Sports Rights

DStv Set To Be Sole Broadcaster Of Rugby World Cup In South Africa

DStv is reportedly set to be the only television platform in South Africa to broadcast the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.

The SABC has confirmed that it was unable to reach an agreement with SuperSport for the broadcasting rights to the major tournament.

According to the SABC’s spokesperson Vuyo Mthembu, the cost of the broadcasting rights for the 2019 Rugby World Cup is not at all commercially viable for the national broadcaster.

The SABC is, however, still in negotiations with SuperSport about broadcasting the World Cup matches live on radio.

Last month, MultiChoice and the SABC announced that they had reached an agreement regarding the broadcast rights for the local Premier Soccer League (PSL) games.
Both parties had finally reached a compromise after the SABC previously failed to meet the required licence agreement with SuperSport and the PSL.

The SABC has not broadcast any PSL football matches since the beginning of the season, with the PSL labelling the blackout as“unacceptable”.

South Africa’s Sports Minister Nathi Mthethwa and the Communications Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams met with MultiChoice, PSL and the SABC to find a fair solution to the problem.

The three parties subsequently issued a joint statement confirming that they had reached an amicable agreement.


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