SABC aiming too high - critic

TV critic Thinus Ferreira says the SABC could fail in its plan of launching 18 new television channels.

Eyewitness News

CAPE TOWN - Television critic Thinus Ferreira on Friday said it was unlikely that the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) would be able to follow through on its audacious plan of launching 18 new television channels.

Earlier this week, SABC CEO Lulama Mokhobo announced the plan.

The SABC has been working on an expansion plan as part of government's digital migration project.

A total of R1 billion was set aside for local content in 2013.

Ferreira said the plan to launch a 24 hour news and sports channel could be too much for the broadcaster.

"Sport as well as news is some of the costly types of programming, because it deals with current events and broadcasting rights. I think it may be a bit of a stress [for the SABC]."

The 24 hour sport channel is expected to launch in October.

Mokhobo told Parliament that the national broadcaster was doing well.