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acousticsNOW presents RETROFEST#2

Posted by radio On October - 10 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

Following the inaugural success of RETROFEST#1, acousticsNOW is proud to present RETROFEST#2 in association with MINI.

Featuring a selection of South Africa’s best contemporary acoustic musicians performing songs exclusively from the 1960s & 1970s – a time when Music changed the World.


Compositions by Bob Dylan, The Beatles, Rodriguez, Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, The Doors, Fleetwood Mac, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Richie Havens, Joni Mitchell, The Mamas & The Papas, Johnny Cash, Simon & Garfunkel, Neil Young, Led Zeppelin, Donovan, Otis Redding & more will be brought to life by local talents:


Kahn Morbee

Albert Frost

Michael Lowman

Frankie Beagle

Shotgun Tori

Tidal Waves



NIROX Sculpture Park is nestled in the Cradle Of Humankind – a World Heritage Site – with its luscious amphitheatre set to be the stage for RETROFEST#2. The natural surroundings and manicured landscape will create the perfect platform for people to experience some of the greatest songs ever written.

Cuisine on offer will be courtesy of The Epicurian Emporium – a collective of high-end food stalls from the burgeoning food & design market, with emphasis on healthy, naturally-sourced options, as well as eco-friendly foodwares.


Gates open at 10h00, live music starts at 11h00 and the festival will conclude in the early evening.

Festival-goers will be treated to a full day of Music, Food, Art & Nature.


CALEO Wealth Management is the anchor sponsor for the NIROX Foundation’s on-going concert programme.

MINI is an associate sponsor of RETROFEST#2.


Tickets are available for on-line pre-sale from or at R300.

Tickets for sale at the Gate at R320.

All ages welcome. Children under 12 pay half-price.

No food/drinks/pets through the gate.

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Gareth Cliff to discuss Radio business

Posted by radio On October - 2 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

[By: Farai Diza]


A host of local and international music industry heavyweights will converge at New Town’s Market Theatre on the 3rd of October for an inspiring one day music conference aptly named Breathe Sunshine Engage.


The whole concept behind the conference is to pummel the minds of those interested in knowing more about the music industry. Delegates will engage in topical panel discussions and stimulating sessions focused on building the industry.


Among the speakers is radio veteran Gareth Cliff who is lined up to talk about the future of radio in South Africa and his experience in launching his own online radio portal, CliffCentral.


Cliff and his Cliff Central crew have redefined the art of online radio as they are now broadcasting their popular breakfast show on the WeChat application through live streaming. Cliff has already reiterated that he wants to use the internet to turn radio in South Africa on its head.


“I’m not interested in shocking anyone – we just want to give people a valuable listening and viewing experience. There is a lot of content – entertainment, intelligence, inspiration and empowerment. It’s so much more than playing eight songs an hour,” he elaborated.


The impeding success of Cliff Central has shown listeners are slowly moving away from the daily routine of listening to radio in their cars and moving with the changes by turning to their phones for radio outside the car.

Some of the artistes who are billed to play an integral role at the conference include Euphonic, HHP, DJ Zinhle, The Parlotenes, Khan Morbee and Black Coffee.

Australian electronic duo, The Presets, agreed to pop over before their set at Vodacom In The City. The hugely popular act will share their insights on how to break out of small geographical territories, how they tour other countries, and elaborate on the challenges they have faced.

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Isidingo celebrates 4000th episode

Posted by radio On October - 1 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

SABC3’s most cherished local drama series, Isidingo, is nearing its 4000th episode on Wednesday, 1 October 2014!


This impressive milestone is a culmination of near countless and equally compelling moments in the years spent producing story bound tales of the Horizon Deep citizens. Isidingo has uncovered topical storylines to viewers since the show first premiered way back on a Tuesday, 7 July 1998.


A show, never far from challenging convention and equally celebrating multiple wins throughout its two decades of broadcasting, remains ever resilient. The set of Isidingo also survived an unexpected fire too, all while continuing to grow in storyline and audience with every new episode broadcast.


Today the show also has a fan base extending as far afield as Tanzania and Uganda. New faces and talent continue to be attracted to the amazing team of writers and cast alike. Recent new arrival Head Writer, Rohan Dickson, is just one example of a talent helping grow the brand. The writing team provides pertinent and locally relevant stories that everyday South Africans can relate to, while also edifying viewers in the process.


