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Kwesé TV viewers react to channel cuts

Subscribers to the pay TV services owned by Econet Media have reacted with mixed feelings to the company’s decision to shutter satellite TV platform Kwesé TV and reduce of channels it offers elsewhere.

Earlier this week, Econet pulled the plug on its 18-month-old satellite pay TV service Kwesé TV as it aligns its business to growth in fixed broadband and mobile penetration on the African continent.

Johannesburg-based Econet is now focusing on free-to-air Kwesé Free Sports, mobile VoD platform Kwesé iflix and OTT service Kwesé Play.

Out of the 65 channels once carried on Kwesé, only about 14 are now being aired on the cable TV platform, including a collection of free channels, Kwesé sports and religious channels. This action took effect on November 1 and resulted in many comments by subscribers.

One Lagos-based subscriber, Mustapha Olaiya, said: “I am surprised at the sudden cancellation of Kwesé TV. I wasn’t expecting it. I was confused when I saw only 14 active channels. Why will Kwesé not inform its customers of this development because I only saw the news online?”

Another Kwesé TV subscriber, based in Ibadan, said: “I just got the decoder three months ago. So what should I do with it? What will happen if the company changes its decision on the new Kwesé Play offer?”

Industry analyst Temidayo Sesan said Kwesé TV’s shutdown was predictable due to stiff competition new entrants face in the pay TV space. He said: “The pattern is the same every time. They arrive, they promise a lot of things, they deliver for a couple of months, struggle for even more months and eventually shut down.”

Customers have been advised to get the new OTT box Kwesé Play in order to gain access to the company’s digital streaming services since the business is being repositioned to focus on mobile entertainment business.

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Pay TV in focus at NITV

Emeka Mba, Bamidele Adetunji, Funmi Adenaike, Zachary Wazara & Lindsey Oliver

The first panel session at the Nigeria International Television (NITV) Summit focused on the challenges and opportunities facing the country’s pay TV industry.

Addressing the issue of sustainability and growth in the pay TV business in Nigeria, panelists discussed the challenges and ways in which these can be overcome.

Panelists included Funmi Adenaike, general manager of Play TV; Emeka Mba, former NBC director general and now CEO of Questechmedia Consulting; Bamidele Adetunji, CEO at Montage Media Group; and Zachary Wazara, CEO of Kwese TV. The session was moderated by Lindsey Oliver, CEO of Yanga TV.

The conversation kicked off with an evaluation of the industry as a whole and how it has evolved so far. Panelists agreed that rapid development of technology poses a challenge for pay TV platforms.

“The internet is changing consumer behaviour and business models,” said Wazara.

Meanwhile, despite agreeing that other industries are threatening the growth of the TV industry, Adetunji stated that the challenge to sustainability is a lack of proper recording technology and archiving.

“There was time I wanted to produce an epic Nigerian movie but was told it was unavailable because a recording had been done over the master recording, which basically means it no longer exists.

“And this leads me to ask, who has the rights to TV series like [classic Nigerian drama] Village Headmaster? Where are our formats? Where are our records? There are no local formats, yet international formats still exist,” said Adetunji.

Addressing the issue of telcos encroaching on the TV industry, Mba stated: “There are no level playing fields in an industry that is hugely dependent on technology and data to operate.”

Buttressing his point, Adenaike added: “There are enormous challenges in the industry and some pay TV companies are forced to deliver certain kinds of content because they are working with what is available, which is not much.”

Speaking about the way forward, Adetunji suggested that Nigeria should establish a commercial satellite platform so local pay TV channels don’t have to form partnerships with international satellites and pay “astronomical” amounts to air content. This is especially true when consumers do not understand a pay TV channel’s need for high prices because all they want is content at a low cost.

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Kwesé plays African athletics tournament

Kwesé TV is airing the 21st African Senior Athletics Championship, which kicks off today in Nigeria’s Delta State.

