South African news channel ANN7 is relaunching as Afro Worldview on 30 April. Now owned by Mzwanele Manyi, Afro Worldview promises to have a renewed editorial policy and to subscribe to the codes of the Broadcasting Complaints Commission of South Africa (BCCSA). It will remain a 24-hour news platform covering news, business and current affairs.
The channel will be broadcast on MultiChoice’s pay-TV network DStv from 30 April until 20 August 2018, when the contract with ANN7 expires Manyi’s Afrotone Media is also participating in the bidding process of the proposed new black-owned news channel on the DStv platform to succeed ANN7. Others bidding for the new channel include Tiso Blackstar (which publishes the Sunday Times and Business Day), MSG Afrika (which owns radio network PowerFM), Primedia (which owns 702, Cape Talk and other radio stations), and Independent Media proprietor Iqbal Survé’s Sekunjalo, according to the Financial Mail.
The final decision on the winning bidder will be announced by MultiChoice at the end of July 2018. Meanwhile, MultiChoice said Afro Worldview will “strive to be the most representative voice of the country and the continent, that would also ensure that the plight of the poor and marginalised is brought to the fore.”