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Industry Meeting  |  Nigeria: Conference On Content Building And Management For Broadcasters In Lagos, Next Week

Delegates are geared up to participate at the 4th international conference on Content Building And Management For Broadcasters, coming up on the 20th and 21st of February at the Victoria Crown Plaza Hotel in Lagos - Nigeria. The industry summit ...


Broadcast Rights  |  Supersport Agrees For SABC To Broadcast Rugby Tournaments Free-Of-Charge

Cash-strapped South Africa Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has secured a concession from DStv's Supersport that will allow them to broadcast SA Rugby tournament on SABC radio stations. According to Mr Gideon Khobane, the Chief Executive Officer of SuperSport, they decided to ...


Broadcasting Tech  |  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. ...


Broadcast Regulation  |  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 ...


Broadcasting Services  |  Nigeria: Startimes Invests US 20 Million Dollars Annually In Entertainment Industry

Startimes, a leading Pay-TV company in Nigeria has declared that it had invested more than US 200 Million Dollars into the Nigerian entertainment industry over the past ten years. This assertion was made by Ms Guo Zi Qi, Vice President ...


Digital Migration  |  South Africa: March 31st Is Deadline Date To Receive Subsidised Set-Top Boxes

The South African Department of Communications (The DoC) has announced that Saturday 31st March 2018 is the deadline date for registration of citizens that are qualified to receive government subsidised digital set-top boxes in the Free State and North West ...


Content Services  |  Nigeria: COSON Unhappy With Copyright Infringement Case Won By MCSN

With barely a week since a Nigerian Court awarded the sum of US 17Million Dollars to Musical Copyright Society of Nigeria, MCSN as special damages for copyright infringement against Multichoice Nigeria, COSON has stated its disagreement with the judgement. According ...


Broadcasting Services  |  South Africa: Multichoice Did Not Lean-On Communications Minister For Favours, Says CEO

Multichoice South Africa has refuted allegations in recent industry press that it had lobbied the Department of Communications (DoC) under the leadership of Ms Faith Muthambi for favourable decisions on the country's digital migration. According to a statement from the ...


Content Services  |  South Africa: MultiChoice To Ditch ANN7; Plans For A New 24-Hour News Channel

Multichoice South Africa has announced that from the 1st of September 2018, it will no longer carry the 24-hour news channel ANN7. The Gupta Family owns the channel. A statement from Mr Calvo Mawela, the CEO of MultiChoice South Africa ...


Broadcasting Services  |  Kenya: TV Stations Still Blocked - Despite Court Ruling To The Contrary

Further to our report on Tuesday 30th January that the government of Kenya has blocked some TV stations from broadcasting in protest to their planned coverage and broadcast of a mock presidential "inauguration" of opposition leader Raila Odinga, it seems ...


Broadcasting Services  |  South Africa: ICASA Sets Up Major Investigation Into 'Suspicious' Payments By MultiChoice

ICASA, the regulator for South Africa's Broadcast and Communications industry, is said to have launched an investigation into some 'suspicious' payment activities that have been conducted by DStv Multichoice. Sources report said that following a complaint lodged by the South ...


Telecom  |  Nigeria: 9Mobile (Formerly Etisalat) To Be Bought By Teleology For USD 500 Million

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


Broadcasting Services  |  Cameroon: CRTV Launches Dedicated 24-Hour News Channel

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


Pay TV  |  Court Orders Multichoice Nigeria To Pay USD 17 Million For Flouting Copyright

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


Broadcasting Services  |  Kenya: Government Blocks Television Stations From Broadcasting

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


Broadcasting Services  |  Zimbabwe Set For 'Feverish' Pay TV Competition As Dr Dish Enters The Fray

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


Broadcasting Services  |  Nigeria: University of Lagos Television (UNILAG TV) To Start Operations Next Month

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


Digital Migration  |  South Africa: Minister Sets Up "War Room" To Ensure Digital Migration By June 2019

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


Content Services  |  Nigeria: Is New Entrant PayTV Company "TSTV" Up To Its Billing?

