Browsing: Primedia

Legal tussle over Durban radio station

When Times Media Group trumpeted in a statement to shareholders last week that it had acquired 60% of radio station Vuma FM for R25,6m, it failed to inform them of impending litigation against the Durban-based radio station that could jeopardise its future. TechCentral is in

Kirsh finds value in new venture

Though he’s mostly been out of the headlines in recent years, Primedia founder William Kirsh didn’t disappear into early retirement when he resigned in September 2009 as CEO of the media empire he led and helped build. Rather, he’s been hard at work creating a new business – with his father

FoneWorx signs Telkom, SABC deals

JSE-listed telecommunications specialist FoneWorx has renewed a service provider agreement with Telkom on which the company’s fax to e-mail service is based. The contract will run for five years, until August 2018, FoneWorx says in a statement to investors. “This will

Cinema all-digital in 2013: Ster-Kinekor

Fans of celluloid won’t like this news. South Africa’s largest cinema chain, Ster-Kinekor, which is owned by privately held media group Primedia, will complete its migration from film to digital projection technology by 17 December this year. CEO Fiaz Mahomed says

Caxton snaps up third of FoneWorx

Newspaper publishing and printing group Caxton has agreed to buy the 32,7% of FoneWorx held by a trust controlled by the Kirsh family, ending a dispute between the trust and management of the JSE-listed fax-to-e-mail specialist. The Kirsh family trust – led by

Streaming shoot-out: Deezer v Rara v Simfy

Despite the relatively small number of fixed-line Internet connections and the still relatively high cost of mobile data, South Africa now has three music streaming services vying for consumers’ attention. And this is before the launch of Microsoft’s Xbox Music, expected soon. TechCentral

Duncan McLeod
Big action on the big screen

Primedia-owned cinema chain Ster-Kinekor is investing R180m over a 12-month period in decommissioning all of the 35mm film projectors in its movie houses around the country and in replacing them with newfangled digital projectors – and, in some cases, fancy new surround-sound audio systems, too

Simfy Africa: first in-depth SA review

With more than 16m tracks, 2m albums and 650 000 artists, Simfy is a fully fledged music streaming service that stacks up incredibly well against rivals Spotify, Rhapsody and Rdio. From next week it’s available in SA – without the need for a foreign credit card, a virtual private network, or any of the other digital

Ster-Kinekor ditches film in digital overhaul

Cinema chain Ster-Kinekor Theatres will replace all of its screens countrywide with digital technology over the next 12 months in a deal that will probably be worth nearly R100m. About 400 screens are affected by the move. The company, which is owned by Primedia, has signed an agreement with Arts Alliance Media, a digital cinema

Radio stations face royalties headache

For 22 years, the battle has raged in parliament, the government executive and various courts and tribunals, with long periods of deceptive calm between each episode. Now SA record companies are finally closing in on the R561m they say local radio stations owe them — and the extra R50m-plus that will be