Don’t buy this book

I DO not usually review second-rate books because I see little point. I prefer to encourage writing and reading by focusing on the vast amounts of interesting material on offer. Today I make a kind of exception. I say “kind of” because the book I want to deal with is …  Continue reading

My regrets

A couple of other commentators have called me on my Business Day column last week, particularly the tone of it – and I think they have a point. There were some important things I was looking to address, but I did it in the wrong way, and I regret it. …  Continue reading

Sorry, SACP …

This is what the SACP said about me this week: “The likes of Anton Harber are questioning the ownership of Iqbal [Survé’s] consortium, but they do not expose the greediness of their owners at Media 24 and Caxton.” This came in the context of an attack on the SA National …  Continue reading

The Red Shoe Minister, the former journalist, the current editor and the Press Council: A tale of intrigue and irony

The Press Council has said it is unable to consider a complaint by Minster of Communications Minister Dina Pula’s spokesperson, former journalist Wisani Ngobeni, against Sunday Times editor Phylicia Oppelt. Its reasons are intriguing, and worth closer scrutiny, particularly when one keeps in mind the claim that the self-regulatory system …  Continue reading

Time to come clean, Dr Survé

Dr Iqbal Survé is being secretive about his consortium’s purchase of Independent News and Media, and this is starting to sour his arrival in the news industry. Dr Survé has declined to identify the shareholders in his Sekunjalo Independent Media consortium, which is acquiring one of the country’s biggest news …  Continue reading

Change. For the better? Maybe

Who would have thought the Mail & Guardian would be the most stable player in the South African newspaper market? With ownership changing at both Independent newspapers and BDFM, editorships and publishing jobs up for grabs in that group, new editors at Sunday Times and the Times and the Times …  Continue reading