CNN scraps its African Journalist Awards program

This year, CNN International and MultiChoice will not be having their annual African Journalist Awards show, reports Thinus. The long-running annual award show recognizes the best of African journalism for that year.

Thinus doesn’t have specific reasons on why the award show has been canceled, though “speculation that a lack of big and enough sponsors are to blame for the continent’s creatives losing out.”

CNN International labels this award the “most prestigious and respected award for journalists across the African continent.”

Two years ago, CNN released an entire month’s worth of special programming leading up to the year’s award show. CNN International anchor Isha Sesay has taken part in the event before, and was once slated to host it. (Due to other circumstances, she was unable to host).

CNN and MultiChoice said in a joint statement in response to Thinus’s report, “CNN and MultiChoice are currently reviewing the format of the African Journalist Awards. We are committed to supporting and celebrating journalism across the continent, and we will share details as soon as we are ready.”

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