Television

Cricket rights: Worried ICC writes to Manmohan

NEW DELHI: Even as the Indian cricket board continues to make a mess of cricket in general in India and the telecast rights, in particular, the game’s international apex body has sought Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s help in resolving the impasse.

According to authoritative cricket-related website, cricinfo.com, the International Cricket Council (ICC) confirmed to its staff that it had written to Singh ahead of Thursday's cabinet meeting concerning moves to give pubcaster Doordarshan preferential treatment in securing the broadcast rights to telecast international cricket in India.

The Indian Cabinet is scheduled to discuss later in the day recommendations of a group of ministers on making it mandatory for private broadcasters to share sports content with DD on a revenue sharing basis. What’s worrying cricket managers globally as well as private broadcasters is that the proposed legislation is likely to be made effective retrospectively.

This means that telecast contracts that have been concluded before the proposed piece of legislation comes into force would also be guided by the new law, which seeks to give DD an unfair advantage.

The TV rights saga has bedeviled Indian cricket since the time Australia were preparing to come over for their victorious jaunt in October-November 2004. Doordarshan, the state broadcaster, has been in the box-seat since, with rights being dispensed on a series-by-series basis, cricinfo.com observed.

Cricinfo.com is now part of the Wisden group and incorporates Wisden Online. Cricinfo was launched by a group of enthusiasts in 1993 and soon mushroomed into the world's largest single-sport site on the worldwide web. Wisden Online was launched in 2001 and quickly established a reputation for well-informed, well-written and often witty comment on the web in the Wisden tradition.

The latest incarnation of the Cricinfo site, relaunched in late 2003, combines the breadth of CricInfo - live scores from almost every cricket match of any consequence, and news from all corners of the globe - with the depth of the Wisden archive, and trenchant comment.

Latest Reads

http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/01/22/hungama.jpg?itok=h0eusU2k
Hungama Music starts original audio programming in Tamil ‘Endrendrum Punnagai’

Hungama Music has announced its foray into original audio programming from 22 January. Starting with Endrendrum Punnagai, a Tamil audio original, Hungama Music will soon launch additional shows in other key Indian languages including Hindi, Telugu, Punjabi, Bengali and Marathi, among others.

Television TV Channels Music and Youth
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/01/22/mnx.jpg?itok=goDtYfPe
Times Network salutes the spirit of heroism with its Republic Day movie line-up

Times Network, India’s leading television broadcasting network, celebrates the 70th Republic Day of India by taking its viewers on a remarkable journey of valiance on its channels MOVIES NOW and MNX.

Television TV Channels English Entertainment
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/01/22/air-force.jpg?itok=5F3BNmWJ
National Geographic to celebrate the spirit of the Indian Air Force on India’s 70th Republic Day with ‘Extreme Flight: Indian Air Force’

National Geographic is marking the 70th Republic Day celebrations by paying tribute to the selfless heroes of the Indian Air Force.

Television TV Channels Factual @ Discovery
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/01/22/sun.jpg?itok=16iUFfMP
Sun Bangla to rise on 3 February

In 2018, it was reported that the Southern broadcast behemoth, Kalanithi Maran-owned Sun TV Network intended to travel to new regions of the country - Marathi and Bengali.

Television TV Channels Regional
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/01/22/ICC.jpg?itok=jIWYAeai
Ad volume for cricket up by 16% in last 2 years

Sports viewership has undergone a transformation, with the burgeoning interest in sports other than cricket. While the gentleman’s game still commands most eyeballs (69 per cent), other sports contributed around 31 per cent of the overall viewership in 2017. Of this, Star India’s Pro Kabaddi League...

Television TV Channels Sports
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/01/22/zee.jpg?itok=Mmz8ouSj
Zeel channels most watched Hindi entertainment channels across genres

Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd (Zeel) Hindi GEC channels – the free to air (FTA) Zee Anmol and flagship Zee TV were the most watched Hindi entertainment – be it GEC or Hindi movies channels, in Broadcast Audience Research Council of India (BARC) weekly list of top 10 channels across genres for...

Television TV Channels Viewership
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/01/21/burkha.jpg?itok=fsKeQsnO
New English news channel Harvest TV to launch on Republic Day

As the general elections are inching closer, media veterans are set to launch several news ventures.

Television TV Channels News Broadcasting
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/01/21/kholi.jpg?itok=j8mN58nH
Star Sports unveils new campaign “Cricket Ka Asli King Kaun” for India’s tour of New Zealand

Star Sports – India’s leading sports broadcaster has unveiled a new campaign for India’s tour of New Zealand.

Television TV Channels Sports
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/01/21/nba.jpg?itok=pVs8SPo2
Start your weekend right with NBA ‘saturday morning live’

The National Basketball Association, unveiled its campaign in India to create awareness amongst existing as well as new fans. Under its global television campaign, ‘This Is Why We Play’,

Television TV Channels Sports

Latest News

Load More

Sign up for our Newsletter

subscribe for latest stories