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Tatenda Chiweshe
Botswana billboard buying season now open

Last week as I met with several major media buyers in Gaborone presenting Media Trace's Botswana Outsights Report for October 2012, it became clear that October and November is their critical planning and buying season for the next year.

By Tatenda Chiweshe 31 Oct 2012 11:02

ZBC feels the heat of competition

State run Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) has reduced its advertising rates by 40%, in an apparent indication which confirms that the national broadcaster is feeling the heat of competition and struggling to attract advertisers.

By Justin Tamisai Makombe 30 Oct 2012 11:43

Gregory Gondwe
Government differs with MISA on arrested journo

The government of Malawi have reacted to the arrest of Justice Mponda, an online journalist, saying it is becoming increasingly concerned with the false publication by Malawi Voice where the journalist worked for. Mponda has since been released on bail by the Lilongwe Senior Magistrates Court.

By Gregory Gondwe: @Kalipochi 17 Oct 2012 16:05

Zimbabwean editors arrested for story about local businessman

The editor of the privately-owned Daily News, Stanley Gama and his deputy Chris Goko, were arrested and detained at the Harare Central Police station on 8 October 2012, over a story alleging that the disappearance of a local businessman's family was a hoax. The journalists spent four hours at the police station.

11 Oct 2012 10:13

APO becomes sole pan-African press release wire
APO becomes sole pan-African press release wire

From 1 January 2013, the African Press Organisation (APO) becomes the sole pan-African press release wire, as it terminates its partnership with PR Newswire.

11 Oct 2012 06:12

Gregory Gondwe
MISA protests against draft E-Bill

The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) has protested against the draft E-Bill which the government of Malawi released to the public to get more input as an enemy of media freedom and freedom of expression.

By Gregory Gondwe: @Kalipochi 8 Oct 2012 09:48

Gregory Gondwe
MACRA shifts roll-out for CELCOM

The Malawi Communication Regulatory Authority (MACRA) has changed the rolling out of services of what is expected to be Malawi's fourth mobile phone service company, CELCOM.

By Gregory Gondwe: @Kalipochi 8 Oct 2012 09:28

CEO of WIOCC gets listed in the 2012 GTB Power 100 listing
CEO of WIOCC gets listed in the 2012 GTB Power 100 listing

The Global Telecoms Business magazine has released the 5th annual GTB Power 100 listing, that names the 100 most powerful people in the global telecommunications industry. Chris Wood, CEO of Nairobi-based WIOCC has been ranked at number 79.

3 Oct 2012 10:36

Bloomberg calls for freelance journos
Bloomberg calls for freelance journos

Bloomberg, the site for business and financial market news, is calling on freelance reporters with English-language capabilities to cover business and general news.

2 Oct 2012 10:06

Gregory Gondwe
Malawi government drafts 'E-bill'

The government of Malawi has announced the completion of the drafting of the electronic legislation called 'E-bill', which now awaits input from institutions and individuals before parliament passes it into law.

By Gregory Gondwe: @Kalipochi 1 Oct 2012 10:07

Harare based news provider raided By police

A Harare based group that provides daily news items for an externally based TV station was raided by police on Wednesday, 26 September 2012, and accused of running an illegal operation.

By Alex Bell 28 Sep 2012 11:31

Loeries 2012 winners: The Rest of Africa & the Middle East
Loeries 2012 winners: The Rest of Africa & the Middle East

This year saw the introduction of a new category at The Loerie Awards - for the Rest of Africa and the Middle East, sponsored by the Mail & Guardian. The category gave non-South African work a chance to shine and the audience saw two Gold Loeries awarded, as well as three Silver statues and seven Bronzes.

27 Sep 2012 10:50

Business journos challenged to be relevant
Business journos challenged to be relevant

The National Bank of Malawi (NBM) has challenged Malawi's business journalists to be relevant as Malawi is undergoing economic hardships.

By Gregory Gondwe: @Kalipochi 27 Sep 2012 10:06

Gregory Gondwe
'Spy machine' has great potential of abuse, says court

The High Court in Blantyre on Friday, 21 September 2012, ruled that the Consolidated ICT Regulatory Management Systems (CIRMS) dubbed the 'spy machine', has the potential to be abused as it has the capability to eavesdrop into people's conversations, emails and text messages.

By Gregory Gondwe: @Kalipochi 25 Sep 2012 09:59

Gregory Gondwe
NPL launches mobile news service

Nation Publications Limited (NPL) in Malawi has launched a mobile news service branded 'Nation Mobile 58080'. The service enables subscribers to receive news sent directly to their mobile phones.

