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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...

Arno Lindemann appointed to Loeries jury

The Chief Creative Officer of Hamburg based Lukas Lindemann Rosinski, Lindemann has been appointed jury chairman for Print, Outdoor and Collateral Media for the 2014 Loeries. In the first year that Arno Lindemann opened his new agency - Lukas Lindemann Rosinski - the agency brought home an...

Industry encouraged to vote for MOST

In 2013, the MOST Awards received 6342 votes, a record that Wag the Dog Publishers, host of the annual awards, aims to top in 2014. It is encouraging all media owner and media agency professionals to provide a voice regarding the state of the industry. The anonymous survey allows entrants to rate...

SABC's Motsoeneng given a calf, cow... and a wife

According to an IOL report, women were lined up in Thohoyandou, Limpopo, on Wednesday, and SABC acting chief operations officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng was invited to take his pick. It's reported a 23-year-old human resources management student took his fancy. The 'gift' was apparently organised by...

SABC blocks City Press ads

According to a Mail & Guardian report, the SABC has cancelled a series of adverts the newspaper wanted broadcast in terms of a barter agreement with the national broadcaster. The ads apparently refer to the Marikana massacre and the EFF. For more go to SABC refuses to broadcast City Press ads -...

Entries to RDMA Awards close Friday

Entries for the 2014 Responsible Drinking Media Awards (RDMA) close on Friday 30 May 2014, for portfolio work from 1 May 2013 to 31 May 2104. Kerry Cullinan, Father Smangaliso Mkhatshwa, Welcome Msomi and Khaya Dlanga will make up the judging panel for the awards. For questions regarding the entry...

2muse mediaresearch to research media monitoring in Slovakia

Two Prague companies, 2muse and Mediaresearch have added a joint, independent company 2muse mediaresearch, headed up by Juraj Lahucký, who has 20 year's media experience and was part of the kick-off team for the 'people meters' in Slovakia in 2004. The company will offer an acceptable alternative...

EFF stages TNA business breakfast walkout

EFF members walked out of a New Age breakfast briefing after they were excluded from a discussion panel, which it says it was invited to join, reports Mail & Guardian. Go to 'Hoodwinked' EFF walks out of TNA business breakfast for more....

Bongiwe Nocanda to edit Jet Club magazine

Bongiwe Nocanda is the new editor of Jet Club magazine. She previously held positions in the top publishing firms of Media 24, Highbury Safika and most currently as a publishing director at Viva Media. "I'm very excited about having the opportunity to deliver empowering content to such a broad base...

Mail & Guardian lunch with editor Chris Roper

A reminder about the lunch with Chris Roper, editor-in-chief of The Mail & Guardian on Tuesday, May 20 at Sappi in Braamfontein as he talks about Print vs Online. Please click here for more information about the event and to buy tickets....

Hilary Biller wins 2014 UJ's Golden Circle Alumnus Award

The University of Johannesburg has awarded Sunday Times Food Weekly editor, Hilary Biller, the 2014 School of Tourism and Hospitality (STH) Golden Circle Alumnus Award. The award recognises future-fit leaders and their contributions to the tourism and hospitality sector. Biller has been writing...

The Winners: Daily Maverick's Election Edition of The Gathering

We received many entries that merited being winners, but we could select just the five, and they are: Susanne Venter, Mashapa Abram Ramalepe, Mamash Ngwenya, Riedwan Vally, and Senzo N. Dhlomo. You will be notified shortly via email with details of how to attend the event. But even if you weren't a...

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