DStv will not renew its contract with TV station ANN7 when it expires in August, Multichoice announced on Wednesday. 

Instead plans will be put in place to sign on a new black-owned channel, the satellite television provider revealed at a press briefing. 

Multichoice CEO Calvo Mawelas confirmed the termination of the Gupta-owned TV's station's services when its contract ends this year.

"We will not be renewing ANN7's contract and the channel will not be broadcast on DStv once the contract ends on August 20, 2018.

"In addition, we will ensure processes are put in place to highlight issues of controversy as they arise and we will deal with them swiftly, CEO Calvo Mawelas said. 

Multichoice came under fire after reports emerged that the company paid Gupta-owned ANN7 millions of rand in exchange for political influence over government's position on set-top boxes.

The R25 million payment was neither abnormal or unsual as it was an advancement on a re-negotiated contract, Mawelas said.

It also emerged that MultiChoice sought to pay the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) R100 million for its 24-hour news channel in exchange for similar influence over digital migration.

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