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newsusinessLive reports that eNCA, the privately owned 24-hour television news broadcaster, has denied suggestions that "massive retrenchments" are looming at the station.  

Insiders say morale is at a record low in the newsroom, with the channel losing seasoned staff.  It is also understood there is a stand-off between output desk staff and human resources head Lou-Anndree John.  "The staff ... have rejected a proposed restructuring which will result in more retrenchments at eMedia," said an anonymous source.  According to the source, trade union Solidarity had come to the rescue of the output desk and about 50 staff had joined the union in a matter of days to secure representation at the CCMA.  Mapi Mhlangu, the MD and editor in chief of eNCA, said the organisation was restructuring its operations and part of this process involved making parts of the newsroom more effective in producing independent and dynamic content.  He said the company was in consultation with staff.  Anton van der Bijl of Solidarity said the union was engaged in negotiations with the broadcaster.

  • Read this report by Bekezela Phakathi in full at BusinessLive

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