eNCA sorry for Madiba mistake

2012-12-12 07:52
Thinus Ferreira
Cape Town – The eNCA news channel is doing damage control and apologising after they included old archive file footage of Madiba's wife Graça Machel in a new Nelson Mandela hospitalisation story, in which she says the ailing statesman has "lost his sparkle".

The news channel has taken a dent in the credibility stakes after the old file footage was included in a news story which has gone viral and made headlines worldwide.

On Tuesday the eNCA news anchor Jeremy Maggs of the channel's flagship daily news show News Night, apologised to viewers about the video file footage of Machel which found itself into the story.

In it she said that the frail former South African statesman is "losing his sparkle". The interview with Machel was actually done in 2009 and has no bearing on the recent hospital stay of Mandela in a Pretoria hospital as he's battling a lung and respiratory infection.

Picked up internationally

The embarrassing "sparkle" story on the eNCA was quickly picked up by international news wire services and went global, with the story running in newspapers and on websites around the world, from America to India and the United Kingdom to South America.

"In an eNCA report broadcast last night a clip was included of an interview with Nelson Mandela's wife, Graça Machel. In it Graça Machel spoke of Nelson Mandela's sparkle fading," said Maggs.

"Now eNCA would like to clarify this was from an interview in 2009, and not a current interview. Graça Machel was not responding in any way to Nelson Mandela's current hospital stay," he said.

No press statement

"The eNCA regrets the confusion which may have been caused," Maggs said.

The channel didn't issue a press statement about the apology and didn't explain how or why old video footage from 2009 was included in the story.

Nelson Mandela was admitted to hospital over the past weekend and is currently receiving treatment for a lung infection.

* In an earlier story News24 also incorrectly stated that Machel was interviewed on Monday. News24 apologised for this error.
 

Comments

  • tinyiko.ompie - 2012-12-12 08:04

    First it was a mistake by an Australian radio now this!!come on our journalism has lost it big time its so embarrasing......this da reason i hate media cos your all fake liers

      rocky.bell.98 - 2012-12-12 08:19

      So why not just avoid the media. You're a sucker for "punishment" coming back every time.

      preshen.govender.12382 - 2012-12-12 08:56

      Don’t watch ETV don’t watch

      chaapo.sithole - 2012-12-12 10:07

      They had to do this in order to spin an angle while pretending this is fresh news. Ethically and professionally bankrupt. Too much competition for ratings has resulted in irresponsible journalism.

      rocky.bell.98 - 2012-12-12 12:08

      kagiso - if you hired me yesterday I would have reported for duty this morning - thus do your own research - you're the one posting bull.

  • zamani.ndlovu.5203 - 2012-12-12 08:09

    No wonder the anc wants the media harshly regulated.u hv no clue wat yo purpose as journalists is.go ahead and introduce the info bill anc,mayb they wl start reporting unbiased

      rocky.bell.98 - 2012-12-12 08:16

      obviously you don't understand what the info bill is all about, eish - ignorance.

  • michael.jackwood - 2012-12-12 08:18

    This channel is anti ANC and the government, it is like 702; It does not need a rocket scientist to figure that out, even their journalists, if you listen to them, they push certain agenda, such as Malala, everyone can see that his agenda is to portray ANC as a bad party and DA as an alternative, bad news for them is we dont care!

      rocky.bell.98 - 2012-12-12 08:23

      The sabc must have opposition. Opposition is good for bringing out the best. Anti anc?? Debra Patta?

      NIPHONKOSI - 2012-12-12 08:28

      True, and I know some people here will come with some sabc bashing comment just to try and rubbish your claim. This is a fact, media in SA is biased because they work for someone. I've noticed that eNCA doesn't say anything good about the ANC ever nor does it show positive images of SA. Say whatever you want but this country is not yet free, keep ANC in power!

  • rahil.khanna.520 - 2012-12-12 08:20

    you expect this from SABC ..but ENCA is disappointing ? Fire the Editor !

  • mmangaliso - 2012-12-12 08:23

    always better then the SABC whose only focus is the ANC mangaung. Mandle is 94 94 ofcoz he has lost his sparkle you know how old people are

  • NIPHONKOSI - 2012-12-12 08:23

    eNCA likes sensationalization and blowing things out of proportion. I say bccsa must penalize them and the Mandela foundation sue them!!!

      rocky.bell.98 - 2012-12-12 10:42

      aagh pleeeez. Why are people always so hell bent on retaliation - jungle justice??

