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Nation Media Group Officially Launches it’s Digital Platform, Nation.Africa

Nation Media Group has launched its digital brand, Nation.Africa, aiming at expanding it’s large online presence, taking to advantage the company’s revamped digital plan to grow sales and recover from the effects caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

With seven out of every 10 Kenyans having access to the Internet, online marketing and Web listing sites are fast gaining currency in the country with big media houses like NMG leading the charge. NMG plans to leverage on this Internet traffic and its websites to monetise the online audiences into sustainable revenue streams.

“The Group has accelerated its transformation into digital media anchored in its new digital brand, Nation.Africa, which has had a pre-launch since July 2020,” NMG said in a statement.

“This, together with the strengthening of the Group’s print and broadcast media products, is expected to offset the adverse performance and drive the long-term profitability of the business.”

Nation Media Group had redesigned the Daily Nation editions and revamped content including introduction of new magazine focusing on human interest stories to retain and attract more readers.

The Covid-19 pandemic posed challenges to the news industry around the globe as businesses across many industries cut back on marketing, leading to declines in advertising spending.

NMG’s turnover in the six months to June dropped 28.8 percent to Sh3.26 billion, reflecting significant disruptions. It reported a half-year loss of Sh352.7 million in the period when a string of firms listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE) have issued profit warnings.

NMG, the largest media in East & Central Africa is rolling out a two-pronged approach that includes enhanced presence in the digital space and a revamp of its print business with the recent facelift of the Daily Nation.

The company will place greater focus on growing reader revenue from content delivered digitally, including exploring new revenue streams in the events and technology space.