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ZimPapers revenue goes up by 123% in Q3

ZimPapers has recorded a 123% jump in revenue in Q3 2020 which the group owed to the easing of COVID-19 public health restrictions

ZimPapers testing out WhatsApp news subscription service

ZimPapers is testing out a new WhatsApp-based subscription model as local media continues to battle to diversify their revenue models in the age of the internet. At the time of writing, it doesn’t seem that there’s a pricing model which suggests that the new service is still being trialled with users getting a chance to […]

ED Revives Media Watch Dog That Was Dissolved 20 Years Ago

President Emmerson Mnangagwa has appointed Trustees for the Zimbabwe Mass Media Trust (ZMMT) that was dissolved and has been dormant since 2000. A brief history According to Wikipedia, ZMMT was set up back in 1981 as part of the government’s new media policy, under widespread criticism of the national media, which at the time was […]

Zimpapers Says “Digital First” Approach Finally Bearing Fruit

Zimpapers has released its trading update for the 3rd Quarter ending 30 September and whilst their profits and revenues have grown considerably compared to September 2018 the most interesting tidbits (for us and our obsession with the opportunity of the internet) was their performance in the digital space. The company’s digital first strategy is starting […]

Technomag Seems To Have Partnered Star Fm In A Very Good Strategic Move

Technomag, a Zimbabwean technology blog has apparently partnered Star FM, one of the top radio stations in Zimbabwe. The partnership sees Star FM reading out content from Technomag. This is quite strategic for the blog as they can get to expand their brand recognition and reach to an audience that may not be online. Radio […]

[Update] Zimpapers Television Network To Livestream The 2018 Election Challenge Court Proceedings From 9 AM

There has been a lot of questions about Zimbabwe’s Election Challenge and chief among them is “where can I follow the proceedings?” It seems, ZBC is hell bent on ensuring that there is a limited amount of coverage of the ConCourt Hearing. Luckily enough, Zimpapers has ties to the national broadcasters and they got permission […]

Zimpapers To Introduce News Channel By 30 July

Zimpapers will be introducing 6 new channels, the first of which will be going on-air before the end of July. Zimpapers CEO, Pikirayi Deketeke, disclosed this information at Zimpapers’ annual general meeting. ‘Feel Good’ news? Broadcasting is not exactly a new avenue for Zimpapers. Last year, Zimpapers introduced ZTN Network and these were the baby […]

Zimpapers Surpasses Revenue And Profit Targets

Zimpapers managed to surpass their revenue and profitability targets for the first 5 months of the year. 2018 has been an eventful year for Zimpapers, a month ago Zimpapers got awarded a TV broadcasting licence and prior to that Zimpapers hired Ruvheneko Parirenyatwa as the Radio Projects Manager. To top all of that off, revenue […]

The Brand New And Cheaper H-Metro Reveals The Business Model Crisis Of The Media Business

If you read the Zimpapers’ Herald on hard copy you should have noticed the full paged teaser adverts that didn’t seem to make sense until they revealed a made over version of the popular tabloid, H-Metro. The new H-Metro now costs 50c meaning a 50% slash in the price from the $1 it used to […]

Ruvheneko Appointed To Senior Position At Zimpapers

Government-owned, Zimpapers Group has restructured its senior management team by appointing Ruvheneko Parirenyatwa as the company’s radio Projects Manager. The radio personality is known and remembered for hosting engaging and passionate interviews with some well known public figures that include Evan Mawarire and Tawanda Mutyebere. The new post is another step of her ascendancy in […]

Zimpapers Applies For Broadcast Licence: Will They Be Going To War With DStv And Kwese Soon?

In January the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ) called for interested parties to submit licence applications  for; Video On Demand Services (VoD), Webcasting Services and Content Distribution Services. It seems Zimpapers (yes you read that right) are very much interested in entering this field as they have applied for the Content Distribution Services licence. According […]

Zimpapers Television Network (ZTN) launches with a couple of shows for you to watch

Earlier this year, Techzim wrote that Zimpapers, the largest government-owned print media house in Zimbabwe was preparing to launch their own television network called ZTN. Well, ZTN recently launched after weeks of trailers showcasing some of the shows that they were going to offer once they had launched. ZTN plans to air all their shows on […]

Zimpapers launches new newspaper, Business Weekly

Zimpapers has launched a new business print publication called Business Weekly. The newspaper is accompanied by a website on and a mobile app (no link yet). The new publication will also have video which, from the CEO’s presentation at the launch event yesterday, will be provided by the Zimpapers new TV unit, ZTN. At the […]

Zimpapers appoints new GM for Digital and Publishing, and what this means for its future

Zimpapers, the country’s largest news company by readership (listener-ship and soon viewership as well) has appointed a new general manager to oversee the group’s Digital and Publishing Division. The new head, Marks Shayamano, is a Zimpapers veteran who has apparently been with the company since 1985. He was recently the GM of Zimpapers in Buawayo […]

Zimpapers: A profitable media company that is in internet trouble

Zimpapers, the government owned media company that owns Zimbabwe’s dominant newspaper titles (The Herald, Sunday Mail ), a relatively new radio station, a soon to be launched TV station, announced its 2016 financial results last week. The media company competes with the two other major media companies, the privately owned AMH (which owns NewsDay and other […]

Jah Prayzah’s distribution partnership with Zimpapers is Zimbabwe’s best shot at piracy so far

For his latest album, Mdhara Vachauya, Jah Prayzah’s team partnered with Zimbabwe’s largest news publisher Zimpapers to distribute the CD album via its network of newspaper vendors.

