COVID-19 impact on media houses

Caxton and Media 24 are shutting down a raft of titles. Primedia is reportedly talking of restructuring. The SA National Editors Forum started a fund to help journalists who will inevitably be out of work.Professor Anton Harber from the Wits journalism department and a keen watcher of the SA media environment discusses this with us. #eNCA Courtesy #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG. - Caxton and Media24 are shutting down some of their titles.

Primedia is also reportedly hinting at restructuring due to the economic impact of the coronavirus.

The South African National Editors Forum started a fund to help journalists who will inevitably be out of work.

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Professor Anton Harber from the Wits journalism department says many media houses have been slow in moving towards digital platforms.

"Many of our major media houses, have been unable or unwilling to show the boldness and experimentation with digital media and done what is necessary really to take print titles online or to build digital media that will move into the gaps created by these issues and these problems," Harber said.

"Where there is success around the world, it is in those media institutions that have invested in essential, good high-quality unique journalism and we don't have that in our country."

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