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The rise of the screens - on-demand causes multi-industry disruption

Overview of how digital entertainment on-demand disrupts media industry...

2 days ago

Minister Dlodlo: SABC interim board is legal
Minister Dlodlo: SABC interim board is legal

Government says it has noted the comments made by the former COO of the SABC, Hlaudi Motsoeneng, and a group of artists during a media briefing held on Wednesday, 19 April 2017.

2 days ago

Media: Dark art or science?
Media: Dark art or science?

Let's face it, 2017 is already tougher than 2016, which was in turn was tougher than the previous year. The advertising industry is under pressure, and media agencies are not excluded from this...

By Quinton Jones 17 Apr 2017

Safrea unravels the fake news phenomenon
Safrea unravels the fake news phenomenon

Here's what Herman Wasserman, professor of media studies at UCT and Lauren Green, senior analyst at BrandsEye mentioned at Safrea Cape Town's recent fake news event...

By Leigh Andrews 13 Apr 2017

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Media Inflation Watch releases Jan-Sep 2016 results

Following the top findings from Media Inflation Watch January to September 2016, as done by Mike Leahy, The MediaShop has the latest MIW figures...

By Belinda Kayton 13 Apr 2017

AMASA media bursary application now open
AMASA media bursary application now open

The Advertising Media Association of South Africa is calling for fresh blood to join the industry and for the industry to nominate a candidate for the 2017 AMASA bursary...

Issued by AMASA 12 Apr 2017

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Where is your audience? Survey indicates it could be on Facebook

Bespoke research, in the absence of in-depth industry media and social media behaviour and psychographics, allows Limelight Consulting to form custom segmentations and draw insights on new media and traditional media, thus driving business objectives...

12 Apr 2017

Naspers invests an additional R960m in Takealot
Naspers invests an additional R960m in Takealot

Takealot Online (Pty) Ltd today announced a R960m investment from Naspers, highlighting the media group's continued commitment to the online retailer and its confidence in the potential of South Africa's e-commerce sector...

11 Apr 2017

Kaya FM 95.9 new line-up change
Kaya FM 95.9 new line-up change

The Kaya daytime line-up has been largely established, with Bob Mabena and Mo-G having been at the station for the last five years...

Issued by Kaya FM 95.9 11 Apr 2017

Maxus Global's 'From Zica to Tiago' campaign wins Grand Prix at 2017 World Media Awards
Maxus Global's 'From Zica to Tiago' campaign wins Grand Prix at 2017 World Media Awards

The 2017 World Media Awards, which celebrate the effectiveness of cross-platform, cross-border, content-driven advertising, have awarded the Grand Prix to Maxus Global for its ‘From Zica to Tiago' campaign for Tata Motors and the World Media Award for the 'automotive' category...

10 Apr 2017

Times Media moves business news websites to Google App Engine
Times Media moves business news websites to Google App Engine

Times Media has moved its business news websites, Business Day, Financial Mail, RDM and BusinessLIVE to a serverless architecture that runs entirely on the Google App Engine (GAE) environment...

7 Apr 2017

Scenes from Beautiful News.
Behind the scenes of Beautiful News

A platform making impressive headway in sharing positive stories from South Africa is Ginkgo Agency's Beautiful News...

By Pasqua Heard 7 Apr 2017

A clear content strategy will turn you into this unicorn, leaving satisfied customers clamouring for more of your magical marketing messages. Image © Shamain –
Clear content marketing strategy = happy customers + happy boss

Here's what I learned from BlueMagnet's recent content marketing and social media training course, such as how to 'poop candyfloss', among other magical things...

By Leigh Andrews 7 Apr 2017

Media24 sweeps five awards at the IAB Bookmarks
Media24 sweeps five awards at the IAB Bookmarks

Media24 made a clean sweep of five award categories at the IAB Bookmarks last month...

7 Apr 2017

Popimedia launches CMO2020 initiative
Popimedia launches CMO2020 initiative

Amidst the backdrop of a rapidly evolving business environment, characterised by a need for innovation to cut through the marketing clutter, and the growing trend of digital disruption led by mobile, the role of the chief marketing officers (CMOs) of the future will be fundamentally different to what it is today...

