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CNBC Africa – the pan-African financial and business news channel – will be syndicating its award-winning multimedia and video clips to Newstag, an innovative ‘mobile-first’ video news service. The multi-year deal grants Newstag the right to share and distribute CNBC’s news videos on its mobile and online platforms alongside current affairs and entertainment content from other professional content producers around the world, including AP, AFP and Reuters.

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CNBCAfrica.com Chief Executive, Sid Wahi said: “Newstag is to professional video news what YouTube is to amateur video clips. They are the world’s largest online network based on videos only from trusted sources. CNBC Africa is the largest and most credible source of business content from around the continent with over 35,000 videos interviews and clips available through its digital publishing channels. This partnership will extend our current reach and enhance our digital ecosystem.”

Newstag’s ‘mobile-first’ service enables users to create their own ‘tagstream’ (or personalised TV channel) in seconds, organising, consuming and sharing stories among their social networks using the latest web and mobile technologies. These stories are available from a number of different perspectives, resulting in a platform that allows converging viewpoints to be presented side by side, shedding new light on international news as it breaks.

 

Newstag CEO, Henrik Eklund, says: “Newstag is committed to providing global news coverage from truly distinct perspectives and we’re delighted that CNBC Africa has partnered with us to offer our users a refreshing insight into African news through an African lens. It’s a dynamic time for Africa and in less than a decade CNBC Africa has built a solid international reputation for providing credible and impartial news, presenting an exciting picture of a continent in development from nuanced reporting on the ground. We hope that combining these strengths with Newstag’s innovative news model will amplify Africa’s voice, allowing it to reach a large international audience.”

 

Launched on 1 June 2007, CNBC Africa celebrates its 8th anniversary as Africa’s first and only real-time Pan Africa financial and business news network. Part of the global CNBC family, which reports around the clock from major financial centres worldwide, CNBC Africa covers business and financial markets news from across the continent, telling the story of Africa on the move.

 

Since the channel’s launch, CNBC Africa has been breaking ground across the African continent and amongst many successes and achievements, is the only pan-African television network to report live each day across Africa. The combined reach of CNBC Africa and its affiliated networks is 390 million viewers around the world. Its reach on the African continent has been growing by the day through its distribution partnership with MultiChoice.

 

CNBC Africa has grown beyond all expectations since it was launched eight years ago, and everyone on the CNBC Africa team is justifiably proud of the respected media brand that they have all helped to create. Through accurate and incisive reporting and analysis, and an attractive and dynamic programme schedule, CNBC Africa has clearly positioned itself as the premier African news and information resource for CEOs and senior corporate executives, financial houses, investors and aspirational viewers across the continent.

 

This announcement follows Newstag’s selection as a top international start-up by Mobile World Capital Barcelona in an international contest to recognise the most innovative use of mobile technology in business. In addition to this, Newstag has recently been nominated for ‘best international news site’ by WAN-IFRA alongside Business Week and Singapore Press Holdings.

 

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MTV BASE Playlists now available on Apple Music

Posted by radio On October - 14 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

Pan-African music and youth culture authority MTV Base (DStv channel 322) has been invited to become the first music TV channel on the continent to be a curator on Apple Music. Bringing African flava to the popular music platform, MTV Base joins an exclusive selection of international tastemakers and style leaders.

 

mtvStarting October 2015, MTV Base will curate a range of themed playlists inspired by music that resonates on the continent today, giving music fans an exclusive MTV Base music experience, and allowing them to discover and stream music handpicked by Africa’s music authority.

 

The playlists will feature tracks by African and international artists across multiple genres including Hip Hop, R&B, pop, and more, spotlighting the giants of African contemporary music.

The MTV Base curated playlists will  provide recommendations for music fans, allowing them to sample and appreciate both new music and established artists.  All playlists will be updated weekly, with special themed playlists linked to must-see MTV Base TV events and programming such as #MTVDJBattle or the MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMA).

 

 

To get your regular music fix from MTV Base anywhere at any time on Apple Music, open the Apple Music app on your device, tap “NEW” and then click on the “CURATOR PLAYLIST” icon.  Search for MTV Base Africa, then click through to the page and enjoy the handcrafted playlists the channel has to offer.  Interact with MTV Base via Apple Music Connect to ‘like’ a playlist, or leave a comment.

 

Commented Tim Horwood, Head of MTV Base, “We are super excited to join Apple Music and to deliver a curated music experience for music lovers that will allow new and existing fans to discover and appreciate the incredible music that we at MTV Base get down to every day!”

 

To learn more about Apple Music and to enjoy a three month, free trial, please click here: Apple Music.

