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 Please contact with any queries.