Mbuotidem Johnson, founder of Lagos-based Basement Animation, and Thabile Ngwato, CEO of Ngwato Nkosi Group, parent company of Newzroom Afrika, have been appointed as jurors for the International Emmy Awards.
The New York-based International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, which recognises excellence in television production produced outside the US and owns the International Emmy Awards, welcomed members from more than a dozen countries.
Basement Animation is behind toons such as social issues-themed Tosin’s Story, Halima’s Vote and Emeka’s Money, while Newzroom Afrika is a South African 24-hour digital satellite television news channel broadcast across Africa on pay TV platform DStv.
Johnson said: “I am delighted to announce my official election into the prestigious International Emmy Awards. It is an honour to be recognised among the industry’s finest to join this esteemed community of television professionals. I look forward to contributing to the Academy’s mission of advancing excellence in television worldwide.”
The 51st edition of the International Emmys takes place this November in New York City.
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.