June 2008 will see the launch of South Africa's first 24-hour news service, the eNews Channel, to be broadcast on DStv's premium and compact bouquets. “This is an historic moment for the broadcasting industry in South Africa,” says Marcel Golding, CEO of e.sat (e.tv's sister business).
Golding adds, “In a developing country with so many challenges and issues, a 24-hour news channel will contribute to keeping society abreast of what is happening and can play a critical role in informed debate and discussion. We believe the eNews Channel will become an important voice in South Africa's democracy.”
The eNews Channel will be found on channel 403 on DSTV.
MultiChoice South Africa CEO Nolo Letele comments, “We are very excited to add the eNews channel to our DStv platform. We believe the channel will enhance our news offering by bringing high quality, insightful and independent reporting alongside our other successful news channels.”
According to editor-in-chief of eNews Debora Patta, “The eNews Channel will offer South African, regional and international news including live reports, breaking news, sport, weather, entertainment and financial information. Included in the lineup will be current affairs shows, which will look at issues in-depth.
“eNews Channel is going to offer viewers a chance to watch South African-based and -interpreted independent news when they want to. It's going to be prime time news, all the time.
“The on-air team is going to be lead by experienced journalists Redi Direko and Jeremy Maggs, who will host News Night, weekdays from 7 pm to 9 pm.”
Patta has been a broadcast journalist and editor for more than 15 years. She has headed up e.tv's news department for four years and has led a team that has reportedly made eNews the most watched English language television news bulletin in the country.
Looking forward to this and opportunities it will create for South Africans to understand their geo-political landscape. The channel also comes at a crucial time for South Africa with elections coming next year and an expected wholesale change in the leadership of the ruling party even at provincial and local levels. Pity it is for well to do people, maybe some of the programmes should be syndicated to the free-to air version of eTV. Posted on 25 Apr 2008 12:21
This is excellent! south Africa needs a 24-hour news channel and e.tv is the perfect station for the job. well done to DSTV for selecting e.tv because the sabc channels are not great besides SABC3. Posted on 1 Jun 2008 17:00
Even the thought of a local 24 Hour news channel was just an indication of the propaganda to follow. South Africa over the last decade or so has a tendency to showcast local events they want us only to see, and then again when it comes to international news ... well put it this way, if you blink you will miss it!
We have enough local news channels in the country feeding us the hog wash they do daily. For many people that do not have access to DSTV to watch the likes of Sky News, CNN etc, they have no idea of the real concerns in the world, then to be worried about another politician in SA who beat the justice system!!
As a subscriber of DSTV, we pay for premium channels ... lately this concept of more local television is absolutely nonesence. If we wanted to watch local programming we have the SABC and ETV to provide us with this.
If DSTV is wanting to increase their channel bouquet, well then I do not have to tell you this, that there are an abundance of international channels to be considered - after all that is why we subscribe!! Thank goodness for freedom of choice. Posted on 25 Apr 2008 12:56
Of all the "contenders" who were awarded satellite PAY TV licences by ICASA in September 2007, e.sat have certainly chosen the best route in order to grow the television broadcasting sector in South Africa by provining a 24hour news channel to an existing and successful subscriber management platform with various bouquet options. Multichoice and e.sat have definately stolen the march in the great satellite TV debate of late. Since e.sat are now first to market and Multichoice "owns" the best content through their various channel providers (M-NET and Supersport included), I doubt that the other "contenders" will even see the light of day! As pay TV is all about CONTENT and SUBSCRIBERS! Posted on 25 Apr 2008 17:34
Whats happening with their Satelite TV, Are they gonna pull out when they start with their roll out of their satelite TV. I thought DsTV was a competator. Did'nt they win the licence for satelite TV together with Telkom and others. If thats the case, what a turn of event.
Its just gonna be another boring news cahnnel like SABC Africa. BULL Posted on 25 Apr 2008 18:39
I think this another great opportunity for diversity, we need this guys let's give them a chance.Unlike SABC Africa that shows Generations in times of crisis.If I need to watch Generations it is repeated on SABC 1 the following morning and on Saturday for several hours. We need live news and we need it now. With journos like Debra,Redi and Jeremy this going to be a bomb.If you think this not going to work please listen to 702 and hear the robust debates on a daily basis. Can't wait!! Posted on 2 May 2008 20:09
my friends and i are delighted with the new news channel,great to see whats going on at any time of day; with the exception of the endless images presented between the news. If i turn on in the middle of one of the news segments and want to see what i missed, i have to sit through endless boring images and dramatic signature music, before the news rolls around again. Guys.... i cant wait, i just switch off or change to one of the other news channels. Shorten it PLEASE! I also hate it when you have two news readers, where one says something and looks at the other one to say the next sentence. It is so stilted and unnatural. Far better to have one person, so we can concentrate on the news and not their performances. thanks Posted on 11 Jun 2008 10:56
This is a great channel...except the music it is inappropriate,ear piercing and repetitive...you should listen to the signature tune of the BCC or CNN ..maybe you could get some tips!! I mute my tv each time the music starts which is quite annoying or I end up changing the channel. Posted on 19 Jun 2008 12:02
I, like many of my friends, am very impressed by the new "E News" but must say that we are really put off by all the images which float around in silver, blue, black colours with the most monotonous, irritating, lound music which goes on non stop - I now go to Sky News. So please guys do something about it.
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