[Walter Wafula] Clarisse Iribagiza, a Rwandese entrepreneur won the US$50 000 cash prize of the inaugural season of Inspire Africa, a new reality television show aimed at transforming Africa by discovering and empowering the continent's budding entrepreneurs.
[Issa Sikiti da Silva] In a country where more than four million children of schooling age do not attend primary school, teachers go unpaid for 20 months, insecurity and fear of rape keep young girls out of school, and depleted schools lack everything from doors to windows, pens, desks, books, drinking water, electricity and computers, just talking about education brings tears to the eyes of many parents and educationalists.
[Gregory Gondwe] The Malawi Law Society (MLS) has joined Malawi media practitioners in condemning government for preventing private radio and television stations from covering important events live, describing it as illegal.
[Gregory Gondwe] Around twenty journalists assembled in Lilongwe where they underwent a World Bank-tailored training aimed at ensuring that they are able to generate reader-friendly stories from developmental activities taking place in the country.
[Gregory Gondwe] Malawi's Zodiak Broadcasting Station (ZBS) has caught the World Cup fever which has forced it to join hands with Multichoice Malawi in an initiative where the ZBS will be using DStv's signal to conduct free open-air viewings of the different games across the country.
[Gregory Gondwe] The Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) has started engaging media practitioners to help it maximise its revenue base by generating news articles that are educative and informative.
[Gregory Gondwe] The Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA) has been overwhelmed with 64 applications for national and regional TV licences following the re-advertisement for TV licence bids a month ago.
[Gregory Gondwe] The 2010 MISA-Malawi Media Awards were held earlier this week as part of the World Press Freedom Day celebrations at the Mount Soche Hotel in Blantyre. Journalist Maxwell Ng'ambi won the overall media award as well as the 2010 Best Investigative Journalist Award for the fourth consecutive year. Ng'ambi, however, has left the industry to join the corporate world as an employee of Standard Bank Malawi.
[Gregory Gondwe] Malawi mobile phone service provider TNM Limited has bemoaned increased depreciation charges, which it has attributed to losses posted in the 2008 - 2009 financial year. The company announced through its end results statement a decline in earnings with its net slipping from MK1.5 bn in 2008 to MK1.2bn in 2009.
[Gregory Gondwe] Zain Malawi has signed an agreement with Multichoice Malawi to enable customers to pay their monthly DStv subscriptions through Zain's mobile money transfer facility, ZAP Khusa M'manja. Zain Malawi finance director Longa Sipula hailed the deal as an example of what mobile phones can do to improve lives.
[Gregory Gondwe] Malawian journalists have started celebrating World Press Freedom Day, which falls on 3 May every year. Organisers of the event, the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA-Malawi), said a tight budget has forced them to organise the celebration in three parts. The first event took place on 24 April 2010 in Mzuzu and will be followed by a Lilongwe-based event on 1 May 2010.
[Gregory Gondwe] Barely a day after the death of Malawi's media magnate Dr Aleke Banda, President Bingu wa Mutharika has defended his government's actions to withdraw advertising in the three newspapers published by Dr Banda's National Publications Limited (NPL).
[Gregory Gondwe] Zain Malawi managing director Fayaz King recently told a conference of the African Union and the Economic Commission for Africa's finance ministers that Malawi has made ‘long strides' in the development of the telecommunications sector through mobile phone services compared to most African countries.
[Gregory Gondwe] The Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), a foreign assistance tool of the US, has engaged the Malawi media to help it publicise a number of development projects lined up in the country under its Millennium Challenge Account (MCA).
[Gregory Gondwe] Multichoice Malawi subscribers have queried why the Hallmark channel on DStv has changed its name to Universal Channel prompting the company to conduct a countrywide tour explaining the rebranding.
[Gregory Gondwe] The Malawi chapter of the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA Malawi) has called on President Bingu wa Mutharika to intervene in government's decision to stop advertising with some print and electronic media houses as well as barring their journalists from covering government functions.
[Gregory Gondwe] South Africa's Beryl Telecoms has engaged Telkom SA to operate and manage what is to become Malawi's third mobile phone service provider G-Mobile which is on the verge of losing its licence.
[Gregory Gondwe] Malawi Communication Regulatory Authority (MACRA) has given Global Advanced Integrated Networks (G-Mobile), a company set to become the third mobile phone service provider, a new deadline of 12 April 2010 to roll out or risk revocation of its licence.
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