Grubstreet: The Rand Daily Mail brand revived

by Gill Moodie (@grubstreetSA) The news that Times Media Group has brought back the famous Rand Daily Mail brand after almost 30 years is fascinating – and not because of the goodwill and nostalgia associated with the brand, but because the new RDM will be as far as you can get from the old on every level.

Grubstreet: Seven big circulation trends in SA newspapers

by Gill Moodie (@grubstreetSA) by Gill Moodie. “Declining circulation” is a term that haunts editors and publishers today and, while some in South Africa point to the fact that Amps readership figures remain stable, the reality is that, every time a new set of Audit Bureau of Circulations of SA (ABC) numbers come out, one sees diminishing sales.

Grubstreet: Weideman — ‘Marketers are cutting back on ad spend’

by Gill Moodie (@grubstreetSA) Naspers, the giant multinational that owns Media24, released its annual results recently. Because of its remarkable success in markets such as China, Russia and India, the South African division out of which Naspers grew is often ignored at results time. Grubstreet interviewed (via email) Media24 CEO Esmaré Weideman about how it fared in the greater group and in a tough market.

Grubstreet: Tim du Plessis — immigrating to TV with an editor’s passport

by Gill Moodie (@grubstreetSA) Tim du Plessis, Media24’s head of Afrikaans newspapers, retired at the end of May 2014. He has had a remarkable career that has seen him edit three newspapers — Rapport, Beeld and The Citizen — as well as time as deputy editor of City Press. Grubstreet spoke to Du Plessis about his plans for the future, the challenges of editing newspapers in a tough market and reporting on the Afrikaans community’s move to the new South Africa.

ABC Analysis Q1 2014: The biggest circulating newspapers in South Africa

by Herman Manson (@marklives) The Audit Bureau of Circulations of South Africa has released newspaper circulation statistics for the period January — March 2014 (2014 Q1). Daily newspapers have seen a slight uptick in circulation to 1 622 041, compared to 1 541 488 in the previous corresponding period.

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