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#PreserveAfricaArchives  |  Interview: "AudioVisual Archives Are The Window Into Our World, And Must Be Acknowledged As Such" - Michel Merten, CEO Memnon

On Thursday, 29 July 2021, from 10h00 GMT, Broadcast Media Africa (BMA), in partnership with Apricity Consulting, will be hosting a virtual forum on "Realising Commercial Value And Monetisation Of Archived Content - Strategies And Options". Leading to the Online Forum, BMA ...


Pay TV  |  Uganda: MultiChoice Launches Youth-Focused "NXT Radio" For Subscribers

NXT Radio, a youth-focused radio station that debuted in October 2018 as Uganda's first visual-audio radio station, will be broadcast on Multichoice's E36 platform for listeners. Joan Semanda Kizza, MultiChoice Uganda's PR and Communications Manager, remarked at the launch that ...


Content Production  |  'Again' - A 10-Part "Dystopian" Series Done By Collaboration Of African And International Producers

Nizaam Ackerman, a Cape Town producer, has announced a new TV series with Zhelyaz Tomov, an international film editor. 'Again' is a 10-episode futuristic drama series set in a dystopian South Africa 700 years later, with the country pulled apart ...


Content Services  |  Ghana: Film Association Tells Why It Restricts Sales Of Films To TV Stations

James Aboagye, President of the Film Producers' Association of Ghana (FIPAG), says his organisation and other stakeholders in the film industry have no plans to stop TV stations from broadcasting Ghanaian content. However, according to him, the May directive to ...


#PreserveAfricaArchives  |  Interview: "Content And Data Are Cornerstones Of Broadcasters Historical Value" - Nathan Voogt, Preservica

Ahead of the forthcoming Online Forum on "Realising Commercial Value And Monetisation Of Archived Content - Strategies And Options", Broadcast Media Africa, in collaboration with Apricity Consulting, interviewed Nathan Voogt, the Commercial Director of Preservica. In the interview, Voogt reminisced on ...


Content Production  |  'District 9' Sequel Will Be Based On American History – Neil Blomkamp Reveals

The sequel to 'District 9' has been in the works for nearly a decade. Neill Blomkamp, a well-known South African director, has announced that he will set District 10 on "American history." District 9, Blomkamp's sci-fi classic, was released in ...


Film Festival  |  Africa, Well Represented At The 2021 Cannes Film Festival

A record for Africa with six films selected at this year's Cannes Film Festival screened on the Croisette, with two of them winning prizes. Given the quantity and quality of the works chosen, and the participation of Senegal's Mati Diop ...


Broadcast Regulation  |  South Africa: Same TV Licensing Regime Will Not Solve SABC's Troubles, Watchdog Warns

The newly issued bill to boost the South African public broadcaster's governance structures and cash flow include harsher penalties for non-payment of TV licence fees and reducing the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) board. Recently, Communications Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams released ...


Industry Forum  |  BMA's Hybrid Industry Event To Underscore Reasons Why "Distribution Is The Knight Of The Realm"!

In Africa, broadcasting and media organisations strive to make their content available across different platforms and devices to remain competitive in a forever evolving global and local industry landscape. Broadcast Media Africa (BMA) has announced that it has entered into collaboration ...


Appointment  |  South Africa: Industry Regulator Calls For Nominations To Fill Four Vacancies

Boyce Maneli, the Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Communications, has invited members of the public and organisations to recommend suitable candidates to fill four vacancies on the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa's (ICASA) council. "Three vacancies will be ...


Broadcasting Services  |  Govt. Issues New TV License Regulatory Framework For South Africa

Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, the South African Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies has released the South African Broadcasting Corporation SOC Ltd Bill. The Bill, in particular, retains the SABC's TV licensing regime rather than implementing a household levy and does not ...


Sports Broadcasting  |  SuperSport Exclusivity Deal With CAF Sparks Regulatory Concern

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has expressed its discontent with the Confederation of African Football (CAF) and SuperSport's exclusivity agreement. In addition, the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) issued a statement addressing the agreement. The failure of ...


Content Distribution  |  Netflix And Nigeria's Film One Entertainment Sets Global Release Date For "76"

FilmOne Entertainment has announced that its new feature film - "76" - will soon be available to audiences on the global streaming service, Netflix, beginning August 4, 2021. '76,' is a film produced by Adonis Production and Princewills Trust and ...


Copyrights & Royalties  |  South Africa: Public Broadcaster May Face Music Blackout Over Royalties Dispute

After a dispute over the alleged non-payment of US$ 17.16 million music royalties, the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) could be facing a near-total music blackout if one of the collecting societies succeeds in halting the public broadcaster from playing ...


Broadcast Regulation  |  Nigeria: "Broadcasters Must Be Cautious When Reporting Kidnappings, Banditry And Terrorisms" - Regulator

The Nigerian National Broadcasting Commission, the body that regulates the Nigerian broadcast media industry - has prohibited television and radio stations from reporting on bandits, terrorists, and kidnappers. In a statement, NBC warned radio and television stations not to "glamourise ...


Film Festival  |  "Fiela's Child" To Be Screened At The Beirut International Women's Film Festival

Fiela's Child is a feature film written and directed by Brett Michael Innes and will screen at the 4th Beirut Women International Film Festival (July 19- 23). The film will appear on Tuesday, July 20 at 10:00 p.m. (GMT +3). ...


TV Channels  |  Nigerian 'FreeTV' Platform Needs More Local Content - Subscribers Say

FreeTV subscribers have voiced dissatisfaction with the broadcasting platforms service, citing issues such as being unable to reach customer care, eliminating choice channels, including some indigenous movie channels, and the lack of children-focused channels. According to its website, FreeTV "delivers ...


Telecom Infrastructure  |  South Africa: Mobile Operators Counting Cost Of Looting and Vandalism

South Africa's second-largest mobile operator, MTN, has closed more than 100 outlets in the Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal provinces of South Africa, while Cell C has 14 locations affected. While the focus of the previous week's upheaval and violence has been ...


Content Production  |  'Neptune Frost': A East African Cyber Musical Confronting Status Quo

Anisia Uzeyman co-directs a peculiar film titled "Neptune Frost "with her husband, Saul Williams'. The film is packed with ideas, which are the directorial debut of the musician, poet, writer, and actor. The multi-faceted "MartyrLoserKing Project" focuses on the musician, ...


Pay TV  |  Nigeria: Lawmakers Still Seeking Ways To Implement Pay-Per-View Provisions On Pay-TV Operators

According to reports, Nigerian federal lawmakers are still looking into pay-per-view, pay-as-you-go, and price cuts ways and means for DSTV and other cable satellite carriers in the country. Following the adoption of the Nigerian House of Respresentaion's Ad hoc Committee ...


Advertising  |  DStv Media Sales To Represent The Discovery Network Portfolio

DStv Media Sales, the sales arm of MultiChoice Africa, has expanded its Discovery Network commercial portfolio and will now be the media house of choice for all Discovery channels. As a result of the new deal, DStv Media Sales (DMS) ...


Content Creation  |  Facebook And Instagram Looks To Invest Over US $1 Billion In Content Creation

In a battle for elite talent, Facebook Inc. has announced that it will spend up to US$1 billion on content creators through the end of 2022, this at the back of TikTok becoming the first rival mobile app to reach ...


Film Festival  |  South Africa: Durban FilmMart Postpones 2021 Edition In Wake Of Unrest

The Durban FilmMart has postponed the virtual event scheduled to take place from July 16 to 25 due to continued instability, violence, and widespread property devastation in areas of the provinces of KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng in recent days. The Durban ...


Broadcasting Services  |  Zimbabwe: Public Broadcaster Strengthens Income Collection With TV e-Licensing!

Zimbabwe's Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Senator Monica Mutsvangwa, has praised the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) for establishing an e-licensing platform. Mutsvangwa, speaking at the launch, said the program comes when the government is pushing ideas that help ...


Football Broadcast  |  SuperSport Secures Rights To Broadcast CAF's Champions League Final

SuperSport, the Pan-African sports broadcaster, has confirmed that it will air the highly anticipated CAF Champions League final between Kaizer Chiefs and Al Ahly on their platforms this coming weekend. The above mentioned comes after CAF discontinued their agreement with ...


Telecom Infrastructure  |  Ethiopia: Ethio Telecom Expands Its 4G Network

Ethio Telecom, an Ethiopian telecommunications company that serves as the country's primary provider of internet and telephone services, has announced plans to expand its 4G LTE network to facilitate the further rollout of its TeleBirr mobile money service. Telebirr, which ...


Industry Support  |  South Africa: Association Of Broadcasters Pledges To Help Community Radio Stations Rebuild

In the wake of recent looting and riots in portions of Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal, the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) has offered to help community radio stations. The group issued a statement expressing its sadness at reports of violence and ...


#PreserveAfricaArchives  |  Broadcasters To Convene On How To Evaluate And Monetise Legacy And Archived Content

Industry experts believe there is now a pressing need for broadcast content and material to be catalogued, stored, archived, and adequately managed. Therefore, as part of the ongoing Industry Programme on #PreserveAfricaArchives, Broadcast Media Africa (BMA), in collaboration with Apricity Consulting, ...


Telecom Infrastructure  |  Malawi: Provider Invests Up To US$ 39 Million In Telecoms Infrastructure

In 2020, Telekom Networks Malawi (TNM), a subsidiary of Press Corporation Limited, invested approximately US$ 39 million as part of an ongoing drive to digitally modernise and reinforce operations in telecommunications infrastructure development. Malawi's oldest telecommunications service provider, TNM board ...


Football Broadcast  |  CAF Wants Broadcasters To Help Fund Pan-African Super League

Patrice Motsepe, president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), has stated that the governing body has begun conversations with broadcasters about developing an African Super League, emphasising that Africa will learn from the European Super League's collapse. Even though ...


Local Content  |  Seychelles: 'Flames' - A New Locally Produced TV Series Start Soon On SBC!

The Seychelles Broadcasting Corporation (SBC) will soon air a new locally produced television series called 'Laflanm.' 'Laflanm,' which translates to 'Flames' in English, is a classic story of forbidden love between two individuals from different worlds who must overcome various ...


Content Services  |  "Thuthuka" A Content Co-Development Fund Launched By South Africa And The Netherlands

The Netherlands and South Africa have established a new content co-development fund, on July 10, in Cannes. It is to be recalled that back in 2015, the two counties inked a co-production agreement and wanted to build on it by ...


Telecom Infrastructure  |  Angola: Africell And Nokia To Construct World-Class Mobile Networks

Nokia has agreed to deliver its comprehensive network technologies to Africell, Angola's new mobile telecommunications operator, to provide 2G, 3G, and 4G services in Luanda, it's capital. According to a press release, the agreement considerably expands both companies' footprints throughout ...


Sports Rights  |  Ghana: StarTimes Helps Give New Lease To Football Coverage On TV

In the penultimate round of matchday 33, pay-TV service provider StarTimes, the official broadcaster of the Ghana Premier League, delivered on their promise to give historical coverage to Ghana Premier League viewers. As the season draws to a close, the ...


Content Services  |  South Africa: SABC Cancels "LIVE AMP" Show After A Generation

The South African Broadcasting Corporation has announced that the long-running music show LIVE Amp on SABC1 will be cancelled after the 25th season, which commenced on Friday, July 9th. The once-trendsetting show, produced by Urban Brew Studios, saw its ratings ...


Pay TV  |  Nigeria: "We Dispute All Allegations Of Tax Evasion And It's Business As Usual" - Multichoice

MultiChoice, Africa's pay-tv giant, has disputed the Nigerian Federal Inland Revenue Service's (FIRS) claims of US$4.3 billion in tax evasion. According to a statement released by the company, MultiChoice maintains that it has not received any formal notification from the ...


Content Production  |  Ivory Coast's RTI Collaborates To Produce 'Ambre' - A Futuristic Action Thriller

Known Associates Entertainment, the production company behind "uBettina Wethu," the South African adaptation of the Colombian telenovela "Ugly Betty," has joined forces with RTI, Ivory Coast's public broadcaster, on a science fiction drama series that will be the first co-production ...


Sports Broadcasting  |  Morocco: State Broadcaster To Add Extreme E-Sports To Portfolio

Extreme E, the electric car racing series, has announced the addition of Morocco's main state broadcasting service, Société Nationale de Radiodiffusion et de Télévision (SNRT), to its broadcast portfolio. By combining sport and purpose to inspire change, the Extreme E ...


Content Distribution  |  StarTimes And Wakaati TV Adapts "Ile Alayo" Into A TV Series

StarTimes, in collaboration with Wakaati TV and Nollywood actor Femi Adebayo, will premiere the Ile Alayo comedy series, which is based on the blockbuster film. Mr Macaroni, Broda Shaggi, Woli Agba, Odunlade Adekola, Mercy Aigbe, Adebayo Salami, Lateef Adedimeji, Dele ...


Content Piracy  |  UEFA Joins Anti-Piracy Complaint Against Gabon's SatCon Network

UEFA, the Union of European Football Associations, and the European football regulatory body have issued a joint statement condemning satellite provider SatCon, based in Gabon, Africa, for illegally broadcasting its content across Africa. Content piracy can take numerous forms, but ...


Film Festival  |  "Lingui", One Of Two African Films Going For The Palme d'Or At Cannes Film Festival

Lingui is one of two African films competing at this year's Cannes Film Festival for the Palme d'Or. Director Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, who won the Grand Special Jury Prize at the 2006 Venice Film Festival for his film Daratt, provides a ...


Pay TV  |  Kenya: New, Simplified, And Revamped Packages From DStv

In Kenya, DStv - the Multichoice pay-tv platform - has announced the launch of a bouquet package redesign to meet its commercial sector consumers' diverse business entertainment needs. According to MultiChoice Kenya managing director Nancy Matimu, the newly revamped packages ...


#PreserveAfricaArchives  |  How To Unlock The Commercial And Monetary Value Of Archived Content!

Many managers and administrators of archives and archival platforms are grappling with how to successfully digitise broadcasters' audio-visual heritage content in a way that unlocks commercial and monetary value in the long term. Broadcast Media Africa (BMA), in collaboration with ...


Industry Support  |  South Africa: TikTok And NFVF Collaborates To Awards Grants To Content Creators

TikTok has revealed the first cohort of Rising Voices grant recipients, with a total cash incentive of US$ 59,878.57 going to 20 creators. The grant comes after the first-ever six-week Rising Voices incubator programme in June. Grant applicants received mentorship, ...


Content Distribution  |  Kenya: 'Wildlife Warriors' And KBC Showcase African Perspectives On Wildlife

Wildlife Warriors, a wildlife conservation documentary series, made-in-Kenya has returned to the screens after a two-year break. The new season's first episode, produced by WildlifeDirect and new partners, the Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC) TV, premiered on June 26 and focuses ...


Broadcasting Services  |  eNuus - South Africa's First Independent Afrikaans Bulletin Celebrates 11 Years On-Air

eNuus, a South African news bulletin part of the same stable as successful 24-hour news channel eNCA, became the first independent Afrikaans TV news broadcast on the 18th of July 2010. eNuus specializes in sharing people's stories – stories about ...


Content Services  |  'Dithunya Tsa Rona' - The Docudrama That Aims To Battle Child Abuse In Botswana

In partnership with other stakeholders, Stepping Stones International (Botswana) (SSI) released Dithunya Tsa Rona, a docudrama film aimed at sensitising parents and assisting them in grooming children while safeguarding them from abuse.  The documentary was released on June 16 to ...


Broadband Infrastructure  |  Facebook And Liquid Tech. To Build A Long-Haul And Metro Fibre Corridor In The DRC

Facebook and Liquid Technologies have teamed up to create a long-haul and metro fibre network in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). According to the companies, regional connectivity is in high demand across Central Africa, and the cooperation is projected ...


Spectrum Management  |  Nigeria: Govt. Agency Surpassed Its Revenue Projection For Spectrum Fees In 2021

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) - the government agency that regulates the telco industry - says it has surpassed its estimated earnings from spectrum license fees of US$ 87,3 million for 2021. The Commission stated it had collected almost US$ ...


Broadcasting Services  |  Namibia: Trade Union Pressuring Public Broadcaster To Take Action On Employment Issues

The Namibian Public Workers' Union (NAPWU) has requested an exact date from the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) to implement the agreement between the two parties to hire all contract employees into permanent positions. The union said that NBC had failed ...


Broadcasting Services  |  Zimbabwe: TV and Radio Services Only Brings 20% Revenue To Zimpapers Group - Reports

The Zimpapers Group, which was awarded four radio licenses for Star FM, Diamond FM, Capitalk, and Nyaminyami FM, and recently One Digital TV license, has only generated 20 per cent of revenue from its radio and television operations. While financials ...


Content Distribution  |  "Devilsdorp" - SA's First True Crime Series - To Premiere July 29 On Showmax

Devilsdorp, Showmax's first Original true-crime docu-series, will focus on a string of cult murders that occurred in South Africa between 2012 and 2016. The Krugersdorp Killings, commonly known as the Appointment Murders, are the subject of the series. It builds ...


Broadcasting Services  |  SA Government Opens Up TV Licence Modifications In The Country

A new South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) Bill of 2020 has been cleared for public feedback and consultation by President Cyril Ramaphosa's cabinet. It will repeal the current broadcasting act if the bill is signed into law. Among the changes ...


Pay TV  |  Zambia: DStv Clients Dissatisfied With Constant Show Repeats - Reports

According to BMA sources, DStv customers in Zambia have recently expressed their dissatisfaction with over 70 per cent of all DStv bundles ranging from Access to Compact filled with nothing but repetitive programming, from movies to documentaries. Local media sources ...


Film Festival  |  Middle Eastern Films To Compete In Durban Film Festival

Films from the Middle East, such as the Iranian "The Rain Falls Where It Will" and "Daily Massacre in Tehran", will compete at this year's 42nd Durban International Film Festival, which takes place in Durban, South Africa, from July 22 ...


Sports Broadcasting  |  DStv Showmax To Bring Tokyo 2020 Olympics To Its Platform - Reports

Showmax, the DStv streaming service, has announced that it will broadcast the Tokyo Olympics from July 23 to August 8, which were initially scheduled for 2020 but were postponed to 2021 because of the global Covid-19 pandemic. As a result, ...


#PreserveAfricaArchives  |  "To Grow, Community Broadcasters Need To Be Well Resourced", - Says Nkopane Maphiri, CEO, Torque Media

During the recently concluded online forum on #CommunityBroadcastingAfrica, Nkopane Maphiri, the Chief Executive Officer of Torque Media, moderated the 'How Community Broadcasters Can Utilise Acquired Resources Effectively' session. The session was aimed at evaluating existing frameworks that could promote increased economic activity to ...


5G Network  |  Uganda: MTN Looking To Transition To 5G Services With Network Automation

MTN, a mobile telecommunications company, has begun automating its network in preparation for 5G technology. The telecom, which declared last year that it would start developing 5G technology, revealed that it had formed a collaboration with members of the Telecom ...


Cinema Services  |  South Africa: Cinema Chain Pleads With Government To Re-Open Theatres

Ster-Kinekor, a cinema operator, has called on the government to allow cinemas to reopen immediately after the 14-day lockdown, implemented to combat the infectious spread of Covid-19 cases, which has risen to an alarming level in recent weeks. South African ...


Broadcasting Services  |  Court Set Date To Hear Suit Seeking To 'Wind Up CNN Africa In Nigeria'

A complaint has been filed, seeking to wound up and forfeit CNN Africa's assets in Nigeria. The hearing has been set for September 27, 2021, before the federal high court in Lagos. KeneChukwu Okeke, a human rights activist and the ...


Audience Measurement  |  South Africa: Radio Listenership Data Highlights The Powerful Allure Of Youth

The Broadcasting Research Council of South Africa (BRC) has revealed interim radio listenership data for quarter one of 2021, which shows a strong level of interest among South African youth. Ninety-five per cent of 15- to 24-year-olds claimed they listen ...


#CommunityBroadcastingAfrica  |  "Community Broadcasting Helps Us Sustain Local Culture" - Mohammed Balu, Ghana Community Radio

"Our community radio station's driving forces has been to rejuvenate and revive the culture of the people of our community". This is according to Mohammed Balu, station head at Radio RADFORD (Ghana) and National Council Member at Ghana Community Radio. ...


Diversity In Media  |  African LGBTQ+ Films Serving As A Protest On Screen

Banned, boycotted, or unsung in their own countries, films like 'Inxeba' (2017), 'Rafiki' (2018), 'Moffie' (2019), and 'Kapana' (2020) have punctuated the last four years with the proclamation that Africa's LGBTQ+ storytellers are here, and will not be silent. 'Inxeba' ...


Animation Content  |  'Bridges' - An Initiative For Emerging African Animators By IFAS

The French Institute of South Africa (IFAS) has launched an initiative, aptly dubbed "Bridges", to provide a platform for developing African animation talent for launch in global film and animation markets. The innovative new project collaborates with international mentors and ...


#CommunityBroadcastingAfrica  |  Video: "Why People Rely On Community Broadcasting For Verified Local Information" - Geraldine Fobang, President of CCMN

During the recently held industry forum on 'Strengthening Community Broadcasting in Africa', organised by Broadcast Media Africa (BMA) in collaboration with 2Gwana Media, the President of Cameroon Community Media Network (CCMN), Geraldine Fobang, shared her experience on 'Factors Driving Effective Resource ...


Broadcast Regulation  |  South Africa: ICASA Addresses 'Must-Carry' Regulatory "Error" - According To Reports

The South African Broadcasting Corporation is breathing a sigh of relief after the country's communications regulator announced plans to scrap laws allowing pay-TV operators to carry the public broadcaster's free-to-air channels for free. The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa ...


Content Distribution  |  U.S Lionsgate Acquires Its First Nollywood Film Distribution Right

Lionsgate, a prominent American film production and distribution company, has acquired the rights to distribute the 2020 blockbuster Nigerian film 'A Soldier's Story 2: Return from the Dead'. The film has become the first in Nollywood to be distributed by ...


Content Services  |  'Love Island Nigeria' Will Be First Of Its Kind - According To Promoters

Love Island Nigeria is the first version with an all-black cast of 20 people attempting to couple up while staying together in a Love Island villa to win the prize money or avoid being dumped. It follows the recent Love ...


Appointment  |  Cameroon: Newly Appointed Chief Regulator Promises A Clean Slate

Veteran journalist Joe Chebonkeng, the recently commissioned President of the National Communication Council (NCC), has pledged to rid Cameroon's media landscape of charlatans. The media guru engaged media personnel after being formally installed as President of the National Communication Council ...


