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Media Update newsletter 15 March 2012

This week's highlights ...

Welcome to the latest Media Update newsletter.

Top stories making headlines this week include: South African copyright rules create more compliance hurdles; On the Dot is racing a new title to retailers; and Ja.fm celebrates a year of success.

For a more in-depth read, skip to Christine Greyvenstein's overview of DStv's 2012 line-up.

In this week's editorial desk article, Samantha Cook writes about mobile getting 'down to business' in 2012. Share your thoughts on our blog, or visit the COUP La Resistance blog for other interesting reads.

Remember that you can contact the Updates team on updates@newsclip.co.za, follow our Twitter feed or join our Facebook page. We'd love to hear from you.

Media news
Guardian Media Group CEO joins Digital Media Europe programme
Andrew Miller, CEO of Guardian Media Group, will join Arthur O Sulzberger Jr, CEO and chairperson of the New York Times Company, as a keynote speaker at Digital Media Europe, the premier digital publishing conference organised by the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA). Click to continue

Mobile News For Africa grant scheme launched
The World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) launched its 2012 Mobile News Grants and Training Scheme on Monday, 12 March, providing newspaper companies in sub-Saharan Africa an opportunity to develop or expand their mobile platforms. Click to continue

SA copyright rules create more compliance hurdles for SA companies
South African businesses are soon going to have to purchase a licence that keeps them on the right side of local copyright legislation, this after the not-for-profit South African Reproduction Rights Organisation (Sarro) was launched in early 2012 to streamline the licensing process between publishers and those companies that currently contravene the copyright laws. Click to continue

SABC to support sixth South Africa Film and Television Awards
The annual South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAs) are nearly upon us - this year’s awards will take place on Friday, 9 and Saturdy, 10 March at Gallagher Estate in Midrand. The first event will award winners in the non-fiction categories and the second event will award fiction categories. The awards will be broadcast on SABC3 on Sunday, 11 March. Click to continue

iRecord sales show Isolezwe is the trusted source to find i-Secret
When claims started doing the rounds about a famous KZN musician having come back from the dead, Isolezwe's editorial team knew they had a ‘hot potato’ of a story. It generated a frenzy on Facebook and Twitter, and readers proved eager to get Isolezwe's version of events. Click to continue

iOn the Dot racing new title to retailers
F1 Racing, the world’s best-selling F1 magazine based in the UK, will now be printed locally, relying on the distribution expertise of On the Dot to get the magazines onto shelves of retailers across the country. The magazine will mainly be based on international Formula 1 racing content and will feature a column by Sasha Martinengo. Click to continue

iEasy Food keeps readers inspired in the kitchen
This latest issue of the Easy Food magazine will go on sale on Monday, 12 March at R35 - R15 less than the usual price of R49.95. Click to continue

iDo It Now magazine beckons all adventure and lifestyle enthusiasts to DINFest
Adventure, sport and lifestyle enthusiasts are in for a treat at DINFest, to be held on Saturday, 31 March at Base3 in Midrand. Organised by Do It Now magazine in association with Monster Energy Drink, this event is set to be a sensory overload. Click to continue

iGet smarter for less with NewsNow’s new cover price
Media24 Weekly Magazines has announced that the cover price of its weekly magazine NewsNow will drop to R10 on Friday, 9 March during a special welcome promotion to celebrate its seventh month in South African stores. Click to continue

iIssues big and small for all in Big Issue
The latest edition of The Big Issue offers readers of all demographics a smorgasbord of content, from hard-hitting exposes on gay refugees facing persecution in South Africa, to entertaining interviews with local bands and top comedian Riaad Moosa. Click to continue

iNew season of Making Moves on SABC1
Making Moves, an award-winning fresh and funky show that combines drama with reality and magazine, will return to SABC1 screens on Wedensday, 14 March at 13:30. Click to continue

iJika Majika returns to SABC1 screens
SABC1 viewers will be glad to learn that the new season of their favourite dance show, Jika Majika (season 10), is scheduled to start airing on the youth channel from Thursday, 15 March, replacing Turn it Out in the 19:00 timeslot. Click to continue

iIdols judges pick first Golden Ticket winners
Idols judges Randall Abrahams, Unathi Msengana and Gareth Cliff blew into Durban on the back of Cyclone Irina on Tuesday, 6 March to make or break the dreams of a medley of KZN singers who imagine themselves to be South Africa's next Idol. In the end, 21 of the hopefuls left the audition room with a coveted Golden Ticket to Sun City. Click to continue

iBig Brother Stargame to launch with music sensation J Cole
With auditions on track, the seventh season of M-Net’s reality super-series Big Brother Africa is gearing up for the May return of Africa’s biggest TV show to DStv. Now M-Net and series producers Endemol have revealed the name of the latest edition of Big Brother: Big Brother Stargame. Click to continue

