Cathy Hughes joins National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Broadcasting Hall of Fame

Urban One founder and chairperson Cathy Hughes will officially be part of the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Broadcasting Hall of Fame, when she is inducted at the 2019 NAB Show during the Achievement in Broadcasting Dinner on 8 April 2019 at the Encore in Las Vegas. During her time...

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Grindr shuts down its digital magazine, pivots to video

Some sad news for avid readers of Grindr's digital magazine, Into, as it has ceased publication and will be pivoting to video. Its editorial and social teams - who were reported to have been grinding out 20 pieces of content for intomore.com daily - have already been let go. Throughout its run,...

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P&G looks within for 2019/2020 media model

In line with its efforts to improve its profit margins by cutting costs, American multinational Procter & Gamble (P&G) has decided to look within for its 2019/2020 media model. Instead of a formal review process, P&G has embarked on internal bids among three parties - media shops Hearts & Science...

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WPP leads gender equality efforts in media, finds Bloomberg's 2019 GEI

British multinational advertising and public relations company WPP has been acknowledged for its commitment to transparency in gender reporting and advancing women's equality in Bloomberg's 2019 Gender-Equality Index (GEI). The index considers companies' efforts in promoting gender equality across...

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The Guardian goes plastic free, opts for potato starch wrapping

Jumping onboard the plastic-free ship, UK national newspaper The Guardian has done away with its polythene packaging and opted for a compostable wrapping made from potato starch. The packaging also came with instruction on how to get rid of it: they should not recycle the wrapping, but should...

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Stephen King to the rescue!

Best-selling author Stephen King recently came to the rescue of the review section of his local newspaper in Maine, The Portland Press Herald. In true social media warrior style, King took to Twitter to rally the troops and stop the newspaper from cutting its review section. The Portland Press...

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Crime + Investigation to air Surviving R. Kelly, The Harvey Weinstein Scandal

Television channel Crime + Investigation is to air the controversial six-part series Surviving R. Kelly and crime documentary The Harvey Weinstein Scandal in February. Surviving R. Kelly, which explores R. Kelly's rise to fame and power as an R&B icon where he formed relationships with younger...

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Three film professionals to represent SA at Berlinale Talents

Three South Africans form part of the 250 worldwide film professionals who will participate in the Berlin International Film Festival's annual Berlinale Talents summit and networking forum. The South African representatives will join 250 of their peers, who hail from 77 countries, to share ideas,...

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NBCUniversal to launch new streaming service next year

According to a report by Daily Maverick, NBCUniversal plans to launch a free streaming service in 2020. The service will be supported by advertising, though it will also have an ad-free option available for a fee. NBCUniversal plans to retain rights to certain titles for its new service,...

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Icasa reviews Draft Sports Broadcasting Regulations submission date

The submission date for written comments on the Draft Sports Broadcasting Services Amendment Regulations - which was published on 14 December 2018 - has been reviewed by the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa). The date for written comments has been moved from 4 February...

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Megyn Kelly departs from NBC News following controversial comments

Adweek reports that NBC News and Megyn Kelly have cut ties. Both parties have been negotiating Kelly's departure for more than two months, in the wake of her controversial comments during the 23 October 2018 edition of Megyn Kelly Today. Kelly will be walking away with the remaining $25-30m...

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Shareholders take Alphabet Inc. to task over Rubin payout

Google's parent company Alphabet Inc. was sued for approving Android creator Andy Rubin's $90m exit payment despite his misconduct allegations. The suit was filed by shareholders who claimed the board failed in its duties by allowing harassment to occur, approving big payouts, and keeping the...

11 Jan 2019

What's making news on social media?

According to data collected by Acumen Media, the stories dominating social media this week revolved around racism and education. It was back to school for South African children and it reflected in the conversations on social media; at least 50% of social media talk was on children going back to...

11 Jan 2019

NBC keeps the Days Of Our Lives running for a record time

Daily Mail reports that American commercial broadcast television network NBC has renewed its soap opera, Days Of Our Lives, for a 55th season. First introduced in 1965, the renewal makes the soap opera the network's longest-running show to date. Despite losing viewership over the years, the...

10 Jan 2019

Amazon looks to samples to spur purchases

According to Axios, Amazon has been using users' purchasing history to send them tailormade samples. Though it is unclear how long the programme has been running, The Verge reckons that it forms part of the e-commerce company's overall advertising strategy. The samples are part of a partnership...

9 Jan 2019

Workers strike at local Bloem radio station

The Citizen reports that Motheo FM employees have embarked on strike action. The employees are demanding a salary increase and have called for the dismissal of the managers of the Bloemfontein-based community radio station. The presenters accused the station's management of failing to understand...

