|Launched||1 June 2008|
|Owned by||e.Sat TV|
|Picture format||4:3 (576i, SDTV)|
|Slogan||No Fear. No Favour.|
|Broadcast area||Africa, Europe|
|Headquarters||Johannesburg, South Africa|
|Formerly called||eNews Channel
(until 19 August 2012)
|Sky (UK & Ireland)||Channel 517|
|Eutelsat 28A (Europe)||12607 H 27500 2/3|
eNCA (also referred to as eNews Channel Africa) is a 24-hour television news broadcaster focusing on South African and African stories. The broadcaster made history when it launched on 1 June 2008, becoming South Africa's first 24-hour news service.
In August 2012, the channel began testing on the Eutelsat 28A satellite, where it is free-to-air across Europe. eNCA officially launched in the region when it was added to Sky in the UK and Ireland on 20 August 2012.
eNCA also offers news services to affiliate networks across Africa, and to The Africa Channel in the UK and Ireland.
The channel's earliest signs of birth was when the newly formed e.Sat TV applied for a pay TV licence during the Pay TV Regulation period in 2007. Later in the year they were awarded the licence along with the already operating Multichoice Africa as well as Telkom SA's media branch Telkom Media, Christian channel Walk On Water and On Digital Media. However, e.Sat TV was the first to throw in the towel and said the South African market was only big enough for two operators. They then later announced that they would instead work as a channel supplier to the already operating Multichoice DSTV platform. On 1 June 2008, the channel took to the airwaves at 19:00 for a special edition of its flagship programme News Night. Over time the channel continued expanding the number of shows, presenters and format to be more appealing to more viewers.
On 19 August 2012, the eNews Channel was rebranded as eNCA (eNews Channel Africa) ahead of their launch in the UK, because they didn’t want to clash with existing global brands such as E! Entertainment Television and wanted a short and simple domain name as they prepared to go online. The channel also received a new mosaic logo depicting the continent of Africa.
The schedule includes general news coverage with headlines every 15 minutes and the eNCA's main news shows; Morning News Today, News Day and News Night. This will be often be displaced by rolling news including live reports, breaking news and business news.
News Night 
Jeremy Maggs and Iman Rappetti anchors eNCA's main night time show; News Night. The programme wraps the day's top stories and also includes a business, sport and weather segment. Analysis and interviews with newsmakers has become the show's trademark. It is considered eNCA's flagship show and was the first to be broadcast when the channel began in 2008. Maggs has anchored the show from the start his former co-anchors include Redi Direko and Nikiwe Bikitsha.
News Day 
Anchored by Andrew Barnes and Bhavna Singh, News Day is eNCA's midday roundup. It include news, breaking news and analysis, rolling coverage of local and international news, interviews and analysis and the latest sports and business news. Barnes has anchored News Day since its first broadcast. He served as the channel's field anchor covering the US Midterm Elections in 2010, Shrien Dewani's fight against extradition in London and the British Royal Wedding in April 2011. The first half-hour of News Day is simulcast on e.tv.
Morning News Day 
Gareth Edwards and Ayanda-Allie Paine anchors Morning News Today. The programme round up overnight news events, look at the day's news agenda and review the morning papers.
Weather reports are provided every half hour by forecasters from eNCA's Weather Centre situated in Cape Town. Chief Meteorologist Derek van Dam became the first broadcaster in South Africa to earn the American Meteorological Society’s Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) designation, a professional recognition of the quality of his weather broadcasts. All forecasts and graphics are created in house. Other meteorologists on the channel include Candice McKechnie, Joel Guy, Luis Fernandes and Afrikaans anchors Gerrie Keyser and Lynette van Schalkwyk. Weather on the channel is not live because the weather clips are broadcast on 3 simultaneous channels; eNCA, e.TV, & eNuus.
Current affairs 
eNCA has several current affairs shows:
Africa360 is a weekly show hosted by Chris Maroleng. It features African stories and in-depth interviews with newsmakers from across the continent. Notable guests include: former South African President Thabo Mbeki, Rwandan President Rwandan President Paul Kagame, former Ghanaian President John Kufuor, as well as US secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Jeremy Maggs hosts Maggs on Media, a weekly look into "the media, marketing, advertising and communications industries".
Political analyst Justice Malala hosts The Justice Factor, a weekly show focusing on the political news of the moment. The show features interviews with newsmakers, politicians and opinion-leading journalists.
Notable coverage 
While covering a service delivery protest at Wesselton, outside Ermelo, Mpumalanga reporter Jody Jacobs and cameraman Linge Ndabambi were attacked by an angry mob. Live television footage on the channel showed a group stoning a police vehicle, which sped away, and then rushing toward the cameraman and journalist, who sought cover in their satellite van. The van and equipment were damaged during the attack. Jacobs kept reporting and Ndabambi filming throughout the incident.
East Africa bureau chief Robyn Kriel reported extensively on the 2011 East Africa drought. In 2012 Kriel and her cameraman Orto Sori came under air bombardment while travelling with the Sudan People's Liberation Army.
Also in 2012 eNCA cameras caught defacers as they vandalised a controversial painting of President Jacob Zuma called The Spear. The channel covered the controversy over the picture from start to finish.
The 2012 Summer Olympics saw a two-man team, reporter Peter Stemmet and camera man Neil Raath covering South Africa’s achievements at the games in London, including interviews with country’s Olympic champions Cameron van der Burgh, Chad le Clos and the gold medal winning South African rowing team.
The Marikana miners' strike culminated in clashes with the police in which 34 miners were shot dead, more than 70 injured. A crew from eNCA captured graphic incident on camera and reported on what became one of South Africa’s most violent post-apartheid clashes.
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