Tuesday, January 15, 2019
TV NEWS ROUND-UP. Today's interesting TV stories to read from TVwithThinus - 15 January 2019.
Here's the latest news about TV that I read and that you should read too:
■ Brittany Noble-Jones, a former black news co-anchor of WJTV's This Morning in Mississippi alleges that she was fired after being told her natural hair was "unprofessional".
She says she was told to look more "beauty queen" and alleges that as a young black mother she experienced problems.
■ Netflix chose a new market over free speech. That sets a disturbing precedent.
Netflix bowing to Saudi Arabia's censorship demands is disappointing.
■ Two drag queens dazzle viewers on TV in Mozambique.
La Biba and La Santa delights viewers while as a national phenomenon they help fight the stigma of HIV
■ There's a reason why new flat-screen smart TVs are cheaper.
Manufacturers of TV sets are collecting and selling your data.
■ Netflix enters Hollywood's dark arts arena, desperate to secure a win for Roma as Best Picture at the Oscars.
Streaming service joins the myth peddling machine and is now an aggressive "awards player".
■ UNILAG TV channel launching on StarTimes.
The University of Lagos in Nigeria is launching its campus TV station on China's StarTimes pay-TV service on Tuesday.
■ WWE seen on SuperSport is getting elite wrestling competition in the form of All Elite Wrestling (AEW).
■ And dark clouds ahead for the WWE.
■ MultiChoice Africa ready to roll out its inaugural MultiChoice Talent Factory's Masterclasses between 17 January and 20 February.
People in the film and TV industry from across Africa will be able to attend the 2-day educational work sessions that will be held in Kenya, Zambia, Nigeria, Ghana, Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, Angola, Mozambique and Ethiopia to help develop technical skills in cinematography, audio and storytelling to improve the quality of local productions.
■ While the country goes to trash, a new game show, Tamba 263, is coming to Zimbabwe's ZBC.
The aim is "to test their mind's alertness and also boosts the speed of their brain's ability to react".
■ Man to report TV channel in Zambia to that country's Independent Broadcasting Authority (IBA) for allegedly allowing a panellist to call him a moron.
■ The Empire actor Morocco Omari seen on FOX (DStv 125 / StarSat 131 / Cell C black 201) visits Kenya to do a free actor and director workshop.
■ China's TV colonisation of Africa surges onward as StarTimes do more show-and-tell about its "1 000 Villages Satellite Project, this time in Nigeria, together with Nigeria's fawning and ever-clueless minister of information and culture, Lai Mahammad who gave the fraudulent TStv a multi-year Nigerian tax break.
■ Australia's version of South Africa's National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) actually gives millions of rands in funding to make films and TV shows.
Screen Australia gives $7.5 million (Rccc) in production funding to help Australian producers to make 4 TV series, 2 films and a web series.
■ Don Lemon is the new Wendy Williams.
The CNN anchor is the sit-in for The Wendy Williams Show on BET (DStv 129) while Wendy mendy her fractured arm.
■ NBCUniversal now also working on launching a video streaming service.
NBCUniversal plans to launch it in 2020 for Comcast pay-TV subscribers in America but also for Sky subscribers in the United Kingdom (Comcast bought Sky in 2018).
■ MUST WATCH. Female California TV news reporter attacked while reporting live on Facebook.
KRCR's Meaghan Mackey still asks "This is disrespectful. Do you understand that?" before she is attacked by a man in a frightful incident.
■ John Falsey, the creator of St. Elsewhere and Northern Exposure dead at 67.
He fell in his home and died from complications from a head injury.
■ Mario Lopez set to take over Access Hollywood after a massive revamp.
And Natalie Morales is furious about the cheeseball being positioned to be "the face of entertainment news at NBC".
■ The non-TV story of the day: 12 Chinese construction workers arrested in Zambia for growing dagga.