Daily News Snippets: Tue 30th August

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Doordarshan to share cricket with ZEE/ESPN
Despite not being the favourite to bag the four-year telecast rights floated by the Cricket Board, public broadcaster Prasar Bharati has ensured Doordarshan gets the feed for all one-day matches by signing agreements with both top contenders ZEE and ESPN-Star Sports.

“Both ZEE and ESS signed the agreement with us just before they submitted bids for the BCCI tender,” Prasar Bharati CEO K S Sarma said.

According to market estimates, ZEE’s bid is the highest in the latest tender which closed on August 26, while ESS falls in the second place.

On the other hand, other contenders Sony and Prasar Bharati are said to be way behind the top two.

Sarma said as per the agreements, signed separately, both private broadcasters agreed to share the feed of one-day matches with the public broadcaster on a revenue sharing basis.

“This would be on a 25:75 ratio, the majority in favour of the private broadcaster,” he said, though clarifying that Prasar Bharati would not be getting any “opportunity cost” it managed to earn earlier. (From New Delhi Television)

Fear Factor to air on Sony Entertainment
After the successes of Indian Idol and Fame Gurukul, Sony Entertainment Television Asia will be launching another imported reality show format. This time, Fear Factor is under the limelight. The dare-stunt show will air on the channel later this year. The channel has not yet released information on the programme.

Club Asia and Napster sign deal
London’s youth station Club Asia has signed a deal with file-sharing software Napster to further promote Asian music. More details of the new initiative will be announced next week during a press conference. Keep it with Biz Asia for the latest on this story.

Vectone switches TV channel numbers
Vectone TV’s two channels have switched positions on the Sky EPG channel line-up today. Vectone Punjab previously available on channel 814 has now moved to 823. The swap then means that Vectone Music can now be found on Sky EPG 814.

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