Between a financially distressed public broadcaster and online streaming services making inroads, SA’s TV industry has been thrust into a state of flux. MultiChoice is about to fly the Naspers coop at a time of uncertainty for global pay-TV operators, while eMedia Holdings’ free-to-air satellite TV platform, OpenView, is still trying to find its feet. Mzwanele Manyi’s Afro Worldview, the TV channel previously known as ANN7‚ recently succumbed to its tainted past as public outrage against state capture grew. The station, which was taken off air in August, was formerly owned by the Gupta family. MultiChoice said in August it would replace Afro Worldview with Newzroom Afrika, a start-up owned by relatively unknown TV production entrepreneurs Thokozani Nkosi of Eclipse TV and Thabile Ngwato of Rapid Innovation. It is said to be launching early in 2019. It will be tough for that channel to find its niche, "but it’s important it succeeds because diversity is always good", says Media Monit...

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