Five years ago, Warren Buffett famously bought a handful of newspapers in a move that went against the generally accepted idea that print media was facing a painful death...
What a breath of fresh air, a bold and confident statement, that the Times Media Group's (TMG) rate setting for 2013 would be based on the Advertising Media Forum (AMF) definition of core circulation. This will send a clear message to advertisers that TMG not only means business but will commit to a partnership of shared responsibility and reward.
Gordon Patterson 23 Nov 2012
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.
Independent Media 23 Nov 2012
The Afrikaans tabloid newspaper, Son has launched its mobisite, allowing readers to access their favourite read, even though they may not be able to purchase the daily print edition.
22 Nov 2012
As soon as ABC's are published at the end of Q1 2013, Times Media will be linking advertising rates to core circulation and will review it quarterly thereafter.
20 Nov 2012
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.
19 Nov 2012
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.
19 Nov 2012
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.
19 Nov 2012
Times Media's profit from operations before exceptional items grew by 18% to R86m for the six months ended September 2012‚ it said in a voluntary trading update on Friday.
17 Nov 2012
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.
15 Nov 2012
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.
12 Nov 2012
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.
9 Nov 2012
Straight and Narrow, a new satirical daily newspaper launched on Monday 5 November 2012.
7 Nov 2012
The organisers say it has been a successful year for the Loeries, with the second largest number of entries received since 2008 - over 3,000 entry submissions from across Africa and the Middle East.
2 Nov 2012
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