Wananchi Group

Solar energy group teams up with ZukuTV to target off-grid Kenyan homes

Solar energy specialist Azuri Technologies has teamed up with Wananchi Group-owned pay TV operator Zuku TV to launch a new pay-as-you-go TV service aimed at regions in Kenya without electricity supply. The Azuri  PayGo Solar TV offering will combine solar home power, a 24-inch TV, satellite dish and Zuku’s Smart+ entertainment offering with 48 TV […]

Alden could walk free in Kenya murder case

Richard Alden, the former CEO of East African pay TV provider Wananchi Group and Spanish cable operator Ono, may not face trial for the murder of Kenyan businesswoman Grace Wangechi Kinyanjui after the victim’s family called for the case to be dropped. Alden’s trial was due to begin yesterday, but the case was adjourned after Kinyanjui’s family […]

Africa launch for CBeebies

The BBC’s preschool channel CBeebies is launching in East Africa on the Zuku pay TV platform. The UK pubcaster’s commercial arm, BBC Worldwide, handles the channel’s distribution internationally as part of its portfolio of channels. It has inked a deal with Zuku TV and the preschool channel is now available on the pay TV platform […]

Former Wananchi CEO charged with murder

Former Wananchi Group and Ono CEO Richard Alden was formally charged with murder at a court hearing on Friday. Alden pleaded not guilty and a bail application will reportedly be heard on June 16. He was arrested last week after a woman, Grace Wangechi Kinyanjui, was shot at his home in a suburb of Nairobi. […]

Wananchi Group appoints new CEO

The Wananchi Group has appointed former VimpelCom executive Santiago Benedit as its new CEO, following the end of the contract term of Richard Alden. Benedit joins from Vimpelcom Group-owned Orascom Telecom Algeria (DJEZZY), where he was chief financial officer. Prior to that, he was CFO for Avanzit/ Ezentis Group, a global technology and infrastructure company with […]

Wananchi raises US$130 million for East, South African expansion

African pay TV and broadband operator Wananchi Group has closed a US$130 million (€104 million) round of funding to fund “growth and expansion in East and Southern Africa.” The investment was co-led by existing Wananchi shareholders, including major cable firms Liberty Global and Altice, African private equity firm Emerging Capital Partners, Mauritius-based ATMT and new […]

Wananchi extends Verimatrix security deal

The Wananchi Group is extending its partnership with content security specialist Verimatrix, ahead of the launch of OTT video services from its East African pay TV operator Zuku TV. Since 2010, Wananchi-owned Zuku has used Verimatrix’s cardless Video Content Authority System (VCAS) for DVB solution to secure its DTH satellite TV services, and subsequently extended […]

Zuku TV breaks into original drama

Wananchi-owned East African pay TV operator Zuku TV has commissioned an original, locally produced political drama series,  State House. A co-production between Wananchi Programming and  Kenyan production company Awali Entertainment for the Zuku Entertainment channel – formerly Zuku Afrika, State House is a modern day political drama set in Nairobi’s presidential residence.  The 12 x […]

Wananchi Group appoints new CEO

Wananchi Group, the owner of East African pay TV operator Zuku TV, has appointed former ONO CEO Richard Alden as its new CEO, replacing current boss Richard Bell. Alden, who has worked as Chief Operating Officer at Wananchi since the start of the year, takes the top job as Bell moves into a new role […]

Zuku to expand out of East Africa with Intelvision deal

Wananchi Group-owned pay TV business Zuku will broadcast its channels outside of East Africa for the first time after signing a deal with Seychelles-based cable operator Intelvision. The three year licensing deal covers Zuku Life, all four Zuku Movies channels and Zuku Swahili Movies, with Intelvision due to start carrying the networks on November 1. […]