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Yearbook Jan 2019

2 yearbook 2019 EDITOR’S LETTER Another blockbuster of a political year ahead could herald upswing in media fortunes n December 2017, South Africans were in a state of heightened tension as we waited for the results of the African National Congress’s elective conference. Would Jacob Zuma and his cronies capture the vote via their proxy, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, or would the change agents behind the country’s deputy president, Cyril Ramaphosa, win? And we rode the wave of ‘Ramaphoria’ when the former unionist and businessman ousted the Zupta faction, promising us a ‘new dawn’. Of course, nothing is ever that simply solved, and the long years of state capture are still taking their toll on South Africa and her people. Former financial journalist and economist, Stuart Theobald, who wrote the introduction to The Media Yearbook 2019, reminds us that we are heading into what pundits are predicting will be our most important election since democracy in 1994. And, he points out, commercial media thrives when the economy grows. Which is why we need to hope for a good election outcome, which could set us up for a better economic outlook. One of the major victims of state capture was the public broadcaster, the SABC. It is still in a dire financial state, desperately needing a government bailout as the board once again falters, and butts heads with a new minister. In the meantime though, despite the threat of mass retrenchments, the SABC has to soldier on and inform the people. It will play a critical role in the run-up to the May elections, and will be closely watched to ensure all stakeholders get their fair share of coverage. And it will have to entertain the masses too. Head of TV, Nomsa Philiso, shares with us what’s happening on the television front. As we do annually with The Media Yearbook, we look in the rear view mirror at the sunset of the previous year and we look ahead to the sunrise of a new year. We’ve tapped media professionals, at home and abroad, in the various sectors, to give us what they believe will impact on media in 2019. The trends, the challenges and the issues that lie ahead… The Media Got to love it. I yearbook INDEPENDENT RESEARCH AND OPINION EDITOR Glenda Nevill glenda@wagthedog.co.za Multimedia Journalist Michael Bratt michael@wagthedog.co.za Contributors Britta Reid, Cindy Diamond, Federico de Nardis, François Nel, Fred Jacobs, Jarred Mailer-Lyons, Kgaugelo Maphai, Lucinda Jordaan, Niclas Ekdahl, Nomsa Philiso, Stephen Freitas, Stuart Theobald, Tim Zunckel LAYOUT Ideaology: design I advertising I digital Art Director: Darren Rosenberg ADVERTISING SALES Kalyn Fagan kalyn@wagthedog.co.za 060 642 5177 Vanessa Tiddy Vanessa@wagthedog.co.za 072 789 9800 PUBLISHED BY Sandra Gordon sgordon@stonesoup.co.za 082 450 8113 Wag the Dog Publishers (Pty) Ltd. (011) 447-7740/1 243 Jan Smuts Avenue, Parktown North, Johannesburg THE MEDIA is distributed to executives within the media sector. Enquiries relating to the mailing list should be addressed to the publisher. Copyright© The Media is a registered trademark. Should you wish to lift any material from the publication, please liaise with the editor beforehand. SUBSCRIBE TO THE MEDIA ONLINE www.themediaonline.co.za: Click on the ‘subscribe’ button. Join us on Twitter @MediaTMO and follow us on Facebook and Instagram. On the record…


Yearbook Jan 2019
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