Cape Town – DStv subscribers who have had enough of the alleged one-sided news from the Gupta-news channel ANN7 have started an online petition to get MultiChoice to remove ANN7 from DStv.
Similar to the FOX News channel in America and broadcast on Startimes Media SA’s StarSat in South Africa, ANN7 from Infinity Media provides viewers will an entirely different news narrative – one where the firing of the minister of finance Pravin Gordhan was described as “an excellent decision” late on Thursday night.
The Gupta news channel, constantly making the news for its on-air gaffes, saw anchors and analysts on Thursday night laugh and giggle with glee as Sindy Mabe and studio guests discussed president Jacob Zuma’s controversial cabinet reshuffle.
On Friday Pravin Gordhan himself chimed in to roast ANN7 publicly for its news bias during a press conference held in Pretoria, saying ANN7 has “a lot so say with so-called independent analysts”.
“They have a lot to say when they want to attack us, and malign us and try to disgrace us. So where is ANN7?”
Gordhan said “PR firms are hired, millions of rands are spent. To do what? Malign democratic institutions of South Africa?”
Now DStv subscribers want ANN7 removed from their DStv bouquets and are signing a petition calling for the channel to be taken off of DStv saying “it is biased and creating divisions in the country”.
“I object to ANN7 being part of the DStv offering. They give totally fake news reports and they are an insult to my intelligence,” said Jenny Zaidel, with Berne Nightingale said “ANN7 is a propaganda station, should not have to pay for it”.
Elise Hattingh said “this junk is bringing our country down”.