“It is an immense proud moment and a remarkable milestone which we are delighted to have reached, MD Endemol SA, Sivan Pillay says. “For 4000 episodes Isidingo has entrenched itself as a credible show with stories that relate to South African society by encompassing the ideal of one nation viewing. We hope to entertain fans for many years to come”


The series success lies, in part, in its ability to tackle stories that strike the lives of real South Africans, as it explores the diverse worlds of how the rich can affect the poor, right through to how their lives can entwine. Horizon Deep has been full of amazing moments which have made the fictional city a household name.


“Isidingo has built a challenging track record that makes all parties involved in the production proud and inspired to achieve more,” Aisha Mohamed, Head of Bouquet: SABC3 confirms. “This is an outstanding landmark for the show and we are very proud, and pleased to be associated with one of the country’s top daily dramas. We would like to express thanks to the brilliant cast of Isidingo and the production team from Endemol for generating captivating storylines that our viewers can look forward to weekdays at 7pm.”


The 4000th episode celebrates the hard work of all the cast and crew who have contributed in the success of the show. The flagship series has seen some cast members such as Hlomla Dandala and Darren Kelfkens transitioning from being actors on the show to now directing the masterpiece.


Isidingo is at its core a show for Africans, written and produced and televised by Africans – making it some of the most compelling, relevant and engaging television produced on the continent today. What the next 4000 episodes hold Mzansi will dictate.


Executive Producer Pumla Hopa, who has been with the show since its first episode, added “We would like to thank SABC 3 and our viewers for their continued support. We are very proud to have reached this milestone. We love being part of the South African TV landscape and being able to have a positive influence in people’s lives on a daily basis. The journey has been exciting and we look forward to continue participating as a major contributor in the narrative of South Africa as we continue growing as a country”.



[Issued by: SABC]

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Metro FM and SABC3 shine at the 2014 Loerie Awards

Posted by radio On September - 30 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

Metro FM brought home silver in the category (Digital & Interactive – Social Media) while SABC 3 (Expresso) won Campaign Craft Certificate in the category (Radio Crafts – Performance) both commercials were produced by King James II.


The Loerie Awards took place recently in Cape Town and were first held in 1978, as a mechanism to support and grow television advertising. Since then the awards have expanded to encompass every area of  brand communication including radio and print advertising, design, architecture, direct marketing, non-broadcast video, live events, and digital media.

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CNBC Africa partners with Reuters

Posted by radio On September - 26 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

[By:Farai Diza]


Media professionals gathered in Sandown last Friday to witness the ground breaking and much publicised partnership between Thompson Reuters and CNBC Africa to provide the broadcasters various platforms across Africa with the latest financial data and analytical tools.


The partnership joins two of the most powerful news and information brands to supply cutting edge news and financial analysis to the African market. Thompson Reuters has 196 people on the African continent spread across Kenya, Nigeria, Mauritius, Senegal, Ivory Coast, Ghana, and South Africa.


Thompson Reuters is the leading source of intelligent information for the world’s businesses and professionals, providing customers with a competitive advantage. Intelligent information if a unique synthesis of human intelligence, industry expertise and innovative technology that provides decision makers with the knowledge to act, enabling them to make better decisions faster.


Through approximately 60 000 employees across more than 100 countries, Thomson Reuters works across geographical and cultural boundaries to deliver the best insight to the financial and risk, legal, tax and accounting, intellectual property and science and media markets powered by the world’s most trusted news organisation.


“Both Thompson Reuters and CNBC Africa have a strong presence in Africa, which makes this partnership even more important as Africa’s economic pulse has quickened and is growing at an incredible rate. We are proud to be associated with such a respected brand which is at the forefront of delivering quality, real time information and infusing the continent with market leading news that benefits business decision makers,” said Keith Nicols, Managing Director Africa for Thompson Reuters.


With its African headquarters situated in Johannesburg financial hub, CNBC Africa reaches audiences in over 48 countries across Africa through DStv. The financial news broadcaster has bureaus in over 15 cities across Africa, including Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, Johannesburg, Cape Town, Nairobi, Accra and Kigali.


The TV Channel is targeted at key decision makers ranging from Chief Executives, senior members of government, day traders, brokers, fund managers, entrepreneurs, and private investors.


“CNBC Africa is synonymous with credible, real time and actionable business content. This long term strategic alliance with Thompson Reuters Africa enhances these values. This partnership along with the growth of our bureau network will enable the continuous improvement of our on air product, both from the depth and breadth of our reporting as well as from the immediacy of dissemination. We look forward to a mutually beneficial partnership in the years ahead,” said Sid Wahi, Director at CNBC Africa.


