Thursday, August 11, 2011


As part of my efforts to give you more all access pass to the latest breaking news in the media and entertainment industry in a more expended way,I here by annouce the part-launch of my new website

This blog ( will be closed by the end of this month.Traffic will therefore be re-directed to

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Monday, August 8, 2011

StarTimes wins UEFA 2012-2015 DTT media rights for sub-Saharan Africa.

UEFA announced that the 2012-15 DTT media rights for sub-Saharan Africa have been awarded to Chinese pay TV operator Star Times. It has come from nothing two years ago to becoming a player to watch.

UEFA announced that the 2012-15 DTT media rights for the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League in sub-Saharan Africa have been awarded to Star Times.

Pay TV football sports rights have been hard fought over in the last five years and arguably were one of the factors that led to the demise of GTV. Most people in the industry argue that they are over-priced but since companies are willing to pay the premium, it’s hard to see how this will change.

The only route to change is probably a regulatory one. In Europe, regulators have insisted that football rights are broken up into different packages, allowing greater choice and competition in the market. Currently African football rights – particularly Pay TV rights – tend to be locked down by a limited number of operators. But because Africa’s broadcast regulators are young, it will be some while before they have the confidence and skills to take on this task but it will happen.

Meanwhile Star Times is the dark horse Pay TV operator, powering up on the inside rail. In July it claimed to have connected 200,000 subscribers across its 10 East African territories. In Uganda, for example, it claims to have 30,000 subscribers; in Burundi, 8,000 subscribers; 30,000 in Rwanda; and 100,000 subscribers in Tanzania where it is partnership with state broadcaster TBC as one of the country’s signal carriers. The balance of subscribers are in Kenya.

In Nigeria it claims to have got 400,000 subscribers and is rolling out across the country, with boxes now selling in Port Harcourt. It is looking at 12more  states including Abia, Anambra, Kaduna and others before the end of the year. It claims to be selling 30,000 boxes a month. Taking East and West Africa together, its claimed subscriber base is around 600,000 subscribers, making it the largest of the current group of DStv challengers. Back in its home base in China it has around 7 million subscribers.

Like all the Pay TV challengers, Star Times is pitching is price lower to attract new customers. The initial installation fee is around US$60 while the monthly subscription fee is $7.50 and offers about 36 channels for all the East African countries.

Star Times’ strategy has been to do deals with state broadcasters ahead of any Government or regulatory digital transition strategy being in place. The weakness in this strategy are illustrated by Ghana where the regulator NCA told Swedish-owned NGB (which is pursuing the same strategy) that they must line up like everyone else to get a new licence. This forced it to go into alliance with Skyy TV which already has a licence so that it could continue operating.

However, the DTT space will not go uncontested by DStv. Because the DVB-T2 standard can carry both a terrestrial and mobile TV signal, it has rolled out a DTT service in four countries (Zambia, Malawi, Nigeria and Kenya) through it's GoTV Platform using its existing DVB-H masts. So watch this space with interest as the formerly glacially slow DTT transition begins to start becoming competitive….

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Friday, August 5, 2011


Something to start your weekend from United States based Slasher.Click on link > to download and listen.

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Thursday, August 4, 2011

CNN iReport Celebrates Five Years of Global Citizen Journalism.

Five years after inviting CNN’s global audience to contribute photos and video of the news of the day, CNN iReport, the network’s participatory news community, has grown into a globally recognized platform.

To date iReport has received a submission from every country on the planet with an average of 2.4 million unique users each month through June 2011 (Source: ComScore.) From the Virginia Tech shooting to the fallout from Iran’s presidential election to the devastating earthquakes in Haiti and Japan, CNN iReporters have provided some of the first images of these important stories to a global audience; in addition to their unique points of view from the ground.

This week, CNN iReport is launching its first iReport App for Android for users on-the-go. This app enables iReporters to more efficiently upload to iReport and take a deeper dive into the content. The iReport app is completely customizable and serves assignments to iReporters based on where they are and their interests by using location and topic based alerts. The app will be available in August to Android Market.

To commemorate the anniversary, CNN iReport is having the ultimate birthday party with iReporters from all over the globe in cities like Atlanta, New York, London, Hong Kong and more attending meetups. iReporters can sign up to host or RSVP for a meetup at .

