Sunday night saw the launch of e.tv�s eNews Channel, South Africa�s first independent round-the-clock news service, on Channel 403 on DStv Premium and DStv Compact. And for the first time, viewers saw live the interaction between Jeremy Maggs and Redi Direko, anchors on the weekday prime-time 7pm � 9pm News Night slot.

Group editor-in-chief, Debra Patta, told the enthusiastic launch audience: �This is a platform where we will debate issues with no fear, no favour and cover stories with integrity, as we believe that this is a way of making a contribution to make SA a better place to live in.�

Commenting on the need for such a service, Marcel Golding, e.tv and e.sat CEO, said: �As we launch this channel, our first objective is to provide South Africans with ongoing TV news and thereby fill a huge information gap in our country. However, we will not stop there. It is our expectation that, as we grow, we hope to be in millions of homes around the world.�

Golding also said that eNews will provide world news from an African perspective in the aim of capturing the true complexity of Africa - its politics, its people and its diversity.

Apart from local, regional and international hard news, the eNews Channel will also offer live reports, breaking news, sport, weather, current affairs, entertainment, financial information and in-depth analysis.