Fury at SABC bungling on rugby

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ST_fikile0 (26272703) Gallo Images 31102011 JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 05, Sports minister Fikile Mbalula talks to the media during the SAFA and SABC press conference about the broadcast rights for Bafana Bafana matches at SAFA House on October 05, 2011 in Johannesburg, South Africa Photo by Gallo Images

I am one of the unfortunate souls who rely on the SABC for my television entertainment and a window to the world.

Needless to say, in common with many others, I am apoplectic with its decision to terminate rugby Test broadcasts.

I recall that some time ago Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula insisted that all local Springbok Test matches be broadcast on the free-on-air basis.

So how has the bungling broadcaster been allowed to so badly abrogate its community licence responsibilities to the viewers?

I take this opportunity to thank e.tv for putting its money where its mouth is; displaying admirable professionalism and showing up SABC’s incompetence by broadcasting the Ellis Park Test match.

Thanks also to SuperSport’s Clinton van der Berg for making it available to e.tv. I hope it is the precursor of more such broadcasts.

Will Carbis

Malvern, Joburg

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