No live telecast of Indo-Pak cricket for Doordarshan


India’s state broadcaster Doordarshan has been denied coverage of this season’s biggest game in Asian cricket.

The matter had been taken to the Supreme Court by rights holder Ten Sports, who had argued against Doordarshan’s decision in sharing the telecast of the India vs Pakistan game, which begins on Friday.

Prasar Bharti today agreed before the Supreme Court only to share the 90-minute highlights of the matches per day with Ten Sports. The latter holds exclusive rights of the matches for Indian television.

Regarding the one day matches a workable solution will be discussed in a due course of time, a bench comprising Justice Ashik Bhan and Justice Tarun Chatterjee was informed by the counsel of both the sides.

The bench issued notice to the Centre and Prasar Bharti on a petition by Ten Sports seeking stay of the government guidelines which makes it mandatory for the private channels to share the live feed of the international matches of national importance with Doordarshan.

The next date of hearing has been fixed on the 30th January.

In other Ind-Pak cricket media news, Doordarshan’s radio station All India Radio (AIR) has also been denied radio commentary of the matches. The reason? AIR is refusing to pay-up $200,000 that Dubai-based ARY Digital, which holds the radio rights to these matches, is demanding from the national radio broadcaster. AIR’s “last and final offer” is $80,000.

In the UK, the India vs Pakistan cricket will be exclusively shown on ARY Digital contrary to reports that Sky Sports will be sharing the feed. Anymore developments on this will be published here.

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