Alec Hogg celebrates 40 years in journalism, relaunches Boardroom Talk

Bibliometric Details: Issue No: 5 | Issue Month:May | Issue Year:2022

Boardroom Talk is attend.

Online writer Alec Hogg will rejoice his 40th year in journalism by relaunching Boardroom Talk on Tuesday. The newsletter which kicked off his digital publishing trail bigger than a quarter century ago will in future be emailed weekly to BizNews Top rate subscribers.

Hogg began as a trainee financial journalist at The Citizen newspaper in January 1980. His simplest spoil from the craft used to be between March 1994 and July 1996 when he served as a Community Govt at ABSA. That plot this month marks his 40th year in financial journalism.

After leaving the financial institution, Hogg’s first commissioning as a freelancer used to be a weekly column (translated into Afrikaans) for SakeBeeld. Known as Direksiepraatjies by the newspaper’s editor, the tiring Flip Meyer, its mission used to be to offer insight and context on the points dominating discussions within the corridors of change vitality.

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The distinctive English version of the column, Boardroom Talk, used to be within the origin disbursed by fax to a small community of Hogg’s chums and co-workers. In tiring 1996 it used to be revealed online by pioneering web info blueprint WOZA, whose readers were invited to rep the newsletter by email, a medium which used to be then embryonic in South Africa.

WOZA’s owner Kevin Davie rapid Hogg save his contain domain the put he would possibly also publish Boardroom Talk, suggesting the web site online be called “Moneyweb”. The title caught, and with the weekly Boardroom Talk as its core offering, Hogg began Moneyweb which grew to change into South Africa’s first digital-simplest offering focusing on change and investment.

Hogg says: “Boardroom Talk used to be the core product of Moneyweb in its early years. Nevertheless because the firm expanded into radio and particularly after its JSE list in July 1999, so did my tasks. Boardroom Talk regressed from weekly to month-to-month, then grew to change into sporadic and at closing used to be produced simplest on uncommon events.”

After leaving Moneyweb in October 2012 adopted by a interval of ‘gardening proceed’, he began BizNews in August 2013: “It used to be an wonderful decade and a half of constructing Moneyweb as a digital media firm all around the dawning of the Internet Age. Nevertheless after a interval of reflection, it used to be clear that there used to be loads that would possibly be improved upon.

“Working a public firm also launched me to other disciplines in change, including the accountability of reporting to shareholders – ours incorporated extensive names relish Allan Grey and Investec Asset Management, companies which as co-owners never held attend from asking aggravating questions.

“The final be aware lesson of all used to be increasing to stamp why increasing media businesses are simplest suited to personal ownership. At BizNews, we contain been in a position to focal level on sacrificing this day for advantages the following day. Being out of the general public highlight makes it mighty more straightforward to enact this. Elon Musk looks to contain reached the identical conclusion with Twitter.”

So why relaunch Boardroom Talk now?

Hogg explains: “We now contain a culture at BizNews of celebrating wherever and each time we are in a position to. Can also 2022 marks exactly 40 years for me in financial journalism. Relaunching Boardroom Talk is a comparatively appropriate formula to rejoice this milestone.”

The weekly newsletter will be emailed on Tuesday mornings to BizNews Top rate subscribers. There just will not be any fax option this time spherical.

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