A former editor at TV news channel ANN7 has revealed how the station was set up as a pro-Zuma enterprise by the Guptas.
Rajesh Sundaram reveals what he claims is the real story behind the formerly Gupta-owned station in his book, Indentured: Behind the Scenes at Gupta TV.
He was one of several broadcast staff who were flown in from India on tourist visas to work at the channel.
Even before we were hired there was a thought that they had to set up a television station that had a pro-ANC, pro-Zuma approach.— Rajesh Sundaram, former ANN7 editor
Sundaram claims Jacob Zuma was kept in the loop regarding the running of the station and was even involved in its editorial policy.
There was feedback that was sought from him and he would give out suggestions about how the editorial policy should not make the station look like an outright propaganda station for the ANC.— Rajesh Sundaram, former ANN7 editor
He would say that he wanted the editorial standards to be such that opposition leaders or people within the ANC who opposed him were shown in a negative light.— Rajesh Sundaram, former ANN7 editor
The Gupta brothers brazenly used the President's office and their influence to bulldoze their way without subjecting themselves to the checks that DSTV wanted to put the station on air, to disastrous consequences.— Rajesh Sundaram, former ANN7 editor
Listen to the full interview on ANN7 tell-all book: