Monday, February 28, 2011

Big Brother Africa 6 audition veunes

M-Net has made an exciting announcement for all those people who have left it too late to enter!

With a vast amount of entries streaming in from across the 14 participating countries, M-Net has confirmed that it will also run open auditions in the different countries – so that those people who didn’t submit a paper entry, still get one last chance to try out for the new season.

"We’re extremely pleased with the response that this year's call to entry has had," says M-Net Africa Managing Director Biola Alabi. "Going into a 6th season, we knew that there would be interest but the scale of this interest has been quite phenomenal with over 5000 entries already received, certainly among the highest number of entries for any edition of Big Brother Africa."

She goes on to say, "However, we're aware that there are always people who leave it too late to enter and then arrive at the audition venues, where our teams are holding phase two audition sessions, to plead for a chance to try out. So this year, in addition to paper entries, we'll also have open audition days. This way, if you submitted a paper entry, your entry has already been evaluated and successful candidates will be called and seen first at audition venues. But those people who didn't do a paper entry will have one last chance to enter when our selection team is in the participating countries. They simply need to arrive at the audition venue on the relevant days."

Remember that all entrants must be tolerant of views and lifestyle choices other than their own and must have the social flexibility to live in close proximity with others.

BIG BROTHER AFRICA 6 begins on Sunday May 1 this year and once more, the dedicated DStv channel 198 will be providing 24/7 live coverage for the 91 day duration of the series.

Audition Dates and Venues:

Angola3 - 5 March 2011Skyna Hotel, Luanda
Botswana28 February - March 1 2011Grand Palm Hotel, Gaborone
Ethiopia28 February - 2 March 2011Hilton Addis Ababa Hotel
Ghana28th February - 2 March 2011Holiday Inn Hotel Accra Airport
Kenya4 and 5 March 2011 (Nairobi)
6 March 2011 (Mombasa)
6 March 2011 (Mombasa)
Little Theatre, Mombasa
Malawi11 - 13 March 2011Protea Ryalls Hotel, Blantyre
Mozambique8 - 10 March 2011Southern Sun Maputo
Namibia28 February 2011
1 March 2011
The Playhouse, Windhoek
Nigeria4 - 6 March 2011 (Lagos)
7th March 2011 (Abuja)
Protea Leadway Hotel Maryland Estate Ikeja, Lagos
Protea Hotel Asokoro, Abuja
South Africa8th March 2011 (DBN)
9th March 2011 (CPT)
10 and 11 March 2011 (JHB)
Southern Sun Marine Parade (DBN)
Holiday Inn Express St. Georges Mall (CPT)
The Forum - Turbine Hall Newtown (JHB)
Tanzania12 - 14 March 2011Mövenpick Royal Palm Hotel,Dar es Salaam
Uganda8 - 10 March 2011Sheraton Kampala
Zambia7 and 8 March 2011Golfview Hotel, Lusaka
Zimbabwe4 - 6 March 2011The Meikles Hotel, Harare

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MTG Launches 4 Pay-TV Channels in Africa

Modern Times Group MTG AB , the international entertainment broadcasting group, Friday last week announced that it will launch four pay-TV channels in Africa on 28 February. Viasat History, Viasat Nature, Viasat Explorer and Viasat Crime will initially be made available to satellite pay-TV subscribers in Nigeria and cable pay-TV subscribers in Kenya.

The channels are localised versions of Viasat Broadcasting's existing thematic documentary channels. Three of the channels are currently available in 29 countries across Northern, Central and Eastern Europe. Viasat Crime is available in the Nordic region. Each channel will be broadcast 12 hours per day, with Viasat History and Viasat Nature sharing one satellite feed, and Viasat Explorer and Viasat Crime sharing another. Distribution agreements have initially been signed with the HiTV and Infinity TV satellite networks in Nigeria, and with cable network operator Zuku in Kenya.

Viasat History is a documentary channel with a broad range of high quality, award-winning history programmes, biopics, period dramas and popular culture shows. Viasat Nature features inspiring content for the family including animal rescue, and wildlife experts and celebrities on their fascinating journeys. Viasat Explorer is a male skewed entertaining factual channel with thrilling sports, science, travel and adventure formats from around the world. Viasat Crime carries a mixture of unsolved crime and mystery investigations, as well as programmes about police work, criminal masterminds and daring heists.

Hans-Holger Albrecht, President and CEO of MTG, commented: “The launch of four of our documentary channels in Africa is the latest example of our strategy to launch tried and tested formats in new territories. Our intention is to make our channels as broadly available as possible in these rapidly developing TV markets and economies. We already have a free-TV operation in Ghana in West Africa, and look forward to developing our presence in the sub-Saharan region of Africa moving forward.”

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Pay TV operator HiTV on Monday 21,introduced her new Dual View Decoder into the market.

The product acquisition cost is N39, 900 (inclusive of installation and one month premium subscription) with monthly subscription at N5, 000. The features of the Dual View Decoder include better picture quality, auto scan & upgrade and certainly, the ability to show separate channels simultaneously.