6 Apr 2017

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eBay founder pledges US$100m for global journalism

WASHINGTON - eBay founder Pierre Omidyar's philanthropic foundation pledged Wednesday to donate $100 million over three years to support "independent media and investigative journalism" worldwide, while tackling "misinformation and hate speech"...

6 Apr 2017

The first 24 hours - What the world had to say about #JunkStatus
The first 24 hours - What the world had to say about #JunkStatus

Meltwater, the global online media intelligence provider, has released a report analysing editorial and social media responses in the first 24 hours following South Africa's recent credit downgrade to junk status...

Issued by Meltwater 6 Apr 2017

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Fake news or April fools?

The nation wasn't in much of a jokey state of mind this past weekend due to the political climate, but there were a few April Fools' Day funnies to brighten the mood...

By Leigh Andrews 3 Apr 2017

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#Newsmaker: Aileen Lamb, New Media's new MD

Aileen Lamb succeeds Bridget McCarney as MD of New Media, of which McCarney is now the CEO, both effective 2 April...

By Jessica Tennant 3 Apr 2017

Why BEE deals fail and is there a better way?
Why BEE deals fail and is there a better way?

The graveyard of BEE deals is huge and this is sad. Based on an examination of many of these deals over the past 15 years or so, I think the reasons are fairly simple as to why many of them have failed...

By Brian Rainier, Issued by Pula Capital Partners 30 Mar 2017

#BrandManagerMonth: Re-brand just the beginning for Change News
#BrandManagerMonth: Re-brand just the beginning for Change News

Local good news portal Marketing CSI South Africa (MCSISA) recently underwent a rebranding exercise that saw the platform renamed to Change News...

By Sindy Peters 29 Mar 2017

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Suzanne Venter of Rapport wins Taco Kuiper Award for Life Esidimeni story

Suzanne Venter's expose in Rapport of how more than 94 mentally ill patients died after being moved to unregistered facilities has won the 12th Taco Kuiper Award for Investigative Journalism...

29 Mar 2017

Overcoming fake news with credible news brands
Overcoming fake news with credible news brands

Fake news is a big issue for news brands, whose credibility matters more than ever before. It is time to sort the wheat from the chaff before the trustworthiness of the media industry as a whole is brought into question...

29 Mar 2017

President appoints interim SABC board
President appoints interim SABC board

President Jacob Zuma has appointed five members to the interim board of the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC)...

27 Mar 2017

Saatchi & Saatchi Interactive Solutions' ‘Baby Browser' stimulates babies' brains
Saatchi & Saatchi Interactive Solutions' ‘Baby Browser' stimulates babies' brains

Saatchi & Saatchi Interactive Solutions has launched the ‘Baby Browser', in partnership with Poland's leading parenting website Rodzice.pl. This free Chrome extension widget allows parents to read content online, while simultaneously stimulating their child's brain...

27 Mar 2017

Insel joins Dentsu Aegis Network
Insel joins Dentsu Aegis Network

ACCRA, Ghana - Insel Communications has announced its new affiliation with leading global advertising network Dentsu Aegis Network Sub-Saharan Africa...

Issued by Dentsu Aegis Network 22 Mar 2017

The MediaShop moves offices
The MediaShop moves offices

The MediaShop's Johannesburg office moved premises Wednesday, 22 March after 20 years at its previous location in Morningside. The new address is Building B, The Main Straight Office Park, corner of Main and Portman Roads in Bryanston...

22 Mar 2017

Technically not a selfie, here is Heistein in a makeshift boardroom, studying sustainable development in rural Nepal.
#BehindtheSelfie with... Pierre Heistein

This #BrandManagerMonth, we find out what's really going on behind the selfie with technophile Pierre Heistein, former journalist now independent macroeconomic consultant specialising in sub-Saharan Africa…

By Leigh Andrews 22 Mar 2017

Red Cherry Interactive shoots African Bank's MMA16 Best African Pop category billboard and radio ads
Red Cherry Interactive shoots African Bank's MMA16 Best African Pop category billboard and radio ads

Red Cherry Interactive was briefed by African Bank to photograph billboard artwork for the sponsorship of a category in the 16th Annual Metro FM Music Awards...

Issued by Red Cherry Interactive 17 Mar 2017

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