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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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M-Net and MultiChoice unveil M-Net Edge, Vuzu Amp

Posted by radio On September - 14 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

M-Net and MultiChoice has revealed the names of the two high-end television channels that will hit our screens this October. These out-of-the-ordinary additions to DStv’s Premium package will be called M-Net Edge and Vuzu Amp.


Switched-on, trendy viewers who currently enjoy Vuzu, will be able to dive into the coolness and amplified experience of Vuzu Amp for the first time on Tuesday, 13 October at 17:00. Channel 114 on DStv will be the home of this amplified Vuzu channel featuring local and international content in HD for DStv Premium customers.


Then, on Tuesday, 20 October at 19:00, M-Net Edge will move into channel 102 as the thought provoking, more irreverent home to award winning television. It will be a companion to flagship channel M-Net 101, known for its blockbuster glitz and glamour.


Due to the age restrictions linked to the programming on M-Net Edge, the channel will be on air for eleven hours only – from 18:00 in the evening until 05:00 the next morning.


“M-Net Edge and Vuzu Amp are taking the curation of top-notch premium television content to an exciting next level,” says Yolisa Phahle, M-Net CEO: South Africa. “These two contrasting entertainment channels have been created to make it easier for viewers to find out what to watch, where to watch it and at what time. As there is now more choice than ever, it is important to create channels that are clearly positioned, allowing viewers to find what they feel like as fast as possible. Both channels will schedule a combination of first-run programming and iconic shows with schedules designed to correlate with the latest worldwide viewing trends.”


The revolutionary M-Net Edge line-up will feature the most critically acclaimed cult-craze series from Hollywood – the kind of risqué shows you would prefer not to watch with the entire family. On the October schedule, for example, you will find the eagerly awaited Emmy award-winning comedy-drama Orange is the New Black. Among the other big attractions are the brand new series Masters of Sex and Satisfaction, as well as new seasons of The Americans, Defiance and American Horror Story.


M-Net Edge viewers can also indulge in iconic series every day of the week and there will also be binge viewing opportunities on weekends and early evening double bills, where the previously screened episode of a series will lead into a not-been-seen episode. The popular series Sleepy Hollow will receive this treatment.



To make way for these two unprecedented channels, the current M-Net Series Showcase and M-Net Series Reality channels on DStv Premium will discontinue as of October. Instead, the content from these channels will be found on M-Net Edge (channel 102) or Vuzu Amp (channel 114).

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18th Highway Africa Conference A Huge Success

Posted by radio On September - 10 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

[By: Farai Diza]


The 18th Highway Africa Conference came to an end on Monday at Rhodes University’s School of Journalism and Media Studies. This year’s conference was graced by several media professionals from all over the continent and was held under the theme: “Social Media – from the margins to the mainstream.hway


Over 400 delegates from 36 African countries, including mainstream journalists, academics, community media activists, and journalism students were in attendance.

Some of the speakers who shared their expertise included Uganda’s Charles Onyango-Obbo, now Editor of Mail and Guardian Africa; Bobby Malabie, Group Executive for Marketing at Barclays Africa; Grace Natabaalo (African Centre for Media Excellence); Kenyan Technology, data and information strategist Daudi Were and Songezo Zibi (Business Day Editor).


Speaking at the conference, South Africa’s Deputy Minister in the Presidency for Planning, Performance, Monitoring, Evaluation and Administration, Buti Manamela said that there is room for media and government to work together towards a sustained developmental agenda for the continent.


“By their very nature, media and government are often on different sides of the fence. Similarly, being on different sides should not be a licence to use the might of the pen to push Africa’s development backward, or to use the sharpness of the sword to silence the media into a meek and obedient drummer of African governments,” Manamela stated.


For seventeen years, the Highway Africa Conference has been at the centre of Africa’s debates on journalism, media and Information Communication Technology (ICT). The conference has over the years become the largest annual gathering of African journalists in the world.


“MTN is proud to have the opportunity to support the work of our media. As Telecoms and digital services provider, we are conscious of the needs to enable conversations between families, communities and the global community,” said MTN Executive for Group Corporate Affairs, Chris Maroleng.

15 female journalists graduated at the conference after a yearlong Women Journalist Mentoring Programme initiated by the United States  Embassy Public Affairs Section in partnership with the Humanitarian Information Facilitation Center.

Professionals also gathered to discuss how social media has impacted on all aspects of life in the last ten years.

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A new talk-show for SABC 3

Posted by radio On September - 9 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

No-one escapes the spotlight on Tongue in Cheek, a brand-new talk show starting Tuesday the 9th of September 2014 at 20:30, only on SABC3.


Hosted by four of the country’s most witty and highly-opinionated personalities – Anele Mdoda, Carolyn Steyn, Shashi Naidoo and Michael de Pinna – the thirteen-part series will expose everything that’s hot on the tip of their tongues in a way South Africa has never seen. What do they have in common? Not much except their love for gossip and uncanny ability to talk.

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From which celebrities wore what and who’s dating who to latest trends in fashion, health, fitness, lifestyle, entertainment and anything else imaginable; the show is nothing short of a refreshing conversation in which each presenter gets to speak their mind.


Don’t be fooled, though – they may indulge in idle chatter but at the heart of their discussion exists a theme from which a number of honest and often hard-hitting points arise. With a focus on trending women’s topics, themes can range from weight loss and relationship issues to stress management and corporate gender discrimination. And while this may seem all-too serious for post-dinner television talk, you can bet your Ps and Qs that Anele, Carolyn, Shashi and Michael will each bring their own twist of quirkiness to the table.


“It’s not all politically correct, either,” caution the presenters. “Nobody is safe. People of South Africa, VIPs and MPs – we’re watching your every move!”

What’s more is that the series will be shot before a live audience where each week celebrities and industry experts will join the debate, plus be subjected to heated interrogation where no questions are off limits, making it difficult to save face. Audience members too will be invited to voice their opinions, pose questions and engage in random challenges.


As for the studio, expect a glamorously-lit, intimate lounge setting in which the presenters sit comfortably at a table surrounded by their laid-back audience – with a multi-camera rig to capture every moment.


What sets Tongue in Cheek apart from other talk shows on SA television? For starters, it’s hosted by some of the country’s most intriguing characters, each of whom come from completely different cultural, ethical and professional backgrounds. Moreover, there’s no end to the scope of their antics which are guaranteed to entertain, surprise and even shock unsuspecting viewers. Finally, the show is internationally appealing yet locally inspired, and truly representative of the Rainbow Nation.

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