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No 'live' India-Pak matches on DD

Regarding the one day international matches, a workable solution will be discussed in due course of time.

india Updated: Jan 10, 2006 19:23 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

Doordarshan would not be able to provide the live telecast of the Test series between India and Pakistan as Prasar Bharti on Tuesday agreed before the Supreme Court only to share the 90-minute highlights of the matches per day with Ten sports, which has the exclusive right over the telecast of the series.

Regarding the one day matches a workable solution will be discussed in due course of time, a bench comprising Justice Ashik Bhan and justice Tarun Chatterjee was informed by the counsel of both the sides.

The bench issued notice to the centre and Prasar Bharti on a petition by Ten sports seeking stay of the government guidelines which makes it mandatory for the private channels to share the live feed of the international matches of national importance with Doordarshan.

The next date of hearing has been fixed on Jan 30.

Solicitor General G E Vahanvati told the bench that it was not acceptable for Prasar Bharti to deposit the amount as sought by the Ten sports for the alleged loss of advertising revenue while hearing the live feed for the Test matches with the Doordarshan.

"The offer made by the Ten sports to make their own feed available to Doordarshan along with advertisements arranged by the petitioners subject to the condition that the respondents (Prasar Bharti and Doordarshan) should make suitable deposit to compensate the sports channel for alleged loss is not acceptable," he said.

Vahanvati said that Ten sports should be directed to make available the highlights of everyday's play for the Test matches for 90 minutes per day as offered by the sports channel in the Bombay High Court.

The petition filed by Taj Television Ltd, owner of Ten Sports and exclusive telecast rights holder for the Indo-Pak series, has sought a stay of the government guidelines making it mandatory for the sports channels to share feed of sporting events of national importance with Prasar Bharti.

Ten Sports, has termed the guideline as arbitrary without the authority of the law.

The sports channel has challenged the Bombay High Court order refusing it any relief by which it has been compelled to share the live feed of the series commencing from January 13.

The guidelines state that sports channels will share their feed with Prasar Bharati for "national and international sporting events of national importance" in India or abroad.

First Published: Jan 10, 2006 11:10 IST