Facts about TV news Anchor Thami Ngubeni || The TV news anchor Thami Ngubeni is hosting “Daytime Update” and “Newsfeed PM” on Newzroom Afrika (DSTV channel 405).
For two decades, her passion for telling empowering, enlightening and transforming stories has led her to become a journalist in the industry.
I was talking to her to find out more about her future in TV news.
Where did it begin before Newzroom Afrika?
Until Newzroom Afrika I hosted the Liberty Radio Award winning radio show ‘Talk on 2000’ which was a news and current affairs program on Radio 2000, I also wrote for many magazine magazines, wrote a book published by Penguin Books and was editor of Oprah Magazine SA. I began my career more than two decades ago as a news reader on Metro Fm.
Why did you choose TV journalism?
I have a passion for telling stories that are inspiring, enlightening and transformative. At the end of the day, news and current affairs are not only intended to educate the public, but also to place things in perspective in such a way that audiences are provided with knowledge and insight to shape their own decisions that will allow them to make the right choices for themselves, whether socially , politically or personally.
What feeling does the job bring each day?
It’s an exciting and demanding career that needs us to be educated, alert and up-to – date. As I do interviews or just read news, I always think of the listener and present or ask questions in such a way that they succinctly and creatively address concerns that they may have.
For live TV, every second counts and anything can happen at any time, from escalating stress during a live crossing with a reporter on the field, to breaking news on the air and trying to work your way through unforeseen technical glitches without breaking the sweat. No matter what happens, you have to roll with the punches. I love this! Every day is different. It’s also a blessing to know that your life is different.
What’s a typical shift like for you?
With news and current affairs, you have to ‘work informed.’ This means understanding what’s going on in the world around you and challenging various viewpoints. My slot is on weekdays from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. but the planning takes place hours before I go on air.
What viewers get to see is the end of a long process with many stakeholders and numerous processes including newsletter authors, sub-editors, newsletter editors, analysts, and executive producers on the editorial side, among others. We ‘re choosing current topics, investigating perspectives, studying, and interviewing the appropriate individuals to help our viewers gain insight and make a difference.
Thoughts on more and more people tuning in to the news now that the pandemic has hit?
Staying informed is a key weapon in the fight against Covid 19. It is essential to see how the whole country is affected and how the communities are dealing with the pandemic. Apart from keeping SA informed about the measures being taken by the leaders of the countries, we must also hold them accountable and continue to question and follow the money trail in the use of resources intended for relief.
Several humanitarian problems have also resurfaced with greater strength, such as landlessness and land invasions and evictions, hunger, deprivation and gender-based violence. It is important for us to share people’s experiences as well as to explore all the factors that affect our reality and future as a nation and citizens.
Where to from here?
And the fame, huh?
My life has been in cameras and public space for over two decades, and I have a friendship with viewers and listeners, and when people stop me and want to talk or enjoy my work, I can’t take it for granted. I appreciate the love of those who love me, and I love them right back.
Is there something your fans do not know about you?
I am a sucker for tulips and purple, white or pink roses.
SOURCE: ThatCelebrity.com || Facts about TV news Anchor Thami Ngubeni ||