TV watch: Battle of the broadcasters

2010-06-20 15:33



Chase the Makarapa

Participants from various corners of the world take part in an

Amazing Race-style game which sees contestants search for tickets of nine


Woza Lunchtime

Top Billing meets soccer in this show where cameras are there to

catch the parties, fashions and football functions. The show spots an impressive

line-up of celebrity presenters including Elana Afrika, Cindy Nell, and Nonhle



Aimed at the 12-20 age group, the daily show is youth-oriented and

focuses on technology, fashion, dance and music – all with a World Cup theme.

Rating: 7/10 for creativity and aiming at segments of the market

who are interested in other aspects of football. In addition, production quality

is high.

Commentary and analysis

SuperSport’s English commentary is supplied by Host Broadcast

Services (HBS), which is Fifa-appointed.

The channel offers four language options: English (HBS),

Portuguese, Zulu and Sotho, with legendary Zama Masondo doing Zulu


Most impressive is the vast line-up of talent on the SuperSport’s

panel for pre- and post-match analysis.

These include former players who have played at World Cup level.

Legends such as John Barnes who has played for England, Steven Keshi from

Nigeria and Sammy Kuffour, who played for Ghana and Bayern Munich, are on the

list of 15 other local and international ex-players and coaches who sit on the

panel in a rotation format.

The broadcaster has kept its usual suspects like Gary Bailey, Terry

Payne, Thomas Mlambo and Robert Marawa.

Rating: 6/10 for variety and for bringing in international experts

while still keeping it local and lekker. The analysis of matches at times can be

biased at times, but generally it is concise and precise, especially when giving

stats and figures about the teams.

Viewership figures

SuperSport has 11% of the market share. At the opening of the World

Cup, SuperSport 3 registered an average audience of 1 250 828 viewers.



Good Morning and Good Evening Mzansi

The two programmes showcase what to expect on match days in terms

of traffic and weather and the evening show looks at what transpired throughout

the day.


This is a pre-packaged magazine that showcases the distinctly

African football experience, celebrations, excitement and mood of ordinary


Soccer Champions

A live, interactive, dynamic youth-driven game show playing teams

of males and females up against each other in a bid to claim their place as 2010

Fifa World Cup fundies.

Fame from Faith

A six-part documentary series examining the role of religion and

spirituality in world football.

Mzansi Insider

A daily variety segment that updates viewers on the latest local

music, lifestyle and Fifa World Cup entertainment and celebrity scoops.

6/10 for predictability of the presenters, which include

Bonang Matheba, T’bo Touch and Unathi and for the similarity between Mzansi

Insider and Tjovitjo.

Commentary and analysis

Much like SuperSport the public broadcaster is using HBS for

commentary of matches.

SABC1 broadcasts in English. The local commentating can be dodgy at

times with one local commentator saying “Any striker with a brain would’ve

passed that ball” – referring to Simphiwe Tshabalala at South Africa’s match

against Uruguay.

In terms of analysts SABC1 has made sure it has left no stone

unturned. The broadcaster has chosen some of the experts for match analysis.

These include George Weah, a former Fifa World Player of the Year, Abedi Pele, a

former Ghana player, Paul Ince, an English FA manager and Dwight Yorke, a former

Aston Villa and Manchester United player. The channel has 14 international

panellists to choose from.

South Africa’s on-air talent includes the legendary Clive Barker,

Stephen Khompela and Roger De Sa and the usual guys like Walter Mokoena and

Tshepo Mabona.

Interesting to note that SABC1 has also brought in female analysts

– former Banyana Banyana players Fran Hilton-Smith and Desiree Ellis.

Rating: 8/10 The channel has ensured that the panel of experts is

diverse, with players and managers from the African continent. And an extra

point for featuring former Banyana Banyana players.

Viewership figures

The SABC takes a big chunk of the market. The opening match saw 8

895 965 tuning in, which equates to a 76% audience share.


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