The SABC is ready to update South Africa on the London 2012 Olympics on three television channels and 18 radio stations. More than 21 000 members of the media from all over the world are now based in a media park in the city to relay the Olympic events.
The SABC is also part of the international broadcast family with a staff complement of 28 so viewers and listeners in South Africa will not miss a thing.
Janet Whitton of SABC Sport says the team in London will also have hourly Radio News updates and nine TV news bulletins per day.”We’ll have wall-to-wall coverage of the Games starting early in the morning with ‘Morning Live’. We’ll cover most of the finals and the big events from the night before, and hopefully a few South African medals. There will be wraps of what’s happened during the day during our midday bulletins and then, of course, all the breaking news; interviews with the team players, news around Team South Africa that will all be broadcast in the evening news bulletin.”
The broadcast will centre on SABC 2 as the home of the Olympics with other channels aligned. SABC 2 will broadcast the Opening Ceremony on the 27th of July at 21:30 until 01:45 and the closing Ceremony on the 12th of August.
SABC Spokesperson Mr Kaizer Kganyago says, “The SABC is delighted and ready for the Olympic Games in London as it is the only broadcaster that can access the entire nation and deliver the games in all of the country’s official languages. As the official broadcaster, the organisation will use its expertise, equal to the broadcast of previous successful events like the 2010 Soccer World Cup and the Rugby World Cup to the delight of South Africans.”SABC broadcast plan are as follows:-Daily live and highlights content including an overnight highlights show are scheduled on SABC 2. And all regular sports programming will have an editorial bias towards the Olympics.- Opt in service – opting in and out of the finals where South African’s are participating in. The intention will be to capture the key moments of the Games as they happen.- SABC 1 will cover live and delayed U/23 soccer both men and women and basketball on a live and delayed basis, along with regular programming like Soccer Zone, Laduma and the Sport Preview show which will also have Olympic bias.- SABC2 Must see programmes are Hello London 12h00 – 16h00 on weekdays; Saturday at 11h30 – 16h00 and Sunday from 12h00 – 15h30, updates of finals during prime time with review and extended highlights.- Good Evening London. This is a live show that will deliver up to date results and news. The show will captivate audiences with the latest news and reviews, sites, sounds and entertainment around London, every night for the duration of the 2012 London Olympic Games.- London Uncut – extended highlights with in depth action show called Uncut from 01:00 – 05:00 for the duration.SABC 3 has opted for extensive coverage of the Olympic tennis tournaments both men and women which will be covered by highlights packages until the semi-final stage, when live coverage will start. Both the Semi-finals and finals will have studio presentation. SABC as the host broadcaster of the Olympics in London, will deliver major technology innovations in terms of sports coverage to ensure that 2012 will be the year of technical innovation, huge invest has been put into delivering both the expertise and the technology to ensure that London significantly lifts the bar in terms of the quality of the production of the 26 Olympic Sporting Codes. The SABC will be taking all feeds in English commentary.From a radio perspective Radio 2000 will be the main driver of Olympic coverage, utilising BBC in coming commentary feeds. The rest of the stations will focus on live reports bringing the updated news as it happens.