A joint statement from South Africa’s public broadcaster SABC and MultiChoice says that the two parties have agreed carriage fee terms for SABC channels.
The agreement means that SABC’s 24-hour news channel will stay on air on the DStv pay-TV platform, as will SABC ‘catch up’ channel Encore.
“The agreement follows extensive discussions between the parties‚ as the previous contract is set to expire. SABC and Multichoice believe that this agreement will give their relationship a new start‚” said the statement.
SABC’s CEO Madoda Mxakwe said he welcomed the deal as it brought certainty and clarity to the public broadcaster’s staff. “The board and management of the SABC are satisfied that the agreement meets both the commercial and governance needs of the SABC. The SABC looks forward to delivering high-quality channels into the future‚” he said.