Jeremy Maggs

Jeremy MaggsSummary

Jeremy Maggs has been noted as one of South Africa’s leading marketing and media journalists, and has gained worldwide recognition. For over 20 years Maggs has been directly involved with radio, print and television journalism, and is currently the leading news anchor on e.tv’s [1] 24-hour news channel, as well as the host of his own show Maggs on Media [2] His career has spanned from being a radio presenter on 702 [3], to co-host of SAfm’s [4] PM Live [5] current affairs programme to the host of Media[at]SAfm [6]. He has also been incredibly prominent in the television and print arena. What Maggs most enjoys about his work are “the deadlines, the adrenalin and putting tough questions to people who have something to hide” . [7]

Personal information

Jeremy Maggs, born on Wednesday 1 February 1961 in Johannesburg [8], has lived comfortably in the same house in Johannesburg North for 14 years with his wife Anne, a journalist and artist, and his two daughters. Over the years he has developed a great fondness for a particular quiet balcony which he deems “a sanctuary”. [9] Jeremy’s weekend activities include cycling, braaing and watching television, with his favourite aspects of Johannesburg including its skyline, The Weekender [10] and Fournos Bakery [11]. While baked goods may be a favourite, he also claims that he could “eat his whole weight in curry” [12] at Bukhara [13] in Nelson Mandela Square [14]. Maggs spends much of his holiday time on a farm in the Eastern Free State and enjoys walking to a ruined castle which lies on one of its hills. Maggs is also an avid reader and collector of stories. His favourite clothes shops include Woolworths [15], Timberland [16] and Levis [17]and his I-Pod selection includes artists such as Bruce Springsteen [18], Frank Sinatra [19] and Jackson Browne [20]. When asked what he would do if he was not in the journalistic profession, Maggs believes he would be a pilot flying Boeing 747s. Maggs’ life lesson is: “If you say you’re going to do something, do it. Or decline it before you let people down.”


Career information

Jeremy Maggs has spent the last 20 years of his life dedicated to broadcast journalism. He has also worked for national newspapers, magazines, local television as well as radio. He started his career after having studied journalism at Natal Technikon [21], writing for publications such as the Eastern Province Herald [22] and Durban’s Sunday Tribune [23]. Having worked at radio 702 for 10 years, he became the station's news editor and a regular current affairs anchor where he gained the reputation of being a tough interviewer. After leaving 702 he joined SABC 2 [24] as host of the morning breakfast show with Nothemba Madumo [25]. Maggs co presented SAfm's weekday afternoon current affairs programme, PM Live, and was also the host of the Sunday morning media and advertising show, Media@SAfm - a show he referred to as his "great joy". He also hosted SABC3's [26] weekly media and advertising show, Media Focus. In 2008 Maggs was announced as the co-anchor of e.tv’s 24-hour news programme News Night [27] on DSTV [28]. He hosted alongside Redi Direko [29] until May 2009, when Nikiwe Bikitsha [30] took over from her. Maggs is also the presenter of Maggs on Media, a programme focusing on “current media trends and how they impact on corporate South Africa”.

Recognitions and Awards

Not applicable

Other professional activities

Maggs, departing from his traditional role as news/media radio and TV presenter was the much loved host of Who Wants to be a Millionaire? [31], and later hosted a once off parents edition of Test the Nation [32], where he will work alongside Masechaba Moshoeshoe [33]. This programme is a blend of “competition, entertainment and education”. He has also been the host his very own Journal of Marketing [34] breakfast debate, as well as a facilitator of discussion for the South African Reward Association (SARA). [35] Maggs was the editor of the Financial Mail’s Adfocus [36], which is a publication whose area of expertise lies in reviewing the prevalent situations within advertising industries in South Africa. Maggs is also the editor of the Journal of Marketing, which is the official publication of the Marketing Association of South Africa (MASA). [37] Maggs is responsible for the a year-end hardcover and online advertising and marketing review known as The Annual [38], which had been running for the past three years. The Annual focuses on top brands and measuring their successes. Maggs is also listed on Speakers Inc [39], which is a professional speakers bureau based in Johannesburg.


References: Primary Sources

Jeremy Maggs jmaggs@iafrica.com

Laura Maggs activate.editor@gmail.com

Secondary Sources Image

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The Journal. 2009. Flickr: Jeremy Maggs. Retrieved 17 October 2009 from http://tinyurl.com/ygcm5o8

Summary

[1] Etv. 2009. Etv. Retrieved 17 October 2009 from http://www.etv.co.za/

[2] Maggs on Media: da Silva, I. 2008. E-News 24-hour channel takes to airwaves. Retrieved 15 October 2009 from http://tinyurl.com/ykpqyc3

[3] 702. 2009. Talk Radio 702. Retrieved 15 October from http://www.702.co.za/index.asp

[4] SAfm. 2009. SAfm. Retrieved 12 October 2009 from www.safm.co.za

[5] TVSA. 2009. Profile: Jeremy Maggs. Retrieved 13 October 2009 from http://tinyurl.com/yk8hnul

[6] Media@SAfm. 2009. Media SA. Retrieved 16 October 2009 from http://tinyurl.com/yjysbn5