#PreserveAfricaArchives  |  How To Realise The Commercial Value And Monetisation Of Archived Content

The goal is to "Preserve Africa's Audiovisual Media Assets". This is according to Broadcast Media Africa (BMA) in collaboration with Apricity Consulting. Over the past three years, various organisations, mainly in broadcasting, have mandated to work with archives professionals to ensure ...


#CommunityBroadcastingAfrica  |  Video: "Impact Of Policies And Regulations On Community Broadcasting In Uganda", by Jimmy Okello, Community Media Network Uganda

"The reality of the legal environment in Uganda is that it suppresses the progress and development of the community radio sectors". These were the words of Jimmy Okello, the National Coordinator at Community Media Network Uganda, during the recently concluded ...


#CommunityBroadcastingAfrica  |  Video: "Effective Legislation Crucial To A Thriving Community Broadcasting Sector" - Says MDDA CEO, Zukiswa Potye

During the recent #CommunityBroadcastingAfrica online forum presented by Broadcast Media Africa (BMA) and its programme partner 2Gwana Media, the Chief Executive Officer of the Media Development and Diversity Agency (MDDA) in South Africa, Zukiswa Potye weighed on the existing factors hindering ...


TV Channel and Content  |  AREWA24 Celebrates 7th Anniversary With Largest Slate Of New Content And Programming

AREWA24, the leading Hausa language entertainment and lifestyle television channel and production studio in Nigeria and West Africa, celebrates its 7th anniversary by giving its viewers the largest slate of new Hausa-language programming in the channel's history.  AREWA24's new slate ...


5G Network  |  Ghana: MTN Looks To Bring 5G Internet To Citizens

MTN Ghana collaborates with Vodafone, Google, and Facebook to provide 5G internet to the country. MTN Ghana's Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Selorm Adadevoh, announced at the inaugural Ghana Diaspora Investment Summit on Wednesday, June 23. The change is scheduled to ...


Pay TV  |  DStv Subscribers Soon Able To Choose What To Watch And Pay For On Granular Basis

According to News24 (a South African news outlet), the DStv is experimenting with the "unbundling" of its entertainment, sports, and movie channels, dubbed "DStv Flex." The reporting suggests that the PayTv giant appears to have finally seen the light after ...


Broadcasting  |  Uganda: Broadcaster Expresses Remorse For Indecent Incident During Live Broadcast

NTV Uganda has expressed remorse to all their valued viewers and stakeholders for an audience member's obscenity, which inadvertently aired live during the NTV Mix Show on June 25. A Zoom feed for fans is routinely relayed during live mix ...


Sports Broadcasting  |  South Africa: SABC Launches 24-Hour Sports Channel

South Africa's public broadcaster, SABC, inaugurated its 24-hour sports channel on Thursday, June 24, promising to bring innovative and fascinating sports content via free-to-air broadcasts and online streaming. The channel is presently available on SABC digital TV broadcasting, Openview channel ...


#CommunityBroadcastingAfrica  |  Building Capacity That Drives Effective Resource Utilisation Is Key To Community Broadcasting

Broadcast Media Africa (BMA), in collaboration with 2Gwana Media, hosted an online forum on 24 June 2021 on 'How To Adequately Resource Community Broadcasting In Africa'. The online discussion formed part of the 'Strengthening Community Broadcasting in Africa Programme, which aims ...


Telecom Investments  |  Investors Increase Investments In Africa's Mobile Telecoms Space

Following contributions to a US$450 million investment round for IHS Towers, which controls mobile towers in Rwanda, Zambia, Cameroon, Nigeria, and the Ivory Coast. According to Director Ed Stumpf, African Infrastructure Investment Managers (AIIM) is looking to invest in a ...


Film Festival  |  42nd Durban International Film Festival Announces Opening And Closing Films

The opening and closing films at this year's Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) have been confirmed. The Eagle's Nest, directed by Olivier Assoua, an award-winning Cameroonian born British-based filmmaker, will open the festival. With, Threshold, an autobiographical documentary by Brazilian ...


Ratings And Audiences  |  Terrestrial Broadcasting And Pay-TV Still Reign Supreme In South Africa

Despite the growing popularity of online video streaming services, traditional terrestrial and satellite broadcasting continue to reign supreme in South Africa. According to the 2019 State of the Broadcasting Industry Report, South Africa had 14.4 million TV homes and a ...


Film and Cinema  |  Nollywood Shows Resilience Despite Impact Of Covid-19 On Film Industry

Nollywood films overwhelmed their Hollywood equivalents in Nigerian theatres due to the postponement of many Hollywood films. As a result, the Nigerian film industry has become increasingly reliant on Nollywood films, resulting in more Nollywood films. In the first quarter ...


Content Protection  |  African Court Stands Up For Rights Of Content Producers In Multichoice vs Intelvision

A recent decision in MultiChoice Africa Holdings B.V and SuperSport International (Pty) Ltd versus Intelvision Limited demonstrates that African courts are prepared to preserve content producers' and rights holders' rights. Intelvision broke the law by broadcasting matches from the 2019 ...


Video On Demand  |  South Africa's TelkomONE Offers Up Free Catch-Up Service To Subscribers

South Africa's Telkom's video-streaming platform - TelkomOne, has announced a free Catch-Up functionality across its SABC and other free-to-air channels – a first-of-its-kind value-added offering by a video-on-demand service in South Africa. Catch Up is a system-driven recording of various ...


Industry Support  |  Uganda: MultiChoice Provided Home-Learning Facilities For Covid-19 Lockdown

MultiChoice Uganda has updated Learning Time, a slot dedicated to educating Ugandan students in lockdown, through Pearl Magic and Pearl Magic Prime, its local content channels. The Ugandan government re-announced the closure of all schools across the country on June ...


Animation Content  |  Growing Appetite For African Animation With Showcases At Annecy International Animated Film Festival

Kenda, a 15-episode animated series produced by Stéphane Mendonça's iMotion in Ivory Coast, with Lady Buckit and the motley mopsters (LBMM), a Nigerian animation by director Adebisi Adetayo that is also broadcast on Trace, has been selected for the prestigious ...


Industry Awards  |  "District Six Rising From The Dust" Wins International Film Award

A South African documentary,' District Six Rising from the Dust,' has been awarded the Best Documentary at the Beyond the Curve International Film Festival in France. The film festival will take place virtually from June 25 to June 30. Throughout ...


Broadband Infrastructure  |  MTN To Invest Up To US$1.5 Billion To Expand Broadband Access In Nigeria

Over the next three years, MTN Nigeria expects to invest nearly US$1.5 billion to expand broadband connectivity across Nigeria. The investment plan supports MTN's Group strategy, Ambition 2025: Leading Digital Solutions for Africa's Progress, and the Federal Government's 2020-2025 National Broadband ...


Internet Connectivity  |  South Africa: Fibrestream Terminates ISPA Membership Affecting Internet Access To South Africans

Fibrestream was one of three firms that had terminated their membership in the Internet Service Providers' Body of South Africa (ISPA) on April 20, according to the industry association. ISPA noted, "Fibrestream discontinued their membership in ISPA on [March 8, ...


Content Distribution  |  Netflix Launches First African Reality Show "Young, Famous, and African"

Netflix, in partnership with Peace Hyde, has added another astounding achievement for the creation of the first-ever African Netflix reality series, "Young, Famous, and African." Peace Hyde, a British-Ghanaian, and well-known TV host, creator, journalist, entrepreneur, and activist, also acts ...


Broadcast Funding  |  Nigeria: Government Seeks To Make Broadcast Regulator Self-Funding

The Nigeria government wants the broadcast industry regulator - the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), to be self-funding and stop taking allocations from government funds. The National Broadcasting Commission is a parastatal of the Federal Government of Nigeria established by Section ...


#CommunityBroadcastingAfrica  |  Survey: Organising Community Broadcasting In The Digital Ecosystem - The Briefing Report

The key to the growth of #CommunityBroadcastingAfrica is through the adoption of internet-based platforms; BMA's recently commissioned survey on "How community broadcasters are organising in the digital spaces and ecosystem" in Africa has revealed. The data received from the survey has revealed the community ...


Broadcasting Management  |  Kenya: National Broadcaster Relaunch Necessary Amidst Shifting Media Sector Landscape

The Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC) relaunched on Monday, June 21, featuring several seasoned news anchors. According to BMA sources, the public broadcaster spent millions on revamping its studios to suit the high-wattage anchors. A station source revealed that the station ...


Spectrum Management  |  South Africa: Telkom And MTN Continue To Pursue Spectrum Court Action

Telkom and MTN are still planning to go to court in July, even though South Africa's telecoms regulator intends to strike an agreement with the mobile operators on the long-delayed radio frequency spectrum auction by August. While feeling "encouraged by ...


Content Production  |  Local Production Of 'Survivor SA' Season Eight Brings Boost To Economy

According to promoters, Survivor South Africa was filmed in the country for the first time in the series' eight-season history, in collaboration with the Eastern Cape Development Corporation. This has resulted in job creation, upskilling, and a financial boost for ...


5G  |  5G Growing In Africa, 3G Still Dominant - Ericsson Mobility Report

5G subscribers in Sub-Saharan Africa were still less than 1 per cent of overall subscriptions at the end of 2020; Ericsson forecasts "discernible quantities of 5G subscriptions" by 2022, rising to around 7 per cent in 2026. According to the ...


Broadcasting Services  |  South Africa: SABC To Score Big Win With Pay-TV "Must Carry" Content Regulations

The South African broadcasting regulator, ICASA, has published draft regulations that support the continuance of "must-carry" restrictions. However, a new commercial partnership mandate might see MultiChoice pay the SABC to keep the public broadcaster's three main channels on its DStv ...


ICT Regulations  |  Cameroon's Regulator, ART, To Adopt New Regulatory Model

The Telecommunications Regulatory Board (ART) in Cameroon has announced that it is developing a new regulatory model to become a strong, innovative, and performing organization by 2025. The ART stated in a note released in early June 2021 that with ...


Telecom Services  |  Mozambique: Regulator Takes Heat Off Vodacom and TMCEL Dispute

In Mozambique, a dispute has erupted between Tmcel and Vodacom over whether Tmcel has complied with the interconnection contract. As a result, the Mozambique National Communications Institute (INCM) has intervened regarding the US$ 950972,40 (60 million Meticais) interconnection debt. Vodacom ...


#CommunityBroadcastingAfrica  |  Interview: "Why Community Broadcasting Is Key To Lifting Africa" - Geraldine Fobang, President, CCMN - Cameroon

The President of Cameroon Community Media Network (CCMN), Geraldine Fobang, recently had a conversation with Broadcast Media Africa ahead of the Online Forum on "How To Adequately Resource Community Broadcasting In Africa". During the interview, Fobang stressed how community broadcasting is ...


Kids Content  |  Disney Showcases 'Kizazi Moto' And 'Kiff' At Annecy Animation Festival

Disney EMEA announced a pair of new African series at this year's Annecy Animation Festival - namely "Kizazi Moto: Generation of Fire", a sci-fi anthology series,"  and kids musical show titled "Kiff" from South Africa. "This year's festival is dedicated ...


#CommunityBroadcastingAfrica  |  "Sustainable Funding Is The Main Challenge Of Community Broadcasters" - Abdullahi Yelwa, CEO, Caliphate Radio - Nigeria

Ahead of the forthcoming Online Forum on "How To Adequately Resource Community Broadcasting In Africa", Broadcast Media Africa, in collaboration with 2Gwana Media, interviewed Abdullahi Yelwa, the Chairman/CEO of Caliphate Radio and Nagari Television and Vice Chairman of Northern Broadcast Media ...


Telecom Infrastructure  |  MTN Plans To Roll Out OpenRAN Across Africa

MTN Group has stated that it will extensively test and eventually deploy OpenRAN across its African footprint. The operator indicated in a statement to the media that it plans to use OpenRAN to modernize its radio access networks. "Allowing for ...


Broadcasting Management  |  Botswana: Opposition Against The Outsourcing Of Public Broadcaster To American Businessman

In Botswana, the impending outsourcing of the National Broadcaster to Steve Harvey, an American comedian and businessman, has elicited considerable opposition from all community corners. Dumelang Saleshando, the Leader of Opposition (LOO) and Botswana Congress Party, was the latest to ...


#CommunityBroadcastingAfrica  |  Survey: Community Broadcasters Say Digital Presence Will Help Create Affinity With Funders

Across the African continent, there has been a growing acknowledgement of the role and impact brought about by community broadcasters. With this in mind, Broadcast Media Africa (BMA) and its programme partner, 2Gwana Media, commissioned a survey to "Scope How Community ...


Public Service Broadcasting  |  SABC - The South African Public Broadcaster Still Vital To Advertisers - BMA Agrees With Experts!

One may argue that the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) is a media owner that Africa's broadcasting industry needs to do well. This is because should the SABC underperforms or, even worse, fail, the ramifications could be enormous not only ...


Social Media Regulation  |  Nigeria: Twitter Seeks Dialogue With Government Over The Ban

On Tuesday, 15 June 2021, the Nigerian Federal Government revealed that Twitter had written to seek conversation on the concerns that have led to the company's indefinite suspension of operations in the country. Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information ...


Community Media  |  Impact Of Regional Broadcasters To Local Communities Is Profound

Across Africa, not many industries have played as important a role in their communities as local news platforms throughout South Africa's large regions and provinces. Regional broadcasters had a direct line to their communities in an era where South Africans ...


Content Distribution  |  Cameroon: Netflix Scores For English-Speaking Minority

Cameroon's booming film industry will reach another milestone this month, with the release of two additional films on Netflix. Following the release of Therapy and The Fisherman's Diary earlier this year, the number of Cameroonian movies available on the ...


Pay TV  |  Mid-Tier And Mass-Market Pay-TV Package Help Deliver Profits To DStv

Despite a continuous loss of high-value DStv subscribers in recent years, MultiChoice reported record profits for 2020/21. According to the corporation, this was attributable to the increasing penetration of its mid-tier and mass-market pay-TV packages, which helped reduce its dependency ...


Industry Support  |  Realness Institute's Development Lab Candidates Unveiled

Twelve creative industry professionals from Kenya, Nigeria, Mozambique, South Africa, and Zimbabwe were chosen from over 500 applicants to participate in the inaugural three-month development lab for African Writers and Development Executive Trainees, which begun in June 13, 2021. The ...


Appointment  |  Nigerian Broadcast Regulator Gets New Director-General, Mr Balarabe Ilelah

President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Mr Balarabe Ilelah as the Director-General (DG) of the National Broadcasting Commission of Nigeria. He takes over with Professor Armstrong Idachaba, who has acted in that capacity since February 2020. The Nigerian Minister of Information, ...


Broadcasting Services  |  Namibia: Broadcaster Disciplines Anchors For "Acts Of Indiscipline" On-Air

After a harrowing on-air dispute, during a live broadcast that got seen by millions coining the term "Jessica we are live" on social media platforms. Namibia's NBC News has removed both NBC News anchor Elmarie Kapunda and sports presenter Jessica ...


Spectrum Management  |  South Africa: Spectrum Negotiations "Now Well Underway" - Says ICASA

South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa, called for mediation last week in the legal stalemate that stalled the country's spectrum auction, which was initially planned to be auctioned by the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) on March 31, 2021. ...


Content Services  |  South Africa's Triggerfish Wins 2021 Mifa Animation Industry Award

Triggerfish, a South African animation studio, has won the Mifa Animation Industry Award at the Annecy International Animation Festival. Christopher Meledandri, founder of Illumination (Despicable Me); Peter Lord and David Sproxton, co-founders of Aardman (Wallace & Grommet); Marc Bonny, creator ...


Spectrum Management  |  South Africa: Presidency Asking For Spectrum Auctioning To Resume Immediately

Following an interdict by companies to stop the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) from rolling out the spectrum anticipated by the end of May 2021. South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has requested mediation in the spectrum auctioning process, ...


Pay TV  |  MultiChoice Group Increases Its Subscription Numbers - Says Calvo Mawela, Group CEO

The MultiChoice Group (MCG) seems to have held up well in a harsh consumer climate by, according to reports, delivering subscriber growth of 6% YOY or 0.5 million linear pay-TV subscribers on a 90-day active basis. The 90-day active linear ...


Mobile Services  |  Telkom Pay Improve Service Offerings - Sees A Bump In Its User Base

Stepping into the era of digitisation, Telkom's digital wallet made the first-of-its-kind debut in the market by allowing consumers to make and receive payments using their mobile phone's WhatsApp app without using cash or requiring face-to-face interaction. Users receive a ...


Appointment  |  Alex Okyere Named New Managing Director For MultiChoice Ghana

MultiChoice Africa appoints Alex Okyere as the new Managing Director for its Ghana operation. The Pan African Pay-TV operator says this appointment comes at a critical time for the video entertainment industry, solidifying MultiChoice's market leadership position as Ghana's beloved ...


Digital Migration  |  South Africa: Sentech In The Hunt For A Viable Digital Set-Top Box Maker

South African leading signal distributor, Sentech, is looking to sign a five-year standing supply contract with a set-top box manufacturer – or original equipment manufacturer (OEM) – to co-develop and provide set-top boxes (STBs) unsubsidised markets. Charged with administering the ...


Streaming Services  |  'Rattlesnake: the Ahanna Story' Joins Netflix Catalogue

'Rattlesnake: the Ahanna Story' joins the increasing list of Nollywood titles on subscription-driven streaming service Netflix. The movie by Award-winning movie producer Charles Okpaleke's Play Network Studios is about Ahanna Okolo choosing to steal his always desired life. Ramsey Nouah ...


Sports Broadcasting  |  SuperSport Launches SuperTube For Euro 2020 Championship

Virtually everywhere, SuperSport went live with their YouTube channel called SuperTube on Wednesday, June 9. The channel is in partnership with YouTube demonstrating the viewing habits that have evolved in both the young and elderly. Viewers seek to interact with ...


#CommunityBroadcastingAfrica  |  Future Of Community Radio Broadcasting In Africa Being Redefined!

Over the past decade, community broadcasting has expanded its wings by enabling a far greater reach and personalisation for communities than commercial broadcasting could ever reach. Additionally, community broadcasting has been noted to have a more significant impact in the ...


#PreserveAfricaArchives  |  Free Briefing Report: Industry Survey On Scope Of Audio-Visual Archives Requirements In Africa

Broadcast Media Africa (BMA), working with Apricity Consulting, recently surveyed archivist professionals and practitioners within Africa's broadcasting and audio-visual industry to gather primary data and information on the depth of requirements regarding archiving and preservation of broadcasters collections. With many ...


Kids Content  |  Cartoon Network's First African Superhero Series

Garbage Boy and Trash Can, Cartoon Network Africa's first local superhero series, has been given the green light. The series set to premiere in 2022 is currently in production at Pure Garbage in South Africa. The series was Co-founded by ...


Film Festival  |  Young African Filmmakers To Feature In International Film Festival

The 2021 South African International Documentary Film Festival 'The Encounters'  will occur virtually from Thursday, June 10 to Sunday, June 20. The film festival will see the world premiere of 18 young black student filmmakers given the opportunity to witness ...


Telecom Services  |  MTN Accused Of Anti-Competitive Behaviour With Bulk SMS Sales

As reported by BMA sources, MTN is allegedly abusing its cellular market dominance by providing bulk SMSes to its customers at a lower price than its competitors. The anti-competitive behaviour entails MTN as the only supplier that can process SMSes ...


Content Services  |  Newzroom Afrika Partners With Regional TV Stations In South Africa

South Africa's Newzroom Afrika partners with two regional television stations, 1KZN TV and Mpuma Kapa TV. In return, the station will receive exclusive programming and regional news services from the channels. MultiChoice supports the idea as it will provide the ...


Industry Awards  |  'A Moment' - A South African Short Film Enters LA Film Awards

'A Moment' is a short film that focuses on the moment right before you die when your life flashes before your eyes—directed by the self-taught Cape Town-based director Robert dos Santos; the short film will be eligible for an award ...


Telecom  |  Kenya: Telkom And Airtel Owe Safaricom US$13.9 Million

Telkom and Airtel owe Safaricom 13.9 million USD for using its interconnection fees from cross-network calls and co-location facilities. However, the operator has made provision for the loss of funds caused by the debt owed to them by the two ...


Film Festival  |  South African Durban FilmMart 2021 Opens For Registration

The film and television industry can now register for the 12th edition of the Durban FilmMart. The pan-African film industry event is set to take place between July 16 and July 25, 2021. The theme for this year is 'Disrupt! ...


Broadcast Rights  |  Kenya: KBC Signs Exclusive Rights Deal With World Safari Rally 2021

The Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC) and the World Rally Championship (WRC) Safari Rally signed an exclusive US$463 392 national broadcasting rights agreement on Monday, 7 June 2021. WRC promoters, the commercial rights holders of the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC), ...


Appointment  |  Nigeria: BON Appoints Dr Oluyemisi Bamgbose As New Executive Secretary

Mr Oluyemisi Bamgbose, PhD, has been appointed as the new Executive Secretary of Broadcasting Organisations Of Nigeria (BON), BMA can reveal. BON's 74th General Assembly meeting held in Abuja on June 3, 2021, ratified the appointment. Mr Bamgbose has extensive ...


Content Services  |  South Africa: Stop Pay-TV From 'Airing Our Channels For Free' - SABC Tells Regulator

According to BMA's media sources, the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) is taking on ICASA, seeking to stop subscription-driven broadcasting services from carrying the public broadcasters three free-to-air television channels, namely SABC 1, SABC 2  and SABC 3. The former ...


Pay TV  |  MultiChoice Group Sees Profit Growth Despite Covid

Africa’s leading entertainment company, MultiChoice Group and South Africa’s largest JSE-listed broadcaster has announced its expectations to see a 30% increase on a full-year trading profit of as much as 45% on an ‘organic’ basis, said the Group on Friday ...


#PreserveAfricaArchives  |  Video: "Successful Archives Depend On Good Inventory Management" - Bright Joshua, National Archive Of Malawi

Standardisation, precision and conciseness are crucial to creating good quality inventory. These were the descriptions provided by Bright Joshua, the Regional Archivist at the National Records And Archive Services Of Malawi, during the recently concluded industry forum on #PreserveAfricaArchives. Joshua presented ...


Spectrum Management  |  South Africa: Regulator Appealing Spectrum Interdict From Government

To recall, in March 2021, BMA had reported on the spectrum auction plans, which were placed on halt following a judgement handed down by the Pretoria High Court. The planned spectrum auction was due to commence on the 31st of ...


Broadcasting Services  |  MultiChoice Talent Factory Calls For Applications

After two years of operations, the MultiChoice Talent Factory (MTF) has opened applications for its training programme. MTF has announced the closure of applications to occur on 30 June 2021. Eligible countries include Nigeria, Ghana, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia, ...


