The Malawi broadcasting coloration Television ( MBCTV) will beam all 64 world cup games for free according to director general Benson Tembo who revealed the development at a press briefing in Blantyre on Friday. Tembo said MBCTV had bought the rights from world football governing body FIFA for an undisclosed fee to broadcast all 64 games at the tournament.
“MBC has acquired the rights for the FIFA World Cup tournament which starts on the 12th of June to the 13th of July,” said Tembo.
“We’ll be beaming all the 64 games including the final live on MBCTV plus Radio 2fm and we hope people will be able to join the audience which will be in Brazil from the comfort of their homes via MBC.”
The MBC director general also assured the general public that in the event of an interruption, the games will be rebroadcast to make sure football fans do not miss a second of the action.
“We’re hoping that there will be no interruptions but where there will be interruptions we’ll record the games and provide another time that they can view the games,” said Tembo.
He ruled out the possibility of competitors either buying the rights from MBC or using the corporation’s feed to broadcast the games saying the rights were exclusive to the public broadcaster.
“These are rights that we have bought and so because we have bought the rights no one else can get them for their own purposes on their radio or television stations,” said Tembo.
“If they wanted to have the feed then we’d have gone into a discussion and negotiation with them and then ask FIFA to extend the feed to those radio and television stations via MBC.
“But because we have not discussed that with FIFA then they’re not allowed to carry that feed so this will be very exclusively to MBCTV and Radio 2fm.”
Asked how much MBC had paid to secure the rights, the director general said: “I’d wish not to advance the figure because this is a figure that helps us to bargain for our next time acquisition of the rights.”
All 64 games at the tournament taking place in Brazil from 12 June to 13 July this year will be broadcast live on MBCTV and Radio 2fm.