SABC plan on track

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - NEWS -

PLANS to launch a 24hour SABC news chan­nel via DSTV by Au­gust 1 are on track, the two or­gan­i­sa­tions said yes­ter­day.

Nei­ther would comment on a Mail&Guardian re­port that Mul­tiChoice Africa would pay the SABC a fee of R553 mil­lion over five years, say­ing the agree­ment was con­fi­den­tial.

The con­tract re­port­edly stip­u­lates that the SABC will pro­vide a news and an en­ter­tain­ment chan­nel.

The M& G said ex­perts es­ti­mated etv’s 24hour news chan­nel cost R250m to R300m a year.

This, they said, cast doubt on whether the SABC could fund two chan­nels on the R100m a year be­ing set aside for them. – Sapa

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