If you want to make a quick buck, so the saying goes, stay out of media. If your heart's set, we could add, stay out of business media. The stumbling blocks to profit in the sector are legion, and it's not as if there's a lack of competition. Here Kevin Bloom looks at some brands that have come up with innovative responses to the challenges.
If the point of journalism is to "speak truth to power", the month of October reconfirmed the purpose of South African media. Expressions of surprise at the candour of certain editorial pieces (implying frankness is not something we're used to?) were rife across the industry, followed closely by guesses as to what the eventual consequences might be.
This year, as a variation on the theme in last December's African issue, we have decided to focus solely on the South African media companies doing business north of our borders. We have done this because it's far more relevant to our readers.
The new CEO of the SABC Dali Mpofu has a plan to take the public broadcaster into Africa on an unprecedented scale. It involves two 24-hour channels in a range of colonial and indigenous languages. It involves content tailor-made for each of the continent's economic blocs. It involves the aspirations of Nepad and the African Union. It will take massive political and financial clout to achieve. Kevin Bloom reports.
The breakfast jocks are the big hitters in adult contemporary radio - they have a big effect on advertiser demand and a station's rates. Jeremy Mansfield has dominated the genre for almost a decade, but is his time up? Kevin Bloom reports.
Following a period of sustained criticism for cutting back or cancelling the air-time of gay and Christian groups, SABC national station Radio 2000 has reacted strongly with the assertion that their new programme schedule – implemented this month – fulfils the public broadcasting mandate as dictated by regulator Icasa.