The network will air the series on its free-to-air channel, SABC 2, which reaches over 90% of the public, giving viewers access to more than 270 episodes. It will air weekdays at 5 p.m..
SABC is programmed to air two “Yu-Gi-Oh!” series. Viewers will have access to more than 270 episodes from the Japanese anime franchise. “We are pleased to have SABC 2 as a valued broadcast partner for the Yu-Gi-Oh! brand and look forward to the opportunity to further engage our fans in South Africa,” Kristen Gray, General Manager, SVP Operations and Business & Legal Affairs of Konami Cross Media, said.
SABC, which receives an audience of 30 million, is scheduled to air the series on its free-to-air channel, SABC 2, which reaches over 90% of the public and will air Monday through Friday at 5 p.m. The news was announced today by Gray. “Our content mission is to celebrate and empower the South African nation by presenting cutting-edge programming that is vibrant and entertaining and we have accomplished this with the acquisition of these Yu-Gi-Oh! series” Violet Sekhibidu, the program manager for SABC in Johannesburg, said.
As part of the deal, SABC 2 will launch,123 episodes of “Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s,” the third series this month. The series focuses the sprawling metropolis of New Domino City and its transformation into a futuristic society where dueling has kicked into overdrive. SABC 2 will also air the entire three seasons of “Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V,” the fifth series featuring all-new Action-Duels, where monsters come to life with advancements in holographic technology.
The network offers a programming mix of informative, educational, and entertaining content. “Through social media platforms, such as its Facebook page and the audience demand for ancillary merchandising, we can see there is a strong fan base for ‘Yu-Gi-Oh!’ We are pleased to bring all of these exciting duels to its fans," Sekhibidu said.
Our content mission is to celebrate and empower the South African nation by presenting cutting-edge programming that is vibrant and entertaining and we have accomplished this with the acquisition of these Yu-Gi-Oh! series.” Violet Sekhibidu Program Manager, Johannesburg, SABC