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29 Jan 2015 Media & Broadcasting

COMPANY COMMENT: SEARDEL

IT SEEMS e.tv is not sending out a clear enough signal to the investment community. Seardel — which now holds a majority stake in Sabido Investments (comprising e.tv and other media assets) — is seeing a rather wide spread between its low-voting N shares and ordinary shares. In recent weeks the N shares have been […]

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22 Jan 2015 Media & Broadcasting

THE HCI BATTLE IS ABOUT THE FUTURE OF TELEVISION

The struggle for control over HCI, Sabido and e.tv is actually a battle over the future of SA TV — and a huge government contract MANY South Africans were riveted last week by the battle for control of HCI, but it’s worth noting that this battle is merely the outcome of a more intense, behind-the-scenes […]

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17 Nov 2014 Media & Broadcasting

HCI MOVES AHEAD WITH MEDIA-FOCUS PLANS

Seardel to unbundle non-media interests. With the much-publicised boardroom battle involving Hosken Consolidated Investments (HCI) co-founders John Copelyn and Marcel Golding now history, HCI is moving ahead with its plans to turn its subsidiary Seardel into a fully focused media investment company. Seardel, once better known as a textile and clothing manufacturer, plans to unbundle […]

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THE DAY MARCEL GOLDING SPUN FOR ZUMA

A tame documentary on Jacob Zuma goes against ousted e.tv chief executive Marcel Golding’s supposed stand against editorial interference from govt. In late April, just ahead of the 2014 general elections, an urgent directive was given to Sabido Productions, an award-winning documentary outfit based in Cape Town and staffed by veteran broadcast journalists. They were […]

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‘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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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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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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30 Oct 2014 Media & Broadcasting

GOLDING’S WIFE HITS BACK

Cape Town – The chief operating officer at e.tv, Bronwyn Keene-Young, has quit the broadcaster and its parent company, Hosken Consolidated Investment (HCI) – and before she left she wrote staff a scathing letter about the company’s top executives. Her husband, Marcel Golding, resigned as HCI chairman on Monday, the same day that HCI non-executive […]

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