ANN7

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ANN7
ANN7
Launched 2013
Network DSTV
Owned by Infinity Media
Essel Media
Oakbay Investments
Picture format 16:9 (576i, SDTV)
Country South Africa
Language English
Broadcast area South Africa
Sub-Saharan Africa
Headquarters Midrand, South Africa
Website www.ann7.com
Availability
Satellite
DSTV Channel 405

ANN7 (African News Network) is South Africa's third 24-hour news channel, as broadcast on Multichoice's DStv satellite television service. The channel was launched on 21st August 2013 witnessed with numerous technical issues and mistakes made by untrained presenters which went viral online. The channel since has since settled down and its coverage of big events like Nelson Mandela's death and funeral and 2014 Elections was much appreciated.

Ownership[edit]

ANN7 is primarily controlled by Infinity Media Networks which is owned jointly by Essel Media (35%), Oakbay Investments, the Gupta family’s investment vehicle (35%), Mabengela Investments (21%) and a further 9% has been reserved for staff and management. Mabengela Investments is a broad-based black economic empowerment company of which Duduzane Zuma holds a 45% stake. Other shareholders are Rajesh Kumar Gupta (25%), Aerohaven Trading (15%), Fidelity Investments (10%), Mfazi Investments (3%) and Ashu Chawla (2%). Additionally, the Gupta Media conglomerate control and operate the The New Age South African daily newspaper which was ranked ‘Most influential English daily newspaper’ by Mediatenor in the last quarterly results.[2]

Format[edit]

ANN7 provides a trendsetting bouquet of innovative programming, including: • News segments • Sports highlights • Political and news-based talk-shows with round-table discussions • Nationwide weather reports • Lifestyle, Entertainment and Special Interest news

Lead stories from the TV channel are also live streaming via their website www.ann7.com The ANN7 studios, operating out of their purpose-built Midrand, Gauteng studios, employs a team of 76 journalists. According to its website, Africa News Network 7 (ANN7) will focus on "constructive, nation-building stories in the interests of building a culture of unity and pride."[5]

Programming[edit]

SA Decides is a flagship show for the trendsetting 24-hour news channel ANN7 (Africa News Network). As the country goes to the poll on the 7th of May, the SA Decides team took to the road to bring the voices from the ground.

Twenty years into the South Africa's democracy, SA Decides visited over 200 towns over 45 days to hear how people feel their lives have changed.

Nine teams comprising 45 media professionals were on a path breaking mission, fanning out across the country to capture the mood ahead of the May 7 general election. The teams travelled the length and breadth of the country to reflect on ordinary people’s challenges, enable community engagements and provide a platform for ordinary people to tell stories about their own developments, hopes and aspirations.

The stories were packaged into provincial news packages which were aired on the SA Decides show daily. The teams also held live discussion with political parties and community leaders where the public where able to engage with decision makers. The show also featured many prominent leaders, analyst and public figures who formed part of our panel discussions on different issues relating to South Africa's democracy. SA Decides has also attracted a social media following, with people emailing, tweeting and calling in to be part of the conversations on issues affecting their lives. The segment ‘If I were the President’ in the show also received tremendous response from viewers from across the country. From the border of Swaziland to rural KwaZulu Natal, our teams have met and spoken to the people that matter - everyday South Africans.

Election coverage[edit]

Ann7 launched its Election 2014 campaign to coincide with ANC’s January 8 announcement, followed by the State of the Nation address, extensive coverage of the launch of various political party’s manifestos and regular news updates in its news bulletins. In a never seen before in South African election roadshow, the channel yesterday wrapped up its SA Decides campaign which saw each of the 9 provinces covered by a mobile team of journalists visiting over 300 towns and cities and bringing the voice and views of the people to the viewer in daily 2 hour live news bulletins.

Simultaneously, the teams carried out a convenience poll which provided a sample of close to 15 000 respondents on the possible political party’s parliamentary representation.

On 7 May from 06h00 to 23h00 ANN7’s team of political editors, analysts and guests broadcast live from the IEC centre in Pretoria and from the Midrand studios bringing breaking news and results as they were announced. In addition the SA Decides teams backed up by OB units and its team of journalists provided 15 live sources to cover the elections from every angle and from each of the 9 Provinces. In addition the ANN7 helicopter had flown teams into election hotspots to uncover the news on the ground.

The ANN7 election team was led by Group Editor Moegsien Williams and included Senior political editor Ricky Naidoo, Senior Political commentator Hajra Omarjee, Prime Time anchor Chantal Rutter-Dros and a supporting team of over 70 journalists, anchors and technical staff.

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