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Forbes Africa & Dj Sbu resolve their differences

Posted by radio On March - 26 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

On the 23rd of March 2015 Forbes Africa released a press statement informing the general public of a false Forbes Africa cover featuring Sbusiso Leope. The pending issue of trademark infringement and misrepresentation between Forbes Africa and Mr. Sbusiso Leope has attained closure, and has been resolved amicably.

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The image of Mr. Sbusiso Leope’s with the beverage MoFaya on the Forbes Africa cover (the ‘Image’) contains the unauthorized use of our trademark, brand name and logo. Further, the endorsement of the Image on social media, by posting and retweeting said image, contains no disclaimers and has created much confusion amongst our readers.

 

While, Mr. Leope admits that he did not create the Image, our fundamental contention is the Image endorsed by him on social media is the unlicensed use of Forbes Africa’s exclusive intellectual property rights. Further, the Image is misleading and represents an affiliation that does not exist and has not been approved by Forbes Africa.

Mr. Leope has duly acknowledged our concerns and has agreed to take down the Image from his social media networks. It is also important to note that Mr Leope has made it clear that it was not his intention to mislead our readers.

 

We seek to state that our intentions are purely to safeguard the Forbes Africa trademark and brand name, and protect our readers from being misled by the ‘Image.’ Mr. Leope’s spirit of entrepreneurship has been featured in Forbes.com USA, and we duly acknowledge that. The matter is resolved to the satisfaction of both parties.

 

[Issued by: Forbes Africa]

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Times Media’s News Wire launching soon!

Posted by radio On March - 20 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

By the end of the month, Times Media will have a brand new news wire service. The news wire will serve online products and newspapers and address the growing demand for independent and reliable news.

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The product offers minute by minute news coverage under the brand of Rand Daily Mail (RDM) News Wire. The company’s print section will provide copy for the wire and will cover news from business to sport and politics.

 

Ray Hartley, former Sunday Times editor, will be taking on the management of the wire service while Juliette Saunders and Dominic Mahlangu will act as editors. With a reputable editorial and management team, the RDM News Wire is set for success.

 

Mike Robertson, Times Media MD, said, “Over the past three years we have grown TMG into SA’s biggest publisher of English-language daily and weekly newspapers. Despite spending only a fraction of what our competitors have done we have clearly established ourselves as the no2 in the online market and are confident of soon becoming number one. All of this is based on the quality and independence of our journalism which will now also be accessible via the RDM News Wire.”

 

“We have a very strong tradition of breaking news accurately and independently in our print titles and, more recently, on our online platforms such as timeslive and bdlive. We want to build on this strength with the news wire which will hold itself to high standards of journalism,” said Rand Daily Mail editor, Ray Hartley.

 

“We are going to get our top journalists involved and supplement this with a team of reporters who will chase the news,” concluded Hartley.

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On Air Radio Conference menu

Posted by radio On March - 18 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

The On Air Radio Conference is a must attend event for those who programme radio, sell radio or buy radio airtime.

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These are just two of the session’s lined-up for the On Air Radio Conference.  Don’t miss out, book your seat now.

 

Programme manager’s mandate – a panel discussion touching on issues like managing talent, getting the line-up right, achieving optimum station sound and the tricky and sometimes tense relationship with the sales team all whilst managing client and listener expectations. David O’ Sullivan hosts a discussion on the business of radio with General Manager for OFM, Nick Efstathiou; Programme Manager at East Coast Radio, Zane Derbyshire;  Ravi Naidoo, Station Manager at 94.7 Highveld Stero and Ferdinand Mabalane, GM: Programming at Times Media.

 

 

 

POPI – What are the implications for radio stations? – they accumulate a substantial amount of information about their listeners through several forms of interaction including competitions, research, merchandise sales, loyalty programmes etc. This information is invaluable to the station, however Protection of Personal Information legislation dictates not only how the personal information may be used, but also how it needs to be protected and stored. Okyerebea Ampofo-Anti, Snr. Associate at Webber Wentzel, gives us the low down.

