Fox hires ex-CNBC chief in Africa rejig

Fox Networks Group has hired a former senior CNBC executive to become general manager of a restructured African operation. Gary Alfonso will lead FNG Africa,taking control of sub-Sahara operations for the broadcast group and sister business National Geographic Partners. In Africa, FNG operates pay TV networks Fox, FX, FoxCrime, Fox Sports, National Geographic, Nat Geo […]

Welling gets new role at Discovery

Discovery’s CEE, Middle East and Africa channels boss Paul Welling has taken on a new international brands role at Discovery. Welling becomes senior VP of international brand and franchise development for Discovery Networks International. The channel operator told TBI it is reviewing its options with regards to a new CEEMEA channels chief. As of today […]

StarTimes ups Eutelsat capacity, plans African expansion

StarTimes has struck new multi-year deals with Eutelsat that will allow it to accelerate the rollout of digital TV services across Africa. The firm said that, in anticipation of the continued expansion of Africa’s TV market, it has secured extra capacity and plans to “scale up further by the end of the year”. StarTimes has […]

Trace buys African SVOD service

Trace has acquired African subscription video-on-demand service as it gears up to launch its own Trace Play SVOD service in Africa later this year. CEO Marie Lora-Mungai confirmed the deal in a Facebook post, describing Trace as an “ideal” and “forward-thinking” partner. “Trace and share the same strategic vision in that we […]

A+E Networks renews Multichoice deal

A+E Networks has renewed its carriage deal for History and Crime + Investigation with Africa’s Multichoice. The deal means the two channels will continue to be distributed via the DStv platform across Sub-Saharan Africa alongside A+E Networks’ Lifetime channel. “The past two years have seen tremendous growth for A+E Networks’ business in Africa. Today’s announcement […]

Fox to launch new drama Outcast on Facebook

The international arm of Fox is launching the first episode of its buzzy new drama Outcast on Facebook in Europe and Africa. The show opener will go out on Facebook Live, the social network’s streaming channel, in 61 countries including the UK, Italy, Germany, Turkey and South Africa. It will debut at 10pm CET on Facebook on […]

Middle East, Africa SVOD will boom

SVOD will become a billion dollar business in the Middle East and Africa in the next few years, according to new research. Simon Murray, Principal Analyst at Digital TV Research, said: “Middle East & Africa OTT TV and video will still be an immature sector by 2021. However, 2016 is a watershed year – the […]

Eutelsat signs DTH deal with Africa’s Liquid Telecom

Eutelsat has signed a deal with African telco Liquid Telecom, which will use the Eutelsat 7B satellite for direct-to-home (DTH) TV services across the African continent. Liquid Telecom’s satellite network will complement its pan-African terrestrial network and enable it to provide a “seamless services across Africa”, according to Eutelsat. The operator will also use the […]

Africa boss exits in latest MTG restructure

MTG’s African CEO is exiting amid the latest round of changes at the Sweden-listed broadcasting group. Joseph Hundah has left is CEO and EVP role at MTG Africa and will be replaced by EVP Jette Nygaard-Andersen. Hundah, a former CEO of pay TV operator Multichoice’s Nigerian operation, has been running MTG’s Africa business since 2011. […]

Etisalat and Huawei to launch UHD TV service

UAE-based telco Etisalat has partnered with Huawei to launch what they claim will be the first 4K Ultra High Definition TV service in the Middle East and Africa. The TV service will be available exclusively to Etisalat’s eLife customers in the UAE from the first quarter of 2016. Viewers will able to access a 4K […]