Content Streaming Services  |  Netflix Says It Believes In Quality Over Quantity For Africa

Netflix South Africa has consistently ranked as one of the top 10 countries globally for the most cost-effective Netflix subscription. A recent analysis from Comparitech shows that the online streaming platforms subscription in South Africa is at a good buy ...


Broadcast Regulation  |  South Africa: Regulator Approves New Ownership Structure For Radio Station

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) - the body that regulates the broadcasting and telecoms industry - has approved a new ownership structure and format change for Classic FM, a South African commercial Classic music radio station. The ...


#PreserveAfricaArchives  |  Video: 'Reviving Archival Content For Current Audience Is Key' Says Johan Oomen, Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision

During the recent #PreserveAfricaArchive online forum presented by Broadcast Media Africa (BMA) and Apricity Consulting, Johan Oomen, the Head of Research and Heritage Services at the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision, presented 'Value Creation Through Digitisation'. During the presentation, he advised institutions ...


Telecom Investments  |  US$266 Million Bond For MTN Nigeria

MTN Nigeria, a subsidiary of the telecommunications company, MTN South Africa, has issued a fixed rate bond of N110 billion (US$266 million) to help manage its debt and finance infrastructure investment. This is the first such issuance to be made ...


Telecom Infrastructure  |  Tanzania: Airtel Sells Tower Portfolio - Sources

In the latest disburdening of towers in African countries, Bharti Airtel has sold its Tanzanian tower operations for US$175 million (Rs1313 crore) to focus on asset-light and core subscriber-facing operation. The abovementioned is coupled with a stake sale in the ...


Film Festival  |  Cairo International Film Festival Opens For Submissions

Registration for participants wishing to submit films in the 43rd edition of the Cairo International Film Festival is now open. The festival will take submissions worldwide until 31 August 2021 on the festival’s official website for feature-length and short films. ...


#PreserveAfricaArchives  |  Video: How 'Archival Inventory Is Indispensable To Preserving Audiovisual Media Assets' By Nthabiseng Ncala of UNISA

During BMA's #PreserveAfricaArchives virtual forum on 'Auditing And Preparing Broadcast Archives For Digital Preservation In Africa', Nthabiseng Ncala, an Educator at the University of South Africa (UNISA), delivered a presentation on how archival inventory is indispensable to preserving Africa's Audiovisual ...


Telecom Services  |  Ethiopia: MTN Seeks To Be Second-Time Lucky With Telco Licence Application

Ralph Mupita, MTN’s Chief Executive, has said that the Group is considering re-applying to become a mobile operator in the country after losing to Kenya’s Safaricom. It has already been in the news that MTN Group and its counterparts were ...


Sports Rights  |  Nigerian Media Firm Confirms Acquisition Of Broadcast Rights To Euro 2020

Nigeria Info and Wazobia Max claim to have been awarded the broadcast rights to freely air the UEFA Euro 2020 tournament across the country from Media Business Solutions (MBS), the official UEFA-licensed owner in Nigeria. A bid from leading media ...


Content Production  |  Nigeria: 'First-Class Material' Going For A Second Season

Following a successful production and broadcast to the first season of their documentary series 'First-class Material'; a show displaying the accomplishments of Nigerians in different fields of endeavours inspiring the next generation of creators and innovators. Linda Ikeji TV (LITV), ...


#PreserveAfricaArchives  |  Industry Survey: 90% Of Broadcasters Say Their Institution Has Mandated Collection Of Archives

As part of the ongoing #PreserveAfricaArchives programme, Broadcast Media Africa (BMA), in collaboration with Apricity Consulting, surveyed the broadcast media organisations in Africa to understand the depth of preservation requirements for audio-visual archives in Africa. A review of the survey ...


#PreserveAfricaArchives  |  Video: Centralised Systems Key To Archives Preservation - Wole Coker, ED, Nigerian Television Authority (NTA)

During the recently held #PreserveAfricaArchive online forum on Auditing And Preparing Broadcast Archives For Digital Preservation In Africa, Mr Wole Coker - the Executive Director of Programmes - Nigerian Television Authority's (NTA) was asked whether NTA has a national strategy for digitisation ...


Broadcasting Management  |  South Africa: Is SABC Getting Back On Track With Its Finances?

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has recently reported more favourable business performance projections, considering the financial implications from the decline in advertising that the organisation experienced due to the global Covid-19 pandemic. To recall, BMA had recently reported that ...


Copyrights & Royalties  |  Telkom Taken To Court Over US$110k Unpaid Royalties - Sources

According to BMA sources, Telkom South Africa is in dispute with the rapper and songwriter – Kwesta and award-winning American rapper Wale over R 1.5 million (US$110 000) of unpaid royalties from their hit song, Spirit, which the company used ...


Digital Migration  |  Telkom's CEO Criticises South Africa's Digital Migration Efforts

Following the highly publicised analogue switch off by the South African (SA) government, the Telkom CEO has shared his criticism of this so-called achievement, stating that the SA government has missed all of its digital migration deadlines for the past ...


Industry Awards  |  Kenya: Multichoice Wins Big At Kuza Awards

he fourth edition of the Kuza Awards saw Multichoice Kenya walking away with five awards that recognised the entertainment group's compliance in licensing requirements, routine regulatory inspections, as well as their programming code. The 2021 edition of the gala, which ...


TV Channels  |  Nigeria: New Channel "Tambarin Hausa TV" To Start On StarTimes In June

StarTimes Nigeria will be debuting a new Channel called "Tambarin Hausa TV", which, according to the promoters, will focus on news from India, America, Germany, Britain, Saudi Arabia, China, Ghana, Cameroon and the Niger Republic. During a media briefing in ...


Spectrum Management  |  Spectrum: South African Regulator Extends Period For "Temporary Allocation"

Following recent uncertainties regarding the extension of temporary radio frequency spectrum assignments, South Africa (ICASA) has decided to extend its temporary spectrum allocation for three months. Last month, the regulator had announced that it would not be extending the allocation ...


TV Platforms  |  South Africa: Openview Platform Says It Is Experiencing Rapid Growth

According to the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) reporting,  the Openview - the free to air satellite platform (owned by the eMedia group) has increased by 18% in the past year. In the report, it can be noted that eMedia's activations ...


Cinema  |  Cinema: Ster Kinekor Is Forecasting Audience Growth By Year-End

In January 2021, Ster-Kinekor Theatres entered into business rescue owing to conditions brought by lockdown restrictions. On its updated report to its creditors, the cinema chain has assured the creditors that there is visible steady growth. Although there have been ...


Video-On-Demand  |  South Africa: e-Media Look To Launch New 'eVOD' Service in July

South African media group eMedia Holdings has announced its plans to launch a Video-On-Demand service called 'eVOD' in July 2021. The privately-owned broadcasting group holds a few well-established television and radio broadcasting businesses such as eNCA, OpenView, and Yfm, together ...


Broadcasting Services  |  South Africa: Public Broadcaster Asks Regulator To Intervene In Fight With Signal Carrier

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has handed over a letter to the Competition Commission and the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) over alleged unfair pricing from the broadcast signal distributor, Sentech. The SABC Chief Operating Officer, Ian ...


#PreserveAfricaArchives  |  #PreserveAfricaArchives: Deeper Stakeholders Collaboration Is The Solution - Industry Forum Says!

As part of the ongoing industry programme on "Preserving Africa's Sound and Audio-Visual Assets", Broadcast Media Africa, in collaboration with Apricity Consulting, hosted a one-day online forum on 'Auditing And Preparing Broadcast Archives For Digital Preservation In Africa', on Tuesday, 25 May ...


Content Streaming Services  |  Kandasamys Trilogy Set To Hit Netflix In June

Through a Netflix partnership deal, 'Trippin' with the Kandasamys', a sequel trilogy to 'Keeping up with the Kandasamys' and 'Kandasamys: The Wedding' has been confirmed to be hitting the small screen on 4 June 2021. Trippin' with the Kandasamys gives ...


Sports Rights  |  TV Rights: CAF Broadcasting Debacle Continues!

To recall, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) President Patrice Motsepe, upon his appointment, vowed to prioritise the TV rights impasse which had resulted from the Confederation of African Football (CAF) cancelling its media and marketing rights agreement with Lagardere ...


Broadcasting Management  |  Namibia: Striking Public Broadcaster Employees Go Back To Work

After weeks of negotiations and demands, the Namibia Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) striking employees have reached an agreement to return to work. To recall earlier this week, BMA had reported that several NBC employees had resolved to abandon the strike action ...


Content Distribution  |  Multichoice Secures 'Friends: The Reunion' Broadcasting Rights

Multichoice has confirmed that they have secured broadcasting rights to the much-awaited HBO Max special, 'Friends: The Reunion'. The Friends: The Reunion special, also known as 'The One Where They Get Back Together will broadcast on DSTV's M-Net channel in ...


Industry Support  |  Black Film Writers Asked To Join Netflix's Screenwriters' Fellowship Programme

Netflix has sent out a call seeking applications from writers in minority groups. The writers of Black, Asian and other previously disadvantaged ethnic groups who have been underrepresented in the top tier tv and film industry will get an opportunity ...


Sports Rights  |  Tanzanian Broadcaster Signs Deal To Flight Local Premier League Games

According to media reports, Azam TV and Tanzania Mainland Premier League have entered into a broadcasting deal worth US$97-million, which will see Azam TV-owning the sole rights of the league for the next ten years. The news follows the broadcaster's ...


Film Festival  |  South African Film - 'Hotele Lerallaneng' - To Launch In Rotterdam

Hotele Lerallaneng, which happens to be the only South African film to feature at the 50th International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR), follows local actors and, through the lens, invites audiences into their struggles during the stringent COVID19 lockdown. The film ...


#CommunityBroadcastingAfrica  |  #CommunityBroadcastingAfrica: Adequate Resources For Community Broadcasting In Africa

As part of the ongoing Industry Programme on Strengthening Community Radio Broadcasting in Africa, Broadcast Media Africa (BMA), in collaboration with 2Gwana Media, has announced the second in the series #CommunityBroadcastingAfrica Online Forum.  Designed to address critical issues and difficulties faced by community ...


#PreserveAfricaArchives  |  BMA's View: The Need To Prepare Broadcast Archives In Africa For Digital Preservation!

Broadcast Sound and Audio-Visual collections in many African countries are threatened by a range of factors, including inadequate staffing, lack of training and funding, obsolescence of playback equipment, perception of society towards archives, climate conditions for storage, and the level ...


Content Distribution  |  'Kegumbo Okegumbo' A Namibian Short Film To Premiere On DSTV

'Kegumbo Okegumbo', a Namibian short film, has been selected to form part of the Colours of Africa film series, which features 16 films produced by Multichoice Talent Factory (MTF) Academy's Class of 2020. The short film directed by Hilma Sheehama, ...


Digital Strategy  |  Zimbabwe: Zimpapers Digitisation Strategy Helps See Growth For Q1 Of 2021

In response to the COVID19 pandemic in 2020, Zimbabwe Newspapers (1980) Ltd introduced a digitisation strategy which has now enhanced the media group's revenue despite the constraints brought by the pandemic. The Chief Executive Officer, Mr Pikirayi Deketeke, announced that ...


Broadcasting Management  |  Namibia: Public Broadcaster's Final Offer Divides Striking Employees

According to BMA's media sources, the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) Board of Directors has made a resolution that has left the striking workers divided. According to the NBC Board of Directors, several NBC employees have resolved to abandon the strike ...


#PreserveAfricaArchives  |  The Preservation Of Digital Born Heritage Should Not Be Overlooked - Says Johan Oomen, Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision

On 25 May 2021 at 10h00 GMT, Broadcast Media Africa (BMA), in partnership with Apricity Consulting, will be hosting a virtual forum, Auditing And Preparing Broadcast Archives For Digital Preservation In Africa. Leading to the Online Forum, BMA conversed with Johan ...


Local Content  |  Namibian One Africa TV Promotes Local Production Initiatives

It is being reported that One Africa TV - Namibia's first private television network will be airing locally produced content for the rest of the month as a result of its partnership with seven local producers. The free-to-air- station's Director ...


Telecom Services  |  Vodacom Group Wins Bid For Ethiopia's Telecoms Licence

The Ethiopian Communications Authority (ECA) has finally announced the bid winner for its telecommunications operating licence. As indicated by reports, Vodafone, Vodacom, and Safaricom have won the bid that has been eyed to be the opening driver to Ethiopia's telecommunications ...


Industry Awards  |  Multichoice Walks Away With 47 Awards At The 15th SAFTAs

This past weekend, the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) hosted its annual flagship event, the 15th South African Film and Television Awards. Over a course of two days, the award ceremonies were held virtually, celebrating and honouring local creatives ...


#PreserveAfricaArchives  |  #PreserveAfricaArchives: "Cloud Technology Is The Future Of Archiving!" - Wole Coker, Nigerian Television Authority (NTA)

As the start date for the Online Forum on Auditing And Preparing Broadcast Archives For Digital Preservation In Africa on 25 May 2021 approaches, Broadcast Media Africa (BMA) had a conversation with one of the panellists, Mr Wole Coker from the Nigerian ...


Content Streaming Services  |  Showmax Pro Secures UEFA EURO 2020 Broadcasting Rights

A year after its launch, Showmax Pro has secured a massive broadcasting deal that will give its audience access to stream the UEFA 2020 matches from the 11th of June 2021 to the 11th of July 2021. Showmax Pro was ...


Content Production  |  Kenya: StarTimes Announces Exclusive Productions Rollout

During a Communications Authority of Kenya organised event, StarTimes announced that they were planning to develop the local content market by rolling out exclusive productions that would continue to feature on the subscriber platforms. Myke Mugo, the StarTimes Kenya Content ...


Content Distribution  |  Multichoice Promotes Its African Telenovela Channel!

Multichoice has announced the debut of its first African-focused telenovela channel - "Novela Magic" - via the DSTV platform. The channel is set to provide subscribers with various African content exploring African cultures, languages, and African diversity through original homegrown ...


Broadcast Regulation  |  Zambia: Regulator Reminds Channel To Guard Against Misconduct

Further to its previous warning for the airing of materials that conflicts with the Zambian broadcasting code of conduct, Muvi Television, the country's first private commercial television station, is in the dog-house again!.   The Independent Broadcasting Authority (IBA) summoned ...


#PreserveAfricaArchives  |  #PreserveAfricaArchives: Urgent Support Is Really Needed! - Says Dr Lihoma, National Archives of Malawi

Dr Paul Lihoma, the Director at the National Archives of Malawi, has expressed the dire need within the African Continent to find funding and technical support to preserve broadcasting content across the continent. Ahead of the forthcoming virtual Forum on Auditing ...


Spectrum Management  |  Vodacom Calls For High-Demand Spectrum To Meet Data Demand Growth

South African mobile communications company, Vodacom, has reported a surge in data usage on its network, which was influenced by COVID19 regulations and restrictions as well as their price adjudgments which were a result of the negotiations with the Competition ...


Digital Migration  |  Nigeria: DSO To Launch In Nothern City With Minimum Of 30 Channels

During a press briefing in the city of Kano - the capital of Kano State, North of Nigeria - Professor Armstrong Idachaba, the Acting Director-General of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), Idachaba confirmed Kano’s Digital Switch Over (DSO) would commence ...


#PreserveAfricaArchives  |  #PreserveAfricaArchives: Digital Preservation - Key To Universal Access To Legacy Content, Says Bennie Jacobs @ SABC

Bennie Jacobs, the Head of Media Libraries at the South African Broadcasting Corporation, believes that there exists a massive gap in the appreciation of the role of archives and their importance, especially concerning audio-visual archives.  In an interview with Broadcast ...


Channel Management  |  Multichoice Launches Africa Day Movies Pop-Up Channel

Entertainment group, Multichoice, will be launching a pop-up movie channel called M-Net Movies Afro-Cinema which will be dedicated to celebrating Africa Day on 25 May 2021.  The channel will be showcasing a variety of content from across the continent. As ...


Content Production  |  Netflix To Adapt Phamotse's "The Blesser's Game" Into A Movie

According to media reports, Netflix has signed on South African self-published author and social activist Jackie Phamotse to adapt her debut novel called Bare: The Blesser's Games. The book is based on true-life stories of the phenomenon of blessers and ...


Content Funding  |  Uganda: Committee To Help Provide Financial Aid To Filmmakers Inaugurated

The Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) has answered the filmmaker industry calls for support by appointing an Evaluation Committee to vet 60 applications submitted by filmmakers seeking financial aid. During its inauguration, the appointed Content Development Support Programme Evaluation Committee was ...


Public Service Broadcasting  |  Namibia: Presidency Rejects Calls To Intervene In Public Broadcaster's Situation

To recall, last week, the Namibia Media Professionals Union (NAMPU), together with the Namibia Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) workers, marched to the Parliament building to get the attention of the Speaker of the House Professor Peter Katjivi, whom they hoped would ...


Cinema Services  |  Cinema-Chain Ster-Kinekor Seeks Survival With Strategic Partnerships

Ster-Kinekor Theatres, a South Africa's cinema chain and the South African State Theatre (SAST) have partnered up in their quest to provide content and reach audiences across the country. The partnership sees theatre productions being screened on the big screen ...


Telecom Services  |  South Africa: MTN Announces Data And Voice Price Drop!

MTN South Africa has announced the cutting of its prepaid pricing for data and voice calls. The popular mobile operator has also announced a new plan called EverydayTalk for voice calls and changes to its already existing data plan called ...


Channel Management  |  Multichoice Launches Pop-Up Channel For "Fast And Furious" Franchise

Multichoice has announced its plans to launch the Fast and Furious pop-up channel on its DSTV platform from Friday 21 to Sunday 30 May 2021.  The announcement is in the lead of the ninth sequel of the franchise, due to ...


Content Distribution  |  MTV Base Releases Amapiano Docu-Series After Legal Issues

In 2019 Arthur Sebela created a docu-series that would follow the development of the music genre, amapiano, by interviewing some of the pioneers and participants of the genre and some music veterans and insiders. Before its debut, Arthur Sebela received ...


Sports Broadcasting  |  Canal+ To Broadcast Basketball League In Sub-Saharan Africa

As reported by BMA’s media sources, Canal+ has partnered with Basketball Africa League (BAL) for a period of three seasons. The agreement will see Canal+ airing the competition across Sub-Saharan Africa, Madagascar and Mauritius. The debut of the forthcoming season ...


Broadcasting Services  |  Namibia: Employee Union Takes National Broadcaster To Court - Reports

BMA sources have revealed that the Namibian Public Workers Union (NAPWU) has, on behalf of the employees of the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) has filed a lawsuit against the country's national broadcaster. NAPWU has accused the broadcaster of placing its ...


Industry Awards  |  South African Film Awards Jury Removes Nominee For Best Presenter Category

The 15th South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAs) jury, under the custodianship of the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), has removed Katlego Maboe as a candidate in the Best TV Presenter category following cheating scandal allegations. Although the ...


#PreserveAfricaArchives  |  #PreserveAfricaArchives: Forum To Evaluate Inventory Management For Africa's Audio-Visual Archives

It is universally agreed that preserved audio-visual materials enrich a people’s understanding and appreciation of its history and enable current and future generations to access the different perspectives of the evolution of the past as captured, catalogued, archived and preserved. ...


Broadcasting Services  |  South Africa: Public Broadcaster Says Its On The Way To Financial Prosperity

Following recent developments within the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) - which has seen the public broadcaster receiving enormous negative if at time unfair publicity - the SABC has reportedly recently about more favourable business performance. The SABC has announced ...


Telecom Services  |  Cell C Migrates Customers To Competitor Networks

South Africa’s fourth-largest mobile network, Cell C, has announced the commencement of its turnaround strategy, which sees the mobile operator shut down its physical radio network infrastructure and migrating its subscribers to its competitor networks. Cell C recently released its ...


Content Streaming Services  |  YouTube Releases Live Performance Schedule For "Africa Month" Celebration

In partnership with MTV Base Africa, YouTube Music has released their Africa Month celebration schedule for performances by popular artists from South Africa, Nigeria, and Kenya. The popular streaming service released additional music-industry related events that will occur in celebration ...


Digital Migration  |  Nigeria: Recently Launched Lagos DSO Disappoints - Users Say!

BMA has learned from sources that the recently launched Digital Switch Over (DSO) in Lagos is being experienced with "major disappointments" by the public, with industry watchers saying that success metrics are tumbling and trending downwards daily. Since the launch, ...


Content Distribution  |  Netflix To Have Exclusive Rights To Nigerian 'One Lagos Night' Film

According to BMA's media sources, global streaming giant, Netflix, has been confirmed to have acquired exclusive rights to Nollywood's 'One Lagos Night', scheduled to be released on 29 May 2021. Produced by prolific film producer Ekene Som Mekwunye, the story ...


Digital Migration  |  South Africa: Public Broadcaster Informs Of Looming Analogue TV Switch Off!

In a quest to maintain President Ramaphosa’s State Of The Nation Address (SONA) on South Africa Digital-Switch-Over (DSO), the public broadcaster, South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), has announced, through a scrolling message, forthcoming Analogue-Switch-Off (ASO). Viewers who access SABC’s free-to-air ...


Telecoms Regulation  |  Uganda: Court Refuses MTN's Petition, Must Pay US$14 Million

The High Court has ordered MTN Uganda to pay a transitional licence fee of US$14.1 million. The decision comes after the mobile operator had petitioned the court challenging the assessment carried out by the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) for a ...


Football Broadcast  |  Zim Television Network (ZTN) Scores PSL Broadcasting Rights

Following its recent receipt of the free-to-air television licence granted by the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ), Zimpapers Television Network (ZTN) has announced its partnership deal in the upcoming 2021 season with the Premier Soccer League. The broadcasting partnership will ...


Kids Content  |  Kenya: Multichoice Announces New Kids Shows On DSTV And GOTV Platforms

Multichoice Kenya has announced a series of new kids' shows set to be released each month during 2021. During the Multichoice Content Showcase in Kenya, the Managing Director, Nancy Matimu, announced a line-up of its new and upcoming content for ...


Television Service  |  E-Botswana Rebrands As Yarona TV Under YMH Group

The oldest privately owned television station, E-Botswana, has rebranded its newly launched Yarona TV under the leadership and ownership of YMH Group. The rebranding has been aimed at adjusting to Botswana’s media landscape by providing high-quality local content for entertainment ...


