Prasar Bharati still to tie up deal with WSG Nimbus for telecast of ICC Cricket tourneys

Pubcaster Prasar Bharati's board these days is seized with matters mostly related to telecast rights. If it is not football, then it must be cricket. A recent meeting of the board just did that - discuss the issue relating to the terrestrial rights of the ICC-organised cricket matches.

"Even the board meeting slated for early next month will discuss the cricket telecast issue as DD cannot simply afford to ignore the cricket matches in a cricket-crazy nation like ours," a senior Prasar Bharati official told on Thursday.

The telecast rights of the ICC-organised cricket matches for the next six years is held by World Sports Nimbus combine, a joint venture between World Sports and Mumbai-based Nimbus Communications, which sold the satellite rights for the India region to Sony Entertainment Television India for a reported sum of $255 million.

Admitting that DD, despite being the national broadcaster, is slowly getting edged out of the sports telecast scene in India in recent times, the official said: "Private channels can push through some decisions fast, but being remote-controlled by the government still, Prasar Bharati Corporation cannot take quick decisions where huge amounts of money are involved. We have to take into consideration not only economic factors, but political ones too."

DD has been in negotiations with World Sport Nimbus for the sale of terrestrial rights of the cricket matches, including the next two World Cups. But talks reportedly broke down as DD's offer did not find much favour with World Sport Nimbus negotiators, which included the joint venture's co-chairman and managing director of Nimbus Communication Harish Thawani.

When contacted, Thawani refused to either confirm or deny the report other than to say: "We do not discuss commercial negotiations that are in progress."

Latest Reads
Star ushers in IPL's new era with a bang

Star India is all set to reinvent the Vivo Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018 by increasing fan-engagement levels and bringing the sporting spectacle even closer to cricket fans across the country. The broadcaster’s press conference in Delhi today started with Sophia, a robot, in conversation with...

Television TV Channels Sports
Zeel numbers up on higher ad revenue in third quarter

The Subhash Chandra led Indian television network Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited reported 11.5 percent and 28.3 percent increase in consolidated total revenue and profit after tax (PAT) respectively for the quarter ended 31 December 2017 (Q3-18, quarter under review) as compared to the...

Television TV Channels GECs
Ramdev wants telecast fees waived off for devotional channels

Baba Ramdev today took a shot at the government for imposing high tax on telecasting devotional TV channels.

Television TV Channels People
Be privy to a traditional ode to eternal love and longing with 'Tum Bin 2' on Sony MAX

Sony MAX, the leading Hindi movies channel from Sony Pictures Networks will be whipping up romance this January as it brings the sequel of the 2001 hit movie, ‘Tum Bin 2’ on 19th January at 8pm.

Television TV Channels Movie Channels
IRAA Awards Now accepting nominations

In its 12th consecutive year, the Indian Recording Arts Academy Awards (IRAA) 2018 will be hosted alongside the PALM Expo 2018 at the Bombay Exhibition Centre. The awards will once again recognize exceptional skills in music, soundtrack recording and mixing in Indian music for albums and movies.

Television TV Channels GECs
Network 18 PAT at Rs 114 million

Network18 Media & Investments (Network18) reported a marked improvement in its numbers for the quarter ended 31 December 2017. The consolidated revenue (net of revenue from joint ventures and associates) for the company declined marginally by 1.8 per cent year-on-year (yoy) to Rs 3660 million...

Television TV Channels News Broadcasting
Get Intriguing Insights into the human mind with 'Meet the Humans' on Sony BBC Earth

If you think human behavior is predictable, think again. In ‘Meet the Humans’, a show on Sony BBC Earth, starting January 22, at 8pm, a trio of experts led by Dr. Michael Mosely take a microscopic look at the human behavior and discover how incredibly unpredictable and complex humans are.

Television TV Channels Factual & Documentary
TV18 profits decline in third quarter

TV18 Broadcast Ltd (TV18), the subsidiary of the Mukesh Dhirubhai Ambani-controlled Network18 Media and Investments Ltd (Network 18), reported consolidated total income of Rs 10 crore for the quarter ended 31 December 2017 (Q3-18) as compared with income of Rs 23.6 crore for the corresponding year...

Television TV Channels GECs
Applause Entertainment to produce series on 2016 surgical strikes

MUMBAI: Applause Entertainment is making all the right moves.

Television Production House Non-Fiction

Latest News

Load More

Sign up for our Newsletter

subscribe for latest stories