CANAL+ Continues Expanding in Ethiopia

May 2 , 2020

CANAL+ Group, a French audiovisual media company and pay-TV operator, has expanded its services in Ethiopia by signing three more agreements with local media companies. The company has signed new agreements with Addis Media Network, a news channel broadcaster, Bisrat Radio, a sports and entertainment radio station and Ethio FM 107.8, a generalist radio station. The company, with more than 20 million subscribers worldwide, will be able to bring its content to future subscribers in Ethiopia. CANAL+ had previously signed agreements with EBC, FANA channels and Nolawi Film Production and the Ethiopian Film Producers Association. The company has a strong presence in regions with high growth potential in Asia and particularly in Africa, where it has 4.9 million subscribers. The company is owned by Vivendi, a global content and media group.


Ethiopian Seafarers Contribute $50m Annually in Remittances

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Cabinet Approves Public Service Legislation

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