[7] Sandton Life. 2009. Interview: Jeremy Maggs. Retrieved 17 October 2009 from http://tinyurl.com/yzs2yzk

Personal Information

[8] City of Johannesburg. 2009. City of Johannesburg. Retrieved 14 October 2009 from http://www.joburg.org.za/

[9] Sandton Life. 2009. Interview: Jeremy Maggs. Retrieved 17 October 2009 from http://tinyurl.com/yzs2yzk

[10] The Weekender. 2009. The Weekender. Retrieved 12 October 2009 from http://tinyurl.com/yl6pdtp


[11] Fournos Bakery. 2009. Fournos Bakery: Coffee Shop and Catering. Retrieved 17 October 2009 from http://tinyurl.com/yk5pww5

[12] Sandton Life. 2009. Interview: Jeremy Maggs. Retrieved 17 October 2009 from http://tinyurl.com/yzs2yzk


[13] Bukara. 2009. Arguably the finest Indian cuisine on planet earth. Retrieved 15 October 2009 from http://www.bukhara.com/

[14] Nelson Mandela Square. 2009. Nelson Mandela Square: Celebrating the Future. Retrieved 17 October 2009 from http://tinyurl.com/yz6o43x

[15] Woolworths. 2009. Woolworths Online. Retrieved 17 October 2009 from http://tinyurl.com/yz7osdt

[16] Timberland. 2009. Timberland’s Online Shoe and Boot Store. Retrieved 17 October 2009 from http://tinyurl.com/ylyc92a


[17] Levis. 2009. Levi Strauss & Co. Retrieved 17 October 2009 from http://www.levi.co.za/

[18] Rolling Stone. 2007. Profile: Bruce Springsteen. Retrieved 15 October 2009 from http://tinyurl.com/yg53tt5

[19] IMdb. 2009. Biography: Frank Sinatra. Retrieved 14 October 2009 from http://tinyurl.com/yggx5b7

[20] Rolling Stone. 2009. Profile: Jackson Browne. Retrieved 15 October 2009 from http://tinyurl.com/yhybk33

Career Information

[21] Natal Technikon. 2009. Technikon Natal. Retrieved 15 October 2009 from http://tinyurl.com/yf8eye3

[22] Eastern Province Herald. 2009. Eastern Province Herald. Retrieved 14 October 2009 from http://tinyurl.com/ygbfkj6

[23] Durban’s Sunday Tribune. 2009. Durban’s Sunday Tribune. Retrieved 14 October 2009 from http://www.sundaytribune.co.za/0

[24] SABC 2. 2009. SABC2: Feel at home. Retrieved 13 October 2009 from http://www.sabc2.co.za/

[25] TVSA. 2009. Profile: Nothemba Mamdumo. Retrieved 13 October 2009 from http://tinyurl.com/yhh55zp

[26] SABC3. 2009. Stay with SABC 3. Retrieved 17 October 2009 http://www.sabc3.co.za/

[27] TVSA. 2009. A first for SA: 24-hour news. Retrieved 16 October 2009 http://tinyurl.com/yjhxv3h

[28] DSTV. 2009. DSTV Portal. Retrieved 18 October 2009 from http://tinyurl.com/ykv9ky6

[29] TVSA. 2009. Profile: Redi Direko. Retrieved 14 October 2009 from http://tinyurl.com/yl6fgm7

[29] 702. 2009. Talk Radio 702: Redi Direko. Retrieved 14 October from http://tinyurl.com/yl3ukdx

[30] TVSA. 2009. Profile: Nikiwe Bakitsha. Retrieved 14 October 2009 from http://tinyurl.com/ygobwzz

[30] Famous Faces. 2009. Famous South African: Nikiwe Bakitsha. Retrieved 14 October 2009 from http://tinyurl.com/yjrhtbg

Other professional activities

[31] Who wants to be a millionaire: TVSA. 2009. Profile: Jeremy Maggs. Retrieved 16 October 2009 from http://tinyurl.com/yzsg5vl

[31] TVSA. 2009. Who wants to be a millionaire? Accessed 16 October 2009 from http://tinyurl.com/yheocmu


[32] TVSA. 2009. Test the nation. Retrieved 17 October 2009 from http://tinyurl.com/yznvl6k

[33] TVSA. 2009. Profile: Masechaba Moshoeshoe. Accessed 16 October 2009 from http://tinyurl.com/ykp2eqx

[34] Journal of Marketing: Famous Faces. 2009. Famous South African: Jeremy Maggs. Retrieved 16 October 2009 from http://tinyurl.com/yglztfk

[35] SARA. SARA Association. Retrieved 16 October 2009 http://www.sara.co.za/

[36] Financial Mail. 2009. Financial Mail: Advertising and Marketing. Retrieved 14 October 2009 from http://tinyurl.com/ygju62e


[37] MASA. 2009 Marketing Association South Africa. Retrieved 15 October 2009 http://www.marketingsa.co.za

[38] The Annual. 2009. SA’s Top Branding Survey Joins the Future Groups. Retrieved 16 October2009 from http://tinyurl.com/yht4ej4

[39] Speakers Inc. 2007. Speakers Inc: Jeremy Maggs. Retrieved 15 October 2009 from http://tinyurl.com/yfy82q3





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