Tuesday, March 29, 2011

CAF decision leaves NFF in broadcast quandary


CAF have bundled the broadcast rights for all of the African Nations Cup qualifying matches and sold them to Sport5, a decision that has left the Nigeria Football Federation in a bind with its broadcast partners.

Sunday's African Nations Cup qualifying match against Ethiopia was produced and broadcast by the Nigeria Television Authority, a Sport5 partner, but the NFF have contracts with SuperSport for cable TV rights, and AIT for terrestrial rights. Those contracts run until 2015.

At its Congress last month, CAF took a decision to bundle the rights, and national associations were informed that they would be given 'some funding' with no specifics as to what the sharing formula would be and the status of existing contractual obligations.

South Africa, Cote d'Ivoire and Egypt are in a similar situation to Nigeria and all four countries have written to CAF pointing out their existing obligations and the potential penalties.

In Nigeria, SuperSport and AIT are threatening to sue the NFF for breach of contract and all three sets of parties spent most of the days leading to the match locked in discussions on how to find a resolution to the quandary.

NFF officials are particularly miffed that a letter to CAF last week explaining their situation was ignored.
A temporary agreement was reached to allow NTA take the game pending a final resolution before the next set of qualifiers.


Culled from KickOff Nigeria site


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Monday, March 28, 2011

NIGERIA IDOL (THE FINALE)


Finally the moment we had been expecting arrived. Anis invited Lola, the agent from Alexander Forbes on stage to deliver the envelope. Yeka and Naomi were with him and the two ladies held each other waiting to hear who would make history by becoming the first Nigerian Idol.

Anis opened the envelope and dramatically said he couldn’t make the announcement, so he invited Steven Evans, the CEO of Etisalat (Lead sponsor of the show) to announce the winner.  On receiving the envelope, he opened it and announced Yeka the winner thus becoming the first ever Nigerian Idol. It was a historic moment. She was too shocked for words and eventually when she made her speech, she thanked all who believed in her and voted and also mentioned that her final competitor is equally a talented singer. Yeka walks away with the sum of 7.5 Million Naira, a recording contract with Sony, a car and an all expense paid trip to South Africa. All these Is possible because you believed in her and supported her with your votes.  Be on the watch out for Nigerian Idol season II.

Culled from www.nigeriaidol.com


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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

MultiChoice to add SuperSport 3 HD (SS3 HD) from 8 April - source.





Thanks to TV with Thinus,I can reveal that MultiChoice will in all likelihood be adding a new high definition (HD) sports channel in the form of SuperSport 3 HD (SS3 HD) from 8 April on DStv channel 176 that will become a new SS EPL HD channel and carry all English Premier League (EPL) matches and other soccer related TV content in HD.

According to a credible insider who then, unsolicited, alerted TV with Thinus, ''the channel will be available to DStv Premium subscribers who use an HD PVR for viewing purposes.''

While SS1 HD will remain channel 171 ''and be designated for Golf, Rugby and Motorsport coverage in HD'', there will apparently be some SS2 HD and SS3 HD changes. ''SS2 HD will carry Cricket, Tennis, PSL, Bundesliga, La Liga, Champions League and Europa League and will also include Motorsport when other big events are on SS1 HD.''

The channel numbering for the SuperSport HD channels are going to change according to this source, as a result of this.

''The new SuperSport HD feed launching on 8 April 2011 will become SS2 HD with the channel number remaining as DStv channel 174. The existing SuperSport 2 HD which hosts English Premier League (EPL) will become the new SuperSport 3 HD and will have a new channel number of DStv 176 and the channel tag will change to SS3 HD.''

I'm also informed that for SuperSport 3 HD Nigeria ''the existing SuperSport 2 HD which hosts the EPL for Nigeria only, [will get a] new channel number 177 and the channel tag will change to SS3 HD.''

