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).
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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