ANC wishes ‘Gupta TV’ well

2013-08-21 17:42

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The ANC wished the country’s latest news network, ANN7, well ahead of its launch this evening.

“The ANC congratulates our country’s newest news network, Africa News Network 7,” said party spokesperson Jackson Mthembu.

“(We wish) the network well and trust that it will play a constructive role in our national discourse, exercising media freedom in a balanced and objective manner that supports and enhances our thriving democracy.”

ANN7, nicknamed Gupta TV, was scheduled to go on air on DStv channel 405 at 6pm. This would be the country’s third 24-hour news network following the launch of the SABC’s 24-hour news channel on August 1 and eNCA in 2008.

“As during the launch of SABC news channel earlier this month, the ANC therefore reaffirms its support for the expansion of views and opinions on the air waves and trusts that ANN7 will bring constructive, thoughtful and insightful perspectives into the public discourse,” said Mthembu.

Chantal Rutter Dros will host prime time shows, while Gerry Rantseli-Elsdon will host Vuka Africa and Jimmy Manyi will anchor a weekly talk show, Straight Talk, according to the channel’s website.

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