TV with Thinus has made a media enquiry to MultiChoice about what I've just been told. MultiChoice says no comment for now and that the pay platform will let subscribers know when its ready to announce any new channels.


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Sky News Royal Wedding coverage





Sky News (HiTV ch.01/DStv ch.402) has announced its extended coverage plans for the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton on 29 April. African viewers will be able to watch live news coverage of the Royal Wedding on Sky News.

Sky News just announced that its Royal Wedding day coverage will start at 7am (Nigerian time) hosted by Eamonn Holmes and Dermot Murnaghan. Sky News will have a purpose-built studio outside Buckingham Palace where Eamonn Holmes will be joined later during the day by Sarah Hughes, Sky News' royal correspondent. Sarah Hughes will also be speaking to the millions of well-wishers during the day who are expected to line the streets.

Sky News' Kay Burley will head up coverage live from Westminster Abbey, catching the first glimpse of the couple as man and wife. Alastair Bruce, Sky News' royal commentator, as well as officer of arms to the Queen, will be alongside her. Alistair Bruce's detailed knowledge of royal protocol will help viewers understand the traditions of the day.

The news broadcaster says a range of other Sky News presenters and reporters will be lining the route to talk to the crowds as the couple make their way from Westminster Abbey to Buckingham Palace. Sky News will also hear from the public across Britain including St Andrews, where the couple were at university, Anglesey, where they now live and Bucklebury, Kate Middleton's home village.

Sky News is also creating a special initiative entitled, ''Your Royal Wedding''. Sky News will be asking viewers to send their experiences of the royal wedding via video. These videos will form an hourlong programme of user generated content to be shown at 10pm on Sky News on 29 April.

''Our coverage will be newsy, celebratory and fun,'' says John Ryley, head of Sky News in a press release.



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CNN International Royal Wedding All Access coverage.





CNN International (DStv 401) has confirmed that it will be broadcasting the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton live on 29 April.

CNN International will do a 7 hour live Royal Wedding broadcast on 29 April seen in standard definition (SD) across Africa starting at 8am until 3pm (Nigerian times). CNN will use 75 staffers from the London bureau working on the Royal Wedding with 50 coming over to Britain from America (125 total).

• The 7 hour live Royal Wedding broadcast will be presented by CNN International's Richard Quest and Piers Morgan, as well as other CNN correspondents with the 24 hour news channel that promises to be ''centre stage reporting on the biggest royal wedding since Prince Charles married Lady Diana Spencer in 1981''.

• During the lead up to the Royal Wedding on 29 April Piers Morgan will broadcast his daily interview programme Piers Morgan Tonight live from CNN's London studio on 25, 26 and 27 April at 9pm (repeats next day at 1pm).

Richard Quest has Royal Wedding Specials that will be broadcast on CNN International on 3, 10, 17 and 24 April.

Anderson Cooper will also be doing his show Anderson Cooper 360 live from London from Wednesday 27 April until (and including) Friday 29 April.

''As the tension and excitement builds in the days before the Royal Wedding, CNN International intends to be a visual real-time diary of the many and varied ways that people around the world choose to mark and experience the marriage of Prince William and Catherine Middleton," says Katherine Green, senior vice president and general manager for CNN International. "The wedding day itself will capture the imagination of millions of viewers and CNN guarantees its global audience a front row seat for every minute of the pomp and ceremony of the big day."


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NIGERIA IDOL (VOTING TIPS)


Vote for your Favorite Nigeria Idol by sending an SMS with your favorite contestant’s number to the short code 34365.

#TeamNaomi ~ Text 602 to 34365 or simply dial 602 from an Etisalat line
#TeamYeka ~ Text 610 to 34365 or simply dial 610 from an Etisalt line

You can also vote through Voice voting at N50 per vote, for as many times are you want. Note that only Etisalat subscribers can vote by voice.


