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Live sports broadcasting in US braces for disruption
Live sports broadcasting in US braces for disruption

NEW YORK - The business of live sports, seen as perhaps the last great firewall for traditional US broadcasters, is facing deepening challenges in the era of mobile and live streaming options...

1 day ago

President appoints interim SABC board
President appoints interim SABC board

President Jacob Zuma has appointed five members to the interim board of the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC)...

1 day ago

Golf TV in full swing
Golf TV in full swing

Golf TV by Golf Ads is a fully fledged digital television channel broadcasting within 90 of South Africa's top golf clubs. The place-based television network flights niche content and advertising to the affluent golfing community...

Issued by Provantage Media Group 1 day ago

M-Net's local content strategy wins big!
M-Net's local content strategy wins big!

M-Net's local content investment strategy paid off when its channels collectively won 36 Golden Horns, scooping some of the biggest awards...

Issued by M-Net Magic in Motion 22 Mar 2017

M-Net Magic in Motion graduate nominated for SAFTA!
M-Net Magic in Motion graduate nominated for SAFTA!

For this year's South African Film and Television Awards, M-Net not only received 115 nominations but one of its Magic in Motion Academy graduates also received her first SAFTA nomination...

Issued by M-Net Magic in Motion 17 Mar 2017

Lindie Engelbrecht.
SME summit unpacks business challenges

The inaugural Business Day TV SME Summit, held in partnership with Credit Guarantee and the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) in Sandton last week, exposed the myriad challenges facing South Africa's SMEs...

17 Mar 2017

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e.tv extends OpenView HD

e.tv is redesigning OpenView HD channels in 2017. From 1 April, the current eKasi+ (channel 105) will make way for eExtra and eNolly+ (channel 109) will be transformed to True African. These revamped channels will speak to the viewing needs of OpenView HD's growing audience...

15 Mar 2017

SABC-MultiChoice deal faces probe
SABC-MultiChoice deal faces probe

MultiChoice's controversial contract with the SABC is at risk of being cancelled after a parliamentary inquiry recommended the broadcaster's interim board should launch an independent investigation into the deal...

By Stephan Hofstatter 13 Mar 2017

Nature programmes make you happier
Nature programmes make you happier

Research released by the BBC indicates that watching nature programmes has a direct impact by increasing the mood and wellbeing of its viewers...

13 Mar 2017

Somizi announced as face of McCafé Couch Sessions
Somizi announced as face of McCafé Couch Sessions

McCafé has announced that the ever-fabulous, flamboyant, larger-than-life Somizi Mhlongo, better known to his fans as SomGaGa, is the face of McCafé Couch Sessions for SAFTAs11...

Issued by Pacinamix 10 Mar 2017

Activating African journalism with BBC's Komla Dumor Award
Activating African journalism with BBC's Komla Dumor Award

Find out how the BBC Komla Dumor Award impacts on its winners' careers...

By Leigh Andrews 9 Mar 2017

Parliament finalises candidates for SABC's interim board
Parliament finalises candidates for SABC's interim board

Parliament's communications portfolio committee moved at breakneck speed on Wednesday to finalise the list of candidates to serve on the board of the SABC on an interim basis...

By Bekezela Phakathi 9 Mar 2017

Lancewood adds Emoji Meals bot to Ultimate Braai Master series
Lancewood adds Emoji Meals bot to Ultimate Braai Master series

Keeping up with the trend of real-time social media consumer engagement, Lancewood has brought an innovative addition to its Ultimate Braai Master...

7 Mar 2017

Esnaashari-Charmatz.
#BrandManagerMonth: Getting animated about the TV animation industry

Animator Farnaz Esnaashari-Charmatz attended the Cape Town International Animation Festival this past weekend. She shares what it's like working at the Nickelodeon Animation Studio in Burbank, California and offers advice to aspiring animators hoping to draw their own creative future...

By Leigh Andrews 6 Mar 2017

Married 9-5: Rethinking your relationships
Married 9-5: Rethinking your relationships

Relationship expert and author of Embracing Conflict, Paula Quinsee is currently acting as a coach to the couples featured on the localised TV show, Married at First Sight South Africa...

By Jessica Tennant 6 Mar 2017

M-Net channels nominated for 115 awards in SAFTAs 2017
M-Net channels nominated for 115 awards in SAFTAs 2017

The M-Net channels have received an incredible 115 nominations in the 11th edition of the South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAs)...

