First published as the Natal Mercury and Shipping and Commercial Gazette on 25 November 1852, with a print run of just 300 copies, today The Mercury is one of the most well-loved newspaper brands in South Africa.
Times Media, the listed entity that owns Avusa, says it will focus on reducing the group's debt and improving revenue and operating margins following a trading update on Friday, 16 November 2012, that revealed a very subdued performance.
Judge Nomsa Khumalo of the Pretoria High Court ruled that the NPA had failed to argue that there were grounds for an urgent interdict against the Sunday Times for wanting to publish "How Zuma got off the hook". Minister of Police Nathi Mthethwa has also conceded that the arrest of Sunday Times journalist, Mzilikazi wa Afrika, was wrongful and agreed to pay him R100,000 in damages and to pay the newspaper's legal costs.
The winners of the Sunday Times Top 100 Companies awards were announced at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg late last week, with the top award going to Capitec Bank Holdings, as the Top Company of the Year. Capitec won in 2010 and was ranked second last year.
KykNet's new actuality breakfast show, Dagbreek, broadcast Mondays to Fridays from 6-8am, will offer a discussion of the latest news in the Afrikaans dailies, as presented by editors from the Media24 newspaper stable: Tim du Plessis, Waldimar Pelser and Mandy Rossouw. Their analysis of the day's events can be found in detail in the newspapers.
Now in its third decade, the 2012 South African Breweries (SAB) Sports Media Awards once again highlighted the dedicated professionalism of the South African sports media and the performers and fans that make up its world. The SAB Sports Media Sports Personality of the Year was Oscar Pistorius.
The North Gauteng High Court ordered three companies linked to expelled African National Congress Youth League president Julius Malema to allow City Press assistant editor Adriaan Basson and Media 24 to inspect or make copies of the securities registers of the firms within five days of the order.
There are no experts on Twitter and Facebook and I'd do a careful check on the credentials of any "consultant" you might be thinking of paying to advise your company or train your staff on how best to use them.
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.
Isolezwe journalist, Charles Khuzwayo, was honoured with the Best Journalist in the print category at the South African Traditional Music Awards (SATMAs) held at the East London International Convention Centre, on Saturday, 27 October.
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."
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".
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.
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.
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.
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).
Hell, in the blink of an eye, it's 10 years later. I would not have thought a decade would fly by so quickly, but there you are. And if you asked me if a whack had changed in that time, I would've answered "not so much".
Open any technical journal and, with a few exceptions, the advertising is dire. The company logo is usually right at the top, highlighting the real problem: the advertiser thinks their ad is all about them.
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.