Tuesday, April 21, 2015

BREAKING. eNCA shuts down its Africa news division; cancels Africa360; says it will 'continue to report on Africa' as staff retrenchment looms.

eNCA (DStv 403) is shutting down its Africa division and news bureaus across the continent, has cancelled the news channel's weekly show Africa360 and is retracting from its comprehensive African coverage with staff which will be retrenched soon.

eNCA says the Sabido-owned 24-hour TV news channel which has been struggling to keeps its African business financially afloat, will continue to report on Africa despite the dramatic downsizing.

Last month Sabido warned that the pan-African TV news division of eNCA could be shutting down the loss-making division, as well as shuttering its Natural History Unit and factual division and that staff losses will be the result.

Africa360 is now officially cancelled as TV with Thinus reported earlier this month is happening.

"After consulting with staff, eNCA has made the difficult decision to close its Africa division,” the company tells TV with Thinus in response to a media enquiry made Tuesday.

“This impacts the television operations of eNews Africa and regrettably Africa360 will be discontinued. Given its reliance on the bureaus and ability to travel throughout Africa, it was not logistically possible to continue with the show".

eNCA says the downsizing and firing of staff looming "does not affect eNCA, news on e.tv (Zulu news and Prime Time), eNuus on kykNET, nor does it affect our online team at eNCA.com."

eNCA says the news channel – which competes with the SABC's SABC News (DStv 404) and Infinity Media's ANN7 (DStv 405) as 24-hour TV news channels on MultiChoice's DStv satellite pay-TV platform "will continue to report on Africa issues using a strong network of stringers and deploy teams out of South Africa if necessary".