MultiChoice announced that Newzroom Afrika has been selected to produce the new 24-hour news channel which will replace Afro WorldView (former ANN7).
Earlier this year, Multichoice announced that its contract with Afro WorldView will end on 20 August. The channel stopped airing on DStv on same-day.
Newzroom Afrika is a new company formed by successful television production entrepreneurs Thokozani Nkosi of Eclipse TV and Thabile Ngwato of Rapid Innovation.
Their bid stood out for its potential to bring a fresh, creative and diversified approach to news reporting, which included an integrated digital strategy, combined with sound audience analysis and appealing on-screen execution.
Newzroom Afrika has assembled an editorial team with proven news media credentials. Accomplished television executive Zanele Mthembu will head the broadcast operation; while the newsroom will be under the leadership of veteran news media executive and journalist Malebo Phage. There will be an editorial ethics oversight board spearheaded by the illustrious Joe Thloloe and Dinesh Balliah, a forward-thinking journalist and academic.
The channel is expected to go live early next year.