At least, in this particular instance, I think it makes good sense - the content was largely overlapping and spending to maintain two separate brands is really a waste of money.
Steve, in relation to your comment about usefulness for audiences around the world, I've done a fair amount of development work in the education sector in Uganda and other African countries and a lot of the research and programming has proved to be invaluable in engaging young learners. I don't think anybody is going to care much about branding changes, long as the same quality of content will still be available.
@Borngreat (#26) - you're right about that. Gaddafi was recognised as a champion of the AU (although not sure which glory years of Africa you're referring to!)
You're also right to suggest that the links between many African leaders and political parties are based on ideology or at least sympathy to some prior political cause. A case in point is the "interesting" relationship between the South African ANC and Robert Mugabe's regime in Zimbabwe. You'd be hard-pressed to find a senior ANC leader that would utter a negative word about Zanu PF and human rights issues in Zimbabwe - and that despite the obvious influx of desperate immigrants from that country. One can only wonder what each of these leaders have on each other in terms of leverage - somehow I find it hard to believe that it is all simply predicated on loyalty. For a lovely satirical take on the relationship between these African leaders check out the latest post about the North African revolutions on this political cartoon blog.. comically relevant and fitting given the warm link even Andrew draws in his post between the good Colonel and Robert Mugabe!
More recently in South Africa, the defence minister, Lindiwe Sisulu, has been taking some serious flak for supplying military weapons as late as Dec 2010 to Gaddafi's regime in Libya. Until African leaders draw the line between supporting an individual/ regime and supporting the will of the people, crises and scandals like these are bound to arise.
No doubt, given the issues are in some of the oil producing heavyweights like Libya, one expects the oil prices, at least in the short term to soar. This, in turn, has a serious negative knock-on effect in terms of an increased cost base and employment figures.
Given that the UK is likely heading into a double dip recession, these cannot be circumstances that make one optimistic about any sort of real economic recovery in the short term.