The final quarter of the 2019 Audit Bureau of Circulations of South Africa (ABC)'s magazine circulation results was a subdued affair, characterised by further decreases, with only a few publications able to boast good to excellent increases on the quarter and the prior year...
Danette Breitenbach 12 Feb 2020
The decline in newspaper circulation continued in the last quarter of the Audit Bureau of Circulation of South Africa's results for 2019, with Q4 showing a decline of 4.7% on the previous quarter and 9.1% on the prior year...
Danette Breitenbach 12 Feb 2020
In a quarter once again characterised by the suspension of a number of titles, changing reporting cycles of some publications, failure by some publications to submit data and a number of publications discontinued, the ABC total magazine circulation declined by 3.2% on the previous quarter...
Danette Breitenbach 5 Nov 2019
Visi magazine's editor-in-chief Sumien Brink explains how New Media's bi-monthly décor, design and architecture-first magazine has proven its endurance and longevity over the past 20 years...
Leigh Andrews 3 Oct 2018
Ahead of its much-anticipated 100th issue in early 2019, New Media-owned décor, design and architecture brand VISI has been awarded the A'Design Award for Best Design Media...
Issued by New Media 21 Sep 2018
Publications can improve advertising revenues if they take advantage of real-time print adverts and that will help not only their ailing fortunes but the ailing fortunes of publishing printers, too...
Vaughan Patterson 13 Apr 2017
Associated Media group CEO Julia Raphaely talks us through the collaborative benefit of shifting from silo structure and instead having creatives work with other creatives, as well as how they continue to innovate and shine despite market conditions on the downturn...
Leigh Andrews 14 Sep 2016
With everyone and their grandma reading content on their phones these days, digital magazine apps are by no means just the realm of the youth. Here's how Edgars Club Magazine is repeatedly delighting its downloaders...
Leigh Andrews 3 Jun 2016
Independent Media has in its stable the only two daily newspapers in South Africa to have increased their circulations this quarter - Isolezwe and the Cape Argus...
Issued by Independent Media 17 Aug 2015
Touted as the start on the long road to recovery SAARF needed 40 years on, Cape Town was the final leg of the SAARF AMPS June 2014a roadshow...
Leigh Andrews 23 Oct 2014
The 44th annual Pica Awards hosted by the Magazine Publishers Association of South Africa (MPASA) is known as the Oscars of the SA magazine entry. Early bird entries closing today, 23 August.
23 Aug 2013
The April issue of The Media magazine, jam packed with insightful information on what's happening in the media industry, features the topic of corruption in the media industry. Joanna Wright investigates allegations of out and out fraud in the media industry.
15 Apr 2013
Small publications are battling to attract advertising spend from media buyers and courting advertising agencies is proving to be a waste of time.
25 Mar 2013
In the cutthroat world of newspaper and magazine publishing, it has been fairly predictable that pretty much all the competitors of The New Age have been vociferous about parastatals and other advertiser supporting the paper when it doesn't have Audit Bureau of Circulations (ABC) certification.
Chris Moerdyk 12 Feb 2013
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
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: @grubstreetSA 13 Nov 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: @grubstreetSA 2 Oct 2012
The most recent ABC figures have painted a picture of decline for newspapers, including a 6.7% drop in circulation figures for dailies and 4,9% for weekend papers. Although magazines are holding strong, they are becoming luxury items, able to compete because they are by nature more niched than newspapers.
Wesley Lynch 17 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: @grubstreetSA 6 Sep 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: @grubstreetSA 23 Aug 2012
At Isolezwe, it is a case of the team keeping their feet on the ground while the isiZulu title reaches for the stars as circulation figures continue to push the outer limits.
Issued by Independent Media 25 May 2012
In the very competitive magazine world, you must take action or die - which is why FHM's successful former editor, Brendan Cooper, has been brought back from management to the editor's seat. Cooper tells Bizcommunity how he's going to put the magazine back on track, how the readership has changed and why the lad-mag era is over.
Gill Moodie: @grubstreetSA 24 May 2012
We're getting used to seeing newspaper circulation figures taking a beating these days but the fact that a few can buck the trend also tells us that all is not lost. Among the Audit Bureau of Circulations (ABC) figures for the first quarter of 2012 that were released on Thursday, 17 May 2012, the isiZulu newspapers are still on their incredible upwards trajectory.
Gill Moodie: @grubstreetSA 17 May 2012
Independent Newspapers' Isolezwe - the SA newspaper industry phenomenon - turned 10 last month, and its daily edition is still putting on sales while its more recent Saturday and Sunday editions are also growing. Editor Mazwi Xaba tells Bizcommunity how Isolezwe's readers have moved up socially and economically with the paper, why its rootsy content is unassailable from English-language competitors and about the challenges of working with isiZulu as a newspaper language.
