Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Hip on TV launches on HiTV

Hip on TV is a lifestyle and entertainment channel that showcases the hottest happenings in the entertainment world, both locally and internationally. Produced by the organizers of Hip Hop Awards, the channel would feature award shows, celebrity lifestyle, hottest gossips, fashion tips, album launches to mention a few.

The channel is targeted at young adults who desire first hand information on their favorite celebrities. The Hip on TV crew have travelled to cover the BET Awards, high profile events & carnivals in Brazil and star studded events across the world, indeed they have a catalogue of exciting content for television.

The launch date is midnight of 1st June  2011.

TRACE Urban launches search for new Vj in Africa

TRACE TV Auditions for presenters that will rock the screen for TRACE Urban in Africa. If you think you are pretty or handsome with nice diction and great swag then here is your chance. Be at Club 10 ,Saka Tinubu street,Victoria island,Lagos,Nigeria on Monday 6th June 2010. Gate opens 8am and closes 9.30am. Audition starts by 10am. Open to ages 18-26 from all over anglophone Africa.

For more details visit eng.trace.tv

Friday, May 27, 2011

UEFA Champions League 2010/11- Winding Down in Grand Style on HiTV.

It’s just a day to Wembley 2011, the UEFA Champions League Final between FC Barcelona  of Spain & Manchester United FC of England, a Classic by all standards. This year’s final holds a lot of implications for soccer lovers, the football community .The stage is set for what promises to be an epic clash between two football giants. Beyond the quality of the teams, the venue - Wembley Stadium is every football lover’s dream.

Tomorrow’s broadcast on HiTV promises to be loaded with attractions. Studio starts at 5pm with the following highlights:

-     Spotlight on Man.Utd. & FC Barcelona from group stage to Final

-     Hottest goals of the season

-     Worst fouls of the season

-     Most controversial Champions League moments

-     Interview with hi-way to Wembley Winners

-     Live report from Wembley,etc.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Ebru TV spots it's beam across Africa.

Ebru TV Africa starts transmission across Africa on the 6th of June,2011.Ebru TV will offer a wide range of high quality programs to viewers eager for more inclusive and representative portrayals of their lifestyles. It will also offer members of diverse communities a place to share their unique stories and contributions.

Ebru TV takes pride in being the newest cable network that offers a complete television experience that is both wholesome and exhilarating for family viewers of all ages. Launched nationally in 2006, the network broadcasts 24 hours in English to viewers across the United States and 6th June,2011 across Africa on Eutelsat W4 (free to air ,Frequency: 12,437 Mhz,Symbol: 23437,Polarization : Horizontal,FEC : 3/4).

Ebru TV is a majority-owned subsidiary of Samanyolu Broadcasting Company (SBC), an international media corporation with headquarters in the United States, Germany, Turkey, and Azerbaijan.Founded in 1993, SBC has grown rapidly. Its programming currently reaches viewers in over 80 countries through several televisions and radio stations.

For more details about Ebru TV Africa and it's programmes,visit www.ebruafrica.tv

Bloomberg is looking for freelance reporters in 16 African countries.

Bloomberg, the U.S. financial news agency, seeks reporters with familiarity in business, financial and economic reporting. Freelancers must have a minimum of five years’ experience, fluency in English and be based in one of the countries below.

Applications are only being accepted from the following countries: Mali, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea-Bissau, Zimbabwe, Seychelles, Comoros, Sao Tome et Principe, Cape Verde, Chad, Gabon, Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Eritrea, Puntland and Equatorial Guinea.

For more information, contact Emily Bowers at ebowers1@bloomberg.net and put the country of application the subject line.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Stories for boys as MultiChoice DStv airs Disney XD in Africa.

A new Disney channel has launched on MultiChoice’s DStv satellite TV network in Africa. Described as “boy-focused, but girl-inclusive” channel, Disney XD is aimed at children aged between 6 and 14. 

It will air from 4am to 9pm daily, and include programmes such as ‘Phineas & Ferb’, ‘Zeke and Luther’, ‘The Avengers’, the musical comedy ‘I’m in the Band’, and the 2D animation ‘Kick Buttowski’. “We are focused on continuously expanding the DStv viewing experience for our subscribers, both young and old, and not forgetting the young at heart,” said Aletta Alberts, general manager - content, MultiChoice. “Disney XD, with its strong action flavor, will no doubt delight and enthrall our young viewers.” 