Broadcasting Services  |  Namibia: NBC Striking Employees To Take Grievances To Parliament

The Namibian Public Workers Union (NAPWU) has announced plans to, with the Namibia Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) workers, march to the Parliament building in retaliation to the NBC board’s decision to hire freelance workers. The strike is set to hit stage ...


Telecom Services  |  Vodacom To Roll-Out 3G And 4G Services Across Rural South Africa

Mobile communications company, Vodacom, has announced the switching-on of 21 new 3G and 4G base station sites which were completed between March 2021 and April 2021 in South Africa’s rural areas. The mobile operator said that the base stations covering ...


Content Services  |  Kenya: SuperSport Debuts 'Rising Champions' Docuseries

Multichoice Kenya has announced the release of a docuseries called 'Rising Champions', which will explore East African athletes, their success, and the secret science behind the consistency in producing competitively strong sportsmen from the region. The series has been divided ...


Internet Connectivity  |  Malawi: Country Ignites Digital Transformation Through US$72.4 Million Credit From The World Bank

Recent statics from Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA) has revealed that only 14% of the Malawi population has access to the internet. As a response to this digitisation hindrance, the Malawi Public Private Partnership Commission (PPPC) has drafted three strategies ...


TV Rights  |  Namibia: Rifts Shows At Public Broadcaster Over Acquisitions Of TV Content Rights

According to BMA sources, top managers at the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) managers have shared their unhappiness and revealed their discontent with the top management approach to acquiring television rights. According to our sources, the issues are emanating from the ...


Content Distribution  |  Nigerian REDTV Lifestyle Channel Launches Ghanaian Series

Nigeria-based Lifestyle channel REDTV has announced the launch of its newly Ghanaian developed and produced show about power, marriage, politics, love, and celebrity life. ‘Public Figure’ is set to be released to air on REDTV’s YouTube channel on 19 May ...


Content Distribution  |  "Listing Jozi - Million Rand Real Estate" - BBC Studios Reality TV Show To Debut In June

BBC Studios Africa has revealed its plans to expand its localised content slate, now seen through its new show Listing Jozi, a show set to follow realty brokers from some of the top firms in South Africa. The million-rand estate ...


#CommunityBroadcastingAfrica  |  Video: Public Funding An Essential Factor For Sustainable Community Media Sector - Says UNESCO’s Mirta Lourenço

As part of the industry programme on #CommunityBroadcastingAfrica, Broadcast Media Africa (BMA), in collaboration with 2Gwana Media (2GM), hosted an online forum that addressed vital topics such as: Understanding the different forms of revenue generation within the community radio space ...


Industry Awards  |  South African Film and Television Awards' Omitted Nominees Announced

The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), an agency of the Department of Sport, Arts, and Culture and the custodian of the South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAs), has expressed regret on the omission of several nominees from their ...


Connectivity  |  Eutelsat Partners With Facebook To Launch Express WIFI Platform In Rural Communities

One of the world's leading satellite operators, Eutelsat, together with online social media and social networking service giant, Facebook, have partnered up in providing Express WIFI platform to rural and underserviced communities across Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya, Uganda, Zambia, Ghana, ...


Content Streaming Services  |  TelkomONE Soars Less Than A Year Since Its Inception

According to BMA’s media sources, TelkomONE, an online video and audio streaming service, has seen tremendous weekly growth since its inception in November 2020. However, being in a closed period, Telkom has been unable to provide figures; although, they have ...


Consumer Protection  |  South Africa: Skyworth TV Is Silent Following Reported Spying Accusations

Following reports of Chinese TV maker Skyworth TVs compilation of excessive data collection with company Gozen Data which the smart TV has since cut ties with, it was discovered that Skyworth, through the home marketing company, was spying on users ...


#CommunityBroadcastingAfrica  |  Video: “Harmonised Regulation Will Boost Advertising Revenues For Community Broadcasting” - Gail Schimmel, CEO, Advertising Regulatory Board (SA)

During the recently held online forum on #CommunityBroadcastingAfrica, Broadcast Media Africa (BMA) asked Ms Gail Schimmel, CEO of the Advertising Regulatory Board of South Africa, about the effect of  “Harmonised regulations on advertising as a means of revenue generation for ...


#PreserveAfricaArchives  |  #PreserveAfricaArchives - Forum On How Broadcasters Are Preparing Archives For Digital Preservation

As part of the ongoing Broadcast Media Africas (BMA)'s Industry Programme on the "#PreserveAfricaArchives" with Apricity Consulting, BMA has invited leaders in Africa's broadcasting media to our open online industry forum. According to the organisers', the virtual forum will discuss the opportunities ...


#CommunityBroadcastingAfrica  |  Video: How Can Regulation Serve Or Hamper Community Radio Broadcasting - Thabang Pusoyabone of NCRF Muses

During BMA’s virtual forum on “Implementing Effective Regulatory Framework for Community Radio Broadcasting’, the National Community Radio Forum’s (NCRF) General Secretary was asked whether its members felt that regulations were serving or hampering the development of community radio broadcasting in South ...


Digital Migration  |  Nigeria: StarTimes Solidify Partnership With Signal Carrier On DSO Drive

Pay-TV entertainment company, StarTimes Nigeria, is working to deliver the Digital Switch Over (DSO) drive of the Nigerian Government together with Integrated Television Services (ITS) - one of the country's DSO signal carriers. The Chief Executive Officer of StarTimes Nigeria, ...


Content Services  |  Programmes: SABC2 Cancels Lifestyle Magazine Show After 23

Twenty-three years and twenty-eight seasons later, a "tribute season" of long-running SABC2's Afrikaans lifestyle magazine show has been confirmed. The show Pasella will, according to media reports, be taken off air as of January 2022. The show's axing is part ...


Copyrights & Royalties  |  African Music Rights Org. Inks Deal With Netflix, Facebook and TikTok

Succeeding a deal with search engine Google, the Southern Africa Music Rights Organisation (SAMRO) has announced its new agreement with digital platforms Netflix, Facebook and TikTok. The copyright asset management society has, according to reports, started collecting royalties on behalf ...


Film Festival  |  NollywoodWeek Film Festival Kicks Off In Paris

NollywoodWeek, a festival that first opened its doors in Paris in 2013, is launching its first online edition for its 8th edition today, 6 May 2021 through to 9 May 2021. For this year’s edition, the festival announced that it ...


#CommunityBroadcastingAfrica  |  Video: "Reasons Behind Our Stringent Regulatory Framework For Community Radio Broadcasting " - Leah Maina of ICASA

During the recently held industry forum on 'Strengthening Community Broadcasting in Africa', organised by Broadcast Media Africa (BMA) in collaboration with 2Gwana Media, BMA asked the Independent Regulatory Authority of South Africa (ICASA) why its regulatory framework for community radio ...


Film Festival  |  Festival For Francophone Cinema Announces Tunisia 2021 Country Of Focus

The Alexandria Festival for Francophone Cinema, in partnership with the Arts Foundation for Culture and Media, has announced the country of focus and the festival dates for the 2021 edition. Headed by seasoned artist Samir Sabry, the 2021 edition of ...


#CommunityBroadcastingAfrica  |  Video: Regulatory Harmonisation Key To Community Media Development In Africa, Says Adwoa Ankoma, Creatives Represented

During the recently concluded industry forum on #CommunityBroadcastAfrica, BMA asked the question: "Why is regulation a challenge for community broadcasting in Africa?.  Adwoa Ankoma, a lawyer and public policy expert and managing director of Creatives Represented, addressed the question. Adwoa said that regulation ...


Digital TV  |  TV And Digital Helped Pushed Kenyan Media Group's Revenue Growth

The largest independent media house in East and Central Africa, Nation Media Group (NMG), has released its six months financials, ending December 2020, reflecting revenue growth from TV and digital products. The Group had previously reported losses for the first ...


Content Services  |  South Africa’s ‘Two Hues’ Short Film Scores Third Award On The Global Stage

Following its Best Director win at the North Europe International Film Festival during the previous month, ‘Two Hues’ has been awarded another global accolade of Best Women Empowerment Film at the Berlin Short Film Festival. Shot in Cape Town, the ...


Content Production  |  Mo Abudu Announces Production Of 'Chief Daddy" Sequel With Netflix

According to BMA sources, the production of the 'Chief Daddy' sequel will be wrapped and released later this year. This comes after Mo Abudu, the Chief Executive Officer of EbonyLife Films, announced that filming of the movie has commenced, and ...


Pay TV  |  Multichoice Scraps M-Net +1 TV Channel 5 Years After Its Launch

Africa's leading entertainment company, Multichoice, has announced the axing of one of its DSTV premium channels, M-Net +1, starting from 16 May 2021. This comes five years after the channel launched its M-Net +1 channel in May 2016, with its ...


Content Distribution  |  Programming: South Africa's SABC2 Launches 'The Coolest OG's' Game Show In June

The South African Broadcasting Corporation channel, SABC2, has announced its new TV game show, which will set the elderly contestants against each other whilst remaining in their homes. The show is set to start on Sunday the 6th of June ...


Telecom Services  |  Nigeria: MTN's Subscriber Numbers Decline By 5 Million in Q1 of 2021

MTN Nigeria has released its unaudited results for quarter one of 2021. The result indicates that its mobile subscribers have declined by 5 million to 71.5 million, which has been attributed to the regulatory sim card sale restrictions. According to ...


Broadcasting Services  |  SABC: Reports Of Delays In Payment Of Severance Package To Retrenched Staff

As reported by BMA's media sources, the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has been accused of not being able to afford staff salaries and severance packages for retrenched former employees of the public broadcaster. As such, the Communications Workers Union ...


Industry Awards  |  SAFTAs Announces Unprecedented Simulcast Awards Show

The South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAs) are returning to the small screen in an exclusive hybrid simulcast show which will air on SABC 3 (S3) and Mzansi Magic on the 22nd of May 2021 at 18h30 (SAST). Following ...


Broadcasting Services  |  South Africa: Union Drags Public Broadcaster To Court - Again!

The Broadcasting, Electronic, Media & Allied Workers Union (BEMAWU) has claimed to be taking the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) to Court over unfair procedures and autonomous unfairness during SABC’s retrenchment process. SABC’s retrenchment process saw over 600 employees retrenched ...


Broadcast Regulation  |  Zambia: Regulator Urges Broadcasters To Follow Code Of Conduct

The first private commercial television station in Zambia, Muvi Television, and other broadcasting stations, has received a warning from the Independent Broadcasting Authority of Zambia (IBA) to guard against the airing of materials that conflict with the broadcasting code of ...


Mobile Services  |  MTN Is Seeking Extension Of Temporary Spectrum Licences In South Africa

According to BMA's sources, the MTN Group has responded to the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) verdict not to extend temporary licences for spectrum beyond 31 May 2021, saying this will be detrimental to South Africans. Jacqui O'Sullivan, ...


Pay TV  |  DSTV Adds YouTube To Explora Ultra

The Multichoice Group has announced its addition of the Google-owned streaming platform, YouTube, to its DSTV Explora Ultra, allowing subscribers to access the platform directly from their decoders. This launch follows after streaming services such as Showmax, Box Office, Netflix, ...


Broadcasting Organisations  |  Namibia: Public Broadcaster Considers Retrenchment As Probable Solution To Funding Challenge

At a press conference where he addressed NBC workers regarding the current industrial action, the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) Board Chairperson, Lazarus Jacobs, said that the entity might be compelled to release some of its workforces to the current financial ...


Football Broadcast  |  StarTimes Secures UEFA EURO 2020 Broadcasting Rights For Africa!

StarTimes Ghana Head of Marketing, Akofa Banson, announced the UEFA EURO 2020 tournament broadcasting rights acquisition during a press conference in Accra. According to Banson, the pay-tv channel will live broadcast all the 51 UEFA 2020 games across its five ...


Industry Awards  |  Netflix Receives 45 SAFTA Awards Nominations

Streaming services giant Netflix has confirmed receiving 45 SAFTA awards nominations during their first year of submitting their original films and series for entry into the awards. According to reports, popular Netflix Original Blood & Water has been nominated under ...


Content Services  |  Zimbabwe: Govt Partners With UNICEF To Broadcast School Lessons

The Zimbabwean Minister of Primary and Secondary Education, Mr Taungana Ndoro, has announced the introduction of TV programming aimed at enhancing amalgamated learning strategies. The learning strategy, which launched earlier this week, is set to target pupils in Grade 3 ...


Broadcast Regulation  |  Kenya: Regulator Suspends TV Station For Broadcasting Inappropriate Content

The Communication Authority of Kenya (CA) released a statement regarding the suspension on Mt Kenya Television as a consequence of airing obscene content in a children’s programme. The Authority is enforcing its judgement for a period of four weeks. According ...


Broadcasting Organisations  |  Namibia: Public Broadcasters' Workers Strike Affecting Communities

Recently, BMA reported that Namibia Public Workers Union (NAPWU), on behalf of the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) workers announced their decision to strike against the corporation.  As a result of the strike, it has been reported that the adverse effects ...


Telecom Infrastructure  |  MTN Ghana Commits US$149 Million In Infrastructure Expansion

Subsequent to its release of the first quarter ended 31 Match results, MTN Ghana has committed itself to spend US$149 million to meet the increasing demand for digital services and to assist in maintaining the quality of its network. Also, ...


Digital Platforms  |  SABC's Launches Free-To-Air Sport Content On Three Platforms

According to BMA's sources, the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has launched its free-to-air sports content on three platforms, enhancing SABC's competitive edge on the digital migration race. As a result of the launch, sports events that the public broadcaster ...


#CommunityBroadcastingAfrica  |  #CommunityBroadcastAfrica: "Community Media Born From Need To Advance Communal Development" – Tom Mboya, Kenya Community Media Network

Tom Mboya, the National Coordinator for Kenya Community Media Network (KCOMNET) and Board Member at World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC), has expressed his passion for community radio during a BMA's chat. Ahead of the forthcoming Online Forum on Understanding ...


Broadcast Regulation  |  Update: Nigeria's Broadcasting Regulator Clarifies Debacle With Channels TV

The Director of Public Affairs of Nigeria's National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), Mrs Franca Aiyetan, said that Channels TV has apologised for infringing on the broadcasting code. Aiyetan further elaborated on the intention of the letter from the commission. According to ...


Telecom Services  |  MTN Bids In Ethiopia - To Solidify Leadership Across Africa

MTN Group has identified the second-most-populous country on the continent as its next target to expand reach across the continent.  According to reports, MTN has confirmed that it has submitted its bid for a telecoms licence in Ethiopia. The telecommunications ...


Content Streaming Services  |  Kenya: New Digital Service Tax Taxes Netflix Users

According to media reports, earlier this year, a new Digital Service tax law was signed which has led to streaming service giant, Netflix, increasing its Premium Plan pricing. The increase does not come as a surprise as the implementation of ...


Broadcast Regulation  |  Nigeria: Govt. Suspends Channels TV For "Breach Of Broadcast Code"!

Channels TV, the news and current affairs TV station vastly popular in Nigeria, has been suspended by the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) - the country's broadcast regulator! In a letter from the Acting Director-General of the NBC, Professor Armstrong Idichaba, ...


Content Services  |  My Octopus Teacher Scoops Another Global Win At The Oscars

Following its recent win for Best Documentary at the British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs) and Producers Guild of America Awards, South Africa's My Octopus Teacher has added another award to its accolade. The documentary film ran for an Oscar statuette ...


Broadcasting License  |  Zimbabwe: Regulator Extends Grace Period For TV Stations Set To Lose Licenses

Recently, BMA had reported that the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ) had awarded six free-to-air national commercial television broadcasting licences. Since then, three of those awarded the broadcasting tv licenses have failed to pay their licence fees. The six free-to-air ...


Industry Support  |  International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives (IASA) Calls For Papers For 2021 Conference

The International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives (IASA) will be hosting a 2021 virtual conference that will be programmed to create suitable times for various time zones while creating a virtual bridge between nations across all continents. The programme ...


Community Radio Broadcasting  |  Community Radio Development - 'Reach Out To The Regulator' - Encourages ICASA's Executive, Leah Maina

As we prepare for the Online Forum on Understanding Effective Regulatory Framework for Community Radio Broadcasting on the 29th of April 2021, Broadcast Media Africa (BMA) had a chat with one of the panellists, Ms Leah Maina of the Independent Communications Authority ...


Industry Support  |  Global Call For Filmmakers With Determination (Disabilities)

An Abu Dhabi based independent productions company, FilmGate Productions, together with Zayed Higher Organization for People of Determination (ZHO), have released a global call for experienced filmmakers from People of Determination (those with disabilities). The call seeks an experienced Director, ...


Broadcasting Services  |  Kenya: Exciting Adjustments To TV Landscape As KBC Relaunches

According to BMA sources, Kenyan’s renowned TV anchor Catherine Kasavuli will be among the prominent media personalities set to return to the Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC) once the station has relaunched. Kasavuli previously worked at Citizen TV, KBC, and KTN ...


Broadcast Funding  |  Namibia: Govt. Allocates US$8.7 Million To Public Broadcaster As Part Of Budget

Namibia's Minister of Information, Peya Mushelenga, has revealed to the country's National Assembly that the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) will receive N$130 million (US$8 730 438,60). From the allocated figure, N$58 million (US$3 895 118,76) will be disbursed to the ...


Spectrum Management  |  Ghana: Broadcaster Association Demands Shift Of Spectrum Distribution Power

Following BMA yesterday reporting on the shutdown of 49 unlicenced tv stations, The Ghana Independent Broadcaster Association (GIBA) has called on the government to allocate the management powers of radio and television spectrum to The National Media Commission (NMC) as ...


Content Funding  |  International: Post-Brexit U.K Launches New Fund To Boost Export Of Films And Audio-Visual Content

According to our media sources, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), in partnership with the British Film Institute (BFI), has launched a fund to boost content exports. The decision comes in response to the lack of European ...


ICT Regulations  |  South Africa: Regulator Calls For Public Review Of New ICT Regulations

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has announced its call for public comment on the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) COVID19 National Disaster Regulations review. The request highlights that the submission should include categorised relaxation measures and broadcasting ...


Broadcast Regulation  |  Ghana: Authorities Close Shop For 49 Unlicenced TV Stations - Reports

In Ghana, a monitoring exercise focusing on satellite Free-To-Air television platforms has revealed 49 television stations operating without licences. Leading the exercise was the National Communications Authority (NCA) of Ghana. The authority's whose primary mandate is to license media houses ...


Cinema  |  Cinema Audience Numbers Rises To 1 Million In Post-Lockdown South Africa

South Africa’s most prominent movie exhibitor, Ster-Kinekor, has announced that since its reopening in August of 2020, after the lockdown rules and regulations were relaxed, the theatre chain has since received close to one million moviegoers. Media reports have highlighted ...


Mobile Broadband  |  MTN Invests US$21 Million In New Fibre Services For Under-Serviced Communities

Mobile telecommunications company, MTN, has responded to the growing demand for data with an investment of US$21 million for new fibre services to cater to under-serviced communities that do not have a traditional fibre network. Since the worldwide lockdown brought ...


Radio Broadcasting  |  Nigeria: Online And Print Media Firm Expands To Radio Broadcasting Services

Aljazirah Nigeria, a newspaper firm located in the heart of Nigeria in the city of Abuja, has recently announced its expansion into the radio broadcasting space by launching its brand radio station, Posh FM. Bassey Etuk Williams, the Chief Executive ...


Content Streaming Services  |  Netflix Shares Drops Following Decrease In Subscriber Growth

A newly release Netflix quarterly report, which revealed that the streaming service missed its forecast by millions of subscribers, has led to the plunging of its shares by 13%. In examining the first quarter of 2020, which was the strongest ...


Sports Rights  |  South Africa: Regulator Endorses Exclusivity Of Sports Broadcasting Rights

Recently, BMA reported that ICASA was reviewing sports broadcasting rights, to which the Authority has now provided a resolution.  Recalling the last report, ICASA was weighing its options towards regulating sports broadcasting with an intent to balance the inequalities in ...


Telecom Services  |  South Africa: Cell C Reports More Than US$384 Million - Reports

South African mobile operator, Cell C, has released its full-year report for the year ending 31 December 2020, reflecting a loss of US$384 million, an improvement from its 31 December 2019, where it suffered a US$530 million loss. According to ...


Content Distribution  |  Global Award-Winning Lesotho Film Launches In SA Cinemas

Post ‘This Is Not a Burial, It’s a Resurrection’ significant run for nominations at this year’s Academy Awards and Golden Globes; the film’s production company, Ucuru, launched the Lesotho film in South African cinemas this week. The film is one ...


Content Streaming Services  |  Netflix's US$17 Billion 2021 Content Budget Revealed

In a newly released first-quarter financial results, streaming services entertainment giant, Netflix, has revealed its 2021 content budget, which is set to be a staggering US$17 billion, on par with its 2020 spend. The streaming giant noted in its shareholder ...


Broadcasting Services  |  South Africa: Public Broadcaster Drives Non-Core Assets Disposals Despite Community Backlash

In South Africa, the public service broadcaster - SABC has announced it is going ahead with its planned disposal of non-core assets, including real estate properties in the country's North West's capital, Mahikeng. This is according to news reporting seen ...


Film Festival  |  International: 74th Edition Of Cannes Film Festival Announces Opening Film

The Cannes International Film Festival has announced that it will open its 74th edition of the festival with Leos Carax's romantic film 'Annette' starring Adam Driver and Marion Cotillard on 7 July 2021.   The musical film stars Adam Driver ...


Content Services  |  Namibia: Multichoice Announces 2021 Channel Plans

Multichoice Namibia has revealed their channels plans for 2021. The company's Managing Director (MD), Roger Gertze, said that the pay-tv operator is more than just entertainment during the launch. Multichoice brings actual value for money to its customers and is ...


Content Distribution  |  ‘Baby Drama’ Series To Premiere On Africa Magic - 21 April 2021

Africa Magic, part of the DStv platform, has announced the premiere of its new television series, ‘Baby Drama’, which is set to be on the small screen on 21 April 2021.   Baby Drama is a series that revolves around ...


Video On Demand  |  Showmax South Africa Reduces Mobile Subscription Plan To US$2.75

Online subscription Video-On-Demand (VOD) service company, Showmax, is said to have reduced its pricing in South Africa by 20%, taking the mobile subscription fee from R49 (US$3.45) per month to R39 (US$2.75) per month. According to reports, the Showmax mobile ...


Audience Measurement  |  South Africa: Ratings For The Most Watched Shows In March 2021

Recalling BMA’s last report for television audience measurements which highlighted the most rated shows in South Africa for February 2021, the Broadcast Research Council of South Africa (BRCSA) has since released the latest television audience measurements for March 2021, reflecting ...


