Fire destroys M-Net Africa studios

2013-03-04 12:47
Thinus Ferreira
Cape Town - A fire which broke out at the M-Net studios in Lagos, Nigeria on Saturday has wreaked havoc to the property, equipment and broadcasting schedules.

The studios are primarily used to broadcast SuperSport and record soaps and magazine shows.

What is being hailed as a "mystery fire" is said to have started at 15:30. The inferno, which engulfed the former Phillips Warehouse Building, now the Ojoto Studios facility, caused massive damage to property belonging to MultiChoice Nigeria.

'No water hydrant'

SuperSport's live transmission in Nigeria for the weekend was just about to start when the fire broke out and gutted the entire SuperSport studio.

After raging for hours, the blazing inferno was eventually brought under control. The studio facilities have now been closed and will remain closed until further notice.

According to reports, the Lagos fire department is being blamed for arriving late on the scene, but Rasaq Fadipe, the director of the Lagos Fire Services, lays the blame at MultiChoice's door.

"I will fault the organisation. How can you have a big premise like this, a whole multinational company, and there's no water hydrant? It's given us a bad image," Fadipe was quoted as saying.

Broadcasting disruptions

M-Net told Channel24 that "an investigation is underway to determine the cause of the blaze".

The fire which razed the studio complex where the soap Tinsel, magazine show Studio 53 and SuperSport is filmed and broadcast will likely result in broadcasting disruptions.

These shows are also aired in South Africa on M-Net's AfricaMagic channels on DStv.

"While the fire appears to have caused significant damage to the facility, which may result in some screening delays for programmes recorded on site, M-Net and SuperSport are already hard at work with a view to resuming production as soon as possible in order to minimise any impact on viewing audiences," the pay-TV broadcaster said in it's statement.

The AfricaMagic Viewers' Choice Awards is set to take place in Lagos, Nigeria this coming weekend. M-Net has said that the fire "will not affect its plans" for the event.

* Multichoice and Channel24 (part of Media24) are subsidiaries of Naspers.

Comments

  • Ben - 2013-03-04 13:24

    Well after seeing some of the "movies" on those channels I think it's safe to say they didn't lose any expensive gear.

  • vaughan.lund - 2013-03-04 13:39

    You know you are in Africa when your organization gets blamed for not having a water hydrant outside the building and for the fire truck not arriving.

  • Chaze Damonze - 2013-03-04 14:07

    They have studios? I thought it was amateur cellphone footage being broadcast

      Ben - 2013-03-04 16:31

      Should actually create a AfricaMagic Movie bingo/drinking game. Blocks like..."I can see the boom mic", "I couldn't hear the main character over the traffic outside" and "Is there an echo in here?"

  • dave.prinsloo - 2015-03-11 07:57

    pathetic reporting. "wrecked havoc" and a fire that has been "hailed". Omfg

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