Matthew Buckland, digital pioneer and MDIF Entrepreneur-in-Residence, passes away


It is with great sadness that we report the passing away of Matthew Buckland, our Entrepreneur-in-Residence, after battling illness. Professionally, Matt was a genuine pioneer in digital media in South Africa and across the continent. He led the Mail & Guardian’s digital platform in the early 2000s, ensuring that it became Africa’s leading news site. […]

Bernard Poulet steps down as MDIF Board Chair, Sheila Coronel steps up


After 10 years as Chair of MDIF’s Board of Directors, Bernard Poulet stepped down at a Board meeting today. He was replaced by the Vice-Chair, Sheila Coronel. MDIF is profoundly grateful to Bernard, who has led MDIF’s Board with great vision, calm and skill through a period of transition for both the media business and […]

Independent media leaders gather in Warsaw for Media Forum 2019


More than 130 MDIF clients, investors, staff and Board members from more than 30 countries attended the opening ceremony of the Media Forum 2019 in Warsaw, Poland. The Media Forum provides a space for independent media practitioners to share real world challenges and solutions across many geographies. The ceremony took place at the offices of […]

SFS Ventures acquires a controlling interest in Polish radio company Eurozet


Prague, February 20, 2019: SFS Ventures s.r.o. today announced that it has acquired 60% of the share capital of Polish radio company Eurozet sp. z o.o. from Czech Media Invest. Leading independent Polish media company Agora S.A. has acquired the remaining 40% as a passive minority investor with an option to buy-out SFS Ventures in […]

MDIF launches private equity impact fund for independent media


New York, February 7, 2019: As illiberal democracies advance around the world and even digital darlings like Buzzfeed, HuffPost and Vice announce lay-offs, a new approach to investing in impactful media is needed. Recognising that challenging times call for creative solutions, MDIF today announced the launch of Emerging Media Opportunity Fund I (EMOF), the first […]