The SABC has scrapped radio commentary for Super Rugby and Currie Cup matches.
The news is a big blow to rugby fans who cannot afford to watch the tournaments on DStv’s SuperSport 1, which is only available in the premium package.
According to TimesLive‘s Liam del Carme, commentators were informed of the SABC’s decision via email last Friday by Orapeleng Lebethe‚ the SABC’s acting head of radio.1
‘Herewith to advise that we will not be able to acquire the rights for Super Rugby and the Currie Cup for 2018‚’ read the email.
However, a commentator told TimesLive that doing radio commentatory did not cost the SABC much, as they worked from the SABC studios (off TV) and did not go to the games, unless it was a final.
SA Rugby president Mark Alexander said they were unaware of the SABC’s plans to stop radio commentary in those two competitions.