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Peace Hyde appointed Head of Digital Media & Partnerships for Forbes Africa Online

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The ABN Group owners of the prestigious Forbes Africa and CNBC Africa platforms have recently appointed Peace Hyde as its new Head of Digital Media and Strategic Partnerships. Hyde will still be maintaining her current role as the West Africa Correspondent for the leading business publication but will also head up the new digital platform, www.forbesafrica.com and drive user and engagement as well as create ongoing partnerships with brands and affiliates to cement the dominance of the magazine which is the number 1 read business magazine amongst Africa’s affluent according a recent Ipsos EMS Survey.

“The publishing game has changed dramatically in recent years. Forbes Africa has always had a passion for celebrating the people changing Africa and our new digital platform is in line with reaching that goal. The biggest trigger for the change we are experiencing is the imminent shift to digital. Companies like Forbes Africa who have already began investing in this direction as well as creating engaging content will have a competitive advantage and we are excited that this new medium will create a paradigm shift in the way our loyal readers consume content”, says Hyde.

Forbes Africa is the sixteen local language edition of the highly successful Forbes magazine – renowned for exploiting various matters as well as many listed based on the level of global wealth and power, offering topics such as “The World’s Most Powerful People” Global High Performers” and “The World Billionaires”.  Forbes Africa was launched in October 2011.

 The managing editor, Chris Bishop is the visionary behind the immensely successful brand that we all love today. In just 6 years, Chris has managed to create a platform that is not only aspirational but also highlights the success stories from the continent whiles still maintaining the glitz and glamour of the prestigious Forbes brand. Through his guidance the new digital platform will have the same strict editorial standard but now we are widening our scope across the African region to pull in more stories that impact the continent as well as exciting content”, says Hyde.

Forbes Africa is now 6 years and with this major push toward digital media, the company is simply carving out strategies to make us ready for the future. We are proud to appoint Peace Hyde to this role to help drive engagement from our millennial audience onto the online platform”, says Frederic Van Devyver, Executive Director, CNBC Africa and Forbes Africa.

 ABN offers a holistic approach to telling Africa’s business story – first. With much-esteemed international brands such as CNBC Africa and FORBES AFRICA providing a broadcast and print platform respectively, the ABN conglomerate also offers resources to organize world-class events across the African continent, through ABN Productions. The ABN Training Institute boasts state-of-the-art facilities to provide media training, while ABN Digital is the company’s online presence for your up-to-date business and markets news. Through its sub-brands, ABN aims to be Africa’s leading aggregator and distributor of business and economic news.

FORBES AFRICA is the sixteenth local-language edition of the highly successful FORBES magazine – renowned for exploiting various matters, as well as its many lists based on the levels of global wealth and power, offering topics such as “The World’s Most Powerful People”, “Global High Performers,” and “The World’s Billionaires”. FORBES AFRICA launched in October 2011. The magazine features editorial from across the continent and includes relevant content from its partners in the US. FORBES AFRICA is the continent’s first-ever international business publication localized for the African executive.

 

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MultiChoice Ghana Holds EPG Workshop For Broadcast Partners

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The eventual completion of digital migration in Ghana will come with the capability of local free to air (FTA) stations to post a detailed electronic programme guide (EPG) on their broadcast. This would allow viewers to better plan their viewing patterns and FTA’s provide more information on their content than ever before. In line with this premium Pay TV service provider MultiChoice Ghana organized a half day workshop for its FTA partners.

In a welcome address, Cecil Sunkwa Mills, General Manager, MultiChoice Ghana, said “our business has grown hand-in-hand with local economies by forging long-term partnerships with local broadcasters” and we at MultiChoice Ghana are proud of the contribution we make to our communities, and will not hesitate to share international best practice to impact positively on our local broadcast partners”. He added “the fast-changing lives of our viewer means they require more information on all media they consume than ever before.

He explains that set top boxes that will be deployed once Ghana concludes digital migration has the functionality of a TV guide which can be populated with programming details.  Currently all DStv and GOtv decoders on the market have this feature and subscribers are unable to schedule reminders on their decoders to watch or record their favourite show. Unfortunately, most of the local FTA’s do not have a functional EPG uploaded, leaving viewers in the dark on information on what they are watching or want to watch.

