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Journalists, activists face mounting harassment in Burundi

BUJUMBURA, BURUNDI: As tensions mount in the central African nation of Burundi ahead of presidential elections, journalists and activists say they are paying an increasingly heavy price as standard bearers for free speech, reports BD Live. Civil rights in the small Great Lakes nation, they say,...

Promoting happy pets in Montego's new TV ad

Family, love, quality and happy pets are all very important values of the Montego Pet Nutrition brand and their exciting new TV advert celebrates each of those facets with the help of an irresistible, smiling Border collie named Epic. Filmed in the heart of the Karoo at the Montego Pet Nutrition...

Standard Bank Sikuvile Journalism Awards 2015 deadline for entries extended

The deadline for entries for the Standard Bank Sikuvile Journalism Awards 2015 has been extended from Wednesday 18 March, to 1400 on Friday 20 March. The Awards, sponsored by Standard Bank, are open to all South African daily and weekly newspapers and online publications. This year the Awards...

New TVC for Old Mutual underlines responsible business philosophy

FCB Johannesburg has created a new 90-second TVC for Old Mutual that underlines the group's responsible business philosophy. The agency's response to the brief was to tell a story of how four different stakeholders represented by an employee, community leader, and two customers are motivated by the...

DStv Premium channel Lifetime offers open viewing

For one weekend, 20 - 23 February 2015, all DStv subscribers will be able to access the DStv Premium channel Lifetime (channel 131). The entertainment will include 'Whitney', a biographical movie based on the life of iconic singer, Whitney Houston. Angela Basset, famous for her portrayal of Tina...

VIDI to offer local content

VIDI has signed deals with the SABC and local producers to provide award-winning content. Available from SABC from the beginning of February is the drama 'High Rollers', the sitcom 'My Perfect Family, the children's series URBO: The Adventures of Pax Afrika and African Sky Stories. The video on...

StarSat to broadcast World Rally Championships for next two years

StarSat launched its two-year exclusive contract to broadcast the World Rally Championships by broadcasting the legendary Monte Carlo Rally live from today, 23 January until Sunday 25 January 2015. The World Rally Championships exclusive deal delivers:• 90 hours a season of WRC content in...

StarSat to broadcast Turkish Airlines Friendship Cup live

StarSat has obtained exclusive production and broadcasting rights for the Turkish Airlines Friendship Cup between German Bundesliga giants VfL Wolfsburg and local club Ajax Cape Town on 14 January 2015, live from Cape Town Stadium at 7pm on StarTimes Sport 2, channel 241. StarSat will be the...

VIDI extends to all services

View VIDI, which was launched in September 2014 offering a monthly subscription option to a library of movies and award-winning TV series, can now be viewed on any device, including tablets and smartphones without an app. However, if subscribers prefer going via the app route, that option is now...

StarSat subscribers can enjoy two new music channels

StarSat has added StarTimes SA Music on channel 321 and StarTimes Soul on channel 322 for Smart Package subscribers. Star Times SA Music features popular and rising South African artists and StarTimes Soul channel will include a mix of international and local soul music.

MGM channel rebrands to AMC today

Today, 1 December 2014, the StarSat channel MGM rebrands to AMC and becomes part of AMC Networks, which acquired MGM. Not to be confused with Africa Movie Channel (AMC) on channel 185, it remains on channel 115. AMC will debut two new original series, Game of Arms and The Divide, in Africa in the...

CNN Marketplace Africa raises a glass

On Friday 28 November at 11.45pm, 'CNN Marketplace Africa' visits the grain-rich Western Cape and takes a closer look at the South African spirits industry. It meets some of the producers of premium alcohol in South Africa and takes a closer look at the intricacies of producing world-class products....

Two new channels for StarSat

StarSat has announced two new channels to its bouquet. These are the Da Vinci Learning (channel 308), an edutainment rich channel that includes award winning educational series and documentaries. The other is a 24-hour kids' channel, targeted at boys and girls aged 4 to 9. Pop (channel 302) has a...

MGM channel rebrands to AMC across sub-Saharan Africa

From 1 December 2014, the MGM channel will be rebranded as the AMC channel across sub-Saharan Africa as part of a global rollout of AMC, one of the most popular and award winning brands in television. Alongside the English language linear TV channel, it will offer AMC VOD, and "TV Everywhere"...

Glow TV launches on DStv

Glow TV, South Africa's first free to air channel to offer eastern-inspired content launched by Kagiso Media a year ago, will now appear on DStv channel 167. The channel will be available on the DStv Family, Compact, Extra and Premium packages. In keeping with the wide variety on offer, Glow TV...

