DStv to broadcast the 2019 Rugby World Cup

DStv is the only television platform in South Africa that will air the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan. While SABC confirmed it could not reach an agreement with SuperSport for broadcasting the tournament. 

According to SABC spokesperson Vuyo Mthembu, the cost of the 2019 Rugby World Cup broadcasting rights is not commercially viable for the organisation. Hence, SABC is in still in talks with SuperSport about the matches live on radio. 

Last month, the SABC and MultiChoice said they had reached an agreement regarding the broadcast rights for local Premier Soccer League (PSL) matches. Both parties reached a compromise after the SABC previously failed to reach the required licence agreement with the PSL and SuperSport.

The SABC refused to pay the R280 million required to obtain the broadcast rights for the PSL, as it was only projected to earn R9.8 million per year from airing the content.

Sports Minister Nathi Mthethwa and Communications Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams met with PSL, SABC, and MultiChoice to find a solution to the impasse.

The parties subsequently issued a joint statement confirming that an agreement had been reached.