AFRO WORLD­VIEW SHORT­LISTED FOR DSTV NEWS CHAN­NEL

Afro Voice (Western Cape) - - Front Page -

SOUTH Africa’s only 100% black­owned 24-hour TV news chan­nel, Afro World­view, has been se­lected to make an oral pre­sen­ta­tion for a new black-owned news chan­nel to be hosted by Mul­tiChoice on its DStv plat­form.

Com­ment­ing on this development, Afro­tone Me­dia Hold­ings (AMH) ex­ec­u­tive chair­per­son Mzwanele Manyi said he was ex­cited about the short­list­ing.

AMH is the owner of Afro World­view and its other sig­nif­i­cant me­dia plat­form, the na­tional daily news­pa­per Afro Voice.

Manyi said: “I am de­lighted with the con­fi­dence of Mul­tiChoice in Afro World­view’s po­ten­tial to be its part­ner of choice as the new 24-hour TV news chan­nel.

“We are qui­etly con­fi­dent that we have ticked all boxes re­gard­ing this bid and look for­ward to pre­sent­ing our case later this month.”

Ear­lier this month Manyi un­veiled AMH’s broad-based own­er­ship struc­ture.

At the time he said: “Afro World­view is a well-oiled ma­chine, boast­ing the finest in in­fra­struc­ture in­clud­ing three state-of-the-art stu­dios, ad­vanced cam­era tech­nol­ogy, edit suites, graph­ics and pro­duc­tion con­trol room with young, en­thu­si­as­tic peo­ple steer­ing the progress.

We are Afro­cen­tric in our news cov­er­age ap­proach, guided by the de­mo­graph­ics of our coun­try.

“Our chan­nel’s edi­to­rial pol­icy of telling our sto­ries in an ac­cu­rate, un­bi­ased and in­de­pen­dent man­ner is in keep­ing with all the dic­tates of the Broad­cast­ing Com­plaints Com­mis­sion of SA.

“Afro World­view is a go­ing con­cern that poses vir­tu­ally no risk to Mul­tiChoice.” Mul­tichoice opened its bid process for the new chan­nel in Fe­bru­ary this year and said that “more than 60 par­ties had reg­is­tered their in­ter­est to bid for the pro­posed new, black-owned news chan­nel”.

It is ex­pected that the suc­cess­ful bid­der will be an­nounced soon af­ter the oral presentations are com­pleted. – Afro Voice Re­porter

PIC­TURE: ROBERTTLAPU

OP­TI­MISTIC: Afro­tone chair­per­son Mzwanele Manyi.

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