A NEWS channel controlled by the Gupta family went live on DStv channel 405 on Wednesday‚ adding to the increasing number of 24-hour news channels on the network.
Africa News Network 7 (ANN7) is funded by the Gupta family and by President Jacob Zuma's son Duduzane through the Infinity Media consortium.
The new station‚ based in Midrand in the same building as the Gupta-owned The New Age newspaper‚ is a significant operation and will launch with 150 journalists plus other support staff.
DStv already has eNCA (from e.tv)‚ CNBC Africa‚ BDTV and recently added another 24-hour news channel produced by the SABC.
Despite criticism of the Guptas' close alliance with the Zuma family‚ The New Age and ANN7 editor-in-chief Moegsien Williams said the channel would strive to be balanced. "The producers and journalists are ready to bring the story as it happens with depth and perspective," he sad. – BDlive