Zimbabwe's ZBC Struggles To Pay For AFCON Rights -Reports
3 July 2019
The Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation is reportedly battling to secure the €700 000 (about US$791 000) that is required to secure broadcast rights for the soccer tournament that just kicked off in Egypt.
Zimbabwe’s national soccer team is part of this important African soccer extravaganza as they square up against the hosts in the opening match of the tournament.
ZBC’s CEO, Patrick Mavhura announced in a recent meeting with the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Information, Media and Broadcasting Services that they were not sure if they could afford to bring the matches to Zimbabweans, who are backing their national team with keen interest.
Robson Mhandu, ZBC’s Director of Productions and Television Services also told the committee that they were in talks with Kwese TV to get access to the rights in a barter deal, but nothing had been finalised yet.
Mavhura said that the Southern Africa Broadcasters’ Association (SABA) had also penned a letter to the African Union of Broadcasters raising its concerns on the high costs of the rights.
He assured Zimbabweans that a lot of efforts are underway to make sure that ZBC broadcasts the matches.
On their negotiations with Kwese TV, Mhandu said they were waiting for the final contract to be signed.