YouTube Music Charts provide trends, insights into locals favourites

Following the launch of YouTube music in South Africa, locals using the service now have access to YouTube Music Charts. The charts give insight to what's trending on the service in South Africa and other information. Check it out here....

20 hours ago

DA's new campaign video is pastiche of a Childish Gambino music video

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has looked stateside for inspiration for its latest General Elections campaign video. "This is the Real South Africa", a pastiche of Childish Gambino's "This is America" music video, aims to get South Africans to hold onto the ideals of the Rainbow Nation by voting for...

1 day ago

House and Leisure has a new and refreshed format

To set itself apart from the pack and to move with the times, decor and design brand House and Leisure has relooked its brand aesthetic to bring its audience the 'Here and Now' in a renewed and refreshed format. To help rework the brand's image, House and Leisure teamed up with Andrew Whitehouse...

1 day ago

YouTube algorithm mistakenly links Notre Dame fire with 9/11

Mail Online reports that YouTube's fact-checking algorithm accidentally tagged live broadcasts of the Notre Dame Cathedral fire with information about the infamous 9/11 attacks. The live broadcast on YouTube by broadcaster France 24 was tagged with an Encyclopedia Britannica entry about the 2001...

1 day ago

Ndalo Media challenge company's liquidation at CCMA

Former Ndalo Media employees are challenging owner Khanyi Dhlomo's decision to liquidate the company. The 60 employees are presenting their case before the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA). This follows retrenchments at the company when Dhlomo shut down the magazine...

2 days ago

Veteran journalist Zubeida Mayet sadly passes away

The South African National Editors' Forum (Sanef) is mourning the loss of Zubeida Mayet, an 82-year-old veteran journalist who is also known as "Juby". Mayet passed away on 13 April 2019. She was detained for four months under the Apartheid government's Internal Security Act and banned for five...

2 days ago

Publicis Groupe to acquire Epsilon for $4,4bn

AdWeek reports that Publicis Groupe is set to complete the largest deal in its 93-year history when it acquires data intelligence company Epsilon for an estimated $4,4bn. Publicis reportedly beat out a rival bid from Goldman Sachs and global private equity firm Advent International. The...

3 days ago

Exclusive Books cancels Gangster State launch in Cape Town

Exclusive Books CEO Grattan Kirk has announced that the bookstore chain has cancelled its launch of Pieter-Louis Myburgh's book Gangster State at its V&A Waterfront store in Cape Town. The decision was made after a discussion between Exclusive Books, the South African Police (SAPS) and the V&A...

12 Apr 2019

Emo Adams is the new Noot vir Noot host

Entertainer Emo Adams will replace Johan Stemmet as the host of SABC2's musical game show Noot vir Noot. Adams will take the reigns as the show's new host when season 44 commences on 15 August 2019. In addition to a new host, the show is doing away with the band and introducing a disc jockey,...

12 Apr 2019

This week's top trending news on social media

Acumen Media has done a seven-day analysis of the top trending stories on social media this past week. Here are the 10 biggest stories: #StateCaptureInquiry tops the pile this week with explosive headlines as we saw #RobertMcBride take the stand and #DCJZondo's brother has been implicated in...

12 Apr 2019

Here's how the nation's positive news can reach the masses

SA INC. is to air a new 20-part series on local channels. The series was created with an objective of changing the narrative in South Africa by highlighting and celebrating the country's successes and achievements. The series will run intermittently from this month and for most of 2019 on eTV,...

10 Apr 2019

What's making headlines on social media?

Let's have a look at the latest Acumen Media social media news roundup. The recent surge of xenophobic attacks meant that #Xenophobia took the top spot with electioneering politicians capitalising on it. Meanwhile, the ANC top six took their turn to testify in the Bosasa case at the State Capture...

5 Apr 2019

Roger Lynch named Condé Nast global chief executive

Business of Fashion reports that the former head of Pandora, Roger Lynch, has been appointed as Condé Nast's first global chief executive. The appointment is in line with the mass media company's efforts to stem losses and transform itself for the digital age. Jonathan Newhouse has been appointed...

4 Apr 2019

Google remembers SA jazz icon Hugh Masekela

Google has created a birthday Doodle of the late South African jazz icon Hugh Masekela, on what would have been his 80th birthday. Doodles are changes that are made to the Google logo to celebrate/honour famous artists, pioneers, and scientists. Masekela sadly lost his battle against prostate...

4 Apr 2019

WPP furthers global co-location strategy with new campus

WPP has opened a new campus in Amsterdam, The Netherlands as a continuation of its global co-location strategy. The previously derelict Rivierstaete building, which was refurbished by WPP's architectural and design consultancy BDG, has been transformed into a 19,000m2 modern working environment...