Gill Moodie: @grubstreetSA 8 May 2012
In the last of a series of interviews with the top editorial managers of Independent Newspapers, The Star's new editor Makhudu Sefara tells Bizcommunity.com why the Africa edition is a bold move to turn around circulation decline - and we should pay attention because he pulled this off at Sunday Independent.
Gill Moodie: @grubstreetSA 17 Apr 2012
Two years ago Caxton's The Citizen took one of the boldest steps in recent South African publishing history when it dropped its cover price 33%, from R4.50 to R3, and took its advertising rates down by about 20%. It was a high-risk move aimed at growing circulation and gaining market share in Gauteng. The Citizen's publisher, Greg Stewart, tells Bizcommunity.com what the brave move has meant for the paper, what he's learned from it and where he thinks the industry is going.
Gill Moodie: @grubstreetSA 12 Apr 2012
The latest Bureau of Circulations (ABC) figures - for the last quarter of 2011 that were released in Cape Town recently - told a grim story for newspapers but, curiously, the magazines are faring better.
Gill Moodie: @grubstreetSA 29 Feb 2012
Since taking over the publishing of Food & Beverage Reporter (FBR) magazine in June 2011, PS Publishing have made several changes to its editorial, publishing and advertising teams resulting in an increase of ABC figures.
29 Feb 2012
Rapport has followed the path set out by City Press late last year by awarding its magazine supplement, My Tyd, to content marketing firm New Media, and Elmari Rautenbach has been appointed as launch editor.
Herman Manson: @marklives 23 Feb 2012
Two major trends have reshaped business journalism, says Mail & Guardian (M&G) editor Nic Dawes. First, sophisticated market analysis and investment writing (including stock picking advice) has been almost entirely "privatised" - that is, taken over by brokerages and banks, which send their clients boutique newsletters and bulletins, some of them written by analysts who were once journalists.
13 Dec 2011
There's a real buzz about City Press, especially with the launch of its new i magazine supplement this month. Since Ferial Haffajee took over the paper's editorship more than two years ago, it has lifted its game on several fronts, going head to head with rival Sunday Times, breaking big stories and setting the news agenda. Haffajee tells Bizcommunity.com about the pains of repositioning and where the paper is going from here.
Gill Moodie: @grubstreetSA 27 Oct 2011
Media24 is launching a new English-language Sunday tabloid newspaper, called Scoop!, at the end of October 2011, Bizcommunity.com can reveal exclusively. It will be launched in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal under the guidance of Peet Bothma, the editor of the very successful Sondag tabloid.
Gill Moodie: @grubstreetSA 3 Oct 2011
It's takeout time again, and last week Wednesday, 17 August 2011, we talked luxury vehicles, premium banking, the latest RAMS and ABC figures, as well as how to get iPad newspaper iMaverick free. The podcast of the Bizcommunity/Chai FM Marketing & Media radio show, Wednesdays 6pm-7pm on 101.9 FM in Johannesburg and via streaming audio, is now available. [twitterfall]
19 Aug 2011
South African magazines are holding up well and growing consistently despite the economic uncertainty, the Audit Bureau of Circulations (ABC) said earlier today, Tuesday, 17 May 2011, upon releasing the 2011 first quarter circulation figures. Unfortunately, this cannot be said about newspapers, which are still struggling due to the availability of free content on several digital platforms.
Issa Sikiti da Silva 17 May 2011
The total circulation of South African weekly newspapers has reflected a dramatic turnaround, increasing by 14% in the last quarter of 2009, compared to a previous decline of 5.7%. Kuier, Rooi Rose and Marie Claire lead the pack in the consumer magazine category, growing by 121.9% (all copy sales), 21.8% and 19.2%, respectively, according to figures released this morning, Thursday, 24 February 2011, in Cape Town by the Audit Bureau of Circulations (ABC).
Issa Sikiti da Silva 24 Feb 2011
Saltwater GIRL magazine has a new design and editor and Afropolitan magazine is producing its Collector's Edition, also with a new design for 2011. Saltwater GIRL also wished to reassure the industry that the withdrawal of ABC figures related to Saltwater Angler magazine and not to its publication, which maintain its 23 634 readership figures.
22 Nov 2010
The only question I have about an isiZulu edition of the Sunday Times is why Avusa took so long to think about it. The move was logical: the huge Zulu population in KwaZulu-Natal is well-known for wanting things in its own language and by far the biggest radio station in South Africa is the SABC's Ukhozi FM.
Chris Moerdyk: @chrismoerdyk 8 Nov 2010