eMedia to launch OpenNews by end of 2018

eMedia Investments, owner of e.tv and eNCA will launch a second television news channel which will be broadcasted on its Openview platform at the end of 2018. The launching of a two-hour block of Afrikaans programming on eExtra is also coming up.

The Chief Executive Officer of eMedia Investments, André van der Veen stated: OpenNews will launch in the last quarter of 2018 and will have its own management and identity, and will and look distinctively different from eNCA, the company’s existing news channel on DStv.

Van der Veen added, “OpenNews will be offering viewers an integrated news channel combining short format news, on-screen information, and links with selected social media platforms like Twitter and Instagram, and a proprietary app. eMedia Investments has the talent, knowledge and experience to launch South Africa’s first satellite free-to-air television news channel. OpenNews will be an independent news service, but hosts will be encouraged to ‘to take a view’ on regional, international, sports, entertainment and financial news.”