The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) will be broadcasting the 2014 Fifa World Cup taking place from 12 June to 13 July in Brazil.
As the official Broadcast Rights holder SABC’s 19 radio stations and four television channels will be broadcasting games in 11 official languages.
SABC 1, the home of soccer, will broadcast 56 matches live and also provide 1 hour 30 minutes build up programs for the matches.
SABC 2 will be offering alternative viewing while SABC 3 will be broadcasting eight matches.
The public broadcaster will entirely broadcast 64 matches. SABC Acting Group Executive for Sports Bessie Tugwana says the public broadcaster is honoured to be broadcasting the event.
“As the public service broadcaster we are privileged to be in a position where we will transport the South African public to the host country Brazil, as they take front row seats in the comfort of their homes and in their respective languages. The best commentary will be brought by talented presenters and analysts as the SABC, brings you the beautiful game, the way you like it’”.
“We are ready and fully equipped to deliver a world-class production.”
SABC will also be showcasing lifestyle programmes for entertainment. Programming around the World Cup will be anchored by the SABC’s local and continental personalities.
The SABC’s Acting Chief Operations Officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng says that football fans should expect a world class delivery of the event. “As one of Africa’s best broadcasters, we are ready and fully equipped to deliver a world-class production for this international event. With the footprint that the SABC has, we are confident that we will reach millions of South Africans, who enjoy the game of soccer, as well as households on the continent, which receive SABC channels.”
He adds that will be delivered with professionalism as displayed in the 2010 Fifa World Cup, Madiba’s funeral and the 2014 national elections.
A transversal strategy to ensure has been put place to ensure that alterations to the programming schedule are as smooth as possible.
Below is the SABC television and radio schedule for the World Cup period.