“We created iReport to engage viewers who have a desire to share and participate in the telling of stories that touch their lives. CNN iReporters have exceeded our expectations in both the quality and quantity of their submissions over the last five years,” said Jim Walton, president of CNN Worldwide. “Not one day goes by that CNN iReporters don’t display an impassioned point of view for the community they helped to create along with CNN.”

“The iReport five year anniversary is a perfect time to celebrate iReport and all it stands for: an amazing community, storytelling with heart, and a breakthrough model for participatory journalism. And naturally we'll do that with a party heard 'round the world," said Lila King, participation director for CNN Digital. "I am tremendously proud of what we've accomplished - and what's still to come - together with the iReport community and all of CNN."

Throughout the month of August, CNN will kick off its observation of iReport’s birthday by featuring the CNN iReport ‘Top Five.’ The ‘Top Five’ lists are being written by employees that touch and work with iReport and they will take a look back at some of the platform’s significant moments and submissions. CNN viewers can expect to see the ‘Top Five’ on and on CNN’s networks and platforms.

CNN is supporting the global celebrations by sending “meetup kits” to the organizers of the meetups in more than 50 cities worldwide. An exclusive iReport assignment is included in the kit and is available only to the meetup attendees. Highlights from the celebrations will be seen on CNN’s television coverage throughout the month of August.

Later this fall, CNN will unveil a newly imagined site and platform for iReport that builds on many of the successes of the last five years, and sets it up for five –or fifty - more.

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Tuesday, August 2, 2011


Nomination eligibility is for music works released between Dec. 2009 and Feb. 2011.

Best album (solo or group) in year under review, that meets judges’ requirements of excellence (in realms as: songwriting, production, rendition and promotion) and acceptability (sales, popularity)
MI2 – M.I
Back From The Future – Sound Sultan
Turning Point – Dr Sid
Beautiful Imperfection – Asa
Unstoppable Int’l Edition – 2Face

Most critically and commercially adjudged artiste in the year under review. Overall most successful artiste for the year under review.
Duncan Mighty

Most popular song released as a single or from an album in year under review. Decided by voting
Oleku – Ice Prince Ft. Brymo
Only Me – 2Face
Give It To Me – D’Prince ft. D’banj
Pop Something – Dr Sid ft. D’banj
Fimile – Kas

Best single recording (On-air only or released) by artiste or group in year under review. Originality and production very essential
The Way You Are – Darey
God Hand – Eva
Rain Drops – Tuface
Be My Man – Asa

The individual responsible for producing the most acclaimed songs/album in the year under review. His CV for the year includes top-notch tracks and production credits no one can fault.
Don Jazzy – “Over the Moon” by Dr Sid, Mr. Endowed, Pop Champaign
Samklef – Don’t Dull, Kilode, Jonzing World, Noni
J Sleek – Only Me, 2010
Jessie Jagz – Oleku, Jargo
Cobhams – The Way you Are, There Is A Cry

Best conceptualized, best edited, best picture, best directed and most exciting video in year under review as voted by fans and decided by the jury.
Patrick Elis – Holler At Your Boy
Clarence Peters – You Know It (Goldie)
Gini – Ko Ma Roll (Mo’Cheddah)
Mex – Pop Off Selecta (Dipp)
DJ Tee – Eni Duro (Olamide)

Best R&B single in year under review (by single individual or group)
Only Me – 2Face
The Way You Are – Darey
I Gat Money – Femi Ft. Eedris
For A Minute – Waje
Oyi – Flavour

Best pop single in year under review (by single individual or group)
Give It To Me – D’Prince
Pop Champaign – Dr. Sid
Holler At Ur Boy – Wizkid
Endowed – D’banj
Fimile – Kas

Best R&B or pop album in year under review (by single individual or group)
Turning Point – Dr Sid
Beautiful Perfection – Asa
Back To The Future – Sound Sultan
Double Dare – Darey
Unstoppable Int’l Edition – 2Face

Best single released on-air recording of a rap song
Oleku – Ice Prince
Ten Over Ten – Naeto C
Boys Are Not Smiling – Terry Tha Rapman
Eni Duro – Olamide
She and My Swagga – Ruggedman feat Ice Prince