Broadcasting Policy  |  Ghana: New Regulatory Framework Should Be Fostered For The Broadcasting Industry - Stakeholders

During a consultative meeting led by the Ministry of Information in Accra, Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Mr Godfred Yeboah Dame highlighted the path for the call to regulate media in Ghana. Affording to Dame, the call to regulate media ...


Content Distribution  |  ‘I Am All Girls’ A Netflix Crime Thriller Showcases In South Africa Ahead Of Global Release

Giant streaming service company, Netflix, has released an official trailer for the post-apartheid themed thriller ‘I Am All Girls’, a chilling film about a global child sex trafficking syndicate in South Africa that is set for a worldwide release on ...


Sports Rights  |  Zimbabwe: Govt. Motivates National Broadcaster To Pursue Sports Rights

Industry media reports report that the Zimbabwean Government has urged the national broadcaster, Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC), and the Premier Soccer League to ensure television coverage of the domestic Premiership when games resume. The Uhuru Cup, which commenced over the ...


Connectivity  |  A New Fibre Optic Cable Connecting Africa Goes Live - Reports

Emtel Mauritius has released a statement regarding the 3 200km submarine cable, which, according to the information, connects South Africa with Mauritius, Reunion Island, and Madagascar. Emtel has confirmed its provision of the only landing point for the Meltingpot Indianoceanic ...


Content Production  |  'Two Hues' - A South African Directed Production Wins Best Director Award

Weaam Williams and Dominique Roxanne Jossie co-directed the film, which is making waves on the global stage. 'Two Hues' is a South African short film produced in the city of Cape Town about psychological dramas and explores the artistic nature ...


Telecom Infrastructure  |  Kenya: Regulator Demands Safaricom Share Its Communications Infrastructure With Rivals

The Competition Authority of Kenya (CAK) is in pursuit of laws that will coerce carriers to share infrastructure. At the centre of discussion at its meeting with the Senate Standing Committee on ICT is Safaricom, the largest telecommunications provider in ...


Content Production  |  "Kingdoms of Fire, Ice And Fairy Tails" Wins Global Award For Outstanding Documentary

Kingdoms of Fire, Ice & Fairy Tails is a documentary filmed by director Susan Scott and television presenter Bonné de Bod, known for their first film, "STROOP".  The production takes place in pristine wildernesses ranging from the world's most incredible ...


Broadcasting Services  |  Zimbabwe: Broadcaster Seeking To Supply More Channels With Digital Terrestrial License

The Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC), a state-controlled broadcaster in Zimbabwe, has applied for the National Commercial Digital Terrestrial (NCDT) license in order to supply more channels. Critics have unwelcomed this request as unfair due to private stations being allocated limited ...


Broadband Infrastructure  |  South Africa: Telkom Accused Of Illegally Using Competitor’s Fibre Infrastructure

As reported in recent news, it has been discovered that Telkom and Openserve, a subsidiary of Telkom, has been illegally using the network infrastructure of their competitors to provide fibre broadband services. The discovery came about during a recent R30 ...


Spectrum Management  |  South Africa: Spectrum Auction Plans Shrouded In Uncertainty - Reports

To recall, in March 2021, the Pretoria High Court halted the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa's (ICASA) planned spectrum auction and licencing what was due to commence on 31 March 2021.  The halt was an outcome of the court ...


Content Services  |  Programming: "Our Perfect Wedding" Returns To Mzansi Magic For A New Season

Our Perfect Wedding, a South African wedding television show that started back in 2011 on DStv's Mzansi Magic channel (DSTV 161)) will be returning for a new season in July 2021. Produced by Connect TV and hosted by Khanyisa Titus, ...


Industry Meeting  |  FIAT/ IFTA Calls For Proposals On World Conference 2021

The International Federation of Television Archives (FIAT/IFTA), notably one of the world-leading professional associations for individuals and organisations engaged in the preservation and exploitation of broadcast archives, has announced its 2021 World Conference be held virtually from 19 to 21 ...


Digital Migration  |  Spectrum Band Licencing Arrangements Will Further Hamper SA's Digital Migration - Report

A South African industry expert has reported that broadband services rollout delays in South Africa are due mainly to the licensing the exclusive use of spectrum by a single market player. A hampering effect, especially in rural areas, causing a ...


Cinema  |  Cinema Box Office Revenues In South Africa Drops By R1.2 billion (US$82.8 million)

According to a recently released South African box office report by the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), cinema box office revenue plunged by R1.2 billion (US$82.8 million) to (US$14.7 million) compared to 2019. Back in 2019, South Africa had ...


Mobile Money  |  MTN Values Its Mobile Money Unit At US$5.15 billion

South African multinational mobile telecommunications company, MTN Group, has assessed its units following Mastercard and TPG Holdings investments of R4.38 billion (US$300 million) in Airtel Africa’s mobile money business at R39 billion (US$2.65 billion) valuation. MTN Group valued its mobile ...


Community Radio Broadcasting  |  South Africa: ICASA To Reopen Licence Applications For Community Radio And Sound Broadcasting

Multiple industry media sources report that the South African regulator ICASA (Independent Communications Authority of South Africa) is set to reopen licence application for Community South Broadcasting Services and related Radio Frequency Spectrum Licences later on this year. This follows ...


Internet Infrastructure  |  Nigeria: Minister Calls For A Rapid Transformation To Digital Economy

The IPv6 Council of Nigeria recently held a webinar where the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy for Nigeria stressed the need for migration from IPv4 to IPv6.   The Minister highlighted how the IPv4 was fast depleting in numbers ...


Film Festival  |  Dates for The 43rd Edition Of The Cairo International Film Festival Announced

The Cairo International Film Festival, which is recognised worldwide as competitive “category A” by the International Federation of Film Producers and the oldest annually running film festival in Africa and the Middle East, has announced its 2021 dates. The festival ...


Industry Awards  |  "My Octopus Teacher" Documentary Wins 'Best Documentary' At BAFTAs

South African documentary entry, My Octopus Teacher, has walked away with one of the most prestigious awards at the BAFTA Awards, the Best Documentary award. Presented on Sunday, the awards were broadcast from London's Albert Hall, with the documentary's director ...


Content Streaming Services  |  Uganda: Multichoice and Airtel Partner Up To Offer Data Bundles For Content Streaming

Pay-tv entertainment company Multichoice and smartphone network Airtel Uganda have announced their partnership set to offer tailored internet bundles that will enable DSTV subscribers who utilise the Airtel network to watch DSTV their smartphones. The television viewing internet bundles will ...


Broadcasting License  |  Zimbabwe: Country Plans To Award More TV and Radio Broadcasting Licenses

The Minister of Information, Monica Mutsvangwa, has announced plans to issue more television and radio licences to independent stations. During a speech at a media function, the minister said the government is committed to promoting diversity in the media space. ...


Content Production  |  International: Netflix In Conjunction With Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Reveal First Project

Together with Archewell Productions, Netflix has revealed their first documentary series called "Heart of Invictus". It is to be recalled that in September 2020, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, incapacity of the royal's production company Archewell Productions, signed a multi-year ...


Telecoms Regulation  |  South Africa Collaborates With The US On Telco Regulations And Policy

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA), an independent regulatory body of the South African government, established to regulate both the telecommunications and broadcasting sectors in the public interest, has signed a Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) with the United ...


Content Regulation  |  Ghana: Regulator Addresses Request For The Censorship Of Spiritualist Content On TV

Due to a recent surge in spiritualists and money doubler content on national television, the National Media Commission (NMC) has been called to regulate this content type. As acclaimed by reports, the censorship call came about when a 10-year-old boy ...


Sports Rights  |  SuperSport Secures FIFA Soccer World Cup Broadcasting Rights

SuperSport, part of the Multichoice Group, has confirmed that it has secured a live broadcasting deal for all 64 matches of the 2022 FIFA Soccer World Cup, which will be held in Qatar. Media reports have stipulated that the pay-tv ...


Broadcasting Services  |  Uganda: Multichoice Launches 'Closer Together' Campaign

Multichoice has launched a new campaign called 'Closer Together' to offer Gotv Value Customers a variety of entertainment content following a successful two-month campaign called 'Tumbiiza Gotv' that saw decoder prices drop by 23%. As maintained by reports, the new ...


Content Production  |  Showmax Takes On 'Working Wives' Of Zimbabwe

Locally produced 'Real Housewives' with a twist called 'Working Wives' was launched by Ndiani Studios in 2020 has created waves and gained ground into mainstream service, Showmax. The show 'Working Wives' is an adaption of the 'Real Housewives' franchise and ...


Telecom Services  |  Vodacom Announces Drop Of Data Prices - Reports

In 2020, the Competition Commission investigated the two leading mobile operators Vodacom and MTN, on their data pricing. The agreed resolution to the investigation was that the competitors had to cut down their data prices; alternatively, they face prosecution by ...


Broadcasting Services  |  South Africa: SABC May Faces New Court Battle For "Unfair" Retrenchment Accusations

As reported by the media, the three unions representing South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) workers are having ongoing meetings to finalise strategies that may land the SABC in court. The unions, namely, Broadcasting, Electronic, Media and Allied Workers Union (Bemawu), ...


Content Production  |  New Locally-Made TV Shows Captivate Viewers In South Africa

South African viewers are in for a treat as series of new TV shows are being launched, creating a hard-hitting competitive edge against the older shows. New storylines from local producers have proven that local productions understand the market and ...


Copyrights & Royalties  |  TikTok Announces Streaming Royalty Licensing Agreement Across African Continent

TikTok, a video-sharing social networking service used to make various short-form videos, has recently announced a Pan-African licensing agreement that will see songwriters, composers, and music publishers paid royalties when their music is used on the platform. According to reports, ...


Telecom  |  Nigerian Banks Suspend MTN Airtime Sales

According to recent reports, banking platforms, excluding Zenith Bank, have removed MTN Nigeria from their banking platforms. This action comes after MTN, the West African nation's biggest telecoms services provider with 79 million subscribers, reduced the commission paid to the ...


Broadcasting Services  |  Nigeria: Group Lobbying For Removal Of Multichoice's Stranglehold On Industry

A pressure group, the Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG), is continuing its campaign against Multichoice Nigeria, stating that the pay-tv operator is still ignoring the content diversity aimed at national growth and development in the country's northern parts. CNG has ...


Film Festival  |  Durban International Film Festival Extends Film Submission Deadline

The Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) has extended the film submission deadline to 15 April 2021. BMA can report. Chipo Zhou, the Head of Programming at the longest-running South African film festival, DIFF, with the support of 10 film industry ...


Audience Measurement  |  South Africa: Ratings For Most-Watched TV Programmes

The Broadcasting Research Council of South Africa (BRCSA) has released a television audience measurement data report which lists the most-watched television shows on DSTV, SABC1-3 and Etv for February 2021.   According to media reports, the BRCSA data report does ...


Broadcasting Services  |  Update: More Details On SABC And Openview Free-To-Air Broadcast Tie-Up

To recall, back in March, the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), together with eMedia Investments, signed a channel supply agreement to ensure the public broadcaster supplies Openview with six television channels (SABC1, 2, 3, and three new channels) as well ...


Content Distribution  |  Nigerian Documentary, "Awon Boyz", Premieres On Netflix On 14 April 2021

Awon Boyz, a 38-minute documentary created by Lagos based production company Zero Degrees, portrays Nigerian street hustlers' everyday life. The documentary will be premiering on Netflix on 14 April 2021, two years after its cinema premiere, which attracted industry heavyweights ...


Content Services  |  Zambia: Multichoice To Launch New Shows

A series of new shows will be premiering in April 2021 on Zambezi Magic. This news comes after an announcement was made by Multichoice Zambia. The Chief Customer Officer at Multichoice Zambia, Leah Kooma, has made a statement to emphasise ...


Broadcasting Services  |  Public Broadcaster - SABC - Concludes Retrenchment Of 621 Employees - Reports

Effective from 1 April 2021, the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) will be transitioning into a new structure that has been in process since June 2020. In the latest reports, the SABC Section 189 process began nine months ago and ...


Content Production  |  South Africa: Netflix Partners With Govt. Agency To Showcase Tourist Locations

In partnership with Netflix, South African Tourism is exploring projects and critical source markets that will drive international arrivals to South Africa. The partnership aims to promote the must-visit sights through locally produced series. Since the content platform and production ...


Content Distribution  |  TikTok Launches A Six Week Incubator Project In South Africa

TikTok, a video-sharing social networking service used to make a variety of short videos, is launching an incubator project intended for developing South African creators' skills. The social networking service provides a platform to create content from genres like dance, ...


Content Services  |  Global Award-Winning Nigerian Film Premieres In Cinemas In April

Eyimofe (This Is My Desire), a Nigerian film that looks at the pressures of everyday life in Nigeria and the desperate measures people take to survive, and the unrelenting desire to escape to a better life abroad, be premiering on ...


Film Festival  |  8th Edition Of The Uganda Film Festival Underway!

Multichoice Uganda, in association with Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) and other partners, has launched the 8th edition of the Uganda Film Festival (UFF). According to reports, this year's edition of the five-day film festival opened at Acacia Mall in Kisementi ...


Broadcasting License  |  US$ 700,000 - That's The Fee To Obtain A Digital "Free-View" Broadcasting License In Nigeria - Exclusive Report

Anyone looking to acquire a "Free View National Digital Terrestrial Television Broadcasting Licence" in Nigeria would need to find and pay a princely sum of US$ 700,000 (NGN250,000,000) to the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), BMA can authoritatively report. In NBC's ...


Broadcast Regulation  |  South Africa: SABC Implements Controversial Disciplinary Policy - Reports

The Broadcasting Electronic, Media and Allied Workers Union (Bemawu), has accused the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) management of failure to consult stakeholders regarding the newly implemented disciplinary policy. Bemawu has filed a demand at the SABC to withdraw the ...


Spectrum Management  |  South Africa: ICASA Extends Emergency Spectrum Allocation By Two Months

Industry sources are reporting that as a result of an interdict initiated by Telkom and e.tv, which prevents the occurrence of the previously planned spectrum auction, the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has extended its temporary spectrum allocation ...


Broadcast Regulation  |  Nigeria's Broadcast Stations To Lose Signals And Have Frequencies Reallocated For Unpaid Licence Fees – NBC

An announcement by the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) - the broadcast media regulator in Nigeria, has called on all broadcasting stations owing broadcast licence fees to have their debts settled before the 31st of March 2021. The notice demands that ...


OTT Services  |  Showmax To Stream Nigerian Hits Series And Movies Abroad

Nigerians living abroad can now have more access to Nigeria's most popular TV shows and movies via the video streaming service - Showmax, a press statement from the company has indicated. The online subscription video-on-demand service will be taking the ...


Broadcasting Services  |  South Africa: SABC Enters Free-To-Air Satellite Market Through Deal With Openview - Reports

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), together with eMedia Investments, has signed a channel supply agreement to ensure the public broadcaster supplies Openview with six television channels (SABC1, 2, 3 and three new channels) as well as nineteen radio stations. ...


Film Screening  |  Nigeria: Original Series "Okoto" Premieres To A Private Audience In Oyo State

The premiere of Okoto, a Libra TV original series, has been reported as planned to occur at Film House Cinema, Dugbe, Ibadan, Oyo State on Wednesday 31st March 2021.  The new drama series's private screening will start at 18h00 (GMT+1), ...


5G  |  Kenya: Safaricom Launches 5G Services

According to newspaper reports, Safaricom has confirmed its launch for commercial 5G services in Kenya for today, 26 March 2021. Safaricoms' 5G service launch will be the first rollout of this next-generation technology in the country. Mobile World Live said ...


Content Streaming Services  |  Facebook Launches Live Streaming Platforms To South Africa, Egypt And Morocco

Industry sources have reported that South Africa, Egypt, and Morocco are among the numerous benefactors to social network giant Facebook’s expansion into a ticketed live streaming platform. A total of 24 countries worldwide will benefit from the platform, which lets ...


Satellite Services  |  SES Market Research Says It Is Reaching 37Million+ Households In Africa

SES, a terrestrial telecommunications network and satellite provider that supplies worldwide video and data connectivity to content and internet service providers, broadcasters, mobile and fixed network operators, governments, and institutions, recently shared their recent market research findings. According to the ...


Content Services  |  Netflix Commissions Hit Film Happiness Is A Four-Letter Word Sequel

In 2016, Happiness is a Four-Letter Word, a story based on Nozizwe Cynthia Jele' novel about three friends who try and find their happiness while maintaining images of success and acceptability is South Africa, made its debut.   According to ...


Spectrum Management  |  ZICTA Awards MTN Zambia US$13.5million For Additional Spectrum

Industry reports have indicated that MTN Zambia has secured a US$13.5 million deal to provide additional spectrum in the country. According to these industry reports, the Zambia Information and Communications Technology Authority (ZICTA) awarded the country’s largest operator, MTN Zambia, ...


Content Distribution  |  Netflix Releases Date For South African Paranormal Series Called Dead Places

In recent reports, Netflix has announced the release of a new South African paranormal series directed by the owner of Motion Story, Gareth Crocker, called Dead Places. According to the reports, the series featuring 50 different locations across South Africa ...


Content Distribution  |  Multichoice Signs Fugitive As Their Exclusive Distributor For South African Drama Originals

As reported by industry sources, the South African company that operates the DStv, GOtv, and Showmax service, Multichoice, has entered into an exclusive partnership with Fugitive. The deal appoints Fugitive as Multichoice’s exclusive distributor for premium, scripted originals made available ...


#PreserveAfricaArchives  |  More Resources Must Be Engaged To Digitise And Preserve Collection Of Africa's Audio-Visual Assets

Broadcast Media Africa (BMA) and Apricity consulting recently (on Thursday 18th March 2021) hosted a one-day virtual industry forum on "Audio-Visual Archives: Standards and Strategies For Successful Preservation and Management. This conference brought together various stakeholders from across the continent ...


Copyrights  |  Kenya: Update - Multichoice Loses Appeals Battle In Case Against Safaricom

Recalling previous reports, Pay TV operator, Multichoice, sued Safaricom and Jamii Telecom for allegedly enabling illegal access to premium sports content that Multichoice viewed as SuperSport channel content. The High Court had granted Safaricom an order to block 141 websites ...


Content Distribution  |  International: Africa 360 To Debut On BBC Radio 1Xtra

According to press reports, the BBC's Radio 1Xtra has launched a weekly curated content programme to celebrate African music and culture. The programme content will range from live performances, special interviews, brand new mixes, and takeovers from all parts of ...


Content Funding  |  Kenya Film Commission Invests In Fourteen Local Films

According to reports, Kenya Film Commission (KFC) has established a Film Empowerment Fund Programme to promote local content development in partnership with the Communications Authority. The programme focuses on developing feature films, documentaries and TV concepts, producing feature films and ...


Digital Migration  |  DTT: Nigeria's City Of Lagos To Switch Off Analogue TV By 29 April 2021 - According To Reports

The Acting Director of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), Prof. Armstrong Idachaba, has commended ITS LTD and their associates, StarTimes, to ensure that the required transmitters for porting from analogue to digital terrestrial broadcasting in Lagos are ready for 29 ...


Broadcasting Services  |  SABC Producers Accuse Station Of Decimating Indigenous Languages

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) Senior Editors have accused the broadcaster of discrimination against several indigenous languages, which violate the public broadcaster's mandate, this is according to reports. The Senior Editors are accusing the broadcaster of relegating television news ...


Telecom Services  |  MTN Group Affirms Focus On Pan-African Market

The MTN Group, a multinational mobile carrier specialising in emerging markets and operating in various African countries, has reported its latest figures of 280 million subscribers, making the operator the largest mobile operator on the African continent. It has been ...


Broadband  |  Telkom Kenya Declares Position On Its Fibre Optics Infrastructure Plans

The Kenyan National Optic Fibre Backbone Infrastructure is a mission initiated by the Ministry of Information, Communication and Technology (MoICT) to ensure connectivity in 47 provinces across Kenya. MoICT’s vision for the project was to improve communication across regions and ...


Film Festival  |  Kenya Film Commission Hosts Launch For Kalasha's Fourth Edition Announcement

According to media reports, the fourth edition of the Kalasha International Film and TV Market and the second Cycle of Film Empowerment Programme's front-runners have been announced at a Kenya Film Commission's launch ceremony. The objective is to showcase Kenya ...


Content Distribution  |  Africa's Version Of "Ugly Betty" Comes To SABC 1

The SABC 1 will be launching a new and exciting TV drama, uBettina Wethu, an adaptation of the USA's "Ugly Betty" on Monday, 5 April 2021.  All episodes will simulcast on the online platform, Viu. According to reports, the directors ...


Broadcast Regulation  |  South Africa: eNCA's Racism Case Dismissed By Industry Watchdog

The Broadcasting Complaints Commission of SA (BCCSA) has dismissed a complaint against eNCA over its reporter's alleged racism. Several complaints were submitted to BCCSA against the news broadcaster for airing material that encouraged hatred against black people. After consideration, the ...


Audience Measurement  |  Radio: South Africa's Audience Data Interim Report To Be Release End March 2021

The Broadcast Research Council of South Africa (BRC) has committed to releasing radio audience data to the marketing and communications' third-party providers Telmar and Arianna by the end of March 2021. BRC's CEO, Gary Whitaker, stated that the team is ...


Broadcasting Services  |  Nigeria: Multichoice Agrees To Add Three Northern TV Stations Following Petition

The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) management team, Multichoice Nigeria Limited representatives, and the top official of CNG held a meeting at the commission's boardroom to discuss CNG's petition. The petition submitted accused Multichoice Nigeria Limited, owners and operators of DSTV, ...


Content Services  |  BET Africa's First Original Series - Isono - Celebrates 100th Episode

BET Africa's first original daily drama, "Isono", celebrates its 100th Episode since its launch in September 2020. The original African suspense drama storyline ranges from love and betrayal to twists and turns, power, murder, crime, drug businesses and illegal adoption ...


Industry Support  |  Netflix Boosts South African Film Industry With US$1.9M Investment

Netflix, in partnership with the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), an agency of the South African Department of Sport, Arts and Culture, have announced an R28 million (US$1.9 million) injection towards the production of South African micro-budget feature films. ...


Content Distribution  |  South Africa: Vodacom And Google Play Secure Distribution Rights For Zacks Snyder's Justice League

According to the latest reports, Zack Snyder's Justice League's much-anticipated blockbuster recut will be released domestically in South Africa on Vodacom Video Play and Google Play media platforms. An official announcement has yet to be released; however, a reliable source ...


Film Festival  |  Egypt: 23rd National Film Festival Screenings Takes Off!

