Lagos, Nigeria - The Lagos studios of South African entertainment and sports channels MNET and SuperSports have been gutted by fire that destroyed property worth millions of naira, the private Punch newspaper reported Sunday.
The fire, the cause of which is yet unknown, was said to have started at 3 pm local time on Saturday.
“We were transmitting live matches from Europe when the fire broke out. The live studios cover the whole of Africa and of course subsequent productions will be affected,' SuperSports General Manager Felix Nwogu was quoted to have said.
“We called on the fire service and they responded on time but they were overwhelmed so they had to get more water. Thankfully no one was injured or killed but million-dollar equipment was completely burnt,” he added.
It is feared that popular MNET programmes such as Tinsel, Glo Naija Sings, Studio 53 and Jara would all be affected by the fire, since all pre-recorded video footage of the shows may have been lost in the fire.
Both MNET and SuperSports are on the platform of the South African satellite broadcaster DSTV.