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Crossing the divide between mining houses and communities
Crossing the divide between mining houses and communities

The relationship between mining operations and surrounding communities is often a tenuous one, tempered by distrust...

By Danette Breitenbach 22 Nov 2016

The radio commercial
The radio commercial

South Africa hasn't always performed well in terms of quality of radio advertising...

By Chris Brewer 1 Aug 2016

Dear SA radio stations
Dear SA radio stations

I've been working in radio for 26 years and I love the medium today as much as I did when I first stumbled across it back in 1990...

By Simon Parkinson 24 May 2016

How commercial is 90% local?
How commercial is 90% local?

It is Thursday afternoon, the first day of playing 90% local music on 18 of SABC's radio stations. I'm driving home and listening to Metro FM...

By Rose Setshoge 20 May 2016

What I know for sure about podcasts
What I know for sure about podcasts

Earlier in the year, I wrote a piece for BizTrends 2016, titled 'The push for podcasts in 2016', where I looked at why I thought podcasts would be popping up more in 2016, what makes them so popular for listeners and why brands need to think about them...

By Warren Harding 26 Apr 2016

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Why is this SA radio legend betting big on personality-driven streaming apps?

Memeburn readers of a certain age might remember blasting their radios to the latest dance hits in preparation for a big night out. And if you were listening to one of those stations in particular, chances are the person mixing those tracks was Derek - aka "The Bandit" - Richardson...

By Stuart Thomas 14 Mar 2016

Have we lost the art of telling a good picture?
Have we lost the art of telling a good picture?

A unicorn army from outer space attacks earth with jelly-powered stun guns...

By Mariana O'Kelly 14 Jan 2016

Business as usual... for now
Business as usual... for now

While the recent All Media and Products Survey for June 15 (2015BA) released by SAARF in October shows an overall picture of relative stability...

By Danette Breitenbach 21 Oct 2015

[NewsMaker] Thabisile Mbete
[NewsMaker] Thabisile Mbete

Thabisile Mbete has been appointed Content Editor at Primedia Broadcasting. She was previously the Executive Producer for the John Robbie Show on 702 and part of 702's management team...

By Louise Marsland 14 Oct 2015

[NewsMaker] Jonathan Lumley
[NewsMaker] Jonathan Lumley

Jonathan Lumley is the new Promotions Manager: Radio, for Jacaranda FM and East Coast Radio. Lumley will integrate both promotional teams, and sell and execute cutting-edge radio promotions...

By Louise Marsland 19 Aug 2015

Liam Wielopolski of DDB on South Africa's world-class radio spot writing
Liam Wielopolski of DDB on South Africa's world-class radio spot writing

Liam Wielopolski, Executive Creative Director, DDB South Africa, was part of this year's Radio judging panel at Cannes Lions. Wielopolski talks us through the 26 hours of judging...

By Ann Nurock 25 Jun 2015

Pete Khoury of TBWA/Hunt/Lascaris on SA's uplifting Cannes Radio wins
Pete Khoury of TBWA/Hunt/Lascaris on SA's uplifting Cannes Radio wins

Last night was a big one for South African ad agencies with our first 2015 Gold Lions awarded in the Radio category. Pete Khoury, Chief Creative Officer of TBWA/Hunt/Lascaris, tells us what the win means for SA creatives...

By Ann Nurock 25 Jun 2015

Hand over the mic
Hand over the mic

It's a strange time for media in general. Spending is shifting like Namibian sand in the wind. TV is cheaper, radio is morphing like food dye in water and the promise of a digital future is waxing lyrical...

By Travis Bussiahn 1 Jun 2015

When content becomes the new billboard
When content becomes the new billboard

Content become a new billboard when audience and listeners trust and rely on a certain presenter or show to deliver on what matters to them...

By Talifhani Munzhedzi 6 May 2015

Marion Scher
Where do all the writers go?

