This photograph taken on December 8, 2023 shows a general view of the Felix Houphouet-Boigny stadium in Abidjan, one of the six stadiums for CAN 2024. After concerns about its level of preparation, Ivory Coast has stepped up the pace for the African Cup of Nations (CAN), which is set to start on January 13, 2024. Having become a leading international competition with 24 qualified teams, the CAN could attract up to 1.5 million visitors, according to the organizers. (Photo by Sia KAMBOU / AFP) (Photo by SIA KAMBOU/AFP via Getty Images)

NTA Secures Exclusive Rights to Broadcast All 52 Matches of AFCON 2023

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Nigeria’s National Television Authority (NTA) has secured the exclusive rights to broadcast all 52 matches of the 2023 African Cup of Nations (AFCON). The announcement comes after MultiChoice, the parent company of DStv and GOtv, confirmed that it had failed to acquire the broadcasting rights for the event, sending shockwaves through the continent. In a groundbreaking move, the NTA and AfroSports TV have signed a memorandum of understanding to broadcast the games, ensuring that Nigerian football fans will be able to watch the AFCON live.

The situation surrounding the broadcasting rights for the AFCON has been a source of confusion and concern for many Nigerians. MultiChoice’s failure to secure the rights prompted many to scramble for alternatives, with some turning to the NTA and other broadcasters. New World TV, a Togolese audio-visual group, won the rights to broadcast all CAF’s 13 competitions to the sub-Saharan African audience for two years, including the forthcoming AFCON and the tournament’s next edition. However, concerns were raised about the cross-continental reach of New World TV, which only has footholds in mainly French-speaking African countries.

The NTA’s exclusive rights to broadcast all 52 matches of the AFCON will be a welcome relief for Nigerian football fans, who will be able to watch the Super Eagles take on Ivory Coast, Equatorial Guinea, and Guinea-Bissau in Group A. The AFCON will be held in Ivory Coast from January 13 to February 11, and the NTA’s announcement ensures that Nigerian football fans will not miss a single game.

However, the Nigerian Broadcasting Commission (NBC) has raised concerns about the bundling of broadcast rights for the competition in Nigeria, warning that it may violate the NBC Broadcast Code, designed to safeguard the industry’s integrity. The NBC emphasized the urgency of the matter and its potential impact on the broadcast of AFCON 2023, urging all parties involved to strictly adhere to the provisions of the NBC Code. Failure to comply may result in legal consequences and potential penalties. As the industry awaits responses from New World TV and MultiChoice, the regulatory authority is keen on ensuring a fair and transparent process in acquiring and broadcasting sporting events in Nigeria.

In conclusion, the NTA’s exclusive rights to broadcast all 52 matches of the AFCON is a significant development for Nigerian football fans, who will be able to watch the tournament live. However, concerns remain about the bundling of broadcast rights and the need for a fair and transparent process in acquiring and broadcasting sporting events in Nigeria.

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