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MultiChoice receives 60 registrations for ANN7 replacement

MultiChoice announced in January that it won't be renewing its contract with the channel in August.

The MultiChoice offices in Randburg, Johannesburg. Picture: multichoice.co.za

JOHANNESBURG - Sixty parties have so far thrown their hat in the ring and registered their interest as bidders to replace ANN7 after the channel's contract with MultiChoice comes to an end.

MultiChoice announced in January that it won't be renewing its contract with the channel once it expires in August.

The video entertainment and internet company said at the time that it is looking for a black South African-owned news channel "free from political or other interferences" - in reference to ANN7 having being owned by the controversial Gupta family.

“We’re delighted and overwhelmed with the response, and we’re encouraged that we’ll be able to offer South Africans another local news channel, which will add to the diversity of news on DStv," says Calvo Mawela, CEO for MultiChoice South Africa.

Registration to bid is still open and closes on 20 April, the company says.

MultiChoice says it has now opened the tender process. All parties who registered will receive a link to respond to a request for proposal on an online platform, which closes on 30 April 2018.

The successful bidder will be notified before 31 July 2018.