JOHANNESBURG - The owners of the new 24-hour news channel, Newzroom Afrika, said on Tuesday that they will give priority to retrenched employees of the doomed Afro Worldview channel when they start recruiting new staff members.
Last week, Multichoice pulled the plug on Afro Worldview -- the television channel formerly owned by the controversial Gupta brothers under the name ANN7 -- which until August 20 had been aired on DStv channel 405. The canning of Afro Worldview left about 350 journalists, producers and general workers without jobs.
The channel had changed ownership and name after Mzawanele Manyi's Afrotone Media Holdings bought it for R300 million in vendor financing deal from the Guptas Infinity Media. Staff at the Afro Worldview were informed not to report for work from August 21.
Thabile Ngwato, co-owner of Newzroom Afrika, said that the former Afro Worldview employees would be informed in good time when the recruitment process begins, adding that the application process would also be open to the general public.
"In terms of employees at Afro Worldview, they will certainly be prioritised when it comes to our recruitment process. Each and every person who applies for various positions will be given an opportunity to go through the recruitment process but they will certainly be prioritised," Ngwato said during a media briefing on Tuesday.