Chichi Nwoko

Live coverage of the competition can be viewed on Kwesé Free Sports (KFS) from now to August 5.

The championship is being held in Asaba at the Stephen Keshi Stadium, with more than a 100 athletes from across Africa competing in a variety of events. Nigerians taking part include Divine Oduduru, Blessing Okagbare, Yinka Ajayi, Queen Obisesan and Seye Ogunyele.

KFS will also provide viewers with analysis from personalities including Mimi Fawaz, Ato Boldon, Lewis Johnson, Femi & The Gang and Enefiok Udo-Obong.

Chichi Nwoko, general manager of Kwesé Free Sports Nigeria, said: “Viewers should look forward to world-class coverage of the 21st African Senior Athletics Championship on Kwesé Free Sports. Wherever you are in Nigeria, you can watch the games at home on our satellite TV platform, Kwesé TV, which covers the entire country, and Lagos residents can simply tune your television sets to KFS on UHF channel 32.”

KFS launched in November 2017 and has gone on to become one of the most popular sports channels in Nigeria. It was one of four broadcast channels selected to air the recently concluded FIFA World Cup.

This is the second time Nigeria has hosted the African Senior Athletics Championship – the first coming in 1989 – and the first time that Asaba has hosted a major sporting event.

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Kwesé TV partners with 9mobile

Econet Media-owned African pay TV company Kwesé TV has established a strategic partnership with Nigerian mobile telephone operator 9mobile.

Elizabeth Amkpa

Kwesé has signed a distribution agreement with the telecommunications company ensuring that its customers can purchase Kwesé decoder kits and services at 9mobile stores.

Meanwhile, 9mobile subscribers will get exclusive data bundles to access Kwesé iflix, the VoD joint-venture it formed with Asia-based service iflix.

General manager of Kwesé TV Nigeria Elizabeth Amkpa said of the 9mobile pact: “This partnership extends our distribution network and makes our products accessible to even more Nigerian consumers.

“We are currently operating in select 9mobile Experience Centres in Lagos and we will soon be available in other major cities across the country in partnership with 9mobile.”

Currently, there are six participating 9mobile stores, all of which are situated in Lagos. Locations include The Palms Shopping Mall, Ikeja City Mall, Adeola Odeku Street on Victoria Island, Mushin, Surulere and Festac Town.

Adebisi Idowu, 9mobile’s VP of marketing, also commented: “9mobile is determined to continue meeting the passion point of Nigerians, especially customers on the network, and Kwesé TV offers yet another major platform to do so.”

Kwesé TV has over 70 channels that offer varied entertainment, from lifestyle to news. Since its launch in Nigeria in 2017, it is fast becoming one of the leading pay TV platforms in the country.

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Scoop network launches in Africa

Entertainment and lifestyle channel Scoop Network is set to begin broadcasting in Africa.

Joseph Hundah

The network, from Dutch independent producer FCCE, will launch on pan-African cable TV operator Kwesé TV on July 26.

Scoop Network will carry a range of programmes, including movies, music, fashion and celebrity news.

African voiceovers will be offered in order to give programmes “a truly pan-African feel.”

The partnership with Kwesé TV ensures the continent has access to the channel, which was previously only available to international audiences.

Justus AG Verkerk, CEO of FCCE, said: “It’s the first fully localised feed of Scoop Network and we’re very confident the local audience will enjoy the mix of national and international content.

“Around the world, we meet cable and mobile operators all looking for new and exclusive options. We offer an affordable turnkey solution. We’re really proud to work with Kwesé as a partner in 18 African countries.

“The new editorial team in the FCCE Nairobi office, our own studio facilities, local crews, presenters and reporters will guarantee the local tone of voice and content.

“The talent search campaign is something that is really in the DNA of our company. We hope we can give young people from the African continent a platform to showcase their talent. And maybe, we can even facilitate a springboard to the international markets.”

