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2014  // Posts published in 2014

‘SA STATE WANTS LESS CRITICAL MEDIA’

Cape Town – The government is lobbying media executives and using its advertising muscle to win its battle for a more supine press. A management fight at Hosken Consolidated Investments revealed that a cabinet minister and a company director tried to influence coverage at its e.tv channel, the nation’s biggest private television station that has […]

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HCI SCRAMBLES TO ASSERT e.tv INTEGRITY

HOSKEN Consolidated Investments (HCI) is anxious to repair reputational damage caused by an ugly fight between its co-founders, which revealed an internal battle at e.tv over alleged political interference for commercial gain. On Thursday, e.tv said it was reviewing the processes that led to the airing of an infrastructure series on the TV channel which, […]

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MEDIA COMPANIES SQUEEZED BY MOUNTING STATE PRESSURE

Govt is lobbying media executives and using its advertising muscle to win its battle for a more supine press. South Africa’s government is lobbying media executives and using its advertising muscle to win its battle for a more supine press. A management fight at Hosken Consolidated Investments Ltd. revealed that a cabinet minister and a […]

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6 Nov 2014 KWV Holdings

SHELF LIFE: THE NEXUS OF POTSTILL BRANDY

SA’s first Cognac launches South Africa’s first Cognac has been launched by KWV in a significant brand positioning for the brandy distiller. Last week, KWV unveiled KWV Heritage XO Cognac, the first to be produced under a South African brand name, as well as 30-year-old KWV Nexus, the world’s first commercially available brand containing potstill […]

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Shaik, rattle and roll in SA broadcasting

The battle at free-to-air channel e.tv sheds light on one corner of a bigger war over communication. The Shaik brothers have a candid way of expressing themselves. Back in 2004, during the trial of Schabir Shaik, we heard from his personal assistant, Bianca Singh, how he complained of being at the beck and call of […]

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2 Nov 2014 General

BLOOD ON THE FLOOR AT e.tv

Johannesburg – The fight and skirmishes at the Hosken Consolidated Investments (HCI) and e.tv have been so brutal that so much blood was spilled on the floor this week and showed how former comrades’ falling out could end a partnership dating decades due to differences on the direction of the business. The official departure of […]

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31 Oct 2014 SENS Announcements

RESULTS OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

HCI shareholders are advised that at the Annual General Meeting of members held on Thursday 30 October 2014 all the ordinary and special resolutions as proposed in the Notice of the Annual General Meeting were approved by the requisite majority of members. In this regard, HCI confirms the voting statistics from the AGM as follows: […]

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31 Oct 2014 SENS Announcements

RESIGNATION OF CHAIRMAN

HCI shareholders are advised that Mr M.J.A. Golding resigned as a director of HCI and Chairman of the Board of Directors effective 30 October 2014. 31 October 2014 Cape Town

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31 Oct 2014 Media & Broadcasting

Etv DENIES SELLING OUT OVER STB CONTROLS

The fallout between free-to-air broadcaster etv’s shareholders has blown open allegations that the company tried to lobby government to include set-top box (STB) controls in decoders that will be required to view television once SA migrates to digital TV. While the broadcaster does not deny lobbying government for STB controls, it does reject reports it […]

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31 Oct 2014 Niveus Investments

HCI SUBSIDIARY OFFERS BOISTEROUS SIDESHOW

WHILE all eyes were on Hosken Consolidated Investments’ (HCI’s) annual general meeting on Thursday, an earlier gathering of shareholders in the conglomerate’s gambling and liquor subsidiary, Niveus, offered a boisterous sideshow. Niveus has investments in limited payout machine gambling and electronic bingo as well as a controlling stake in wine and brandy producer KWV. The […]

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