SABC knock-on leaves fans fuming
11 Jun 2012
The SABC did not broadcast the first Test between the Springboks and England because negotiations for the rights to show it broke down with SuperSport.
Instead of showing a delayed broadcast of the game at 6:30pm on SABC2 as advertised, an episode of Smallville was shown, which resulted in outrage from rugby fans on social media networks.
SABC spokesman Kaiser Kganyago told the Cape Argus that events would often be placed in the TV guide to reserve space, even when the right to broadcast them were still being negotiated. He said the SABC was ‘hopeful’ that it could obtain the rights to the second and third Tests of the series.
SuperSport communications manager Clinton van der Berg told keo.co.za that SuperSport ‘had made every effort to ensure that the match was made available on the same basis as it usually is’.