If the SABC gets free rugby games, can we get free petrol and ...

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If the SABC gets free rugby games, can we get free petrol and surgery?

If MultiChoice shared its World Cup bounty with the useless broadcaster it might set a dangerous precedent

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Crouch! Bind! Set! And ... nothing! No, it’s not a collapsed scrum. It’s the SABC right now, where senior executives crouch behind their filing cabinets, caught in a dreadful bind, and South Africans stare at their rugby-less TV sets.

At the time of writing on Thursday afternoon, the grim message coming out of the national broadcaster was clear: it will take a Joel Stransky-esque last-second miracle for us to see any of the Rugby World Cup on free-to-air television.

Yes, icing-sticky fingers have reached into the jar one last time, groped around among the crumbs, and hit the bottom. Stunned, disbelieving, its lips starting to quiver, the national broadcaster has realised that the cookies are finished. The magical, invisible Cookie Fairy hasn’t delivered. The money is gone and the SABC can’t afford the R400m for broadcast rights...

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