The 23rd Egyptian National Film Festival, organised by the Cultural Development Fund sector, takes off following two cancellation due to COVID-19, regulations and restrictions that came with the pandemic. However, the festival has opted to change the format to comply ...


OTT Services  |  Cote d'Ivoire: Orange Announces New Partnership With Canal+

The Marketing Director, Raoul Yobouet, at Orange Ivory Coast, has announced a new fibre optic launch for business and individuals in partnership with Canal+. Owing to the partnership with Canal+, a major media player in Africa and the Ivory Coast, ...


Content Services  |  Nigeria: Industry Group Insists On Pay-As-You-Go Billing System For Pay-TV

The Association of Telephone, Cable TV, and Internet Subscribers (ATCIS) is pursuing a call by subscribers to implement a pay-as-you-go (PAYG) billing system for cable television subscribers. During the World Consumer Rights Day in Port Harcourt earlier this week, the ...


Sports Rights  |  TV Rights: CAF Plans To Recoup Millions In Broadcast Revenue

In an address with the press, Confederation of African Football (CAF) president, Dr Patrice Motsepe, assured the media of his strategy to tackle CAF TV rights issues with immediate effect. Motsepe affirmed that there would be progress in African Football ...


Music and Entertainment  |  Apple Music Launches An Exclusive African Collection

Apple Music, an Apple Inc music and video streaming service, has exclusively curated an African collection from some of the biggest legends and superstars in the continent. The collections themed “Africa to the World” comprises exclusive and original content from ...


Football Broadcast  |  Ghana: Multimedia Group Secured Exclusive Media Rights For UEFA Euro 2020

The Multimedia Group, the largest independent commercial media and entertainment company in Ghana, has secured exclusive free-to-air television and radio rights of UEFA Euro 2020. The General Manager of Adom Brands at Multimedia Group, Abdulai Awudu, said this agreement serves ...


Content Distribution  |  Rockville Season 5 To Hit The Small Screen In South Africa, April 2021

Rockville, a telenovela created in June 2013 by Connie and Shona Ferguson and produced by their own production company, Ferguson Films, will be making its comeback with a refreshed storyline in April 2021. The telenovela revolves around two different black ...


Digital Migration  |  South Africa: Digital Migration To "Definitely Take Off" This Month - March 2021!

The South African Ministry of Communications and Digital Technologies has confirmed that the Digital TV migration is definitely starting this month, with commencement in the South Africa Free State starting promptly. According to sources, the department is working closely with ...


The Oscars  |  Tunisia Scores First-Ever Oscar Nomination For Film "The Man Who Sold His Skin"

Tunisian film "The Man Who Sold His Skin", directed by Kaouther Ben Hania's has been nominated under the Best Foreign Language Category. The film is inspired by a Belgian contemporary artist and is about a Syrian man whom the artist ...


Content Regulation  |  Kenya: Film And Classification Board Suspends Eric Omondi's Comedy Show

Kenya Film and Classification Board (KFCB) has suspended the second season of Eric Omondi's "Wife Material" comedy show. The suspension comes after Omondi's arrest on Thursday by the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) detectives in collaboration with KFCB.  The charges ...


Cinema  |  South Africa's Cinema Chain Sees Growth Despite Global Revenue Decline

The arrival of Covid-19, accompanied by lockdown regulations in 2020, saw cinemas worldwide close their doors to curb the virus's spread. In March of last year, the government's hard-lockdown implementation influenced cinemas to a decline spend of 66% compared to ...


Sports Rights  |  CAF's Newly Elected President, Patrice Motsepe, Prioritises TV Rights

In 2019, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) cancelled its media and marketing rights agreement with Lagardere Sports and Entertainment. Since then, the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, Champions League and Confederation Cup matches have not been broadcast.  Newly elected ...


Content Services  |  South African Netflix Documentary “My Octopus Teacher” Nominated At Oscars

The 2020 Netflix original film directed by Pippa Ehrlich and James Reed has been nominated for this year’s Academy Award, Oscars, under the best documentary feature category. “My Octopus Teacher” is a South African Documentary that documents a year spent ...


Kids Content  |  Cartoon Network And Boomerang Dominate Pay-TV Kids’ Channels in Africa, According To Report

The WarnerMedia kid’s brands, comprising Cartoon Network and Boomerang, account for 47% of the kids’ pay-tv channel viewing.  This number accounts for almost half of the kids’ market share. Between 2019 and 2020, Cartoon Network’s reach increased by 10%, with ...


Local Content  |  Zimbabwe: New TV Station ‘KeYone TV’ Calls For More African Content

KeYona TV, a local independent broadcasting station that received its broadcasting licence in November 2020, is inviting all content creators to submit less than 10-minutes productions that celebrate Africa’s heroism. The productions are set to air in 42 countries in ...


Broadcasting Services  |  Nigeria: Multichoice Accused Of Ethnic-Biased Favouritism, By Pressure Group "CNG"!

The Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) has laid claims against Multichoice Nigeria for allegedly ignoring content diversity aimed at national growth and development in the Northern region in Nigeria.  As a result, CNG has threatened to organise and enforce a ...


Spectrum Management  |  South Africa: Regulator's Spectrum Auction Approach Considered "Unlawful"

According to a report supplied to journalists by High Court Judge Selby Baqwa, Independent Communications Authority of SA (ICASA) unlawfully amended the rules for the radio frequency spectrum auction without the necessary consultations, making the entire process unlawful. The process ...


OTT Services  |  The Roku Channel Launches' Demand Africa' Streaming Service

In a quest to bridge cultures and connect Black audiences and the African diaspora to the continent, Demand Africa, a Streaming Video-On-Demand (SVOD), has launched a subscription service on 'The Roku Channel'. The service will host various original and acquired ...


Intellectual Properties | IP  |  WIPO Nigeria Office Commemorates One Year Of Operation

A year after the inauguration of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) Nigeria Office (WNO), the Director-General of Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC), Mr John O. Asein, commended the organisation for the positive impact on the development of copyright and other ...


Data Rights  |  Zimbabwe: Media Institute Campaigns For Citizen's Data Protection

The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) has urged the Zimbabwean government to update, regulate, and implement provisions in the Cyber Security and Data Protection Bill, gazetted in May 2020, aiming to manage the storage, acquisition, and transfer of data ...


Digital Migration  |  Nigeria: Govt. Confirms Digital SwitchOver (DSO) Moves To Second Phase

The Nigerian Government has announced its second phase rollout of the Digital Switch Over to Lagos, Kano, Rivers, Yobe and Gombe States, two years since its inception in six states. The aim is to ensure that the television broadcasting system ...


Content Piracy  |  Kenya: Multichoice Wins Copyright Infringement Case Against Safaricom Again - Reports

In November 2020, a Kenyan high court awarded Multichoice Kenya a favourable judgment against Safaricom over certain copyright infringements. Safaricom went back to the Court of Appeal on March 10 to dispute the court order, which directed the mobile communication ...


Sports Rights  |  Infront Secures FTA Rights To The English Premier League Until 2024/25

The Premier Leagues said it had extended its contract with the Wanda Sports Group Company, Infront, until the end of the 2024/25 season.  The deal is inclusive of Free-To-Air (FTA) rights across sub-Saharan Africa. According to reports, Premier League has ...


Telecom Services  |  Kenya: M-Pesa Dismisses Claim Of Rift From Safaricom Partnership

Kenyan mobile operator, Safaricom, has dismissed claims that they will be parting ways from its mobile phone-based money transfer service, payments, and micro-financing partner M-Pesa.   Addressing the speculations at the Africa Financial Industry Summit 2021, interim CEO of M-Pesa ...


Broadcast Regulation  |  Online Broadcasting Regulations Underway In Zambia

Director-General Josephine Mapoma from the Independent Broadcasting Authority (IBA) in Zambia has shared the authority’s plan to enforce guidelines and code of ethics for online broadcasting stations. The Independent Broadcasting Authority has urged broadcasters to register operating licences without fear ...


Digital Migration  |  Nigeria: Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) Decoders To Be Made Affordable, Says Regulator

During an interview in Abuja, Prof. Armstrong Idachaba, director-general of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), assured decoders for the Digital Switch Over (DSO), also known as Set-Top Boxes will be made affordable. In addressing the fear that exists, prompted by ...


Appointment  |  Former Nigerian Google Country Manager Decamps To Apple

In a recent LinkedIn post, Teju Ajani, the former Country Manager for Google, announced her move to Apple as the overseer of Sales and Business Development. According to her post, she is highly enthusiastic about her new role at Apple ...


Telecom  |  MTN Reports Growth Despite Pandemic

Mobile operator MTN released a financial and statistical report on Wednesday for the year ended December 2020.  According to the report, MTN has received a growth of 19.9%, characterised by an increase of 28.8 million subscribers to a whopping 279.6 ...


Content Production  |  Programming: BET Africa Sets To Premier “Her Majesty: Busiswa” Reality TV Show

South African music artist Busiswa Gqulu, who made history by working with the highly acclaimed international sensation Beyonce on the Black is King album, will be hitting BET Africa’s screen on Saturday, March 20 at 19h30 CAT.  “Her Majesty: Busiswa” ...


Content Production  |  Netflix Signs With Nigeria's Kunle Afolayan To Produce Sefi Atta's "Swallow"

US streaming platform Netflix has been confirmed to be in a partnership with Nigerian Filmmaker expert Kunle Afolayan. As a result of the collaboration, the audience will access three original feature films that will stream on the Netflix platform. One ...


Broadcast Funding  |  Multichoice Will Not Help SABC Collect Proposed South African "Household TV Tax"

MultiChoice, a South African company that operates DStv, has said it will not make its infrastructure available to assist the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) in collecting the proposed "household TV levy/tax". According to the broadcaster, a policy submission by ...


Connectivity  |  Egypt: HARP Connectivity Subsea Fibre To Launch In 2023

Egypt's primary telephone company, Telecom Egypt, plans to launch Hybrid African Ring Path (HARP), a system that will connect Africa and Europe by 2023. Multiple points from Africa's East, West and South to Europe's Italy, France and Portugal will be ...


Spectrum Management  |  South Africa: ICASA Prepares To Appeal Court’s Spectrum Ruling

South African regulator of the broadcasting, electronic communications and postal services sectors in South Africa, the Independent Communications Authority of SA (ICASA), is preparing to appeal to the interdiction passed on Monday by the North Gauteng High Court. Telkom filed ...


Broadcasting Services  |  South Africa: SABC Renders 12 Radio Station Managers Redundant

Industry news reporting still indicate that the ongoing financial situation within the SABC is still a significant issue that has now led to the 'abrupt' retrenchment of twelve radio station managers. According to reporting by TV with Thinus, the affected ...


Spectrum Management  |  Telkom Draws First Victory - SA's Spectrum Auction Is Placed On Hold!

The much-anticipated spectrum auction planned for later this month has been placed on hold after Telkom and e.tv secured a favourable judgment against ICASA, allowing their case to be presented at the Pretoria High Court.  This judgment comes as ICASA ...


Broadcast Funding  |  South African Household "TV Tax" To Be Set At US$18 (R265)

To alleviate budgetary constraints at the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), Deputy Minister Pinky Kekana presented "TV levy" as the proposed saving grace for the broadcaster. According to the proposal subject to approval by the Finance Minister, Tito Mboweni, the ...


Content Production  |  New Season Of Netflix's "Drive to Survive" Features Bahrain F1 Race

Netflix has released a trailer showing the behind the scenes of the ten teams set to be part of the Bahrain F1 race. The 19 March debut of the third season of the show will look at the first-ever doubleheader's ...


Content Production  |  Lupita Nyongo and Kukua Partner Up In Animation Content

Oscar-winning performer, Lupita Nyongo, has opened her wings and partnered up with a media and technology start-up company to produce Africa's first kid superhero animated series. The Kenyan actress has taken a role, not only as a stakeholder but also ...


Digital Migration  |  Nigeria: Regulator Says Digital Switch-Over To Be Completed By 2022

The acting Director-General of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has shared a progressive update and given his assurances about Nigeria's Digital Switch Over (DSO) plans which, according to the NBC, will now be completed by 2022. Prof. Armstrong Idachaba made ...


Content Services  |  SuperSport Announces "Open View" Weekend For All DSTV Subscribers

Multichoice has announced an open window weekend to all their DStv Compact Plus, Compact, Family, and Access packages customers to view numerous sporting events between Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th March 2021. The sporting events will include all popular games ...


Content Streaming Services  |  Trace TV Secures Strategic Pact With Huawei Video

Trace TV, the Afro-Urban entertainment company, has announced that it has secured a strategic partnership with Huawei, a Chinese technology infrastructure provider company.   Under this partnership, Trace TV would have its video content pre-installed and integrated with the Huawei ...


TV White Space  |  South Africa: TV White Space Internet Access Tech Ripe For Commercial Take-Off

ICASA (the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa) has last week issued a notification inviting interested parties to join the qualification process for the operation of the secondary geolocation spectrum database (S-GLSD) - an essential step towards the full commercialisation ...


Content Distribution  |  M-Net Secures Exclusive Rights For Prince Harry And Megan's Interview With Oprah

Multichoice M-Net has acquired the exclusive broadcasting rights to Oprah Winfrey's exclusive 'tell-all' interview with UK royal Prince Harry and American wife, Meghan Markle. According to TV with Thinus, the show will fly on DStv M-Net channels on March 8, ...


Film Festival  |  Cannes Film Market Explores Possibility Of Spring Screening Event, Virtually!

The Cannes Film Festival organises that it is exploring the real possibilities that the Cannes Film Market will happen only virtually in the spring, possibly in May or June. According to the reporting by 'Variety', this will ensure that the ...


TV Rights  |  StarTimes Clarifies, Says "We're Not Under Wind-Up Court Order"

Further to the report circulating in the media that StarTimes - the Chinese media company - is facing a court-mandated winding-up order if it does not make arrangements to satisfy the up to US$11-million debt it allegedly owes over sports ...


Industry Support  |  AfDB Look To More Investment For The African Creative Sector

The African Development Bank (AfDB) believes that Africa's digital and creative platforms should be massively scaled-up with more investment and financial support.   Speaking during a virtual meeting on "The New Face Of African Collaboration" that included Afreximbank and Netflix, ...


Content Production  |  Pressure On M-Net And Rapid Blue For Love Island SA Debacle

The media industry have been reporting on the calling-out of Multichoice M-Net and the production house Rapid Blue over some alleged issues surrounding the production and presentation of the reality show "Love Island - South Africa".   First, it was ...


Broadcasting Services  |  "End Sentech's Monopoly Now"! - SABC Begs The South Africa Govt.

The South Africa Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has insisted that the near-legal requirement that it could only buy digital distribution through terrestrial towers and satellite platforms from Sentech is "monopolistic" and has become onerous. Therefore, the corporation will wish for the ...


Appointment  |  South Africa: Melanie Rambally Appointed As CFO Of Sentech

Sentech, the leading connectivity and signal distributor organisation for the broadcasting and telecommunications sector in South Africa, now has a new Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Melanie Rambally has been appointed into the post, pending all relevant clearances and qualifications verifications. ...


Broadcast Funding  |  Here's How The SABC's Proposed New TV Funding Will Operate

The South Africa Broadcasting Corporation has shed more light on how its proposal for a new funding mechanism will work. Already dubbed by many as the "SABC Household Tax, the corporations said its new proposition is based on the idea ...


Telecom Investments  |  MTN Seeking To Conclude US$65-million Sale Of Syrian Business

Africa's telecom giant, MTN, has announced that it is still moving forward with closing the sale deal on the 75% ownership it has in MTN Syria, even as that business is already under judicial custody (guardianship).   Authorities in the ...


Local Content  |  Local Content Ruling The Roost As Streaming Platforms Boost African Productions

"It is a good time to be a content producer in Africa" - this is according to Joel Phiri of Known Associates Entertainment, the South Africa production company behind the show "uBettina Wethu", a local adaptation of the hit US ...


Content Production  |  "Captain Mfombi" - Zim's Attempt At "Superhero" Narrative Garners Online Support

Captain Mfombi is a superhero story created in Zimbabwe and launched a web series in January, and broadcasted on YouTube seems to have been gaining audience traction as current figures suggest it manages to attract close to 40,000 views per ...


Content Distribution  |  Nigeria: AREWA24 Broadcasts DW's "77 Percent" In Hausa Language

"The 77 Percent" - a TV magazine show by DW targeted at the youth segment - has been adapted for broadcast in Hausa Language by Nigeria's TV Channel AREWA24. According to the press briefing from the programme sponsors, AREWA24 will ...


Film Festival  |  "The Water Man" To Open 29th Edition Of Pan African Film Festival

The Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) organisers have announced that David Oyelowo's directorial debut movie "The Water Man" will open the 29th edition of PAFF, which will start and run entirely virtually from 28th February to 14th March 2021.   ...


Appointment  |  BritBox Appoints Reemah Sakaan As New International Chief Exec

BritBox, the UK-based streaming platform backed by a 50/50 joint venture between BBC Studios and ITV, has announced it is appointed Ms Reemah Sakaan as its international chief executive officer (CEO). She will start in the new role in April ...


Content Streaming Services  |  Audio: Spotify Drives-Up Entrance Into African Market With New Countries Entry

Spotify, the global music streaming giant, has said it is heeding many in Africa with an announcement to enter and make its services available in Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana, Uganda, and Tanzania.   Announcing media organisations, Phiona Okumu, head of Music ...


Broadcasting Services  |  Make SABC A "Public Service Media Entity" Funded By Household Tax - Says Minister

The South Africa Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) should be declared a "Public Service Media Broadcaster" and be directly funded through a newly imposed household tax. This is according to a recent proposal by the deputy minister in the South African department ...


Content Distribution  |  EVA Telenovela Channels To Be Axed From Multichoice DStv and GOtv Platforms

Multichoice has now canned EVA, the AMC Networks' telenovela channels it has carried on the DStv and GOtv platforms for over five years. Sbu Mpungose, a spokesperson for Multichoice, confirmed that they would be removing, in March, the EVA and ...


Content Production  |  "Super Sema" - Kenyan Originated Kids Cartoon Series To Launch On YouTube

Kenya-based Kukua has announced it is launching a new kid animation series called "Super Sema". The programme is set to debut on the YouTube platform on 8th March 2021.   According to Vanessa Ford, the chief operating officer at Kukua, ...


Spectrum Management  |  South Africa: ICASA Will Announce Bidders Of 4 and 5G Spectrum Next Month

ICASA (The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa) has announced that it will now only be announcing the bidders for its forthcoming spectrum auction on the 23rd March 2021. In a stakeholder advisory statement released by the South African industry ...


Radio Broadcasting  |  Radio: New FM Bands To Facilitate Digital Sound Broadcasting In Africa

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) 's Radiocommunication Bureau, in collaboration with the African  Telecommunication Union (ATU), organised the first virtual frequency planning and co-ordination meeting last week with the focus of helping African nations strengthen their FM radio broadcasting platform ...


Kids Content  |  YouTube Committed To Kids Programming With Nine New Shows

YouTube, the Google-owned video streaming platform, has announced it will be remarkably expanding its foray into children content with a new slate of nine original kids programming that will premiere in 2021. This is up from just two that was ...


Content Services  |  Sixth Edition Of "Nigerian Idol" Return To Multichoice's DStv And Showmax Platform

"Nigerian Idol", the formatted musical show from Multichoice Nigeria, will be coming back for the sixth edition in 2021. Announcing a virtual media conferences on Thursday 18th February, Multichoice Nigeria says it will start programming around the Nigerian Idol sixth ...


Content Copyright  |  "We Did Not Break Copyright With The Release Of Show On Netflix" - EbonyLife Studios

Ms Mo Abudu, a Nigerian media magnate behind EbonyLife Studio, has come out to insist again that her company has not breached and copyright laws or regulations with the production and release of the hit drama "ÒlòtÅ«ré" on Netflix.   ...


Spectrum Management  |  South Africa: ICASA Freezes 5G Spectrum "Because Of Satellite Static"

In South Africa, ICASA (the Independent Communications Authority) has announced a suspension on new spectrum assignment in the 3.6 - 3.8Ghz band, stopping new acquisition of spectrum licenses in the band.   According to ICASA, the spectrum freeze order was ...


#PreserveAfricaArchives  |  #PreserveAfricaArchives | BMA's To Survey Industry On Status And Future Of Audio-Visual Archives

As part of the ongoing Industry Programme on the "Preservation Of Africa's Audio Visual Media Assets", Broadcast Media Africa (BMA) is announcing a series of focused industry surveys and data collecting exercises to explore and understand the status and conditions ...


Content Services  |  Multichoice "Going Hyper-Local" To Fight Netflix - Says Group CEO, Mawela

Calvo Mawela, the group chief executive for Multichoice, has laid out his organisation's vision and plans to fight and possibly beat back Netflix incursion into its market territories. Speaking on the CNN Connecting Africa programme, Mawela summed up the strategy ...


Content Production  |  Nigeria's EbonyLife Studios Links Up With Westbrook Studios To Produce Content

EbonyLife Studios, the Nigerian production company (led by Ms Mo Abudu) has announced it is partnering with Westbrook Studios (of Will and Jada Pinkett Smith) to co-produce a number of African-focused films and TV work. EbonyLife has hailed the partnership ...


Content Distribution  |  Programming: Temptation Island SA To Debut On Showmax Before End Of Q2 2021

Showmax, the internet streaming part of Multichoice has, reportedly, picked-up and will be flighting a local adaptation of the reality show 'Temptation Island'. The platform has reportedly scheduled the show for before the end of 2021.   Temptation Island is ...


Connectivity  |  Telecom Namibia And Paratus To Land Google Subsea Cable In Namibia

Telecoms Namibia and Paratus have announced their finalised agreement to land Equiano - the subsea cable project from Google - in Namibia. According to the media from both organisations, the cable will enable more than twenty times the standard network ...


Content Streaming Services  |  BritBox, By BBC Studio And ITV, Enters South African Streaming Market-Place

BritBox (a Netflix look-alike) with the BBC Studios and ITV UK behind it will be entering South Africa streaming market place by the second half of 2021; it has been announced. Coming into South Africa will make it count as ...


Spectrum Management  |  ZAMBIA: Regulators Auctioning New Spectrum To Bolster Internet Penetration

ZICTA (the Zambia Information and Communication Technology Regulatory Authority) has announced plans to auction a new 20Mhz frequency spectrum within the 800Mhz band and has confirmed that the bids for it will close on March 2nd 2021.   ZICTA has ...


Content Services  |  New Korean Entertainment Channel To Launch On DStv

'TvN' - the Korean entertainment channel will be launching on the DStv platform on March 01, 2021, Multichoice has announced. Promoted as Korea's number one entertainment brand, the new channel offers an array of Korean entertainment to DStv subscribers.   ...