Mediamark increases TV portfolio

Mediamark, one of South Africa's leading media sales houses, has built up its TV portfolio significantly over the past few months and now has seven television stations in its portfolio, including one channel on OpenView HD, four channels on the DStv bouquet and two community TV stations. The DStv...

Nataniël, Mandoza do #SizzleSizzle for new TVC

A new TVC for Checkers and Shoprite 2014 Championship Boerewors features Afrikaans performer and food celebrity Nataniël and kwaito music star Mandoza. The brainchild of Cape creative shop, Mad Advertising, which has been agency custodians of the Championship Boerewors brand since 2001, the...

The Loeries Special Feature to air on Vuzu Amp this Friday

DStv's new channel, Vuzu Amp (Channel 114) will be airing the first of a two part series called 'Looking for the Loerie with Denise' this Friday, 17 October 2014 at 7pm. Looking for the Loerie with Denise chronicles VUZU's bright young star as she embarks on an epic journey to Loeries Creative...

VIDI incorporates The Learning Channel

VIDI has announced that the Learning Channel, which offers excellent resources for school-goers of all ages, is now available as part of its monthly subscription option. Coming out of the educational series that aired on SABC television, the channel also offers free downloadable workbooks for matric...

Another trial to captivate TV audiences

Media intelligence providers in Southern Africa, ROi Africa will offer real-time media coverage statistics and analysis on the upcoming Dewani murder trial in Cape Town. Regular statistics, updates and Twitter feeds will keep all up-to-date with the insights into this controversial trial. As with...

New Engen TVC brings brand to life

The new Engen TVC follows a man on a road trip, from the arid plains of the Tankwa Karoo through the fynbos of the Cape to the Atlantic Ocean, backed by emotive soundtrack, written and performed by Theo Crous and Arno Carstens, with lyrics by Aaron Harris. FCB Cape Town used the client's philosophy,...

New video clip channel for StarSat

StarSat launched the QYou channel, available on its Super Package on channel 165 yesterday, 1 October 2014. This is the first 24/7 channel to showcase some of the world's best high quality short form video clips from around the world, usually viewed via the Internet. With 12 hours of fresh video...

New TVC for Painblok

AIR Films has produced a 20-second commercial for Y&R South Africa's client Painblok emphasising the nature of headaches by harnessing the power of symbolism to communicate its intrinsic qualities. The TVC opens with an office worker determinedly sitting at his desk, struggling to concentrate...

SABC... One interview, two Zuma wives...trouble

According to Mail & Guardian, two of Zuma's wives turned up for the same interview at the SABC... and that's when it started... War of Zuma wives at SABC studios.... It could have been worse - just suppose they had all turned up... Still at the SABC, according to Channel24, a naughty...

SABC: Did Tshabalala lie about her qualifications?

According to a Mail & Guardian report, parliament's oversight committee on communication has said that SABC chairperson Ellen Tshabalala has failed to provide proof of her qualifications to the committee, which has now set up an inquiry that is expected to begin on 16 September. Mail & Guardian...

Swahili channel opens on StarSat

StarSat satellite Pay-TV platform has launched a Swahili entertainment channel, (channel 450), targeted at Swahili speaking people who live in South Africa and want to watch East African content. Its line-up of drama movies, music, comedy, celebrity news, events, art shows, Swahili cultural wedding...

New FCB Cape Town TVC for Musica

Capitalising on 'when words fail, music speaks'; FCB Cape Town has created a new TVC for Musica. Musica tasked the agency with creating an ad that would break through the loud, and often brash, clutter normally associated with retail advertising. According to executive creative director, Mike...

Generations: Cast underpaid?

According to Generations producer, Friedrich Stark, reports Mail & Guardian, the show's actors' salaries average R55,000 a month. In their press statement, the fired actors' said, "We live in a country that is notorious for artists living and dying in a state of poverty, tragically, never managing...

Pornography on TV battle to start

A legal battle over the decision to allow three pornographic channels to be broadcast on television is likely to go all the way to the Constitutional Court‚ a legal expert said last week. The Justice Alliance of South Africa is challenging the Independent Communications Authority of South...

Report: Hlaudi to sue Thuli

NEWSWATCH: According to iafrica.com, quoting Beeld, SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng is apparently planning to sue Public Protector Thuli Madonsela for crimen injuria. Why? Because, according to the Beeld report, Motsoeneng claims the case against him is "politically motivated and that Madonsela's report...

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