COUNTRYCODENETWORK
NIGERIA3IDOL(34365)ETISALAT (N50)
  AIRTEL (N100)
  MTN (N100)
  GLO (N100)
  VISAFONE (N100)
 
KENYA5683SAFARICOM (KSH 15)
  AIRTEL (KSH 15)
  ORANGE (KSH 15)
  YU (KSH 15)
   
GHANA1739MTN (30GP)
  AIRTEL (30GP)
  ESPRESSO (30GP)
  VODAFONE (30GP)


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NIGERIA IDOL FINALE (THE COUNTDOWN)


It's the final week on Nigeria Idol and as we all know, the countdown to the finale as begun. The voting lines are open for you to vote who you want to be the Nigerian Idol. Voting lines close on Friday at midnight (Nigerian Time)!!!

NB: There will be no eviction show this Thursday.You are voting to choose your Nigerian Idol. Get voting!!!


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Monday, March 21, 2011

Nigeria Alternative Energy Expo 2011 (PRESS RELEASE)


Nigeria Alternative Energy Expo, NAEE, 2011 Abuja, Nigeria – Mathesis Consulting has announced its commitment to organizing an exposition to give an insight into the reformation roadmap the Nigerian Power sector is going through and the opportunity for Green Energy Solutions. The First Nigeria Alternative Energy Expo is organized in partnership with Nigerian’s Ministry of Energy, the Presidential Action committee on Power (PACP), as well as local and multinational organisations, both from the public and private sectors, whose core competency is in developing solutions for Africa’s energy requirements.  This year event will attract more than 4,000 renewable energy power professionals and over 200 exhibiting companies from all over the world. The NAEE 2011 Conference will take place from the 6th – 8th July 2011, at the Yardau Convention Centre, Wuse, Abuja, Nigeria.

One of the major challenges facing Nigeria (with a population of over 150 million) is energy generation and distribution. Since March 2005, with the establishment of the Electric Power Sector Reform Act by the National Assembly, the vision of the power sector reform has been to stimulate adequate levels of investment in the power sector, which the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) put at $10 billion per annum, and
improve the quality of management. The Federal Government has stressed the need to return to the task of pursuing the fundamental changes to ownership, control and regulation of the sector.  In August 2010, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria expressed his commitment to building a solid energy sector: “Our commitment is to bring an end to our nation's stunted growth and usher
in the fresh air of prosperity by pursuing a new era of sector-wide reform which is driven by improved service delivery to every class of customers in the Nigerian electricity sector”.

Amongst other numerous benefits, NAEE 2011 will provide the participants and exhibitors with the opportunity of networking with more than 200 senior level energy sector experts and decision-makers; visiting over 100 leading energy suppliers -  showcasing the latest technologies, equipment and services; establishing a remarkable presence in the Nigerian market; and sourcing of local business agents and partners.

The Mathesis Consulting was founded in 2000, initially, specializing in the organisation of national and international conferences; the company has since transferred its considerable skills to the management of standalone exhibitions, award, programmes and corporate events. With more than 10 years’ experience in the industry, Mathesis Consulting is one of London’s most well-established and reputable conference management companies.

Admission:
Admission to the Exhibition is free.

Registration details:
All visitors must register on arrival at the venue. Registration cards must be obtained and completed before one can gain entry into the venue. Invitation cards may be obtained from the Organizers Office at the Exhibition arena. Admission badges will be issued and must be worn at all time in the venue for security reasons. Subsequent entries can be made without further registration provided that the assigned badges are worn.

 http://www.nigeriaalternativeenergyexpo.org/registration.html

Registration:


Early registration before the 15th of April 2011 will guarantee you a discount 5% so don't wait   Register Now!!

Media contact
Douglas Duncan
Telephone: +44 203 239 6611
EMail:media@nigeriaalternativeenergyexpo.org

16 Bissau Street
Wuse Zone 6 Abuja
P.O Box 6912 Wuse, Abuja 900421
Telephone: +234 9 480 6271
+234 803 703 5439
E: info@nigeriaalternativeenergyexpo.org
Nigeria


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Friday, March 18, 2011

The NN24 Nigerian Presidential debate.