Commenting on the partnership, Joseph Hundah, CEO of Kwesé’s owner Econet Group, said: “Kwesé prides itself on offering exclusive cutting-edge entertainment programming to cater for our dynamic young audiences. Scoop is a channel enjoyed by many across the globe and we are excited to be the first TV network to introduce it to the African market.”

Scoop will be broadcast in 13 sub-Saharan African countries on the Kwesé TV platform.

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Kwesé TV cancels deal with Olamide

Nigerian television platform Kwesé TV has cancelled its plans to send rapper Olamide Adedeji and five of his fans to Russia for the ongoing FIFA World Cup.

Olamide ‘BaddoSneh’ Adedeji

The decision has reportedly been made after Adedeji – aka BaddoSneh – allegedly breached his contract with Kwesé.

Adedeji originally signed a contract with Kwesé in 2017 ahead of one of his concerts last December. The company subsequently made plans for the all-expenses-paid trip to the tournament.

Discussing the deal last year, Chichi Nwoko, general manager at Kwesé TV, said: “We want to find ways to impact our viewers that engage with us. We believe in Olamide and his success. We want to give him five tickets to bring some of his fans who ordinarily wouldn’t have been able to afford the trip.”

However, in February Adedeji became an ambassador for Kwesé rival Play TV and launched his channel VOTSTV on the cable network. Kwesé TV considers this a breach of contract, according to reports.

Kwesé TV launched in Nigeria last November. It is one of the country’s official broadcasters of the 2018 FIFA World Cup and is fast rising to become one of its leading cable networks.

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Kwesé TV aims to reinvent African TV

Sub-Saharan pay TV platform Kwesé TV aims to change the narrative of Africa’s media, according to a top exec at its parent company Econet Media.

Zachary Wazara

Zachary Wazara, executive director at Econet, revealed that Kwesé is focused on ensuring Africa can access content without having to rely on pay TV.

“The free-to-air [FTA] business is intended to extend TV’s reach in Africa, recognising the fact that not everyone can afford pay TV. In Nigeria, for the Fifa World Cup, our [FTA channel] Kwesé Free Sports has signed up with Broadcasting Organization of Nigeria so that instead of 4.5 million pay customers watching the World Cup, we can now take the World Cup to between 100 million and 120 million people,” he said.

According to Wazara, Kwesé is changing the way people see pay TV, ensuring its sports channel is available to everyone on not just satellite TV but terrestrial as well.

In the past, Africa’s sports programming has been available on pay TV, but Kwesé Free Sports “gives the average African an opportunity to watch Formula 1, NBA and boxing at the highest level, to watch every single sport that is out there,” whereas before they were restricted to soccer, he said.

“Our objective is to begin to introduce different types of sports at international level, so we can also inspire our kids, by saying, ‘It’s not just about running, but more. Like tennis and rugby.’ Which is primarily why we introduced Kwesé Free Sports in 23 countries,” Wazara explained.

“Kwesé TV, which is our satellite business, competes against other brands that you know out there in the market. In Nigeria, our satellite TV has got the best clarity.

“Our objective is to do with satellite TV what was done with prepaid mobile – ensuring that anyone out there can have satellite television.”

In related news, Kwesé has just launched mobile app Kwesé iflix, which allows for flexible in-app subscriptions.

The subscription plans include three days for N250, seven days for N500 and 30 days for N1,000. Customers who download the app now get an opportunity to view 32 World Cup matches for free.

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Kwesé partners iflix for mobile app

Pay TV service Kwesé TV has unveiled a mobile service in partnership with iflix, including live coverage of the World Cup.

Mayur Patel

Kwesé iflix offers all-round video entertainment and access to numerous programmes and premium content, as well as live 2018 Fifa World Cup matches.

Mayur Patel, Kwesé iflix’s CEO, said the service is aimed at the mobile generation who prefer to watch TV on the go and want unlimited access to content.

Kwesé iflix can be downloaded for free from the Google and Apple app stores. In-app subscription options are available to customers, including one-, three-, seven- and 30-day VIP passes.

