SABC splashes out R5.5 million to lure back Robert Marawa

SABC splashes out R5.5 million to lure back Robert Marawa

- Popular sports broadcaster Robert Marawa will return to the SABC’s radio department

- Marawa’s show will be simulcast on Metro FM and Radio 2000

- The SABC agreed to a three-year deal worth R5.5 million

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The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has lured popular sports broadcaster Robert Marawa back to its radio department. Marawa and the SABC agreed to a three-year deal worth R5.5 million.

The deal between Marawa and the SABC will run from 1 June 2018 to 31 May 2021. He will earn R7,000 per shift or R154,000 per month

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The SABC’s Chief Operating Officier (COO) Chris Maroleng confirmed that Marawa’s show will be simulcast on Metro FM and Radio 2000. Each show will take two hours to complete.

Briefly.co.za gathered that this means Marawa will earn R1.8 per year and by the end of the initial three-year deal he would have pocketed R5.5 million.

Sport24.com reported that Marawa’s show will air Monday’s to Fridays between 6 pm and 8 pm. The show will be marketed as the major drawcard for both radio stations, something which the SABC claims has never been done.

The SABC is desperately trying to win back listeners and viewers in order to regain advertising revenue. The public broadcaster will be hoping the simulcast will effectively double its advertising income across the two radio stations.

Maroleng said: "The return of Robert Marawa to the SABC signifies the renewal of the SABC to what it was. The SABC is confident that Robert will uphold the standard of excellence that we are driving."

Although no official details have as yet been released it is believed that Marawa’s new show will focus on local and international sports stars with a particular focus on those doing new and exciting things in their chosen sport.

He is expected to canvass the opinion of various journalists and experts as well as giving a voice to listeners.

Marawa said he looked forward to being a part of creating a unique show in which listeners can participate and have their say. He vowed to address issues such as transformation in sport.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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