Google+
Subscribe to: Newsletter      Comments      News

Boni Mchunu appointed as GM of East Coast Radio

Posted by radio On August - 3 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

Kagiso Media has appointed Boni Mchunu to head up East Coast Radio (ECR) in KwaZulu-Natal.

 

Boni joins the station today from Tourism KwaZulu-Natal (TKZN), where she served as General Manager: Marketing for the past eight years. Her role at TKZN involved heading up the brand and marketing management team and being responsible for bringing key projects to KZN such as Poland Charter season, international trade academies and Holiday Swap KZN.

Boni Mchunu_01

Before joining TKZN in 2007, Boni served in a Brand Management capacity at Unilever for 7 years, overseeing the marketing fast moving consumer goods.

 

“Boni has a deep understanding of, and passion for, Kwazulu-Natal and this obviously complements and enhances the ECR brand,” says Nick Grubb, Chief Exec: Radio at Kagiso Media. “Boni knows how to reflect and celebrate provincial uniqueness, but also how to make it competitive on a global scale. Her mix of tourism and business experience ideally positions her for ECR and she will lead a very capable, creative and enthusiastic team to the next level.”

 

Boni is excited about her new challenge at ECR. “I’m very proud that I will be working for one of the flagship brands in KZN. I’m looking forward to building strong brand equity and to ensure that the station stays true to its role to inform, educate and entertain the KZN community.”

 

Born and raised in Pietermaritzburg, Boni is passionate about KwaZulu-Natal. “In KZN you see South Africa in one province. I love the warmth of the people of KZN, the diverse culture and warm climate. I love the fact that everything is within short proximity and I think KZN is the best province in South Africa to raise children.”

 

When away from the office, Boni relishes the time with her husband and their three children. “I’m also a very athletic person. I like running short distances but for 2016 I’m challenging myself to run the Comrades Marathon to celebrate the life of my late parents. I also like reading business and motivational books, women magazines and playing squash.”

 

Boni describes herself as “goal-driven, energetic and ambitious. I’m a hard worker and passionate about growth. Failure is not an option. I’m an open book, what you see is what you get!”

Did you like this? Share it:

Trailblazers, thought-leaders and trendsetters

 

East Coast Radio has invited four influential and dynamic speakers to help KwaZulu-Natal celebrate Women’s Month. Author and Madiba’s assistant, Zelda la Grange, Freshly Ground’s Zolani Mahola, award-winning ballerina, Lorna Maseko, and former Google SA boss, Stafford Masie, will share their insights and learnings at the FNB Business Women’s Breakfast in association with East Coast Radio at Durban’s ICC on 5 August 2015.

 

Through the involvement of our sponsors, FNB and the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS), we are able to mobilise a panel of distinguished speakers to share key insights with the KZN corporate world.

 

The event isn’t just a breakfast to celebrate the phenomenal strides women have made in South Africa. It’s about the unique journeys, the lessons learnt along the way and the earnest advice from women who dare to dream, break moulds and set trends.

3

Bestselling author Zelda la Grange will share heart-warming stories of life with one of the greatest men in the world. She served former President Nelson Mandela for 19 years until his death in 2013. Zelda’s memoir, Good Morning, Mr Mandela, was the Bestseller of the Year in SA in 2014.

zolani

As lead singer of Freshly Ground, Zolani Mahola has rubbed shoulders with some of music’s finest, but stays close to her South African roots. Currently one of the judges on Sing Off SA, Zolani will share how she juggles family and a successful international career.

2

IT innovator and former Google SA boss, Stafford Masie, is a celebrated strategist and one of the SA’s top forward-thinkers. He also knows a lot about the future of technology. Stafford will share advice on how to navigate the challenging – and fast-changing – world of technology and the role his mother played in getting him to where he is today.

4

Packing a magnetic personality, the business savvy Lorna Maseko will talk about the challenges she faced as one of SA’s premiere ballet dancers. From the moment she put on her first pair of dancing shoes at the age of 9, to her meteoric rise as SA’s first professional black dancer and Top Billing presenter, Lorna’s journey is nothing short of remarkable and inspiring.

 

Hosted by ECR’s Carol Ofori, the FNB Business Women’s Breakfast in association with East Coast Radio is one of the most anticipated events on the KZN corporate calendar.

 

Tickets are available at Computicket. For more info, visit www.ecr.co.za or www.fnb.co.za or www.gibs.co.za

Did you like this? Share it:

Kagiso Media – The Emerging Giant

Posted by radio On September - 25 - 2012 ADD COMMENTS

By Helen Phushela

 

In the past year Kagiso Media has managed to purchase chunks of broadcasting and marketing company shares. This was a direct cause of their entire subsidiary. The media giant has since purchased 100% voting rights in Shinake Investments, which has direct shareholding of 24.9% at Kaya FM, the fastest growing radio station in Gauteng. The transaction was effective from the 3 June 2011 and the company’s interest in Kaya FM increased from 22.59% to 47.49%.