NN24 brings the Nigerian Presidential Debate to you LIVE tonight,by 6pm. Watch all the top Presidential aspirants trash out issues that affect every Nigerian as they deliver their plans for Nigeria.

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NIGERIAN IDOL:- Emmanuel bows out


It’s the final eviction show of the competition. The contestants have worked tirelessly to improve themselves week after week for them to be at their best and of course win your votes that will see them through. As we all know, the Top 3 to have made it thus far; Yeka Onka, Emmanuel, Naomi, scaling through the auditions, Top 50 stage and Top 13 all thanks to your support. However, there can only be one winner who will be crowned the first ever Nigerian Idol at the Finale on March 27th, 2011.

The eviction show kicked off with an upbeat performance by Jaywon, one of Nigeria’s rising stars in the music industry, popularly known for his song ‘Gbon gbon’. Just as Jaywon got off the stage, the tension was back on. Anis called on Yeka, Emmanuel and Naomi (in that order) to remind them of their performances and the comments they got from the judges last week. Yinka was first to speak. She predicted Naomi (1st), Emmanuel (2nd), and Yeka Onka (3rd). Jeffery's prediction was Naomi (1st), Yeka Onka (2nd) and Emmanuel (3rd). Audu gave his predictions finally saying Naomi would come in first place because of her consistency, while for Emmanuel and Yeka, 'It’s a struggle for 2nd place'- he couldn't decide.

Remember, the judges have no say on who stays and who goes. Whatever predictions they made did not have any effect on the results.

Anis heightened the tension by announcing the first contestant to escape eviction. Yeka’s name was mentioned and she joyfully walked down to the safe seat. Emmanuel and Naomi were left standing; the lights dimmed and all ears paid attention to hear whose name was to be called. Anis called out Naomi as the second safe contestant, thanks to your votes. So, Emmanuel, the last man standing, is automatically the 2nd runner-up in the competition. Yeka Onka and Naomi are the two finalists that will perform this Sunday for your votes. Who will win the grand prize of 7.5million naira, SONY BMG recording contract alongside other prizes? You alone can decide who wins by your votes. You have constantly kept your Idol in the game and the time to ensure your favourite becomes the Nigerian Idol is now. Don’t stop voting

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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Tinsel Auditions for the next big star


Tinsel Auditions for the next big star holds on Friday 25th and Saturday 26th March 2011,8am Daily at the following venues:-

Protea Hotel (Leadway)
1 Mogambo Close ,Maryland Estate
Ikeja Lagos

Freedom Park
1 Hospital Road,by st Nicolas Hospital
Lagos Island

SS Lounge
7 Sapara Williams Close,off idowu Martins Str
VI

Come with a 5 by 7 photograph.

TINSEL AN MNET PRODUCTION


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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

MultiChoice's DStv hikes it's subscription for Nigeria by over 18 percent.

MultiChoice Nigeria Limited has increased it's monthly subscription price effective from 1 April 2011. MultiChoice stated that in determining a price increase it takes into account many factors including, and amongst others, the impact on the subscriber, operational costs, satellite lease costs, programming costs and efficiencies effected within the company.
However, for the first three months DStv will be discounting the new DStv Premium subscription price by N300 per month which means you will only pay N10,000 for April, May and June 2011 after which the full price of N10,300 will be billed. This initiative according to MultiChoice is being undertaken to relieve the pressure of the price increase to it's loyal DStv Premium subscribers.


Please see new DStv subscription pricing below:

Family: N2,500 to N2,800
Compact : N4,500 to N4,800
Compact Plus: N6,800 to N7,000
Premium Bouquet: N9,500 to N10,300
Premium Bouquet + Asian: N11,500 to N12,420
Access Fee *: N1,200 to N1,800

* This applies in a case of Dual View/Xtra View/HD PVR installation.



