ALGERIA / Dzair TV stops transmitting

In early June the private Algerian channel Dzair TV announced it was closing down. In a statement, senior managers told staff to stay at home, saying there was no work.

Dzair TV

Although the news was formally announced at the beginning of June, the channel had already disappeared from the screens once before, in mid-March, when Eutelsat cut its signal for non-payment of royalties. Then at the beginning of May an agreement was reached with the satellite operator which meant Dzair could start broadcasting again.

This latest announcement comes after more than a year of financial difficulties, ever since the channel’s founder, billionaire Ali Haddad, was arrested as president Abdelaziz Bouteflika was being forced to resign.
Created in 2013, Dzair TV is part of the Temps Nouvelles media group affiliated to Haddad’s ETRHB group. The group’s other media, Le Temps d’Algérie and Wakt El Djazair have also disappeared from sight.

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