Why Redi Direko Left eNews

Written by TVSA Team from the blog News on 17 May 2009
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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 like R!


Bra Bizza
17 May 2009 21:51

wasn't she on CNBSC?

17 May 2009 22:18

Yeah she was Bra B - she was also an anchor on e's Morning Edition when it first launched back in 2001, she's hosted Interface and she's hosted shows on 702.

Brown Shuga
17 May 2009 22:23

I DON'T believe Redi's reason!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! *wink wink*
She's one of MANY who have left the station recently.....and I SMELL a story/expose there Tashi!  Maybe you must call Ms Patta!

17 May 2009 22:32

REDI is not coming clean....something i just not on.....

18 May 2009 00:06

LOL @ Investigative Journalists BS and Harambe.

Brown Shuga
18 May 2009 00:17

LOL Lela gudnite!!!

18 May 2009 00:22

Gudnyt Ntombi!

18 May 2009 00:32

Eish,these "current affairs" women and the 101 hats they might find yourself fainting at a Pick n Pay qeue.On the other hand,this might explain Redi's tug-o-war with that Floyd character.

18 May 2009 08:18

<<I SMELL a story/expose there Tashi! Maybe you must call Ms Patta!>> I know Shuga, I get the feeling that Ms. Patta is not a very nice boss to work for. I think I'd be scared to have her as my boss. She doesn't seem like she has a "nice" bone in her body. But then again thats just me..

..And why must she hog the spotlight on big events and not give her anchors the shine they deserve.. haish Debra!

TVSA please please please, get an interview with Debra, maybe we are just judging her. Give her a platform to defend herself..

Brown Shuga
18 May 2009 08:26

LOL Lahvee, Ms Patta does have a 'nice' bone! She lets them get their hair done on eNews or is it eTV's account! Hehehehe.

18 May 2009 08:40

..oh well..!....its all good...t'was nice to c u on tv Redihentse..(am getting emotional y'all)....
hee...i wonder if she'll finally mary that guy that she always talks about....the one with whom they dont watch tv...i need a moment...

"..I get the feeling that Ms. Patta is not a very nice boss to work for.."
...i have a soft spot for her...they way i have a soft spot for Sylar, so i tend to excuse her quite a lot ...

18 May 2009 08:54

"..I get the feeling that Ms. Patta is not a very nice boss to work for.." >>>
...i have a soft spot for her... >>>>
Also have soft spot for her, I love the way she can intorrogate people ehehehehe...

18 May 2009 10:31

There is no story here, trust me if there was a story Sunday world and sun would have splashed it all over.

if you did notice she was absent most of the time, I guess it is the juggling 2 jobs. 

18 May 2009 15:40

tizoz..yeah rite

Jah Lady
18 May 2009 16:13

Hello All!

I dont mean to barge in like this but since I am new in the hood I am just checking out all the chatrooms and checking out the talent (conversations)!

18 May 2009 16:25

Miss Patta is a nice person personally but  makes a horrible boss, dont ask me how I know I just do.

18 May 2009 17:23

lol black people,why must everything be a scandal

18 May 2009 18:20

Tjoooo Msoe you sound like a disgruntled dissident! lol!

Nikiwe sounds good, am sure English people will appreciate her smooth reading.

she looks good as well

19 May 2009 09:24

Sum of us r jst lucky 2 hav u guys nd Miss R u r jst gr8 nd its a gud dcision. My lecturer had askd me "wht gud a journ is a dead journo?". Hop u find th balance.

19 May 2009 15:19

With Rural Development and Land Reform will the development of rural areas rich the standard of our so called township.

It is a good initiation that raises to many Q?

Will the department work alone in this rural developing tusk as this needs coordination of all relevent DPT

Developing rurals means uplifting all the basic Social, Economic and Political which includes asserts such as Hospitals, Communications, Transportation and other service needed by a Citizen of the Republic of SA who casted his/her vote with the hope of witnessing a normal life 

What do think guyz ???????

19 May 2009 15:24

CK maybe if you can write that as a blog we will directly respond

Brown Shuga
19 May 2009 15:27


19 May 2009 15:34

Lmfao Molilo....kwakwakwa

I tried reading Ck's response thinking there would be a link between uRedi noBikitsa neDepartment of Rural Development and Land Reform, ayi cha buti uyakwazi ukuba out of topic....

write a blog toe.

19 May 2009 15:37


19 May 2009 15:49

"wht gud a journ is a dead journo?". 

Anybody care to explain wat this means people mense asomblief tu.

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