In Wake of COVID-19, MultiChoice Eases Accessibility of News Channels


In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, MultiChoice which operates DStv and GOtv has announced that is making news channels more widely available across the continent.

The PayTV giant says the prevailing circumstances have called on many across the African continent to adjust to new ways of living and working.

With many people required to spend more time at home with their loved ones, MultiChoice Group says it is committed to supporting its customers with the best available programming to keep families informed and entertained.

“We have been in constant communication with health authorities such as the World Health Organisation, and we will be rolling out Africa-wide public service announcements on COVID-19. It is important that all of us take heed of the announcements and advice from trusted experts so that we can look after our own health and that of our loved ones,” says MultiChoice Group CEO Calvo Mawela. 

The video entertainment company is not only expanding its content offering for news, but there will also be more kids shows, movies and curated sports content. 

“In light of the disruptions to the school year in Uganda, we are also working to provide access to the best available educational content, to help keep young minds stimulated and engaged,” said Hassan Saleh, the MultiChoice Uganda Managing Director.

Live sports has suffered a notable impact globally as a result of sporting federations correctly prioritising the safety of players and fans alike, by adhering to accepted measures to limit the spread of COVID-19.

MultiChoice acquired the best award-winning sport documentaries from around the globe,and produced thematic channels for sports fans to relive the greatest sporting moments of all time. 

It is important to note that due care has been taken to ensure that employees, customers, production houses and suppliers also have limited risk of exposure.

A number of sports, film and production crews may not be able to continue working, but customers will be updated of any programme schedules and changes in the coming days and weeks. 

We are taking great care for our staff and have put in place all precautionary measures to ensure their safety,” Saleh adds. “In light of this we have advised our customers that there may be a delay in our ability to attend to customer queries. However, we have a number of self-service and online platforms available, and we will do our best to sort out any issues they may have, timeously.”


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