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Dineo Ranaka partners with Sho’t Left

Posted by radio On March - 8 - 2015 Comments Off on Dineo Ranaka partners with Sho’t Left

Dineo Ranaka has partnered with South African Tourism’s Sho’t Left campaign, in what will be a series of documented weekend breaks aimed at showcasing what South Africa has on offer for the domestic traveler.

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The partnership with South African Tourism, which comes at the back Dineo Ranaka’s much loved Dineo’s Diary going into an unprecedented 4th Season, will see Dineo Ranaka exploring various provinces along with some well known personalities over four weeks.

 

“This relationship with Sho’t Left was the perfect opportunity for me to further explore my love for South Africa as well as show viewers the extent to which I’m constantly stimulated by my environment. Travelling, exploring new places and opportunities has always been a source fo creativity for me and it’s a lot of fun,” says Dineo.

 

“This is an exciting time for me as there’s so much happening and the relationship with Sho’t Left can only grow stronger from this campaign,” Dineo adds.

No stranger to being in front of the camera, Dineo’s travels will be captured each week and packaged into webisodes that can be viewed on www.shotlet.co.za . These videos will capture those breath-taking moments and hidden gems that Dineo will be sharing with those close to her. One webisode will go live each week to give a glimpse into what transpired during their Sho’t Left

 

 

The first week saw Dineo invading Mpumalanga and experiencing the variety of activities that the province has to offer. Known for  the Kruger National Park which was established in 1898 and now covers 20,000 square kilometres, the province also boasts  other major tourist attractions that include the Sudwala Caves and the Blyde River Canyon to name a few.  Dineo, along with her close friends, explored Mpumalanga with an itinerary that included going to the Kruger National Park, quad biking and microlighting to experience breath-taking views of the province.

 

 

In the next few weeks Dineo will travel to Limpopo, the North West as well as Gauteng.  For all the latest information follow Sho’t Left on their social media platforms, Instagram and Twitter @ShotLeft,  www.facebook.com/shotleft and www.shotleft.co.za

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Nazarene Khan appointed TV Channel Manager

Posted by radio On February - 26 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

Kagiso Media has announced the promotion of Nazarene Khan to the position of TV Channel Manager. Khan played a key role in conceptualising and starting Glow and has been Marketing Manager at Glow since its inception in July 2013. She will take on this new role with immediate effect and will be responsible for the Glow and ED TV channels.

 

The role of Channel Manager will see Khan define each channel’s target market, positioning, proposition, programming mix and on-air look and feel. She will also monitor audience reception of channels. Mark Harris, Group CEO at Kagiso Media, says they’re looking forward to having Khan on board as Channel Manager: “Naz brings with her experience from years working within the media landscape and we look forward to the collaboration within the group as well as the strengthening of current brands.”

 

Nazarene Khan, who has extensive management experience, says, “I look forward to collaborating with internal teams like Kagiso Digital, Mediamark, Urban Brew Studios and our radio stations to build relevant and entertaining content.”

 

 

About Nazarene Khan

 

Prior to her position as Marketing Manager at Glow, Nazarene held the position of Marketing Manager at East Coast Radio. She has 16 years radio experience.

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The deadline of Friday, 30 January which this coming Friday is fast approaching for the closing of entries for the 2014 MDDA-Sanlam Local Media Awards.

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The Media Development and Diversity Agency (MDDA) and Sanlam are urging all prospective entrants to avoid the last minute rush and send in their entries before the closing date.

 

Confirming receipt of entries so far, Sanlam Group Head of Communications, Mr Ainsley Moos said: “We have received some entries and we are excited to see that the competition for 2014 is definitely off to a good start. Based on last year’s entries, we expect we will be receiving quite a lot of entries in the last week before the deadline on Friday.