MultiChoice offers a range of pay-TV bouquets, with its premium DStv service now providing over 90 TV channels in standard definition, six in high definition (HD) - as well as 40 audio channels, 32 radio channels and four interactive services. Tailored offerings are also available for Africa’s Indian and Portuguese-speaking communities.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

MultiChoice Launches Disney Junior 1 June.

Disney Junior, a new global preschool TV channel will be added as a new channel on MultiChoice's DStv pay TV platform starting Wednesday 1 June on DStv channel 309.

''Come and see a new place on television where magical storytelling comes to life,'' says a new TV promo on The Disney Channel (DStv 303) that's now in heavy rotation. ''Playhouse Disney is becoming Disney Junior. Where the magic begins ... Disney Junior - a new channel coming soon.''

The new African Disney Junior website that didn't exist just went live, saying that ''the magic begins Wednesday 1 June''. Disney Playhouse was Disney's preschool brand that's also been a programming block. Disney Junior started in February this year in America, launched on Friday in Canada and Saturday in Britain.

Disney Junior's launch as a TV channel in Africa will co-incide with the roll-out of the channel in Poland, the Czech Republic, Romania and Bulgaria on the same day as well as Taiwan and Greece on 2 June, with Germany and Japan following in July.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

CNN's Freedom Project Focuses on Human Trafficking in Nepal

In June, The CNN Freedom Project shines a light on the shocking trade of human life in Nepal.

Actress and anti-sex trafficking activist Demi Moore anchors the documentary and joins 2010 CNN Hero of the Year Anuradha Koirala to focus on her organization, Maiti Nepal, which has rescued more than 12,000 stolen Nepalese children from sex trafficking since 1993.

Nepal’s Stolen Children followsMoore as she spends time in the Maiti Nepal shelter, hearing emotional first-hand accounts from dozens of girls who have been trafficked. She travels to Bhairahawa, a hotbed of human trafficking where girls fromNepal are smuggled intoIndia to work in the sex trade and also meetsNepal’s Prime Minister Jhalanath Khanal, to discuss the business of sex trafficking in his country.

Nepal's Stolen Children airs on CNN International on Saturday 11th June at 2pm (Nigerian time) and 9pm (Nigerian time), and Sunday 12th .

CNBC Europe Launches New Studio

CNBC Monday started broadcasting from its brand new studio facilities at its European headquarters in London.

John Casey, CNBC’s Vice President of International News & Programming says, “The new studio is designed to support one ultimate goal – delivering the most essential business news to the most influential and affluent audience.  We have created a state-of-the-art environment totally geared to enabling our journalists to tell compelling stories about business and the global economy in real-time.

“In a world with so much information and data points, CNBC will continue to cut through the noise and deliver the most succinct and imperative analysis in a visually compelling way.

“Our mantra is to provide essential news, information and analysis.  The new studio allows us to do this even better.  It enhances the way we articulate and display the key facts driving a story, whether that’s economic data, geopolitical events, M&A activity or corporate news.”

The new studio accommodates 10 cameras and multiple presentation positions, giving CNBC anchors and journalists the ability to present from anywhere in the studio using a range of visual tools.  It includes one of the largest video walls in Europe, as well as an integrated digital media desk and a touch-screen display area.

Central to the studio is its new video wall, which incorporates the CNBC Globe - set to become a signature feature of the network.  The animated globe provides a snapshot of the global markets, giving instant information on the health of each exchange.

The main anchor desk has been designed to engage CNBC’s influential guests in active conversation, while inviting viewers in to the heart of the dialogue.

One of the most exciting elements of the studio is the Digital Desk area, which will monitor and integrate digital media into broadcast programming.  It will enable our journalists to interact with our viewers and the digital community during live programming using CNBC.com, blogs, websites and newswires in real-time.

Casey continues, “We’re incorporating viewer opinions, tracking websites and editorial comment on relevant subjects.  We will also show our TV audience what the key digital discussions are, which will help us further analyse reactions to news events.”

The studio upgrade is the culmination of an 18-month period of development for the network internationally with a complete overhaul of CNBC’s global broadcast facilities.  CNBC recently completed its new studio at the Singapore Stock Exchange and upgraded its main studio at its global headquarters in the United States.

