Rebecca Hawkes | 09-08-2013
Africa News Network 7 (ANN7), a 24-hour news channel from South Africa's Infinity Media is to go live on the pay-TV platform DStv on 21 August.
The announcement, from DStv's owner MultiChoice, comes less than a week after the launch of a 24-hour news channel from state broadcaster South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC).
The new channel from Infinity Media will, said MultiChoice, focus on "constructive, nation-building stories in the interest of building a culture of unity and pride in South Africa".
It will provide South African viewers news and politics, sports, business and entertainment news.
Former Government spokesman Jimmy Manyi will host a weekly hard-talk show called Straight Talk, while former M-Net investigative journalist Chantal Rutter Dros, media personality Gerry Rantseli-Elsdon and kwaito musician Arthur Mafokate will also be presenters on ANN7.
"I am looking forward to presenting viewers with a channel that is unique in its profile and choice of programmes," says Nazeem Howa, director of ANN7's parent company Infinity Media.
The channel claims to have "the latest newsroom automation systems, cutting-edge electronic news gathering technology and a network of sharp, young journalists and experienced editors who will give a fresh perspective to the TV viewers of the country."
MultiChoice South Africa's chief executive Collins Khumalo has welcomed the upcoming launch: the new channel will join South Africa's existing 24-hour news channels eNCA and SABC News on DStv.