SABC didn't ask for a bailout

The public broadcaster has reportedly asked for R7,3billion to complete its digital migration project.

The public broadcaster has reportedly asked for R7,3billion to complete its digital migration project. Picture: Tsepho Lesole/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) on Sunday rubbished claims that money requested from Communications Minister Dina Pule is a bailout.

The Sunday Independent newspaper reported that the public broadcaster asked for R7,3 billion in order to complete its digital migration project and for the general elections next year.

The SABC has however made it clear they are in a healthy financial position and the request is nothing out of the ordinary.

The SABC's Kaizer Kganyago said their capital projects are funded via the communications department.

"The money that we are requesting, as part of that we do all the time, is for exactly that, the move from analogue to digital.

"It's a government thing."