The partnership is expected to facilitate growth throughout the African continent

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TRACE Sports stars extends reach

Posted by radio On September - 25 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

Trace has announced that its #1 entertainment channel for sport and celebrity lovers, Trace Sport Stars (DStv channel 188) will be made available to new fans across Africa when it moves to the DStv Extra, Compact & Family packages.


With this new deal, Trace Sport Stars will significantly increase its reach in the African market, underlining its point of reference for the young and the young-at-heart, while broadening its appeal to advertisers and brands. Trace Sport Stars was previously only available on the DStv Premium package.


Laurent Dumeau, CEO Trace Sport Stars commented, “We are excited to be extending our deal with MultiChoice to bring Trace Sport Stars unique sport and entertainment programing to a much wider audience base Africa. With an ever-increasing demand for the Trace brand in Africa it is important we reach those fans that have not previously been able to access the channel. We are confident the channel will bring those subscribers a great mix of content where sport meets glamour and scandal, and where athletes reveal their real lives and personalities.”


Aletta Alberts, GM for Content at MultiChoice, said “Trace Sport Stars is a treat for sports lovers as it gives unprecedented behind-the-scenes access to the lives of stars in the world of sports. Our DStv Extra, Compact and Family customers will no doubt enjoy the range of unique programmes.”


Trace Sport Stars will open to DStv Extra, Compact and Family customers on Monday, 30 September.

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SABC makes changes to TV schedule

Posted by radio On September - 22 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has announced minor changes to its TV schedule, in light of the fact that SABC 1 soap drama Generations will be revamped. The revamp comes after 16 actors contracts were terminated by MMSV Productions.


From Wednesday the 1st of October 2014, Generations will be off screen until December as new episodes are filmed. In place of Generations in the 20:00 time slot, SABC 1 drama Skeem Saam Season 3 will be broadcast.


The Generations repeat slot on SABC 3 at 10:30 will be replaced by Muvhango.


The SABC would like to appeal to the public to be patient as we deal with the challenges currently faced in ensuring the longevity of Generations.

Other changes to the SABC’s TV schedule to take place are as follows:



The following changes will take place on the channel from the 3rd of October 2014:

  • 18h30: local drama (repeats)
  • 20h00: Skeem Saam S3


All other programming on the channel stays the same.



The following changes will take place on the channel from the 3rd of November 2014:

  • 17:30: Shangaan and Venda News (broadcast on an alternate basis)
  • 18:30: 7 de Laan
  • 19:00: Afrikaans Nuus
  • 19:30: SeSotho and Setswana News (This is in line with audiences requesting this bulletin to be transmitted earlier in the evening).
  • Mooiloop moves to Thursdays 20:00
  • What’s Behind The Wall (Mondays-Tuesdays 20:30)
  • Ba kae (Wednesday-Thursdays 20:30)
  • 90 Plein Street (Wednesdays 21:30)
  • Interface (moves to Sundays 20:30)



The following changes will take place on the channel from the 3rd of November 2014:

  • The Afrikaans Nuus is moving back to SABC 2 at 19:00.
  • Mondays

– Big Bang Theory moves from Tuesday 20:00 to Monday 19:30 for a double bill of sitcom on a Monday night, with ‘The Transporter’ moving from 22:00 to 21:30 into earlier prime time.

  • Tuesdays

– A new foreign drama slot has been created, Chicago Fire S1 replacing Nuus & The Big Bang Theory.

  • Wednesdays

– The Sunday foreign drama Missing, moves to Wednesday 19:30 – 20:30.

  • Thursdays

– Man Cave moves from Wednesday 20:00 to Thursday 19:30.

  • Fridays

– Xtra Factor moves from 20:00 to 19:30.


The movie slot moves from 21:00 to 20:00 until Xtra Factor ends.

  • Saturdays

– Desperate Housewives premier slot follows the Saturday night romantic drama slot at 21:30, previously broadcast on a Tuesday at 22:30. Desperate Housewives will repeat in its current slot on Tuesdays.

  • Sundays

– Special Assignment moves from 20:00 to 19:30.


– The documentary slot moves from Monday 21:30 to Sunday 20:00. Africa Calling to premier in this slot in November.

– Revenge moves from 20:30 to 21:00.


– Regenesis moves from 22:30 to 22:00.

The shifting of news programming is a result of the SABC listening to its audience’s feedback

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Independent Media to expand its footprint

Posted by radio On September - 17 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

OVER the next six years Independent Media will invest R1.2 billion towards expanding its print footprint and creating new digital platforms – a move intended to put the company squarely ahead of its competitors.


