Television

Madras HC division bench restrains BCCI on telecast issue

http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/smartcrop_800x800/public/images/tv-images/2016/03/23/BCCI.jpeg?itok=4uqYQLzX

NEW DELHI: In what could be considered a moral victory for Zee Telefilms; a division bench of the Madras high court today passed an interim order restraining the Indian cricket board from undertaking any re-bidding of the cricket telecast rights.

The division bench also made it clear that if the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) went in for re-tendering of the Indian cricket telecast rights, as had been allowed by the Madras high court through an order last month, it would be cancelled till an appeal by Zee Telefilms is fully settled.

The division bench, which stayed an earlier Madras high court order on the telecast rights issue, made the observation today after Zee Telefilms had appealed against a 21 March court verdict arguing that if the cricket board was in the wrong, then a direction should come that Zee be handed back the rights.

The next hearing of the case is scheduled for 20 April. This would mean that the BCCI, which could have gone in for a re-tendering after the ongoing Indo-Pak cricket series came to an end, will have to wait at least till the next date of hearing.

A spokesperson for Zee Telefilms hailed the interim order and added that the company's stand on the whole rights issue is being vindicated. BCCI was not immediately available for comments.

After a Supreme Court order earlier this year stated that the BCCI could not be sued for irregularities and breach of fundamental rights on the cricket issue under certain Articles of the Indian Constitution, Zee Telefilms approached the Madras HC seeking redressal under Article 226.

Last month, the Madras HC, while coming down heavily on the BCCI and its former chief, Jagmohan Dalmia, however did not hand out any relief to Zee Telefilms, stating that the latter could sue the cricket board, which also could again put up the Indian cricket telecast rights for sale to the highest bidder.

Zee Telefilms appeal against this order in front of a division bench of the same high court, which is allowed under the legal system, also gives another twist to the cricket saga that has got deeply embroiled in controversies with an early end to the dispute nowhere in sight.

Meanwhile, Zee Telefilms has also sent a letter to the BCCI claiming compensation to the tune of Rs 16,300 million for the cancellation of telecast rights awarded to it in September 2004.

"We have engaged a leading international accounting firm to prepare a detailed report calculating the damages caused to us. Our preliminary estimate of such damages is Rs 1,630 crore," Zee Telefilms has stated said in a notice sent to the BCCI.

The media company has also given BCCI time till 7 April to reply to this legal notice after which it would decide on future course of legal action. Till today, BCCI has not reverted.

The Zee missive has pointed out that the decision of the cricket board to permit other broadcasters to telecast the cricket matches (primarily Doordarshan in India and some foreign broadcasters outside the country) has resulted in additional losses to the company.

"We are giving this notice to the BCCI and Dalmia so as to invite the board to form a committee that can jointly consider the matter in order to arrive at an agreed figure so that further costs and expenses are saved, failing which we shall hold BCCI and Dalmia liable for any further costs and expenses incurred by us in calculation of damages in this complex situation, a business newspaper, quoting from the letter, reported some days back.

Interestingly, even while sending such letters to the BCCI, Zee has simultaneously expressed the hope that the crisis could be resolved 'amicably.'

In a related development, the Madras HC also stayed a March 21 order of a single judge holding that termination of a tender process by the BCCI for telecasting cricket matches in the country was "improper" and coming down heavily on former board president Jagmohan Dalmiya.The interim stay was granted by the first bench, comprising Chief Justice Markandey Katju and Justice F M Ibrahim Kalifullah, on separate appeals filed by the BCCI and Dalmiya against Justice K P Sivasubramanian's order.

Latest Reads

http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/12/08/nd.jpg?itok=YM-bhHTo
NDTV 24X7 returns to top 5 in BARC week 48

NDTV 24X7 re-entered the top five of the English news genre in week 48 of BARC ratings. Aaj Tak yet again stood on top in all the three genres.

Television TV Channels Viewership
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/12/08/trivago.jpg?itok=wfbO4AEk
Trivago most advertised in BARC week 48

Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC) India has released its data for top advertisers and brands for the period between 24 November 2018 and 30 November 2018.

Television TV Channels Viewership
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/12/08/kumkum.jpg?itok=pzRg5SSO
Zee Anmol leads GEC urban in BARC week 48

Zee TV climbed to the second position from fifth position as compared to the previous week in the Hindi (U+R) genre in Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC) data for week 48 of 2018. Sony Pal and Star Utsav interchanged their second and third positions in the rural market. Star Plus and Zee TV...

Television TV Channels Viewership
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/12/08/Sudhanshu-Vats.jpg?itok=GxlmKcXA
Transform by tackling moral dilemmas: Sudhanshu Vats

Media companies can no longer ask ‘if’ changes are happening. They are, there’s no doubt about it. But now it’s a question of how to respond. Addressing the CII Big Picture 2018 in New Delhi, Viacom18 group CEO and MD Sudhanshu Vats spoke on the topic of ‘Changing M&E landscape - from...

Television TV Channels GECs
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/12/07/zee.jpg?itok=aoMaGwbx
Zee Telugu Announces World Television Premiere of Shailaja Reddy Alludu starring Naga Chaitanya and Anu Emmanuel

Zee Telugu is here to infuse you with uncontrollable laughter and mind-blowing action with the premier of Super Hit Telugu movie Shailaja Reddy Alludu.

Television TV Channels Regional
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/12/07/Prasar-Bharati.jpg?itok=6lZF8ytY
Prasar Bharati CEO on convergence and public b'casting

Prasar Bharati’s CEO Shashi Shekhar Vempati, while dwelling on convergence and its relevance to India’s pubcaster, opined that it was important to understand the changes happening in terms of media consumption and distribution to evolve and plan for the future ahead.  

Television TV Channels Terrestrial
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/12/06/dd.jpg?itok=tB6G59aR
Doordarshan launches new educational channel DD Roshini

Doordarshan has launched a new educational channel DD Roshini as part of Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike’s (BBMP) project.

Television TV Channels Specialised and Niche
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/12/06/cii.jpg?itok=baar5LKJ
Media consumption in India growing @9% in last 6 years: CII-BCG report

The Indian media industry, experiencing disruptions, is witnessing an increase in consumption that has been facilitated by proliferation of broadband too and over the last six years has been growing at nine percent.

Television TV Channels Specialised and Niche
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/12/06/ryan.jpg?itok=-dNcF-MA
MTV’s Ryan Mendonca signs with BANG BANG as Director

Armed with over a decade of experience in the world of advertising, Mendonca started his filmmaking career at MTV

Television TV Channels Music and Youth

Latest News

Load More

Sign up for our Newsletter

subscribe for latest stories