Masiyiwa Puts Pay-TV Company Under Administration Over $130m Debt

African Pay-TV operator Econet Media, which is owned by Zimbabwean billionaire Strive Masiyiwa’s Econet Group, has placed its struggling satellite broadcasting business under administration.

Joseph Hundah, Econet Media’s CEO, said Econet’s pay-TV company, which operates under the “Kwese” brand name, will soon begin talks with creditors to rescue the business.

Econet Media reportedly racked up more than US$130 million in external liabilities and was unable to pay suppliers. The company has appointed accountants Ernst & Young to manage the process.

Kwese TV which launched in 2014 in more than 10 African countries has struggled to succeed in a market dominated by Africa’s largest pay-TV operator, MultiChoice, owners of DStv.

In November 2018, the company abandoned its initial model and turned its concentration to free-to-air content distribution, a service that will continent to operate in Africa.

A spokesperson for Masiyiwa did not respond to a request for comment at the time of publishing this post.

Strive Masiyiwa, 58, currently has a net worth FORBES estimates at $2.8 billion.


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