HC issues notice to Ten Sports

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/images/thumbnail/ver1/c/cricgen3.jpg' class='caption'> Acting on a petition by a cricket fan, the Delhi High Court asked the sports channel to explain why it is not sharing its feed with Doordarshan.

Updated: August 28, 2008 06:46 IST
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New Delhi:

The Delhi High Court on Monday issued show-cause notice to Ten Sports for not sharing feed of India-Sri Lanka ODI matches with Doordarshan in alleged violation of the government's notification on content sharing with Prasar Bharati.

A Bench comprising Justice Manmohan Sarin and Justice Veena Birbal sought response from Ten Sports by Tuesday on a petition filed by a cricket buff Ravi Dev Gupta seeking direction to Prasar Bharati to telecast the remaining (two) matches of the current ODI series.

"Show-cause notice be issued to Ten Sports as to why this court should not prohibit Ten Sports from telecasting matches scheduled for tomorrow and on August 29 unless they (Ten Sports) share live feed with Prasar Bharati," the court said.

D K Singh, counsel for the petitioner, contended that government had issued notification on October 3, 2007 under Sports Broadcasting Signals (Mandatory Sharing of Feed with Prasar Bharati) notifying ODIs and T-20 cricket matches involving India as matches of national importance -- feed of which should be shared with Prasar Bharati by the respective telecast rights owner.

Counsel for Prasar Bharati Rajeev Sharma informed the court that on the request of public broadcaster, the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has issued notice to Ten Sports for violating Sports Broadcasting Signals notification and threatened to cancel the channel's license.

Directing the registry and the counsel for Centre to send the show-cause notice to the sports channel, the court indicated that it would pass ex-parte interim order if the channel failed to file its response by tomorrow.

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