South Africa's biggest and most boisterous tabloid is launching Daily Sun TV tonight - which is a first for a newspaper in our country. Bizcommunity speaks to Minette Ferreira, GM of the Daily Sun and City Press, about the thinking behind the move and where the paper, with more than 5.5-million readers, is going with its other brand extensions.
Gill Moodie: @grubstreetSA 16 Oct 2012
SA is experiencing an increase in the growth of readership for traditional newspapers and a developing digital market‚ in contrast to the more developed countries‚ which are seeing a migration of readers to online platforms‚ according to a new survey by professional services group PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).
16 Oct 2012
Is the workers' trust that is aiming to acquire a stake in Independent Newspapers a crazy idea or could it actually fly? As the Irish parent company, Independent News & Media, is casting around for buyers for SA's largest newspaper group, Business Report's Ann Crotty tells Bizcommunity how the trust is working, why it's getting a better reception in SA than in Ireland and what she believes must be done to save the resource-starved South African group.
Gill Moodie: @grubstreetSA 10 Oct 2012
Ads24's Path to Persuasion researched the banking sector in June 2011. It shows what consumers use the various media channels for, an important consideration alongside reach and cost effectiveness. South Africa's banks that want consumers to switch to their offering, should reportedly be considering newspapers advertising in their marketing mix.
8 Oct 2012
Last week marked the beginning of a very significant period for the ANC if not the whole of South Africa. The ruling party officially opened the leadership nomination process at all its branches leading to 53rd ANC National Conference in December. Already on Monday, the Eastern Cape ANC Youth League had put names forward for the top six.
Talifhani Munzhedzi 8 Oct 2012
On Wednesday 3 October 2012, the Press Council of South Africa announced sweeping reforms to press regulations at an event at Constitutional Hill, Johannesburg. Much stronger public participation in the Press Council of South Africa and its adjudication procedures is the most notable change.
5 Oct 2012
With the release of the latest All Media and Products Survey, AMPS Jun 12, by the South African Audience Research Foundation (SAARF), the broad-strokes view of the media industry indicates that South Africa's media players are showing positive audience results midway through the year.
4 Oct 2012
The executive mayor of Polokwane in Limpopo, Freddy Greaver, and the City Press newspaper have reached a settlement over his defamation case, editor Ferial Haffajee said on Wednesday.
4 Oct 2012
Business Day has introduced new columnists to is stable of contributors to give their views on business and political issues facing South Africa and the rest of the continent.
2 Oct 2012
NEWSWATCH: According to R2K, the proposed Protection of State Information Bill is still a draconian piece of legislation, reports IOL, while the ConCourt has found that certain provisions of the Films and Publications Act are unconstitutional and invalid, reports Mail & Guardian. Meanwhile, the organisers of Joburg Pride are not feeling "so lekker" towards Jacaranda FM, reports The Citizen.
1 Oct 2012
NEWSWATCH: Mail & Guardian reports that the The Citizen has fired Johann "Slang" Hattingh after he allegedly tweeted about an image on the cover that was doctored to clone out the bodies of two of the South Africans killed in Kabul.
Rod Baker 28 Sep 2012
The South African National Editors' Forum (Sanef) has issued a statement in which it says it is concerned at the forcible expulsion of journalists from the Polokwane Magistrates Court ahead of the appearance of Julius Malema this morning.
26 Sep 2012
The largest institutional investors in Avusa (AVU) - the Public Investment Corporation (PIC)‚ Kagiso Asset Management and Coronation - have confirmed that they had opted to remain shareholders in the new listed entity Times Media Group (TMG).
Phakamisa Ndzamela 26 Sep 2012
Congratulations to all the winners of the 2012 Loeries awards. In addition to the category awards, Robbie Brozin received the Marketing Leadership and Innovation Award and worldwide creative director of TBWA\Worldwide, John Hunt, received the Lifetime Achievement Award (video).
25 Sep 2012
NEWSWATCH: According to a report in BDlive, the media sector in South Africa is undergoing rapid transformation - and 'new media' is outpacing print.
25 Sep 2012
After reaching the depths of despondency over the lack of digital entries, Pendoring judges and entrants are equally delighted that the digital drought has finally been broken this year.
25 Sep 2012
Ferial Haffajee will speak as part of the Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts (GIPCA) Great Texts/Big Questions free public lecture series on Thursday 27 September 2012 at 5.00pm. She will discuss the National Development Plan, considering many questions that arise from it, most significantly whether it is an unattainable dream or initiates our every potential.
21 Sep 2012
The other day I was asked whether PR practitioners now have more power than ad agency bosses. Brian Berkman who was writing for Advantage magazine kindly told me I could disagree if I wished (I do) and he gave me 200 words in which to do so.
Peter Mann 20 Sep 2012
The most recent ABC figures have painted a picture of decline for newspapers, including a 6.7% drop in circulation figures for dailies and 4,9% for weekend papers. Although magazines are holding strong, they are becoming luxury items, able to compete because they are by nature more niched than newspapers.
Wesley Lynch 17 Sep 2012
Sifiso Pule from Mediavest and Insauf Samie from Mindshare both won a MacBook Air from Son and Ads24. The recent Son activation saw early morning cappuccino activations at selected media agencies reminding planners and buyers that over one million readers "kick-start their day" with the Son.
Son 12 Sep 2012
Photo artists should be very aware of their intellectual property rights, says Mariette du Plessis, a partner in the trademarks department at Adams & Adams. The Copyright Act makes provision for the protection of specific creative and intellectual expressions.
12 Sep 2012
The digital publishing industry in South Africa commands less than 3% of the total ad spend, which means we sorely lag other developed markets. In contrast, digital ad spend in South Africa will not overtake print spend this year, a prediction being touted by publishers abroad.
Styli Charalambous 12 Sep 2012