IPL extends media accredition deadline, yet to alter norms

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/images/thumbnail/ver1/i/ipllogonew.jpg' class='caption'> IPL authorities have extended the deadline for media accreditations by two days.

Updated: April 17, 2008 18:08 IST
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Indian Premier League authorities on Tuesday extended the deadline for media accreditations by two days without altering the contentious clauses in their norms.

The original deadline ended on Tuesday and the new one is fixed for April 10, a media release issued on behalf of IPL said.

But the stringent media norms, which impose several restrictions on the coverage of the multimillion dollar Twenty20 event starting on April 18, have still not been changed.

IPL Chairman and Commissioner Lalit Modi had promised to review the norms yesterday after a meeting with representatives of news agencies and newspapers who voiced their apprehensions about them.

But IPL authorities were still poring over the several changes demanded by media representatives, according to sources.

"I have held a meeting with representatives of different media, discussed the contentious issues and new media accreditation guidelines will be issued soon," Modi had told reporters at the BCCI headquarters on Monday.

Under pressure to alter the stringent accredition guidelines which irked media organisations, IPL officials, including Modi, met news agency and newspaper representatives who were opposed to the stringent media norms.

Modi also discussed the issue with the Editors Guild of India officials via teleconferencing.

"The controversy was due to misunderstanding to a certain extent and no clarity on it from our side," Modi said.

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