Multichoice, DStv’s parent company, on Wednesday, froze RT (Russia Today), a Russian television channel across Africa following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on Thursday last week.
The move by MultiChoice comes after the European Union (EU) banned RT and another Russian state media outlet, Sputnik, from broadcasting in the bloc. A MultiChoice spokesperson said in a statement:
Sanctions imposed on Russia by the European Union has led to the global distributor of the channel ceasing to provide the broadcast feed to all suppliers, including MultiChoice.
In an unrelated development, Multichoice has announced that several eMedia channels will no longer be available on DStv from 31 March 2022.
According to eMedia, the channels to be dropped by DStv are eTV Africa (channel 250), eMovies, eMovies Extra, eExtra and eToonz. An eMediaa message to subscribers read:
Dear DStv customer, eTV Africa will no longer be available on DStv from 31 March 2022.
DStv will only broadcast the news channel eNCA (channel 403), and it will carry E-tv’s daily Afrikaans news bulletin on kykNET (channel 144).