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Episode 146: Global insights from Effective Measure CEO

Date: 27 Aug 2015
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Gregory Gondwe
Former MBC CEO bemoans court ruling

Bright Malopa, former CEO at state owned broadcaster, Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC), bemoaned a court ruling last week, where about 300 members of staff of the broadcaster have lost a case over merger of television and radio sections that led to loss of jobs.

By Gregory Gondwe: @Kalipochi 18 Jun 2012 11:20

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Parliament removes hurdle for TVM, MBC merger

The merger of Malawi's two state owned broadcasters, the Malawi Television (TVM) and the Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC), which failed to take-off due to various technicalities, has been given a much-needed boost after Malawi parliament passed a bill that effectively dissolved TVM.

By Gregory Gondwe: @Kalipochi 11 Jun 2012 11:08

Gregory Gondwe
Journos train in science and health reporting

Media practitioners in Malawi underwent a science and health reporting workshop in Blantyre over the weekend, as part of an initiative by Malawi Liverpool Wellcome Trust (MLW), to equip journalists to establish health as a regular journalism beat.

By Gregory Gondwe: @Kalipochi 23 May 2012 09:55

Gregory Gondwe
Govt to repeal oppressive media law

President Joyce Banda announced on Friday, May 18 2012, that her government will repeal a piece of legislation that was meant to oppress the media which was being championed by the late president Bingu wa Mutharika.

By Gregory Gondwe: @Kalipochi 21 May 2012 12:06

BNL and ZBS win big at 2012 MISA Awards
BNL and ZBS win big at 2012 MISA Awards

Blantyre Newspapers Limited (BNL) and Zodiak Broadcasting Station (ZBS) triumphed over all other media institutions in Malawi to emerge as the Best Print and Electronic Media House of the Year respectively at the 2012 MISA-Malawi Annual Media Awards. The winners were announced at a ceremony marking this year's World Press Freedom Day (WPFD) commemoration in Lilongwe on Saturday, 5 May 2012.

By Gregory Gondwe: @Kalipochi 8 May 2012 13:24

MISA-Malawi wants repeal of media laws
MISA-Malawi wants repeal of media laws

The Malawi chapter of the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA-Malawi) has asked government to consider repealing all laws that are inconsistent with the constitution and those considered as an insult to the media fraternity in Malawi.

By Gregory Gondwe: @Kalipochi 4 May 2012 13:20

Malawi: Environmental journos hail new government
Malawi: Environmental journos hail new government

The Association of Environmental Journalists in Malawi (AEJ-Malawi) has hailed the country's new president Joyce Banda for creating a ministry responsible for environment and climate change management and subsequently appointing Catherine Gotani Hara as minister responsible.

By Gregory Gondwe: @Kalipochi 3 May 2012 10:49

Malawi: Lawyer faults Banda on MBC appointment
Malawi: Lawyer faults Banda on MBC appointment

Justin Dzodzi, a private lawyer, has faulted President Joyce Banda's decision to fire Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) CEO Bright Malopa and replace him with veteran broadcaster Dr. Benson Tembo.

By Gregory Gondwe: @Kalipochi 23 Apr 2012 12:30

Malawi ready for World Press Freedom Day
Malawi ready for World Press Freedom Day

The Malawi chapter of the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA-Malawi) has announced how charged media practitioners are for this year's celebrations of the World Press Freedom Day (WPFD) on 3 May 2012.

By Gregory Gondwe: @Kalipochi 23 Apr 2012 11:42

Gregory Gondwe
Turn MBC into public broadcaster - Banda told

Malawi's daily newspaper, The Daily Times has told newly instated president Joyce Banda to change the status of Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) from being a state broadcaster to a public broadcaster.

By Gregory Gondwe: @Kalipochi 16 Apr 2012 12:50

Can you hear your brand?
Can you hear your brand?

Audio Branding comes to Africa... Audio branding, also known as sound branding or sonic branding, is the use of sound to reinforce brand identity. Sound branding is increasingly becoming a vehicle for conveying a memorable message to consumers by taking advantage of the powerful memory sense of sound.

By Lars Deutsch 16 Apr 2012 12:08

Gregory Gondwe
Information minister, MBC boss fired

Information and Civic Education Minister, Patricia Kaliati and state owned Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) CEO, Bright Malopa have been fired.

By Gregory Gondwe: @Kalipochi 11 Apr 2012 10:15

MISA-Malawi chairperson receives threats

Anthony Kasunda, the chairperson of the Malawi Chapter of the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA-Malawi), is said to be receiving threats from unknown people over the chapter's stance on the Malawi government's repeated attacks on the media.

15 Mar 2012 14:27

Gregory Gondwe
Malawi using archaic laws to persecute media

The regional secretariat of the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) has observed that the Malawi government is using archaic pieces of legislation to persecute the media and it has since asked government to stop the tendency and provide a more enabling environment for media freedom, freedom of expression and ultimately citizen empowerment.

By Gregory Gondwe: @Kalipochi 12 Mar 2012 12:13

Gregory Gondwe
Mutharika to arrest journos who 'insult' him

Malawian president, Bingu wa Mutharika has through his state house press officer Albert Mungomo, issued a warning to the media and non-governmental organisations that they risk being arrested for continuously insulting and vilifying his governance style.

