Running broadcast media is like operating on a battlefield. It is dynamic and unpredictable. You never know what will come up as a new trend the next second. In this very complex broadcast media field, staying abreast of the latest trends, technologies, and networking opportunities is essential for every industry leader and professional.

The full 12-month cycle of 2023 was a rollercoaster that saw some amazing and game-changing innovations birthed in the broadcast media sphere-one that got everyone excited for the future of broadcast media in Africa.

The growth of broadcast media in Africa has been marked by significant developments and transformations over the years, and 2023 was a significant year that saw these innovations and developments. Of course, several factors have contributed to this expansion, reflecting opportunities unique to the continent.

This growth ensured the following change:

  • Liberation and privatisation
  • Digital migration
  • Technological advancements
  • Mobile technology and accessibility
  • Rise of digital platforms
  • Investment and partnerships
  • Cultural promotion
  • Local content development and more

The growth of broadcast media in Africa expressed a commitment to diversifying content and there’s no doubt that 2024 will be way better.

What better place to learn, network, and make profitable business connections that will continue to drive this change than conferences and exhibitions?

As we explore 2024, Africa emerges as a hub for innovation and growth in the broadcast media sector. To guide you through the myriad of events that are sure to guarantee you the best networking opportunities, we’ve curated a list of the Top 10 Broadcast Media Conferences and Exhibitions in Africa that you simply cannot afford to miss in 2024.

1. Africast – Lagos, Nigeria

Date: March 5th-7th, 2024

Africast, an annual event hosted by the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) of Nigeria, is a convergence of industry leaders, policymakers, and technology enthusiasts. Spearheaded by Mr Charles Ebuebu (The Director General), the conference is focused on shaping the future of broadcasting in Africa, offering insights into regulatory frameworks, content creation, and the latest broadcasting technologies to utilise. The event promises to feature a diverse range of activities and an array of notable speakers and industry experts who will share some nuggets needed to prepare businesses for the year.

2. Discop Africa – Johannesburg, South Africa

Date: April 10th-12th, 2024

Discop Africa is popular for being the ultimate destination for content producers, buyers, and sellers in the African entertainment industry. The event provides a platform for like-minded creatives to explore new content, strike deals, and gain valuable knowledge about the media landscape.

Discop, since its inception, has been known to transform the minds of industry experts and this year will not be any different.

3. Broadcast, Film, and Music Africa (BFMA) – Nairobi, Kenya

Date: May 22th-24th, 2024

BFMA brings together professionals from the broadcast, film, and music industries to discuss rising trends, share knowledge, and explore opportunities and collaborations. The conference shines a light on the role technology plays in shaping the future of African media.

4. African Digital TV Development Seminar – Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Date: June 15th-17th, 2024

With a deep focus on the digital transition in television broadcasting, this seminar exposes the challenges and opportunities arising from the shift. Industry experts and policymakers gather to discuss strategies for successful digital TV adoption across the continent.

5. NAB Show Africa – Cape Town, South Africa

Date: July 9th-12th, 2024

The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) brings its famous show to Africa, offering a platform for industry professionals to connect, learn, and explore advanced technologies. With a focus on broadcasting, content creation, and technology solutions, NAB Show Africa is a must-attend event you do not want to miss out on.

6. AfricaCom – Cape Town, South Africa

Date: August 6th-10th, 2024

While AfricaCom is a broader event covering various aspects of telecom and technology, it remains a key gathering for broadcast media professionals. Attendees can explore the intersection of telecommunications and media, discovering new opportunities for collaboration and growth.

7. Digital Dialogue Conference – Accra, Ghana

Date: September 18th-20th, 2024

Centred around digital transformation in broadcasting, the Digital Dialogue Conference brings together experts to discuss the impact of digital technologies on content creation, distribution, and audience engagement. This event is crucial for staying ahead in the rapidly evolving digital sector.

8. Africa Content Summit – Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Date: October 14th-16th, 2024

Focusing majorly on content creation and distribution, the Africa Content Summit provides a platform for producers, distributors, and broadcasters to discuss challenges and opportunities in the industry. It serves as a hub for networking and forging partnerships.

9. Broadcasting, Film, and Music Conference – Cairo, Egypt

Date: November 7th-9th, 2024

The event is hosted by the Arab States Broadcasting Union. This conference explores the relationship between broadcasting, film, and music. It offers a unique view of the industry, emphasising the cultural and creative aspects that shape the media landscape in Africa and the Arab world.

10. African Broadcast & Film Markets (ABFM) – Tunis, Tunisia

Date: December 3th-5th, 2024

African Broadcast and Film Markets is like a marketplace for content producers and buyers to meet up, providing a platform for them to showcase and trade their content. With a focus on fostering collaboration and business opportunities, this event wraps up the year with a spotlight on the diverse and growing African media market.

In conclusion, as the African broadcast media industry continues to advance and grow, attending these conferences and exhibitions is important because it will keep you informed about the latest trends and also provide networking opportunities.

Do not miss out on the chance to connect with industry leaders, explore new and advanced technologies, and contribute to the growth and innovation of broadcast media in Africa. Ensure to secure your spot at these events to open the doors to success in 2024.

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