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Nimbus has to explain ?racist? ads

PRIVATE BROADCASTER Nimbus Communication is in trouble for showing two sets of ads ? allegedly with racist overtones ? on its Neo Sports channel.

india Updated: Feb 16, 2007 13:55 IST

PRIVATE BROADCASTER Nimbus Communication is in trouble for showing two sets of ads — allegedly with racist overtones — on its Neo Sports channel.

The government on Wednesday slapped a notice on Nimbus, asking for an explanation. Nimbus has to file its reply by February 19. Neo Sports faces a minimum 30-day ban if charges of violating the advertising code are proved.

The advertisements, meant to promote the cricket series against West Indies and then Sri Lanka, had led to protests from several social organisations, who lodged complaints with the Information and Broadcasting Ministry headed by Priya Ranjan Das Munshi. The matter is also being heard by the Delhi High Court. HT was the first to report on the ads.

A ministry official, confirming the notice, told HT: “The ads were in bad taste and perceived to be derogatory against citizens of the two countries.”  Nimbus chief Harish Thawani said: “I am not aware of any such showcause notice.” Nimbus has always maintained that the ads were not racist.
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Match live on DD
The Delhi High Court on Thursday directed Nimbus Communication to provide a live feed of the India-Sri Lanka match in Visakhapatnam on February 17.

The bench passed the order after Nimbus counsel Gopal Jain mentioned the matter before the bench, seeking protection against the Centre’s showcause notice on Wednesday. The court issued notices to the Centre and Prasar Bharati on a petition filed by Nimbus. PTI