News channel urgently looking for journos

2013-08-16 10:46
Cape Town – Africa News Network or ANN7 is urgently looking for TV news reporters across the country, days before the launch of its debut as South Africa's newest, and third, 24-hour TV news service.

ANN7 is set to launch on MultiChoice's DStv satellite pay-TV platform on Wednesday, 21 August on DStv channel 405.

ANN7 - nicknamed the "Gupta news channel" due to the Gupta family's interest in Infinity Media, the conglomerate creating ANN7 - is advertising and splashing the cash in a bid to attract entertainment and feature, news, and business reporters for the channel.

ANN7 says "knowledge of camera and video editing will be an added advantage".

Zuma investor

After a major ANN7 hiring spree kicked off in June, when the nascent TV news channel embarked on a massive talent procurement drive for its news studio facility in Midrand, the network is again recruiting for more South African TV news reporters – mere days before the channel is set to start hit the airwaves.

ANN7 already snagged Chantal Rutter Dros - who's left M-Net's highly-acclaimed Carte Blanche investigative magazine show where she's been a presenter the past few years.

Rutter Dros will become the solo news anchor of ANN7 Headlines and ANN7 Prime, two daily primetime news shows.

ANN7 also secured another former M-Netter, Geri Rantseli-Elsdon, who will host ANN7's weekday morning show Vuka Africa.

Days before ANN7 is set to go live, the 24-hour TV news channel which has president , is advertising for even more TV news reporters.

The channel - which counts President Jacob Zuma's son Duduzane Zuma as one of the investors and shareholders - is looking for TV news reporters across South Africa who have at least two years experience in the TV industry and who have some expertise in news gathering.

Changes on eNCA

ANN7's major on-screen talent recruitment comes as the existing independent TV news channel eNCA (DStv 403) made unannounced talent timeslot changes moving Joanne Joseph to the mornings opposite Gareth Edwards, and placing Nikiwe Bikitsha in the afternoons.

The eNCA on-air change comes as its news reader Ayanda Allie-Paine dropped the eNCA to join the recently launched SABC News TV channel from September.

SABC News started at the beginning of August on DStv channel 404 as the South African public broadcaster's second attempt at a 24-hour TV news channel after its first try, SABC News International, folded in April 2010.

MultiChoice is giving the SABC more than half a billion rand over the next few years to broadcast SABC News. SABC News which is not currently available to all viewers obliged to pay an annual SABC TV licence, will eventually be made freely available once the long-delayed switch to digital terrestrial television (DTT) takes place in South Africa.

The TV news wars in South Africa is heating up with the available 24-hour South African TV news channels suddenly mushrooming in one month from one to three, all positioned next to each other on the DStv channel line-up.

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