Last week Tuesday (11 May) journalist Nikiwe Bikitsha
took over from Redi Direko
as the co-anchor of the eNews Channel's Primetime news bulletin (weeknights between 18h00 and 21h00).
Redi, who also hosts a daily show on 702 and 567 Cape Talk, has been anchoring the news alongside Jeremy Maggs
since the launch of the channel in July last year.
"I left because of a heavy work load, " she told TVSA last week. "It had become increasingly difficult to juggle my two jobs and everything else that I have to do in between.
"It was a very difficult decision because I love current affairs, I love television and being part of the eNews channel was a great experience and opportunity. But working all the time does affect one’s quality of life and I needed to achieve a comfortable balance and the best way to do that was to scale down."
It seems R's successor may find herself in a similar dilemma. Nikiwe is currently completing her honours degree in journalism at Wits, was John Perlman’s co-anchor on the AM Live show on SAFM and writes as a social commentator for Mail and Guardian.
On joining the channel, she says, "“I am passionate about news and this passion is fuelled by understanding why the world works the way it does. I am always probing and want to get to the bottom of a story.”
Our advice to N: watch out - too much probing may send you over the edge