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Thursday, March 10, 2011

STAR QUEST 2011 AUDITION CENTRES




This year’s edition of the only band musical talent show in Nigeria, Star Quest, will witness a series of dramatic transformation as opposed to the usual format of the programme;

- Online registration will no longer be required.

- Participants to register at selected locations in Lagos, Abuja, Benin and Enugu.

- Contestants would then be auditioned after registration at the selected centres.

- Only 36 out of the 55 in the Grand Audition will proceed to Fame Land

BENEFITS:-

- N7.5 million recording contract.
- A brand new mini-van.
- N600, 000 cash for each member of the group.
- One year accomodation for the band.
-  A chance to perform alongside top international acts at the 2011 edition of Star Mega Jam.

REQUIREMENTS:-

- Contestants must be between 21-30 years with no previous solo/album.

- Contestants will display individual skills as singers, songwriters, drummers, guitarist, e.t.c but will be required to perform as a band.

AUDITION CENTRES:-

Abuja                Reiz Continental Hotel                                       March 10-12, 2011

Enugu               Dannic hotel, Enugu                                           March 14-16, 2011

Benin                Excalibur Hotel, GRA, Benin                             March 18-20, 2011

Lagos                National Theatre, Iganmu                                 March 22-25, 2011

So what are you waiting for?,go out there and showcase to the world the musical skill and talent you got.Registration is FREE!!!.





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FX now available on Kenya’s Zuku TV


The male oriented FX channel has been launched in Kenya on pay-TV platform Zuku TV, bringing to six the available offer from Fox International Channels (FIC) now in the East African country.
Kenyan viewers already have access to Fox Entertainment, Baby TV, National Geographic Channel, National Geographic Wild, and National Geographic Adventure.

Kenya’s broadcast market is currently in transition from analogue to digital transmission, which has allowed a number of new private entrants to the scene, including triple play cable operator Zuku TV, operated by the Wananchi Group.

Zuku TV is currently available via cable to higher income families in Nairobi, and plans to roll out its fibre network to urban areas nationwide – as well as launching a satellite TV service in April.

“Given the exciting changes, Kenya is an important country for us to be in, and we see this as our firm entry into the East African market,” said Thandi Davids, regional director, Africa, FIC.

FX has been broadcast in sub-Saharan Africa since May 2010 via Top TV, and the News Corporation subsidiary is now “looking at taking international pay television channels to the continent”. The channel, which carries US series Lie To Me, The Office, The Archer, and The Walking Dead, FIC says, has been well received already in South Africa.

Other entrants to the market challenging Multichoice DSTV’s dominant pan-African satellite TV network include HiTV,StarTimes, My TV and Smart TV – as well as Indian telecommunications and direct to home (DTH) satellite TV operator Airtel, which is reportedly also interested in launching a television platform in Africa.


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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Sky News Readies Itself for iPad Launch on 17 March.

Sky is keen to launch mobile apps across many smartphone and tablet platforms, despite challenges around monetisation and rights, according to its general manager for mobile, David Gibbs.

“We’ve seen success on iPhone, with 10.2m downloads of our applications,” he said at the Mobile Monday event in London.

“But it’s important if we’re going to make a real commitment to mobile, we need to be ubiquitous as possible. It’s important that we spread ourselves across all of the platforms. That can be quite expensive, but if you’re committed to it, you have to invest.”

Gibbs said Sky has been impressed with the performance of its apps on BlackBerry smartphones – “it’s been a really encouraging platform for us” – and said the broadcaster is monitoring the progress of Nokia’s partnership with Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) for Windows Phone.

And Android? Sky has developed apps for Android, but Gibbs said there are specific issues with Google’s OS that are preventing the company from investing heavily. “The big sticking point at the moment is security around streams,” he said.