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


Content Services  |  Zimbabwe: Religious Channel "Yadah TV" Goes On DStv Platform

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


Content Services  |  Nigeria: Channels TV Enters Into Content Co-Production With The BBC

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


Broadcast Regulation  |  Kenya: "Broadcasters Not Meeting Children's Programming Quota" - CA

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


Free-To-Air TV  |  StartTimes To Add Hausa Language TV Station "Arewa 24" To Its Platform

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


Digital Migration  |  South Africa: The DoC Initiates Supply Of Subsidised Digital Set-Top Boxes

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


Broadcasting Services  |  Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) To Re-Think The TV Licensing Model

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


Content Services  |  Case Closed: Justice Served To Debut On e.tv South Africa

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


Broadband  |  Fibre-Based Broadband Connections Surges In Kenya - Helped By Video-On-Demand Services

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


Content Services  |  Nigeria: StarTimes Promises Compelling Entertainment After Adding "Love World Plus" Channel

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


Broadcasting Services  |  Ghana: Multichoice Says It Contributed USD23Million To GDP In Past Three Years

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


Broadcasting Tech  |  Nigeria To Borrow USD500+ Million To Procure Satellites From China For NigComSat

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


Broadcasting Tech  |  Lost But Found - Angosat-1 Re-Establishes Communication With Earth Station

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


Broadcast Regulation  |  Tanzania Sanctions Five TV Stations For "Offensive And Unethical” Broadcasts

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


Broadcasting Services  |  Ghana To Extend TV License To Content Viewed On Mobile Devices

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


Digital Migration  |  AfDB And The EU To Finance Central Africa National Fiber Backbone

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


Broadcasting Tech  |  SES: Giving Women A Platform In Satellite Industry Via ELEVATE Training

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


Content Services  |  NIGERIA: CONSAT Rebrands As PLAY TV, Boasts Of More Than 50 Channels At Launch

CONSAT in Nigeria has rebranded as "PLAY TV" and repositioned itself as a "media and entertainment company" with the aim of becoming the "leader in digital TV programming" in Nigeria by offering a combination of the "best-in-class entertainment channels" with ...


Video-On-Demand  |  South Africa: Netflix Preferred To Showmax In The Streaming Market - My Broadband

South Africa's MyBroadband.com have published the result of their recent Piracy and Streaming Survey for South Africa. And according to the survey, carried out amongst "1,587 tech-savvy individuals in South Africa who subscribe to streaming services". The objective of the ...


Broadcasting Services  |  Nigeria: National Police Force To Launch The "Nigerian Police Broadcasting Service"

According to industry news report from Nigeria, the Nigerian national police service is finalising arrangements to launch a dedicated broadcasting operation, which, if the report is correct, will start broadcasting on the 28 of November 2017. A statement attributed to ...


Broadband  |  Angola Cables To Boost Broadband With Launch Of South Atlantic Cable System (SACS)

Angola Cable has announced that it is about to complete the South Atlantic Cable System (SACS) - a subsea cable system that is due to add more than 40 Tbps capacity to the cable connectivity infrastructure in Africa. SACS is ...


Broadcasting Services  |  Nigeria: John Momoh, Channel TV Boss, Challenged By Content Aggregator Company

Broadcast Media Africa have learnt that an 'unwanted' feud may be brewing in the Nigeria digital ecosystem between the countries broadcasters and the licensed digital content aggregator. Reports from Nigeria suggested that the Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON) - the ...


Broadcasting Services  |  South Africa's Digital Migration Hampered By Set-Top Boxes Procurement Irregularities

The already troubled digital migration programme in South Africa is set to be further marred by controversy with the recent situation surrounding the alleged state-sponsored set-top boxes procurement irregularities. According to reports from South Africa's Sunday Times newspaper, it is ...


Broadcasting Services  |  Kenya: Court Case On The Sale Of Wananchi Group (Zuku) Should Go Ahead!

It does appear that the high legal drama surrounding Wananchi Group (the owner of brand Zuku) is not abating anytime soon. A recent ruling by a High Court in Kenya has confirmed that the legal challenge to stop the sale ...