 

“We encourage entrants to send their submissions as soon as possible to meet the deadline and ensure that they are not disqualified because of late entries. We would prefer not to extend the deadline as we believe entrants have had sufficient time to prepare their entries since December when the competition opened for entries,” Moos added.

 

The MDDAand Sanlam have been gradually growing the awards with additional categories introduced in both the broadcast and print sections of the competition for the 2013 and 2014 awards. The additional print categories introduced during the 2014 competition are aimed at ensuring fair competition especially for journalists working for grassroots publications that are under-resourced and at times recently established.

 

Another new category, Best Indigenous Language Newspaper, has been introduced in the newspapers sub-section to recognise the growing number of newspapers published in indigenous languages.

 

The MDDA said the organisers hoped that there would be more entries in the various additional categories introduced in the broadcast section since 2013 as well as the traditional categories in the section. “For the 2013 awards we introduced a substantial number of categories in the broadcast section and we are looking forward to an increased response to those categories in this 2014 edition, especially now that the community broadcast media is aware of those categories,”   said the MDDA’s acting CEO, MsDuduzile Nchoba

 

“We urge all publishers of various community and small commercial newspapers including station managers and various boards of community radio stations, to seize this opportunity to show case the work that they do at grassroots level in various communities, as the awards provide them with a platform for recognition by the various markets,” concluded Ms Nchoba

 

Details of the 2014 awards are:

 

  • Closing date – 30 January 2015 (no late submissions will be considered)

 

  • Entry validity -1 January – 31 December 2014

 

  • Submission of entries
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Simfy africa announces top songs of 2014

Posted by radio On December - 10 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

Simfy africa users have spoken, voting with their listening choices.  simfy africa today announced the most popular streamed tracks, albums and artists of 2014. This diverse playlist shows the depth of simfy africa’s 27 million strong catalogue and features the hits of the year – all live on simfy africa on the day of release – including many SA and international favourites such as George Ezra, Pitbull, Goldfish, Nico & Vinz, Awolnation, Dr Victor and more.

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Artist, Song & Album of the Year

 

Song of the year is clearly ‘Pluto’ by DJ Clock featuring Beatenberg which smashed the charts this year, and features a collaboration to watch in 2015.

 

Beatenberg had this to say about being named Song of the Year, “Thank you to all of our simfy supporters. Keep streaming, keep dreaming. Look out for our new track ‘Beauty Like a Tightened Bow’ on simfy.”

 

On the international front, ‘Happy’ by Pharrell Williams  was the clear winner, a song which has grabbed streaming charts across the globe, and is set to stand the test of time.

 

SA Artist of the Year goes to the enigmatic Jeremy Loops, a definite favourite in the plays logs and an artist who has dominated conversation in South Africa this year.  On hearing of the honour, Loops commented “ I am a huge proponent for online streaming services and getting  music to the people. It’s important. So it is such an honour to get this recognition from simfy africa, who were the first true streaming service in South Africa. Thank you!”

 

International Artist of the Year goes to John Legend, who delighted local fans with his hugely popular SA tour, his exclusive ‘South Africa edition’ release, and his appearance on the SA ‘X Factor’ as our very first international artist.

 

Album of the Year was a great debate in the simfy africa office but had to go to The Kiffness for their fresh and distinctly SA sound on ‘The Kiff’.  Dave Scott from The Kiffness simply commented “Thank you simfy for this kiff award. I am happy.”

 

International album of year was awarded to Sam Smith for ‘In The Lonely Hour’.  With numerous number ones over the course of the year, he took over our charts and its obvious that users love him.

 

Breakthrough Artist of the Year had to go to dynamic SA artist Matthew Mole.  Matthew has grabbed attention this year, with his radio singles, sold out gigs and high profile support slots.   Kiesza takes the international award for her unique sound, merging the 90s with a modern day house sound.

 

The simfy africa music team also felt that the Robin Schulz Remix of ‘Waves’ by Mr Probz deserved a special mention as the best Remix of the Year.

 

Artists to watch in 2015 in South Africa are Monark and The Soil, and on the international front, Royal Blood.

