I'm getting seriously worried about the changing media in South Africa (and throughout the world, for that matter)...
Dave Erasmus is retiring from The Witness today after 46 years with the company. He started at The Witness fresh from his Matric year at Estcourt, High School, in the advertising department of newspaper in 1966 and rose to classified advertising manager.
31 Oct 2012
The Creative Circle Ad of the Month results for September 2012 have been announced, and chairperson for the advertising judging panel that month, Jonathan Beggs, has commented that, "it was a predictably quiet month after the Loeries rush, with not a huge amount of entries overall but there was some really enjoyable work."
30 Oct 2012
Media and commentators are eager to focus on "perceived battles" in the ANC ahead of its elective conference in Mangaung, instead of the party's policies, President Jacob Zuma said yesterday.
30 Oct 2012
President Jacob Zuma has withdrawn his claim for damages against a Zapiro cartoon published in the Sunday Times and agreed to pay half of its legal costs, according to the newspaper on Saturday.
29 Oct 2012
NEWSWATCH: It seems the "Mangaung Factor" could be at work... According to a Mail & Guardian report, Zuma has dropped his R1m claim that Zapiro's "rape" cartoon harmed his (Zuma's) dignity, and he's cut his claim for defamation from R4m to R100,000 - and he wants Zapiro to say "Sorry".
26 Oct 2012
Ads24's media neutral research survey, Path to Persuasion, revealed that newspapers are an effective media advertising format for the fast food category, alongside television, and at a lower cost.
24 Oct 2012
Much has been reported lately about the state of the print media in South Africa, with particular reference to a lack of innovation among newspapers and magazines.
Ingrid Louw 24 Oct 2012
Government and the South African National Editors Forum (Sanef) have resolved to work closely together for the good of the country. The two parties held their annual meeting on Friday and Saturday in Magaliesburg.
22 Oct 2012
You and I have come a long way together. We began our collaboration some 25 years ago, when you'd regularly forgive my crayoned abuse of your good nature. Then, we became allies: just you and me, against the world, using permanent marker to 'correct' the punctuation on signs proclaiming Ladies Room.
Tiffany Markman 19 Oct 2012
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