Thursday, June 11, 2015

eNCA cuts back on flagship evening programme NewsNight by half an hour; brings Moneyline earlier to now start at 21:00.

eNCA (DStv 403) is cutting back on the 24-hour South African TV news channel's flagship daily programme NewsNight truncated by half an hour to now end at 20:30; with the financial show Moneyline brought earlier.

eNCA quietly scaled back on NewsNight anchored by Jeremy Maggs and Iman Rapetti which starts at 18:00 and now ends at 20:30 instead of 21:00.

It means half an hour less general news for viewers as part of the channel's flagship nightly programme. 

Moneyline which used to start at 21:00 has now been moved half an hour earlier to start at 20:30.

eNCA was asked why NewsNight was shortened. There was no answer or explanation from the channel about the programme and schedule change which was also not announced beforehand to the press.

UPDATE 11 June 2015 18:15 - Managing director for news, Patrick Conroy, called me out for using an old logo for NewsNight with this story and asked that I please update my records.

I apologise for using an old logo, I have updated this story with the latest NewsNight logo as its shown to viewers on eNCA nightly.

Patrick Conroy further called the story "disingenuous". Patrick Conroy says the change to NewsNight "was promo'd on air for two weeks before the change. Your article says 'quietly cut back'. Wrong. Snide snipe."

There wasn't an answer from eNCA (yet) to the specific question in a media enquiry I made to eNCA of why NewsNight went from 3 hours to 2 and a half hours.