  • zip.reeper - 2012-12-12 08:33

    etv probably appointed another video editor who has no concept of editorial fidelity. just take any old footage from years ago and wham, chila time, where's my pay check. eedjits, the whole lot of them.

  • joshua.sematla - 2012-12-12 08:39

    I remember them showing a would be hijacker polishing his gun just before the world cup..what an unpatriotic bunch and for that I've never respected them but hey better them than the SABC

  • thabisoblyza - 2012-12-12 08:41

    eNCA has been an embarrassed to SA how many mistakes does it take em to b careful with sensitive information

  • jamma.fanaka - 2012-12-12 09:00

    When you slip with your feet, you can still fight to mantain balance. But when you slip with your mouth, you can't take the words back. Though I like and prefer to the Channel over others, I refuse to believe this was a mistake unless it was an Intentional Mistake. This is a selfish media war of broadcasters which now claims the hearts of innocent viewers.

  • justice.shingange - 2012-12-12 09:08

    PATHETICALLY E~TV

  • justice.shingange - 2012-12-12 09:09

    PATHETICALLY E~TV

  • bronwynmatthewsnewman - 2012-12-12 09:13

    I am a great supporter of Enews and all it stands for, but this is betrayal on a whole new level. I trust your broadcast and information. Don't i feel like a 'twat' repeating an old broadcast to my journalist at work and rising concern for Mandiba. I feel Enews better shape up or i will have to ship off to another channel.

  • Zama Mvulane - 2012-12-12 09:29

    You make a mistake once and not the entire week! From prouncing Prof Jakes Gerwel dead while alive and now this #SMH

  • LourensdL - 2012-12-12 09:33

    "video file footage of Machel which found itself into the story" "found itself" ??? Would have like to see you it did that? Was no persons involved it this then? Naughty naughty video file!

  • mkrune - 2012-12-12 09:52

    Funny enough same night at 8pm i switched on to CNN International Focus on the same story they had the same clip but the caption on top of the screen read CNN Exclusive Interview 2009...my friends on fb thought i was nuts when i pointed out this error. ¤sIgH¤

  • apheladi1 - 2012-12-12 09:54

    Yeh it was very sad to hear about this story and the country thought that this was the end of our icon former President Rolihlahla Mandela.

  • wonder.dila - 2012-12-12 10:02

    Are they now going to suspend the editor? lets wait and see!!

  • lenox.ntlantsana - 2012-12-12 11:49

    Tata Mdiba wherever you are know people are always gonna speak, talk in tongues.Media has been given so much in this country. God Bless Tata (Dr N. R. Mandela) LNN

  • nhlapop - 2012-12-12 12:01

    eNCA will never learn from mistakes that they did. U expect such things to happen at SABC, but now eNCA.

  • nadia.moore.75 - 2012-12-12 13:41

    So very easy to punish them for the few mistakes they have made as opposed to their excellent track record in journalism thus far. Let's not forget our dear friends the SABC who have been in the news for ages because of bad decisions and possible cases of censorship. I think the fact that eNCA decided to broadcast their apology was great but I do also think that the next step is for them to say how it happened and what steps are in place to prevent it from occurring again.

  • nadia.moore.75 - 2012-12-12 13:44

    So very easy to punish them for the few mistakes they have made as opposed to their excellent track record in journalism thus far. Let's not forget our dear friends the SABC who have been in the news for ages because of bad decisions and possible cases of censorship. I think the fact that eNCA decided to broadcast their apology was great but I do also think that the next step is for them to say how it happened and what steps are in place to prevent it from occurring again.

  • khathutshelo.muafrica - 2012-12-12 16:18

    I doupt it was a mistake considering who owns it,i wonder what is the motive..this is what hapen wen u use someone's mouth 2 tell yo story

  • malekhasem - 2012-12-12 20:02

    I'm getting fed-up with your poor journalism, for starters I pay for that channel. It was last month when one of your reporter had to be disciplined, now this! STOP IT!! I'm not an ANC member but you need heavy punishment!

  • mmwashekele - 2012-12-13 07:06

    This is just ridiculous!

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