Technical features

Studio space increased by 40%
Integrated digital and TV network teams; Digital Desk is part of the on-air set offering an integrated on-air and on-line output
10 studio cameras, increasing camera capacity by 66% and delivering multiple camera angles for a variety of interview scenarios; all cameras fully robotic
Touch-screen area, delivering a dynamic on-air presentation
High-tech 15 meter LED Barco curved video wall – one of the largest in Europe – and multiple LED visual displays
New studio desk for up to six people to facilitate debate and discussion between anchors and guests
More environmentally friendly studio lights with LED LitePanels – significantly reducing the power consumption of our studio lights by 89%
CNBC’s iconic ticker frames the new studio space.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Meet the 26 Big Brother Amplified Housemates vying for the $200,000 Prize

Check out the profiles of the Big Brother Amplified housemates below.
Age: 31
Hometown: Accra, Ghana
Occupation: Unemployed / Designer
Biography: Alex once worked in the fashion district in New York and believes in empowerment of the individual. He says that he wanted to be in Big Brother Africa because he believes he “can bring it home for Ghana”. He is confident that Africa will like him, and his recreational activities include video gaming and designing.
Age: 21
Hometown: Keetmanshoop, Namibia
Occupation: Construction
Biography: Her favourite place in Namibia is Rehoboth because “it’s a nice party place”. Bernadina says that if she wins the game, she’ll give a share of the money to a lady who is establishing an organization that helps children improve their reading skills.
Age: 26
Hometown: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Occupation: TV Broadcaster
Biography: Bhoke says having being selected to be part of Big Brother Amplified is her greatest achievement so far. She says viewers should keep an eye on her because she is unpredictable, fun, will keep them guessing and she’s a great person to be around.
Age: 37
Hometown: Accra
Occupation: CEO of MultiMedia Company / Owner Aphrodisiac Nightclub
Biography: This adventurous daredevil loves Angelina Jolie, soup or stew, and throwing parties at her house. Confidence would love to turn out like her role model aunt who, she believes, is “sexy, strong and principled”. Whilst in the game, she will miss her son, and two dogs the most.
Age: 34
Hometown: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Occupation: Self Employed
Biography: Describing himself as cool, adventurous and funny, Danny believes that “when life flips you upside down, stand still” – good advice given to him by a friend. Although surprised to have been chosen to participate in Big Brother, Danny says if he wins, he will use the money to start his dream business. When he goes into the Big Brother house Danny admits the thing he will miss most is his freedom and friends.
Age: 28
Hometown: Kampala, Uganda
Occupation: Public Relations Consultant
Biography: Ernest looks up to his role model, Diddy because, he explains: “it’s easy to see how a man who can’t really dance or sing has made himself into a world-class brand that is bankable and desirable”. He admits that he can be “a little annoying” when he chooses to push people’s buttons.
Age: 24
Hometown: Lilongwe, Malawi
Occupation: Purchaser
Biography: Felicia is in a relationship and has a four year old child. Given the opportunity, Felicia would like to visit Japan right now to feel the impact of the Tsunami and offer support to victims of the recent natural disaster. She entered Big Brother Amplified to represent her country, to do her part in making her country proud and to change her life and the lives of many others.
Age: 22
Hometown: Addis Ababa
Occupation: Singer and Student
Biography: Hanni is a 5th year Law student with a passion for Reggae. She says she entered Big Brother Amplified because she feels she is at a point in her life where she feels she wants to learn more about herself. She says audiences should watch her on Big Brother because she is “honest, funny and interesting”.
Age: 28
Hometown: Windhoek, Namibia
Occupation: Recording Artist / Marketing, Sales and Ad Manager
Biography: The multi-lingual Jossy concedes his worst habit is cleaning and keeping everything in order. Though he entered Big Brother by accident, he will continue to surprise. The best advice he has ever received is: “Never envy those that are living a good life and rather learn from them to get there as well.”
Age: 27
Hometown: Jos, Nigeria
Occupation: Unemployed
Biography: Born in Jos, Karen lists her mother as her role model. She likes people who are similar to her: fun and happy, and dislikes people who are boring, fake and dishonest. Karen relaxes by “chilling with friends” and would love to visit Spain because “it is sunny, beautiful and exotic”.
Age: 25
Hometown: Livingstone, Zambia
Occupation: Beautician
Biography: Kim confesses she adores “cute boys” like Chris Brown and “fab ladies” like Beyonce. She wants viewers to watch her on the show because she is “real, fresh and fab”. If she wins, she will help in the fight against Cancer in Zambia, help her sisters with their education and boost her media and Cosmetology career.
Age: 27
Hometown: Blantyre, Malawi
Occupation: Radio and Club DJ
