eMedia has lodged a new case against MultiChoice at the Competition Commission in its ongoing fight over the Rugby World Cup television rights.

News24 reports that the new case comes after the Gauteng High Court (Johannesburg) scrapped eMedia's urgent application from the roll after it demanded to show 2023 Rugby World Cup matches for free through the SABC TV channels it carries on its Openview satellite TV service.

‘We have lodged a complaint with the Competition Commission, and we have filed papers before the Competition Tribunal in respect of the provision in the sublicensing agreements,’ says eMedia.

With the help of sponsors, the SABC paid R57m to MultiChoice to sublicence 16 matches of the 2023 Rugby World Cup from SuperSport.

MultiChoice and SuperSport, in their sublicensing agreement, blocked the SABC from showing these 16 matches on the version of SABC2 carried on eMedia's Openview.

eMedia yesterday confirmed it has lodged a complaint with the commission and it has filed papers before the Competition Tribunal in respect of the provision in the sublicensing agreements concluded between MultiChoice and the SABC that prevent the SABC from utilising third-party platforms to transmit SABC channels that broadcast national sporting events.

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