Content Services  |  Nigeria: We Are The Treasure Base Of Original And Authentic Content - Royal Roots

Mr Gregory Odutayo, CEO of Royal Roots Nigeria (a content production and broadcasting company in Nigeria) has declared that Nigeria in particular (and Africa in general) will continue to lead the world in Authentic and Original content. Greg Odutayo made ...


Broadcasting Services  |  Nigeria Govt. Might Change Broadcasting Law To 'Punish' Advertisers Not Supporting Local

In a dramatic move to drive advertisers and sponsors to support local media properties in Nigeria, the country's Government is considering a change of the broadcasting code - the set of laws and regulations governing the industry - to ensure ...


Broadcasting Services  |  SABC Will Sue Former COO To Recover ZAR14 Million (USD 1.1 Million)

Hlaudi Motsoeneng, the beleaguered former COO of the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) should expect another court summons shortly, as his former employer - the SABC - has decided to sue him in order to recover the sum of ZAR14 ...


Digital Migration  |  South Africa: Minister Parleys With Broadcasters On New 2018 Digital Switchover Deadline

South Africa's Minister for Communications, Ms Ayanda Dlodlo is scheduled to hold urgent talks with the country's broadcasters with a view to bringing the digital migration process back on track. South Africa is now looking to complete the analogue to ...


Broadcasting Services  |  Integrated Television Service (ITS) Deploys 30 Digital TV Channels In Nigeria

Integrated Television Service (ITS) - a key player in the Nigerian digital TV space - has announced the addition of 30 Free-to-air TV channels to its platform. ITS is a joint venture initiative between the country's leading state broadcasters, the ...


Digital Migration  |  Ghana Unable To Meet September 2017 Digital Migration Deadline; No New Deadline Set!

Ghana's Minister of Communications, Mrs Ursula Owusu-Ekuful has conceded that Ghana cannot meet the new deadline set for analogue to digital migration. Speaking at a stakeholders' meeting in the country's capital, Accra, Owusu-Ekuful said she and her team were acutely ...


Digital Migration  |  Status Update On Nigeria's Digital Migration Process... Some Numbers!

Numbers from Nigerian's National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) indicates that the digital broadcasting switchover process is going as slow as as one can possibly imagined. According to the Director General of NBC, Mallam Issaq Modibo Kawu, Nigeria has organised the import ...


Digital Migration  |  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 ...


Industry Meeting  |  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 ...


Digital Migration  |  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, ...


Digital Migration  |  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 ...


Digital Migration  |  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 ...


Broadcasting Tech  |  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 ...


Digital Migration  |  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. ...


Digital Migration  |  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 ...


Digital Migration  |  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 ...


Digital Migration  |  Cameroun Targets 2018 To Complete Digital Switchover

The Inspector General in Cameroon's Ministry of Communications, Prof. Felix Zogo have told industry press that he expects Cameroun to complete the analogue to digital migration by the end of 2018. Speaking in Beijing, China, Prof Zogo said further funding ...


Free-To-Air TV  |  South Africa: Content Creators Want SABC 90 Percent Local Content Policy Continued

South Africa Creative Workers Union (Cwusa) is pleading with South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC)'s interim board to consider carefully, and engage extensively, with all stakeholders before it takes the decision to axe the 90% local content policy. Cwusa is the ...


Digital Migration  |  South Africa Digital Migration Status: New Minister Favours Set Top Box Encryption?

Reports from local press and sources close to the new Communication Minister of South Africa, Ayanda Dlodlo, are suggesting a readiness to abandon the policy of a 'non-encrypted digital set-top box' that is currently in place in South Africa. Former ...


Digital Migration  |  South Africa May Miss New Digital Migration Deadline Of June 2018

A South Africa parliamentary committee have raised fresh concern about the ability of the country to meet its new digital migration deadline of June 2018, which was set by the former Communications minister. Reports indicates that a variety of issues ...


Broadcasting Tech  |  South Africa: Digital TV Set-Top Box Makers To Take Govt. Agency To Court

A few digital TV set-top boxes manufacturers in South Africa are resorting to taking legal action against the Universal Service and Access Agency of South Africa (USAASA). The contracted set-top box manufacturers, it is understood, are seeking redress for their ...


