Event Information:

  • Fri

    Conference on New Trends in African Media: The Growing Role of China

    St Antony's College

    In the past few years Africa has attracted unprecedented interest from international media players. In January 2012 China Central Television (CCTV) launched its new platform, CCTV Africa, providing information on Africa to Chinese, African and global audiences. Al Jazeera, as a relatively new player on the continent, has become increasingly popular and is exploring the possibility to launch of a new channel in Kiswahili, while actors which have broadcasted to Africa for a long time, such as the BBC, are developing a new strategy for the continent. This conference explores these transformations together with the very actors that are transforming old and new media on the African continent.

    Registration and Welcome:  Iginio Gagliardone,  University of Oxford
    Panel 1: 9.00-11.00 The New Face of International Broadcasting in Africa

    Song Jianing, Bureau Chief, CCTV Africa
    Mohamed Adow, Director, Al-Jazeera Kiswahili
    Mary Harper, Africa Editor, BBC
    Nicole Stremlau, University of Oxford

    Panel 2: 11.30-13.00 Reflecting on the Shift: Implications for Africa and Beyond

    Martyn Davies, CEO Frontier Advisory Africa
    Yushan Wu, South African Institute of International Affairs
    Winston Mano, University of Westminster
    Chris Alden, London School of Economics (Chair)

    Lunch in Hall: 13.00-14.00

    Panel 3: 14.00-16.00 New Media and New Technologies

    Wang Chaowen, General Director, Xinhua Africa Bureau
    Yawei Liu, Director, China Programme, The Carter Center
    Timothy Garton Ash, University of Oxford
    Martin Plaut, BBC (Chair)

    Early bird registration is £20 (£15 students) before 4 November. £30 thereafter. It includes lunch in hall. Register at http://oucan.politics.ox.ac.uk. Please contact oucan@politics.ox.ac.uk with any queries.