Broadcast, Film and Convergence in Africa - Issue no 352 on 30 October 2020

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French pay TV operator Canal+ eyes Anglophone African expansion – two and two might well make five

30 October 2020

With the bankruptcy of Kwese TV, there’s been much less competition in the Sub-Saharan African pay TV market. But over the last moths there have been two developments that seem to indicate that may change soon. Russell Southwood looks at whether two and two might well make five. Just before GTV went bankrupt in January 2009 it was in talks with Canal+ about the possibility of it buying the company, with its Anglophone operations. It passed and the rest is history. During these years, Canal+ had an ‘entente cordiale’ with DStv. It would stay out of Anglophone country markets and…