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Meet Your Stars at DISCOP Africa

Posted by radio On October - 13 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

The organizers of the 11th edition of the DISCOP AFRICA television industry gathering to be held at the SANDTON CONVENTION CENTER from 4 to 6 November, have unveiled MEET YOUR STARS, a sidebar event showcasing new series and marquee shows and to run parallel to the 3-day market and coproduction forum.

 

discopMEET YOUR STARS will enable media buyers, advertisers, brand managers and influential leaders in the industry to be the first to hear – in advance of South Africa’s next television season – all the information on new and returning hit-shows as well directly from talent attached to each of them.

 

MEET YOUR STARS is designed to help advertisers, brand managers and media buyers to:

  • Learn more about next season’s television programs line up,
  • Measure the potential level of engagement of TV viewers for each of these shows
  • Optimize airtime purchase decisions
  • Address questions directly to the stars of the shows

 

MEET YOUR STARS will feature the top talent from over thirty brand new programs and returning hits including popular TV series and soaps, reality, competition and talent shows and more.

 

Over three days over THIRTY pop shows and stars will be present. Just some of the major shows and stars attending  include:

 

Isidingo (SABC 3): Temanyana Sebopedi and Michaella Russell

Generations The Legacy (SABC 1):  Connie Ferguson, JT Medupi  and Rapulana Seiphemo

Hectic Nine-9: (SABC ) Laurian Nortjie, Ayanda Makuzeni, Samora Mangesi and Mbasa Fefe

Skeem Skaam (SABC 1):  Clement Maosa, Paulina Mothlatswi and Afrika Tswai

 

Muvhango (SABC 1): Gabriel Temudzani, Lesley Musina and Cindy Dlathu

eXpresso (SABC 3): Graeme Richards, Leigh-Anne Williams, Katlego Maboe, Elana Afrika-Bredenkamp

Afternoon Express (SABC 3): Bonang Matheba, Bonnie Mbuli, Jeannie D

7 de Laan (SABC 2):Annelisa Wylandt, Anneliza van der Ryst and Pierre van Pletzen

Top Billing (SABC 3): Lorna Maseko

Soul Foodie (SABC 3): J’Something

Showville: (SABC 3): Rob van Vuuren and Bontle Modiselle

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Rhythm City (etv): Hlubi Mboya, Dumisani Mbebe

Gold Diggers (etv)

 

Invited guests will be the first to hear about the prime-time schedules on all SABC and etv channels from the stars themselves. In fact, SABC 1, 2 and 3, as well as etv, Ebony Life, Star One and TMTv-SA are all confirmed partners for MEET YOUR STARS, and will be presenting their top returning shows as well as premiering a number of new, previously announced shows for 2016. This event therfore is not-to-be-missed for anyone responsible for media planning, sponsorship management, or brand development

 

MEET YOUR STARS will run parallel to the 11th edition of the DISCOP AFRICA television industry gathering to be held at the SANDTON CONVENTION CENTER from 4 to 6 November, an event exepcted to draw 1,500+ delegates and 250+ exhibitors from 90+ countries driving television content business and distribution across Africa.

 

“In today’s digital multichannel environment, MEET YOUR STARS will be an opportunity for strategic advertising industry influencers to learn a great deal more about next season’s television programs line-up,” says Patrick ZUCHOWICKI, General Manager of DISCOP AFRICA, and adds, “and for networks to prove to brands that their shows will engage viewers despite continued audience fragmentation.”

 

MEET YOUR STARS is a global concept that is new concept to South Africa, but already secured major support from a host of top brands. VW Motors, Uber, TMTv-SA and Pepsi have all come out strongly in support of the event as Anele Tshabalala, Pepsi Brand Manager explains, “Pepsi is thrilled to be partnering with ‘Meet Your Stars’ and be part of the festivities to introduce the exciting new content line-up planned for South African viewers in the New Year.  Event goers will have an opportunity to experience Pepsi’s deliciously refreshing beverage range while they partake in the event activities.’’

Qualified executives will be invited to participate in the MEET YOUR STARS program, free of charge, and also attend other DISCOP AFRICA highlights to include conferences, workshops, matchmaking sessions and numerous networking functions.

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SABC Education has teamed up with Tuluntulu and launched a new 24/7 TV app aimed at mobile phones and tablets across Africa.

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“To remain competitive, it is imperative we share our television content with mobile users.  Africa is experiencing explosive growth in mobile penetration and usage.  A popular activity is to access videos on mobile devices. Our partnership with Tuluntulu, one of the fastest growing content apps in Africa is very important for learning” said Eric Muragana, web and new media manager at SABC Education.

