No rugby Tests on SABC

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Michael Mpofu

THE SABC will not be televising the final two Tests between the Springboks and England because it has a policy of “live or nothing”, says its spokesman Kaizer Kganyago.

He suggested that rugby lovers tune in to the live radio broadcasts instead.

The public broadcaster is obliged to broadcast rugby Tests played on home soil under the Independent Communications Authority of SA regulations on sports of national interest.

The SABC turned down an offer from Supersport, which holds the rights to the Tests, to allow it a delayed broadcast.

Kganyago said yesterday that the SABC was not willing to reach a compromise with Supersport because it had adopted a new strategy of not airing delayed broadcasts.

When the contracts for Bafana Bafana matches had been negotiated, it was clear there would be no compromise, said Kganyago.

The SABC recently reached an agreement with the French broadcaster, Sport Five, to broadcast all Bafana Bafana’s matches live until 2015. The rights will include the away qualifiers for the 2014 World Cup and the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations in Morocco. The three-year deal was worth R28 million.

“Therefore we are saying to Supersport: live or nothing.”

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