Business models


Demystifying radio: Zambia’s Breeze FM
17 Apr 2016

Demystifying radio: Zambia’s Breeze FM

The founder of Breeze FM wanted to create a community station that turned a profit in rural Zambia. No easy feat. But understanding his audience and building relationships have made his station an integral, and sustainable, part of the community. Cities and commercial or industrial hubs are fertile ground for any radio station, be it commercial or community based. Mike Daka, however, chose to go...

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The Namibian: no shareholders to threaten independence
16 Apr 2016

The Namibian: no shareholders to threaten independence

The Namibian, Namibia’s leading and most respected newspaper, has valued its independence since its founding in 1985. Today, it has adopted a unique business model that ensures its voice is not influenced by commercial pressures. The Namibian is a strange animal in the world of business: it is owned by no one who could make a profit from it. The newspaper is registered as a...

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‘Just believe’: The story of Malawi’s Zodiak Broadcasting
11 Apr 2016

‘Just believe’: The story of Malawi’s Zodiak Broadcasting

Zodiak Broadcasting in Malawi is one of the nation’s most popular media outlets. Its founder faced scepticism when he left a comfortable job at state-run radio to strike out on his own. But determination and a dedication to fairness led to success.  Gospel Kazako, a 47-year-old Malawian, says people though he was foolish when he first decided to establish what is now the most successful...

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One of the big boys: Kenya’s Nation Media Group
24 Apr 2015

One of the big boys: Kenya’s Nation Media Group

The Nation Media Group is one of Africa’s most successful media companies, active in print, TV, radio and online. At its beginnings, it championed African independence and then political pluralism. These days, it’s known for its quality content.  It was a nuclear scientist, Hillary Boniface Ng’weno, who set Kenya’s Daily Nation on the path to success when he was just 25 years old. He became...

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