Thursday, November 1, 2018

IN PHOTOS. Inside the Open News studio in Cape Town of the brand-new South African TV news channel on eMedia's Openview free-to-air satellite TV service.

This is how the brand-new Open News studio looks inside the Cape Town office of eMedia Investments from where the new South African TV news channel will broadcast from on the Openview free-to-air satellite TV service.

Open News will go live on Tuesday at 17:00, with the studio built to BBC specifications and even able to remain on-air during a tremor or light earthquake.

The main colour scheme is red and white, but there's also a "blue corner" on the left, and a more "earthy" orange and green corner on the right.

The third corner of the Open News studio has a desk with a mural depicting social media iconography.

The Open News studio has a large main video wall, as well as a rectangular-positioned screen on the side wall mounted inside a "smartphone casing" where anchors will show, scroll through, and highlight "trending" social media content.

While Open News is targeting its own specific viewership demographic, it will be competition for eMedia Investment's own eNCA (DStv 403) supplied to MultiChoice's DStv satellite pay-TV platform, as well as SABC News (DStv 404), and the new Newzroom Afrika (DStv 405) channel that will be launching in early-2019 to replace the shuttered Afro Worldview.