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Ton Vosloo steps down as Naspers chair

Naspers's non-executive chair, Ton Vosloo, as well as independent non-executive directors Boetie van Zyl and Yuanhe Ma, retired from the board on Friday, 17 April. After a year's sabbatical, Koos Bekker rejoins the board as non-executive chair. Vosloo served on the Naspers board from March 1983....

Ndoni Khanyile joins Al Jazeera's show, earthrise

South African Ndoni Khanyile is joining the award-winning team on earthrise, Al Jazeera's inspirational environment show, following her successful debut last year on the channel as the presenter of Innovate Africa. Before joining Al Jazeera, Khanyile hosted ENCA's premier technology show, Tech...

Media to encourage sobriety over Easter weekend

As the Easter weekend approaches, with its high road traffic, brandhouse is calling on South Africa's media to encourage responsible drinking by reporting actively on both misuse and responsible use of alcohol. Published stories and programmes, highlighting the role of alcohol in society (both...

Journalists, activists face mounting harassment in Burundi

BUJUMBURA, BURUNDI: As tensions mount in the central African nation of Burundi ahead of presidential elections, journalists and activists say they are paying an increasingly heavy price as standard bearers for free speech, reports BD Live. Civil rights in the small Great Lakes nation, they say,...

2014 Citi Journalistic Excellence Award goes to Zeenat Moorad

South Africa's premier financial journalism award, the 2014 Citi Journalistic Excellence Awards, attracted 15 top class entrants from around South Africa. Business Day senior retail and consumer markets correspondent, Zeenat Moorad, has won it. Her winning article, entitled 'Check Mate' was...

Brand South Africa showcases competitiveness by hosting international journalists

Brand South Africa will host journalists from Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana, China and the United Kingdom from Tuesday 17 - Friday 20 March 2015 in Johannesburg during which media will be exposed to South Africa's competitive advantages in a variety of areas. The visiting journalists will be hosted by...

Standard Bank Sikuvile Journalism Awards 2015 deadline for entries extended

The deadline for entries for the Standard Bank Sikuvile Journalism Awards 2015 has been extended from Wednesday 18 March, to 1400 on Friday 20 March. The Awards, sponsored by Standard Bank, are open to all South African daily and weekly newspapers and online publications. This year the Awards...

Rand Daily Mail News Wire launching end of March

A new news wire, which will be sold externally under the brand Rand Daily Mail News Wire or RDM News Wire, will deliver by-the-minute coverage of breaking news from seven bureaus as well as from hubs covering parliament, sport, local government, business and the courts. The company's print newsrooms...

Talk on ethical leadership at Cape Town Press Club/Big Issue

The next guest speaker at the Cape Town Press Club/Big Issue breakfast series is Rhoda Kadalie, the human rights activist and executive director of the Impumelelo Social Innovation Centre, a NPO that identifies, rewards and champions creative South Africa solutions to the country's problems. She...

Blackstar intends to acquire all of Times Media

The Blackstar Group (BCK) announced on Wednesday its firm intention to make an offer to acquire the ordinary share capital of the Times Media Group (TMG) that it did not already own. "The independent members of TMG's board of directors and the board of directors of Blackstar have agreed the terms...

BBC.com to launch feature-packed update for their app

The BBC's international website, BBC.com, has hit a new high with more than 101 million unique browsers used the website and news app globally during January 2015, generating a record 1.35 billion page views. Mobile and tablet usage of BBC.com has increased, with year-on-year unique browsers up 67%...

Blackstar proposes takeover of TMG

Investment company Blackstar, which currently owns 32.5% of Times Media Group (TMG) shares, has announced its intention to acquire the remaining 67.5%. TMG would then become a wholly owned subsidiary of Blackstar. TMG has appointed an independent board to consider the offer. Blackstar and Times...

'State of the Broadcasting Industry Report' out now

The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), with research contributor PwC, has released its first 'State of the Broadcasting Industry Report', having surveyed 55 NAB members, which included public, commercial and community radio and television broadcasters, as well as signal distributors. The...

TML now second largest online advertising network

According to Effective Measure October 2014 report, Times Media LIVE (TML), the digital publishing division of Times Media Group (TMG), has recorded more than 250% year-on-year growth to become the country's second largest online advertising network, as reported by Effective Measure. TML now reaches...

Brand South Africa signs up with APO

Brand South Africa has signed up with African Press Organisation (APO) for media relations services across Africa and beyond, to implement its strategy. The scope of work includes press release distribution services and media monitoring in Africa, social media analytics, op-ed publications,...

