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MultiChoice: There's space for another news channel on DStv

The broadcaster decided not renew its contract with ANN7 in August, saying it admits mistakes were made in the lobbying process with the channel.

Calvo Mawela, CEO of Multichoice SA, details the findings into the company’s relationship with ANN7 at a press briefing on 31 January 2018. Picture: Ihsaan Haffejee/EWN

JOHANNESBURG – MultiChoice says there is both the space and the appetite for another news channel on DStv.

The broadcaster decided not to renew its contract with ANN7 in August, saying it admits mistakes were made in the lobbying process with the channel.

MultiChoice will be opening the bidding process for a new black-owned news channel soon.

CEO Calvo Mawela says that they are enthusiastic about replacing the ANN7 channel soon.

“We still believe that there’s a need to have plurality of views on the news channel. At the moment, we’ve got eNCA, ANN7 and we’ve got the SABC News, so which means we only have two private news channels.

“We think that continuing with another private news channel to add that diversity into South Africa.”

WATCH: We will not be renewing ANN7's contract, says MultiChoice