Pay television group MultiChoice says it will investigate its total payments to the controversial ANN7 TV channel.
The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) has confirmed that it has received a letter from the Democratic Alliance (DA) following new kickback allegations against Multichoice and the SABC.
The Democratic Alliance (DA) says minutes of the SABC board meeting have revealed that MultiChoice sought to pay the public broadcaster R100 million for its 24-hour news channel, in exchange for the SABC’s political influence over digital migration.
Communications Minister Mamaloko Kubayi-Ngubane says that her department will seat back as MultiChoice and television channel ANN7 are implicated in corruption allegations.
SABC board member, Michael Markovitz, says regulations on free-to-air television channels have had a concerning impact on the public broadcaster from a revenue point of view.