Manyi’s news TV channel goes down

It ended on the night of 20 August 2018 – being taken off air by DStv.

Broadcast satellite service DStv is expected to announce a new channel that will replace Mzwanele Manyi’s Afro World View in no time.

DStv apologised on Sunday about the inconvenience and said a replacement is yet to be found.

“You can find local news on eNCA (403) and SABC News (404),” it said on its Twitter account.

The matter which has now caused public outcry on social media networks follows DStv’s promise earlier this year that they would take the 24-hour channel off air because it tarnished the broadcast service’s image – being owned by the controversial Gupta family.

After taking the decision to not renew the former ANN7 news channel, DStv said “in light of the ongoing controversies” around the Gupta family “it will not be appropriate to renew ANN7’s contract when it ends in August”.

“Instead we are starting the process of looking for a new black-owned news channel,” CEO Calvo Mawela said at the time.

DStv, which covers the entire Sub-Saharan Africa, is owned by MultiChoice.

In August last year, Afroworld View owner Mzwanele Manyi bought ANN7 and The New Age newspaper from the Gupta family at almost half a billion rands.

Having settled the R450 million vendor financing deal with the family, Manyi renamed the two – calling ANN7 the Afroworld View and New Age the Afro Voice.

It was through his company, Lodidolox Management, that Manyi got to acquire ANN7 for R300 million and The New Age for R150 million.

But at the end of June 2018, Afro Voice closed down, Manyi telling staff at their Midrand offices, north of Johannesburg, that “legal issues” were forcing them to close down.

Hundreds of people have lost their jobs at the media firm following this closure.

It estimated that close to 350 people have been left jobless by February 2018 MultiChoice decision.

“We (workers) have been informed not to report for duty until further notice,” one staff member said.

“They didn’t tell us how long this will be, so we are in the dark on this,” the worker said.

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ANN7 is being weeded out of DStv

MultiChoice confirmed on Thursday (31 January 2018) this week that they will not renew their contract with the Gupta-linked 24-hour news channel Africa News Network (ANN7).

ANN7’s contract with MultiChoice will expire at the end of August 2018.

“We will not be renewing ANN7’s contract and the channel will not be broadcast on DStv once the contract ends on August 20 2018. In addition, we will ensure processes are put in place to highlight issues of controversy as they arise and we will deal with them swiftly,” said MultiChoice South Africa CEO Calvo Mawela.

The announcement follows allegations, denied by MultiChoice, of a corrupt relationship between the pay-TV provider and ANN7.

Following an internal investigation, MultiChoice said it had found no evidence of corruption in its dealings with ANN7.

“The key finding is that mistakes were made by the MultiChoice management team in regard to its relationship with ANN7 and its lobbying processes, but the committee found no evidence of corruption or illegal activity.

“The mistakes highlighted were, firstly: the failure to do comprehensive due-diligence around ANN7, and secondly: not raising concerns about ANN7 and its associates as they came to light, instead waiting for public controversy to take hold.”

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) will conduct an investigation into MultiChoice.

DA shadow minister of communications Phumzile van Damme said, at the time, that Icasa had indicated in a letter that the matter had been referred to its compliance and consumer affairs division for investigation.

First published HERE