Wednesday, August 21, 2013

ANN7 too incompetent and unprofessional to provide channel logo's for the news channel's shows - but here's the title cards.

ANN7 (DStv 405) on MultiChoice's DStv satellite pay-TV platform has proved too incompetent and unprofessional to provide any channel logo's of TV shows or programming blocks - but here's some of them as revealed on-air following Wednesday evening's broadcast launch.

ANN7 started broadcasting this evening without making any detailed programming information available.

ANN7 run by Infinity Media failed to provide channel logos to the press ahead of, or even on the day of the channel's launch, and failed to respond to multiple media enquiries and numerous requests over the past weeks seeking show summaries, profiles and show logos also known as title cards, although they exist.

STRAIGHTtalk is ANN7's attempt at a hard talk show, copying HARDtalk of BBC World News (DStv 400 / TopTV 400) in even the stylistic typographic design, with Jimmy Manyi taking a turn as talk show host.

Geri Rantseli-Elsdon will be the presenter or anchor or whatever of Vuka Africa on ANN7 in the mornings from 06:00.

It's not clear whether Vuka Africa on ANN7 will be a magazine type breakfast show like Morning Live and Expresso or a more news driven anchor desk based news broadcast morning production like Morning News Today. ANN7 didn't bother to elaborate on the show or to issue show profile or summary.

Judged from this, there will also be a dedicated and slightly different weekend edition of Vuka Africa, whether on Saturdays or Sundays or maybe both. Again, zero communication from the news channel as to what weekend days, or anything about the show or even who the presenter is.

Hahstag on ANN7 stylised as #ashtag will presumably deal with entertainment and social media with Mika Stefano as one of the presenters. It's not clear what the show is, what it will cover and who the presenter(s) are.

Hola Weekend is a sports show over weekends on ANN7.

Game On! is obviously a sports show or block. ANN7 provided nothing about it.

Apparently Africa Tonight is on ANN7 every night. Who knows.

ANN7 didn't feel it important enough to respond to enquiries about its daypart blocks, what it would be called, and from what time to what time it would be stretching. All that is known is that ANN7 Headlines will be from 19:00 to 20:00, and that ANN7 Prime will be from 20:00 to 21:00.

Express Lunch will be one daypart programming block on ANN7, as will News @ Noon.

What Rands & Sense on ANN7 is, isn't clear at all. A show? A fixed, regular insert? A programming block?