 

The growth in radio advertising enabled their broadcasting division to successfully deliver revenue of R575.2 million – this is an 18.3% increase in comparison to the previous year. According to reports by the Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB), the sector has grown 14.1% highlighting great performance from Kagiso Media’s radio stations.

 

In 2012 Kagiso Media managed to acquire a number of shares in marketing as well as rugby companies. This included acquisition of 90% of Kaufman Levin Associates (KML), a leading marketing research company, for R25 million. Included is also an offer to acquire EXP group of companies, which included Trinergy brand connections and 100% of the shares in Blue Bulls Rugby holdings (which owns 50% of the Blue Bulls Rugby Club); this was a R335 million contract with a R10 million loan, as detailed in the SENS report published 5 September 2012. This transaction has strengthened the marketing services of KML. Meanwhile, EXP has operations in 11 African countries, making communication and information distribution a breeze. Shareholders are often advised to tread carefully while trading in company shares.

 

The changes brought by Kagiso Media have brought a new dawn for growth for all radio stations in its stable. After an increased economic interest of 47.4%, Kaya FM’s revenue increased to 24%. It is currently the fastest growing radio station in South Africa with a weekly listenership of 1.4 million. The station scooped two awards at the MTN radio awards. Thabo Mokwele aka T’Bose won Best Music Presenter and John Perlman won the Best News and Actuality award.

 

 

While East Coast Radio’s pressurised revenue saw the station suffer a shortfall in the first half, the second half performance passed expectation of recovering costs and backlog.

 

The following highlights attest to the Durban-based station’s growth:

 

  • Overall listenership grew by 13% to over 1,9 million underpinned by a 14% growth within the target market category.

 

  • Market share remains dominant in the lucrative LSM 7-10 with targeted age group of 25-49 at 40%.

 

  • The station completely revamped its line-up to ensure its long term relevance. Also publishing a cook book called East Coast Tables which is an innovative concept for radio. It sold over 5500 copies.

 

  • In effort to pull from below the line revenue, the station in association with Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) launched the executive business breakfast, which has been declared an annual event.

 

  • The station also launched Fundzani a long term campaign to re-connect with Kwazulu Natal’s people and the East Coast way of life as well as tapping into urban pride through key events, activations and stunts. The goal was to entrench East Coast FM’s position within its target market.

 

Another station under the Kagiso Media umbrella is Jacaranda FM which has doubled its numbers in Johannesburg as a result of increased marketing investments. Despite their slight drop in profit line as compared to the prevision year, the station remained within expected profit line. Reaching first place in Afrikaans listenership in Gauteng market, with 28.3% increase in share and 9% increase in audience as compared to the previous year; Jacaranda has gained an outstanding 2.2 million listeners. The station achieved 21% growth in Gauteng, 29% in Limpopo, 24% in North-West and 18% growth in Mpumalanga. The station has plans underway to launch a new station at the Emnotweni Casino in Nelspruit; it is strengthening plans to penetrate Mpumalanga. Like most of the stations under Kagiso Media, Jacaranda also clenched a MTN Radio Station Award for best breakfast show in 2011.

 

 

More stations in the media giant’s backyard have produced good figures. OFM delivered on expectations with 9.4% revenue growth with stable listenership.

Heart FM is a commercial radio station attracting 59500 listeners weekly. Play listing predominantly contemporary music, Heart FM has Cape-town Metropolitan residents and surrounding areas bobbing to their tunes. The station’s target market stabilised during the year after they repositioned in the previous year.

 

The Kagiso Media Group reduced its economic stake and shareholding in the station from 33.3% to 20%. It has also reduced its interest in Gagasi FM with the same percentages as Heart FM. Gagasi FM showed a 12.8% revenue growth for the year with a small increase in audience to 1.87million listeners.

 

(The figures in the article were sourced from RAMS August 2011/3 – www.saarf.co.za)

Did you like this? Share it:

Stacey Norman joins the East Coast Radio

Popular and well-known television and radio presenter Stacey Norman has joined East Coast Radio and will be presenting the station’s […]

PwC Report : The future of Radio in SA

The South African radio market will continue to grow each year. Advertising revenue, which makes up the entirety of total […]

RADIO 2000 celebrates Heritage Day in true African style

Radio 2000 celebrates the nation’s diversity and is encouraging all South African’s to unite and be open to learn more […]

Xolani Gwala to take time Off-Air

This morning, 702 announced its popular Breakfast Show host will be taking time off as a result of a medical […]


TAG CLOUD

POPULAR