SABC’s Nations Cup chaos
The SABC hoped to know by last night whether it would broadcast the Africa Cup of Nations tour nament which starts in Angola tomorrow, the state broadcaster said.
Spokesman Kaizer Kganyago said the SABC had sent a team of negotiators to France in a bid to find permission from SportFive – the rights agent for the Confederation of African Football – to broadcast the tournament.
This follows SportFive forcing the SABC to pay over R1 billion in terms of a series of agreements allegedly entered into between the parties in 2008.
The public broadcaster says the agreements were invalid because they were not authorised in terms of the statutes governing the SABC.
The SABC said its interim board tried to initiate discussions with SportFive to negotiate the terms of the agreements as it held the view that honouring such contracts would be illegal.
“At the moment we have our people negotiating with SportFive... we are hoping to get feedback by tonight,” said Kganyago.
The SABC, he said, was ready to broadcast the tournament as it started preparing for it a year ago. – Sapa