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SuperSport goes back to school in SA

Sub-Saharan African pay TV broadcaster SuperSport has revealed a ground-breaking initiative aimed at investing in schools sport in South Africa.

Marc Jury

The SuperSport Schools initiative will broadcast many schools sporting fixtures as well as identify young talent. Schools will have access to technology production facilities and parents will be able to view school sports anytime and anywhere through the SuperSport Schools mobile app.

According to SuperSport owner MultiChoice, the focus will be on netball, hockey and rugby for the initial implementation phase, with cricket and water polo following as the programme extends.

SuperSport chief executive Marc Jury said: “This initiative is a natural extension of our mission to play our part to grow the pipeline for South Africa’s future sporting heroes. Schools sport is the foundation from which great sporting nations are built. The stronger the foundation, the brighter our future sporting stars can shine.”

The campaign aimed at taking SuperSport Schools to every corner of the continent will be spearheaded by Proteas netball captain Bongi Msomi and Rugby World Cup-winning Springbok Lukhanyo Am.

The initiative is also in partnership with tech firm Nashua, which will play a key part in rolling out the artificial intelligence automated cameras that are designed to produce and distribute live and highlight content via the mobile application and social/digital channels.

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SuperSport acquires World Cup rights

African pay TV channel SuperSport has acquired the broadcasting rights to all 64 matches of the Fifa World Cup 2022 taking place from November 21 to December 18 in Qatar.

Marc Jury

The matches will be contested by 32 teams including champions France and the broadcast rights extend to all platforms across sub-Saharan Africa.

Marc Jury, chief executive of SuperSport, said: “This is fantastic news, especially after the success of the 2018 tournament, a fitting celebration of the beautiful game. The Fifa World Cup always excites fans and the kick-off times will be most convenient for our viewers, given friendly broadcast time zones.”

FTN News reports that high-definition coverage will be offered across multiple channels with expert analysis, in-depth digital offerings and supplementary programming.

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MultiChoice SA changes leadership

South African pay TV operator MultiChoice has announced changes to its top management team.

Nyiko Shiburi

The company has appointed Nyiko Shiburi as CEO of its South African operations. Shiburi started his MultiChoice career at DStv Mobile as a project manager in 2007 having been involved in decoder and broadcast technology product development.

“He ably dealt with macro issues such as economic meltdown, drought that impacted electricity supply, tax issues, currency devaluations, regulatory issues, acquiring new licences, political and people challenges, and has shown resilience and nimbleness,” said MultiChoice group CEO Calvo Mawela.

“Shiburi has been the company’s regional director for southern Africa for the past two-and-a-half years and has had to navigate the complexity of multiple territories and multiple businesses each uniquely different and uniquely complex.”

Fhulu Badugela, a former group executive head of human resources at MultiChoice Africa and operations director at M-Net, has been appointed regional director for southern Africa markets.

Calvo Mawela

“[Badugela’s] leadership and broader MultiChoice Group exposure has seen Fhulu achieve a great track record of leading operational excellence and enabling a high performance culture, and will help us drive forward the MultiChoice Africa Holdings business turnaround,” said Mawela.

Marc Jury takes up the role of CEO of the SuperSport division, responsible for managing negotiations and acquiring all sports-related programming across the SuperSport channels as well as overseeing the marketing of that content.

He was previously head of commercial and marketing for Cricket SA, commercial executive at sports marketing firm SAIL, MD for IFM Sport Marketing Surveys SA and an account director at United Media Entertainment Group in London.

“Marc has always had a great affinity to sport and this, together with his passion for motivating people and getting the best out of those around him, makes him the best candidate for the role,” Mawela added.

Lastly, Clement O’Reilly takes over as group executive head of human resources, while Gideon Khobane, current CEO of SuperSport, is now group executive for general entertainment, which is responsible for programming across all the pay operator’s platforms.

Shiburi and Jury will assume their new roles on December 1.

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