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Kanthan Pillay on the future of news media | Solutions With David Ansara Podcast #47


10 April 2022

The news media in South Africa is under considerable financial and operational pressure. This is mostly due to the wave of digital disruption, which has shaken the very foundations of the industry. How do we access credible and trustworthy sources of information in this environment? In this episode of the 'Solutions With David Ansara' podcast, I speak with journalist and commentator, Kanthan Pillay, about the future of news media.

What I wrote on this day...

Rising expectations

1 March 1999

I'm going to Iowa for an award. Then I'm appearing at Carnegie Hall, it's sold out. Then I'm sailing to France to be honoured by the French government ... I'd give it all up for one erection.
- Groucho Marx

HOIST those standards! Rise for the national anthem! Shoot off


My favourite writings

Angels in desolation

'In such ugly times, the only true protest is beauty,' Phil Ochs once said ...

DAWN was breaking over the magnificent desolation of the Karoo landscape as cats eyes flung themselves...

The butterfly that stamped

This is the 9th month of the year 1999. There are 99 days to go to the last year of this century. Do you feel a sense of destiny?

A BUTTERFLY flapped his wings in East Timor, setting up...

Death of a friend

Living in South Africa has a numbing effect on a human being. One soon becomes almost unaware of the daily cycle of violence, destruction, and death. Reports of children being...

Jo'burg, the place of miracles

How we deal with death is as important as how we deal with life...

Picture a modern-day Rip van Winkle, rising from slumber in the area north of Pretoria. He walks down the...

Happy birthday Mr Morris

"It was the worst of times, it was the best of times; it was the age of foolishness, it was the age of wisdom; it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the epoch of belief; it was the...

Lamenting the loss of innocence

If you knew that a rose would scream, would you still pluck it?

CHILD ABUSE is one of my psychological buttons. I suppose my reaction to someone who is accused of doing any...