Best album by a rap artiste or group in year under review
Untouchable – Ruggedman
MI2 – M.I
I Am William – 2Shotz
African American – Sauce Kid
Boys Are Not Smiling – Terry Tha Rapman

Rap Artiste with best lyrical depth and performance on a single song or album
Modenine – Rhyme Tight
Ice Prince – Oleku
MI – Undisputed
Terry Tha Rapman – Boys Are Not Smiling
Vector – Get Down

Best R&B, Pop or hip hop collaborative track (including cameos) in year under review
You Know it – Goldie ft Eldee
Facebook Love – Essence ft Jaywon
Joor Oh (Remix) – Jahbless ft. Ruggedman, Ice Prince, Durella, Reminisce & Eldee
Number One – M.I ft. Flavour
Oleku – Ice Prince Ft. Brymo

Single male artiste with most outstanding vocal performance on a single song or album
Darey – The Way You Are
Bez – More You
Femi – Money Money Mone
Timi Dakolo – There Is A Cry

Single female act with most outstanding vocal performance on a single song or album
Waje – For A Minute
Tiwa Savage – Kele Kele Love
Eva – God Hand
Ego – Fall In Love

None Nigerian category
Cabo Snoop (Angola) – Windeck
R2Bees (Ghana) – Kiss Your Hand
Liquid Deep (South Africa) – Fairytale
Freshly Ground (South Africa) – Waka Waka
V.I.P (Ghana) – Away

The most popular street-hop single in year under review
Noni – Samklef
Joor Oh (Remix) – Jahbless ft. Ruggedman, Ice Prince, Durella, Reminisce & Eldee
Eni Duro – Olamide
Kabakaba – Konga
Owusagi – Wizboyy

Most promising upcoming officially unreleased act in the year under review
Ice Prince – Oleku
Wizkid – Holler At Your Boy
Olamide – Eni Duro
Tiwa Savage – Kele Kele Love

Best New artiste in the year under review
Dr. Sid
Jesse Jagz

Best positive message oriented and social corrective songs that meet judges requirements in areas of composition, production, concept and acceptability.
If You Ask Me – Omawumi
Wild Wild West – M.I
Only me – 2Face
There Is A Cry – Timi Dakolo
One Day – eLDee Tha Don

Special recognition for excellence and outstanding impact to the entertainment industry.
Chief Raymond Dokpesi

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Monday, August 1, 2011


After outlasting 24 other Housemates over 91 days, the duo of Karen and Wendall scooped the two USD200 000 prizes on M-Net’s Big Brother Amplified last night (31 July) in a spectacular show screened on DStv Channel 198. They were given the big news by presenter IK at the end of a glittering 2-hour Finale worthy of the Amplified name.

In a show which saw drama, tears, laughter and joy – along with rocking performances from Nigerian stars Wizkid and Mo’Cheddah, Tanzania’s CPWAA, South Africans Speedy & Professor and Fally Ipupa (DRC) – it was the Nigerian and the Zimbabwean who prevailed to pick up the spoils on the continent’s biggest reality show.

IK and Big Brother drew the tension out until the last possible second of the two-hour Finale, leaving Karen and Wendall delighted at the Amplified outcome. Earlier in the show, Vina and Hanni had been evicted before IK took viewers back into the House and asked the remaining 5 Housemates – Sharon O, Wendall, Karen, Luclay and Lomwe to join him on stage. One-by-one he sent Sharon O, Lomwe and Luclay to join the ranks of the evicted Housemates before dropping the explosive Amplified twist on the remaining duo.

IK had surprised the Housemates at the start of the Finale by joining them in the House for a quick Q&A to set the tone for the evening, before taking viewers on a journey through the 91-day rollercoaster that was Big Brother Amplified. Love-ins, fights, Heads, Tails, ups and downs – it was truly an epic season. Vimbai, Kim and Millicent had a chance to have their say after being evicted last week, within touching distance of the two mammoth cash prizes.  Vimbai said she had become more open-minded and less inclined to judge people, after her time in the House. Kim said she hadn’t changed – just improved, having left the House a stronger, more confident and more certain person. Millicent said she had discovered that she was a giving person: “No matter how much the pressure, I never stopped giving,” she said.

