The South African Broadcast Corporation (SABC) will seek legal advice on the impact of the new partnership between PSL and DStv on the channel`s mandate. When rugby turned professional in 1995, an agreement was reached between the new SANZAR company and Rupert Murdochs News Corporation. In South Africa, SuperSport has been granted exclusive broadcast rights for the Super 12 competition as well as the Tri Nations. As a result of this agreement, rugby gradually stopped broadcasting on the SABC, while SuperSport became a vehicle for live rugby broadcasts. This package includes selected cup and league games, as well as the Soweto derby between the Kaizer Chiefs and the Orlando Pirates. The impasse that threatened to eliminate Premier Soccer League (PSL) fans without access to pay-TV was finally resolved, as THE SABC reached an agreement with Multichoice on the broadcasting rights of the local league. Madoda Mxakwe, Chief Executive Officer (GCEO) of the SABC Group Executive Officer (GCEO), said: “In keeping with our public service mission, we are pleased to have reached an agreement in the interest of the South African public. Most importantly, this commercially viable agreement meets the objective of a financially viable public service chain. However, with the intervention of the government, which sent a delegation led by the Minister of Sport, Recreation and Culture Nathi Mthethwa to the discussions, fans of the beautiful game will have access to the beautiful game after an agreement has finally been reached between saBC and Multichoice. It came with all the controversy that was expected for something that many feared would be such a rigid dichotomy between assets and the well-born.
But after ratification, the agreement proved that there was a lot of genius on the part of the leaders of the PSL, led by President Irvin Khoza. In 1986, M-Net was the first pay-TV channel in South Africa and, along with Canal, was only created the second outside the United States. The channel immediately showed its intention to include the sport in its program by securing the exclusivity of an important Currie Cup match between Transvaal and The Province of the West for its first broadcast. Starting in 1988, sports coverage took place on M-Net under the M-Net SuperSport banner. The agreement between SuperSport and SABC has a five-year mandate and recognizes the need to preserve the financial viability of the LSP and ensure that SABC fulfills its public service mission to serve the interests of South Africans in sport. “Our duty is to keep our promises and solve the problems raised by our employees.” That is why I am pleased to inform you that all parties have reached an agreement with the SABC on commercial terms allowing them to broadcast Premier Soccer League matches for our people on television. SuperSport PR Clinton van den Berg explained how PSL broadcasting rights work between pay TV and SABC. JOHANNESBURG – SuperSport and MultiChoice Group`s South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) announced on Friday a commercial agreement on the terms and conditions for the transfer of PSL to free-to-air. The South African Football Federation`s new media rights agreement with pay-TV channel Siyaya TV appears to be in doubt after the state-run SABC questioned the validity of reports that the agreement had been reached. PSL President Dr. Irvin Khoza assured the nation at his press conference earlier this week that the agreement signed between the League, SABC and SuperSport would remain unchanged.