Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Plans for an African Satellite News Service

This is from a press release circulated in Africa to announce a new satellite service. Chris Cramer, former head of international channels for CNN, will take a leading role in the launch of the multimedia, all news pan-African channel, A24. The respected global media executive, who promoted coverage of Africa across CNN¹s programmes and channels, will become non-executive chairman of A24's Editorial Advisory Board once the channel gets start-up funding.
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A24, due to be launched next year, will encourage intra-African dialogue by presenting relevant stories, told by African journalists, going beyond the norm of disease, poverty, and corruption. Instead, A24 will explore investment, development, and trade, among other subjects -- areas frequently ignored by the world¹s media. A24's programming will create economic opportunity and promote freedom and transparency among African nations by painting a new, exciting, picture of the continent.Salim Amin, the channel's chairman and founder, has worked with Cramer for more than a decade. Amin runs Camerapix, East Africa's most successful news production facility. His award winning documentary, "Mo & Me", about his father's 40-year career as Africa's top photo and video journalist, has been screened at dozens of film festivals around the world, including Cannes. Mohamed Amin

"I am delighted that Chris had agreed to become part of Africa¹s most exciting media project," says Amin, 37. "Putting his experience with the BBC and, more recently CNN, to use for the African continent will help make A24 the African broadcast news leader. He has always been a strong advocate of African journalism and A24 will turn many of our mutual aspirations into reality."... A24's aim, over a period of time, is to open 46 two-person bureaux across Africa and in London and Washington DC. A24 will operate a multi-media platform to make it accessible to Africans through a range of distribution methods. Streamed highlights of A24 content will be available on the internet and video and audio podcasts will be created. The service will also tap into the growing mobile phone market in Africa. It is expected that in the next three years an additional 150 million people will have mobile phones on the continent. Daniel Rivkin, A24's Managing Director and co-founder, welcomes Cramer¹s input in the development of the channel. ³Chris is a master of content. As we move towards launch, he will give the channel a clear sense of editorial direction.

Amin adds, "A24 will make a difference because it will create a new kind of voice ­ truly African, beyond local politics and prejudices, offering up-to-date information that will be accessible as part of the mainstream media."

1 comment:

David of www.viewmagazine.tv said...

This is fantastic news and I wish you well.

This reminds me of the work I did with Edward Boateng, formerly of CNNI, in the 90s.

Back then we put together Africa's first video journalism co production between Ghana and South Africa.

It deserved something like A24 to show how much in common different states have, just as much as how professional and entertaining the shows they made were.

I can only imagine the challenges you've undertaken to get this network ready and the many challenges which lay ahead.

All the best.

David
www.viewmagazine.tv
Video Journalism and Mobile Media

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