“We can’t protect those streams to meet the obligations for our rightsholders. There will be a solution around September-time, but it’s a challenge: we’re optimising someone else’s [DRM] solution and putting a wrapper around it. We would like to have been there earlier, as we are aware there is a significant number of Android customers.”

Gibbs described Apple’s iPad 2 as a “really exciting platform”, picking out its ability to display 1080p resolution HD video. However, Sky is taking an equally balanced view to the tablet market in the long term.

“We’re looking at all tablets,” he said. “BlackBerry PlayBook is an interesting proposition for us, as the specific BlackBerry audience offers something different to the iPad and Android devices. But we’re looking at all of them. You have to follow the customer.”

He sidestepped questions about Apple’s new rules on iOS subscriptions, while admitting that “the whole debate changed quite a bit last week” around charging for iOS applications.

Overall, Gibbs was bullish about smartphones and tablets, though. “We see this as the third screen, and increasingly becoming the second screen for our customers.”

He said that broadcasters are resisting the pressure to reach fixed conclusions about business models in the apps space.

“The beauty of this is you can experiment with different models, and afford to change things around. We have an existing subscription for our customers, so how do we extend that subscription and add value to it in our tablet products, and how do we create new customers? It’s still a learning process.”

Gibbs warned that Sky has to operate within its rights agreements and the security obligations around them, meaning that there are some restrictions to the content it can offer on tablets – especially in the light of technologies such as Apple’s AirPlay, which lets iPad users stream video from apps to their television.


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Fox Africa's "The Booth At The End" promo clip.

video
In exactly 3 weeks and 2 days Fox will be bringing you the globally anticipated psychological thriller, The Booth At The End.....How Far would you go to get what you want?

Starts 1 April on Fox Entertainment Africa (HiTV Channel 14,Zuku Kenya and Top TV South Africa).

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Friday, March 4, 2011

2011 MTV EMA HOLDS IN BELFEST


MTV announced that Belfast, Northern Ireland will play host to the 2011 MTV EMAs. Packed with unprecedented performances and appearances, the 2011 MTV EMAs will take place at Belfast’s renowned Odyssey Arena in early November 2011 (date to be announced). The 2011 MTV EMAs will air in sub-Saharan Africa on MTV base (HiTV,DStv,StarTimes,Zuku,Smart TV) and affiliate TV stations.

Belfast’s vibrant nightlife and compelling music scene, known for fostering emerging artists and turning out international chart toppers, will provide the perfect backdrop for one of the world’s biggest nights in music.

The Lord Mayor of Belfast, Councillor Pat Convery, said: "It is fitting that the EMAs are coming to Belfast - one of Europe's most exciting and vibrant cities and with around 35 per cent of our population below the age of 25. Belfast has a rich musical history and has produced artists such as Snow Patrol and the legendary Van Morrison and we now have an unprecedented opportunity to shine a spotlight on our musical heritage while also providing a major boost to our economy.”

"I am delighted that MTV has chosen Belfast. The decision to host such a world class event in our city is an endorsement of what we have been saying for some time now - Belfast is a happening place."

Tourism Minister Arlene Foster welcomed MTV to Northern Ireland and said: “Playing host city for the MTV EMAs is a huge coup, not only for Belfast, but for the whole of Northern Ireland. We are thrilled that Belfast will join the elite club of other leading European cities which have hosted these prestigious music awards.”

“Hosting the MTV EMAs will surely elevate Northern Ireland’s profile on the international stage. I hope those who come to Northern Ireland for this spectacular event are inspired to explore more of what we have to offer for themselves,” she added.”

MTV also announced plans to host a series of local events around Belfast in the lead up to the EMAs.


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Thursday, March 3, 2011

PROGRAMMING NOTE: Bloomberg's new daily Bloomberg West show .


A new weekday show as started onBloomberg (HiTV Channel 3) this week.