Biography: Lomwe, reckons he is handsome and lives like according to the following mantra: “ride till the wheels fall off”. He hopes his charisma and great sense of humour will help him win the USD200 000, so he can open his own radio station at home in Malawi.
Age: 24
Hometown: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Occupation: TV Presenter
Biography: Lotus’s happiest memory is falling in love for the first time. She likes spending time with fun people who like to enjoy life and dislikes “people who are in their heads”. Lotus, who is also a dancer and choreographer, regards herself as quite a trend-setter. Her worst habit: “using too much toilet paper!”
Age: 28
Hometown: Cape Town
Occupation: Actor / Acting Coach
Biography: Luclay is an actor and acting coach born in Cape Town, his favourite place in South Africa. He says he is “inspired by people who live within their means and are happy with their inheritance on this planet”. He says his mom and cousin are his role models, because “they have dedicated their lives to helping everyone around them”.
Age: 32
Hometown: Maputo, Mozambique
Occupation: Hairdresser
Biography: Michael, who counts his father and Denzel Washington as his role models, entered Big Brother Amplified because he wanted to have fun and experience different cultures. He enjoys spending time with quiet people and good listeners and encourages viewers to watch him because he has a lot to share with the audience. His pet peeves: Gossipers and aggressive people.
Age: 28
Hometown: Nairobi, Kenya
Occupation: Actress
Biography: Talkative and passionate, Millicent loves spending time with open-minded people. She can hold a conversation in French, English and Swahili and describes herself as having a great sense of humour. The young Nollywood actress is all about empowering girls and loves watching cartoons and Soapies.
Age: 24
Hometown: Lusaka
Occupation: Radio DJ
Biography: Mumba is a radio DJ and “happily single”. She is most proud of getting her Diploma in Journalism and says the hardest thing she ever had to do was to “let go of the past”. Mumba entered Big Brother Amplified for one reason: “I really, really want the money!” She says if she wins she’ll splash out on a new luxury German sedan coupe, a house and “so much more”.
Age: 26
Hometown: Nairobi
Occupation: Television Producer
Biography: The happily single Nic calls himself “cheeky, spontaneous, funny, intelligent and a good listener”. He also admits to being bit of a flirt, and reckons this will definitely get the viewers’ attention when they tune in to watch the “crazy” guy from Kenya.
Age: 23
Hometown: Student
Occupation: Johannesburg
Biography: Romance novel lover, Nkuli, doesn’t have a role model, because she explains: “believing in being the best me I can be, and not trying to be like someone else is the best thing I can do for myself”. Once inside the house she says: “I believe I will think of the outside world – but miss it? Not much, because the house is where my mind will be.”
“Miss P” – Peo
Age: 24
Hometown: Gaborone, Botswana
Occupation: Freelance, Communications
Biography: Miss P is passionate about charity work and the fight against AIDS in Botswana. When she was in high school, she helped start clubs to raise awareness for both causes. Her special talent is “being a warm person – I’ve always been able to make people feel at home and safe with me,” she says.
Sharon O
Age: 25
Hometown: Kampala, Uganda
Occupation: Artist / Musician
Biography: Sharon O is a free spirited, ambitious hard worker, who is friendly and reserved at the same time. Her personal motto is “work hard to achieve a comfortable life”. She loves looking at the calming Nile when in Jinja (Uganda) and would love to go to Vegas one day.
Age: 24
Hometown: Harare, Zimbabwe
Occupation: Model
Biography: With a Social Sciences degree and fluency in French and Basic Serbian, Vimbai is a force to be reckoned with. She entered Big Brother to re-launch her modeling and entertainment career on an African platform. If she wins the show, she’ll invest her winnings in her country and donate some to charity.
Age: 26
Hometown: Lagos, Nigeria
Occupation: Radio Presenter
Biography: Vina, describes her personality as “amplified” and dislikes people who are lazy, unfriendly and think they are better than others. She’s confident of her chances on the show and promises she will be outrageous.
Age: 23
Hometown: Harare
Occupation: Pilot
Biography: Wendall is a pilot and his motto is “you win some, you lose some”. While he jokes that he doesn’t have any specific special talents, he also says “you never know what might come out on a crazy night in the house!”
Age: 26
Hometown: Luanda, Angola
Occupation: TV Presenter, Model
Biography: She is super social and likes spending time with happy, fun, straight forward people, although she admits her bad habit is that she talks too much. She is currently single, and says she will miss her family when she goes into the House. Her favourite place in Angola is Luanda.
Age: 24
Hometown: Gaborone, Botswana
Occupation: Entrepreneur, Artist, Marketer
Biography: This Hip-Hop star has been in a relationship for two years, but he’s determined to use the time in the House to polish his social skills and establish a deeper connection with himself.
Although music is his first love, he has a Bachelor of Business and Commerce degree.