There will no longer be Late Night News on news channel eNCA due to disagreements between the satirical show and the news channel.
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, there is an extract from an email 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.”
LNN has grown in people’s hearts as the only mainstream satirical 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 controlled by ventriloquist comedian Condrad Koch.
The show last aired in April this year.
LNN- Late Nite News with Loyiso Gola trailer
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 definitely 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 disagreements. I don’t know about the production 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 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 definitely tell you that it’s going to be satire, just on a different platform.”
“This[the platform] could be television or the Internet. We’re still talking to some people, it could be anywhere. But it’s definitely going to be soon,” said Gola.
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