SABC has confirmed it will broadcast the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™, taking place from the 14 June to 15 July 2018.
32 nations will compete to be crowned the greatest in the world and the SABC will cover the best 44 of the 64 matches live across the SABC radio stations, SABC 1 and its digital platforms.
Major changes will be made to the normal SABC 1 schedule between the 17h30 – 24h00 timeslots to accommodate the football spectacle.
Key SABC 1 titles such as Generations-The Legacy, Uzalo and Skeem Saam will be temporarily placed on sister channels SABC2 and 3 as follows:
– Skeem Saam at 18h30 (Mon – Fri) on SABC2
– Generations The Legacy at 19h30 (Mon – Fri) on SABC3
– Uzalo at 20h30 (Mon – Wed) on SABC2
SABC 2 SCHEDULE CHANGES:
Mon- Fri at 18:00 7de Laan
Mon- Fri at 18:30 Skeem Sam
Mon- Fri at 19:00 Afrikaans Sitcom
Mon- Fri at 20:00 7de News (Afrikaans, Sesotho/Setswana/Sepedi bulletins)
Mon- Wed at 20:30 Uzalo
SABC 3 SCHEDULE CHANGES:
Generations the Legacy- 20:00
Thomas Mlambo, Mpho Maboi, Andile Ncube, Lebo Motsoeli and Romy Titus will be the TV anchors during the tournament, who will be assisted by the best local football analysts in the likes of Siphiwe Mkhonza, Phumudzo Manenhze, Marc Lewis, and Duane Dell’Oca.
To enable the millions of SABC audiences to consume the matches in the language of their choice, SABC has lined 12 radio stations to broadcast the matches live. The SABC will for the first time be enabling the Khoi and San communities the opportunity to have the world cup matches broadcast in the! Xun and Khwe dialect on XK-FM.
Sport at 10 and Soccerzone will broadcast an episode each on the 4th and 9th of July. The productions will take a four week break, returning to the screens on the 16th and 18th of July 2018, respectively.