Multichoice announce successful bidder for 24-hour news channel

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JOHANNESBURG – Multichoice announced the successful bidder of the new black-owned 24-hour news channel on DStv.

Newzroom Afrika will succeed Afro Worldview on DStv. 

They were part of the 111 public submissions which were received by Multichoice.

Multichoice last week pulled the plug on Afro Worldview - the television channel formerly owned by the Gupta brothers under the name ANN7 - which until 20 August 20 been aired on DStv 405.

Newzroom Afrika is a new company formed by Thokozani Nkosi of Eclipse TV and Thabile Ngwato of Rapid Innovation.

Zanele Mthembu will head the broadcast operation, while the newsroom will be under the leadership of Malebo Phage.

Newzroom Africa is 100-percent black owned and 50-percent women owned.  

There will be an editorial ethics oversight board spearheaded Joe Thloloe and Dinesh Balliah.

 

Multichoice says Newzroom Afrika will promote the diversity of voices in media and give its customers the chance to find a news channel on DStv that resonates with them.  

“Today marks the birth of an exciting new and independent media voice in South Africa. We set out to find a quality new, black-owned, independent news channel to expand the diversity of SA news and enrich our democracy – we’re excited by the outcome,” said MultiChoice SA CEO Calvo Mawela. 

“Independent, trustworthy media are essential to a healthy democracy and the calibre of journalists on the Newzroom Afrika team will ensure that this new channel plays its part with distinction.

“The Eclipse TV and Rapid Innovation teams have a track record of entrepreneurial success. They will be supported by an editorial team that will deliver independent views of events unfolding in South Africa and around the world, while the owners concentrate on running the business successfully.

“We were looking for a news channel that is distinctly different from what is currently available, and we certainly found it in

Newzroom Afrika. We want to drive sustainable transformation in the television industry and to contribute to the diversity of views in our country and our continent.

The new channel says former Afro Worldview employees will be prioritised when it comes to selection process for the new channel.