Saturday, March 27, 2021

Jeremy Maggs gone from eNCA after 13 years 'with immediate effect' after resignation, eMedia's TV news channel says that it has 'nothing to add' after veteran anchor's years of service.

by Thinus Ferreira

Jeremy Maggs is abruptly gone from eNCA (DStv 403) with "immediate effect" following his resignation, with the eMedia Investments' TV news channel that says it has "nothing to add" when asked what it wants to say about the veteran anchor's 13 years of service at the channel.

Jeremy Maggs abruptly resigned with immediate effect from eNCA over reasons which are not yet know. eNCA also doesn't want to say any good about Jeremy Maggs or his exit, indicating possible acrimony behind-the-scenes that preceded his leaving. 

Jeremy Maggs' abrupt and unexplained exit from eNCA is the latest in an ongoing list of damaging public problems that have been impacting the channel's image, reputation and credibility extremely negatively.

Jeremy Maggs was one of the original staffers and anchors who helped to set up eNCA as the eNews Channel when launched on MultiChoice's DStv satellite pay-TV platform in February 2008.

Besides prime time anchoring of NewsNight that eventually morphed into SA Tonight, and also anchoring special coverage and overseeing election coverage management and anchoring, Jeremy Maggs in later years shifted to anchoring various daypart timeslots like News Day that morphed into Lunchtime.

Jeremy Maggs was also responsible for the long-running weekly marketing and media magazine show Maggs on Media over weekends on eNCA. Maggs on Media eventually ended but was again revived for special editions.

Jeremy Maggs' last eNCA timeslot was anchoring the LunchTime block on the channel.

Norman Munzhelele, eNCA managing director, in an internal email to eNCA staff, said that Jeremy Maggs had decided to resign.

eNCA on Friday evening, in response to a media enquiry from TVwithThinus, confirmed that Jeremy Maggs had resigned with immediate effect but didn't elaborate on any reasons and didn't want to say anything about his abrupt exit.

eNCA was asked if there's any statement from eNCA about Jeremy Maggs and his contribution to the channel over the years.

eNCA responded by saying: "eNCA can confirm that Jeremy Maggs has decided to resign. His resignation has been accepted, is effective immediately and we have nothing further to add".

There's been no statement from Jeremy Maggs so far either.

In March 2018 rumours floated that Jeremy Maggs might leave eNCA for the SABC at the time but it proved to be just that - rumours.

Just over a year ago in February 2020 Jeremy Maggs stepped down as eNCA's acting editor-in-chief citing stress, after he took over the editorial position after another editorial and internal censorship crisis engulfed eNCA.