CAPE TOWN – The Democratic Alliance has submitted an application to Multichoice under the Law on Access to Information (PAIA) to request access to the full agreement between Multichoice and its new 24-hour news channel Newzroom Africa, said the party. on Sunday.
"We are happy that the channel is 100% black and 50% owned by a woman." The DA believes that transformation in the media is crucial to strengthen press freedom and strengthen our democracy, "said spokeswoman Phumzile van Damme, DA.
The DA was always in favor of new competitors entering the media space because it offered viewers a variety of voices and opinions, she said.
"That said, the same fierceness that we call the public broadcaster to account is the same as we use to assess private companies.Experiences from the past with MultiChoice, especially regarding their suspicious relationship and payments to ANN7, require that need for transparency and openness. "
Therefore, the DA MultiChoice had requested to make their agreement with Newzroom Africa public, the list of bidders eligible for the DSTV Channel 405 contract and the ranking of the shortlisted bidders and relevant documentation for the DSTV 405 contract.
The DA felt that this information was in the best interests of the public because they needed assurance that the hard-earned money they paid for their DSTV subscription rates was used in an ethical and transparent manner.
"We are confident that Multichoice will open its books in good faith to the public in good faith [to] make sure that there is nothing undesirable in the award of the contract to Newzroom and this will not be a new ANN7 ", says Van Damme.
African news agency (ANA)