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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...

Supreme Court asked to extend digital migration to June 2015
Supreme Court asked to extend digital migration to June 2015

For more: Standard Digital: Media owners want digital migration moved to June 2015... Kurian Musa, reporting on Standard Digital, says that Consumer Federation of Kenya (Cofek) and media owners have asked the Supreme Court to extend Kenya's digital migration date to June 2015 when the rest of the...

Still time to enter Loeries - deadline 31 July

You still have until 31 July to prove just how successful your work was. The Loeries Effective Creativity Award, now in its second year, is the first award in our region to formally recognise the value that creativity adds to business results. Because Loerie entries can flight right up to the...

12 Years a Slave's Lupita Nyong'o added to Star Wars cast
12 Years a Slave's Lupita Nyong'o added to Star Wars cast

Bullett reports that 12 Years a Slave Oscar winner, Lupita Nyong'o, has been added to the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII, directed by J.J. Abrams. The rest of the cast includes John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow who will join the...

African Journalist Awards entry deadline extended

The entry deadline for the CNN MultiChoice African Journalist Awards has been extended to Friday 6 June 2014. The competition is open to African nationals based on the continent. Finalists in the 2014 competition will participate in a finalists' programme that will include a media forum and...

Uganda FM stations now live on the web

Ten Uganda FM stations are now live on the internet. The stations include CBS Radio Buganda, Simba, Capital, Radio One, Sanyu FM, Radio Sapientia, Super FM, Bukedde, Radio West, and Kaboozi. For more, go to www.radiouganda.net....

Star Wars episode to feature British/Nigerian actor
Star Wars episode to feature British/Nigerian actor

Screen Africa reports that British/Nigerian actor, John Boyega, who also starred in Nigerian movie Half of a Yellow Sun, will play a leading Jedi role in the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII. For more: Screen Africa: Nigerian actor to star in Star Wars Episode VII......

Reminder to enter 9th Maputo International Advertising Festival
Reminder to enter 9th Maputo International Advertising Festival

The 9th Maputo International Advertising Festival is set to take place from 26-29 May 2014. Pieces that were created and can be proved to have been displayed between 1-30 April 2013 will be accepted. Works may be submitted to the competition, through payment of the respective fee, between 1-15 May...

APO named Agency of the Month

The Middle East Public Relations Association (MEPRA), which endeavours to highlight the strategic role of public relations and help set high standards for quality and ethical conduct by all practitioners, has named African Press Organisation (APO) agency of the month. APO manages Africa Wire, the...

Register now for eLearning Africa 2014
Register now for eLearning Africa 2014

eLearning Africa 2014 will take place in Kampala, Uganda from 28-30 May under the theme "Opening Frontiers to the Future". It will bring together policy experts, educational professionals and business leaders to tackle this and other topics. Register online at www.elearning-africa.com. ...

The first Loeries Africa Roadshow kicks off in March
The first Loeries Africa Roadshow kicks off in March

For the first time, the Loeries will be hosting a series of events in key cities across the continent: Harare, Dar Es Salaam, Lagos, Nairobi and Accra. The programme will include excerpts from the Loeries Seminar, winning work from the region, as well as key information on entering the Loeries...

Joint bid from Safaricom, Airtel to buy Yu
Joint bid from Safaricom, Airtel to buy Yu

Reuters reports that according to the Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK), the country's two largest telecoms operators, Safaricom and Airtel, have made a joint bid of $100 million to buy smaller operator, Indian group Essar Coomunications' Yu. For more: Reuters: Airtel, Safaricom seek to...

Infographic: Mobile phones tackling poverty
Infographic: Mobile phones tackling poverty

USAid has released an infographic showing just how powerful mobile phones can be in the continuous struggle to alleviate poverty. ...

Channel O Africa Music Video Awards around the corner
Channel O Africa Music Video Awards around the corner

The 10th Annual Channel O Africa Music Awards will take place next week, Saturday, 30 November 2013 at at Walter Sisulu Square, in Kliptown Soweto and will be broadcast live across Africa on Channel O. For more, go to www.channelo-awards.dstv.com, view the nominees, or follow the awards on Twitter...

Dr. Dorothy Okello is African Digital Woman of the Year
Dr. Dorothy Okello is African Digital Woman of the Year

On Saturday, 16 November 2013, Digital Woman Award crowned Dr. Dorothy Okello of Kampala, Uganda, Africa's Digital Woman of the Year at an Africa ICT Days gala ceremony held in Cameroon. Dr Okello was awarded the title for for her work to increase participation of girls and women in digital sectors...

