Kwesé Sports (Econet)

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Econet closes its African pay-TV platform and agrees repayment schedule with rights-holders Rights-holders affected by closure include the IOC, the NBA, Fifa and Uefa

The South African Broadcasting Corporation last week completed a surprise deal for rights to England’s Premier League despite the broadcaster being almost ZAR 700m (€41m/$47.5m) in debt.

Gauging the success of IMG’s Serie A international rights acquisition won’t be possible until the end of the cycle given the agency has launched direct-to-consumer offerings in more than 20 markets.

Pan-African pay-television operator Kwesé TV says it is “committed to honouring its financial obligations to all rights-holders, production companies and suppliers” after TV Sports Markets learned of missed payments to several rights-holders.

BeIN Media Group has recouped just under 44 per cent of its total fee for Ligue 1 international rights from sublicensing deals in sub-Saharan Africa this month.

African broadcaster Kwesé TV will begin shutting down its pay-television sports and entertainment channels after a torrid 18 months littered with missed payments and cancelled deals.

StarTimes has acquired exclusive English- and Portuguese-language rights to the Uefa Europa League in sub-Saharan Africa, filling out its football portfolio for the next three seasons

Pan-African pay-television broadcaster Kwesé Sports has agreed a strategic partnership with media relations consultancy APO Group that is designed to raise the profile of rugby union throughout the continent.

Pay-television broadcasters Canal Plus Afrique and Kwesé Sports have been awarded media rights to Ligue 1, the top division of French club football, in sub-Saharan Africa, TV Sports Markets understands.

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SuperSport and Kwesé Sports will once again share the spoils of a major national-team football property in sub-Saharan Africa, this time via a simulcast deal on an unprecedented scale.

The International Olympic Committee will earn about 40 per cent more from sub-Saharan Africa compared to the previous two-Games cycle, taking advantage of Kwesé Sports’ strong desire for Olympic association, TV Sports Markets understands.

Kwesé Sports is understood to be close to a deal for English Football League rights with Pitch International, but has not met the agency’s original asking price.

SuperSport’s termination of its Nigeria Professional Football League deal due to a breach of contract may not be as final as the broadcaster’s withdrawal in Kenya, TV Sports Markets understands.

The addition of StarTimes to Fifa’s set of 2018 World Cup broadcasters in sub-Saharan Africa has significantly increased the governing body’s income from the region.

The wave of tender processes in sub-Saharan Africa has continued to swell with the English Premier League and the International Olympic Committee both selling their rights earlier than expected.

Top-tier football leagues in Cameroon and Zimbabwe are set to agree lucrative new pay-television deals, TV Sports Markets understands. But while the fortunes of some African leagues are improving, others have begun to struggle after recent optimism.

The stream of top-tier properties to be sold in sub-Saharan Africa later this year is making life difficult for the IMG and Pitch International agencies, each of which has English cup competitions for sale.

Canal Plus Afrique has agreed a direct deal for rights to the 2018 Fifa World Cup, staving off the challenge of rival StarTimes.

Econet Media chief executive Joseph Hundah has told TV Sports Markets its Kwesé TV pay-television operation must make money quickly on the back of launches in Ghana, Rwanda and Zambia, after 18 months of acquiring sports rights at a considerable cost.

Interview with Joseph Hundah, chief executive, Econet Media, on the launch of Kwesé TV, Kwesé Free Sports and the challenges that lie ahead.

Kwesé Sports and SuperSport will share pay-television rights to the 2018 Fifa World Cup in sub-Saharan Africa after both broadcasters agreed to acquire the rights non-exclusively outside South Africa, TV Sports Markets understands.

Fifa and Uefa are set for huge increases in the value of their media rights in sub-Saharan Africa. TV Sports Markets understands bidding in both governing bodies’ tender processes has progressed beyond a first round.

The Ghana Football Association has sealed a 10-season deal with StarTimes under which it will earn almost $1.8m (€1.7m) per season for all its domestic football media rights.

ESPN’s multi-faceted agreement with telco Econet’s Kwesé TV pay-television platform brings the sports broadcaster back to sub-Saharan Africa after an absence of more than three years.