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Journalist Nazli Ilicak is embraced after her release from prison in Istanbul in November 2019, after a court ordered her free on time served at a retrial. Two of her colleagues remain in prison on terrorism related charges, among the 47 journalists jailed in Turkey. Credit: CPJ/Reuters/Huseyin Aldemir.
The world's worst jailers of journalists

The number of journalists imprisoned globally for their work in 2019 remains near record highs. China, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Egypt are world's worst jailers of journalists...

By Elana Beiser 11 Dec 2019

NVIVO TV launched in Nigeria
NVIVO TV launched in Nigeria

Entertainment and content distribution in Nigeria are expected to undergo a major transformation following the official launch of Nvivo TV as part of the activities of the last 9th International Film Festival of Africa, which was held at the Landmark Event Center in Lagos...

9 Dec 2019

New satellite extends digital broadcasting in Africa
New satellite extends digital broadcasting in Africa

The new Nilesat-301 geostationary communications satellite will help extend communications and direct digital broadcasting services in two new large regions of Africa, while also providing broadband Ka-band connectivity over all of Egypt...

5 Dec 2019

DISCOP Johannesburg
DISCOP Joburg announces changes for 2020 edition

The eighth edition of DISCOP Johannesburg wrapped up last week with a lower attendance in comparison to last year - leading to some key changes in the 2020 edition...

2 Dec 2019

Reality TV show fights obesity in Nigeria
Reality TV show fights obesity in Nigeria

Third season of 'The Fastest Shedder' reality TV show available in Nigeria...

2 Dec 2019

Africa's first shorts come to life
Africa's first shorts come to life

The first collaboration between an international content creator, a local animation studio and creators from across Africa has seen three uniquely African stories being brought to life in the form of three-minute shorts...

By Danette Breitenbach 27 Nov 2019

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SPI/Filmbox extends in Africa with Azam TV, MTN and Habeshaview

SPI International / FilmBox has entered into new channel distribution agreements across Africa with Azam TV, the MTN Group and habeshaview...

25 Nov 2019

Video Exchange Africa, AfricaCom Panel (L-R): Siddhartha Roy, Cees van Versendaal, Russell Southwood, Ryan Solovei.
#AfricaCom: The many VOD markets

Video on Demand in Africa is hampered by high data costs and driven by consumer behaviour change...

By Louise Marsland 25 Nov 2019

Creating relevant brands for African audiences
Creating relevant brands for African audiences

WarnerMedia recently hosted a panel discussion around creating relevant brands for African audiences at Discop Johannesburg 2019. Julien Borde, head of Channels for France, French-speaking territories, Africa and Israel tells us more about how the company plans to implement these insights across the African market...

By Jessica Tennant 22 Nov 2019

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Charles Novia gets his own TV channel

Charles Novia, a popular film critic and filmmaker, became the first Nigerian to launch a television channel devoted exclusively to teenagers, Teen Africa TV...

22 Nov 2019

John Ugbe.
#AfricaCom: TV content future will be shaped by OTT

OTT has disrupted the way we experience content: visually, auditory and in several other ways...

By Louise Marsland 20 Nov 2019

Boomerang Africa launches original songs for kids
Boomerang Africa launches original songs for kids

Boomerang Africa introduces nine fun, playful and easy to remember local original tunes for kids to singalong to celebrate...

14 Nov 2019

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Mali rolls out DTT initiative

Thomson Broadcast to protect Malian public broadcaster DTT deployment...

14 Nov 2019

Yolisa Phahle, CEO of general entertainment at the MultiChoice Group, presenting the final keynote session of the second day of AfricaCom 2019.
#AfricaCom: Why "African time" is now for African storytelling, by Africans

Yolisa Phahle, CEO of general entertainment at the MultiChoice Group, presented the final keynote session of the second day of AfricaCom 2019. As "a South African who lives and breathes the African dream," she explains why they're retelling possibly the greatest African story of all time, with global appeal...

By Leigh Andrews 14 Nov 2019

Glenn Carstens-Peters via .
Apple, Disney and Netflix's streaming battle isn't winner-take-all

With the recent launch of Apple TV Plus and the imminent arrival of Disney Plus, the video landscape has never looked so competitive...

By Amanda Lotz & Ramon Lobato 12 Nov 2019

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Africa Canal + Adds M6 International to its bouquets

Canal + In Africa is now integrating the M6 International TV channel into its television packages...

12 Nov 2019

The cast of Keeping Up With the Kardashians picking up the Reality Show of 2019 People's Choice Award. Image credit: Christopher Polk/E! Entertainment/NBCU Photo Bank.
Check out all the winners of the 2019 E! People's Choice Awards

The second edition of the E! People's Choice Awards was recently held at Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California in the US...

12 Nov 2019

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StarTimes completes DTV project for 1000 Nigerian villages

The Chinese government committed to provide satellite TVs for 10,000 African villages and as a result, StarTimes was commissioned to carry out the project across Africa...

7 Nov 2019

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NBC in Nigeria to switch off analogue signal in 2020

The National Broadcasting Commission of Nigeria reports that plans are underway to begin analogue switch-off in six localities, starting with Abuja next year...

31 Oct 2019

Clio Entertainment Awards announces 2019 shortlist
Clio Entertainment Awards announces 2019 shortlist

The shortlist for the 2019 Clio Entertainment Awards has been announced. The awards will be handed out on 21 November 2019 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood...

24 Oct 2019

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New reality TV show for Africa's singers launches January

Singers from around Africa will be competing for a grand prize of $100 000 (around R1.5 million), in a new African reality television singing competition...

22 Oct 2019

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Egta, The Global TV Group release TV Charter on transparency in ad measurement

The Brussels-based association of television and radio sales houses, Egta, and The Global TV Group have published a TV Charter...

21 Oct 2019

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Canal+ partners with Mediawan to produce original content for Africa

Canal+ International (the international subsidiary of Canal+ Group) and Mediawan are forming a partnership to invest in original content in French for the African audience....

18 Oct 2019

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BBC Studios serves content to 22 African markets

BBC Studios has announced that it has licensed over 800 hours of content to clients across the African continent in the past six months...

15 Oct 2019

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Delay in digital switch over project in Nigeria

'Administrative issues' and lack of funds blamed for delay in digital switch over in Nigeria...

14 Oct 2019

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Canal + to launch a Gabonese reality show

A basketball reality television series filmed in Gabon, will hit the airwaves soon on Canal +...

11 Oct 2019

Robyn Curnow, CNN.
Africa must step up to support its innovators

I've lost count of the number of times I've heard business leaders from outside Africa refer to the continent's enormous potential. It's a cliché, as well as a source of frustration for many Africans...

By Robyn Curnow 9 Oct 2019

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Nollywood stars pop-up channel

Africa Magic will release its Nollywood Stars pop-up channel for its DStv and GOtv viewers this October...

7 Oct 2019

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New TV show promotes underground artistes in Ghana

Ghanaian Hiplife artiste, Opanka is coming with a new TV show project to promote up-coming artistes also known as underground artistes...

3 Oct 2019

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