Sports anchor back on TV

2012-11-21 16:04

Johannesburg - ENews Channel Africa sports anchor Lance Witten will resume his duties after he was suspended for comments on the social network Twitter, the channel said on Wednesday.

Witten would be back on air on Thursday.

"A disciplinary inquiry was held and the chairperson felt that Witten took full responsibility for the tweets, showed remorse and acknowledged that the tweets were hurtful and inappropriate," the channel said in a statement.

Witten posted a tweet two weeks ago about the death of a woman at a concert in Cape Town by the United States rock band Linkin Park.

He tweeted: "Linkin Park is so badass, people are dying to see 'em."

The woman was killed and 19 people were injured when a temporary scaffolding collapsed at the Cape Town Stadium where the band was performing.

Witten was issued with a written warning. He will be required to attend social media training.

Group head of news Patrick Conroy said: "Witten has been a model employee both on camera and behind the scenes. While his tweets were unacceptable the chairperson felt dismissal would be excessive. He has apologised and taken responsibility for his actions."

The channel said it was satisfied with the internal disciplinary process and considered the matter closed.


  • goyougoodthing - 2012-11-21 16:44

    I've heard worse. As a news presenter, is his own Twitter channel subject to the regulations of his employer? This is an interesting debate right now.

      Onke Mdingi - 2012-11-21 17:28

      Good luck guy. Next time be careful because you are an asset to eTV. You are therefore obliged to maintain your employer's good image at all times...

  • vambozha.mutemi.9 - 2012-11-21 16:56

    eNews is so badass, people are suspended for tweeting!

  • undebele - 2012-11-21 17:27

    lol how can u say that bud? Wow

  • danie.malan - 2012-11-21 17:35

    Can't wait to see him back again!

  • paul.samuel1 - 2012-11-21 17:46

    Public figure, identifiable with his company, perhaps he is required to watch what he does on social media. It's behind us now and let's move on, lesson learned. P.S. easy to ask for a debate on this Twitter thing, unless the person who died meant something to you.

  • Arshad Amod - 2012-11-21 17:58

    if u ask me its a load of hogwash being suspended for something so trivial

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