14 April 2009
The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) says it has acquired the infrastructure needed to bring the 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup and 2010 Fifa World Cup to millions of fans worldwide.
The SABC is the official broadcast partner to both tournaments.
Acting SABC CEO Gab Mampone told the journalists last week that South Africa’s national broadcaster was ready to broadcast the 16 Confederations Cup and 64 World Cup matches live.
“We’ve got our broadcasting strategy that will help us to modernise and enhance our infrastructure, and I can say that we are ready,” Mampone said.
“We are getting two digital outside broadcasting vans – they are arriving next month from Germany – so that people who are outside the country will have a digital signal that will ensure that they receive direct-to-home content during these games, starting with the Confederations Cup,” he said.
Mampone said two additional outside broadcasting vans would be delivered in 2010. “We are happy to announce that next year we’ll have other two vans that will ensure that those games are broadcast digitally.”
Mampone said the SABC was also in discussions with the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) on the possibility of an additional channel for 2010 World Cup programming.
The SABC is also involved in various corporate social investment initiatives in an effort to boost morale in the build-up to the World Cup, including distributing some 20 000 low-cost radio sets to rural communities.