Iflix launched in Nigeria last August, three years after it began operations in Malaysia.

It partners with more than 220 studios and distributors, which allows it to offer a wide range of movies and TV drama series, locally and globally.

Kwesé is fast becoming one the leading pay TV network in Nigeria. It is also one of the three TV platforms in the country to have exclusive rights to air the World Cup. The others are SuperSports (on DSTV and GOtv) and StarTimes.

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Kwesé opens customer experience centre

Sub-Saharan pay TV platform Kwesé TV has opened a customer care centre in Lagos.

Zachary Wazara

Speaking at the centre’s launch, Zachary Wazara, executive director of Kwesé TV parent Econet Media, said the ‘experience centre’ would enhance the company’s retail arm and aid its 600-plus retailers. He added that this was especially important amid the interest in the ongoing FIFA World Cup football tournament, with games airing on Kwesé.

Kwesé TV general manager Elizabeth Amkpa said: “Our experience centre is a one-stop shop designed to support our multi-platform offering delivered via satellite TV, mobile and digital platforms. Whether you are interested in purchasing a Kwesé TV decoder, renewing your subscription or downloading the Kwesé TV or Kwesé iflix apps, we are here for you.”

The centre also features a ‘Free Zone’ that invites customers get a feel for Kwesé products in an interactive atmosphere.

Kwesé TV launched in Nigeria in October 2017. It is one of the three TV platforms in Nigeria that have exclusive rights to the World Cup, the others being SuperSports (on DSTV and GOtv) and StarTimes.

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Soccer star Mikel to front Kwesé TV

Kwesé TV has named Nigerian footballer John Obi Mikel as its first brand ambassador as the 2018 Fifa World Cup prepares to kick off in Russia.

John Obi Mikel

Kwesé TV said Mikel will represent the company across Africa and will feature in all of its advertising campaigns.

Joseph Hundag, CEO of Kwesé’s parent company Econet Media, said: “In choosing the right personality to partner with our brands we wanted someone who embodies what we stand for as an African broadcaster.

“Mikel represents exceptional sporting talent and is loved by fans across the continent. His commitment to excellence and his work to improve the sporting talent of the next generation of athletes made him the perfect choice for us.”

Mikel said: “It’s a pleasure and honour to be asked and today become the official ambassador of Kwesé TV.

“I am excited to work with a media network that is redefining broadcasting in Africa. As in my football career, it was important to me to represent an organisation that puts fans and customers first.”

Mikel is one of Nigeria’s top football icons. He is currently a midfielder at Chinese club Tiajin TEDA and captain of the Super Eagles, Nigeria’s national team.

He is also the founder of the Mikel Obi Africa Children’s Sports Foundation, which Kwesé TV will invest in. The foundation aims to alleviate poverty by empowering young Africans through sports.

Kwesé TV is the official broadcaster of the World Cup. It will air matches on its free-to-air channel Kwesé Sports and also make them accessible live on terrestrial TV and radio stations.

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Women in TV: Elizabeth Ampka

“Competition and any challenge excite me. I become more creative when I am faced with a challenge.”
Elizabeth Ampka

Continuing Content Nigeria’s month-long focus on women in the Nigerian TV business, we put the spotlight on Elizabeth Ampka, Kwesé TV’s general manager.

Elizabeth Ampka

Elizabeth Amkpa began her career in the banking industry despite her degree in communications from the University of Cross Rivers State. A few years after her graduation in 1989 she became an officer at the Great Merchant Bank, where she worked for seven years before moving on to become deputy manager of marketing and private banking at FCMB in 2001.

In 2006, Amkpa obtained her masters degree in business administration from the University of Sunderland in the UK. However, upon gaining that degree she veered away from the banking industry to launch a career in media, due to her passion in communications.

She joined MultiChoice has its national head of sales in 2007, helping to develop and implement sales and ensure the growth and reach of one of its pay TV offerings, DSTV.

