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K24, Kameme TVs set to air all local rugby action

By Alex Njue
Friday, November 27th, 2020
Mediamax CEO Ken Ngaruia (left) is gifted with a rugby ball by Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) chairman Oduor Gangla at the Union offices yesterday. BELOW: Ngaruiya and Gangla sign documents to formalise the broadcast deal. Photo/PD/ALEX NJUE
In summary

Local rugby enthusiasts are in for a treat after yesterday’s history-setting partnership between Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) and Mediamax Networks Limited that made the media organisation the Union’s official broadcast partner for the next five years.

The deal is a major step in the development of the sport and comes a few weeks after Mediamax sealed almost similar deal with Football Kenya Federation (FKF) making their leading national radio station Milele FM the official football commentators.

Mediamax now has exclusive rights to cover KRU’s flagship competitions – The Kenya Cup league, Eric Shirley Shield, Rugby Super Series, National Sevens Circuit and the Safari Sevens.

Mediamax will also have exclusive rights to fixtures involving the Kenya Simbas, Lionesses and Chipu in instances where permission has been granted by Rugby Africa and World Rugby.

KRU chairman Oduor Gangla said the union envisaged reaching a broad and varied audience locally and globally through the Mediamax footprint which will ,in addition to live broadcast, further publicise KRU activities using its outlets across digital, print and electronic media platforms.

“The new partnership with Mediamax is a major breakthrough moment for rugby in Kenya.

As a result of the partnership with a leading free-to-air broadcast house, rugby will now be available to every household in Kenya through radio and television.

This will deepen the growth and recognition of the game as a rising national sport. All Kenyans will now have the unique opportunity to watch our national champion teams – Lionesses, Chipu, Shujaa and Simba on a national platform as these teams continue to bring pride to the country with their exceptional performances,” Gangla said.

He added: “ The KRU Board greatly appreciates the substantial investment by Mediamax into local rugby which is a strong endorsement of the standing of our game in this particular moment when sports have been adversely affected by the ravaging effects of the pandemic.”

Ken Ngaruiya, acting Chief Executive Officer of Mediamax said: “Mediamax continues to invest heavily in local sports content as some of the ways of increasing a broad and varied audience both locally and internationally.

The matches will not only be broadcasted live on K24TV, Kameme TV but also Milele FM, Kameme FM, Meru FM, Mayian FM, Emoo FM, Msenangu FM (Coast) and the People Daily.”

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