For more details contact the HiTV Customer Service Team on 01-2800990.

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Oscar Winners/Photos 2011 Full List – The King’s Speech Reigns!

The 83rd Annual Academy Awards have come and gone and the night belonged to the king! The period piece The King’s Speech won Best Original Screenplay, Best Actor, Best Director, and Best Motion Picture over fan favorite The Social Network. Other big winners of the night included Natalie Portman for Black Swan, and Melissa Leo and Christian Bale for The Fighter. Check out the rest of the night’s winners below…
Tom Hooper
Co-hosts James Franco and Anne Hathaway onstage

DIRECTOR - Tom Hooper, The King's Speech

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ACTOR - Colin Firth, The King's Speech

ACTRESS - Natalie Portman, Black Swan

SUPPORTING ACTOR - Christian Bale, The Fighter

SUPPORTING ACTRESS - Melissa Leo, The Fighter

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY - David Seidler, The King's Speech

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY - Aaron Sorkin, The Social Network



FOREIGN LANGUAGE - In a Better World (Denmark)

FILM EDITING - The Social Network (Australian Kirk Baxter)


ART DIRECTION - Alice in Wonderland

ORIGINAL SONG - We Belong Together, from Toy Story 3 (Randy Newman)

ORIGINAL SCORE - The Social Network, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross

SOUND MIXING - Inception


COSTUME DESIGN - Alice in Wonderland

MAKE-UP - The Wolfman (Australian Dave Elsey)



ANIMATED SHORT FILM - The Lost Thing (Australian Stuart Tan)


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Friday, February 11, 2011

HiTV adds MTV Base Africa on it's platform

Urban music channel MTV Base Africa was yesterday added on the HiTV platform.The channel can now be located on HiTV channel 14 and will be available to both Correct and  Premium subscribers.

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Thursday, February 10, 2011

Photos of 2face Idibia LIVE on The Mo'nique show

Africa's number one 2face Idibia was on the Mo'nique Show for a live taping in Atlanta on Tuesday 8th of February 2011. The 2face episode of Mo'nique Show is not airing this week,watch this space for première day information.The Mo'nique show airs on BET International  in Nigeria on HiTV channel 24, DStv 116 and StarTimes.
Doing The song "African Queen"
A sit down with Mo'nique

Photo session
PHOTOS BY :- Ayo Shonaiya

PROGRAMMING NOTE:UEFA Champions League Round of 16 returns on HiTV

At last,the UEFA Champions League where many clubs in the dreaded round of 16, would have to sink or surface in their bid to win the coveted trophy that is still in the custody of reigning champions, Inter Milan of Italy.

From next week Tuesday, February 15, HiTV would bring all the excitement live and exclusive on its soccer channels.

The draw proposes some interesting match-ups and intriguing possibilities. The round of 16 draw has put holders FC Inernazionale Milano against FC Bayern München in a rematch of last season's final while Arsenal FC face FC Barcelona.

Meanwhile, Spurs face another trip to the San Siro (AC Milan), for the second time this season while Chelsea travel to new-boys Copenhagen for what will no doubt be seen as the most favourable tie of all four of the English clubs. Meanwhile, Manchester United travel to the south of France to face Marseille.

HiTV has finalised plans on unveiling an expose of all the teams in the Round of 16 as well as revealing the Champions League all time great in a build up to the finale of the biggest club competition in the world. All matches next week are billed to start at 8.45pm on HiTV’s Hi Soccer, and Hi Sports channels.

Watch AC Milan battle Tottenham Hotspur of England at the San Siro in the 1st Leg Knockout round match on Tuesday 15th February, Live and Exclusive on HITV’s Hi-Soccer channel at 8:45pm.

HiTV Shares some LOVE this Valentine's weekend

HiTV in a rare show of appreciation has lined up what could be termed a bumper package on all its channels to make the love season a memorable one.

Valentine’s Day and through the month of February.  The world acclaimed lover’s day will begin on Hi Nolly with the movie entitled Keep My Love at 10am. Starring Chidi Mokeme, Jackie Appiah and Yvonne Nelson, the movie tells the story of  how Murphy's armed robbery gang attacked his fiancée’s (Mirabel) family house outside the city in error and her sister Karin is raped. Mirabel invites her to the city so as help her get over the trauma. That was how the twist and turn started. Immediately after the movie, another one entitled Conflicting Passion will take the viewer on a journey of passion, romance laced with a lot of intrigues and counter intrigues. Billed to air at 12.30pm, Conflicting Passion is a sequel to Keep My Love.

If you want to find out how a last wedding looks like, then keep a date with Hi Nolly at 3pm as the movie My Last Wedding airs. Benny Amadi is every woman's dream, but to him love is nothing more than a game, until he meets Linda and there is an unbelievable twist in the tale. The movie features top Nollywood stars such as Emeka Ike, Jackie Appiah and Amanda Ebeye. Not done yet, Hi Nolly will bring to all a didactic flick entitled Critical Passion at 7pm. This is the story of Kelechi who is in love with Ebiye but his family is against the union. Kelechi's parents finally get him a wife. Will he leave Ebiye for his family's choice? Find out today as Emeka Ike, Yvonne Nelson, Francis Odega and Eucharia Anunobi put up the performance of their lives in interpreting their individual roles. Hi Nolly will round up a memorable Valentine Day special with the movie, Classic Love, the sequel to Critical Passion. The movie is billed to air at 9.30pm.