Facilitating the workshop, PR and Communications Managers, MultiChoice Ghana, Nii Amah Dagadu, took participants through the essence, requirements, functionality of the EPG and the benefits for both the TV station and viewers. Participants were drawn from the programming departs of the following TV stations available on DStv and GOtv TV3, GHone TV, Etv, Utv, TV Africa and Multi TV. There was a hands-on demonstration of how the EPG works on DStv and GOtv to reemphasize the lessons learnt.

Participants commended MultiChoice Ghana for this timely intervention adding that a notable feature to expect in the New Year will be an updated EPG on their DStv and GOtv feeds and ultimately on their channels when Ghana finally migrates onto the digital platform.

 

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World of Champions secures UEFA Champions League for DStv viewers in Africa

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As the destination of choice for Africa’s soccer lovers, SuperSport is thrilled to confirm that it has renewed broadcast rights to the prestigious UEFA Champions League for DStv customers.

SuperSport was recently involved in a public tender process and confirmed a three-year partnership with the rights holders. The renewal starts from the 2018/19 season.

“This is a momentous day for SuperSport and our DStv customers,” said chief executive Gideon Khobane. “The UEFA Champions League features many of the world’s top players and enthralls soccer fans like little else. We are privileged to be able to tell this great story year after year via high-quality broadcasts.”

SuperSport’s rights include television, mobile and internet platforms, extend across sub-Saharan Africa and supplement a world-class soccer offering that includes the FIFA 2018 World Cup in Russia and many other top soccer properties, ensuring that DStv customers enjoy the best sports viewing on the continent.

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Starr FM’s Osei Owusu Amankwaah marries college sweetheart – SEE IMAGES!

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An 8-year romance that began in journalism school finally came to fruition over the weekend for Starr FM journalist Osei Owusu Amankwaah and Maabena Dohu Mensah of the Multimedia Group.

The colourful  wedding ceremony came off at the Church Of Pentecost (Tema  Comm. 1 Assembly), and was attended by colleagues in the media fraternity including Joy FM’s Komla Adom, respected deejay Andy Dosty, Jerry Justice, Kweku Obeng Adjei, Francis Abban, Ridwan Karim Dini-Osman of GH One among others.

In a symbolic act honouring the genesis of their story, the couple, radiant in red, cream, and white, made a triumphant return to the Ghana Institute of Journalism for a special photoshoot which has since gone viral across social media.

Amankwaah and Maabena’s story has been met with endless goodwill messages, and been described by friends and well-wishers as a true fairytale that is one more proof that love stories still exist.

We from ENEWSGH wish the newly-weds the very best of marriage.

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Regina Van Helvert grabs ambassadorial deal with top UK brand

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Actress, radio and TV presenter Regina Van Helvert has bagged a brand ambassadorial deal with a leading UK brand.

The deal, which is said to be a huge one, comes with great commercials which will be on screens soon.

Even though there hasn’t been any visible association yet, sources have gathered it is an electrical appliance company which seeks to promote its brand in Ghana.

Regina is currently one of Ghana’s favourite and adorable daughters of the screens. Hostess of Rythmzlive on GHone TV which airs from 1:30 pm – 3 pm, as well as Live FM’s Young,Wild & Free. Her relationship with Ghana’s entertainment industry commenced with her participation in the Miss Malaika Ghana pageant years ago.

 

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IMAGES: Zone Three 6 introduces VJ Koko

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For someone who has an interest in music, a career as a video disk jockey could be fulfilling and highly remunerative.

The job of a video jockey is to provide information on music videos and host music video related contents.

A video jockey should have the characteristics of being witty, interactive and updated on the new trends in music.

A video jockey currently carving a niche for herself is none other than Ifeoma Okonkwo Kaosisochukwu of the Zonethree6 Media outlet.

The versatile and highly talented video jockey who also doubles as a beautician believes in self-development and has cravings for professional qualifications. “I have the dedication to put in the time and effort to get professional qualifications that will support my ambition”.

KOKO which she predominantly uses as her brand name believes her work ethics and her level of scrutiny and attention to detail sets her apart from the rest as her name even represents that claim.  “In Nigeria, the term Koko means SUBJECT MATTER] 0r the most important thing and as a VJ that would be what my name stands for because I will basically be bringing to them the ‘koko’ the most important thing”.

Koko also represents the view that not being a quitter and paying minds to words won’t bring her down but rather will make her stronger and better.

