NAIROBI, Kenya, August 31- Kenyan sporting greats, including running legend, Dr. Kipchoge Keino, were among the glitterati who gathered to witness the launch of the new ultra modern SuperSport and M-Net studios in Nairobi.
Besides the two-time Olympic champion and chairman of the National Olympics Committee-Kenya, the fete brought out relatives of the late greats, Robert Wangila Napunyi, the first African boxer to bag Olympics gold as well as rally legend, Shekhar Mehta.
Pauline Konga, the first Kenyan female Olympics medallist and football icon Joe Kandege completed the list of sporting paragons who witnessed the rise of the new age in sports broadcasting as they were indicted into a Hall of Fame at the most expensive studios in the country.
The facilities were constructed in a bid to increase local content with the expansive grounds equipped with the latest equipment in video, sound lighting and editing will see more sports material from East Africa on SuperSport.
The premier Sports channel is now seeking to do more magazine shows focusing on different sporting disciplines as they now have 4 channels dedicated to local events.
– By Kangethe Njoroge
The new studios constructed at the grounds that formerly housed private production firm, Film Studios are located off Nairobi’s Ngong Road opposite the Jamhuri Polo Grounds.
The two pay television content providers will now be able to download and upload content straight to the Multi-Choice Africa Head offices in Ransburg, South Africa for bouquet selection.
The investment has cost MultiChoice over half a Billion shillings.
In what will be a statement of intent, the unveiling comes as competitor Zuku is set to take the Communication Commission of Kenya (CCK) to court over DSTv monopoly of content like the English Premier League matches.
SuperSport holds exclusive rights for local sports content as well as the English Premier league which it has held since.