AFRO WORLDVIEW SHORTLISTED FOR DSTV NEWS CHANNEL
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
OPTIMISTIC: Afrotone chairperson Mzwanele Manyi.