Let’s all take a deep breath on the fight over New Age’s circulation and finances. The argument over whether they have been subsidised by parastatals and government departments because they are ANC-friendly is getting out of hand, and the tone of exchanges on both sides is going beyond the healthy … Continue reading
So, the Guptas are building a media empire. They have a lot of money to throw around. First, they have a newspaper which is losing money hand over foot, despite sympathetic advertising and subscriptions agreements from government and parastatals. Now they are partners in a new 24-hour news channel on … Continue reading
FNB certainly stuck its neck out with the advert which has infuriated the ANC so much. It goes beyond the norm for a bank to use its resources to give voice to young people on the views of where this country is or should be headed. But we don’t hear … Continue reading
I have now had three accounts of interventions at the SABC to pull back on coverage of Julius Malema as the rogue ANC Youth League leader does the rounds to stir up trouble and revolt. There have been two newspaper reports: one in the M&G last Friday of a confrontation … Continue reading
… something I have found myself – like so many others, according to the stats – needing to do less and less these days. It turns out it was a caricature of itself, which got me thinking about their announced move into 24-hour news. They covered at some length President … Continue reading
When does a newspaper cross the line from selling space to selling its soul? This is a question raised by MTN’s recent Mahala Thursdays campaign which was splashed across all media – including newspaper front pages and headlines and other elements normally protected as sacrosanct editorial space. Continue reading
Was the symbolism of the ANC’s centenary celebration carefully chosen, or the result of lack of thought? Continue reading
We should be careful not to romanticize war photographers. Anyone who has spent time with a bunch of them will know that it is easy to glorify the mixture of courage and foolishness, the adrenalin addiction, the search for “bang-bang” that drives them. But we must never stop appreciating them, and what they do for us … Continue reading
You have to be totally dismayed at the apparent collapse – again – of SABC governance. The hopes that this new board represented a fresh broom to sweep the rot out of the Auckland Park headquarters and re-establish a notion of independent, public service broadcasting, are rapidly fading. Continue reading
In Beeld this Saturday, I wrote of the implications of the Minister of Communications publishing what was the worst piece of draft legislation I have seen ever. What does it mean if one puts out a scrappy, contradictory, ill-considered Bill that has not even been discussed with your cabinet colleagues?
On the eTV controversy, I think there are two separate questions to ask and answer: was eTV wise to run this interview; and are the police wise to react so sternly? Continue reading
Probing behind the Nasper’s results shows some interesting things: how bad things are in newspapers, how our TV market is changing quietly, and just how big and powerful Naspers is. Continue reading
The Department of Communications responded firmly to the auditor-general’s report into the SABC.
The report showed that there appears to have been wild and uninhibited pilfering of the SABC coffers under former Group CEO Dali Mpofu and financial director Robin Nicholson (still, incidentally, the man with the keys to the safe). One’s immediate response was that at last someone was showing strong leadership at the department and taking a firm hand. But the measures they proposed were a direct move to usurp the role of the new SABC board and take control into the Ministry. Continue reading