It’s little surprise that Koko has received great reviews from peers and industry players alike on her quest to become the best.

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 2017 DStv Eutelsat Star Awards launched 

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The 2017 DStv Eutelsat Star Awards competition is back with a bang after scooping a Better Satellite Award at the third annual Better Satellite World Awards gala dinner in London last night.  The awards honour established companies along with disruptive innovators who make the world a more prosperous, healthier, better-educated, sustainable and inclusive home for humankind. Drawing on six years of success across the continent, the DStv Eutelsat Star Awards is returning for a 7th edition. Students from secondary (high) or combined schools can enter from today by writing a creative essay or designing a poster based on the following topic: “It’s sixty years since the first satellite, Sputnik, was launched, broadcasting a unique and easily captured ‘beep, beep, beep’ signal. Looking back at this historic moment, write an essay or design a poster depicting how satellites have launched humankind into the 21st Century and acted as a unifier.”

 

Reach for the stars

The prizes of this innovative competition are as big as the dreams of a young, energised African generation ready to shape the evolution of our continent. Selected from thousands of entries by a high-standard jury, the essay winner will be eligible for a once-in-a-lifetime trip for two to Paris, France in the company of Eutelsat, and onwards to French Guiana to see a rocket launch into space. The poster winner will win a trip for two to South Africa which includes a visit to the South African National Space Agency as well as exploration of several heritage sites as guests of MultiChoice Africa. The schools attended by the two winners will also receive a DStv installation, including a dish, TV, decoder and free access to the DStv Education Package.

 

Open to learners with a passion for technology

The DStv Eutelsat Star Awards are open to all learners from secondary (high) or combined schools on the continent where MultiChoice Africa maintains operations. Entry forms can be obtained from any MultiChoice Resource Centre, the nearest MultiChoice office or via www.dstvstarawards.com. Entries are accepted in English, French and Portuguese and will be judged on the basis of high-standard criteria of accuracy, creativity, originality and innovation. For the first time this year students are also invited to engage with the Awards community through a dedicated Facebook page.

 The competition closes on 12 February 2018. Only entries submitted on the official entry form will be eligible. The overall winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in March 2018.

All details on the judging criteria, national prizes and finalists’ selection are available on the DStv Eutelsat Star Awards website: http://www.dstvstarawards.com/about.html

 

Supporting Africa’s education needs

MultiChoice Africa and Eutelsat are convinced of the power of science and technology education to encourage young minds to positively change their world. Now in its 7th year, their joint initiative, the DStv Eutelsat Star Awards, inspire innovative thinking among a young African generation. This pan-African collaboration has created a meaningful engagement with students, the academic community and the scientific world. Since the start of the DStv Eutelsat Star Awards in 2011, over 6,000 students have taken part in this unique competition.

Founded in 1977, Eutelsat Communications is one of the world’s leading satellite operators. With a global fleet of satellites and associated ground infrastructure, Eutelsat enables clients across Video, Data, Government, Fixed and Mobile Broadband markets to communicate effectively to their customers, irrespective of their location. Over 6,700 television channels operated by leading media groups are broadcast by Eutelsat to one billion viewers equipped for DTH reception or connected to terrestrial networks. Headquartered in Paris, with offices and teleports around the globe, Eutelsat assembles 1,000 men and women from 32 countries who are dedicated to delivering the highest quality of service. 

Entertainment is a powerful way to tell stories that open our minds, bring people together around shared passions, and connect us to new realities. It makes us laugh and cry. It informs, it educates and it inspires. MultiChoice is a video entertainment company, and our purpose is to enrich lives. We make the best in entertainment accessible to millions of households in 49 countries across Sub-Saharan Africa. We do this through cutting-edge technology on our DStv and GOtv platforms – delivering the content our customers love and contributing to the success of local economies. Born and bred in Africa, we are rooted in the countries where our customers live. We are managed and run by local people, and strive to provide all our employees with new opportunities. We’re proud of the contribution we make to our communities, and our business has grown hand-in-hand with local economies by forging long-term partnerships with governments, national broadcasters and entrepreneurs. We want to use our influence and resources to play a positive role in Africa, helping to grow Africa’s people and creative industries into vibrant, economic powerhouses. It’s by creating value for our customers, our employees and society that we’ll build a successful business for the future.

 

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