JOHANNESBURG- MutliChoice on Tuesday announced Newzroom Afrika as the new black-owned 24-hour news channel to replace Afro Worldview, the announcement was made by Calvo Mawela, CEO of MultiChoice.
It is understood that Newzroom Afrika’s bid stood out due to its intention in bringing a fresh, creative and diversified approach to news reporting which included integrated digital strategy and appealing on-screen execution.
The decision to pull the plug on Afro Worldview which aired on DStv channel 405 by MultiChoice left more than 300 employees jobless. Critics have since damned MultiChoice for shutting down an alternative voice in the media industry.
“Today marks the birth of an exciting new and independent media voice in South Africa. We set out to find a quality new, black-owned, independent news channel to expand the diversity of SA news and enrich our democracy. We are excited by the outcome,” said MultiChoice CEO Calvo Mawela.
“Independent, trustworthy media are essential to a healthy democracy and the calibre of journalists on the Newzroom Afrika team will ensure that this new channel plays its part with distinction”.
Newzroom Afrika is a new company formed by successful television production entrepreneurs Thokozani Nkosi of Eclipse TV and Thabile Ngwato of Rapid Innovation
Newzroom Afrika editorial team is made up of veteran journalists including Joe Tlholoe as head of editorial ethics while accomplished TV news executive Zanele Mthembu will head broadcast operations and former eMedia executive Malemo Phage will be news editor.
“We were looking for a news channel that is distinctly different from what is currently available and we certainly found it in Newzroom Afrika. We want to drive sustainable transformation in the television industry and to contribute to the diversity of views in our country and our continent,” Mawela added.
According to Mawela, this new channel will greatly enhance and enrich the news offering on DStv, whilst at the same time creating a new black-owned entrant in South African news media. It will promote the diversity of voices in media and give all our customers the chance to find a news channel on DStv that resonates with them.
“This is a great opportunity for us to bring a fresh perspective to South African news media by building a news channel from scratch. We’re excited and raring to go,” said Thokozani Nkosi of Eclipse TV.
Thabile Ngwato of Rapid Innovation commented: “It’s no secret that the future of media is digital, which is why we took a deliberate decision to put digital at the heart of our news channel, to be disrupters rather than being disrupted. Our channel will be a new offering with a new perspective and approach.
“We’re committed to providing independent and dependable reporting, and will deliver that through our strong editorial team,” said Ngwato
“We’ll be sharing further details about the channel in the coming weeks,” she concluded.
Earlier on, Africa News 24-7 exclusively revealed that an activist who goes by the name of Mothusi Tsineng had approached both the Competition Commission and the Competition Tribunal to address allegations of market dominance abuse and force MultiChoice’s hand to have Afro Worldview reinstated on Dstv.