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SA Music Awards Nominees Revealed

Posted by radio On March - 14 - 2012 248 COMMENTS

South African musicians waited with baited breath as the 18th Annual Music Awards revealed their list of nominees the morning of March 8, 2012. The announcement, which was made at the Turbine Hall, in Johannesburg’s Newtown District, set the music and media industry on high anticipation of the upcoming event.

The prestigious occasion will take part on April 29, 30 at Sun City in North West. Randall Abrahams, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of MTN SAMA, and Serame Taukobong, Chief Marketing Officer (CMO), approved the big revelation which was announced by veteran South African musicians. These were namely; Loyiso Bala, HHP, Kabelo Mabalane, Solly Mahlangu, Kurt Darren, Ziyon Hamilton (Liquideep), Matshediso Mholo (Malaika), Greg Carlin (Zebra & Giraffe), Sipho ‘Hotstix’ Mabuse and Lira.

There are 29 categories in which South African musicians who have excelled in the past year are recognized and acknowledged. Some of the most coveted awards, amongst others fall under the category ‘Record of The Year’, ‘Album of The Year’ and ‘Best Artist of The Year’. Dominating the nominations for 2012 was Zahara, who managed to secure herself seven nominations in the respective categories. MiCasa, and Zakwe also stood out, each securing five nominations in the respective categories.

 

For more information, visit: http://samusicawards.co.za/

 

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Launch of Power 98.9 FM is Underway

Posted by radio On March - 10 - 2012 54 COMMENTS

By Mpho Smart

 

POWER 98.9 FM is poised to launch after winning a licence from the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) last year.

 

Preparations for the launch of the new talk show station in Gauteng are underway. Given Mkhari, one of the owners of the new station, said landing a broadcast licence was a dream come true. Winning the licence was a watershed moment for the Richtrau consortium which comprises companies owned by businessmen Mkhari and Sandile Zungu.  Zungu is the Executive Chairman of Zungu Investments Company (ZICO) which was established in 2002. ZICO is involved in financial services, mining, general services, gaming, book publishing and media.

 

Power FM will compete for SABC’s SAFM and Primedia’s Radio 702 audiences with its broad coverage of current affairs. Mkhari, a co-founder and chief executive officer of MSG Afrika Investment (MSGAI), said the station would be targeted primarily at the growing black middle class. He said the station would provide a platform for the audience to ‘freely’ share and debate issues that affect them. Mkhari believes there is a need for a radio service for an audience somewhere between SAFM and Radio 702 and that the market was elastic enough to accommodate more players in the country.

 

MSGAI co-owns the first and only commercial radio station in Limpopo, Capricorn FM. The government’s aim in awarding additional commercial broadcasting licences is to facilitate the involvement of historically disadvantaged communities into the radio industry. Mkhari said: “The licensing process seems to have addressed inequalities from a transformation perspective.” He said the industry has a lot of work to do still.

 

ICASA had received 41 applications in response to its invitation to apply for broadcasting licences in 2009. Richtrau is looking to launch the station in June.

 

 

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Controversial Cliff Caught Speeding

Posted by radio On March - 7 - 2012 11 COMMENTS

The outspoken 5fm radio DJ was arrested for speeding last night, Tuesday, March 6, 2012. It is reported that he was caught by the Gauteng traffic police driving 182 kilometres an hour in a 120km/h zone. Although his time in jail was brief, as quoted during an interview on Radio 702 earlier today, “I spent a couple of minutes behind bars, like a bad ass… but I was glad to be back home.”

Social networks such as Facebook and Twitter went buzzing once people got wind of the news. Cliff tweeted; “rumours of my imprisonment are greatly exaggerated,” shortly after his release last night.

According to the Independent Online (IOL), the contentious DJ is expected to appear in court in Pretoria today (Wednesday) March 7, 2012 on charges of speeding and reckless or negligent driving.

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5fm line-up gets a makeover

Posted by radio On March - 7 - 2012 4 COMMENTS

It is always an exciting time when big names in radio are shuffled during line-up changes. The biggest and most recent news to hit the radio scene is the Anele Mdoda and Grant Nash departure from  the radio station, 5fm. Mdoda has relocated to 94.7 Highveld Stereo, whilst her side-kick, Nash, is reportedly leaving radio altogether. Nash is said to be moving to Nepal to further pursue his practice and beliefs as a Buddhist and vegan.

To complete the stations line-up shift, DJ Euphonik inherits Roger Goode’s Saturday evening slot between 19:00- 22:00. Goode will then host weekday evenings.

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More competition on the way for radio and TV

Posted by admin On February - 23 - 2012 155 COMMENTS

South African media industry especially radio and television should brace themselves for more competition, this is after ICASA (Independent Communications Authority of South Africa) issued six invitations to apply to provide commercial sound broadcasting in both primary and secondary markets.

