Awards to go ahead despite virus fears
African pay TV group MultiChoice has revealed that it will still go on with the production of two of its own award shows in Nigeria despite coronavirus cases being confirmed in Nigeria and South Africa.
The ceremonies, the 2020 DStv Mzansi Viewers’ Choice Awards (MVCAs) in South Africa and the seventh Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (AMVCAs), are both set to be held on March 14.
According to MultiChoice: “Next Saturday’s live televised award ceremonies are both still a go and we are monitoring the situation closely and taking it day by day.”
No events or productions have been cancelled or scaled back. Production is also continuing on M-Net’s eighth season of Survivor South Africa, entitled Survivor SA: Immunity Island, while BBC Studios Africa is continuing with a media event and press screening on Saturday of its new documentary series Seven Worlds, One Planet, coming to BBC Earth (DStv 184).
South African public broadcaster e.tv News, eNCA, MultiChoice, M-Net and StarSat are yet to make any public statements about what they might be doing differently in light of the coronavirus and its spread across the continent.