290,000 in 2016 resulting in a 7 percent increase ...

Mar 07, 2017   Egypt: Orange And ICFLIX Partners On Online Streaming Service

ICFLIX, the North Africa and Middle East's online streaming service, is reportedly partnering with Orange in Egypt to bring authentic productions and digital content to mobile customers. Orange Egypt customers will be able to access unlimited Jazwood, Nollywood and Hollywood ...

Mar 07, 2017   O3b Network Delivered Record Time Connectivity During Afcon 2017

O3b Networks announced its high-performance satellite-enabled network transformed the match-day experience for football fans during the recently concluded African Cup of Nations. According to the company, with little or no infrastructure in many of the stadia, O3b Network successfully deployed ...

Mar 07, 2017   Tuluntulu To Add Reuters Video To Its Streaming Platform

African mobile content platform, Tuluntulu, announced it will add videos from Reuters to its tNews4U channel. According to company's founder and managing director, Mr Pierre van der Hoven, he will keep adding quality international content to their offering to make ...

Mar 06, 2017   GOtv Subscribers Watched AMVCA 2017 - Live!

GOtv allowed its customers to watch the Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (AMVCA) live on 4th March 2017. According to reports, the live broadcast of the show captured the awards' key stages from red carpet moments to performances by Timi ...

Mar 06, 2017   ShowMax Kenya Office Opens - In Recruitment Drive

ShowMax has opened a Kenyan office and is hiring staff to drive its East African growth. Head of ShowMax Africa, Chris Savides, said: "to succeed in Africa you need to recognise and cater for the differences in each market". According ...

Mar 06, 2017   South Africa Records A Boost In Demand For Digital Set-Top-Boxes

The South African government has reported a high demand for its subsidised set-top-boxes seen through surging registrations across the country. Information from the Department of Communications (DOC) shows that 11,709 households registered for decoders in January 2017 increasing to 36,042 ...

Mar 06, 2017   MTN Ghana To Launch Heroes Of Change Season III

MTN Ghana announced that after months of screening thousands of entries for its MTN Heroes of Change, the show's Season III finals will be airing  on 4 March. This season will focus on Health, Education and Economic Empowerment. MTN Heroes ...

Mar 03, 2017   BBC To Use Pidgin English For News Reporting In Nigeria

The BBC has indicated that it will now deliver news in Pidgin English across Nigeria. According to sources, the Corporation, in a bid to deliver local content more efficiently, says it will now employ local reporters to provide BBC grade ...

Mar 03, 2017   Nigeria's NBC To Shut Down Stations Over USD16 Million Unpaid Debt

The Nigerian Broadcast Industry Regulator, the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has issued a stern warning to all the broadcasting stations in the country that are owing it licencing fees to pay within three weeks of risk being shut down. The ...

Mar 03, 2017   Zee Channels Debuts On Mali's TNTSAT And DStv Africa

Zee TV entertainment and Hindi channels: Zee Magic and Zee Cinema will be on TNTSAT, a digital terrestrial network from Mali. Also, Zee Bollymovies will now be available on the DStv platform across Africa. CEO of ZEE TV Africa noted ...

Mar 02, 2017   South Africa: Is The SABC Really Unable To Keep Track Of TV License Holders?

Mr James Aguma, the acting CEO of South Africa Broadcasting Corporation, has reportedly told parliament that the organisation has no proper records of the country's TV licence holders. According to sources, Aguma told parliament that R17.7 billion had to be ...

Mar 02, 2017   YouTube To Deliver 'Regional' Content With New Live OTT TV Service.

YouTube has launched YouTube TV, a live TV streaming service that offers regional sports and cable networks. The service also provides cloud DVR with no storage limits with simultaneous recording and streamed to any and all devices. With a membership ...

Mar 02, 2017   Fox Networks Group Appoints Paolo Agostinelli To Head Channel Distribution For Europe And Africa

As executive VP to start in April, Paolo Agostinelli will manage deals for Fox Networks Group (FNG) with regards to their channels in Europe and Africa. Paolo Agostinelli comes to FNG from Tata Sky. In his new role, Agostinelli, based ...

Mar 01, 2017   South African Animation The Biggest Winner At Kidscreen Awards

Stick Man, Triggerfish Animation Studios’ collaboration with Magic Light Pictures, won four awards at the Kidscreen Awards this week, making it the most awarded animation on the night. Stick Man beat Shaun the Sheep: The Farmer’s Llamas and Bruno & ...

Mar 01, 2017   Kwesé TV Official Broadcaster Of The NBA Africa 2017

The news has been announced by the National Basketball Association (NBA) and the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA). The NBA Africa Game 2017 (NBA’s second game in Africa), will be kicking off in the month of August this year in ...

Mar 01, 2017   Vodacom Video Play Now Has A Comedy Channel

Vodacom's video-on-demand (VOD) service, Video Play, is launching a new local comedy channel called Gunga7.com. This follows a content licensing deal with production company Diprente Films and expands the channel bouquet to 10, to include music, gospel, sports, kids, news, ...

Mar 01, 2017   BBC Worldwide Grows Sub-Sahara African Content Sales By 800 Hours

BBC Worldwide has during their annual BBC Worldwide Showcase event claimed it had sold over 800 hours of television programming across different genres to a variety of leading broadcasters and media across sub-Saharan Africa. Digitising Africa understands from the BBC ...

Mar 01, 2017   Eutelsat Reaches The Milestone Of 1000 HD Channels.

High Definition (HD) television continues to grow across Africa with Eutelsat Communications broadcast satellites delivering with over 1000 HD channels launched in the past two years. Across Africa, Multichoice Africa and ZAP are seen as markets leaders in HD broadcast ...

Mar 01, 2017   Zee Africa Headlined At International Summit On OTT And VOD Summit 2017

At the recently concluded international summit on OTT TV and VOD Africa in Johannesburg, South Africa, Zee Africa headlined the show with a presentation on "Scenarios for a viable Local and Regional Content Discovery". Attended by the who is who ...

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TV Content Development, Distribution and Monetisation Forum

25th - 26th June 2019

Swakumpond | Namibia

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