I have previously advocated that MultiChoice should ditch ANN7 for being a propaganda mouthpiece masquerading as an independent news organisation.
I argued that if MultiChoice failed to do so, consumers should ditch MultiChoice.
Not in my wildest dreams could I have imagined the scale of MultiChoice’s complicity in the plunder of SA, as was laid bare in the media last week.
MultiChoice’s holding company, Naspers, has now entered the fray in a way that I predict will be disastrous for the company.
In a live radio interview last week, chairman Koos Bekker came across as defensive, entitled and argumentative.
This is perhaps unsurprising given the tone and content of the statement issued by Naspers earlier in the day, from which it is clear that the group considers it entirely appropriate that the Gupta family should have a voice such as ANN7, in the interests of media freedom and diversity.
Come again? MultiChoice should facilitate a single influential family having a voice on television? Isn’t ANN7 supposed to be a news channel?
The fact that the Naspers board argues that they should enable ANN7, when even on Naspers’ own version the voice it facilitates is that of the Gupta family and not an independent news organisation, leaves me cold.
I had already cancelled my DStv subscription, but when I read the Naspers statement I also sold my Naspers shares.
Any board that could be as tone deaf as this is surely capable of other calamities.