MultiChoice Axe’s ANN7

Johannesburg –  Multichoice CEO Calvo Mawela announced that MultiChoice will not renew the ANN7 contact which expires in August 2018.

CEO Mawela also announced at the briefing that they will rather look investing in a black owned business television channel on their platforms. The communications company admitted they did make mistakes in the past but their own internal investigation found that their was no corruption, “In light of the ongoing controversies, it will not be appropriate to renew ANN7’s current contract when it ends in August. Instead, we are starting the process of looking for a new black-owned news channel,” he said.

MultiChoice’s media briefing comes after Icasa said they will be investigating allegations of MultiChoice payments made to the SABC and  Gupta company ANN7.

The allegation also includes that the payment made was for political influence in government policy decisions and changes, particularly influence in digital migration for its own benefit.

The briefing still left unanswered questions, such as details of MultiChoice internal investigation, as they decided not to release full contents of the report, as it was “commercial sensitivity” if they did so.

MultiChoice also did not detail why they decided to end ANN7 contract now but the company was concerned with the negative association of ANN7.

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