Here are answers to some of the questions you might have about the news channel bid.

Why is MultiChoice calling for bids for a news channel?

We're always looking to broaden the variety of news channels available on DStv; and as such, would like to source a news channel that will:

  • Be a South African, predominantly English news channel that takes into account the country's history, diverse cultures, languages and socio-economic conditions Broadcast 24 hours a day
  • Provide anchor-based live broadcasts in the style of Al Jazeera, BBC World News, CNN, Sky News, eNCA and SABC News
  • Focus especially on regional, national and continental news, actuality, current affairs and sport, with less focus on international affairs
  • Be managed and operated by an independent black-owned South African company
  • Focus on training and development of news and broadcast industry professionals
  • Foster a strong ownership mindset with employees and partners through mediums such as employee equity and/or incentive schemes
  • Be independent, unbiased and critical, with MultiChoice having no editorial control or ownership
  • Be widely distributed on DStv packages
  • Be funded by MultiChoice and other sources

What is the closing date for submitting the intention to respond form?

The intention to respond registration form will be deactivated on 20 April 2018 at 23:59.

What happens after I submit an intention to respond form?

Once official notice of request for proposals (RFP) goes out, you will receive an email link within two days. It will direct you to an e-sourcing platform where you will complete the RFP requirements for the news channel bid.

Will MultiChoice consider new start-up news channels?

Yes, we welcome submissions from new or recently formed organisations.

What are the evaluation criteria, process and timelines for the news channel bid?

All the request for proposals (RFP) information and requirements will be made available on an e-sourcing platform - a link will be sent to the bidders who've registered their interest.

Will I be excluded from the bid if I do not submit an intention to respond form?

Yes. Bidders will only receive more information and the link to the e-sourcing platform once they complete and submit the intention to respond form.

Can I submit a proposal for a non-news focused channel?

Only news channels will be considered for this bid. MultiChoice is always interested in ideas for new channels - you can submit proposals for these on our Channel Proposal page.

Terms & Conditions

1) I confirm that I have been duly authorised to submit this Intention to Respond to MultiChoice and all information provided is accurate and complete to my knowledge.

2) I acknowledge my submission of the Intention to Respond does not bind MultiChoice to any obligations.

3) Except in circumstances where MultiChoice has agreed specifically in writing, any material I send to MultiChoice will not be treated as confidential. Accordingly, I agree that:
(i) Such material shall not be subject to any obligation of confidence on the part of MultiChoice;
(ii) No confidential or fiduciary relationship is intended or created between MultiChoice and myself in any way;
(iii) I have no expectation of review, compensation or consideration of any type.

4) MultiChoice reserves the right to change the conditions, timelines and process of the bid at its sole discretion. MultiChoice further reserves the right not to complete the bid and/or award the bid at all.

6) I hereby indemnify MultiChoice against, or absolve MultiChoice from, any responsibility or liability for any damage, loss, injury or disappointment I suffer as a result of my submission of the Intention to Response.

7) MultiChoice does not accept responsibility for any problems or technical malfunction of any system involved in the submission of the Intention to Respond (including but not limited to telephone networks or lines, computer systems or equipment, servers, system providers, software failure or traffic congestion on the internet, telephone lines or at any website).