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BusinessLIVE - Right Center BiasRIGHT-CENTER BIAS

These media sources are slightly to moderately conservative in bias. They often publish factual information that utilizes loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using appeal to emotion or stereotypes) to favor conservative causes. These sources are generally trustworthy for information, but may require further investigation. See all Right-Center sources.

Factual Reporting: MIXED
Country: South Africa
World Press Freedom Rank: South Africa 28/180


Launched in 2016 by the Tiso Blackstar Group, BusinessLIVE is a national news portal in South Africa. Their coverage includes business, economy, analysis, politics, finance and more. BusinessLIVE is headquartered in Parktown, Johannesburg, South Africa

BusinessLIVE also features the complete websites of other newspapers owned by the Tiso Blackstar Group, including “Business Day, Financial Mail and Rand Daily Mail”. Further, they source news content from Business Times, Investors Monthly, BDTV and Wanted Online. “BusinessLIVE also delivers exclusive syndicated content from the Financial Times and full access to the The Wall Street Journal website, via the paid-content section of the site, BL Premium.”

Ray Hartley is the editor of BusinessLIVE. He is a former editor of the Sunday Times newspaper.

Funded by / Ownership

Tiso Blackstar Group (formerly Times Media) is the owner of BusinessLIVE. Andrew David Bonamour is the founder and CEO of Tiso Blackstar Group with the corporate headquarters located in the United Kingdom. A complete list of Board of Directors can be seen here. Revenue is derived from advertising and subscriptions.

Analysis / Bias

BusinessLIVE newspapers, namely the Sunday Times has been criticized for publishing fake stories. The current editor BL and former editor of the Sunday Times, Ray Hartley, issued a response to the claims that can be read Here. Further, the newspaper Business Day, has been criticized by the Independent Online for reporting more negatively on black business owners vs. white. According to the article “Reporting on white companies is always qualified with an excuse, while black companies are treated with contempt, disdain and suspicion.”

In review, BusinessLIVE uses strong emotionally loaded headlines such as this ”Cyril Ramaphosa to tackle ‘divisive’ Jacob Zuma” and “Trump tweets about land expropriation and ‘farm killings’ in SA” In general, BusinessLIVE sources their information through quotes rather than hyperlinked sourcing, however BusinessLIVE also republishes articles from Bloomberg and Reuters. Editorially, a review of opinion pieces, reflects a right leaning economic perspective favoring free markets.

A factual search reveals a false claim by the Business Day newspaper.

Overall, we rate BusinessLIVE Right-Center Biased based on use of sources that lean right as well as support for free market economics. We also rate them Mixed for factual reporting due to a history of publishing fake news and a false claim by an IFCN fact checker. (M. Huitsing 1/7/2019)


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