- Professor Alfred Opubor passed away on 2 December, 2011, after a brief admission at the university teaching hospital in Cotonou, Benin. He was one of the first generation of specialists in the field of journalism and communication in Africa. He graduated from Michigan State University, in the United States, with a PhD degree in 1969. He has played an important role in helping shape the African Media Initiative and its programs. He was a regular speaker at our key events, including the African Media Leaders Forum (AMLF) where he would engage media leaders on the importance of development reporting.

- MTV Networks Africa has appointed former M-Net executive Helen Smit as programming director, music. She will be responsible for programming across MTV Networks Africa’s portfolio of music channels including MTV, VH1 and MTV Base. She joins from the Baynounah Media Group in Abu Dhabi, where she was deputy director of programming for its English language service. She previously worked at M-Net as commissioning editor and and general manager of its KTV/Go service.

- The Marketing Association of South Africa (MASA) has appointed Sarel du Plessis as its new CEO. He has held the position of chair of SAARF for the past four years and been the chair for the South African Press Association for the past three years. He currently also sits on the board of the Audit Bureau of Circulations (ABC).