All hell has broken loose following the reported sale of a young Venda woman to the SABC’s second in command. Lies, betrothals and media falsifications… it has all the makings of a soap-opera.
The editorial staff over at The Cape Times are becoming increasingly worried that their editorial independence is under threat. It all started when Cape Times editor, Alide Dasnois, was fired unexpectedly by the paper’s new owners, Sekunjalo Independent Media.
Yes, we see the irony in an online publication running a story about the decline of newspapers. But still. It has been revealed that weekend newspaper circulation has dropped by 7,5% in the past year. That is significant.
It looks like Rupert Murdoch might be keen to expand his media empire yet again. Reports have indicated that the old man is now after the Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Tribune.
Last week, we reported on a picture that appeared on The Citizen’s front page. It was an image of the recent suicide attack in Kabul. Shortly after the paper came out, Johann “Slang” Hattingh alerted the rest of us to the fact that the image was actually Photoshopped – leading to questions regarding the ethics of the journalism.
WARNING: Graphic content. Yesterday morning, the Citizen newspaper decided to run a front page image of the bomb blast that killed eight South Africans in Afghanistan, but they manipulated the image. The image depicted above is the image that the Citizen ran on their front page. However, the image had been digitally manipulated, despite concerns [...]
But it’s not that bad. South African daily newspaper circulation has been declining by roughly five per cent year on year since 2008, and the second quarter of 2012 has proven this is still happening, but not as badly as some may have thought. There have been a few publications that have bucked the trend.
The Sekunjalo Consortium has made a multi-billion rand bid to buy Independent Newspapers, but they might want to knock off R1 million from that bid for the “kickback” Independent took from Auction Alliance last year.
Rebekah Brooks and former Downing Street spin doctor, Andy Coulson, are among eight people who have finally been officially charged in relation to phone hacking, the British Crown Prosecution Service has today confirmed.
If there is one typo you never, ever want to make, it’s typing Nelson Mandela’s name incorrectly. On his birthday. What makes this more than astounding, is that the production of a banner like that typically goes from copywriter, to designer, to management sign-off, to campaign management, and then it would go live. And not a single [...]
The debate over whether Independent Newspapers took a money-received “discount” from Auction Alliance as part of a property auction last year left the media as quickly as it entered it.
Independent News and Media, the country’s largest newspaper group, may be up for sale. Of course, the first question that gets raised when these kind of things happen, which they don’t really, is are there politically connected buyers lining up to bid for the group?
Yesterday, Nando’s made a decision to hit back at our nation’s broadcasters. They published a summary of their pro-diversity advert in the Sunday papers in response to the SABC, DSTV, M-Net and e.tv banning the advert.
They say: “They’ve made the decision for you. Unlike our broadcasters, we’re giving you the right to choose.”
That’s how we feel too, because nobody should treat you like a child.
Click through to enjoy the ad in all its glory.
It’s not often Juju gets good press. In fact, we couldn’t really remember the last time it happened. But, we’re going to give him the benefit of the doubt that he wrote this all himself now that he is well into his BA degree in communications through Unisa. Yesterday, Malema touched on some very important notions in a column for the City Press; notions that Nelson Mandela raised as critical 18 years ago.
Earlier we reported that Rebekah Brooks, the ex-News of the World editor, and her husband, Charlie Brooks, had been charged with conspiracy to pervert the course of justice. Another four people have also been charged. Rebekah and her husband have come out fighting however, and have called the charges “weak and unjust”.
News has just emerged that Former News Of The World editor, Rebekah Brooks, and her racehorse trainer husband Charlie Brooks, have been charged with perverting the course of justice in relation to the phone-hacking scandal.
Politicians reacted angrily at the decision to move Lieutenant-General Richard Mdluli out of his crime intelligence position yesterday. A collective feeling amongst opposition parties was that this was simply not good enough, and that Mdluli should be suspended again.
By now, many people within South Africa’s news-following public are familiar with the recent burst of racism that took place on South Africa’s twittersphere involving a model and a “model”. Mistakes were made, but the backlash and long-term effects from a social and mainstream media clamouring may have devastating consequences on the individuals involved. Things begin to go pearshaped when the media is inaccurate with information that disperses frantically when a news story of this nature breaks.
On World Press Freedom Day, the highly acclaimed writer, and Nobel Prize winner for literature, Nadine Gordimer, called for the Protection of Information Bill to be “rejected in its entirety.” She launched the scathing rebuttal in an article entitled, “South Africa: The New Threat to Freedom”, on the New York Review of Books website.
Both James and Rupert Murdoch are due to give new evidence to the Leveson Inquiry into press standards, starting today. James will appear first, followed by his father, tomorrow. The inquiry will now focus on the relationship between the press and politicians.
It was only going to be a matter of time before we started seeing the real impact of e-readers on paperback sales. On top of the figure quoted in the headline above, industry analysts, Nielsen BookScan, say that overall, total book sales are down by 11 per cent, according to their latest figures.
Greg has done it. He is now earning more than he would have been earning if he hadn’t exposed the rotten core of ethical detachment at Goldman Sachs. There was a bidding war for the rights to publish Greg’s memoir, and a division of the Hachette Book Group, Grand Central, outbid Penguin to get them.
On March 9 2012, the Cape Argus officially changed its format and added a morning edition. The broadsheet is now only available in a size at about half of what it used to be, and the layout has been given a visually stimulating modernisation. We caught up with executive editor, Gasant Abarder, to find out more.
Obviously. The credibility of Rupert Murdoch’s News International has been thrown into further disarray as the media giant finally admitted in the High Court that it had also illegally been accessing emails. This follows the emergence of some 36 hacking settlements yesterday.
A short while ago, Rupert Murdoch’s British newspaper company agreed to pay damages to 36 high-profile victims of tabloid phone-hacking. On top of this, News Corp has acknowledged to victims that executives covered up the scale of the unlawful activity by destroying evidence and lying to investigators.
The DA, and Helen Zille in particular, is furious about a letter they received from Independent Newspapers, inviting the them to advertise in a special feature on the ANC’s centenary celebrations. The proposition for advertising in the supplement appeared on a letter with the Independent Newspapers letterhead alongside an ANC logo, and may be perceived as endorsement, according to Zille.
The Democratic Alliance today launched an aggressive campaign to protest the current form of the draft Protection of Information Bill. The political party is calling on all South Africans to join forces and show their support against the legislation, while also planning more protests.