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09 January 2007
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JOHANNESBURG, the headquarters of the South African media industry, boasts a lively and remarkably diverse range of media, including six daily newspapers and all the major broadcasters. The daily newspapers are:



  • The Sowetan, a morning tabloid aimed at a black readership. It has grown more serious in recent years as its readership has become more middle-class.
  • The Daily Sun, a racy new mass-market tabloid aimed at the working classes, has been an instant success. It is now the country's largest-selling daily with a circulation around 250 000 by mid-2004.
  • Business Day, the country's most authoritative financial daily.
  • The Star, the city's oldest and best-known daily with a middle-market readership. It has morning and evening editions.
  • The Citizen, a morning tabloid with a readership among the working and lower-middle classes. It is strong on horseracing coverage.
  • Beeld, the country's largest Afrikaans daily, known for its strong news coverage.

The city also hosts the country's major national weeklies:

  • The Sunday Times, the oldest and largest Sunday newspaper and a national institution that offers populist and serious journalism in one package.
  • City Press, aimed at a black audience, specialises in sport and political muckraking.
  • Sunday World, smaller rival to City Press, focuses on celebrity gossip, soccer and local good-news stories.
  • Rapport is the country's dominant Afrikaans Sunday newspaper.
  • The Mail & Guardian, an upmarket weekly known for investigative journalism and incisive arts coverage.
  • The Sunday Independent, an upmarket rival to The Sunday Times, known for its opinion columns and features. It has ties to The Independent in London.
  • The Financial Mail, the country's oldest business publication, which is modelled on the Economist.
  • The Daily Sun, the Sunday edition of the daily tabloid.


Johannesburg is South Africa's centre for television broadcasting, an industry that has become one of the city's major employers. The headquarters buildings of the state-owned South African Broadcasting Services (SABC), on a hill in Auckland Park, are among the city's most prominent landmarks. A spin-off industry of television production companies has grown up in the valleys around the SABC. The major players in the field are:

  • The SABC, which has three separate television channels inside South Africa, as well as an external channel aimed at the rest of Africa.
  •, the fast-growing private-sector rival to the SABC, has a more youthful, less serious image.
  • M-Net , an analogue pay-TV channel, broadcasts television dramas and most of South Africa's premier sports events.
  • MultiChoice, which started life as the subscriber-management arm of M-Net, is now the pioneer of multi-channel digital satellite television across Africa. DStv, which has more than 900 000 subscribers, offers up to 55 video and 48 audio channels 24 hours a day.

Radio stations

There is an astonishing radio hubbub in Johannesburg: more than 30 FM radio stations and almost a dozen AM stations broadcast from or can be heard in the city. There are national and regional stations, as well as community broadcasters that reach local neighbourhoods.

The formats span languages from Zulu to Greek, different kinds of music, actuality programming including talk radio, and religious and student stations. Some of the AM stations are available only at night when conditions improve for listening.


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