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Wed Apr 23 08:46:28 SAST 2014

Bok matches live on radio

Sapa | 14 June, 2012 08:240 Comments
Ruan Pienaar and Bismarck du Plessis during the South African national rugby team training session at St Stithians College on June 11, 2012 in Johannesburg
Image by: Duif du Toit / Gallo Images/Getty Images

The remaining two rugby Tests between South Africa and England will be broadcast live on radio, the SABC announced on Wednesday.

In a joint statement with rights holder SuperSport, however, the SA Broadcasting Corporation confirmed it would not show the matches on television.

“The SABC has decided, as a principle, that for the events that it has rights to (such as in respect of Bafana Bafana) it will broadcast on a live basis,” SABC acting chief operations officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng said.

“In the case of rugby, SABC does not hold rights and is therefore not able to broadcast these matches on a live basis.”  SuperSport International chief executive Happy Ntshingila said the rights holder had offered to sub-licence the television rights for Springbok games to the SABC.

Ntshingila was nonetheless “pleased that the SABC had acquired radio rights to the Test matches”.

 

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