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'Here is the news'

By unknown | Jan 10, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Bruce Fraser

Bruce Fraser

It's fast approaching 6pm on a Wednesday evening and things are beginning to hot up at Soweto TV's news studio in Commando Road, Industria West.

Situated in the newsroom of Sowetan, conditions are a step up from those in Orlando West.

For Soweto TV's head of news, Jonathan Fairbairn, there is nothing like a looming deadline and a thousand tasks still to complete.

"Like most news people I work better under pressure," says Fairbairn.

When he joined the company last year, Fairbairn was not impressed with what he found.

"There appeared to be no structure, basis or credibility to the news broadcasts."

His first task was to put in place a structure that he felt would work.

Heading a team of five production people, today he sees only a positive future.

"We have a dedicated, hard-working team and our news presenters - Kenny Nkwashu and Mabali Moloi - provide a quality and expertise any station would be proud to have."

Soweto TV also broadcasts on channel 360 on DStv.

With the make-up complete and rehearsals wrapped up, there is just one last thing to do to get this show on the road.

"Five, four, three, two, one," barks a producer.

"Good evening, this is Soweto TV and I'm Mabali Moloi ..."


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