Ten Sports refuses to share feed
Ten Sports, the telecast right holder for Indo-Pak series, has moved SC against Govt guidelines to share feed with DD.india Updated: Jan 08, 2006 16:47 IST
Ten Sports, the exclusive telecast right holder for the coming Indo-Pak cricket series, has moved the Supreme Court seeking stay of the government guidelines making it mandatory for the sports channels to share feed of sporting events of national importance with Prasar Bharti.
The petition filed by Taj Television Ltd, owner of 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.
Prasar Bharti has already filed a caveat to pre-empt Ten Sport from taking any ex-parte interim order against the High Court order.
The petition listed for hearingon Mondayhas been filed by solicitor firm Parekh & co in which Dubai-based TV channel, has contended that the Centre cannot take away its right which was acquired in the foreign country.
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.
In case of cricket matches it will include all matches involving India. More importantly, in case of cricket, guidelines are to operate retrospectively,ie covering events for which broadcasting rights have been already bought.
Terming it as malafide exercise of power by the Information and Broadcasting Ministry for making money at the cost of private channels, Ten Sports said it only has the exclusive right to decide with whom it wants to share the feed and in India it has chosen the cable operators.