ICASA also issued another invitation for subscription broadcasting services.
In terms of the Primary Markets licensing process, the Authority intends to award two licences to applicants in the geographical markets in Gauteng, two in the metropolitan areas of and around Durban and a further two licences in the metropolitan areas of and around Cape Town. These amounts to a total of six licences will be issued to successful applicants. It should be noted that the frequencies to be licensed for Primary Markets are on the Medium Wave band.

With regard to the Secondary Markets licensing process, the Authority intends to award one licence to the successful applicant in the Northern Cape, two in Free State and one in the Eastern Cape Provinces. A total of four licences will be issued to successful applicants.
The number of licences to be issued for subscription broadcasting services will be determined by the level of compliance with the requirements set out in the ITA.
The ITAs can be found on the ICASA website (www.icasa.org.za).

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Mokhobo takes over the hottest seat in the land.

Posted by admin On January - 25 - 2012 122 COMMENTS

After a recommendation by the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) Board, Communications Minister Ms Dina Pule MP, applied her mind and is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms Lulama Mokhobo as the Group Chief Executive of the SABC.

The appointment is with immediate effect for a period of five (5) years. Ms Mokhobo has the relevant qualifications, skills, capabilities and experience required for the position. She has extensive executive leadership experience in both the private and public sectors. She was previously SABC Group Executive for Public Broadcasting Services.

After obtaining her BA degree from the University of Botswana and Swaziland, she completed her Master of Science qualification at the Utah State University in the USA Minister Pule is satisfied about the integrity of the selection and evaluation process.

The Minister, Deputy Minister and the SABC Board congratulates Ms Mokhobo on her appointment and wishes her every success in turning around and stabilizing the public broadcaster. MS Mokhobo’s appointment reaffirms Minister Pule’s commitment to, after due process and consideration, quickly fill the top executive positions at the public broadcaster. This should allow the SABC to deliver broadcasting services to the South African public in a cost effective manner.

 

Source: Communications ministry

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People spend less time listening to Radio

Posted by admin On December - 19 - 2011 45 COMMENTS

 Article by: Radiobiz

The latest Radio Audience Measurement Survey (RAMS) by SAARF show that the time spent listening to radio per week has dropped by an hour year on year and by 12 minutes period on period. The TSL per day also dropped by just 8min y/y and 1min period and period. Western Cape and Northern Cape are the only regions showing some growth in time spent listening.

Even though the TSL has generally dropped, a few stations are experiencing nice listenership growth period on period. Yfm grew by 1,3% to 1,4m listeners a week period on period , Metro FM is showing a 8,3% growth y/y. Radio 2000 has also grown its listeners by 26, 5% y/y to 914 000, Ukhozi FM’s listeners grew by 8, 6% y/y to 6,6m and total community radio grew their base by 11, 35% y/y to 8,4m listeners.

Good Hope FM has 20,5% more listeners than December last year, Capricorn FM has grown their base by 4,6% y/y and Talk Radio 702 has increased their listeners by 4,7% y/y. However other stations are still struggling to increase or retain their listeners, M-Power FM has the lowest number of listeners in the commercial radio space at 55000 down from 108000 same time last year. Ligwalagwala FM has dropped their listenership by 15, 8% y/y.

Ikwekwezi FM also have 10, 3% less listeners than last year. Classic FM is showing a 22, 2% decline in their listenership y/y, Phalaphala FM have 8, 7% less listeners than they had this time last year. Listeners continue to listen to an average 2.1 stations per week, for more on this visit www.saarf.co.za

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Gorilla Films Dominate Music Industry

Posted by admin On December - 18 - 2011 26 COMMENTS

About 40 percent of the music videos we see on top local music shows are created by a vibrant film production company called Gorilla Films. Established about a decade ago, this Johannesburg -based company has completely taken over the music video industry.

Justin Campos, who co-founded the company in 1998 with his younger brother Nicky, says their clientele has grown to unprecedented levels, an achievement he attributes to his team’s cutting edge skills and low prices.

“Our biggest achievement so far is not the multiple awards we have won, it’s that every single client we have worked with is a satisfied client and this for us is what we thrive on. No matter who the flavour of the month is, Gorilla Films will endeavour to surpass all expectations,” he says.

According to Campos, the name Gorilla originates from the term “Guerilla-filmmaking”, which refers to innovative techniques used to produce high-end results with few resources. Over the past few years, the company has produced a string of award-winning music videos for big names such as Black Coffee, HHP, DJ Cleo, Kabelo, Ntando, Thandiswa Mazwai, Oskido and Theo Kgosinkwe.

