New DStv news channel scouting for talent

2013-06-14 12:40
Cape Town – South Africa's new Africa News Network 7 or ANN7 24-hour news channel which will launch within a few months on DStv is now looking for presenters, anchors, reporters and producers – which might see top TV talent channel hop from competitors.

Journalists and reporters can fix up their CV's since the new TV news channel which would be competition for the SABC's SABC News division as well as the eNCA (DStv 403) is now accepting resumes for on-air talent.

The new ANN7 will be run by Infinity Media – a joint venture between Essel Media, Oakbay Investments (Oakbay Investments is the majority shareholder in The New Age newspaper) and a black economic empowerment group.

New TV news headquarters is being constructed in Midrand which will house ANN7's news studio facilities.

Comprehensive regional news coverage

ANN7’s massive media talent recruitment drive comes as other South African media houses are downsizing and merging newsroom operations and is bringing a sudden injection of new jobs within the electronic media sphere to the country’s pressured media industry where jobs are few and far between.

Besides anchors and presenters ANN7 is also looking for TV reporters, video editors, producers, audio engineers, engineers, camera operators, graphic designers, assignment desk editors, and an online producer to produce news bulletins and current affairs and work in the 24/7 newsroom under constant deadline pressures.

ANN7 which will broadcast news in English on MultiChoice’s DStv satellite pay-TV platform, plans comprehensive regional news coverage of South Africa. A website at has also gone live and says "coming soon".

"Candidates must have excellent English communication skills and a good news sense," says ANN7 about the TV talent the news channel is looking for. "Good communication skills in other languages will be an added advantage."

Applicants must also be skilled in television presenting and exude a "pleasant, charming personality" and be "hardworking, passionate and enthusiastic".

No date yet

ANN7 requires candidates who want to be TV presenters to have a minimum of three years' experience in the television industry and says people can now send CV’s to

South Africa has a very small pool of experienced, qualified and skilled TV presenters and even less telegenic presenters and reporters who are skilled in live TV news delivery.

Behind the scenes, skilled technicians, journalists and producers in South Africa are as hard to find, which often lead to the poaching of existing talent. The major ANN7 TV talent recruitment drive will likely see some well-known TV faces leave existing TV channels and news operations to hop to the new channel.

It’s not yet known when ANN7 will start with test transmissions and when the news channel will go live later this year.

The SABC planned a similar restart of a 24-hour news channel after the SABC News International channel was shut down, but after multiple launch attempts failed, the public broadcaster shelved the plan.

*Channel24 and Multichoice are part of Naspers.

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