Moleo ex­cited about her new role

An­chor part of Open News

Sowetan - - Timeout Television - By Em­manuel Tjiya

Af­ter five suc­cess­ful years on SAfm, Naledi Moleo out of the blue packed her bags in April and hit the road.

The 31-year-old rule-breaker landed in Cape Town. As fate will have it, six months later she spear­heads the an­chor­ing team of in­no­va­tive and ex­per­i­men­tal news chan­nel Open News.

The new chan­nel launched last week to view­ers of free-toair satellite plat­form Open­view.

“I needed a change and I just left. I quit my job and I left the city with no plan,” she re­calls.

“It was very much a spir­i­tual thing and I think God wanted me to be here. Some­thing kicked me out of Joburg.

“This is by far the most ex­cit­ing op­por­tu­nity I have ever had, be­cause it al­lows me so much free­dom.”

Sport­ing a Halle Berry-es­que crop hairdo that beau­ti­fully com­pli­ments her ra­zor­sharp cheek­bones, Moleo and I con­nect on a mild and pleas­ant night at the launch of the chan­nel in Cape Town.

We even check out the chan­nel’s in­ter­ac­tive stu­dio that is mov­ing away from tra­di­tional for­mat.

Us­ing the lat­est tech­nol­ogy, the per­son­al­ity-driven chan­nel, heav­ily in­flu­enced by so­cial me­dia, will see the an­chors weigh in on top sto­ries, share their opin­ions and en­gage with view­ers – es­pe­cially the youth.

In Moleo’s team there’s also Koketso Sachane, Ayanda Dlamini and Adrian Botha.

“There’s a lot of nerves and ex­cite­ment. But more than any­thing is know­ing that we are launch­ing some­thing that is very new and peo­ple have never seen any­thing like what we are do­ing,” she points out.

“It’s nerve-wrack­ing be­cause we know there is go­ing to be pos­i­tive and neg­a­tive feed­back. We are all very emo­tion­ally con­nected to it.

“I come from a stan­dard­ised way of talk­ing about cur­rent af­fairs. I get here and I’m told ‘ev­ery­thing you were taught, throw it out of the win­dow’.”

Moleo is known for host­ing The Talk­shop on SAfm Mon­day to Thurs­day evenings.

With no ex­pe­ri­ence, in 2013 as a novice ra­dio per­son­al­ity, she won at the MTN Ra­dio Awards for her week­end show In­tune.

She holds the mo­ment as one of her ca­reer high­lights.

She also hosted SABC1 youth re­al­ity show Make Your Move in 2011. Her ca­reer in the pub­lic eye kicked off at the age of 16 as the first an­chor on Kids News.

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Naledi Moleo says her new job as Open News an­chor al­lows her free­dom.

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