Telecom Investments  |  Econet Reaches For Stability, Pins Hope On Share Buy-Back Programme

Zimbabwe's Econet Wireless is said to be initiating a share buy-back scheme that will be geared to helping it stabilise its finances and continue to meet its financial obligation.   Sources from inside the company indicated that management had listed ...


Broadcast Regulation  |  100,000+ South Africans Have Petitioned Against Changes To TV Licence Tax

More than 110,000 South African have voiced their opposition against plans that will force users of laptops, tablets, decoders and streaming platforms to be liable for TV licenses that will benefit the public broadcaster, the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation (SABC). ...


Spectrum Management  |  "South Africa Regulator Is Slicing Spectrum Like Salami!" - Says Telkom

ICASA (The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa) - the agency that regulates all things telecoms and broadcasting in South Africa has been accused of slicing up the 3.5GHz spectrum "like a salami to be shared between interested parties".   ...


5G Network  |  5G Networks Under Testing Regimes In 18 African Countries

According to new information from the Global Mobile Suppliers Association (GSA), there are now eighteen African nations currently testing out or at the initial stage of deployment of the 5G networks infrastructure.   Reporting from Connecting Africa say that as ...


Investment  |  IROKO Plans To Go Public By Listing On London Stock Exchange 'AIM' Market

IROKO, the Nigerian-based'  Nollywood-streaming' company, is according to media reports, looking at going public within the next year by listing on the London Stock Exchange' Alternative Investment Market with the aim to raise between 20 - 30 million US Dollars. ...


Broadcast Regulation  |  International: BBC World News Banned In China Over Alleged "Biased Reporting"

According to reporting from the Xinhua news agency, the Chinese broadcasting authority said on Thursday that it is banning the BBC World News from broadcasting with its borders.   The Chinese National Radio and TV Administration (NRTA) said it has ...


Broadcast Regulation  |  South Africa: Govt. Takes Smartphones Off The TV Licence Liability List

In South Africa, The Department of Communications and Digital Technologies (DCDT) is to confirm that while its plan to further and expand changes to TV Licensing regime for the country, it has reached the determination that it will now not ...


Pay TV  |  Namibia: MultiChoice Launches Showmax Add To Bill' Feature

Industry media are reporting that Multichoice Namibia is introducing a new feature that will allow its DStv premium subscribers the possibilities of enjoying the additional streaming of international content such as movies and series at no extra cost them. They ...


Social Media  |  Uganda: Facebook Is Still Off As Access To Other Social Media Platforms Eases

The Associated Press has reported that the authorities in Uganda have lifted the restrictions imposed on social media networks ahead of the country last month's presidential elections. However, it is noted that the Facebook platform is still blocked and cannot ...


Appointment  |  Leadership Change At Satellite Company 'Yahsat' - As CEO Is Replaced

The satellite operator company, Yahsat, has confirmed that their long-standing chief executive officer, Masood Mahmood, will step down at the end of April 2021 and succeeded by Mr Ali Al Hashemi currently work as the general manager of Yahsat Government ...


Content Services  |  "I Am Laycon" - A Showmax Original Nigerian Reality Show To Debut

Showmax, the Multichoice internet platform, has confirmed that it will be releasing a new Nigerian reality show "I Am Laycon", which it plans to premiere in Nigeria from 11th February 2021. According to the platform, the plan to make the ...


TV Programming  |  2021 Programming Highlights From The Walt Disney Africa Media Networks

The Walt Disney Africa Media Networks has revealed its programming offers across its TV channels on the South African DStv and StarSat PayTV platforms. Broadcast Media Africa could not immediately determine whether the content offers will also be available across ...


Telecom Investments  |  MTN To Sell Stakes In BICS - Deal Will Raise US$130 Million

MTN Group (Africa's most prominent telecommunications operator) has announced it is in the throes of finalising the deal that would see it sell-off its twenty per cent shareholding a Belgian telecommunication outfit called Belgacom International Carrier Services SA (BICS). The ...


Telecom Services  |  South Africa: Telkom Sees Revenue Growth - Driven By Mobile Usage Surge

Telkom South Africa has announced bumper revenue growth for the quarter that ended December 2020. According to its financial reporting, Telkom said that its Group's revenues grew by 0.9% in the quarter, on a year-on-year comparison. The Group's growth was ...


Football Broadcast  |  Kenya | Standard Group Are Official Broadcasters For Rescheduled Euro2020 Tournament

Kenyan's are now assured of watching the games of the rescheduled Euro 2020 on the terrestrial free-to-air platform after the country's media conglomerate - the Standard Group - became the new official free-to-air partner for the Euro2020 tournament.   With ...


TV Platforms  |  DStv May Soon "Cease To Exist" Without The Levelling Of Streaming Field

Multichoice, the pan-Africa satellite-based Pay-TV behemoth has, again, voiced it worry that its DStv platform is well under existential threat, and could potentially go into extinction, unless industry regulators in South Africa, and indeed across Africa take urgent action to ...


Broadcasting Services  |  SABC Says Turnaround Plan Is Working - As Ad Sales Volumes Surge

The South Africa Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has asserted that the strategic turnaround plans it began implemented a while ago is working and, has indeed, started to bear fruit. The public broadcaster reports that as a direct result of the turnaround ...


Telecom Investments  |  Angola: Africell Secures Licence To Become Fourth Mobile Operator

Africell has applauded the regulatory authorities in Angola for awarding it a licence to operate in the Angolan telecoms market, opening it up to the much-needed competition.  A statement issued by the company reads: “A more competitive and transparent market ...


Industry Awards  |  ViacomCBS Networks Africa Cancels 2021 MTV Africa Music Awards, No Reason Given

According to report attributed to the show's organisers, the MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMA) for 2021 due to take place on the 20th February in Kampala, Uganda has been cancelled by ViacomCBS Network Africa.   Reports have it that ViacomCBS ...


Audience Measurement  |  Radio: BRC Keen To Spotlight Shifts In Listenership Via RAMS

The South Africa Broadcast Research Council (BRC) has said it is working to identify and highlight notable audience behavioural shifts happening within the radio broadcast space, especially given the continued effect of the Covid-19 pandemic and the perenially lack of ...


Content Distribution  |  Sony Pictures Television Enters "Content First-Look" Deal With Nigeria's EbonyLife Media

Sony Pictures Television (SPT) - the international production division of Sony Television - has agreed on a two-year exclusive agreement to reserve a right of "first-look" for the scripted TV content produced by Nigeria's EbonyLife Media.   This means that ...


Content Production  |  "Al-Sit" - Short Film From Sudan Premieres At Short Film Festival In France

"Al-Sit" is a Sudanese short film directed by Suzannah Mirghani. It has premiered at the internationally acclaimed Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival in France, taking place from 29 January – 6 February 2021.   Al-Sit is a sentimental story that plots ...


Channel Management  |  WarnerMedia Give TNT Africa A Channel Rejuvenation With "Fresh Content"

Press report from Warner Media has indicated that media organisation is giving the TNT Africa channel a reboot and a refreshed on-air look. The aim, according to WarnerMedia, is to show the "global look of the channel". To achieve this ...


Telecom Services  |  Nigeria Govt. Welcomes MTN's New CEO, Urge Telcos To Stick To Best Practices

The Nigerian minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa A.I Pantami has pulled the ears of telecoms operators in the country, saying that they must work assiduously to bring global best practices to Nigeria and that corner-cutting for short-term ...


Radio Broadcasting  |  BMA And 2Gwana Media Collaborate On Community Radio Broadcasting Programme

Radio remains a powerful broadcast medium. As broadcasting platforms become digital, Radio broadcasting, and especially Community Radio Broadcasting, will be expected to realise its potential as the primary medium for social information, entertainment and education. In light of this, Broadcast ...


Telecom Infrastructure  |  MTN Group To Engage Bankers For Sale Of South African Telecom Towers - Reports

According to industry sources, MTN Group is reported to have appointed South African based Standard Bank Group and Citigroup to advise it on the proposed "sale and leaseback" of some of its mobile telecommunications towers in South Africa.   Reporting ...


Spectrum Management  |  SA's Spectrum Saga Continues As Vodacom Warns Against Further Delays

In South Africa, the planned spectrum allocation by the Independent Communications Authority (ICASA) seems to be tying itself up in knots and creating heavy-levels of confusion and frustration among stakeholders, with Shameel Joosub, the CEO of Vodacom being the latest ...


Spectrum Management  |  Spectrum: Telkom Has No 'Locus Standi' With Lawsuit, Says ICASA Chair

The chairperson of the Independent  Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA), Mr Keabetswe Modimoeng, has charged back at Telkom South Africa (a leading telecoms and media services provider) for seeking a court injunction to stop ICASA from moving forward with ...


Cinema  |  Cinema: South Africa's Largest Movie Chain - Ster-Kinekor Theatres - Goes Into "Business Rescue"

The board of South Africa's largest cinema theatres announced last week that it is voluntarily taking the company into "business rescue" mode. It said it a statement issued at the end of January 2021 that it has appointed a Stefan ...


Connectivity  |  Connectivity: Eutelsat And Zim's TelOne Signs Multi-Year Service Agreement

According to industry reporting, Eutelsat, the international satellite connectivity provider, has engaged with Zimbabwe's TelOne in a multi-year service agreement that means that the satellite provider will deliver Ka-band broadband capacity to the state-owned internet service provider in Zimbabwe.   ...


Content Services  |  Trailer Review: First-Look Preview Of "DAM" - A Showmax Original!

Showmax, the internet TV service that is part of the Multichoice Group, has recently released the trailer for its Original programme: "DAM" to premiere on Monday 22nd February 2021. "DAM" is described as "small-town psychological thriller" is presented in eight-part ...


Content Production  |  TV Programming: 'Skeem Saam' - SABC1 Hit Soapie - Unsure Of Renewal

According to industry sources, Skeem Saam, a long-running, locally produced soapie offered by the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) might be thrown in jeopardy as its renewal status is yet to be confirmed by SABC1.   Although the SABC says ...


Telecom  |  Nigeria: Telco Regulator Renews License For Airtel Nigeria

Airtel, the pan-African telecommunications services provider, has announced that the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has renewed its license to operate in the 900 and 1800 MHz radio spectrum.   According to a reporting from the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), ...


Broadcasting Services  |  StarTimes Commits to Broadcast "Look To East" Programme To Help With Sino-Africa Relations

StarTimes, the Chinese Pay-TV company has declared that it would be at the forefront of driving the positive relationship between China and Africa. According to a statement from StarTimes, recent years have seen tremendous growth in engagement between Africa countries ...


Streaming Services  |  Showmax Launches New Originals, Offers 3 for 1 Deal To Subscribers Across Africa

MultiChoice's entertainment platform, Showmax, has announced that it is offering new subscribers a deal that means when they pay for a one-month subscription, they will be awarded two additional months. The company says the offer will be across Showmax, Showmax ...


Film Festival  |  Film Festival: Cannes Dates Change - Now Tentatively For 5th - 25th July 2021!

The historic Cannes Film Festival organisers have said it is now confirming the 5th - 25th July as the new dates for the show to take place. According to event organisers, the new dates were decided upon at its board ...


Spectrum Management  |  South Africa: MTN Latest Operators To Take Regulator To Court Over Spectrum Issues

MTN South Africa has, according to reports, become the latest in the line of telecoms operators and stakeholders in South Africa, to take the country's telecoms regulator - the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) - to court due ...


Telecom Infrastructure  |  Tanzania Latest Country To Become Part Of The East Africa "One Network Area"

The "One Network Area" initiative is a programme of the East Africa Community (EAC)  that is aimed at lowering, eventually removing, international calling cost tariffs for the EAC citizen. The plan is for citizens to communicate more at a lower ...


Satellite Capacity  |  Eutelsat And Liquid Telecoms Renew Capacity Deal

News reports have it that Liquid Telecom has renewed and expanded its Ku band capacity contract arrangement with Eutelsat on the EUTELSAT 7B satellite.   Under this new multi-year and multi-transponder arrangement announced on Tuesday 26th January 2021, Liquid Telecom ...


Broadband And Connectivity  |  Seacom's Africa's Strategy On Course Even As Top-Execs Changes Are Implemented

Aware of the potential negative reputational impression that might have been created with the seemingly unexpected announcement of top-level executive changes within its structures, Seacom has sought to re-assure all its stakeholders that all is in order with the organisation ...


Content Services  |  TV Programming: SABC's 7de Laan Fans Kick Against Programme's Editorial Calls

Following the decision by the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) that it will reduce the airing of the popular Afrikaans-language soapie on the SABC2 channel, 7de Laan from five to three weekly episodes, the fans of the show have been ...


Audio Tech  |  Audio Streaming: Netflix Gives Android Users Major Audio Upgrade

Streaming giant, Netflix has announced a major audio upgrade for its customers using the Android mobile app. The invention will make the sound better and make it more clear, plus it will reduce buffering. According to the statement that Netflix ...


Kids Content  |  International: Disney+ Removes Animations With "Racist Content" To Protect, Safeguard Kids

Streaming platform Disney+ has, according to reports, removed “racist” animation classics like “Peter Pan”, “The Aristocats’ and many more for children under seven, citing breach of content advisories. According to the United Kingdom’s Daily Mail, Disney has barred kids under ...


Appointment  |  Telecom Namibia’s New CEO Say He Has Big Plans For The Organisation

Telecom Namibia has appointed a new CEO, Stanley Shanapinda, the newly appointed executive, is former CEO of the Communications Regulatory Authority of Namibia (CRAN). This move is offering an advantageous perspective of the regulatory industry. In an interview with Namibia ...


Cinema Content  |  "Softie" - Award-Winning Film From Kenya Now In Virtual Cinemas

The first Kenyan film to premiere at Sundance is set to be now available via streaming in Virtual Theatrical Cinemas and Video on Demand platform from Friday, 29 January. The Sundance award winner by Kenyan documentary filmmaker Sam Soko tells ...


Film Festival  |  Film Festival: Sundance 2021 Is A Festival With A Difference

This year's Sundance Film Festival will be a bit different; the much-esteemed festival will take place mostly online due to the global pandemic of Covid-19. Kicking off on Thursday, 28 January, the festival will not be the usual, that many ...


Telecom  |  Telecom: Cell-C's 'Hushed' Deal With Vodacom Raises Eyebrows

Cell C and Vodacom have reached a secret agreement in the recent migration of Cell C's contract and broadband user base to Vodacom's network, according to online tech publication MyBroadband. Earlier this month, Cell C sent out a statement which ...


Sports Broadcasting  |  Sports Broadcasting: SABC "To Go Against" SuperSports For Better Broadcasting Rights

SABC Sports has criticised Pay-TV giant, Multichoice for not playing fair when it comes to sports broadcasting rights. Gary Rathbone, SABC Sport GM says the unbundling of the sports rights is crucial, as the public broadcaster has been sub-licensing from ...


Broadband And Connectivity  |  Broadband Services: Telkom Kenya Drops Loon Technology Pilot Project

Telkom Kenya and Google's Loon Services have announced that the Loon technology pilot will be discontinued from March 1. This was announced in a joint media statement on Friday, by both companies. This news comes following the declaration that Loon ...


Content Production  |  Production: Tinsel Show In Nigeria Makes TV History By Airing Its 3000 Episode

Africa Magic's most famous film, Tinsel reached a significant milestone last Thursday, by airing it 3000 episode and cementing itself as the longest-running Nigerian TV show. The film which was launched in 2008, has transformed the soap opera industry in ...


Broadcasting Services  |  SABC: South Africa Faces Possible Blackout From Public Broadcaster

The Labour Union representing the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has threatened a four-hour blackout on Friday from 11 am - 2 pm. This drastic action is part of the unions’ protest against the public broadcaster’s planned retrenchment process. Last ...


Industry Expos  |  Cannes Film Festival Faces Possible Postponement Due To Pandemic - Report

The Cannes Film Festival could face delay, due to Covid-19 pandemic, Variety has reported. The prestigious film fest is set to announce whether it will keep its May 2021 dates or postpone to summer by the end of the month. ...


Telecom Services  |  Nigeria Sees Growth In 3G, 4G Telecom Towers

Nigeria has seen an increased growth in its third generation (3G) and fourth-generation (4G) base transceiver stations (BTS). On Thursday, the Executive Vice Chairman of Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Umar Danbatta announced that BTS deployment in Nigeria has increased ...


OTT Services  |  OTT Streaming: HBO Max Sets its Sights On Africa, Middle East And Europe

Warner Media's HBO Max is trying to expand its reach in Africa, the Middle East, and Europe. The popular streaming service has announced the region's leadership team ahead of HBO's rollout and expansion strategy across these territories, for later this ...


Content Streaming Services  |  NIGERIA: Showmax Teams Up With MTN Nigeria On Mobile Data Deal

Streaming service Showmax and MTN Nigeria have partnered up to launch a special data deal for mobile subscribers to stream 25 hours’ worth of movies, sports, series, kids’ shows and more. This offer will give access to Showmax’s full catalogue ...


Content Services  |  Sony Music Collaborates With Watsup TV To Promote African Talent

Ghana-based Pan-African entertainment TV Channel, WatsUp TV has announced a new partnership with international music company, Sony Music to promote talents across the African continent. This collaboration is geared towards benefiting several music talents in Africa. It will witness a ...


Content Streaming Services  |  International: Netflix Surpasses 200 Million Subscribers

Global streaming service Netflix has reached a significant milestone this week, they topped subscriber growth expectations in the past quarter and surpassed the 200 million mark in subscribers worldwide. This achievement comes as most of the world is confined at ...


Radio Broadcasting  |  Streaming And Online Audio Is Now More Than Digital Sound Broadcasting - Broadcaster Tells Regulator

Media group and broadcaster Primedia has recommended that the Independent Communications Authority (ICASA) ensures final Digital Sound Broadcasting (DSB) regulations make no mention of the switch-off of analogue sound broadcasting services. This statement comes as the regulatory authority is currently ...


Broadcasting  |  South Africa: Public Broadcaster Calls For Inquiry To Determine Licence Conditions And Tariff Structure For DSB

In its submissions to the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) public hearing on draft digital sound broadcasting services (DBS) the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has called for an inquiry to determine licence conditions and tariff structure for ...


Industry Awards  |  Industry Awards: Online Content To Finally Get Recognition At The SATFAS

The South African Film and Television Awards (Saftas) have established a new category whereby YouTube, Instagram, and Facebook content producers will receive recognition for their social media and online work. The Saftas committee amended the submission requirement mainly because of ...


Broadcasting Services  |  South Africa: SABC Workers Take Grievances To SA Presidency Over Retrenchments

On Wednesday afternoon, the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) staff is set to march to the seat of government and the highest office in their country - the Union Building, to handover a memorandum of demands to President Cyril Ramaphosa asking ...


Connectivity  |  Madagascar: Gulfsat Secures Licence To Be Second Backbone Provider

Telecom providers in Madagascar have benefited from the increasing competition between the leading operators, including Orange Madagascar, Airtel and the incumbent telco Telma. A new baby in the industry - the country fourth mobile operator, Gulfsat Madagascar, operating under the ...


Streaming Services  |  OTT Streaming: Multichoice's Mzansi Magic And Showmax Now Available to Stream

Multichoice's most popular channels on the DSTV platform will now be available to live stream will now be available on Showmax. The company has announced. This is a live testing experiment that Showmax is trying out, and it will enable ...


Industry Awards  |  The Oscars 2021: Some African Film Submissions So Far...

The 93rd Academy Awards postponement has extended the eligibility period of films, and the window has now been opened to 28 February 2021. This was supposed to be the Oscars' original date, and now the prestigious award ceremony will take ...


Telecom  |  Kenya: Telecom Kenya's Mobile Market Share Drive Grows

Kenya's mobile market has seen increasing growth as demand for ICT services rose in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The country has a mobile SIM penetration rate of 125.8% and added 2.8 million SIM cards in the quarter ended ...


Content Distribution  |  Film Release: Nigerian-Bollywood Movie, "Namaste Wahala" To Hit The Cinemas Soon

After much delay, due to the impact of COVID-19 to the theatre/cinema industry, the much-awaited and highly anticipated movie Namaste Wahala is due to be released in April 2021. The movie set initially released in March 2020, is a romantic ...


Sports Broadcasting  |  Sports Broadcasting: CAF And StarTimes Join Forces To Broadcast CHAN 2020

Football lovers can now watch the 2020 Total CHAN tournament from the comfort of their homes via StarTimes decoder as the Confederation Africaine de Football (CAF) and the digital television operator StarTimes reached an agreement for the broadcast of the ...


Content Services  |  International: TV Content Distributors All Set For Virtual London Screenings

International distributors of TV content have finalised the dates for the annual London TV Screening event. As previously announced, the screenings will take place virtually this year because of the global pandemic COVID-19 and its restrictions. The physical event due ...


Radio Broadcasting  |  Radio Broadcasting: Nigeria's Hit Music Radio Station To Join Apple's Rap Life Radio

Nigeria's hit music radio station Cool FM and Apple Music are teaming up to broadcast Apple Music's Rap Life Radio and Africa Now Radio on Cool FM every Saturday and Sunday at 6 pm starting on the 16th and 17th ...


Free-To-Air TV  |  Free-To-Air TV: Rugby Boss Unhappy With New Broadcast Regulations Proposals In SA

South Africa's Rugby has indicated objections against the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA's) new proposed broadcast regulations. The CEO of Rugby SA, Mr Jurie Roux, issued a strong warning against the regulations' proposed changes, saying that this action ...


Film Festival  |  Film: Egyptian ‘Captains of Zaatari’ To Premiere At Sundance 2021

Egyptian director Ali El Arabi’s documentary Captains of Zaatari will be premiering at this year’s Sundance festival. Sundance Institute has announced the world premiere of the film on Sunday, January 31 at 6:00 pm Mountain Time on the festival’s digital ...


Telecom Services  |  Telecom: South Africa's Cell-C Transitions Its Customers To MTN

It does feel like it's the beginning of the end for mobile network operator Cell-C, as it starts transitioning its customers on to the MTN network.  This process comes as the mobile operator prepares to switch off its radio access ...


Regulation  |  South Africa: Stakeholders Eagerly Await ICASA's Spectrum Auction, Anytime Now

In South Africa, telecommunications and media stakeholders are eagerly awaiting the new high demand spectrum auction led by the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) which should happen in less than three months.   ICASA's chairperson Keabetswe Modimoeng says ...


Spectrum Management  |  Spectrum: Broadcaster To Join Lawsuit Against Spectrum Auction In South Africa

According to reports, E.tv, a commercial free-to-air broadcaster in South Africa, has filed an urgent application to join Telkom's lawsuit seeking an interim interdict preventing regulator authority ICASA from going through with its planned broadband spectrum auction. EMedia Investments, the ...


