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New corporate affairs chief for MultiChoice Africa

South African pay TV operator MultiChoice has named Reatile Tekateka as executive head of corporate affairs for MultiChoice Africa Holdings, its pan-African arm. Tekateka, who will report to MultiChoice Africa CEO Hennie Visser, was previously managing director of PR agency Joe Public United. She has also served as head of PR and communication at pan-African […]

MultiChoice to lay off 2,000 in restructuring of customer care

South Africa’s MultiChoice is planning to lay off over 2,000 employees, according to press reports. According to Reuters, the pay TV outfit has launched a consultation to cute 2,194 positions, principally in customer care call centres and walk-in centres. The company said it was restructuring its customer care operations in response to changes in consumer […]

MultiChoice lists on Johannesburg exchange

Naspers-backed MultiChoice Group’s shares rose respectably yesterday after the company listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. The new listed company includes MultiChoice South Africa, MultiChoice Africa Holdings, SVOD outfit Showmax, digital platform security provider Irdeto, and all their subsidiaries and affiliates. However, a slight shadow was cast over the listing by regulator Icasa, which expressed […]

Naspers to spin off MultiChoice at end of February

South African conglomerate Naspers is to move ahead with its spin-off of pay TV group MultiChoice on February 27, giving Naspers shareholders a direct stake in the pay TV outfit and listing the company on the Johannesburg stock exchange. In its statement ahead of the listing on the Johannesburg stock exchange, Naspers said that it […]

MultiChoice Kenya joins association to fight piracy

African pay TV operator MultiChoice’s Kenyan unit has joined local industry association the Technology Service Providers of Kenya (TESPOK), an outfit created to lobby the Kenyan government to provide a regulatory and commercial environment conducive to investment in information communication and technology. MultiChoice is the first broadcaster to joint TESPOK, with the stated aim of […]

Naspers names new MultiChoice management team

South African conglomerate Naspers has named a new leadership team for soon-to-be spun-off pay TV arm MultiChoice under a new CEO, Calvo Mawela. Mawela will take over as CEO of the new group, which encompasses MultiChoice South Africa, MultiChoice Africa, OTT TV arm Showmax Africa and content security specialist Irdeto, from November 1. He is […]

Naspers to spin off MultiChoice

South African conglomerate Naspers is to spin off Africa’s leading pay TV operator MultiChoice as part of a move designed in part to assuage investor concerns about its own share price. Naspers plans to float MultiChoice on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange and simultaneously unbundle the shares in the business to its shareholders. The new company, […]

South African minister moves forward on digital switchover

South Africa’s minister of communications Nomvula Mokonyane has named the members of the Broadcasting Digital Migration Advisory Council that will advise her on matters relating to digital switchover and the development of digital-terrestrial TV. The naming of council members follows the appointment of Aldred Dreyer as project director for the DTT Programme Management Office (PMO). […]

AzamTV lining up for Zimbabwe launch

Pay TV service AzamTV is to expand beyond its East African home territory with a launch in Zimbabwe, according to local press reports. Azam Media parent Bakhresa Group’s general manager was cited as saying the had been in discussion with the Zimbabwean officials and the local regulator to secure relevant permissions for the project. AzamTV […]

South Africa sets subsidised box deadline

The South African government’s communications department has set a deadline of March 31 for registration to receive subsidised digital-terrestrial set-top boxes in the North West and Free State provinces. Families earning below ZAR3,200 (€189) qualify to receive the government-subsidised decoders. Qualifying households can register at their nearest Post Office. Communications department officials are currently taking […]

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