In 2012, she became the general manager of GOtv, MultiChoice’s DTT platform, aiding in the launch of the pay TV service across 45 cities in Nigeria and also helping to manage the digital switchover transition in collaboration with the federal government.

However, in 2016 she became the general manager of Kwese TV Nigeria, which launched in Nigeria in November 2017.

Amkpa is a firm believer in mentorship, she believes that everyone has something to offer once their talents have been harnessed and directed correctly. With this in mind, she encourages organisations and individuals to mentor young people, some of whom she mentors herself.

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Kwesé returns to Jabu’s Jungle

A fourth season of Jabu’s Jungle is already in the works

African Animated kids’ TV series Jabu’s Jungle is set to enter its third season on African broadcaster Kwese TV.

Produced by South African production company Pixcomm and distributed by Irish company Monster Entertainment, Jabu’s Jungle will be in production on its fourth run while its third season airs on Kwese.

The show’s second season is currently broadcast every weekday at 10.30 on Kwese’s children’s channel Kwese Kids. It is an animated kids adventure series with an African perspective and was commissioned by SABC in South Africa.

Jabu’s Jungle aired its first season in 2016 and has since been aired in 22 African countries, including Nigeria, through Kwese, a subsidiary of Econet Media. As well as Kwese, the show has been licensed to Africa Channel and Africa on Demand.

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Marathon Messiah’s Praise to air

The Redeem Christian Church of God’s sixth Marathon Messiah’s Praise, the world’s longest non-stop annual gospel musical event, will air this month.

This year’s Marathon Messiah’s Praise is announced

The 76-hour event programme has the theme The Great Redeemer and was announced by music director Pastor Kunle Ajayi.

The first marathon was held in 2012 and this year’s is set to begin at 11.00 on Monday February 26 and end by 15.00 on Thursday March 1.

It will air on Dove TV, via DSTV channel 349, Kwesé TV channel 800 and PlayTV channel 940.

According to Ajayi, the live event will reach 10 million viewers, locally and internationally.

“This is a giant step in our quest to bring Marathon Messiah’s Praise to the doorsteps of every living being on the planet. As we are adding more countries this year, our mode of operation has a new touch. We will have two separate stages this year, for Nigeria and the diaspora,” he said.

Marathon Messiah’s Praise will be held in 15 countries, including the US, Canada, the UK, Australia, Spain, UAE, Cameroon, Kenya, Netherlands, Sweden, Malaysia, South Africa and Ireland, as well as Nigeria.

The event will be aired live but Dove TV will be the only network airing a mix of content for the diaspora and Nigeria.

One hundred and fifty ministers and choral groups will take part, with 100,000 people in attendance.

The event will also be shown on other TV channels, yet to be disclosed, and via YouTube.

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Kwesé TV gets to work in Taraba

Pan-African cable network Kwesé TV has commenced operations in Jalingo, Taraba State, reports Gabriella Opara.

Emeka Chinweokwu, a Kwesé TV dealer in Taraba, said: “The official inauguration is an attempt to keep Taraba’s people abreast of the competitive digital world, which offers a lot of opportunities. Kwesé TV offers customers a unique package where they can pay for three days, seven days or 30 days.’’

Mazeli Joseph, Kwesé TV’s head of sales, said the move ensured that customers are guaranteed all-round entertainment from the convenience of their home.

Kwesé TV, which is owned by Econet Media, launched in Nigeria in October and has since added more channels to its platform and collaborated with MTN Nigeria to offer more of its services to subscribers.

Kwesé Free Sports holds exclusive free-to-air rights to the 2018 Fifa World Cup in Russia and the UK’s Premier League. It is also a broadcast partner of the National Basketball Association in sub-Saharan Africa.

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Kwesé inks alliance with MTN

Econet Media-owned pay TV platform Kwesé TV has entered into an agreement with mobile operator MTN Nigeria to sell its decoders throughout Nigeria.

