Star Times takes over ZNBC control

Chinese Firm Star Times has finally taken over the control and operations of state owned Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation TV and has ordered it to cancel its partnership with Multi-Choice and GOtv Zambia.

Under unclear circumstance ZNBC on Saturday without notice to its partners GOtv and Multichoice switched off a number of channels showing on the GOtv bouquet and added them to a new television bouquet, Star Times.

Multi-Choice Zambia says it find it strange and surprising that preference is now given to a Chinese partner Star Times in the market under unexplained circumstances.
The public broadcaster had a tough time to explain to Multi-choice why it shut over 10 local television stations from the GOtv bouquet and exclusively show on Star Times.

The move was not fully explained to Multi-choice, a company which owns the GOtv bouquet and has had a long-standing relationship the national broadcaster.

And multi-choice has asked government to investigate and intervene as this will strain the relationship between the institutions.

Star Times sees GOtv as a strong competitor after being on the market for over 3 years and offering bouquets as low as 30 kwacha.

 

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