In a press statement issued today, TopTV said that they may not be able to broadcast Current TV any longer, as the channel’s carriage agreement with BSkyB in the United Kingdom is not being renewed.
“As BSkyB is the channel’s biggest broadcast client, this will affect their ability to maintain operations, which will in turn impact on the channel being available to the South African market,” TopTV said.
TopTV broadcasts the British-generated feed of Current TV, which is also broadcast on the BSkyB pay-TV platform. According to BSkyB, it is considering not renewing its contract with Current TV due to factors such as low viewership and under-performance.
“TopTV is currently in discussions with the channel’s management over options and possible alternative solutions to continue to broadcast the channel,” said the South African satellite broadcaster. “Current TV is also considering other business offers at the moment.”