Issued by M-Net Magic in Motion 6 Mar 2017

#IAmEllen
#IAmEllen

The brainstorming space is an incredibly malleable one. Not all ideas are manufactured within the confines of four glass walls of the boardroom. Some of them are composed – with theme tune – in the shower. In this instance, however, the organic, creative process used client-agency voice notes as the catalyst...

By Mike Sharman 6 Mar 2017

M-Net's Magic in Motion Expo is back!
M-Net's Magic in Motion Expo is back!

Celebrating its third year, the M-Net Magic in Motion Expo is where education meets opportunity. Emphasising careers within the film and television industry, the four-day expo is being held at Sasani Studios...

Issued by M-Net Magic in Motion 3 Mar 2017

Q&A with Top Gear executive producer and series editor
Q&A with Top Gear executive producer and series editor

Executive producer Clare Pizey and series editor Alex Renton talk about what we can expect from the new series and the fresh, exciting changes that have been introduced to Top Gear...

1 Mar 2017

YouTube is bringing live TV channels to all devices
YouTube is bringing live TV channels to all devices

YouTube announced yesterday that its live TV service, set to take on cable, was officially a-go...

By Julia Breakey 1 Mar 2017

Phil Molefe gives details of SABC's ANN7 funding
Phil Molefe gives details of SABC's ANN7 funding

The SABC's relationship with ANN7, the Gupta-owned TV station, has come under intense scrutiny in Parliament, with evidence surfacing that the cash-strapped public broadcaster paid up to R1m for an episode of the TNA/Morning Live breakfast shows...

By Bekezela Phakathi 23 Feb 2017

(c) Leonard Zhukovsky -
Weak Super Bowl TVCs disappoint

The Super Bowl draws 190m eyes, and brands pay the equivalent of R65m for a spot during the game. Of the viewers, nearly a quarter say the television commercials (TVCs) are the most important part of the event, and would rather go to the loo during the game. Despite this, 2017 was one of the weakest years in Super Bowl history for TVCs...

By Danette Breitenbach 22 Feb 2017

McCafe gears behind the South African Film and Television Awards
McCafe gears behind the South African Film and Television Awards

McCafe, the lifestyle coffee product offering by McDonald's South Africa, has announced its headline sponsorship of the South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTA) that will be hosted in Sun City on 18 March 2017...

Issued by Pacinamix 20 Feb 2017

Potayto, Potarto: How this Super Bowl ad changed how I see marketing
Potayto, Potarto: How this Super Bowl ad changed how I see marketing

Even if you don't follow American Football, if you're interested in marketing, communications and/or advertising, come Super Bowl night you're probably also glued to your twitter feed, waiting for the ‘next big ad'...

By Leigh Crymble 17 Feb 2017

Ster-Kinekor sponsors SAFTAs Young Achiever Award
Ster-Kinekor sponsors SAFTAs Young Achiever Award

Ster-Kinekor has announced its sponsorship of the Youth Achiever Award category at the 11th Annual South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAs)...

17 Feb 2017

South African Film and Television Awards announce nominees for 2017
South African Film and Television Awards announce nominees for 2017

The SAFTAs 11 Golden Horn nominee's announcement took place today, 16 February, in Bryanston at The Forum...

16 Feb 2017

ShowMax launches its expansion into Europe
ShowMax launches its expansion into Europe

Naspers' internet TV service ShowMax has officially launched in Poland as of today. The Warsaw-based team responsible for the expansion is led by former YouTube and Polish TV executive Maciej Sojka. This new service is closely tailored to local needs with a strong focus on Polish content including original productions commissioned by ShowMax...

15 Feb 2017

Cooking up a new season of Ultimate Braai Master
Cooking up a new season of Ultimate Braai Master

Ultimate Braai Master Season 5 returned to e.tv this past Sunday, 5 February at 4pm. Show host Justin Bonello and executive producer at Cooked in Africa, Peter Gird, share the show's success as well as what we can expect from this season's contestants and celebrity judges Pete Goffe-Wood and Benny Masekwameng…

By Leigh Andrews 14 Feb 2017

CEO of the new Israeli-based TV channel "i24 news" Franck Melloul poses at the station's headquaters on June 17, 2013 in Tel Aviv's seafront Jaffa district | © AFP/File |
Altice to launch US cable news channel

NEW YORK - European-based media and telecom group Altice is launching its i24news channel next week in the United States, underscoring its ambitions as a global television news operation...

13 Feb 2017

ShowMax, Vodacom offer internet TV service
ShowMax, Vodacom offer internet TV service

ShowMax has launched a mobile-first product with a strong focus on local South African content. It is available exclusively to Vodacom customers on an add-to-bill basis...

10 Feb 2017

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