Rob Rose and Giulietta Talevi’s new financial publication unveiled

Former FM editor Rob Rose has partnered with Sarah Buitendach, Vernon Wessels, Ann Crotty and Giulietta Talevi to launch a new financial publication, Currency.

In January 2024, Arena Holdings, publisher of the Financial Mail, announced Rose’s resignation as the magazine’s editor.

Rose had been with the company for 24 years, having worked for Business Day, Business Times and Financial Mail.

He is a respected author who wrote The Grand Scam: How Barry Tannenbaum Conned South Africa’s Business Elite and Steinheist.

Rose has won numerous awards, including the Taco Kuiper Award for investigative journalism, South African Financial Journalist of the Year, and South African Legal Journalist of the Year.

Since his departure from the company, Rose has been contributing articles to the Financial Times.

Financial Mail’s money and investment editor, Giulietta Talevi, had also resigned from the publication at the start of the year.

Talevi is well known as a Business Day TV presenter who anchors the weekly Stock Watch show, as well as The Week That Was.

She has also worked as a companies and markets editor at Business Day TV and is highly respected in investment circles.

The founding members of the team are all experienced journalists with in-depth knowledge of South Africa’s economy and financial markets.

Buitendach is the former Wanted editor and founding editor of the Sunday Times’ fashion and home section.

Wessels is an ex-Bloomberg South African bureau chief who managed the international news agency’s African financial markets division.

Crotty is one of South Africa’s most experienced business journalists and foremost corporate governance writers.

“Raising funding during the election was tough, but a number of CEOs immediately understood why this is so important, so we’re almost there,” Talevi said. “We’ve found some really supportive media partners, too.”

“The other key aspect of Currency will be our focus on financial literacy and our intention to train up-and-coming Black financial journalists, as this is no longer really happening in financial newsrooms given years of budget cuts,” Wessels said.

The new publication, called Currency, will offer readers an online platform, weekly newsletters, and social media platforms. It promises to offer South Africans a fresh perspective on business intelligence and unmatched insights.

Currency is set to launch on 2 September 2024.


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