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Tuesday, December 13, 2005

All for one

Prasar Bharti apparently does not believe in open competition, judging by this story:
Dismissing BCCI’s announcement, made last week, that private FM radio channels would be invited to bid for broadcasting rights to international cricket matches played in the country, Prasar Bharati CEO KS Sarma has informed the Board president Sharad Pawar in a letter that government norms don’t permit private FM radio players to get into news and current affairs. Cricket commentary has so far been categorised under news and current affairs....
Sarma wrote the letter in response to BCCI marketing committee’s decision on Friday that TV, direct-to-home (DTH), broadband, mobile telephony and radio rights would be sold separately, and not bundled together.
The committee also decided that AIR would get radio rights free, but that it would also seek bids from FM radio stations across cities.

Elsewhere, the hearing of a case relating to the recent decision that sports broadcasters have to share their feeds with Doordarshan has been postponed.

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