There will no longer be Late Night News on news channel eNCA due to disagreements between the satirical show and the news channel.
LNN, which is hosted by comedian Loyiso Gola has parted ways with 24 hour news channel after the station reveled plans to try a shorter and differnt format than the 24-minute satirical news show that the LNN dished to its viewers for the past five years
In a statement released by eNCA the channel said it had been in negotiation for more than five months with the company that produces Late Night News, DiPrente, but could not reach an agreement. “We wanted them to explore the option of short-format satirical inserts on a more regular basis rather than a weekly show. Regrettably they declined to revise the format,” said eNCA managing director, Patrick Conroy in the statement.
Also in the statement is an extract from an eamil from DiPrente sent to the news channel which read “We see great value in the current format and wish to continue to produce a 24-minute satirical news show indefinitely. We are not interested in producing a shorter format show.”
The LNN has grown in people’s hearts as the only mainstream satarical show that showed the humorous but truthful side to political personalities. The two-time Emmy Award nominated show was anchored by Gola alongside his team of correspondents, David Kibuuka and also Chester Missing, who is contolled by ventriloquist comedian Condrad Koch. The show last aired in April this year.
Conroy said it therefore made little sense to bring back the show for one more season after such a long break, particularly if it then had to find new partners for a satirical offering afterwards.
“Everyone is disappointed we could not reach an agreement. We took the brave step to introduce this form of comedy in mainstream media when nobody else would touch satire on TV. LNN has been a valuable part of our national conversation. We are forever indebted to them for their ground- breaking contribution” said Conroy.
“Yea it’s definately over man, that was the last one in April” said Gola, speaking to the Sowetan. “They wanted a shorted format, which we didn’t want. So that’s why we’ve left. It was a matter of creative diagreements. I don’t know about the prodcution company, but I’m still cool with the channel.”
He promised that though this is the end of the road with eNCA, he and the team he’s been working with on the show are cooking something that will see them continue where they left off with LNN. “I can’t really talk about it right now, but I can definatey tell you that it’s going to be satire, just on a differnt paltform.”
“This[the platform]could be television or the internet. We’re still talking to some people, it could be anywhere. But it’s definately going to be soon,” said Gola.