South African public broadcaster SABC has announced that it will be the host broadcaster of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations soccer tournament which begins in the country on 19th January.
SABC has paid R65 million (US$7.5 million) for the rights, which entitle it to transmit the 32 games of the tournament across its radio and television platforms.
"This is a milestone agreement for the LOC [local organising committee] and for South Africa, where the SABC becomes the host broadcaster for a tournament of this nature," said Mvuzo Mbebe, chief executive of the South African local organising committee for the tournament.
"The SABC has proven over the years that it has the capability and the expertise to produce and broadcast international games.
"The SABC has promised us a high-quality and seamless audio and visual production and broadcast of the games, which will be played across the five host cities, from which all other broadcasters will take a feed and then broadcast them to their respective territories and audiences."
Libya was originally scheduled to host the tournament before the African Football Confederation opted to switch it to South Africa as a result of the violence that preceded the overthrowing of the late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.