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Newzroom Afrika marks anniversary

Newzroom Afrika, a South African 24-hour digital satellite television news channel that broadcasts across Africa on DStv, is one year old.

The news channel was launched by MultiChoice on DStv 405 and is a partnership between television production entrepreneurs Thabile Ngwato and Thokozani Nkosi, the network’s co-CEOs.

Nkosi said: “We couldn’t be prouder of the way our news team has responded to Covid-19 – the biggest story of our lifetimes – with courage, total commitment to their craft and unflinching professionalism. In one incredibly eventful news year, spanning everything from national elections to the coronavirus pandemic, Newzroom Afrika has cemented its place as the channel of choice for up-to-the-minute, authoritative news coverage, delivered with passion by our journalists and respected team of anchors.”

Ngwato added: “Our journey from new kid on the block a year ago to where we are now, as a trusted and valued presence in the daily lives of our viewers, has been earned through the relentless commitment of the entire team. But we know this is a highly competitive space and we have to maintain our edge or be left behind. We will use the occasion of our one-year anniversary to review our progress and accelerate our strategy to keep growing.”

The partners revealed that at the start of the coronavirus pandemic, Newzroom Afrika would strive to give accurate reporting, fearless unbiased journalism and the human story pride of place in its reporting.

“The one thing that will not change is our absolute commitment to the truth; we will always tackle the issues head-on, with people at the centre of everything we do. Our stories have the power to stir emotions and stimulate debate and we are very conscious of the great responsibility that comes with that,” said Ngwato.

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DStv adds news network

Pay TV operator MultiChoice Africa has introduced a new channel on its DStv platform across the continent.

Newzroom Afrika, a 24-hour news network, is now available to subscribers to DStv’s Access, Family, Compact, Compact Plus and Premium package.

The channel covers content ranging from breaking news to in-depth analysis, business, sports, expert panel discussions and unique insights into the African continent.

Newzroom Afrika co-founder and co-CEO Thabile Ngwato said: “We believe viewers are hungry for a different perspective that is fully independent and puts their interests first. We made sure, in designing our editorial structure and choosing the members of our editorial board, to hardwire the highest levels of rigour and independence into our newsroom.

“We are excited to be broadcasting into the rest of Africa, as this has been the plan from the very beginning.”

Yolisa Phahle, CEO of general entertainment at MultiChoice, added: “We are proud to bring this news channel to more of our DStv customers across the continent. The addition of Newzroom Afrika will increase the diversity of voices and perspectives in Africa’s news media spaces.”

Newzroom Afrika claims to have unmatched remote broadcasting capabilities, cutting-edge systems and technology that allows for high-definition broadcast and enables journalists roam wherever the news takes them. It can be found on DStv channel 405.

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