Massive digital migration of newspaper titles to News24 and Netwerk24

News24 and Netwerk24 have announced that the online platforms of 11 English and 14 Afrikaans newspaper titles have now moved into the network.  These include local, regional and national newspapers.

The following newspapers are now under the News24 banner: national title City Press, and The Witness, Amanzimtoti Fever, Stanger Weekly, Greytown Gazette, Hillcrest Fever, Maritzburg Fever, Coastal Weekly, South Coast Fever, East Griqualand Fever, Edendale and Maritzburg Echo.

News24 readers are also able to customise their homepage to include a community newspaper of their choice – making their local news part and parcel of their daily news fix.

“The addition of the nine local newspaper titles means our offering now includes local as well as regional and national news – making it that much more relevant for our readers,” says News24 Editor-in-Chief, Andrew Trench. “The addition of City Press and The Witness is also a great coup for us.  The standard of journalism across these papers is impeccable and I am looking forward to sharing our digital space with them. While we are still in a testing phase with these papers on our platform, we hope to have ironed out technical difficulties, and have improved functionality and presence within weeks.”

“News24 is a highly credible news brand and probably the most successful online news platform in South Africa.  We are very pleased that our website has found a home in their stable,” says City Press editor, Ferial Haffajee.   

Netwerk24 is now home to the following local newspapers: Bloemnuus, the Boland Gazette group  Distrikspos, Eikestadnuus, Hermanus Times, Kalahari Bulletin, Kroonnuus, Noordkaap, Paarl Post, Tygerburger, Vista, Vrystaat, Welander, and Worcester Standard.

“We are delighted to be able to offer our readers local content through the addition of these 14 local titles.  Unique content, particularly from towns where the mainstream media is not present, will enrich and personalise the Netwerk24 experience for our readers,” says Netwerk 24’s Editor-in-Chief, Adriaan Basson.

“Our mobile-friendly website also allows readers to comfortably access Netwerk24 on their tablets and smartphones – making their relevant, local and breaking news accessible wherever they are,” he adds.

Gustav Goosen, CEO of The SpaceStation, who recently announced they have taken over the digital media sales for Netwerk24, says that the addition of the localised audience means that advertisers are ensured of an even more engaged audience with a higher retention rate.  “These additions, plus the roll-out of the new look mobile-friendly Netwerk24, means that readers are offered a much richer news experience – making for a loyal and returning user base.”