Hi Nolly Yoruba is set to explode today Valentine Day with Omo Iyakan at 7pm. The new movie that features an array of stars such as Saidi Balogun, Femi Adebayo, Doris Ademilokan and Funke Akindele promises to be exciting. It is no doubt a day of Saidi Balogun movie showcase as another flick he features in entitled Modupetemi comes on at 9pm. Balogun’s last movie on Val’s Day, Metalokan, is scheduled for 11pm; this will wrap up an explosive day on the hottest Yoruba movie channel on any Pay TV platform.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Nigeria vs Leone Stars’ LIVE on SuperSport

SuperSport has secured the rights to broadcast the international friendly between the Nigerian men’s national team and their Sierra Leonean counterparts live on SuperSport 7 from 7pm (Nigerian Time) on Wednesday.

The game will be the first competitive test for head coach Samson Siasia since he took charge of the Nigerian team in December.
Siasia said he is looking forward to his first game and will serve as an opportunity to see his players firsthand.

“This will afford me and my backroom staff the chance to look at some of our new and young players. We will use the game as part of preparation for the Nations Cup qualifier against Ethiopia. Playing in Lagos will help us prepare since our Nations Cup qualifier will also hold there.”

Nigeria should have the likes of John Mikel Obi, Vincent Enyeama, Obinna Nsofor and Victor Anichebe for this game against Sierra Leone’s foreign stars that include Mohammed Kallon, John Trye, Sherif Suma, Ibrahim Koroma, Ibrahim Kargbo, Benjamin Sesay, Ibrahim Bangura, Mohammed Bangura and Sulaiman Fullah Sesay.

The international friendly is the first game that will take place in Lagos in more than a decade.

Broadcast details:
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
7pm - SS7N International friendly: Nigeria vs Sierra Leone (live)

53rd Grammy Awards LIVE on Channel O

M-Net has secured the broadcasting rights to the 53 Grammy Awards ceremony will be shown live on Channel O (DStv 320) on Monday, 14 February at 2am (Nigerian time) and go out later the same day on M-Net (DStv 102) at 7:30pm.

The 53rd Grammy Awards will take place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles next week.

Monday, February 7, 2011

American X Factor winner to land $5m record deal

The winner of the American version of ‘The X Factor’ is to get a record-breaking 5 million dollar record deal.That is the largest guaranteed prize in TV history.

Simon Cowell has left ‘American Idol’ after 9 seasons to focus on the show which starts in the autumn.

There is no word yet on the rumour that Cheryl Cole will join him on the judging panel.

MTV Base Africa launches on HiTV this week.

I can exclusively tell you that urban music channel,MTV Base launches on pay TV platform HiTV this week and will be on channel 14,a spot previously occupied by Silverbird Television.

MTV base is a 24-hour English language music television channel reaching 48.5 million African viewers in 10.5 million households in 48 countries in sub-Saharan Africa.MTV Networks Africa operates through MTV Networks Europe (a partnership between MTV Networks Europe Inc and Viacom Networks Europe Inc).

Channels Television Begins 24Hours transmission.

Nigeria's award winning news channel,Channel Television on Tuesday 1 Feburary 2010 began 24 hours transmission.

The television station which started broadcast in 1995, now broadcasts to a well discerning audience of over 20 million people.Channels Television's bias for news has placed it well above other competitors in the Nigerian television industry.

The station has bagged the 'Best Television station of the Year' an award endowed by the Nigerian Media Merit Award Trust - six times in the last ten years (2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2008 & 2010), thereby making Channels Television "the Station of the decade".

Congratulations to the management and staff of Channels Television.

Channels Television goes Apps.

Nigeria's award winning news channel,Channels Television has launched a new moblie TV application that enable viewers watch the TV channel on i-Phones,i-Pads,Andriod phones,Blackberry phones and online at

These will be the first of it's kind by any television station in Nigeria and a bold step by the management of Channels Television to re-define and reachout to many viewers around the world.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Programming note: BBC's World Have Your Say becomes a weekly show on BBC World News.

World Have Your Say, the BBC's popular global radio show is becoming a weekly TV show from tomorrow and will henceforth be broadcast on BBC World News (HiTV Channel 2 / DStv 400/StarTimes) on Fridays at 4pm.

Viewers can interact with World Have Your Say via, Twitter at @bbc_whys, through Facebook (World Have Your Say), telephone and on air. World Have Your Say is presented by Ros Atkins. BBC World News has already broadcast a number of successful one-off World Have Your Say TV specials.

''World Have Your Say is a programme that brings something quite unique to BBC World News,'' says Ros Atkins. ''We're free to have free-flowing discussions around the issues that people around the world are really engaging with. And most importantly of all, those discussions are always open to whoever is watching.''