Johannesburg, 12 June 2017:  The Times Media group – one of South Africa’s leading media, entertainment and marketing solutions companies – has announced its name change to become the Tiso Blackstar Group.

From the first editions of its newspapers the Sunday Times, the Dispatch and the Herald more than a hundred years ago, the group has been committed to producing premium content across all of its platforms.

Today, as a broad-based multi-platform company, Tiso Blackstar Group is equally focused on providing quality content and services to audiences, advertisers and its customer base across Africa and the world.

Tiso Blackstar owns leading integrated retail solutions provider, Hirt & Carter Group. Hirt & Carter aims to be the partner of choice for customers and uses key systems and technologies to deliver innovative marketing solutions, which build brand awareness and sell more products.

Says Tiso Blackstar Group CEO Andrew Bonamour: “Our businesses are underpinned by a unique network of media assets, a dedication to excellence and a strong entrepreneurial focus. This network differentiates Tiso Blackstar Group from its competitors and is the cornerstone of its future sustainability and success.”

Tiso Blackstar Group is the largest national English publishing group and the second largest digital publisher in South Africa. On top of that it owns the largest music and independent film catalogue in Africa. It also owns leading TV channels, TV production and radio stations in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa. Through its eventing arm, The Empire, Tiso Blackstar Group has hosted some of South Africa’s most prestigious events.

“Our dedication to quality is central to the group’s mission as we innovate and build across our various divisions,” Bonamour said. “The values that have built our group for decades remain central to our future and our business. We all have a great responsibility to use our respective platforms to speak the truth with fairness and impartiality.”


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Samantha Pugh

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