Bloomberg West airs, Mondays to Fridays at 12:00am Nigerian time, is presented by Emily Chang and Cory Johnson from Bloomberg's brand-new San Francisco studio. The hour long Bloomberg West that focuses on technology and technology issues, interviews and profiles the personalities, companies and trends transforming the global economy.

''This is not a gadget show, this is not a show where we're going to show you gee-whiz cool startups," Cory Johnson said to the San Francisco Chronicle. ''This is a show on how technology is impacting business."


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PROGRAMMING NOTE:The Booth at the End coming to FOX Entertainment Africa


An interesting, interactive TV puzzle is coming to FOX African viewers from 1 April every night when The Booth at the End will start on Fox Entertainment (HiTV Channel 14) that will have viewers become participants in a mystery that builds step by step as an elusive, mysterious man sets a plan in motion.

The Booth at the End will start on 1 April at 7:15pm Nigerian time with a new episode every night with The Man (Xander Berkeley) is a psychological and mysterious man that sits at the booth at the end of a diner.
People come to him with things they want: a parent with a sick child, a woman who wants to be prettier, a nun who wants to hear God again.The man can make these things happen. For a price. In exchange for what they want, these individuals must sacrifice their morals and do deeds normally inconceivable to them.
Set off a bomb. Rob a bank. Kill a child. They must return to the man and describe every step in detail.
As the characters' tasks begin to overlap, complications ensue. But the man never forces anyone to do anything. It's always up to them to start or stop with one lingering question: how far would you go to get what you want?

Visit http://thebooth.foxafrica.com/ where the special website for Africa is now active and where The Booth at the End will start on 1 April when the show ''the game'' starts.It will clearly involve Facebook and Twitter as social media as well besides just television.

''The Booth at the End is a highly anticipated new multi-platform series and we are very pleased to secure the rights for our audiences around the world,'' says Thandi Davids, director: sales and broadcast of FOX International Channels (FIC) for Africa. She says The Booth at the End has ''an intriguing and globally relevant premise.''



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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

2012 Olympics photography contest launched


Photographers who want to their test stamina for sports coverage can enter a contest to cover the 2012 London Olympics.

To win that all-expenses paid trip, they'll have to be one of the best photographers to cover a pentathlon event held this year in: Palm Springs (US), Sassari (Italy), Budapest (Hungary), Chengdu (China)m, London (Great Britain) and Cairo (Egypt).

The Union International de Pentathlon Moderne (UIPM) is sponsoring the UPIM Road to London Olympics Photography Competition. The modern pentathlon includes five events: pistol shooting, épée fencing, freestyle swimming, show jumping and cross-country running. The competition aims to find the five best photographers to cover the events of the 2012 Olympic games.

Based on their applications, candidates under consideration will be invited to cover one of six official UIPM events in 2011. A list of the dates can be found here.

Applicants will be notified 2 weeks prior to an event if they have been accepted and will be evaluated on their portfolio, work ethic and flexibility while working the event. Only three photographers will be invited to cover each event.

Candidates must be able to cover accommodation, travel and time during the competition, be at least 18 and have their own camera. The winners will have all expenses paid during the 2012 Olympic games, which take place from August 9 to 13.

Applications must be submitted two weeks prior to the competition the photographer wishes to take part in. For more information on how to participate visit http://www.pentathlon.org/media-centre/latest-news/item/686-uipm-road-to-london-olympics-photography-competition

For further information please contact UIPM’s Communications Manager Matt Pound at communications@pentathlon.org


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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

PROGRAMMING NOTE:-:2011 Nickelodeon Kids's Choice Awards holds on 5 April.


The orange carpet will be rolled out for the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards 2011 which will be shown on Nickelodeon (HiTV/StarTimes) on Tuesday 5 April at 6:40pm with repeats on 30 April (11:30am) and 1 May (7:50pm).

Big Time Rush is already set to perform their new single ''Boyfriend''. The Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards 2011 will be hosted by Jack Black this year in Los Angeles. The awards show celebrating celebrities in music, TV, sports and film.


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