 

“Tuluntulu is delighted to partner with SABC Education in this new venture. They bring quality content and huge experience in Education. We believe this new mobile channel will have a significant positive impact in Education across Africa” said Pierre van der Hoven Tuluntulu’s Founder and CEO.

 

The app can be downloaded for free from the Google Play and iOS App stores, usage is free (no subscriptions), 100% free on Wi-Fi, with data costs only if connected via a mobile network (low data setting consumes +-50MB / hour). The ‘FREE’ business model is designed to maximize audience reach and engagement. Since marketing commenced in August 2014, the Tuluntulu app has been downloaded over 222,000 times in 154 countries. The most popular being South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Zambia, Mozambique, Ethiopia, and Zimbabwe.

 

The platform currently has 18 x 24/7 streaming TV channels; News (Al Jazeera, ANN7, Deutsche Welle, Voice of America), Education (SABC, BrainBoosters, Spark4U), Documentaries (Afridocs), Movies (Nolly4U), Series (AfrikTales), Sport (AfricaSport4U), Fashion (Fleur), Lifestyle (Africa4U), Children (SABC Children), Comedy (Good4U), Music (GUAP, Mafrik), and Religion (ELev8). Tuluntulu also has 11 streaming radio stations.

 

Tuluntulu has received a number of awards including a Technology Top 100 Innovation award, finalist in the MTN App of the Year Awards, and a Frost & Sullivan Customer Value Leadership Award. In addition, Tuluntulu was selected by Unilever Foundry 50 as one of the top 50 start-ups in the world.

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Ayanda Allie-Paine SABC 2 brings a new talk show called VISIONARIES’ LOUNGE which starts on Tuesday, 13th October 2015 at 20h30. The talk show is presented by TV and radio personality turned businesswoman, AYANDA ALLIE-PAINE. Ayanda is mostly known as the anchor of SABC 2’s most popular breakfast show Morning Live.

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VISIONARIES’ LOUNGE is an internally produced talk show which is a 26 x 24 minute talk-show. The series profiles self-made South Africans with noteworthy achievements, this to demonstrate the importance of internal-agency in the process of self-development. The achievers use their life stories to unpack the process of character development, self-belief, the importance of values and personal philosophies in building a successful life determined by one’s desires and dreams.  The series will feature guests across the racial lines and from different disciplines. The show will feature people like Dr. Imtiaz Sooliman , Pastor Musa Sono, and Mirriam Zwane just to name a few.

 

AYANDA ALLIE-PAINE is an accomplished media professional with a wealth of experience across various platforms including online media, print, radio and television. She is also a Radio Announcer and News Reporter / Presenter.

 

Armed with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication Science and over eight years in the media industry, Ayanda is excelling in her current position of Producer and Presenter at SABC 2’s flagship breakfast show: Morning Live.

 

“VISIONARIES’ LOUNGE is shot in a relaxed studio environment where we get to know more about our guests on how they realized their dreams to be where they are today. The show is about African Legacies, it is not shallow or pretentious, but is sincere, informative, engaging and inspirational and will certainly resonate with our audiences. We talk to individuals who are deep rooted, inspired and are self-made who turn the impossible into possibilities” commented Lebo Malete – SABC 2 Publicist.

 

 

Visionaries’ Lounge is on SABC2, Tuesdays at 20h30.

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Comedy Central (DStv channel 122) achieved record ratings for the hotly anticipated TV premiere of The Daily Show with Trevor Noah on the channel (29 September at 21:00 CAT).

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The new incarnation of the show, hosted by SA comedian Trevor Noah, scored a rating of 2.6 – the highest rating ever achieved by Comedy Central in SA (the record holder until now was the Comedy Central Roast of Steve Hofmeyr, also hosted by Noah, which scored a 2.0 back in 2012). In addition, #DailyShow and #TrevorDay trended on both the 28 and 29 September at number 1 and 2 in South Africa, beating all conversation about the Rugby World Cup, with over 100K original posts across Social Media.

 

In the USA, the premiere of the show performed amazingly well, scoring a total of 7.5 million viewers across the simulcast of Viacom Media Networks brands.  On Comedy Central, ratings among Adults 18-34 soared by 41 percent, and the show’s median age dropped by six years (46).  In addition, the premiere of “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” was #1 series on Nielsen Social Guide for the day ranked on Unique Audience among all non-sports programming. (Source: Nielsen Social Guide).

