MultiChoice buys rights to control SABC

2013-10-01 16:29
Cape Town – MultiChoice bought control over important rights of the SABC for just a little over R500 million, Beeld newspaper reported on Tuesday.

MultiChoice (owner of DStv and MNet) has bought the rights to dictate the SABC over exclusive broadcast rights for special occasions such as state funerals.

This contract could have huge implications for the SABC.

According to the contract the SABC must provide DStv with a 24-hour news service as well as a 24-hour entertainment channel.

The news channel is already up and running.

The SABC also gave DStv permission to use its logo free of charge for promotional purposes. 

ICASA, the regulator for the South African communications sector, has been asked to investigate the contract.
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