eMedia Investments launches second news channel: OpenNews and Afrikaans news bulletin

eMedia Investments, owner of e.tv and eNCA, will launch a second television news channel to be broadcast on its Openview platform. OpenNews will launch in the last quarter of 2018 and will have its own management, identity and look distinctively different from eNCA.

eMedia Investments Chief Executive Officer, André van der Veen says, “OpenNews will be broadcast out of the Cape Town studios, offering viewers an integrated news channel combining short format news, onscreen information and links with selected social media platforms like Twitter and Instagram, and a proprietary app. Openview viewers consume news differently from traditional news broadcasts”.

“eMedia Investments has the talent, knowledge and experience to launch South Africa’s first satellite free-to-air television news channel. OpenNews will be an independent news service, but hosts will be encouraged to ‘to take a view’ on regional, international, sports, entertainment and financial news.”

The line-up will also syndicate the recently launched entertainment programme, The Spotlight with Tanya Nefdt and two new current affairs shows – The Tim Modise Show, and The Fix with Karima Brown.

“Five years ago, eMedia Investments launched Openview to provide free satellite television to the South African television market. We have consistently expanded our content offering on the platform and the success of our recently launched channels, eBella and Kwesé Sports, has demonstrated that our audience is attractive and sought after by advertisers.

“The number of Openview set-top box activations has increased to over 1,2 million, and the latest audience research indicates that viewers want a local news channel on the platform. Given this, we decided to launch OpenNews,” says van der Veen.

The Company will also launch a two-hour block of Afrikaans programming on eExtra (available on Openview channel 105 and DStv channel 195). The block will include entertainment, current affairs programming and a news bulletin.   The programme mix is in the final stages of being finalized and the line-up will be announced in the next few weeks.

 

Released: 15 May 2018

eMedia Investments notes press statements by Multichoice

eMedia Investments, the parent company of eNCA and e.tv, notes with disappointment, the media release by Multichoice regarding its carriage agreement with ANN7. We have refrained from making any comment to date, but today’s statement by Multichoice requires clarification.

Multichoice CEO, Calvo Mawela revealed confidential contractual information relating to eMedia Investments’ agreement with Multichoice. eMedia Investments is contracted to provide five channels to DStv on a non-exclusive basis, the same basis as ANN7 provides its news channel to Multichoice. Furthermore, the provision of 24-hour news channel eNCA as well as Afrikaans news bulletins for kykNET are provided on an exclusive basis.

These services are incomparably more extensive than the ANN7 offering and attract substantially larger audiences on the DStv platform. eNCA delivers an independent, commercially viable news service, holding more than 50% of the news-watching audience. The total amount currently received from Multichoice for all of the services is significantly below the amount suggested by both the Multichoice statement and subsequent comments made in the Q&A session. The overstatement of the amount payable, to justify amounts paid in respect of ANN7, is distressing.

The suggestion made by Mr Mawela that questions have not been asked of the Multichoice agreement with eNCA is misplaced. The amount paid pursuant to an ordinary commercial contract such as eMedia’s is irrelevant when it comes to the issues facing Multichoice and their relationship with ANN7. That relationship, which has been ventilated in the media and the court of public opinion, details serious allegations of bribery, corruption and impropriety.

 

Released: 31 January 2018

 

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