Media watchdog to fight Manyi's bid for broadcast licence

Media watchdog Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) has objected to Mzwanele Manyi's application for a free-to-air television broadcasting licence.

The businessman's Afrotone Media owns recently re-branded Afro World View (previously ANN7) and AfroVoice (previously The New Age).

Read: "ANN7 and New Age sale is effectively a transaction between Manyi and Guptas"

MMA and the SOS Coalition have called on the communication regulator Icasa not to grant the company the licence because of links with the controversial Gupta family.

MMA director William Bird says that the TV channel should not be granted the licence because it has apparently been operating with money that was criminally obtained.

Read more: ANN7 boss Mzwanele Manyi rubbishes claims he is fronting for the Guptas

We made a submission to Icasa because of an ownership issue involving the Guptas, and because it could mean giving a licence to an entity that was operating on the basis of ill-gotten gains.

William Bird, Executive Director of Media Monitoring Africa

Very serious criminal allegations have been leveled against them.

William Bird, Executive Director of Media Monitoring Africa

Take a listen to William Bird explain his concerns:


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