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Uganda: GTV to Broadcast 72 League Matches

Six matches of the new Super Division soccer league season will be broadcast live by GTV, officials said last week. The firm's agent Neil Mackenzie, said that broadcasts of 72 other games will be delayed. Mackenzie announced this at a workshop that drew representatives of soccer governing body FUFA and super division league clubs at the Regency Hotel.

He also said the live telecasts will be aired every Friday or Monday to avoid a collision with the English Premiership. "There are many things we have to consider for these matches. We will have five cameras for every match to cater for live coverage, replays and slow motion," he added.

Mackenzie said the live broadcasts will increase every season. GTV signed a five-year sh8.7bn deal with FUFA for media and television rights in July. The average costs of screening a game live is $50,000 (sh90m). Recorded games will be edited in London and screened two days later. FUFA legal officer Fred Muwema reminded the clubs that time keeping was crucial if the live broadcasts are to succeed.

(New Vision (Kampala), 10 October 2007)

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