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“Starting a print newspaper in an emerging market can be profitable,” said William Pike, CEO of Kenya’s The Star . It is a lot of hard work, he said, but from its foundations in 2007, The Star is now the third paper in the Kenyan market and has made a small profit.

Many say that as mobile adoption rises in Africa, it will threaten print, as online has in many other countries, but Pike thinks this view should be seen with a critical eye. He was speaking at the 19th World Editors Forum in Kiev last week.

“We believe that there is still a great market in print,” he continued, with just one paper published per 140 people in the country (in comparison to one per two in markets where readership is highest.) Young people still want to read newspapers, and he highlighted research that showed that more 18-34 year olds read newspapers than go on the internet, or listen to CDs. TV and radio still provide a larger threat than digital.

The Star is a subsidiary of Radio Africa, which operates both Kiss FM and Classic FM in Kenya. Its aim is to be low-cost but high-quality. It breaks big, hard-hitting stories that have an impact on the community, and Pike cited this as an essential quality for success for a new paper. It is also important to be analytical with good op-eds, he said.


Emma Goodman


2012-09-13 16:01

There is one week left to apply for the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) 2012 Mobile News Grants and Training Scheme, which provides newspaper companies in Sub-Saharan Africa with an opportunity to develop or expand their mobile platforms.

The project aims to increase accessibility of news across mobile platforms in Africa and offer increased news services to communities that may be otherwise underserved. Participating newspapers will receive funding, consultation and training to develop their mobile businesses.

Mobile News for Africa grants were made to nine newspapers last year, resulting in the development of 10 mobile news applications. WAN-IFRA will be selecting five more newspapers to participate in 2012 and is accepting applications from those seeking to develop new mobile platforms or improve or expand existing platforms.

The project has also produced a handbook,  “Mobile Media Services at Sub-Saharan African Newspapers: a Guide to Implementing Mobile News and Mobile Business,” co-published by WAN-IFRA and the African Media Initiative. The handbook can be downloaded without charge from


Emma Goodman


2012-04-13 14:30

TNA Media-owned daily The New Age postpones launch of its print edition until October 20, according to an announcement on its website on Tuesday.

This decision of postponement follows "an exhaustive review of readiness" exemplified by the newspaper to launch this month, reported yesterday.

"This delay, while unfortunate, is necessary and will help us deliver a newspaper worthy of our potential readers," Vuyo Mvoko, editor-in-chief of the newspaper stated on the news site. The newspaper had promised its readers comprehensive daily coverage of all of South Africa's nine provinces, which Mvoko explains, "has proved harder to put the systems and people in place to deliver on provincial coverage than we originally anticipated."

Providing reasons for the delay, Mvoko stated, "We have also purchased some of the latest editorial software and other technologies, much of it new to the South African scene. These will need to be tested extensively and over a period of time to guarantee our ability to produce consistent quality on a daily basis. We also have to train our staff on the use and management of our new systems. We are confident that once these processes are complete, we can deliver to our readers an aesthetically pleasing, editorially sound and fresh product that will be relevant to their lives and add to the diversity of voices in our country's media."


Savita Sauvin


2010-09-16 22:15

During recent delegate discussions, Angola and Mozambique have stressed the importance of strengthening bilateral media operations. The meeting expressed satisfaction at current cooperation arrangements and a need to continue to solidify coordination in the media field, reported on Sunday.

"The delegations welcome the signing between the parties of the cooperation agreement in the domain of social communication," the note on the discussions read.

In a four day trip to Angola, the Mozambican delegate visited the Angola Press Agency, television stations "Ediçães Novembro" and "Televisão Pública de Angola" and its Production Centre. Trips were also made to the State media groups "Rádio Nacional de Angola" and the "Abibal de Melo" Press Centre.

This delegation of the Mozambican Information Office, labelled 'Gabinfo' is a facility of the Mozambican prime minister focused on informing the government on the advance in media organs.

The delegation has been in Mozambique since May 24.


Leah McBride Mensching


2009-05-26 14:04

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