Media24 launches Afrikaans news website

Johannesburg - Media24 has launched a national Afrikaans news website, an amalgamation of news from four of its titles, it said on Thursday.

"Netwerk24 offers original, premium content, created by a national network of cross-platform journalists," newly-appointed editor Liesl Pretorius said.

"It services the affluent Afrikaans market and counts an established, paying subscriber base among its users."

The website was expected to attract a national Afrikaans audience of more than a million unique browsers.

The titles were Beeld, Die Burger, Volksblad, and Rapport.

It said because of the successful paywall strategy it had across Beeld, Die Burger and Volksblad, the paywall would remain at R99 a month.

Pretorius would not say how many subscribers Netwerk24 had. She said there had been positive reaction to the decision to charge for digital news.

"Netwerk24 is expected to reach more than 100 000 Afrikaans news consumers per day," she said.

"All current digital and print subscribers will have full access to the site."

The website was already producing original digital-only content and would increasingly do so.

From 1 October, when the newspapers' existing news sites would close, Netwerk24 would be updated continuously, Pretorius said.

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Jan Grimbeek 2014-08-21 07:17:03 PM
"million unique browsers." X 99 pm = 99,000 000 income per month only from the afrikaans news readers. ?
Makhokolotso Mk Mitchell 2014-08-21 08:11:12 PM
Doesn't sound fair though, why must they pay? black ppl are racist though lol ai suka*
Rui Obed Muchenga 2014-08-21 08:47:19 PM
Is that Steve 's pic on the probe. Ow dear god.
Nkanyiso Mdlalose 2014-08-21 08:48:50 PM
When is venda24 coming???!!
Robert Magaya Cele 2014-08-21 09:02:46 PM
Lekker nuus, goed
JeanClaude Vandamme 2014-08-21 09:12:45 PM
Anti-Establishment 2014-08-21 09:14:08 PM
ook maar lekker vertraag
Chris Du Toit 2014-08-21 09:24:48 PM
Like naspers really cares about Afrikaans. Only when and how it suits their pockets.
Dion Roder 2014-08-21 09:29:36 PM
Yeah... The fat cat businessmen who came from a long line of devoted Afrikaans speaking journalists with the dream of keeping Afrikaans vibrant, is now so money that loyal print readers are being abandoned with no hard feelings. Afrikaans speakers in Natal receives no worthwhile service. We are beng forced to digitalise or be totally deprived of Afrikaans journalism, I wonder how long it will be before the money-grubbing Directors in this fat cat conglomerate will also abandon the readers of Rapport in Natal, Where ethics and loyalty counted for much, only money counts. Four individual newspapers with a bit of individual character is being replaced by a 4 in 1 website with not character, no ethics except money money money and no loyalty to the thousands of Afrikaans supporters which built the companies.. Au revoir grubbers. Just imagine that if one wanted to make a point to the conglomerate, my only vessel is an English site... tragic
Feik Mc Heither 2014-08-21 09:32:39 PM
Black people are on the roll today...and English people are just quite! I wonder. Looks like everyone's on their own. Oh, expect the English whom every pale person adores and with they were...