Mid East & Africa

Trace launches three new music channels for Africa

Trace Africa channels

Modern Times Group-owned youth music and lifestyle broadcaster Trace has unveiled plans to launch three new regionally-focused music channels in Africa. The channels are targeted… Read more

South African minister faces grilling over SABC crisis

Faith Muthambi

South African communications minister Faith Muthambi is to face parliamentarians today amid criticism of her lack of action over a crisis enveloping state broadcasters SABC.… Read more

BeIN Media signs Olympics deal with IOC

Nasser Al-Khelaifi and Thomas Bach

Middle East free and pay TV broadcaster BeIN Media Group has formalised its deal with the International Olympic Committee to be the exclusive broadcaster in… Read more

Yahlive extends BBC World Service contract

Sami Boustany, CEO of Yahlive

Abu Dhabi-based SES and Yahsat satellite joint venture Yahlive has renewed and extended its partnership with the BBC to broadcast its Persian and Arabic TV… Read more

Econet launches free-to-air sports channel in Kenya

Kwesé Sport

Kenya-based Econet Media has launched a free-to-air sports channels that will offer coverage of English Premier League football as well as NBA basketball, Extreme Fighting… Read more

BBC now reaches 111 million people in Africa


The BBC now reaches 111 million people per week across all media platforms in Africa, according to new stats released by the corporation. The BBC… Read more

MBC migrating services to Arabsat

Khaled Balkheyour & Sam Barnett

Middle East broadcaster MBC Group is transferring its channels to the Arabsat satellite platform through a strategic partnership with the satellite operator. MBC and Arabsat… Read more

MEA pay TV subscriptions to increase by 67%

Digital TV Research

Pay TV subscriptions in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) will increase by 67% between 2015 and 2021 – from 32.37 million to 54.09 million… Read more

DreamWorks channel launches in MENA via beIN

beIN media group

The DreamWorks channel is due to launch in Arabic on the beIN platform in the Middle East and North Africa next week. The 24-hour DreamWorks… Read more

AMC and beIN to launch five channels in MENA

Yousef Al-Obaidly

AMC Networks International (AMCNI) has partnered with operator beIN to launch five channels in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Under the deal, AMC… Read more