Matebello Motloung

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Bringing business to the people

SABC economics editor Siki Mgabadeli dreams of a world where business news is accessible to Joe Public and she is determined to make it happen. That is one of the reasons why she won the 2007 Vodacom Rising Star Award for exceptional women in the media under the age of 30. Matebello Motloung spoke to her.

Editor vs Brand: Who dominates?

Editors are increasingly under pressure to be more than just in charge of editorial content but also to be brand ambassadors for their publications. This may be beneficial in building the profile of the magazine but what happens when brand and editor start competing? Whose star should shine the brightest? Matebello Motloung looks at the dynamics of the brand-editor relationship.

Mathatha Tsedu: The distinct African

<i>City Press</i> editor Mathatha Tsedu's vision of creating a "distinctly African" newspaper is finally paying off. For the first time in four years, it sold more than 200,000 copies. Matebello Motloung asks him why this strategy failed with the <i>Sunday Times</i> and where he is taking his newspaper.

Plekkie in die Son

The Afrikaans media has in the past demonstrated an uncanny ability to adapt to change while managing to retain a loyal following. Matebello Motloung considers some of the challenges faced by the strongest vernacular media in South Africa and its role in the democratic dispensation.

In the Absence of Oprah

South African broadcasting entered a new era in 1992 when the country's first television talk show, The Felicia Mabuza-Suttle Show, premiered on SABC. However, 15 years later, local chat shows continue to be overshadowed by their more popular US counterparts in what must now be an old genre. Are the benchmarks set by the likes of The Oprah Winfrey Show too unattainable for local producers? Matebello Motloung finds out.

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