The Future of Media Conference is coming back!

Johannesburg 21 October 2019:  Tiso Blackstar has announced that the Future of Media Conference, which was last held in 2016, is set to make a comeback and will take place on 23 July 2020, in Parktown Johannesburg.

The Future of Media Conference is directed towards the media, advertising and marketing sectors – where media platforms provide the vehicles for brands to reach and engage with increasingly tech-savvy and discerning audiences.  Once again, the changing trends in advertising, branding, and content will come under the spotlight.

The event is set to attract the country’s leading marketing, media and advertising strategists as they engage on various aspects affecting the industry today, including the tech-evolution that has taken place in the last four years.

Eben Gewers, Head of Advertising Sales at Tiso Blackstar Group believes the conference comes at a very important time: “Technology is advancing at a rapid rate and the industry does not always have an opportunity to sit back and take everything in.  We see the Future of Media Conference as an opportunity to bring our industry colleagues together under one roof, where we can hear from experts in their respective fields, debate relevant issues, and leave with a well-formed view of the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.”

Tiso Blackstar itself is a company which over the past few years has transitioned significantly from being a predominantly print-based publisher, to one that is now the second largest online publisher in South Africa.  The Group’s news websites have realised record traffic thus far in 2019, on the back of an on-going investment in technology and processes to deliver high-quality, digital-first copy – an approach that has seen its websites (TimesLIVE, BusinessLIVE, SowetanLIVE, DispatchLIVE, and HeraldLIVE) draw sizeable audiences in South Africa.

Taryn Westoby, Head of Tiso Blackstar Events which organises the Future of Media Conference says: “We’re very excited to once again host an event that further entrenches the Group’s commitment to serving the interests of the media and marketing community, and enabling trust amongst consumer audiences.”  Tiso Blackstar Events also hosts the Sunday Times Top Brands Awards, Sunday Times Gen Next Awards, the South African Radio Awards, Financial Mail AdForum and the Financial Mail AdFocus Awards, the AMARA Recruitment Awards, as well as the recently acquired MOST Awards.

The conference line-up will be announced in due course, and more information about previous Future of Media events can be found on the event website:

For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Cortney Hoyland |

To register interest in participating as a speaker, please contact Jade Fleishman |


About Tiso Blackstar Events

Tiso Blackstar Events draws on the editorial expertise and media-powerhouse advantage of the Tiso Blackstar Group to deliver stimulating and engaging encounters that encourage excellence across South Africa’s various industries. Aligned to the thought-leadership of Tiso Blackstar’s prominent platforms like the Sunday Times, Financial Mail, Business Day, Sowetan, Business Day TV, The Home Channel andIgnition TV, we are committed to facilitating events that nurture the socio-economic success of our country. Our leading industry events include the Sunday Times Top 100 Companies, Sunday Times The Directors Event, Business Day TV SME Summit, Absa Business Day Supplier Development Awards, Liberty Radio Awards, Sunday Times Generation Next, Sunday Times Top Brands and a host of bespoke events for our clients. Tiso Blackstar prides itself as a level 1 B-BBEE contributor.

Issued by:                Samantha Pugh, Pugh Public Relations & Corporate Communications

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On behalf of:           Taryn Westoby, Head of Tiso Blackstar Events


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