M-Net Series welcomes new shows in April
New programmes premiering on M-Net Series (DStv channel 110) in April include Jane by Design , Perfect Couples and the fourth season of Sanctuary . Click to continue

M-Net Action reveals its adrenaline-pumping April movie line-up
Highlights for the month of April on M-Net Action include Ripley's Game, White Wall, Mean Machine, The Manchurian Candidate and Air Force One. Click to continue

Mzansi Magic offers a double dose of the best in local entertainment
Mzansi Magic is set to be the entertainment destination for fans of local programmes from Monday, 2 April, with a dedicated South African television hour. The homegrown channel will screen the first season of M-Net's outdoor soap The Wild from Mondays to Thursdays at 20:00, followed by Mzansi Magic's own telenovela Inkaba at 20:30. Click to continue

iArnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito star in Junior
If ever there was a far-fetched scenario, it would be Arnold Schwarzenegger – of Terminator and Conan the Barbarian (and, more recently, California ‘Governator’) fame – growing a baby bump. Click to continue

The Only Way is Essex is heading to BBC Entertainment in South Africa
BBC Worldwide Channels has acquired the BAFTA-winning reality TV series The Only Way is Essex for BBC Entertainment in South Africa. Billed as the UK’s answer to The Hills and narrated by Essex-born actress and presenter Denise Van Outen (Any Dream Will Do), The Only Way is Essex is produced by UK independent Lime Pictures. Click to continue

Julian Fellowes’ Titanic drama sails onto BBC Entertainment in April
BBC Worldwide Channels has acquired Titanic – the new costume drama from the pen of Oscar-winner and Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes – to air exclusively on BBC Entertainment in South Africa the same day as the UK version concludes. Click to continue

James Cameron to partner with National Geographic to dive the Mariana Trench
Film-maker and National Geographic explorer-in-residence, James Cameron, has announced that he will attempt to reach the world’s deepest point, the Mariana Trench, nearly 11.2 km beneath the ocean’s surface, marking the launch of DEEPSEA CHALLENGE, a joint scientific project by Cameron, the National Geographic Society and Rolex. Click to continue

Air Crash Investigation returns to National Geographic
Premiering on Monday, 12 March at 21:00 on National Geographic Channel (DStv channel 260), the 13-part series, Air Crash Investigation will return for its tenth season to examine some of the worst air crashes in history. Click to continue

National Geographic Channel to screen Finding the Lost Da Vinci
Evidence uncovered during research conducted in Florence’s Palazzo Vecchio in 2011 appears to support the theory that a lost Leonardo da Vinci painting existed on the east wall of the Hall of the 500, behind Giorgio Vasari’s mural, The Battle of Marciano. Finding the Lost Da Vinci documents the hunt for The Battle of Anghiari. Click to continue

Mediamark and Jacaranda 94.2 reveal Pretoria's secrets
Mediamark (and its Radmark division) together with Jacaranda 94.2 took a group of clients on a tour of Pretoria on Friday, 2 March to offer them insights into the capital and the behaviour of its consumers. Click to continue

i5FM announces additional line-up changes
5FM is adding brand new shows to its already sizzling lineup. From Friday, 1 April, the station welcomes award-winning DJ Rob Vember into the 12:00 to 15:00 weekday slot. Joining Vember is show contributor Kim Schulze who willll be reading the news, as well as continuing to head up 5FM’s CSI initiative, Youngblood5. Click to continue

Cape Town takes on the defending Brain of Brains from Johannesburg
Talk Radio 702 studios were abuzz after Itai Chitapi won the Brain of Brains and bagged a total of R40 000 for his efforts. Brain of Brains was the final stand-off between the winners of the general knowledge quiz shows Brain of 702 with Dis-Chem for Talk Radio 702 and Brain of CapeTalk with Dis-Chem for 567 CapeTalk in the Western Cape. Click to continue

