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World Cup news imbroglio continues as meeting ends in stalemate

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NEW DELHI: With International Cricket Council (ICC) and television news channels refusing to budge on their stance over the use of World Cup footage, the impasse seems to continue.

It is learnt that the meeting held today at the Information and Broadcasting Ministry failed to come up with any fruitful outcome and that here is dispute on the display of scoreboards by the news channels. It is also learnt that another meeting will be held tomorrow to resolve this imbroglio.

        

  Earlier, after the ICC had withdrawn accreditation to all news channels, I&B Minister Ambika Soni had personally written to ICC president Sharad Pawar to permit the coverage of the India-Pakistan semi-final in Mohali as both the Indian and Pakistani Prime Ministers were going to be present. She had also called for a meeting for today to resolve the tangle.

Although neither Soni nor Pawar were present, it is learnt that a three-hour meeting held in the presence of senior Ministry officials failed to resolve the tangle, with ICC alleging the news channels of violating the guidelines set up in the earlier agreement with them.

The final between India and Sri Lanka gains importance as both President Pratibha Devisingh Patil and Sri Lankan President Mahindra Rajapaksa are expected to be present.

 

 

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