9 Jan 2019

Away with press conference coverage of "discredited narcissists", says Redi Tlhabi

The Citizen reports that journalist, radio personality, and author Redi Tlhabi has expressed the belief that media houses should no longer participate in press conferences led by whom she called "discredited narcissists." Tlhabi expressed her opinion on Twitter after Zelda la Grange questioned the...

9 Jan 2019

Jeremy Clarkson says the BBC suffocates the life out of everything

Former Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson criticised the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) after Fiona Bruce was named the new host of Question Time, beating Nick Robinson. Clarkson finds that the broadcaster is "suffocating the life out of everything with its nonsense need to be politically...

8 Jan 2019

Pivotal forecasts Amazon's advertising revenues will reach $38bn

According to Pivotal Research, Amazon's advertising revenues are expected to surpass any other Amazon business by reaching $38bn in the next five years. Following conversations with marketers about the presence of the Amazon Advertising Platform, Pivotal has also initiated coverage of the e-commerce...

8 Jan 2019

Apple shows off its privacy policies at 2019 CES

The Independent reports that Apple has used the 2019 International CES in Las Vegas as an opportune time to belittle its competitors' privacy policies. Though it does not attend CES, Apple made its presence known through a billboard that reads "What happens on your iPhone stays on your iPhone." ...

8 Jan 2019

Famous Dulux advert dog passes away

According to a report by Northglen News, Dulux's marketing ambassador Oscar - who is a dog - has passed away. Oscar was ill for the past year and died at the age of nine. He was one of the Joy dogs and rose to fame after appearing in Dulux advertisements. He starred in many TV adverts and...

7 Jan 2019

RIP Stephen Johnson

Stephen Johnson, a notable South African publisher and the former CEO of Penguin South Africa, has passed away. Johnson was also the managing director of Random House South Africa for many years and was the managing director of the merged Random House Struik from 2009 to 2012. He was an...

7 Jan 2019

DSE extends Apex submission deadline

Digital Signage Expo (DSE) has extended the submission deadline for the 2019 Apex Awards to allow those precluded by holiday deadlines some additional time to participate. The new extended deadline to submit entries is 12pm on 16 January 2019. Additional information and entry forms are available...

3 Jan 2019

Twitter reintroduces reverse-chronological feed for users

According to a report by The Verge, Twitter will launch a new toggle in the app to switch from the ranked timeline to the original, reverse-chronological feed. The company says the move comes in recognition of the fact that Twitter is often most useful in real time. The latest incarnation of the...

19 Dec 2018

Alan Alda to receive distinguished award at 2019 NAB Show

Alan Alda will receive the National Association of Broadcasters' Distinguished Service Award (NAB DSA) at the 2019 NAB Show in Las Vegas, US. Alda will accept the award at the NAB Show Opening session on 8 April 2018. The NAB DSA recognises members of the broadcast community who have made a...

14 Dec 2018

2019 Sikuvile Awards officially open for entries

The 2019 Sikuvile Awards is open for entries. The closing date for entries is 13 March 2019. Judging will take place from 23-24 May 2019. The Standard Bank Sikuvile Journalism Awards will be presented at a prize-giving function on 12 September 2019 at The Venue Melrose Arch in Johannesburg.

13 Dec 2018

Primary Colours reveals new full-colour LED video screen

Digital display services company Primary Colours has unveiled South Africa's first smart lighting architectural LED video screen. The LED screen was installed on the Rosebank Link building. It was built in collaboration with Paragon Architects and Redefine Properties and it has HD 720 resolution...

13 Dec 2018

Boo! installs large LED screen at Park Corner

Boo! Surprising Media Solutions has installed a large format curved LED screen on the top of Park Corner in Rosebank. The screen, which was activated in November, is a giant 4m x 12m landscape shaped billboard with a high visibility P16 screen. It serves as a digital advertising platform that can...

11 Dec 2018

What's made news on social media?

Acumen Media has released its weekly round-up of the biggest stories making news on social media platforms in South Africa. At the top of everyone's minds was the Global Citizen Festival; while the Motsepe Foundation was praised for its donation, the South African Police Services was criticised for...

7 Dec 2018

R2K to picket at SABC offices in support of sexual harassment survivors

As part of its 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence efforts, the Right2Know Campaign (R2K) has expressed its support of the survivors of sexual harassment at the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC). To show its solidarity, it will picket outside the SABC offices in Auckland...

7 Dec 2018

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