 

The second edition of the show scored even better, showing double-digit gains across the board vs. the premiere night telecast.  The second episode, which featured segments on Presidents Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin at the U.N. and the attempts of Hillary Clinton and Ben Carson to pander to the youth vote, increased its audience by +13% in total viewers (1.2 million), and its ratings by +20% with Adults 18-49, +21% with Adults 18-34 and +55% with Men 18-34. Versus the final quarter of “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” the September 29 episode of “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” saw ratings gains of +21% with Adults 18-49, +71% with Adults 18-34, and nearly doubled the Men 18-34 rating (+92%).

 

On the multiplatform front, Noah’s full-episode premiere (has already been streamed over 750K times and clips from the episode have recorded nearly 4 million views across platforms.  Socially, The Daily Show remained the #1 series in Late Fringe on Nielsen Social Guide ranked on Unique Audience among all programming.

 

The Daily Show with Trevor Noah airs Tuesday to Fridays in Africa on Comedy Central (DS channel 122) at 21.00 CAT.

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AKA lays bare his soul on MTV Base

Posted by radio On October - 1 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

2-PART EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WHERE AKA LAYS BARE HIS SOUL, TALKS CANDIDLY ABOUT HIS RELATIONSHIP WITH ZINHLE, THE CASSPER SAGA, TWITTER VENTING AND THE BONANG QUESTION

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Tune in this Friday as MTV Base VJ Sizwe Dhlomo hosts an exclusive and candid MTV Base interview, with South African Hip Hop sensation, AKA, as the MTV Base aims to find out the story ‘behind the story’, face-to-face with the man himself.

 

To the public he is AKA, the controversial and multi award winning global artist, but to those that know him he is Kiernan Forbes – a father and a businessman who will give his all for his one passion – music.

 

“Behind The Story” Part One will premiere on MTV Base (DStv channel 322) on Friday 2 October at 17:00 CAT and Part Two on Saturday 3 October at 11:00 CAT.

 

No stranger to controversy and speaking his mind, AKA – currently in the running for “Best African Act” at the 2015 MTV EMAs chose to sit down with MTV Base and speak openly on a range of issues following a media frenzy about revelations in his personal life.

 

In this 2-part exclusive, we find out about: the break up with his baby mama DJ Zinhle, (“I made choices that might have put me before her, or before my child or before my family,”); his life as a father with his 2 month old baby girl, Kairo, his rivalry and notorious feud with Cassper Nyovest (“I never back down from challenges and I don’t view it as a distraction, I view it as, this is part of my career, this is what it is,” ); his alleged new girlfriend Bonang Matheba (“Things are tough right now between everybody involved in this saga,”);  his popular diss track “Composure”, and his thoughts around the sensitive issue of SA’s Hottest MCs.

 

Tune in to this 2-part exclusive as AKA and Sizwe leave no stone unturned and put the rumours to bed once and for all.

 

 

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“The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” announces the line-up of guests for its premiere week. Comedic superstar Kevin Hart will be Noah’s first guest when the series debuts on Tuesday 29 September at 9pm on Comedy Central (DStv Channel 122). His inaugural week will conclude with his first musical guest, featuring a performance by Ryan Adams.

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The complete, premiere week guest lineup is as follows:

 

  • September 29: actor/comedian Kevin Hart, “What Now? Tour”
  • September 30: Whitney Wolfe, founder and CEO of Bumble
  • October 1: Governor Chris Christie (R-NJ), Republican Presidential Candidate
  • October 2: musician Ryan Adams, “1989”

 

“The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” premieres on Tuesday 29 September at 9 p.m. on Comedy Central (DStv channel 122) and will be available to stream the following day on thedailyshow.com and the Comedy Central App. Viewers can follow “The Daily Show” on Twitter (4 million followers) and by becoming a fan of “The Daily Show” on Facebook (5 million fans) and Instagram (145K followers). Fans can follow Trevor Noah on Twitter (2.5 million followers), Facebook (2.6 million fans) and Instagram

(372K followers).

 

Trevor Noah, Steve Bodow, Jen Flanz, Tim Greenberg, Jill Katz and Adam Lowitt are the Executive Producers of “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” with Hillary Kun and Stuart Miller as Co-Executive Producers. Pam DePace, Justin Melkmann, and Baratunde Thurston are Supervising Producers. Zhubin Parang is the Head Writer with Daniel Radosh as Senior Writer. The series is directed by Chuck O’Neil.

 

 

Find out more by logging onto www.comedycentralafrica.com,or follow Comedy Central on Twitter@ComedyCentralAF, Instagram at ComedyCentralAF, and like Comedy Central on Facebook at www.facebook.com/comedycentralafrica.  To join the conversation about The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, please use the hashtag #TDSTrevorNoah.

