The only reason journalists will mourn the demise of TV news station ANN7 will be the loss of jobs.
Populist movements are on the rise. Their supporters distrust the establishment, elites, authority and official sources. The post-truth world is a post-expert world.
The growth of new, vibrant, independent media sites and projects in South Africa have challenged conceptions of what a newsroom is. On limited budgets, some even fare better than mainstream media.
As a second independence referendum beckons, a counterweight to the unionist-leaning press is hugely important to the Yes side.