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South Africa's SABC Radio Presenters Frustrated By PSL Blackout

South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) sports presenters have revealed that they are struggling and frustrated because they can no longer cover PSL matches.

SABC Sport has been ordered to stop covering PSL matches after the cash-strapped public broadcaster rejected a multi-million-rand deal with SuperSport, who have exclusive rights to broadcast PSL matches.

SABC's popular sports radio show, Marawa Sports Worldwide – which is broadcast on Metro FM and Radio 2000, seemed to be battling on Monday. TS Galaxy's coach Dan Malesela about the CAF Confederation Cup matches, and then the conversation became boring and awkward because they were not allowed to discuss other relevant football matches like the PSL.

A source from SABC sports broadcasting said that the current state of affairs is not sustainable because the PSL is a significant part of SA's sports reporting. The PSL blackout means there isn't much left to discuss on the radio sports shows.

On the TV front, it has been two weeks without the popular SoccerZone, which is usually flighted at 10 pm on Mondays. The SABC is instead profiling celebrities in this slot.

Vuyo Mthembu, SABC's spokesperson, confirmed that the situation at the public broadcaster had not changed and that he is no position to speculate on what the future holds.


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