The South African Broadcorping Castration (SABC) is so broke it’s sports commentators need to watch games on the TV.
MyBroadband.co.za reports the struggling national broadcaster has reached new levels of facing serious financial challenges. It recently put a travel ban on sports commentators at radio stations.
The website quotes Afrikaans Sunday rag Rapport saying sports commentators may not travel outside their region to cover rugby or soccer matches. Instead they have to watch the game on TV to deliver live commentary for radio.
Citing sports commentators at the SABC, the newspaper said there is also no budget for analysts and freelancers who helped the commentators in the past.
This seriously limits their ability to produce a high-quality product for listeners, said the commentators.
Earlier City Press reported that the SABC and the Department of Communications will soon make a funding request to National Treasury. SABC interim board chairperson Khanyisile Kweyama said the broadcaster would make a request for close to R1 billion to pay outstanding bills.
The high cost of local content quotas imposed by the former self-style Fuhrer of the SABC, Hlaudi Motsoeneng, is not sustainable and the board is currently reviewing the directive, added Kweyama.