Court allows ESS to telecast India cricket highlights

NEW DELHI / MUMBAI: In what could be termed a minor victory for ESPN-Star Sports, the Delhi High Court today allowed highlights of the cricket matches between West Indies and India to be aired on ESPN and Star Sports in India.

According to an official release issued by ESPN India: "By its order, following a detailed hearing today, a specially constituted division bench of the Delhi High Court hearing the appeal stayed the operation of the order of a single judge of the Delhi High Court dated October 11, 2002 which had injuncted TWI/ Stracon from telecasting the highlights of the BCCI cricket matches in India through ESPN and STAR Sports channels in India."

Doordarshan, (which has the exclusive rights to telecast the cricket matches as per an agreement with BCCI), along with MEN had moved the court seeking a stay on airing of highlights of cricket matches on ESPN and Star Sports.

The ESPN statement further said: "The highlights of the second Test (being played in Chennai) will be aired from today onwards at 8:00 pm on Star Sports and 11:30 pm on ESPN."

ESPN STAR Sports had earlier announced the acquisition of telecast rights to feature comprehensive daily highlights of all international cricket played in India till September 2004. Starting with the first test of the India-West Indies series on 9 October, both ESPN and Star Sports had started showcasing the India cricket highlights, including a comprehensive analysis of all international cricket played in India, at prime time on a daily basis.

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