Government will not get involved in ANN7 debacle
Written by Keshia Jansen on February 1, 2018
The South African government says that it will not interfere with Multichoice’s decision to remove the Africa News Network 7 (ANN7) channel from the DSTV bouquet when the contract expires in August.
In a statement issued by the Department of Communications, Communications Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane emphasizes that the government will not get involved with “contractual matters between two private parties.”
Kubayi-Ngubane has said: “I wish to express my disappointment that the viewers of DSTV will not have access to the diversity of voices that ANN7 has also contributed to the country’s media landscape. However there is a lesson to be learned going forward in that, as government we need to look at how our current policies are structured in relation to increasing diversity of media ownership.”
Additionally, Kubayi-Ngubane says that the government supports the decision by Multichoice to seek a new black-owned news channel.
“It is imperative to ensure that there is diversity of media ownership bringing new and fresh perspective to the people of South Africa” says Minister Kubayi-Ngubane.
eNCA reports that the South African National Editors’ Forum says it wants to get to the bottom of Multichoice’s decision, as there is no obvious evidence of corruption or illegal activity at ANN7.
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