By Gregory Gondwe: @Kalipochi 19 Sep 2012 11:20

MISA-Malawi online forum founder dies
MISA-Malawi online forum founder dies

Hastings Maloya, a journalist and founder of the Google forum for the Malawi Chapter of the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA-Malawi) which boasts of over 1 500 journalists passed away on Friday, 14 September 2012.

By Gregory Gondwe: @Kalipochi 17 Sep 2012 12:27

Gregory Gondwe
Retrenched MBC employees turn to government

Woes for 300 employees retrenched when the Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) merged with Malawi Television are still far from over.

By Gregory Gondwe: @Kalipochi 14 Sep 2012 12:04

Focus on development

Journalists have been challenged to focus more on developmental issues and desist from expending energy on negatives. The Lord Provides director, Jonathan Gapare made the call at the weekend in Chivi after his appointment as patron of the newly-formed Masvingo Journalists Development Forum.

11 Sep 2012 13:28

Women lawyers engage media in property rights
Women lawyers engage media in property rights

Malawi chapter of the Women in Law Southern Africa (WLSA Malawi) last week trained journalists from different media disciplines to effectively document cases where women suffer injustices of unfair distribution of marital property due to the current legal framework.

By Gregory Gondwe: @Kalipochi 10 Sep 2012 10:43

Gregory Gondwe
Microsoft exhibits Windows 8 Tablet in Malawi

Microsoft on Wednesday, 5 September 2012, exhibited its yet to be launched Windows 8 Tablet which marks the first time Microsoft has made its own hardware.

By Gregory Gondwe: @Kalipochi 6 Sep 2012 15:04

CNBC Africa to open bureau in Rwanda
CNBC Africa to open bureau in Rwanda

CNBC Africa is expected to open its ninth African bureau in Rwanda as it continues to widen its African reporting footprint. The bureau in partnership with Rwanda TV and the Rwanda Development Board, will be based in the Rwandan capital, Kigali and opens for business in September 2012.

4 Sep 2012 13:07

Gregory Gondwe
Microsoft employees train Malawi school teachers

A group of Microsoft employees from Microsoft's Customer Service and Support (CSS) team across Europe, Middle East and Asia and the US, have volunteered their personal time to training teachers to set up their own computer labs and maintain the Malawi Learning Partnership network (MLP).

By Gregory Gondwe: @Kalipochi 4 Sep 2012 11:46

Zimbabwe's shift to digital broadcasting

Zimbabwe is fast migrating from analogue broadcasting to digital, in compliance with demands by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) to switch from analogue broadcasting to digital by 2015.

By Marcus Mushonga 3 Sep 2012 11:51

Tatenda Chiweshe
Namibian billboards - being better

90% of success is just 'pitching up'. Be there and you will be relevant, right? Not in Namibia. The South Africans seem to have taken a rather arrogant view. "We dominate from our strategy and buying power" is how one agency put it. Understandably so; they can show client value without having to get outside of their comfort zones.

By Tatenda Chiweshe 31 Aug 2012 09:30

President unveils Benguela Media Library

BENGUELA, ANGOLA: The Benguela Media Library with a capacity to attend 250 people simultaneously, was inaugurated Monday, by the Angolan Head of State, José Eduardo dos Santos.

28 Aug 2012 14:06

Lessons from the NBC strike

The recent strike at the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation has underlined some important issues.

By Robin Tyson 28 Aug 2012 12:40

In defence of digital art

If Leonardo Da Vinci's 'Mona Lisa' were ever revealed to be the product of a contraption he designed in the 1400s, a whole lot of people would be really pissed off.

By Martha Mulaiwa 24 Aug 2012 16:10

The Herald remains in pole position - survey

The Herald remains the leading newspaper in Zimbabwe, widely-read by people from across the political divide, a survey commissioned by Freedom House, a US non-governmental organisation has revealed.

24 Aug 2012 15:46

NBC woes far from over

After November, the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) will be so broke that it won't be able to pay salaries. Albertus Aochamub, the director general of the NBC, on Wednesday [22 August 2012] said: "There is no money. There are massive deficits that we inherited."

23 Aug 2012 15:52

Airtel splashes K1.1m in SMS promotion
Airtel splashes K1.1m in SMS promotion

Airtel Malawi has reportedly spent K1.1 million in the ongoing 'Yabooka SMS Promotion'. In the third draw, expected to reach a grand finale in October, a lucky subscriber will cart home a grand prize of K5 million.

By Gregory Gondwe: @Kalipochi 21 Aug 2012 12:33

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