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|Author:||Jensrsa [ Wed Feb 14, 2018 12:32 pm ]|
|Post subject:||SuperSport waives radio broadcast rights fees for SABC|
According to Netwerk24, there is a chance that the SABC will not air rugby matches via their radio stations this year.
The Afrikaans website is in possession of an e-mail in which SABC sport’s head of marketing, Orapeleng Lebethe, informed employees that they did not attain broadcast rights to air Super Rugby and Currie Cup matches on Radio 2000 and RSG.
The radio broadcast rights have to be bought from pay-channel SuperSport.
SuperSport’s spokesperson, Clinton van der Berg, told Sport24 on Wednesday that they have no problem making the broadcast rights available to the SABC.
"We have been pleased to sub-license both Currie Cup and Super Rugby radio rights to the SABC for many years. We again made these rights available to the SABC for 2018," Van der Berg said.
But Van der Berg confirmed that the SABC informed them that its board first needed to approve the budget.
"(The SABC) is unable to make a definite commitment at this stage regarding Super Rugby. We are awaiting a final response from the SABC. We have not heard from the SABC regarding Currie Cup radio rights. We have no idea what the SABC’s plans are," Van der Berg added.
Key discussions between SA Rugby and SuperSport have resulted in SuperSport agreeing to waive radio broadcast rights fees for Super Rugby for the SABC.
This follows the national broadcaster’s statement that it has financial challenges regarding the rights of Super Rugby and is unlikely to produce live radio broadcasts of the tournament.
Mark Alexander, president of SA Rugby, emphasised that radio plays a critical role in informing rugby followers and duly asked for SuperSport’s support in this regard.
“Frankly, it wasn’t a difficult discussion,” said Gideon Khobane, CEO of SuperSport.
“We know and understand the realities of South Africa. Once Mr Alexander asked, we were happy to come to an arrangement.”
Alexander said: “On behalf of all our rugby followers and SA Rugby, I’d like to thank SuperSport for this significant gesture.
“They have worked with us and the SABC to find a solution to keep rugby on the radio airwaves and the waiving of the rights fee to which they are entitled is a significant step in that process.
“The fear that rugby commentary might no longer be a feature of our listening experience is a very real and a very worrying one and I’d like to commend SuperSport for the leadership they have shown in this matter.
“I trust that the SABC will now be able to reassure listeners that rugby commentary on Super Rugby, Currie Cup and Springbok Test matches will be a feature of their 2018 schedules.”
But will the public broadcaster change its mind about not broadcasting rugby this year?
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