 

McDonald’s is the official South African sponsor of The Daily Show with Trevor Noah.

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Ya Lla, a new show on Mzansi!

Posted by radio On September - 19 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

With an array of successful drama series, M-Net’s local entertainment channel, Mzansi Magic proves to be at the forefront of authentic storytelling. On Sunday, 11 October 2015, Mzansi Magic will be launching yet another compelling drama, Ya Lla.

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Ya Lla is a South Sotho word which means ‘a far cry’, an echo or a distinctive musical sound made by an instrument.

 

Set in the dusty mining town of Welkom, Ya Lla is a story of how an extraordinary young man takes control of what’s left of the once legendary Marashea gang and tries to restore it to its former glory. It explores how a man can rise from the bottom of the food chain, to a position of power and how that power can become detrimental to everything he stands for.

 

Ya Lla is produced for Mzansi Magic by Quizzical Pictures, featuring a prominent cast of Zenzo Ngqobe (Palamang), Nkopane Mohola (Lenka) , Nozipho Nkelembo (Nala), Charmaine Mtinta (Captain Zwane), Sam Philips (Kobo), Slindile Nodangala (Matron) Realeboga Segoati (Puleng) to name a few.

 

The series opens with Lenka Moshoeshoe, arriving from Lesotho to take up employment at the Harhoff Mine after his father’s death. He expects to find his father’s job waiting for him, as promised by his ‘uncle’ Kobo, a veteran member of the Marashea. Unfortunately for Lenka, the move is not what he expected it to be. In the past, membership in the Marashea gang ensured a man a place of honour in the mining community and access to the best jobs. Lenka however discovers that the status of the gang is now so low that no job can be secured for him at the mine. What will be his next move?

 

In the mist of his struggle to get himself out of a destitute situation, Lenka finds himself with more enemies; sells his soul for power and love becomes his weakness.

 

“ Ya Lla is a continuation of our tradition of producing great drama. We aim to offer viewers something that will delight them, be it through the exploration of the Sotho language or telling the infamous tale of the Marashea Gang. This is the kind of drama that celebrates a cultural legacy and we hope that the audience will be captivated by the genuine storytelling ” says, Nkateko Mabaso, Director of Local Interest Channels at M-Net.

 

Tune in to witness the reluctant however ruthless journey to power told on the background of Marashea gang tale from Sunday, 11 0ctober 2015 on Mzansi Magic, DStv channel 161.

 

 

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To celebrate the upcoming debut of Trevor Noah as host of legendary ‘fake news’ programme The Daily Show, DStv and Comedy Central (DStv channel 122) are opening the channel to DStv Compact customers for the first week of broadcast (28 September – 2 October).
The news comes as Noah limbers up to step into the shoes of beloved Daily Show creator, Jon Stewart, who left the show in August after 16 years.

The hotly anticipated Noah debut will be the first time in history that an African has hosted a US late-night TV franchise.

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Commented Evert van der Veer, Head of Comedy Central, Africa, “Every comedy fan in the country is eager to witness how Trevor is going to handle the biggest gig of his life, and also to see him fly the flag for South Africa. This is such an important milestone for African comedy and we are expecting record viewing figures for the premiere and first week of broadcast.”

 

Aletta Alberts, General Manager of Content for MultiChoice commented: “The launch of The Daily Show with Trevor Noah is such a proud and historic moment for all South Africans. We’re delighted to share Trevor’s international success with our DStv Compact customers.
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah will air Tuesdays to Fridays on Comedy Central (DStv channel 122) at 21:00 CAT from Tuesday 29 September, just 24 hours after the live US premiere. Comedy Central will be running, full catch-up episodes of The Daily Show online at www.comedycentralafrica.com (from 30 September). Noah’s smiling face is currently gracing the front page of the September issue of the DStv Magazine.

 

Among the select audience witnessing Noah’s debut will be South African Lalenthra Naidoo, who beat more than 20.000 applicants to win a Comedy Central all expenses paid trip to attend the debut taping of The Daily Show with Trevor Noah. Lucky Lalenthra and her best friend will be attending the show in New York on 28 September.

 

Find out more by logging onto www.comedycentralafrica.com,or follow Comedy Central on Twitter@ComedyCentralAF, Instagram at ComedyCentralAF, and like Comedy Central on Facebook at www.facebook.com/comedycentralafrica.  To join the conversation about The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, please use the hashtag #TDSTrevorNoah.

McDonald’s is the official South African sponsor of The Daily Show with Trevor Noah

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