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E.tv fumes over SABC, DStv deal

Free-to-air broadcaster e.tv has slammed a confidential deal struck between the SABC and MultiChoice that prohibits the public broadcaster from offering any of its channels over a television platform that uses encryption technology. E.tv described the move as

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SABC gambles millions on new channels

Finance minister Pravin Gordhan has previously slapped down plans by the SABC for a 24-hour news channel, saying “this is not the time for vanity projects”, but that has not stopped the public broadcaster steaming ahead to the launch of its satellite project on 1 August

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Guptas foil SABC’s news plans

The SABC has been left red-faced over the loss of its planned 24-hour news channel on DStv after the well-connected Gupta family seized the gap. Few at the SABC appear to have been aware that the Gupta channel was even in the offing, although the broadcaster must have been in regular contact

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And now for the Gupta news

The influence of the powerful and politically well-connected Gupta family is set to grow this year with the addition to its media portfolio of a 24-hour news channel on the continent-wide DStv satellite platform, and a new prime-time slot on SABC. The owners of

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Ntshingila joins MultiChoice as SuperSport boss

Former Absa chief marketing and communications officer Happy Ntshingila has been appointed as SuperSport’s new CEO, the sports channel said on Tuesday. Ntshingila would report to the MultiChoice SA group CEO Imtiaz Patel, SuperSport spokesman Clinton van der Berg said in a statement

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MultiChoice BEE shareholders to begin trading

Shareholders in Phuthuma Nathi, the black empowerment vehicle that owns 20% of MultiChoice SA, have the right to begin trading the shares next Thursday, 8 December, when a five-year lock-in period expires. MultiChoice SA group CEO Imtiaz Patel says

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SuperSport’s Patel to succeed Letele at MultiChoice

SuperSport CEO Imtiaz Patel will succeed Nolo Letele as group CEO of pay-TV broadcaster MultiChoice on 1 October. Letele, who was due to retire later this year, has been named as executive chairman of MultiChoice SA. Announcing the changes on Thursday, a MultiChoice spokesman says the board had agreed on an executive chairmanship to “meet the challenges faced by the underlying entities”.