SABC, Multichoice sign new contract

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) and MultiChoice have signed a new commercial channel supply agreement allowing the SABC News and SABC Encore channels to continue to be broadcast on DStv.

“The SABC welcomes the new agreement with Multichoice, which will bring certainty to our viewers and our staff. The board and management of the SABC are satisfied that the agreement meets both the commercial and governance needs of the SABC,” the public broadcaster’s CEO, Madoda Mxakwe, said in a statement.

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. DStv customers will continue to enjoy around the clock news coverage from SABC News on channel 404, while SABC Encore on channel 156 will allow viewers to indulge in nostalgia, airing old favourites and classics,” said a statement released by both parties.

SABC archives, which the SABC uses to produce SABC Encore, remain the wholly-owned property of the SABC.

“We are pleased to be able to continue to carry these channels on DStv. We have a long standing relationship with SABC and are happy that we have reached a mutually beneficial agreement. We look forward to continue working with the SABC to deliver great entertainment to our customers,” Multichoice South Africa CEO Calvo Mawela said. –