MultiChoice’s Supersport channel has acquired the rights to broadcast live games from the Sky Bet Championship and Carabao Cup during the 2019/20 football season.
The Sky Bet Championship, which is second highest division in English soccer after the Premier League, will be broadcast on all DStv packages and available to GOtv Max and GOtv Plus customers.
The teams featuring in the league’s 2019/20 season include Leeds United, Derby County, Cardiff City, Queens Park Rangers, West Bromwich Albion and Stoke City.
The Carabao Cup is an annual knockout competition and includes all 92 clubs within the top four levels of English football. Fixtures for round two of the competition take place on August 27 and 28 and comprise Queens Park Rangers versus Portsmouth, Fulham versus Southampton and Nottingham Forest versus Derby County.
The 30 interns set to feature in the first season of sports reality show Fired! have been chosen.
The show is a combination of entertainment and sport in which 30 interns undergo mentoring by 10 team leaders in an office for 29 days.
The team leaders were selected from sports TV crew Femi & the Gang at a media event in Victoria Island, Lagos, at the end of last month. They will take up managerial roles in a live transfer market to each ‘buy’ three interns from the 30 finalists.
The winner goes home with a cash prize of N5m (US$13,750), a car and a job opportunity as a member of Femi & The Gang. First runner-up wins N3m while the second runner-up wins N1.5m.
Femi Obong-Daniels, head of broadcasters Cool FM, Wazobia FM and Nigeria Info, plays The Boss on the show.
“I am excited to see these greatly talented interns feature in the first season of this show,” he said. “The core objective of Fired! is to project all categories of talent to stardom on one platform.
“If you’ve got the fire and want to project it to the world, Fired! will greatly amplify your talent and training for you. It’s simple: on this show, interns either get fired up or get fired.”
Fired! is set to air on cable and terrestrial TV, radio and online in the second quarter of 2019.
Sub-Saharan pay TV platform Kwesé TV aims to change the narrative of Africa’s media, according to a top exec at its parent company Econet Media.
Zachary Wazara, executive director at Econet, revealed that Kwesé is focused on ensuring Africa can access content without having to rely on pay TV.
“The free-to-air [FTA] business is intended to extend TV’s reach in Africa, recognising the fact that not everyone can afford pay TV. In Nigeria, for the Fifa World Cup, our [FTA channel] Kwesé Free Sports has signed up with Broadcasting Organization of Nigeria so that instead of 4.5 million pay customers watching the World Cup, we can now take the World Cup to between 100 million and 120 million people,” he said.
According to Wazara, Kwesé is changing the way people see pay TV, ensuring its sports channel is available to everyone on not just satellite TV but terrestrial as well.
In the past, Africa’s sports programming has been available on pay TV, but Kwesé Free Sports “gives the average African an opportunity to watch Formula 1, NBA and boxing at the highest level, to watch every single sport that is out there,” whereas before they were restricted to soccer, he said.
“Our objective is to begin to introduce different types of sports at international level, so we can also inspire our kids, by saying, ‘It’s not just about running, but more. Like tennis and rugby.’ Which is primarily why we introduced Kwesé Free Sports in 23 countries,” Wazara explained.
“Kwesé TV, which is our satellite business, competes against other brands that you know out there in the market. In Nigeria, our satellite TV has got the best clarity.
“Our objective is to do with satellite TV what was done with prepaid mobile – ensuring that anyone out there can have satellite television.”
In related news, Kwesé has just launched mobile app Kwesé iflix, which allows for flexible in-app subscriptions.
The subscription plans include three days for N250, seven days for N500 and 30 days for N1,000. Customers who download the app now get an opportunity to view 32 World Cup matches for free.