Minister Mthethwa to hold urgent meeting about blackout of PSL matches

Minister Mthethwa to hold urgent meeting about blackout of PSL matches

Sports Minister Nathi Mthethwa is disappointed that many South Africans missed the opening round of Absa Premiership matches this weekend and has called a meeting with the relevant parties to sort out the blackout.

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The cash-strapped SABC will not broadcast the opening round of Absa Premiership matches this weekend - leaving millions of South Africans without a way of watching.

Vuyo Mthembu, SABC spokesperson, has confirmed that the SABC has failed to reach an agreement with SuperSport, the rights-holders.

Now, Sports Minister Nathi Mthethwa will hold an urgent meeting with the SABC, the Premier Soccer League, SuperSport‚ and Department of Communications.

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TimesLIVE reports that the meeting will take place in the next few days and is considered very important.

Minister Mthethwa will try to find a solution to the previously failed negotiations, Briefly.co.za gathered.

Senior official at the Department of Sport Mickey Modisane said:

"The minister will be convening a meeting soon‚ commencing first with consulting individuals and then meeting with everybody concerned at a later stage."
"Yes‚ the minister is indeed disappointed that millions of South Africans who don’t have access to pay TV were not able to watch the opening round of PSL matches. It has been brought to the minister's attention and he has made an undertaking that he will be consulting with all relevant stakeholders in finding a lasting solution to this current situation."
"Once all parties have met with the minister‚ it is only then that we will be able to make an informed determination on whether this situation could have been avoided."
"Noting that this matter affects the number one sport in the country that is loved by millions‚ the minister hopes that all parties will make themselves available for this matter that is of high priority and needs urgent attention."

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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