For the last year or so there's been a steady trend throughout the media worldwide of journalists, sub-editors and editors being 'let go'. So where do they go...?

By Marion Scher 16 Apr 2015

Latest from the research front
Latest from the research front

The latest release of the All Media and Products Survey (AMPS), released today by the South African Audience Research Foundation (SAARF), shows overall stability of the media...

By Chris Brewer 2 Apr 2015

Charlie Wannell
2014's mad media mix

Looking back on 2014, it's clear that we are living in an era of converged media where the consumer has a voice, content lives on dozens of scattered platforms, and traditional media is having to move at a lightning pace...

By Charlie Wannell 27 Mar 2015

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Making a tit of yourself in the media

There's been a lot of bleating recently about "freedom of the press". It picked up momentum at the State Of The Nation Address when the cell phone signals were jammed...

By Chris Brewer 2 Mar 2015

The images we were allowed to see... Zuma speaking before an orderly house. (Image: GCIS)
One step forwards, one back for democracy

If journalists in Zimbabwe had stood up in that country's parliament to protest against interference with their cellphone signals, they would have been laughed out of the place...

By Anton Harber 2 Mar 2015

[NewsMaker] Nonkululeko Britton
[NewsMaker] Nonkululeko Britton

Primedia Broadcasting has appointed Nonkululeko Britton as the new Executive Producer of the 947 Breakfast Xpress. She replaces Sam Cowen who left the show in December...

By Louise Marsland 13 Feb 2015

Marion Scher
The state of news

It doesn't take a genius to work out that the way people take in news has totally changed over the last number of years...

By Marion Scher 11 Feb 2015

Anton Harber
Serial - A murder investigation...

An experimental US serial has transformed investigative journalism...

By Anton Harber 2 Feb 2015

Zuma should bash on regardless, suggests the writer. (Image: GCIS)
Let's encourage Zuma to bash whites

I am all in favour of President Jacob Zuma continuing his sniping campaign against whites and blaming everything on apartheid...

By Chris Moerdyk 29 Jan 2015

Anton Harber
Editors must edit without fear of being attacked

I once asked a South African editor why he ran a cartoon that he agreed was offensive. He said he had felt obliged, as he did not want to censor a well-known and much-respected cartoonist...

By Anton Harber 16 Jan 2015

Radio rocks more than ever
Radio rocks more than ever

Much like Mark Twain's death, rumours of radio's demise have been much exaggerated. In fact, the reality is that despite the fragmentation of the existing medium, and the growth of new media in other areas...

By Lizette Anderson 21 Nov 2014

Car dealerships' ad spending "misaligned with customers"
Car dealerships' ad spending "misaligned with customers"

The process of buying a car has changed drastically over the last few years - most significantly, self-educated customers have made a decision long before they enter a physical dealership...

By Jeff Osborne 20 Nov 2014

Radio around the fire
Radio around the fire

Despite predictions regarding the demise of radio, the medium continues to hold its own. It cannot be because of a lack of choice, as the proliferation of options abound...

By Mervyn Naidu 19 Nov 2014

Anton Harber
Space for independent, critical media is under siege

Senior journalist Tony Weaver faced a company disciplinary hearing because he questioned why the Cape Times cut an advertiser's logo out of a photograph of a shooting in a supermarket...

By Anton Harber 7 Nov 2014

Pendoring withholds Prestige Award
Pendoring withholds Prestige Award

This year's Pendoring Awards did not award its Prestige Award and the R50,000, which is given as part of the Award, adding extra competition to the 2015 awards...

By Danette Breitenbach 27 Oct 2014

[NewsMaker] Cameron Naidoo; Louis Enslin
[NewsMaker] Cameron Naidoo; Louis Enslin

A new agency called Three D Radio has launched an interesting advertising concept for cinema audiences in partnership with Ster-Kinekor and Cinemark...

By Louise Marsland 24 Oct 2014

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