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Magazines ABC Q4 2019: A subdued quarter for magazines
Magazines ABC Q4 2019: A subdued quarter for magazinesArticle

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

Newspapers ABC Q4 2019: A lacklustre final quarter for newspapers
Newspapers ABC Q4 2019: A lacklustre final quarter for newspapersArticle

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

Magazines ABC Q3 2019: Improved or static decline for magazine sector
Magazines ABC Q3 2019: Improved or static decline for magazine sectorArticle

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

Isolezwe raises the bar
Isolezwe raises the barArticle

Isolezwe, the country's third-largest daily newspaper by circulation, is maintaining its trendsetter status in the vernacular market...

Issued by Independent Media 4 Nov 2019

Various Visi covers.
African design inspo and that almost 100-issue strong Visi visionArticle

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

New Media publication (VISI) wins global design award
New Media publication (VISI) wins global design awardArticle

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

Saturday Citizen Travel supplement now weekly
Saturday Citizen Travel supplement now weeklyArticle

Where in the world would you like to go? A sun-kissed tropical beach? A lofty European cathedral? An Irish pub? Or a Lowveld bush braai, with lion roaring in the distance?...

Issued by The Citizen 9 Mar 2018

Significant losses for some in Q2 ABC
Significant losses for some in Q2 ABCArticle

The ABC figures for Q2 released this morning contained few surprises with press and magazines declining over Q1 and over the prior year...

Danette Breitenbach 10 Aug 2017

Federico Rostagno © –
ABC Q1 2017: A mixed bagArticle

The first quarter 2017 Audit Bureau of Circulations of South Africa's ABC figures released this morning show the trend of the decline in newspaper and magazine sales continues...

Danette Breitenbach 10 May 2017

Fei Wong © –
Real-time advertising can catapult newspapers to greater revenuesArticle

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

Thurgood and Raphaely
#InnovationMonth: "Repetition is a dirty word"Article

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

The June 2016 cover, displayed on iPad.
#YouthMonth: Exposing Edgars' 100,000 download magicArticle

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

Print success through 360° content
Print success through 360° contentArticle

They've done it again! A year after my interview with Julia Raphaely, chief executive officer of Associated Media Publishing on embracing digital for print to prosper, AMP has again seen outstanding Q3 ABC figures...

Leigh Andrews 4 Dec 2015

Why playing it straight and true always wins
Why playing it straight and true always winsArticle

With the newspaper industry taking a double-hit from the expansion of digital publishing and the 2008 recession, publishers are scrambling to keep the business alive...

Sipho Hlongwane 13 Nov 2015

Independent Media titles only daily newspapers showing ABC growth
Independent Media titles only daily newspapers showing ABC growthArticle

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

Are we ready to take responsibility for SAARF's AMPS data accuracy?
Are we ready to take responsibility for SAARF's AMPS data accuracy?Article

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

Newspaper circulation is down but not outArticle

The global newspaper industry is under pressure and publishers need to be innovative.

Mpumelelo Mkhabela 9 Sep 2013

Early bird entries close today for the Pica Awards
Early bird entries close today for the Pica AwardsArticle

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

Chris Botha
Content owners are here to stayArticle

I'm not concerned about the future of newspapers because I foresee a rosy future for the medium.

Chris Botha 9 Jul 2013

Highlights of The Media's April edition
Highlights of The Media's April editionArticle

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

Adspend and small publications out in the coldArticle

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

Chris Moerdyk
The ABC of The New AgeArticle

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

Media Awards 2012: Never a dull moment
Media Awards 2012: Never a dull momentArticle

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

Four-year category trend by quarter for consumer magazines: Circulation increased annually by 1.4% (406,000 copies) over the period. (Graph courtesy of Gordon Patterson’s presentation of Q3 2012 figures.)
ABC Q3 figures forecast tough timesArticle

"It's going to be a tough Christmas," concluded Gordon Patterson in his presentation of the third-quarter (Q3) Audit Bureau of Circulations (ABC) figures released in Johannesburg last week.

Gill Moodie 21 Nov 2012

Gisèle Wertheim Aymés
Wertheim Aymés snapping up StuffArticle

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

Landbou.com at digital cutting edge for SA magazines
Landbou.com at digital cutting edge for SA magazinesArticle

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

Don't be quick to eliminate printArticle

The debate over whether online media will replace print has been going for years, but SA's media dynamics are unlike those anywhere else in the world.

Felix Erken 20 Sep 2012

Wesley Lynch
E-zines and digital dailies: Could apps save the publishing industry?Article

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

Gill Moodie
Isolezwe shows how it's done in ABC resultsArticle

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

M&G, Argus and Cape Times ABC backstories reveal future trends
M&G, Argus and Cape Times ABC backstories reveal future trendsArticle

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

Sales rocket for Durban daily and its weekend editionsArticle

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

Aiming for relevance to changing readership - FHM's Brendan Cooper
Aiming for relevance to changing readership - FHM's Brendan CooperArticle

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

Gill Moodie
isiZulu papers, City Press are the ABC circ winnersArticle

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

Set for more growth after 10 years, says Isolezwe editor Mazwi Xaba
Set for more growth after 10 years, says Isolezwe editor Mazwi XabaArticle

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

The Star Africa is unapologetically black - editor Makhudu Sefara
The Star Africa is unapologetically black - editor Makhudu SefaraArticle

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

No easy lessons from The Citizen's bold publishing move
No easy lessons from The Citizen's bold publishing moveArticle

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

Magazine ABC circ holds promise but consumer loyalty declining
Magazine ABC circ holds promise but consumer loyalty decliningArticle

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

New owner's progress at FBR
New owner's progress at FBRArticle

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

EXCLUSIVE: Rapport follows City Press with glossy magazine supplement launch
EXCLUSIVE: Rapport follows City Press with glossy magazine supplement launchArticle

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

M&G adjusts for reading trends
M&G adjusts for reading trendsArticle

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

We aim to be inclusive, not exclusive - City Press's Ferial Haffajee
We aim to be inclusive, not exclusive - City Press's Ferial HaffajeeArticle

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

EXCLUSIVE: Media24's new Sunday tabloid Scoop! aims for 1.6m readers
EXCLUSIVE: Media24's new Sunday tabloid Scoop! aims for 1.6m readersArticle

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

[Biz Takeouts Podcast] 11: Lots of letters - DA/ST/TBWA, RAMS, ABCs, BMW...
[Biz Takeouts Podcast] 11: Lots of letters - DA/ST/TBWA, RAMS, ABCs, BMW...Article

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

Magazines holding up well, newspapers still struggling, says ABC
Magazines holding up well, newspapers still struggling, says ABCArticle

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

Magazines, weekly papers bounce back, daily papers bite dust - ABC
Magazines, weekly papers bounce back, daily papers bite dust - ABCArticle

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

New designs for niche publicationsArticle

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

Zulu Sunday Times makes sense but will it make money?
Zulu Sunday Times makes sense but will it make money?Article

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

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