Independent Media’s executive chairman, Dr Iqbal Survé, announced yesterday that R400 million of the funding for the print and digital expansion would come from parent company Sekunjalo Investment Holdings, while R800m would be from two international banks.


Independent Media is the publisher of the Cape Times, IOL and a number of other daily and weekend titles.


The investment will go towards the expansion and redesign of titles, the establishment of a new vernacular title, a pan-African title and the investment in audio and video streaming platforms.


Survé said the company was also prioritising increasing bandwidth for Independent’s titles.


“We are moving Independent from being print-savvy to being tech-savvy,” he said.


Survé said Independent had begun its move with the launch of its mobi-site for smartphones, IOLMobile.


The my.independent app would run on Android and iOS devices.


“When we acquired Independent last year the vision was to build the most tech-savvy media company in Africa.


“This investment is tangible proof of our commitment to becoming Africa’s biggest media company in five years.”


Survé said Independent Media had been on the back foot in technology and digital because the previous owners had not invested in these.


The new shareholders were committed to moving the company in a new direction.


“The investment will be multipronged, embracing the acquisition of existing businesses and the organic growth of Independent’s technology-driven business units.


“Most important, the next five years will see substantial investment of financial and other resources in equipping Independent Media and all |of its titles for the digital future.”


Survé said securing funding was the easy part of the transition, but the challenge would be how employees would be able to adapt to the new technological advances.


A team led by Independent’s chief digital officer, Anthony Robinson, were recruiting industry experts who would assist with the digital migration of newspaper print titles, Survé said.


The announcement comes as Sekunjalo is awaiting news about its R50m bid for the South African Press Association (Sapa).


Survé said the intention was to use Sapa as a base for an Africa-wide news agency.



[Source: IOL]

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“Coloured President” to hit Jozi

Posted by radio On September - 16 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

Joburg audiences are in for a treat as Durban’s most successful comedian, Carvin H Goldstone, brings his new side-splitting one man comedy show, Coloured President, to the stage at Lyric Theatre, Gold Reef City on Saturday, 27th September.


In association with Proudly Coloured Comedy, Coloured Presidentis a clean, no-swearing affair suitable for the whole family. The show enters the political comedy arena with views on South African and world politics and of course what South Africa would be like if it had a Coloured president.


Carvin’s hilarious family-friendly comedy has won him audiences across the country.  Describing what audiences can expect from this show, Carvin says, “This is my most daring and colourful show – lots of off-the-wall ideas, on-point impersonations and some everyday characters in some not-so-everyday situations.”


“With my previous shows, I introduced myself, my character and my skills to the SA comedy audience.  With Coloured President I am going to stretch those comedy skills and ideas to their absolute limit, but I’m going to do it and still keep it clean and family-friendly, which is always the biggest challenge for comedians.”


Fans may remember Carvin as the hilarious and colourful MC at the recent Proudly Coloured Comedy shows at the Lyric Theatre earlier this year.  He enters the Joburg comedy scene after a sell-out performance of Coloured President at the famed 1200-seater Playhouse Opera Theatre in Durban.  He has also performed the show in Port Elizabeth, Cape Town and Bloemfontein.


“I have been performing the show across the country and I can promise audiences that this will be one of the funniest one man shows they have ever seen.”


Carvin H Goldstone has also opened for the Loyiso Gola, Stuart Taylor and Joey Rasdien.


The show will also form part of a DVD recording.


Date: Saturday, 27th of September
Venue: Lyric Theatre, Gold Reef City, JHB
Time: 8PM
Tickets from R120
Bookings: Computicket, Shoprite or at the venue

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Big Brother launch date revealed

Posted by radio On September - 15 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

A new Big Brother house has been found in Johannesburg, South Africa following the devastating fire that demolished the original house on Tuesday, 2 September. The search was concluded after exploring all possible options both locally and internationally, for a suitable venue to produce the ninth season of Africa’s biggest reality show.


M-Net and Endemol SA are pleased to announce that Big Brother Hotshots will officially launch on Sunday, 5 October at 19:00 CAT. As they countdown to the launch, fans across the continent can look forward to some pleasant surprises in true Biggie fashion.


The producers wish to thank fans far and wide for all the patience and continuous support over the past few days.


For more information, follow the action in the lead-up to the premiere on social media by following @BigBroAfrica, liking or go to the official Big Brother Africa website.

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