By Gregory Gondwe: @Kalipochi 12 Mar 2012 11:10

Cartoonists protest as MISA announces new awards
Cartoonists protest as MISA announces new awards

Cartoonists and online publishers have cried foul after the Malawi chapter of the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA-Malawi) announced the inclusion of five more categories for the 2012 NAMISA Annual Media Awards. The media groups said MISA-Malawi should not have left them out because they are also at the heart of media products worldwide.

By Gregory Gondwe: @Kalipochi 7 Mar 2012 11:41

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University releases journalism practice book

Department of Journalism and Media Studies of the Polytechnic Constituent College of the University of Malawi has released a 228-page book titled Journalism Practice in Malawi: History, Progress and Prospects.

By Gregory Gondwe: @Kalipochi 2 Mar 2012 12:06

Gregory Gondwe
Government condemns Sunday Times assessment

The Malawian government has yet again launched an attack on The Sunday Times newspaper for coming up with a cabinet assessment that has labeled the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) government a total failure.

By Gregory Gondwe: @Kalipochi 29 Feb 2012 07:45

Gregory Gondwe
JUMA, Transparency International partner for training course

Journalists Union of Malawi (JUMA) has partnered with Transparency International (TI) to conduct a week-long 'Reporting Corruption Training Course for Malawian Journalists' to be held in Malawi on 12-16 March 2012.

By Gregory Gondwe: @Kalipochi 16 Feb 2012 08:14

Malawi's journos accreditation in limbo
Malawi's journos accreditation in limbo

A high flying accreditation project for Malawian journalists, launched three years ago by the Media Council of Malawi (MCM), now hangs in limbo due to financial constraints.

By Gregory Gondwe: @Kalipochi 15 Feb 2012 11:23

Gregory Gondwe
Media grows despite challenges

In a report released by the Civic and Political Space Platform (CPSP), a group of civil society organisations in Malawi, it was established that the media in Malawi has had positive growth over the last two years, despite numerous challenges which almost derailed its progress.

By Gregory Gondwe: @Kalipochi 2 Feb 2012 12:34

Gregory Gondwe
Local newspaper questions MACRA

Sunday Times newspaper, owned by Blantyre Newspapers Limited (BNL), has through a recent issue, questioned the conduct of the Malawi Communication Regulatory Authority (MACRA).

By Gregory Gondwe: @Kalipochi 24 Jan 2012 15:19

Gregory Gondwe
Journos could boycott Mutharika's presser

Malawian journalists are considering whether or not to boycott president Bingu wa Mutharika's organised press conferences, called 'Press Rallies', since it is done in the presence of political party cohorts who heckle journalists whenever they ask questions.

By Gregory Gondwe: @Kalipochi 23 Jan 2012 11:39

Gregory Gondwe
Media conditions in Malawi worsens in 2011 - MISA

The Malawi Chapter of the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA-Malawi) has said 2011 saw Malawi's media environment deteriorate to the worst as observed from 2009.

By Gregory Gondwe: @Kalipochi 6 Jan 2012 11:31

Gregory Gondwe
Government backtracks on oppressive media law

Government has backtracked on a piece of legislation that was repressive to the media, after it was amended to give power to the information minister to ban any material should the minister deem it harmful to the public.

By Gregory Gondwe: @Kalipochi 8 Dec 2011 15:27

Gregory Gondwe
Journos train to make news out of numbers

Around twenty journalists completed a daylong training course in Lilongwe, Malawi on Friday 11 November 2011, where they learnt skills to turn data and numbers into news stories. The training, funded by the Hewlett Foundation through the Population Reference Bureau (PRB), enables journalists to use research and data to find and strengthen stories.

By Gregory Gondwe: @Kalipochi 14 Nov 2011 10:56

Gregory Gondwe
MISA warns on journos death threats

The Malawi Chapter of the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA Malawi) has warned that the image of the government of Malawi risks being extensively tarnished if journalists continue to receive death threats from unknown government agents.

By Gregory Gondwe: @Kalipochi 25 Oct 2011 10:41

Gregory Gondwe
Zambia gives TV licence to Malawian operator

Malawi's former president Bakili Muluzi's aspirations to run Joy-TV alongside Joy FM radio, which were thwarted when Malawi government switched off the television broadcasting, has been given a lifeline by Zambian government.

By Gregory Gondwe: @Kalipochi 18 Oct 2011 10:04

MACRA cautions radio stations for provocative programmes
MACRA cautions radio stations for provocative programmes

The Malawi Communication Regulatory Authority (MACRA) has cautioned two local radio stations for broadcasting programmes, one where President Bingu wa Mutharika was insulted and the other one for airing programmes that could spark the country into religious strife.

By Gregory Gondwe 11 Oct 2011 11:27

Gregory Gondwe
Fired Malawian radio journo gets death threats

Joseph Mwale, the radio journalist fired for allegedly publicising a recorded audio interview with Peter Mutharika, Malawi's foreign affairs and international cooperation minister and brother to President Bingu wa Mutharika, is said to be receiving death threats.

By Gregory Gondwe 30 Sep 2011 07:56

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