Media Moves… TheMediaOnline’s weekly round up. Mabuse returns to eNCA. Channel24 appoints new editor. Primedia Unlimited’s TLC appoints sales director. Lions Festivals appoint Val Morgan NZ. SAP Africa appoints marcusbrewster. On the Dot sign up new client. John Brown Media embraces transformation and education. Burson-Marsteller launches Africa-India Advisory Desk.
This week’s BIG move: Mabuse returns to eNCA
CNN’s Johannesburg based correspondent Nkepile Mabuse returns to eNCA from September after more than five years with the international news network. Mabuse joined CNN in February 2008 after initially starting her broadcasting career with eNews in 2000.
She will now return to be the executive producer of eNCA’s new flagship current affairs show, which will launch towards the end of the year. eNCA says details of the show, including its name, will be released closer to the time.
“eNCA is delighted to have Nkepile Mabuse back in the fold, and we are eternally grateful to CNN for the opportunities provided to her,” says head of news, Patrick Conroy.
“I am absolutely thrilled to be joining eNCA. Africa is on the rise and the world is hungry for African content and context. I believe eNCA is perfectly positioned to become the future platform of choice on Africa,” says Mabuse. “The skills I’ve acquired at CNN should enable me to make a positive contribution towards eNCA’s rise both at home and internationally and I look forward to the challenge.”
Who’s moved where
Channel24 appoints new editor
Channel24, South Africa’ online destination for entertainment news, has appointed Herman Eloff as their new editor. Passionate about online media, Eloff has worked in various roles on online platforms since 2009. More recently he was night news editor for Nuus24 and online editor for You and Huisgenoot.
He describes his entire life as being online. “I love it,” he says. “There is nothing like working with hourly deadlines and the satisfaction of chasing a breaking news story in an online news environment.
Primedia Unlimited’s TLC appoints sales director
Primedia Unlimited’s burgeoning subsidiary TLC Unlimited has appointed Greg Bruwer as sales director.
“The business, which encompasses TLC; Fashion Media; GlamCam; Fitting Exposure and Mobile is growing at a fantastic rate and we therefore decided that we needed the additional skills of a dedicated Sales Director,” says group MD Brett Tucker. “Greg has an impressive track record and we know that he’ll elevate the TLC Unlimited business to new levels.”
Lions Festivals appoint Val Morgan NZ
Lions Festivals has announces that Val Morgan NZ, New Zealand’s leading national supplier of cinema advertising, has been appointed as the new official representative of Cannes Lions and Spikes Asia for New Zealand.
Val Morgan NZ represents over 360 cinema screens and exhibitors across New Zealand such as Event, Hoyts, Rialto, Reading, Berekeley and Independents, providing advertisers with a network of screens and locations in both metropolitan and regional areas, for mainstream and art-house audiences.
Who’s won what
SAP Africa appoints marcusbrewster
SAP Africa has appointed integrated communications agency marcusbrewster as one of two new PR consultancy partners. The agency will assist SAP Africa, a market and technology leader in business management software, solutions and services for improving business processes, with a full spectrum of public relations and communication outreach.
“marcusbrewster will be driving various strategic communications projects for SAP Africa that will focus on building SAP Africa’s positioning within the market, creating further awareness with stakeholders and to also entrenching key relationships with media” says Monica Braganca, account director at the firm’s Johannesburg office.
On the Dot sign up new client
On the Dot recently acquired a number of new distribution contracts, the latest being the SA Sports and Health Monthly, the only multi-sport generalist magazine in the country. “There are more than 30 niche magazines.
“SA Sport and Health Monthly is here to fill a gap in the magazine market, its unique blend of sport and health content will ensure a loyal readership” said Craig Hughes, key account manager at On the Dot. At a cost of R28.00, more than 30 000 copies is distributed to major retailers such as Clicks, Exclusive Books, CNA, Spar, Pick n Pay and Woolworths and the magazine should be easy to find.
Who’s making moves
John Brown Media embraces transformation and education
John Brown Media has announced that its South African business has attained a Level 3 B-BBEE Contributor status with a B-BBEE Recognition level of 110% and a Procurement Recognition level of 137.50%. Along with the launch of the John Brown Empowerment Trust, the group is passionate about transformation in South Africa.
“To us transformation goes way beyond compliance and is embedded in every aspect of our business. It is also embraced at every level of the organisation,” says Lani Carstens, MD of John Brown Media South Africa. “With the launch of the John Brown Empowerment Trust a significant percentage of our profits will be driven back into the broader community – with a special focus on media and digital training, which we are really excited about. In addition, almost 50% of our staff complement is from designated groups.”
Burson-Marsteller launches Africa-India Advisory Desk
Burson-Marsteller, the global public relations and communications firm, has announced the launch of its Africa-India Advisory Desk, an initiative to be spearheaded by Arcay Burson-Marsteller in South Africa and Genesis Burson-Marsteller in India. The Africa-India Advisory Desk’s mandate is to assist Indian and African companies to navigate the African continent and Indian sub-continent respectively.
“The Africa-India Advisory Desk was prompted by our experience of working across multiple markets in Africa and across India, and understanding that companies/organisations may be challenged by the divergent cultures, business landscapes and unique legal and political environments,” says Robyn de Villiers, Chairman and CEO for Africa of Johannesburg-based, Arcay Burson-Marsteller. “We believe cross border Africa – India business opportunities represent enormous potential for both African companies doing business in or with India, as well as, Indian companies looking at investing or expanding into Africa.”
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