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Thursday, January 12, 2006

Prasar Bharti rethink?

Is GoI finding the whole 'give Prasar Bharti your feed gratis' ukase a bit of a hot potato? Financial Express, in a gossipy item, provides early straws in the wind:
There seem to be signs of a rethink on the October guidelines mandating compulsory sharing by private channels of live sports telecast feeds with Doordarshan. Even after deliberation and approval by a group of ministers and endorsement by the Cabinet, they weren’t enforced for the Indo-Pak cricket series. It was challenged in court by Ten Sports, but there was no interim stay granted by the judges. Cricket board chief and Union minister Sharad Pawar has left it entirely on DD to make its case before the International Cricket Council on the matter; in court, too, though the I&B ministry is formally a party, the onus is on DD to handle the matter.

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