Industry Meeting  |  Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria (BON) Will Host Key Global Industry Leaders

The Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria (BON) has announced that it will hold its 3rd Annual International Summit on Digital Broadcasting In Nigeria (and 68th General Assembly) on the 22nd – 23rd August 2017 in Lagos, Nigeria.  BON is the umbrella ...


Broadcasting Tech  |  Ethiopia Launches Own Satellite TV Transmission Platform: 'Ethiosat.'

Ethiopia is launching a Satelitte TV Transmission platform called 'Ethiosat'. It is described as an integrated satellite transmission platform to cover the nation. A spokesperson for the government in Ethiopia said that Ethiosat will should provide "a unified transmission platform" ...


Digital Migration  |  Startimes Collaborates With Govt. To Provide Digital TV Services In Rural Rwanda

The Rwanda government is working with the Chinese firm Startimes to help improve access to digital broadcasting and information in the country. Press reports from Kigali indicate that a USD 92 million initiative has been launched that will see up ...


Broadcast Regulation  |  Exclusive: NBC Will Not Be Revoking Broadcasting Licences - After All!

Sources from inside the Nigerian Broadcasting space have told Broadcast Media Africa that the National Broadcasting Commission of Nigeria (NBC) may have decided not to revoke the licences of 'errant' broadcasting stations after all. This decision was apparently reached following ...


Digital Migration  |  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, ...


Broadcasting Services  |  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 ...


Content Services  |  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 ...


Content Services  |  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 ...


Free-To-Air TV  |  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 ...


Content Services  |  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 ...


Broadband  |  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 ...


Broadcasting Services  |  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 ...


Pay TV  |  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 ...


Free-To-Air TV  |  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 ...


Broadcasting Services  |  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 ...


Broadcasting Services  |  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 ...


Broadcasting Services  |  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 ...


Pay TV  |  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 ...


Pay TV  |  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 ...


Pay TV  |  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 ...


Telecom  |  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 ...


Content Services  |  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. ...


Pay TV  |  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 ...


Content Services  |  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 ...


Pay TV  |  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 ...


Content Services  |  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 ...


Pay TV  |  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 ...


Content Services  |  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 ...


Content Services  |  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 ...


Broadcasting Tech  |  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 ...


Free-To-Air TV  |  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 ...


Free-To-Air TV  |  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 ...


Digital Migration  |  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 ...


Free-To-Air TV  |  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 ...


Broadcasting Tech  |  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 ...


Pay TV  |  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 ...


Pay TV  |  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 ...


Digital Migration  |  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 ...


Content Services  |  Nigeria's NBC Instructed To Look Into Big Brother Nigeria's Issue

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


Content Services  |  BBC Shows Planet Earth II In South Africa

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


Digital Migration  |  RLG Ltd Awarded The Contract To Manufacture Digibox For Digital TV In Ghana

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


Digital Migration  |  Nigeria To Use Digital Access Fund To Support Migration Plan

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


Content Services  |  Egypt To Challenge CAF Over Sale Of Broadcasting Rights To Lagardere Sports

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


Free-To-Air TV  |  Ghana Media Practitioners (GJA) Advocates For Independence Of State-Owned Media

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


Broadcasting Tech  |  GatesAir And Pinnacle Communications Collaborate In Nigeria

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


Video-On-Demand  |  MTN Rwanda Announces Mobile TV Platform

MTN Rwanda has announced the introduction of a Mobile TV Platform known as MTN TV. Touted as  is touted as a cutting-edge innovation in the digital space, The platform enables streaming and sharing of videos on data-enabled handsets at a ...


Digital Migration  |  Inview Unveils ‘Free TV’ - A Digital TV Service In Nigeria

A digital TV service known as ‘Free TV’ has been launched in Nigeria by Inview, the UK-based digital TV software company. Nigeria's Vice President, Mr Yemi Osinbajo was at the launch which took place in the Nigerian capital city Abuja. ...