Vina was the first to leave the House this week and collapsed in a heap on the stage when she saw her family waiting to greet her in the audience. Before the Housemates had a chance to draw breath, IK returned with more eviction news, sending Hanni through the Big Brother doors for the final time. He then returned to the House for a third time, asking the remaining 5 Housemates to stand and leave the House en masse.

Once they had joined IK on stage and the pandemonium in the studio had settled down, he got to talk to each of them briefly before getting back to business. One by one, he broke the news to Sharon O, Lomwe and then Luclay that they had been evicted, leaving Wendall and Karen locked in an embrace – not knowing that both of them had won the Amplified game.

IK then summoned them to the edge of the stage. “In the past, it’s always boiled down to one Housemate, one moment – this is that moment,” he told them gravely. “Karen… Wendall… both of you have won USD200 000 each! Both of you are winners!” he told them, before leaving them to celebrate with friends and family.

The winners of the final set of viewer prizes were Dumisani Ndlovu (South Africa) and Eko Samson (Uganda) who won a Samsung Camera each, Anita Okafor (Nigeria) won a Samsung Camcorder, Albertina Spanyoni (South Africa) won a Samsung Laptop and Humphrey Serong (South Africa) won a Samsung Galaxy S.

The Housemates who received the least country votes were Evicted. The Housemates who received the most country votes were named the two Big Brother Amplified winners.
Vina received zero country votes and was evicted first.
Hanni, Lomwe and Sharon O received one country vote each and were also evicted, as was Luclay who received 2 country votes.Karen, with six country votes and Wendall with four country votes have won the Amplified season

Karen: 6 country votes - Nigeria, Angola, Rest of Africa, Ghana, Mozambique, Tanzania
Wendall: 4 country votes - Zambia, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Kenya
Luclay: 2 country votes - South Africa, Botswana
Lomwe: 1 country vote – Malawi
Sharon O: 1 country vote – Uganda
Hanni: 1 country vote – Ethiopia
Vina: 0 Country Votes.

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MTN Project Fame West Africa Season 4: Audition Venues

Hexagon Hotels
2a Golf Course Road, GRA
Benin city,Edo State,Nigeria
Saturday, 13th August, 2011.

Seirra Leone
Miatta Conference Center
Freetown,Republic of Sierra Leone
13th August

GAMJI Multi Purpose Hall
Saturday, 3rd September, 2011.

National Women Development Center
Better Life Street, Central Area,Garki,Abuja,Nigeria
Saturday, September 3rd, 2011.

Landmark Hotels
4 Worlu Str.,Off Olu Obansanjo Rd,Port Harcourt,Nigeria
Saturday, 27th August, 2011.

MUSICGA Union Hall(Beside Independence Square)
Town/Suburb/City : Accra
Saturday, 27th August, 2011

Babangida Avenue,Uyo,Akwa Ibom,Nigeria
Saturday, 20th August, 2011.

Monrovia City Hall,Monrovia,Republic of Liberia
Friday, 19th August, 2011.

Tafo Arena
Polytechnic Road,Eleyele, Ibadan,Oyo , Nigeria
Saturday, 6th August, 2011.

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Smooth Promotions owners and operators of Hip TV and The Headies in partnership with Buckwyld Media Network and Hypertek Entertainment, will be hyping 2face Idibia all this Weekend on Hip TV, a 24hours  entertainment channel showing on HITV Channel 9 from the 5th to the 7th of August 2011. The programme will be about 2face and his musical career.

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eNews Africa new offices up and running by September 2011.

Early in July I broke the news that eNews Africa was working on setting up offices in Nigeria and Kenya, and now I can tell you that eNews Channel and eNews Africa expect these offices to be up and running by September.

''eNews Africa will establish offices in Nairobi, Kenya and Lagos, Nigeria,'' Chris Maroleng, Africa editor of the eNews Channel and anchor of the weekly Africa 360 says, confirming the news .

''These offices are expected to become operational in September 2011,'' he says, ''and will be staffed by two full time correspondents and camera operators''.

''It is anticipated that these offices will cover news and events in the countries in which they are based and will also act as platforms to leverage more content out of the west and east African regions,'' says Chris Maroleng.

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MTV turns 30 today.

MTV started in America on 1 August 1981 and its first music video was Video Killed the Radio Star. Over the past 3 decades MTV has had a profound impact on popular youth culture around the globe.

Happy Birthday MTV, you RoCk.

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