4 Apr 2019

Folio announces 2019 Top Women in Media class

Folio: has announced its 2019 class of Top Women in Media, which include Harvard Business Review's Alison Beard, Facebook's Shauna Sweeney, Meredith's Melissa Inman, TechTarget's Jillian Coffin, ESPN's Maria Taylor, and Popsugar's Lindsay Miller. Honorees will be recognised and celebrated on 7...

4 Apr 2019

Gerety Awards extends registration deadline

The Gerety Awards, which recognises talent within the advertising industry, has extended its registration deadline to 19 April 2019. All types of media can be entered into any of the Gerety Awards' nine categories. To enter, click here....

2 Apr 2019

FCJ Excellence Awards calls for entries

The FCJ Excellence Awards is currently open for entries until 30 April 2019. The awards programme is aimed at encouraging excellence and rewarding meritorious work in local and community print media. It is open to any permanent editorial staff member working for a local or community print...

1 Apr 2019

Eskom grips the attention of social media users this week

According to a seven-day analysis by Acumen Media, these are the stories that were the week's biggest stories on social media: The leader in coverage for the week was #Eskom. The electricity public utility was a hot topic of discussion in the midst of load-shedding. Coming in second was our...

29 Mar 2019

Car magazine, Caxton launch new multi-function automotive website

Together with Caxton, automotive magazine Car has launched its new multifunction online platform, Carmag.co.za. With the additional resources from Caxton Automotive, the new website will consist of a range of offerings to its users. These include professional editorial content produced by the...

28 Mar 2019

ESPN executive acknowledged with Lifetime Achievement Award

New York Festivals' Television & Film Awards will award ESPN executive vice president of content, Connor Schell, with the ninth annual Lifetime Achievement Award. The award will be given on 9 April 2019 at the NAB Show in Las Vegas, US. The Lifetime Achievement Award recognises prominent...

28 Mar 2019

Naspers to list on Euronext

Media company Naspers announced on Monday, 25 March 2019 that it will be listing on Euronext Amsterdam, this is according to a report by Daily Maverick. All of Naspers' international assets will be listed in a company that would still be controlled by JSE-listed Naspers. Read more on this...

26 Mar 2019

Fourth Lisbon Advertising Festival open for entries

The fourth edition of the Lisbon Advertising Festival is officially open for entries. A discounted 30% on early bird tickets is available. The festival takes place on 20 September 2019. To enter, click here.

26 Mar 2019

7 more days left for Gerety Awards submissions

Entries for the 2019 Gerety Awards will close on 1 April 2019. Ten executive judging sessions held around the world that will create the shortlist. The same media is judged together in the Cut/category into which it was entered. A numerical voting system is then used and winners will be...

25 Mar 2019

AFI completes Condè Nast International Luxury Conference sponsorship deal

African Fashion International (AFI) is officially a partner of the Condè Nast International Luxury Conference after it completed a sponsorship deal. The conference will be held in Cape Town from 9 to 11 April 2019. The last day of the conference coincides with the opening of AFI Cape Town Fashion...

25 Mar 2019

Entries for Wan-Ifra's Print Innovation Awards now open

The World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (Wan-Ifra) has opened entries for the second annual Print Innovation Awards. The competition celebrates the most innovative print ads as well as newspaper and magazine publishers' products worldwide. The awards will be presented in Berlin on...

25 Mar 2019

30th M&M Global Awards entries now open

Submissions may be entered for the 30th M&M Global Awards. The awards recognise the best in media and marketing worldwide. The awards are open to agencies, media owners and advertisers for their strategy, execution and delivery. Twenty-seven categories have been crafted to shine a light on the...

22 Mar 2019

John Norman joins Havas as chief creative officer

AdWeek reports that John Norman is Havas' new chief creative officer in Chicago. He will oversee a creative department with a client roster that includes Hefty, Reynolds, Orbitz, Mike's Hard Lemonade, Cracker Barrel and Moen. Norman replaces Havas North America co-chairman and CCO Jason Peterson,...

22 Mar 2019

What's in the news on social media?

Acumen Media has collated the week's top stories on social media. Let's have a look.The ongoing load shedding has had many expressing their frustration; its mention on social media reached 70% of the week's most talked-about subjects. Despite President Cyril Ramaphosa's nation address, Human Rights...

22 Mar 2019

Red Dot Award: Brands & Communication Design entries are now open

Entries for the 2019 Red Dot Award: Brands & Communication Design are officially open until 28 June 2019. The award is open to designers, agencies, companies and brand creators. In line with the motto "In search of good design and creativity", the jury will award the Red Dot award to convincing...

19 Mar 2019

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