 

Favourite User of the Year

 

simfy africa has also crowned their favourite user of the year ‘louis77’ with an incredible 88 894 plays in the year, and the creation of 22 unique playlists.   ‘Louis77’ commented, when told of his winning status, that ‘simfy africa has changed my life.  I would never want to be without it again’.

 

Users overall listened to tens of millions of tracks over the year, and created over 150 000 playlists, but this user really stands out as a true music lover.

 

Popular playlists are truly #LoudlySouthAfrica with words such as Africa, Braai, Madiba, 80s, 90s, lekker, drive, tunes and of course, love.  Exercise is a popular theme in playlists with topics such as run, gym, power, yoga and more.

 

Simfy Africa announced their soon-to-be-launched Windows 8.1 application at Africa.com in November 2014, adding to their range of iOS, Android, BlackBerry [legacy / BB10] and desktop applications.  The service has grown from strength to strength since launch in August 2014, and has introduced such innovative features as autocaching, low bandwidth streaming and a fully mobile focus.

 

MTN simfy ambassador Jimmy Nevis commented that his favourite SA artists this year were Mi Casa and Matthew Mole, and his favourite SA song had to be Mafikizolo ‘Happy’.  Fellow ambassador Catherine Grenfell picked Cassper Nyovest as her SA artist of the year and agreed wholeheartedly on the simfy africa choices for Song of the Year, commenting that these were ‘clearly the winners in my opinion!’

 

The full top 100 songs list is on the simfy africa blog at corporate.simfyafrica.com or listen to the playlist at http://www.simfy.co.za/profiles/djsa/playlists/17889531

 

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Rudi Claase and Charne Hugo Release Double Album

Posted by radio On November - 28 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

[By: Farai Diza]

 

Spirited Afrikaans singing duo of Rudi Claase and Charne Hugo turned Rosebank into a spontaneous musical festival as they oozed out the best of their voices on Thursday at the launch of their double album aptly titled Asemrowend.

The top notch event, which was graced by a sizeable number of invited guests, was held at Universal Music and lived up to expectations as the duo showed off their latest offering, note by note.

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The refreshing youthful and stylish contemporary pair put together vocal and orchestral splendour that is fused with a Midas touch which make modern music a joy to listen tune along. Asemrowend is built on a pillar vocal brand and from the first note it’s clear that these two great voices complement each other in an amazing way.

The album is a mix of heart warming lyrics and poignant melodies that leaves musical enthusiasts humming along. Some of the songs found in Asemrowend include Die Here wag reeds daar, Drome, Mille lune mille onde, Maggie and White Rose of Athens.

 

The first single from the album titled Sing in die Reen, has just been released at its scuttling waves on local radio music charts. The song delves at life’s misfortunes and how can overcome such obstacles in order to achieve their goals.

 

“This song is a metaphor for so many things in our lives because Charne and I have both experienced so much rain. But you get to a point where you choose not to let the storm wash away your talent. You have to get up and understand that the sun will come out again and this is exactly what this song and album is about,” Rudi testified.

The group also had a video shoot for the song “Sing in die Reen”, which is the first single from the Asemrowend album.

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Wits highlight plight of newsrooms in report

Posted by radio On November - 4 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

[By: Farai Diza]

 

The Wits University Journalism department released its Second State of the Newsroom report at a Media Freedom Day celebration and Black Wednesday Commemoration that was recently held in Pretoria.

WJ_ReportCover-214x300The State of the Newsroom research, led by Senior Lecturer at Wits Journalism , Dr Glenda Daniels, documents a time of major transitions in the journalism industry. It is of industrial and social value, and is the first of its kind from any journalism school in South Africa.

It is about 140 pages and loaded with 77 interviews. The study was both quantitative and qualitative in nature.

 

The report, filled with conflicting suggestions that the South African press is now free, highlights a number of topics that include the continued decline of print circulation and on going retrenchments in the newsroom.

