Monday, April 28, 2014

BREAKING. eNCA back up; anchor Andrew Barnes: 'Good to be back on-air after some gremlins have been weeded out of the system'.

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eNCA (DStv 403) is back on-air with live news programming and reporting at 11:56 after suffering a shocking system failure at its Hyde Park headquarters on Monday morning which cause a blackout of the South African 24-hour TV news channel on MultiChoice's DStv pay-TV platform.

power surge crashed the eNCA's news system on Monday eNCA told TV with Thinus.

A very good morning to you, this is NewsDay on eNCA, I'm Andrew Barnes. Good to be back on-air after some gremlins have been weeded out of the system," the veteran Cape Town based anchor told viewers at 11:56.

The TV news channel decided not to wait until 12:00 to start NewsDay but to immediately show DStv subscribers that eNCA is back up and running with live news coverage.

eNCA is the most watched in South Africa of all of the available 24-hour TV news channels, local and international channels included.

The loss on Monday morning of eNCA marks the second major broadcasting interruption of the eNews service, co-incidentally again on a Monday.

On Monday 24 October 2011 the eNews Channel - the former name of eNCA- froze and cut out on DStv leaving viewers and DStv subscribers clueless as to what happened to the channel.

The loss of eNCA on Monday morning also marks the second major TV channel loss and interruption incident occuring on MultiChoice's operated satellite pay-TV system this month.

Earlier in April DStv subscribers lost SABC1, SABC2, SABC3 and SABC News (DStv 404) due to a "complete failure of MultiChoice head-end equipment" with the back-up which failed too.