Since some weeks, the Mauritius Turf Club (MTC) and the Mauritius Broadcasting Coorporation (MBC) have been discussing about the fees which need to be paid to the national tv station for the exclusive broadcast of the horse racing at Champs De Mars.
First of all, I was quite surprised… I did not know that MTC had to pay the MBC lol! I always thought that MTC was perhaps selling the video to MBC since the MBC will be able to program a 4-5 hour broadcast on tv on a few of its channels, including MBC3 and the Sports channel on TNT.
Then, I was quite surprised when I heard the amount of money involved. If am not mistaken, the MTC previously paid some Rs30,000 per racing day. The MBC did not agree on this amount… The MTC proposed Rs100,000 while the MBC insisted on Rs200,000 per day!!! [ However, I am not 100% sure about the amounts]
Enter Parabole Maurice
From what I have just heard on Radio Plus, Parabole Maurice will now be broadcasting the racing and MBC will not hold the exclusive rights of the broadcast. This will take effect as from the 27 March 2010. The deal will be officially be announced during this week.
Everything has a start and I think that the national tv is slowly losing its monopoly position. This decision of the MTC will surely change things around and of course, much more people will be subscribing to this private tv… What do you think?
Note : Please correct me if I am wrong since I did not hear everything clearly on the radio