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SANEF Welcomes MultiChoice's Announcement of Newzroom Africa

Subscription broadcaster, MultiChoice announced yesterday that they had selected Newzroom Afrika to produce their new 24-hour news channel to be broadcast on DSTV in early 2019. The channel will replace the previously Gupta-owned and more recently Mzwanele Manyi-owned, Afro World View channel, previously known as ANN7.

The South African National Editors Forum said that it notes the fact that the channel is a 100% black owned and 50% women owned. They also note MultiChoice and Newzroom Afrika’s stated commitment to journalism ethics and independence and the decision to establish an oversight body.

Also, SANEF acknowledges the company’s commitment to take on  journalists from Afro World View and further to focus on training and development of news and broadcast industry personnel. SANEF welcomes these announcements and commitments.

"As SANEF has stated previously, we believe that we need new South African voices and programming and ethical and quality journalism. We will be carefully watching this space to see if the new channel’s commitments are upheld. We also keenly await their announcements in early 2019 about their programming offerings and line-up," said SANEF in a statement released on Wednesday.

As SANEF they believe that the news space is competitive. However, local programming is popular. Quality, ethical journalism offerings should survive and thrive.

- GoXtra News

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