Not much more than a month ago, MultiChoice’s controlling shareholder, Naspers, was fighting back hard as details emerged of the sweet deal that MultiChoice had agreed with the Guptas’ TV channel in 2013, accusing the critics of trying to force it to bump ANN7 off the airwaves at DStv. Now DStv has announced it will remove ANN7 from the DStv bouquet when its contract with the channel expires later in 2018, a move that is almost certain to cause fatal damage to ANN7 because it will lose its core revenue stream. Few would mourn the demise of ANN7, which calls itself a 24-hour news channel but is in reality a propaganda channel for the worst elements of the Zuma-Gupta faction, making up the news shamelessly and providing some very malign and anti-democratic characters with a platform as "analysts". And even though the Guptas "sold" it to Mzwanele Manyi in 2017, the nature of the deal was such that control didn’t really transfer at all. But tempting as it might be to celebrate ANN7’s de...

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