The looming Mangaung conference meant that ANC politics was THE big story of 2012 while the news hounds were kept very, very busy covering tumultuous events such as the numerous service-delivery and wage protests throughout the country and the Marikana massacre.
Gill Moodie 10 Dec 2012
Many in the industry really felt for Alec Hogg in October when he walked away from Moneyweb, the company he built from nothing into a highly respected player in the media industry. Hogg tells Bizcommunity why he's philosophical about the move, what he's doing with his year's restraint of trade and what was so different about the values of majority shareholder Caxton and his own that made it impossible for him to stay on as Moneyweb CEO and board member.
Gill Moodie 6 Dec 2012
What a coup for Gisèle Wertheim Aymés to have snapped up Stuff magazine's licence - and it's also heartening news for independent publishers and media owners. Going with Wertheim Aymés is Stuff editor Toby Shapshak, who has overseen the growth of this little star of a magazine since its launch in SA in 2007.
Gill Moodie 13 Nov 2012
One often gets the sense that some print-media companies' response to the dramatic changes in the industry amounts to little more than putting out fires - rather than crafting a strategy for the future. RamsayMedia started implementing its strategy to become multi-platform and diversify income to reduce reliance on advertising revenue a few years back. I caught up with RamsayMedia MD Stuart Lowe, to find out how it's going.
Gill Moodie 9 Nov 2012
News of cost-cutting and title closures in the print industry don't shock anymore. They are just a fact of life.
Gill Moodie 25 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 16 Oct 2012
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.
Gill Moodie 10 Oct 2012
Landbouweekblad may be more than 90 years old and serves a largely conservative section of society but it is also a digital pathfinder for magazines. Bizcommunity finds out from Landbou.com's digital manager Jan Bezuidenhout and web editor Corli van der Merwe how well the site is doing, how it protects the titles's circulation and why many young farmers are at the cutting edge of tech today while they wait for the broadband ship to come into SA's rural areas.
Gill Moodie 2 Oct 2012
The big story for print media these days is circulation decline but something else piqued my interest in the presentation of the most recent figures from the Audit Bureau of Circulations of South Africa (ABC) - for the second quarter of this year. It's the devastating tale of "media inflation" or, broadly speaking, the cost of reaching consumers by buying adverts in the media.
Gill Moodie 13 Sep 2012
What a contrast in reaction I got recently - from Media24 and Independent Newspapers on the one hand and Avusa on the other - to request for more information on titles that showed an increase in single-copy sales in the most recent ABC circulation results.
Gill Moodie 6 Sep 2012
NewsNow, the weekly magazine launched by Media24 a year ago, is closing - Bizcommunity has reliably learned that the title is shutting up shop and a press release will be sent out later this week regarding this sad event. Biz has also been told that iMaverick's move from daily to weekly has been a good one, with no subs cancellations at all.
Gill Moodie 29 Aug 2012
There is often a backstory to movement in print circulation numbers - such as Media24's Cycad disaster of a few years back from which many of the company's titles are only recovering now. Not that advertisers care too much about these things as their focus is on reaching as much of their target market as possible.
Gill Moodie 23 Aug 2012
The oddest things go viral. YouTube videos of cute animals or laughing babies or blunders on live television often do. Julius Malema's "bloody agent" farce went big globally - as did the totally bizarre Buck Norris vid while, more recently, Chad le Clos' proudly gushing Pops, Bert, all put South Africa out there in a big way for better or for ill.
Gill Moodie 15 Aug 2012
After having tried out Sarie magazine's online shop by acquiring a (rather fetching) dress and sandals (they were delivered in one day!), Bizcommunity finds out from Sarie.com CEO, Louna Lohann, about the mix of media, tech and retail expertise behind the online store, why some of the magazine readers were uncomfortable with the offering at first, and how this is the start of a big new e-commerce play for Sarie owners, Media24.
Gill Moodie 10 Aug 2012
Happy Ntshingila's unique career has seen him move from advertising (HerdBuoys) to one of SA's biggest advertisers (Absa) and now, as CEO of SuperSport, he is in the position where he seeks advertising. Just over four months into the new job, Ntshingila tells Bizcommunity about the complex world of broadcasting rights, how SuperSport never skimps on live coverage and why he's got another book in him.
Gill Moodie 2 Aug 2012