eNCA and eNuus meteorologists abruptly axed

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Joel "Guy" Chabata.
Joel "Guy" Chabata.
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  • eNCA and eNuus have done away with weather presenters and will now use low-level sliding "weatherboard" graphics for forecasting.
  • On Thursday longtime meteorologists, Joel "Guy" Chabata and Annette Botha announced that they are leaving the news channel.
  • According to sources, the meteorologists were let go Tuesday and told that it's an operational decision.

eNCA and eNuus viewers were shocked on Thursday when two of the long-time meteorologists, Joel "Guy" Chabata and Annette Botha, announced that viewers would no longer see them on-screen presenting the weather.

The respected, veteran eNCA weatherman posted photos on Twitter showing him leaving eMedia's Cape Town office after 12 years with his few desk belongings packed in a box.

The former physics teacher brought viewers the weather on e.tv and eNCA since 2009. "So this is it. End of the road with eNCA," Joel said. "It was good having your support South Africa while giving you the weather on your tellies for the past decade. Looking forward to new chapters and adventures."

eNuus anchors on air called the announcement "unexpected" after a sad-looking Annette, known for her Afrikaans "onweer of mooiweer" sign-off, told viewers during Thursday night's TV news bulletin that she is gone after almost seven years as a meteorologist.

Annette stunned kykNET viewers when she said that it's her final weather forecast after almost seven years and that she's taking DStv subscribers through some of her most favourite weather images that viewers have sent in over the years.

At the end of her last forecast, a clearly distraught Annette, who managed to maintain her composure, said in Afrikaans: "Tonight I greet you with a heavy heart. But where the sun sets, a more beautiful sunrise awaits. May it rain where your goats are grazing, and onweer of mooiweer, the Lord, remains in control."

eNCA kept the retrenchment of its weather presenting division quiet with neither Norman Munzhelele, eNCA managing director or John Bailey, eNCA managing editor, issuing a statement or comment. eNCA didn't respond to a media enquiry on Thursday afternoon.

According to insiders, eNCA is toning down its TV standard of personalised weather presentations with viewers who will no longer get their weather forecast from an actual on-screen person from now on.

eNCA made the decision to now only use so-called "weatherboard" graphics going forward, filled by forecast data from the South African Weather Service and removing the human element and interaction with viewers.

The news channel retrenched its weather department at the end of November 2019 but kept a few meteorologists.

According to sources, the remaining meteorologists were let go Tuesday and told that it's an operational decision, with Thursday being their final day.

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