Ja.fm celebrates a year of success
Ja.fm , an Afrikaans online radio station that lets listeners steer its playlist, is celebrating its first anniversary in March. Its blend of new-age internet technology and good old-fashioned quality music has proven to be a massive hit with its listenership. Click to continue

iBusiness in Durban goes live
Famous Publishing’s quarterly business glossy, Business in Durban, has launched its own website, BusinessinDurban.co.za, under the guidance of online editor Siphesihle Mthembu. Click to continue

BBC.com helps local marketers unleash the power of data
For years, audiences across the world have relied on BBC to provide them with content they can trust. Now, with the help of Audience Science, advertisers in South Africa can rely on BBC.com to provide them with first rate audience data they can trust. Click to continue

Digibate to discuss future of print media in South Africa
Aegis Media, in conjunction with BizCommunity, will be hosting the fourth Thought Leadership Digibate, which will discuss and debate the current state and future of print media in South Africa. The Digibate will be audio-streamed live on www.bizradio.co.za on Friday, 16 March between 9:15 and 11:00. Click to continue

iSkyRoomLive brings live entertainment to South African internet users
On 18 March, SkyRoomLive.com, a new destination for local streaming content, will launch a series of live concerts designed specifically for internet and mobile broadcast. Click to continue

Sanofi chooses Native to develop iPad app
When one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies recently approached Native to develop an iPad application for its sales force, the cogs of the Native wheel started turning and a world-class app was the end result. Click to continue

CAR and Samsung launch definitive Android app for South African motoring enthusiasts
CAR Magazine, Ramsay Media’s biggest selling title, has recently launched its exciting new Android app aimed at motoring enthusiasts, available exclusively in South Africa at the Samsung online apps store. Click to continue

iGetting personal with Mikateko Media's Bulelwa Mtsali
One of four founding directors of media company Mikateko Media, 33-year-old Bulelwa Mtsali is a major editorial talent, with experience on multiple media platforms. She chatted to Media Update about her lifestyle, her role models and life as an editorial director at the custom publishing house. Click to continue

Industry awards ...
Art Directors Club launches ADC Young Guns 10 competition
The Art Directors Club, the premier organisation for integrated media and the first global creative collective of its kind, has announced the launch of the ADC Young Guns 10 competition for creative professionals aged 30 or younger. Click to continue

Universal Music clinches 20 nominations for SAMAs
On Thursday, 8 March, South African Music Awards CEO Randall Abrahams revealed the nominees for the 18th annual MTN South African Music Awards at a press briefing held in Johannesburg. Universal Music garnered a total of 20 nominations for 12 of its artists in 10 different categories. Click to continue

FX’s 'Only in Africa' documentaries win accolades at SAFTAs
The South African Film and Television Awards, which were held at Gallagher Estate in Johannesburg on 9 and 10 March, have delivered a message about excellence for FOX International Channels and the content the company broadcasts throughout the African continent. Click to continue

Diageo Africa Business Reporting Awards 2012 to celebrate top business journalism on Africa
Premium drinks business, Diageo, has launched its annual Africa Business Reporting Awards for 2012. The awards, initiated by Diageo in 2004, recognise journalists and editors who provide high quality coverage of the business environment in Africa. Click to continue

iEat In DStv Food Network Produce Awards draw near
The Eat In DStv Food Network Produce Awards acknowledge and celebrate outstanding, independent South African producers, food markets and outlets for their innovation, passion, integrity and care for the environment. Click to continue

In focus
DStv entertains beyond limits in 2012
Most of us like to kick back and sink deep into the couch for some relaxation in front of the telly. It’s a new year and with it comes some exciting programming to ensure some endearing, action-packed, comical and nostalgic moments. Christine Greyvenstein recently attended the DStv 2012 line-up and tries to give her unbiased feedback. Click to continue

From the editorial desk ...
iMobile to get down to business in 2012
According to Portio Research*, there are 5.9-billion mobile subscriptions globally – that’s 87% of the world’s population – and the sector is constantly growing. This was one of the reasons why GSMA recently held its annual Mobile World Congress in Barcelona with the theme of ‘redefining mobile’. Samantha Cook looks at the trends and discussions that emerged from the congress. Click to continue

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