eNCA is being removed from the Sky pay-TV platform in the United Kingdom just two years after it branched out, Channel24 reported on Thursday.
TV viewers in the United Kingdom will lose eNCA from Friday at 6am when the South African 24-hour TV news channel goes dark — the end of its inter-continental expansion on satellite television.
Asked why eNCA was suddenly being cut from Sky, eNCA said: “The reasons behind the move are part of the company’s efforts to respond to changes in the way news media is consumed in a digital world.
“We know we have a loyal audience on Sky who will be upset by the decision,” said eNCA managing director Patrick Conroy.
“We regret that very much. However the reality is that satellite broadcasting is expensive and we have to look at cost effective alternatives such as live streaming.”
Conroy said the channel’s news content would still be globally accessible through alternative platforms like www.Livestation.com, where people outside South Africa could view it.