Elizabeth Amkpa

This collaboration brings Kwesé TV closer to Nigerians, ensuring that costumers who would like to purchase Kwesé TV decoders or packages can do so at any MTN store. There are MTN stores located in Y’ello City Service Centre, Ikeja Service Centre, Palm Connect and Matori Service Centre.

The Kwesé TV kit, comprising a dish, decoder and installation services, retail at N10,960. Customers can also get two months’ free subscription this Yuletide season if they pay an additional N1,590 before December 31.

Commenting on the partnership, Elizabeth Amkpa, general manager of Kwesé TV, stated: “Following the recent launch of our pay TV service in Nigeria, this partnership extends our distribution network and makes our products accessible to even more Nigerian consumers.

“We are currently operating in selected flagship stores in Lagos, and we will soon be available in other major cities across the country in 2018 in partnership with MTN.”

Amkpa also announced that the partnership goes beyond having Kwesé TV decoders at MTN stores as it extends to offering Kwesé TV as mobile video content to MTN subscribers exclusively as part of a video data bundle.

Onyinye Ikenna-Emeka, general manager of enterprise marketing at MTN Nigeria, added: “We are working with Nigeria’s newest pay TV provider to offer premium TV and video content to our consumers.

“This is part of our efforts to continue to deliver innovative services to Nigerians through our wide distribution network across the country, in consonance with the MTN vision to lead the delivery of a bold, new digital world.”

Kwesé TV offers premium content of more than 70 channels with a diverse mix of news, entertainment, kids programmes, movies and live sports. Kwesé TV also offers its services on-the-go via the Kwesé TV app.

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Youth net Hip TV joins Kwesé

Nigerian contemporary music and lifestyle channel Hip TV has been added to the line-up of entertainment channels on pay TV platform Kwesé TV.

Elizabeth Amkpa

Available on channel 610, the youth-focused net joins a bouquet of exclusive entertainment channels on Kwesé TV. This includes Box TV, Trace Africa, Trace Gospel, Trace Mziki and Sean ‘Puff Daddy’ Combs’ music channel Revolt TV.

Hip TV, owned by Smooth Promotions CEO Ayo Animashaun, is known for its exclusive interviews with Nigerian celebrities, entertainment news and red carpet moments.

Speaking about the addition of Hip TV, Elizabeth Amkpa, Kwesé TV Nigeria’s general manager, said: “Kwesé TV is Afrocentric and youthful so we are happy to have Hip TV, a home-grown channel for a youthful audience, on our platform.”

“Whether you are in the mood for the distinctly Naija beat, hip hop, R&B or gospel from around the world, you will find them all on Kwesé TV.”

Hip TV adds to the varied list of more than 70 channels that are carried by Kwesé TV, which is part of Econet Media. The Hip TV channel is also carried on Multichoice’s DStv platform.

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Kwesé TV strikes TV One deal

Pan-African broadcast network Kwesé TV has agreed an exclusive deal with US cablenet TV One to bring the latter’s content to African viewers.

Joseph Hundah

Kwesé TV, part of Econet Media, will add 25 titles from TV One to its schedule as part of the three-year deal, spanning real-life and entertainment-focused original programming, classic series and movies.

This includes When Love Kills: The Falicia Blakely Story, Love Under New Management: The Mikki Howard Story, The Black List and sitcoms Born Again Virgin and Love That Girl.

“We are always looking for fresh, rich and entertaining content to add to our line-up, thus the addition of TV One to our bouquet is a great feat,” said Joseph Hundah, Econet Media’s president and CEO.

“The network’s compelling and distinctive programming will help broaden and strengthen the diversity of our international content offering. We are confident TV One’s high-quality and well-rounded content will captivate viewers across the continent.”

Michelle Rice, TV One’s interim general manager and executive VP, content distribution and marketing, said the cablenet’s programming represented “the best in African American culture and entertainment.”

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