Fergus Sampson resigns from Media 24, Davidson as acting head

Fergus Sampson, chief executive of Media24 News division, has resigned and leaves the organisation at the end of October 2014. Ishmet Davidson, head of local and southern newspapers, will step in as acting head. For the past two years, he has been at the helm of Media24's News division. Sampson...

SANEF presents Media Freedom Day

The SA National Editors Forum (SANEF) and Wits Journalism will run a Media Freedom Day celebration/Black Wednesday commemoration, under the theme 'Enhancing Media Freedom in Africa'. It will also launch the State of the Newsroom, SA 2014. The event will be held on 17 October 2014 at the Media24...

The Times launches Media & Marketing page

On Friday 19 September, The Times newspaper will launch the first edition of its weekly Media & Marketing page, which will deliver a #ToThePoint read. The Media & Marketing will feature: On the Line: A column from one of South Africa's sharpest minds Viewpoints: Real perspectives from real...

Awards evening recognises Annual Deciduous Fruit industry winners

The annual South African Deciduous Fruit Industry Awards have been announced at a gala evening held on 13 September 2014 at the Cape Sun in Cape Town. The Izethelo Media Reporting Award 2014 was awarded to Foodnews in London UK for its regular articles of interest on the international deciduous...

SABC: Did Tshabalala lie about her qualifications?

According to a Mail & Guardian report, parliament's oversight committee on communication has said that SABC chairperson Ellen Tshabalala has failed to provide proof of her qualifications to the committee, which has now set up an inquiry that is expected to begin on 16 September. Mail & Guardian...

Entries closing for the SAB Environmental Media Awards 2014

The South African Breweries (SAB) would like to remind entrants and potential entrants that entries for the SAB Environmental Media and Environmentalist of the Year Awards 2014 will close at 5pm, this Friday, 5 September. Entrants should submit work produced between 1 September 2013 and 31 August...

Generations: Cast underpaid?

According to Generations producer, Friedrich Stark, reports Mail & Guardian, the show's actors' salaries average R55,000 a month. In their press statement, the fired actors' said, "We live in a country that is notorious for artists living and dying in a state of poverty, tragically, never managing...

MOST tickets still available

Tickets for this year's MOST awards, scheduled for 4 September at the Linder Auditorium, Parktown Johannesburg, are still available. Tickets are priced at R300 each for 1 to 3 tickets (to encourage smaller companies and individuals to attend), R450 each for groups of 4 to 10 and R400 for groups of...

Report: Hlaudi to sue Thuli

NEWSWATCH: According to iafrica.com, quoting Beeld, SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng is apparently planning to sue Public Protector Thuli Madonsela for crimen injuria. Why? Because, according to the Beeld report, Motsoeneng claims the case against him is "politically motivated and that Madonsela's report...

Shifting Afrikaans programmes is illegal: FF Plus

The SABC's decision to move Afrikaans programmes from SABC2 to SABC3 was illegal, the Freedom Front Plus (FF Plus) said on Tuesday, reports Sowetan LIVE. "The FF Plus views the decision with regards to Afrikaans as illegal as the Afrikaans community did not have any say in an administrative decision...

Look beyond Motsoeneng in SABC controversy

Aubrey Matshiqi, writing in BD Live asks "What is the controversy over the Hlaudi Motsoeneng imbroglio really about? It follows a decision by Communications Minister Faith Muthambi to confirm the appointment of Motsoeneng as the chief operations officer of the SABC. The minister's decision was the...

Tickets for Most Awards now open

Ticket sales for the Most Awards, being held on 4 September 2014 at the Linder Auditorium, Parktown Johannesburg, are now open. Tickets are R300 each for 1-3 tickets, R450 each for groups of 4-10, and R400 for groups of more than 10. This year's theme is retro-box office and guests will be...

Lumko Mtimde leaves MDDA

Lumko Mtimde has stepped down as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Media Development and Diversity Agency (MDDA). Mtimde held the position for eight full years and yesterday completed his second and final term as CEO of the organisation.

Emilie Gambade new editor of Elle SA

Emilie Gambade, currently managing editor of Marie Claire, fashion editor for the Daily Maverick and regular contributor to the Mail & Guardian, has been appointed the editor of Elle South Africa as from 1 July 2014. Publisher of Elle and director of Isiko Media, Gisèle Wertheim Aymés,...

Voting for MOST awards closes 30 June

Voting for the 2014 MOST Awards, which celebrate service excellence in the media owner and media agency sector, closes on 30 June 2014. There is still time to beat last year's record of 6432, go to www.themediaonline.co.za and click on the blinking sheep vote button or on the animated leaping sheep...

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