Broadcasting Services  |  SABC Refutes Claims Shutting African-Language Stations

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) is refuting claims that it will be closing its radio services, particularly African-language stations. The broadcaster said that reports that African-language news bulletins on free-to-air television channels were being discontinued "are completely false".   ...


Broadcasting Services  |  YouTube Puts Spotlight On Africa As It Announces Its Black Voices Class of 2021

Global video-sharing platform YouTube has announced the first round of YouTube Black Voices Class of 2021 winners. The project focuses on investment in narratives that "emphasize the intellectual power, authenticity, dignity, and joy of Black voices" on the social video ...


Industry Support  |  Google News Initiative Commits US$3 Million To Fight Vaccine Mis-information

With the world still taken aback and grappling with the effects global pandemic called COVID-19, there has been a great concern of misinformation that has been peddled online and various media outlets about the virus and the vaccine.   On ...


Broadcasting Services  |  South Africa: Impending Strike At The SABC – As Public Broadcaster Issues Retrenchment Letters

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has officially begun its retrenchment process, issuing redundancy and surplus letters to all the affected staff. The public broadcaster act has led to worker’s representation, taking up action to reverse this. The Broadcasting, Electronic, ...


Content Production  |  Content Production: UK's ITV 'This Morning' Show Comes To South Africa For A Cooking And Safari Segment

'This Morning', a popular morning show on ITV (a United Kingdom free to air broadcaster) will be launching a new segment, which would see the show do features on live cooking and safaris that would be sections in South Africa. ...


Content Production  |  Programme: Showmax Collaborates With Canal+ For First Kenyan Original

Showmax, the Multi-Choice' streaming service and France's pay-TV service CANAL+ have joined forces to co-produce Kenyan's first Showmax Original series. "Crime and Justice" is a drama series set in modern-day Nairobi, and is set to be released in late 2021. ...


Telecom Services  |  South Africa: Telkom Partially Withdraws Court Case Against Spectrum Allocations

Telecoms giant Telkom has withdrawn part of its court application against the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) that forces the regulator to inform all potential parties interested in the spectrum auction of the proceedings. In late 2020, Telkom ...


Industry Support  |  Nigeria: Industry Body Calls For Suspension Of NIN Registrations, Due To Covid-19 Concerns

The leadership of the Association of Telephone, Cable TV and Internet Subscribers (ATCIS) have raised concern over the possible safety hazard of the National Identification Number (NIN) enrolment. They have called for a suspension of the system, due to its ...


5G  |  Safaricom Prioritises 4G over 5G

Kenyan leading mobile network operator Safaricom has put its plans to launch the fifth-generation (5G) mobile internet service on hold; instead, it will focus on 4G expansion. The CEO of the company Peter Ndengwa said that there are no plans ...


Streaming Services  |  Streaming: OTT Services Across Africa Expected To Generate US$1.73 Billion By 2026

Analysis from Digital TV Research has indicated that by the year 2026, OTT television streaming and video-on-demand services across Africa will be generating upwards of US$1.73 billion to providers. This, if it comes true, will represent and exponential growth from ...


Broadcast Regulation  |  South Africa: Govt Fortifies Plans To Make Non-Terrestrial TV Users Pay For TV Licence

The South African TV Licence framework's ongoing issues seem to be settling with the nation's government adamant that it will be extending the payment of TV licenses to the users of non-terrestrial or traditional TV services. In effect, the government ...


Broadcast Regulation  |  MISA Condemns Tanzanian Authorities For Unfair Ban Of Wasafi TV

THE Media Institute of Southern Africa (Zimbabwe) has criticised Tanzanian authorities for their harsh six-month suspension of Wasafi TV. The TV station was banned by the Tanzanian Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA) for airing a musician who was scantily dressed during ...


Streaming Services  |  Streaming: Does Netflix UK's Price Increases Mean Other Market Regions Can Expect Same?

Netflix, the international streaming behemoth, has recently announced that its customers in the United Kingdom will be paying more to access its content and services from February 2021. According to the new plan pricing, Netflix's standard access plan will now ...


Broadcast Regulation  |  Pay-TV: Regulator To Hold Virtual Public Hearing On Subscription TV Services In South Africa

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) - the country's broadcasting and telecoms regulatory agency) has confirmed it will be proceeding with its public hearing into Pay-TV services in South Africa. ICASA has confirmed that the hearings will take ...


Broadcasting Services  |  SABC Says That After All Is Said And Done, It Expects To Sack "Only 303 Staffers"

The South Africa Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) says it has now completed its legally mandated retrenchment processes and procedures. In the end, it is expected that only 303 members of its current staff-force will be losing their jobs.   A statement ...


Streaming Services  |  Streaming: Discovery Plus Enters North Africa In Partnership With Starzplay

Discovery says it has entered into a strategic partnership with Starzplay (the video-on-demand (VOD) player to help it bring its newly launched Discovery Plus platform to many countries in the Middle East and North Africa region.   According to press ...


Content Distribution  |  African Movie Channel Heads Back To UK With 'Freeview Digital' Listing - Reports

The African Movie Channel (AMC) - broadcaster of Nigerian Nollywood programming - announced it has launched (or re-launched) its flagship African Movie Channel into the United Kingdom, this time listing of the 'Freeview' digital terrestrial TV platform.   As AMC ...


Broadcasting Services  |  SABC: Future And Nature Of TV Licensing In South Africa To Be Decided Imminently

The future framework for the viability and sustenance of the TV license as a funding plank for the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) is set to be settled with the next few months. The South African minister for Communications and ...


Broadcast Regulation  |  Tanzania | TCRA Bans TV Station For Violating Broadcast Regulation

The Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA) has announced a six-month ban of Wasafi TV on the alleged basis of violation of the country’s broadcasting rules and regulations. According to the industry regulator, the contravention necessitating the action occurred on the ...


Sports Content  |  Sports Group Launches New Entertainment Show - "Africa Empire Warrior"

Africa Sports Venture Group has announced the launch of its new sports entertainment show tagged "Africa Empire Warrior". According to the producers, the show is formatted as a "test of strength, agility, endurance, power and ultimate fitness".   At a ...


Podcasting  |  BBC World Service Looking For Podcast Talents In Nigeria, South Africa And Kenya

The World Service of the BBC has launched a new competition to discover new podcast talents in Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa. The BBC said the competition winner would have the opportunity to work alongside its "world-class" crew for a ...


Content Production  |  Programming | MNET Expands Format Franchise With "The Real Housewives Of Durban"

M-Net's franchise of the NBC Universal reality TV format "Real Housewives" is set to be further extended by the Multichoice company with the introduction of the "Real Housewives of Durban, which is set to debut on the 1Magic channel from ...


Music and Entertainment  |  Universal Music Group (UMG) Strengthens Operations In Africa With Executive Appointments

Following its arrival in Africa with "Def Jem Africa", Vivendi's Universal Music Group (UMG) moves to bolster its presence and operations across Africa. According to Digital Music News, to help with the strengthening, the company has announced a series of ...


Broadcasting Services  |  Nigeria | Teen Africa TV Launched On StarTimes

Teenagers in Nigeria and across the African continent have a new TV platform dedicated to their needs. The brand new TEEN Africa TV (TATV) debuted on the StarTimes pay-tv platform from 01 January 2021.   Founded by Charles Novia - ...


Content Streaming Services  |  Entertainment Platform "Monsooq" by Mondia Enters The Nigerian Market

First introduced into South Africa, Mondia has announced it, second African market entrant, with the introduction of Monsooq into the Nigerian market.   In a statement, Mondia said it is confident that Nigeria - being Africa's mainstream entertainment content hub ...


Content Production  |  News Central TV Officially Launched On 01 Jan To Widespread Congratulatory Messages

The African Development Bank (AfDB) president, Mr Akinwunmi Adesina, was among dignitaries and celebrities who have congratulated Nigeria's News Central TV on its official launch.   News Central TV is set to be the pan-African news platform that will bring ...


Sports Rights  |  TV RIGHTS | Premier League Agrees MENA Broadcast Deal With beIN Sports

The Premier League have announced that it has struck a TV rights deal for the Middle East and North African (MENA) region with the Qatari broadcaster, beIN Sports for the TV rights to English premier league games up until 2025. ...


Broadcast Regulation  |  INTERNATIONAL | Industry Regulator Calls For Overhaul Of Broadcasting And Media Marketplace

Mr Ajit Pai, the incumbent chairperson of the Federal Communications Commission, the body that regulates and manages the broadcast media industry in the United States, has called on policy-makers in the U.S. to implement a wholesale, root-and-branch overhaul of the ...


Broadcasting Services  |  SES Offers HD+ TV In Ghana To Satisfy Picture Quality Demand

According to SES HD+ Ghana's director, Theodore Asampong, there is a "high demand for superior picture quality among television viewers in Ghana", and SES is primed and ready to tap into this alongside offering multi-channel TV services.   It is ...


Content Streaming Services  |  DStv Finally Adds Amazon Prime Video To Explora Ultra Decoder

Multichoice DStv has announced that with its recently launched Explora Ultra decoder, Amazon Prime Video has now been included on the platform. This, according to a statement from Multichoice, means that DStv customers that have Prime membership will now be ...


Radio Broadcasting  |  Radio France International (RFI) Commences Broadcasting In Fulani Language

Radio France International (RFI), the international arm of France's public radio broadcasting service have announced that it has completed transmission testing and have officially started it "Fulani Language" broadcast from Monday 14th December 2020.   According to the media news ...


Broadcasting Services  |  South Africa: Petitioning Against TV Licence Fees For OTT Streaming Access

The South African Democratic Alliance (DA) - a political opposition party - has announced that it is starting a petition against the country's government move to institute what it has called the "controversial SABC TV licence regime for over-the-top (OTT) ...


Infrastructure Finance  |  DFC Makes US$800m Available For Telco And Data Infrastructure Investment Across Africa

The Development Finance Corporation, a United Stated development finance organisation, has announced that it is providing funding access to a couple of infrastructure projects across Africa - to the tune of US$800million.   The organisation says it will be availing ...


Broadcasting Tech  |  eNCA Deploys AI and AR Technology To Improve News Coverage And Delivery

eNCA, the South African based satellite TV news broadcaster (owned by e.tv) is showcasing its adoption of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Augmented Reality (AR) to improve its newsgathering, processing and delivery capabilities. The company says it now has one of ...


Broadband And Connectivity  |  Oliver Fortuin Is The New Chief Executive Of SEACOM

SEACOM, one of Africa largest fibre and data transmission provider, has announced that Oliver Fortuin will be its new chief executive officer, to replace Bryon Clatterbuck, who resigned from the post due to "personal reasons".   Oliver Fortuin, currently serving ...


Telecom  |  MTN Offers Up Regional Changes As Part Of Strategy Revision

As part of a group strategy review, MTN, Africa's largest telecommunications network, has announced that from January 01 2021, MTN Ghana will become part of MTN's West and Central Africa (WECA) region. The hitherto Southern, East Africa and Ghana (SEAGHA) ...


Content Production  |  TV Content: South Africa's Version Of US 'Shark Tank' Confirmed For Season 2

Shark Tank, the reality business show where investors (sharks) seek to invest into potentially viable businesses, is making a return to the South African airwaves, having been confirmed for a second season. According to reporting by TV With Thinus - ...


Advertising  |  Advertising: Use Connected TV As A Counter-Balance To SVOD - Industry Report

A recent Zenith's industry report on Global Advertising Expenditure has stated that media consumption pattern has undergone a paradigm change, as consumers consume more media through subscription online video platforms.   The report also highlighted that in future, access to ...


Cinema Content  |  Cinema: Nigerian Animation 'Ladybuckit And The Motley Mopsters' Gets Rave Reviews!

'Ladybuckit And The Motley Mopsters', the Nigerian-made feature-length animation movie has been gaining rave reviews, judging by the comments of those in attendance at the pre-premiere screening that took place on Sunday in Lagos, Nigeria. Stars of the movie, with a ...


Advertising  |  Advertising: Global Adspend Is Recovering, Set To Grow By 6% In 2021

The Global Advertising Expenditure Forecast published by Zenith has shown a remarkable recovery from the drastic slump it experienced in the second quarter of 2020 as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. According to the forecast, adspend globally will now ...


Broadcast Regulation  |  South Africa: Regulator To Hold Hearing On Broadcast Rights In Jan. 2021

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) will, according to press reporting, hold new stakeholders hearing early next year to examine further the dynamics of subscription or Pay-TV services in South Africa.   According to reporting by Businesstech.co.za, ICASA ...


Streaming Services  |  Discovery+ To Join Crowding Global Streaming Space With Next Year's Roll-Out

Discovery Inc. during a virtual media event last Wednesday announced it is ready to launch its streaming service platform - 'Discovery+'. The platform is planned to debut in the US on the 4th of January, followed after that by a ...


Film Festival  |  Cairo International Film Festival Underway With Screening Of 'The Father'

Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF), its 42nd version, is now underway with in-person participation that is governed with strict of Covid-secure measures put in place by the Egyptian Ministry of Health and the World Health Organisation.   CIFF has opened ...


Industry Expos  |  Next NAB Show Will Take Place In-Person On 9-13 October 2021

Organisers of the quintessential annual global broadcasters meeting - the 'NAB Show' has confirmed that the show will now take place on the 9th - 13th October 2021 with in-person gathering in the city of Las-Vegas, USA.   The show ...


Sports Broadcasting  |  20+ African Countries To Broadcast Tokyo 2020 Paralympics Free-To-Air

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has announced that more than 20 countries in Africa will cover, on a free-to-air basis, the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics games. The games will be held from 24th August - 5th September 2021.   The IPC ...


Telecom  |  Africa Smartphones Adoption Increasing As Market Sees Growth

Recent research from the International Data Corporation (IDC) has revealed a significant increase in the market for smartphones in Africa. According to the report published in its Quarterly Global Mobile Phone Tracker, Africa recorded 23 million smartphone shipment to the ...


Content Streaming Services  |  DStv South Africa Launches Standalone Streaming Service - Reports

According to industry reports, DStv South Africa has now launched the long-talked-about standalone streaming platform that allows subscribers to access "the full DStv experience" without needing a satellite connection.   Recall that earlier in the year, Broadcast Media Africa and ...


Broadcasting Services  |  ZNBC Fully Resourced, Need Efficient Utilisation Of Modern Infrastructure

The Director-General of Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC), Mr Malolela Lusambo, has proclaimed that, in terms of the modernisation of broadcasting systems and platforms, his organisation is fully resourced!   Malolela was speaking during the virtual industry forum on "Reshaping ...


Content Services  |  Programme: 'Nigerian Idol' To Come Back After 5 Years In Fallow!

Multichoice Nigeria and MNet West Africa have indicated that their entertainment show, the Nigerian Idol, will be brought back to their for the 6th season in 2021 - after a five-year break! A statement from to the chief executive of Multichoice Nigeria, ...


Broadcasting Services  |  SABA Ready For Partnerships To Help Realise Regional Radio And TV Initiatives

Mr Cecil J. Nguvauva, the Secretary-General of the Southern African Broadcasting Association (SABA) has announced that his organisation will stand ready to partner and collaborate with global partners that can help it bring to fruition the pan-regional SADC Radio and ...


OTT Services  |  Why OTT Deployment By Broadcasters Is Not Just A Tick Box Exercise - Stephen Watson, Discover Digital

As broadcasters across Africa have begun to establish their digital landscape, many are looking at the cost and benefits of OTT streaming services and asking themselves if or how OTT can be part of their digital life.   According to ...


Industry Report  |  Africa's Broadcasters Should Experience Massive Growth In Addressable Market - Intelsat

Christell Meyer, a senior sales director at Intelsat, has asserted that the African broadcasting space will experience exponential growth in audience numbers within the next five to ten years! Ms Meyer was delivering a keynote presentation during last week's industry ...


Broadcasting Services  |  South Africa: SABC Readies To Dispose Off Properties To Raise Funds

The South Africa Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has reportedly announced it is prepared to end the lease agreements of the 'non-core properties' it owns in the bid to get these ready for disposal via auction early next year.   Yolande van ...


Broadcast Infrastructure  |  Locally Built Smart Set-Top Box Wins Sentech's Innovation Contest

Sentech, a South African broadcasting infrastructure company, has announced that a team, led by Cape Town-based broadcaster Michael Aldridge has won its future innovation contest which was to design and build a viable set-top box (STB) solution.   Michael Aldridge, ...


Industry Expos  |  'MAMA' - The Show Celebrating African Creativity, Music And Culture Goes Virtual For 2021

Organisers of the MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMA) have announced that the 2021 version of the annual jamboree that recognises and celebrates the best of African culture, music, and creativity will take place virtually on the 20th February 2021.   ...


Content Production  |  Netflix Cancels Season 2 Of 'Queen Sono' - An Original South African Production

Netflix has announced, abruptly, that it has cancelled its agreed renewal deal for the second season of the South African original drama series "Queen Sono".  Kagiso Lediga, director at Diprente Films (the producer of Queen Sono), expressed his disappointment and ...


Telecoms Regulation  |  Lesotho: Vodacom And Regulator At Loggerheads Over Approval For Executives

It does appear there is no love lost between Vodacom Lesotho - country's leading telecom operator - and the industry regulator.   After the shenanigans involving the revocation and restoration of Vodacom's operating licence, the issue now, according to reporting ...


Broadcasting  |  South Africa: The SABC Seemingly Bows To Pressure As It Puts Job-Cuts In Abeyance

The South Africa Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has announced that it is suspending the planned job-cuts programme. The national public broadcaster said the process will now be revisited in early 2021. Still, it is keen to stress that it is not ...


Broadcasting Services  |  SABC: Govt Urged To Repeal "Must Carry" Regulations As Way To Boost Broadcaster Revenue

As the South African Department of Communications and Digital Technologies presents its proposal to extend the payment of TV licences to include streaming services, and by that garner more funds for the SABC, the Democratic Alliance (DA) which is one ...


OTT Services  |  Multichoice Says It Will Work With Metrological To Deliver Premium OTT

In its bid to move to become a  content super-aggregator, Multichoice has realised the supreme importance of OTT service delivery. It has to that end announce the selection on the 'Metrological App Platform' to help it deliver.   The Multichoice ...


Broadcasting Services  |  Zimbabwe: Govt. Issues Six New TV Broadcast Licences

Zimbabwean authorities have announced the licensing of six new television broadcasting outfits. These new licences are designed to break the long-existing monopoly that has been accorded to the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) since 1980 and is still the only national ...


Content Services  |  South Africa: e.tv Cancels A 13-Year Long-Running Show "As Part Of Business Strategy"

South Africa's broadcaster, e.tv has cited business strategy as the reason for cancelling its long-running week-day soap show "Rhythm City" that was produced for it by Quizzical pictured. e.tv says it will be looking to replace the show with another ...


Broadcasting  |  SABC Drama As Blackout Is Threatened, And COO Looks To Jump Ship!

As the management of the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) continue to defend the decision to reduce its bloated staff salary bill via its planned retrenchment exercise, the staff of the organisation are also digging their heels in by threatening ...


Broadcasting Services  |  Intelsat "To Partner With Africa's Broadcasters To Modernise And Maximise Viewing Experiences"

In the run-up to the forthcoming virtual industry forum on "Reshaping Africa's Broadcast Organisations - Strategies For Acceleration" Broadcast Media Africa (BMA) was in conversation with Intelsat - the Forum's Sponsor - and we discussed, among other subjects, the company's ...


Broadband Infrastructure  |  Broadband: Google Aim To Provide Laser-Beamed Infrastructure With Econet

The Econet Group is reported to have entered into a strategic partnership with Alphabet - Google's parent company - to launch a high-speed broadband infrastructure based on laser beam technology.   In a statement, Econet said they are looking to ...


Broadcasting  |  South Africa: SABC Halts Job Cuts Process After Staff Threatened Blackout

It appears that the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) plan to cut up to 400 staff from its 'bloated' staff-toll has hit a brick wall as the company announced that the process will now be halted.   The SABA management ...


Telecom Services  |  Liquid Telecom Is Seeking Business Expansion Into Europe And America

Liquid Telecom, the pan-Africa telecommunications, owner by multi-millionaire Strive Masiyiwa, is reportedly working on entering the European and US telecoms space. And it is doing this by entering into a strategic partnership Zayo - a global communications infrastructure services provider. ...


Broadcasting Services  |  South Africa: SABC's Senior Executives Take Huge Remuneration Despite Heavy Corporate Losses

A review of the 2019/20 financial report of the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation has revealed that the organisation posted a net loss of ZAR 511 million (US$ 35 million) in the last financial year.   In the released statement, the ...


Broadcasting Services  |  SABC Presents Its 2019/20 Financial Statements (Downloadable PDF Included)

The South African Broadcasting Corporation’s (SABC) 2019/20 Annual Report was tabled in Parliament on Tuesday, 17 November 2020. As detailed in the Annual Report, the public broadcaster continues to deliver on its extensive public service mandate despite very challenging conditions. ...


Video-On-Demand  |  Video On-Demand: Top Players To Reach Just Under 700 Million Subs By 2025

Recent research by Digital TV Research revealed that the top five US-based over the top OTT streaming platforms would collectively reach 678 million subscribers by the end of 2025. The leading streaming providers referenced are Netflix, Disney+, Amazon Prime Video, ...


Content Streaming Services  |  TelkomOne Streaming Service - What's Featured?, What's Missing? And Where It's Going?

TelkomOne, the recently launched subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) and streaming platform owned by Telkom South Africa was put through a review by "TV with Thinus" to check its main features; what it is missing and its forward intentions.   Accordingly, it ...


Sports Betting  |  Multichoice Takes A Punt In 'Sports Betting' With A US$ 81Million Investment Deal

Africa's biggest PayTV company, Multichoice Group, is reported to have taken a 20 per cent stake in the pan-African sports betting company BetKing. Reporting on the deal indicates that Multichoice has agreed to an up-front payment of almost US 81 ...


Content Services  |  "King Of Joburg", A Netflix Series Goes On General Release In December 2020

Netflix has announced the date of December 4 for the general release of its latest African original show, the South Africa based series "King of Joburg". Produced by the South African company Ferguson Films, "King of Joburg" is billed as ...


Content Streaming Services  |  Showmax Rated 2nd Most Watched Streaming Service In South Africa

JustWatch - the international streaming guide and rating service - have recently released its viewing figures for streaming platforms in South Africa. The figures, covering the third quarter of 2020 showed that Netflix is the leading streaming platform in South ...