Late Nite News has thanked President Jacob Zuma, the Economic Freedom Fighters and Public Protector Thuli Madonsela for helping them score an unprecedented second International Emmy nomination, a first for a South African production.
“This one we definitely owe to the EFF, Jacob Zuma, and Thuli Madonsela. Thank you so much for getting us recognised by the international television fraternity,” said LNN director, Kagiso Lediga.
The political satire show, hosted by Loyiso Gola, was nominated in the Best Comedy category. “I am excited. The first time is always cool but the second time feels so much better,” Gola said.
eNews Channel’s managing director, Patrick Conroy, is delighted. “The second nomination is a boost for South African satire as a whole,” he said. “Five years ago eNCA decided to support local comedians and show the country the importance of satire. The LNN team have proven our faith in them and forever changed the way South Africans approach news and satire. We just can’t imagine democratic commentary now without it,” he said.
The show features South Africa’s most innovative comedians in a combination of traditional news reportage, sketches and live music. Gola’s weekly dose of biting and no-holds-barred commentary has earned him equal amounts of adulation and disdain, depending on which side of the fence he offends. Chester Missing is touted as a seminal political analyst and interviews the country’s most influential political leaders, despite being a puppet.
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