 

The significant growth and increase in numbers of both television and radio stations were also put up for discussion in the report, aptly titled “Disruptions Accelerated”.

A large number of radio stations, especially community ones, have emerged throughout South Africa in the past year. This has been necessitated by the notion that radio is the most affordable medium.

 

The report also touched on issues related to to the growing trend in harassment of and violence against journalists, with particular emphasis on photojournalists. An ominous legislative backdrop and the impending signing into law of the Protection of State information and Intelligence Bills were also highlighted.

The bill seeks to provide the protection of sensitive state information, to provide for a system of classification, reclassification and declassification of state information. It also seeks to provide for the protection of certain valuable state information against alteration, destruction or loss or unlawful disclosure to regulate the manner in which state information may be protected; to repeal the Protection of Information Act (1982 Act Number 84 of 1982) and to provide for matters connected therewith.

 

 

“The independent media in South Africa is strong but we have to be very vigilant because there are threats all around us,” said Dr Glenda Daniels, Senior Lecturer at Wits Journalism.

 

 

In a chapter titled: “Digital First Developments: Experimentation and Promiscuity’, the report notes that as audiences transition from traditional to new media, they are growing more and more platform agonistic, showing decreasing loyalty to particular brands and demanding news from from a variety of sources and in various forms.

It further suggests that newsrooms are struggling to keep up. Digital offerings are still not bringing in sustainable revenue. The report contains trends, analyses, graphs, graphics and photographs and there are appendices with important information on transformation – race and gender; falling circulations in print; retrenchments; social media policy guidelines and attacks and harassment incidents of journalists over last year.

 

 

The use of social media in the newsroom has increased hugely but journalists and news editors feel that there is too much pressure to do too many things. Twitter is regarded as an indispensable professional tool with journalists, spending an average, at least 15 to 20 minutes per hour on Twitter – much more if they are live tweeting events.

 

 

The report also contains a section on community radio that uses three case studies to illustrate the challenges faced, including commercial difficulties, political pressures, community power plays from religious and traditional leaders, language and cultural sensitivities and tension and pressures from listeners.

The 2013 report, titled: Disruptions and Transitions, was a pilot for what was hoped would become an annual State of the Newsroom research report.

 

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Skeem Saam is holding auditions

Posted by radio On October - 31 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

Skeem Saam is proudly one of the few television shows in South Africa who regularly hold open auditions. This is how we discovered most of the young talent that are currently gracing our screens.  High school is over for some of our beloved characters; in 2015 they progress from high school to university and leave Turfloop for new adventures in Johannesburg.

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Skeem Saam are looking for talented performers who are driven, passionate, dedicated, disciplined and have a fervent desire to be on our show. These new performers will become the main fabric of characters in this new, additional Johannesburg world that some of our characters will be relocating to.

 

The characters we are auditioning to find are:

Young vibrant students (aged 18 – 25)

Lecturers (30 and older)

Tutors (24 and older)

Security guards (25 and older)

University Staff (25 and older)

Pairings for possible parents (40 and older)

 

Skeem Saam is primarily a Sepedi show, based in Turfloop, Limpopo but our Jo’burg world will be as true a reflection of the diversity of Jo’burg as we can create. It will be populated by people from all over the country and even from different parts of our continent and abroad.  We will audition in Hammanskraal and Johannesburg and are looking for males and females from all the language groups of South Africa.

 

HAMMANSKRAAL AUDITIONS WILL BE HELD AT:

MANDELA VILLAGE on Friday 31st October 2014 and Saturday 1st November 2014.

Address: 532/3 Hammanskraal Community Hall/ Sports grounds, Lovelane Road, Mandela Village

Time: 8am – 5pm.

 

JOHANNESBURG AUDITIONS WILL BE HELD AT:

THE BASSLINE on Friday 7th November 2014 and Saturday 8th November 2014

Address: 10 Henry Nxumalo Street, Newtown, 2119

Time: 8am – 5pm.

 

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