263chat to Zimpapers – Here’s how much Zimbabwean media is using internet video

Our checks first of all shows that apart from 263chat no other internet-only publisher has taken video seriously enough to post something every week. Of the traditional media companies, only Zimpapers and Alpha media

Zimpapers, again, accused of stealing content. And why it’s complicated.

In November last year, we posted an article titled “Zimpapers accused of stealing content by local bloggers…again. In it we talked about the unsustainable practice of stealing content that is rampant in Zimbabwe. What triggered that article was an incident where a Zimpapers publication had copied articles without permission from a local internet publisher called SSN. At that time […]

Dear Zim web developers & media: Please don’t disable right clicking on your websites

Dear Zimbabwean people that build websites and offer content for reading, I just thought I would quickly share one frustrating thing that I’m forced to go through almost daily now. Lately, I run into more and more websites that have right-clicking disabled. Selecting text is also disabled. I have to manually enable all these things. Usually […]

Telecel sold, Zimpost mobile money, digital content theft, Xiaomi in Africa – Podcast

This episode covers the sale of Telecel to the government and NSSA’s involvement, the theft of digital content, Zimpost’s payment platform and the changing African devices market.

Zimpapers accused of stealing content by local bloggers…again (update)

Effectively, them pirating content from online publications would mean the government is stealing from the young businesses it should instead be helping protect

Mxit’s demise, Zimpapers going digital, Tengai/Ownai, ShonaNdebele Tutor: Podcast

Mxit, the most successful African social media platform so far (in terms of user uptake at least) closed its operations a week ago. in this podcast we discuss some of the challenges that it met and what could have been a contribution to its demise. We also discuss the Zimpapers results and their reflection on […]

Zimpapers’ HY results and the challenges of a digital future the company faces

When Zimpapers, Zimbabwe’s largest media company, announced its half year results two months ago, it reported a US $20,000 loss. Shortly after, the company apparently uncovered an error in its tax accounting for the period and had to adjust the accounts, effectively pulling itself out of the loss all the way up to a US $1.9 million profit. The company […]

First impressions of the Star FM App

Star FM Radio (one of the two aggressive commercial radio stations) decided to tackle this with its own App. The Star FM App is available for free download on Google Play and the App Store and we managed to take a peek at the Android version.

Econet now has its own USSD News service

It could be mere coincidence that as Econet introduces a content account disrupting the Zimpapers mobile news service, a new USSD based news platform is launched. However, some would speculate that Econet in fact benefited from the confusion by bringing in their own, or a new player in the SMS News VAS.

POTRAZ, Facebook Africa, Tonight with Zororo, Zimpapers Digital, Africabookings – Podcast

Here is the latest edition of the Techzim podcast. In this episode issues discussed include the dismissal of the POTRAZ board, the revenue Zimpapers is harvesting from digital media, Telecel’s fight for survival, a local startup called Africabookings that’s securing funding, Facebook in Africa and the implications of this as well as the Tonight with Zororo show launching on YouTube as opposed to the ZBC route.

Zimpapers’ gamble on digital news looks set to pay back millions

Zimpapers CEO Pikirayi Dekete reports in an Zimpapers AGM sideline interview that digital content is generating 3% of their annual revenue and they have at least 300,000 subscribers on their SMS and MMS mobile news and classifieds platforms.

What’s the story with Alpha Media’s newspaper apps?

Newspaper readership is undoubtedly on the decline. Alpha Media Holdings, parent to Newsday, Southern Eye, The Standard and Zimbabwe Independent has made more significant inroads into the digital divide launching a series of applications to support their online presence.

Is Zimpapers ready to become the next Naspers?

Local print media company, Zimpapers, has appointed a new CEO and Chairman. With changes like this, and the way tech is rattling the news and media industry, this could be the start of a new season for Zimpapers. Will the leadership be agile enough to catch the wave and turn the company into more than just a print media house? How achievable is it to become just like the giant Naspers?

Migrating from offline to a Digital Future: the case of print media

Print media isn’t dead, but it’s definitely dying. These sentiments were shared at the Digital Future Conference in a presentation made by Zimpapers CTO, Darlick Marandure. In an increasingly competitive media and business environment where the platforms of expression and story telling are a dime a dozen, the case for a print-only approach has been dismissed. Unfortunately, […]