Update on SABC's PSL blackout

Premiership

South Africa’s sports minister Nathi Mthethwa has issued an update on the ongoing blackout of Absa Premiership fixtures on SABC.

The public broadcaster has yet to air any of the 2019/20 PSL matches on either of its television or radio platforms following an impasse in negotiations earlier this month.

The SABC was refused broadcast rights by pay-TV station SuperSport after it offered what was deemed “tantamount to discounting the PSL rights by 96 percent”, according to a media statement released by the League on August 3.

Mthethwa and communications minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams have since held a meeting on Tuesday with MultiChoice chairman Imtiaz Patel and CEO Calvo Mawela, as well as PSL chairman Irvin Khoza to try to find a solution.

In a statement released on Wednesday, it was said that “an announcement that will constitute a breakthrough in the current impasse” would be expected after another meeting with all the parties “in 48 hours”.

Mthethwa further added: “What is a crucial outcome on this day, is that both the PSL and MultiChoice honoured the appointment and that is an indication of their appreciating the gravity of this matter.

“I am happy that both parties understand that, despite the contrasting interests they represent, which are valid on individual accounts, what can no longer be treated lightly is the heavy toll this impasse has taken on South Africans.

"After this interaction, we are confident that a resolution to this impasse is imminent as of Thursday.”

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