Who will MultiChoice choose for its new, 24-hour black-owned news channel?

Media Monitoring Africa director William Bird is urging MultiChoice to make public its shortlist of candidates for a new, 24-hour black-owned news channel.

This comes after DStv announced it won’t renew its contract with the controversial formerly Gupta-owned ANN7 (now Afro Worldview).

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviewed Bird.

Bird believes transparency is vital for MultiChoice to avoid similar issues it had with ANN7, a channel accused of poor quality and factional bias.

Listen to the interview in the audio below (and/or scroll down for quotes from it).

How on Earth are we to have any trust that they made a better decision than last time?

William Bird, Media Monitoring Africa

What on Earth is stopping them?

William Bird, Media Monitoring Africa

We have every right to see who they are.

William Bird, Media Monitoring Africa

Putting on another channel is a good thing… but be transparent about it…

William Bird, Media Monitoring Africa

We’ll be sending them a formal letter… if they don’t, we’ll petition the regulator…

William Bird, Media Monitoring Africa

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