Business Day is a national daily newspaper in South Africa, published from Monday to Friday and also available as an e-paper. Based in Rosebank, Johannesburg, it is edited by Songezo Zibi and published by BDFM Publishers, which is also the parent company of the Financial Mail magazine and Business Day TV. BDFM Publishers is owned by Times Media Group.
The newspaper, launched on May 1 1985, covers all major national and international news, with a specific focus on the South African economy and business sector, companies and financial markets. It also contains an influential opinion section with several popular columnists, along with coverage of sport, travel, books, arts and entertainment.
BDlive is the digital identity of the newspaper, including this website, apps for the iPhone and iPad and a mobile site (m.bdlive.co.za). These products offer quality reporting throughout the day, seven days a week, breaking the news with stories, newsletters, SMS alerts and other notifications, and multimedia such as video, podcasts and slideshows. There are also opinion pieces, analysis, columnists, sport, cartoons and much more.
The website showcases some content produced by the Financial Mail and Business Day TV, and incorporates weekly content published in the Sunday Times’s Business Times.
When readers register on the site, for free, they gain access to a range of services such as newsletter subscriptions, personalised news and article clippings. After viewing a number of free articles within a 30-day period, they have to subscribe for continued access.
Both Business Day and BDlive carry special reports on events such as the national budget or the president’s state of the nation address, as well as one-off supplements on a range of topics.