Angus Robinson releases October's mobile report

Angus Robinson of Native has released the October Mobile Report that reveals Samsung's new curved screen smartphone, Apple's new iPads and Pick n Pay's mobile loyalty app. The first African country makes a 4G roaming call, MTN dominates in Nigerian mobile market and BBM is finally available for all...

Magna Carta CEO on PR in Africa

Vincent Magwenya, CEO at Magna Carta, will speak to PR-Net about The State of PR in Africa. Magna Carta is a recent winner of The Holmes Report's African PR Agency title and Vincent believes that public relations, although still in its infancy in many African countries, is assuming new...

2013 BFMA conference kicks off today
2013 BFMA conference kicks off today

The 2013 Broadcast, Film and Music Africa (BFMA) conference, a creative content and electronic broadcasting event in East Africa that promotes knowledge sharing and networking among high-level electronic media professionals, is kicks off today at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre, in...

Develop the next super app

Now in its second year, AfricApps will be the premier meeting of developers from across Africa, bringing the app gurus to show the future innovation of the African Digital ecosystem - taking place alongside AfricaCom from 12-14 November 2013 in Cape Town, South Africa. Supported by Mobile Monday...

Reminder to enter CNN MultiChoice African Journalist 2013 Awards
Reminder to enter CNN MultiChoice African Journalist 2013 Awards

A reminder that entries close next Wednesday, 17 April 2013, for the CNN MultiChoice African Journalist 2013 Awards. Entries and nominations can be found online www.cnn.com/WORLD/africa/africanawards....

Govt to revise media laws

Media laws will be revised to better regulate journalists. Permanent secretary in the Ministry of Information and Communications, Bitange Ndemo says this will ensure accreditation of journalists. He says there is also need for stringent rules for use of social media to curb hate speech. Source:...

Local media hailed for excellent election coverage

IEBC (The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission) has hailed the local media, security officials and other stakeholders for the role they played in ensuring a successful election. IEBC chairman, Isaak Hassan says he was specifically happy with the way journalists handled the election...

Zim paranoia over cellphones, radios

Media freedom campaigners say police in Zimbabwe are breaking the law by seizing and banning small radio receivers that can tune in to stations not linked to the state broadcasting monopoly controlled by president Robert Mugabe's party. Continue reading on www.techcentral.co.za....

Media Council brief on elections

The Media Council of Kenya today, 21 February 2013, addressed media at a press conference on key issues regarding coverage of the ongoing electoral campaigns and expectations during the general elections. Haron Mwangi was expected to describe the critical role media will play in informing the public...

Congress FEPACI postponed to March 2013

The Pan-African Federation of Filmmakers (FEPACI) is to hold its 9th Congress in Johannesburg, South Africa from 25-27 March 2013. First scheduled for 18-20 February, the date has now been postponed. For more, go to www.fepaci.org .

Eskimi wins Best Mobile Social Network at Kalahari Awards

The Kalahari Awards, awarded to organisations that have made significant contribution to the mobile financial sector and are poised to make considerable market impact in the future, took place at the end of last week in Lagos, Nigeria. Eskimi was recognised as The Best Mobile Social Network by the...

Spinlet presents Industry Nite in Feb 2013

Industry Nite, presented by Spinlet, is a weekly event pulling together up and coming artists, established artists, record label execs, brand managers and fans in one venue for entertainment and networking. The next event takes place on 20 February 2013 from 9PM at The Oriental Hotel in Lagos,...

Egyptian-Jordanian media cooperation

Information Minister, Salah Abdel-Maqsoud on Monday 14, January 2013, met Jordanian counterpart, Samih Maayatah to discuss means of boosting bi-lateral cooperation in the field of media. Maayatah is currently on a visit to Egypt to attend the 44th Session of Arab Information Ministers' Council,...

Nominations open for 2013 Kenyan Blog Awards
Nominations open for 2013 Kenyan Blog Awards

The inaugural BAKE (Bloggers Association of Kenya) Blog Awards was a surprise in terms of the immense interest it generated and the level of participation through blog submissions and voting. The awards also served as a discovery conduits for blogs. 300 blogs were submitted and an estimated 10 000...

Luvi Ogilvy celebrates 20th birthday
Luvi Ogilvy celebrates 20th birthday

Friday, 16 November 2012, a birthday party with more than 300 guests marked the 20th birthday of Luvi Ogilvy Réunion. Marketing manager, Steven Potet said "It was a great evening. We had 'red' people queuing up outside the road at Saint Gilles city, surprised to see a well-known bar on Reunion...

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