Monday, 30 April 2018

DD Sports Ticker issue: Pvt Broadcasters may go to court against MIB’sorder

On 25 April, the private channel showing live sports of national importance have been asked by the I&B Minto run tickers that the same match is also available on DD Sports. The diktat irked private broadcasters in India and they are going to take the legal route against it.

The MIB diktat said: “This match/game can also be viewed on DD” has been enforced with immediate effect. The MIB order further stated that the scroll/ticker needed to be run “in appropriate colour, font and size making it prominently visible every 15 minutes”.

Also, the former I&B Minister Manish Tewari commented: “Asking channels to run a scroll is a logic-defying move as only those who have subscribed to pay channels will be able to see the scroll. Is I&B Ministry telling those viewers to unsubscribe and move to free-to-air platforms?”

According to broadcasters, the diktat lacks any statutory or policy foundation. Rather, it goes way beyond the remit of the Sports Mandatory Sharing Act as adjudicated upon by the Supreme Court in its judgement in the matter of Union of India vs BCCI dated August 22, 2017. If this notice is not challenged or allowed to be implemented, then it will undermine the investments made by private broadcasters in acquiring rights from sports federations.


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