In its early years, the company was run from a small townhouse in Sunninghill but has grown to become South Africa’s premium music video service provider, with offices in Randburg, where four other young and talented film makers help Campos.

The film producer says some musicians also prefer to work with Gorilla Films because of the company’s affordability. “We always produce high quality videos no matter what the budget is and I think that is what makes us stand out in this competitive market where everyone is trying to make the next best video.”

Campos adds that he is particularly impressed with the fact that every musician now knows his company, and “there is no more need to spend a lot of time on promotional campaigns.”

A self-taught film maker, Campos has been recognised at the South African Music Awards (SAMAs) and the Channel O Music Video Awards, as well as the Metro FM Music Awards. His younger brothers are also actively involved in the local entertainment sector. Nicky has since left Gorilla Films to explore other artistic avenues, and his other brother, David, is making a name for himself as a music producer.

Those wanting to work with Gorilla Films can contact the company at www.gorillafilms.co.za.

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Icasa sets SA on path to 4G

Posted by admin On December - 18 - 2011 99 COMMENTS

The Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) has begun the process of opening up so-called “high-demand spectrum bands” that will eventually pave the way to the introduction of fourth-generation (4G) mobile broadband networks in SA.

The authority has decided to tie spectrum allocations in the 2,6GHz and 800MHz bands and to offer access to frequencies in the lower of the two bands on a wholesale, open-access model, where operators share networks and compete at a retail level.

However, in a move that could prove highly contentious among operators, Icasa proposes that wholesale network providers be prohibited from also playing in the retail market and must provide services on a nondiscriminatory basis and allow any content, applications and services to flow over these networks.

It says it wants to move away from “traditional win-lose licensing methods and is considering using new licensing methods that encourage sharing, such as open-access models and ‘spectrum parks’ to maximise the number of new entrants in the sector”.

Under the “spectrum parks” model, Icasa wants to allow a number of entities to participate in sharing common spectrum on a self-managed basis.

By opening the spectrum to both incumbents and new operators, Icasa hopes to facilitate the introduction of new national and rural providers of broadband and other telecommunications services and to contribute to broad-based black economic empowerment. Applicants wishing to get access to the spectrum will need to have at least 30% of their equity in the hands of “historically disadvantaged individuals”. Among the incumbent operators, this puts Vodacom and Telkom in a tight spot, as they fail to meet this criterion.

Icasa had previously said it would license spectrum in the 2,6GHz and 3,5GHz bands, and deal with the 800MHz band — the so-called “digital dividend” currently used for analogue television broadcasts — at a later date. It has now decided to tie licensing of 800MHz and 2,6GHz and to put off the process of opening up 3,5GHz to a later date.

It is doing this, says Icasa councillor Marcia Socikwa, to “reflect alignment with international trends”. The 800MHz and 2,6GHz bands are proving popular frequencies worldwide for operators wanting to deploy next-generation broadband networks using a technology called long-term evolution (LTE). LTE networks will eventually lead to the introduction of 4G systems.

“The 800MHz band is a perfect candidate for wireless broadband access because it has excellent coverage characteristics and is highly suitable for rural coverage and will allow the authority to address government’s broadband policy, which aims to achieve universal broadband access by 2019,” says Socikwa. “Furthermore, it technically complements the 2,6GHz band.”

However, access to the 800MHz band will only be made available to telecoms operators once broadcasters have migrated from analogue to digital television, which is meant to happen by the end of 2013, a date the broadcasters feel can’t be met.

Under its plan, Icasa is dividing the 800MHz and 2,6GHz bands into linked blocks of spectrum. State-owned Sentech will be offered access to both bands in return for it giving up 20MHz of its existing allocation at 2,6GHz. Sentech will build a wholesale, open-access network using the frequency it is allocated.

To encourage new entrants, Icasa wants two of the paired blocks to be assigned to network licensees that currently have no spectrum allocated in designated bands used for cellular services. One paired block will be assigned to a network licensee to provide a network based on wholesale open-access conditions.

Spectrum has also been set aside for the “spectrum park”, but this will only be allocated at a later date, according to Icasa.

The authority has also proposed tough roll-out obligations. Those with access to both bands must provide 70% geographic coverage within five years, of which 50% must exclude Gauteng, Cape Town and Durban. Those with access to 2,6GHz only must provide 50% population coverage within four years.

Socikwa says Icasa wants to avoid having to auction spectrum, and adds this will only be done “as a last resort”. Where companies fail to use frequencies assigned to them, Icasa says it will “take steps to take back the spectrum”.

In a move that is certain to upset industry players, especially given the country is headed into the year-end holiday shutdown, Icasa has set a tight deadline of 31 January 2012 for interested parties to comment on the proposed plans. It expects to hold public hearings in the second week in February.  — Duncan McLeod,

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