Gupta TV star's open letter to haters

By  | Jun 22, 2020, 01:48 PM 

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From her Facebook page:
“With all the cynicism going around #ANN7 at this point I’ve decided to add my bit, read it, don’t read it, take from it or don’t I just needed to get it out there.
For the record I am proud to be apart of ANN7 – Channel 405DSTV.
Having worked in the industry for just over a decade, my industry friends and I know how difficult the road has been, not because thereisn’t talent out there but because the opportunities are few and far apart.
There was a need for someone or some company to take that chance and invest in the youth of the media and entertainment industry and that was ANN7.
And for that I am grateful to ANN7 and admire ANN7.
Let me explain…
Take a bunch of graduates from a graduate class at an artsand culture college for example in South Africa.
Say 20 graduated, how many are actually working in the industry that they planned to work in? In entertainment, probably 2 -5 out of 20, because in this industry, there are not enough opportunities, and with the cost of living out there, hustling isn’t an option for many, we need some sort of stable income.
A lot of people who invest years of going to auditions, studying drama, journalism etc. turn to other careers, not because they want to but because they sadly have to.
ANN7 believed in the youth and went on a massive recruitment campaign to hire graduates within the industry and invest in them and provide them with a much-needed platform. They were the ones who took this chance andare also getting the negative that goes with it, but still they stand by our careers and us.
Whilst there is a vast number of errors and mistakes, South Africa is really watching ANN7 revolutionize an industry that needed it,mistakes and all.
In a few years down the line, when the channel has overcome this negative road and is successful, which I do believe it will be, the people who stood by it would stand by the saying “Stand for something, or fall for anything.” And I stand for ANN7 along with the rest of the hardworking team of ANN7.
At ANN7 we value valid critics.
But like a lot of what is going on, is that people are making fun of News Anchors, Presenters etc., who were brave enough to put their heads on the line and pave the path for others to follow down the line and this saddens me.
Even though you spend years studying, theory for me in this industry probably gets you to complete 20% of the job, the rest (80%) is achieved by practicality. Most aren’t exposed to practicality and now that they are given the opportunity the country sits back and laughs when really these young people should be encouraged as they will only improve with practice as it comes by being provided with this opportunity.
With all that said, say what you want now about ANN7,comment, hate but ANN7 is the start of great things to come….”
And what do the haters (and some lovers) have to say...
  • Simon Morgan Don't even waste too much time trying to explain. Some people will never appreciate what it takes to put yourself out there. They will only stay on their little cave until they retire...
    Daniel Friedman I think you're 100 percent right. ANN7 is revolutionising the industry. For too long SA media has been held back by competence and professionalism that really ruins the entertainment value of a news broadcast. Watching ANN7 it's hard not to laugh, even...See More
    21 hours ago · Like · 41
    Jonathan Mogale I love ANN7 it is very entertaining.
    21 hours ago via mobile · Like
    Linda Chernis The amount of spelling and grammar errors in this piece doesn't really help her claim. ..
    21 hours ago via mobile · Like · 27
    Anton Visser ANN7 has released this fantastic press release, which should clear things up a bit
    21 hours ago · Like · 4
    Dreyer Smit Is it a South African Fox News? I will have to check this out.
    21 hours ago · Like · 1
    Warren Robertson You're right. Why should we encourage a media that rewards people who have honed their crafts and worked for years when there are loads of new entertainers who are getting tired of working at McDonalds. Professionalism should always come second to the ...See More
    21 hours ago · Like · 15
    Etienne Shardlow So basically the point you are making is that those poor students who after years of studying who still are not capable of reading or writing news would otherwise be unemployed. I hope that someone from ANN7 sees your post because with your poor gramma...See More
    21 hours ago via mobile · Edited · Like · 15
    Kate Sproule It's the best comedy we've had in a while... Louise Hamilton won yesterday's grand prix...
    20 hours ago · Like · 7
    Paris Ioannou il never watch anything from gupta or zuma
    20 hours ago · Like · 1
    Melanie-ann Diesel I love ANN7. The hardest working comics in SA today. Keep up the good work!
    20 hours ago via mobile · Like · 1
    Gushwell Brooks Daniel Friedman True totally agree with you, I mean the talent on #ANN7 is unsurpassed. All at the risk of investing in the youth as no one else would. I really can't believe that no singular news agency picked up the shear display of talent on the channel. Shocking how all these wonderful people got passed up...
    20 hours ago · Like · 5
    Angelina Magano good girl
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    Leigh Ogilvie Oh dear, it's like clubbing seals. The one thing this country does have is a wealth of news stories that need to be told and for the sake of our common good we need a hard nosed, discerning network to be telling them. This little set-up is doing us no ...See More
    19 hours ago · Edited · Like · 4
    Maswele Lennox Ralebona II You guys are worse than a community radio station... You can't even pronouce Roger De Sa. Your comedy channel beats LNN and Trevor Noah combined
    19 hours ago · Like · 5
    Andrea K Daniels ja ...'brave' presenters!!..? burrrh - hardly me hearties, they're doing it for the mulah and the exposure, some even appear to possess the latent desire to gain notoriety! As for much-needed news, if New Age, the illustrious sister newspaper can't man...See More
    19 hours ago · Like · 3
    Nick Spangenberg Very simple really do some homework dont stutter and stumble through a story and please get sports people to do the sport seriosly making mistakes 1 thing but when famous ppl undergo sex changes for the sake of ann7 then something wrong
    19 hours ago via mobile · Like · 2
    Point Road Pushpa ANN7 only employed university graduates because they couldn't find respected and credible presenters in the first. Nobody wanted for scoundrels better known as the Guptas. After all, they own TNA and the medium only reflects government propoganda. And, if they did employ 70-plus respected journalists, then why the grammatical errors?


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