BCCI says Sony to telecast, Ten Sports to handle production

MUMBAI / NEW DELHI: It was an up and down sort of day for Indian cricket supremo Jagmohan Dalmiya, fresh off his bruising victory over Maharashtra political heavyweight and Union agriculture minister Sharad Pawar last evening in elections held to decide who would succeed him as president.

And true to form, the ongoing soap opera that has made India a laughing stock in the cricketing world had some fresh twists on offer. Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president-elect Ranbir Singh Mahendra announced today that the board would arrange for the live telecast of the India-Australia series beginning on 6 October through Sony Television Entertainment India.

"The board has decided to produce the live telecast of the series itself and distribution will be done by Sony TV," Mahendra told newsmen in Kolkata.

Mahendra said based on the recommendations of its marketing committee, the board had decided to produce the live telecast itself. He also said live feeds would be produced by Ten Sports network for BCCI, while "telecast, distribution and marketing" would be done by Sony Entertainment Network on a "revenue sharing basis".

The telecast of India-Pakistan Platinum Jubilee match on 13 November and two-test series between India and South Africa in November-December would be done under the same arrangement, Mahendra said.

He said the live telecast would be subject to any order passed by the Supreme Court, where a matter is pending in this regard.

An interesting aside to this fresh twist in the tale is that the Supreme Court willing, the two companies that had logged the lowest bids for the India cricket rights (Sony Entertainment at $ 140 million and Ten Sports at $ 115 million) could between them well be managing telecast for the upcoming series.


Meanwhile, arguments continued today for the fourth day on whether a Zee Telefilms petition challenging cancellation of a tendering process by the BCCI is maintainable or not and whether the cricket board can be termed a 'state'. The only thing that was clear though after four days of hearings, is that the battle is getting more bitter by the day.

The government today came out even more strongly in support of Zee, going so far as to say it is ready to derecognise the BCCI.

However, even as additional solicitor general Mohan Parasharan submitted before the five-judge constitution bench that the government exercised various controls over the country's top sports bodies, including BCCI, the court appeared unconvinced. "Most of your arguments fail when you have no material to show that you have ever granted recognition to BCCI as an apex body in the field of cricket," the Press Trust of India has quoted the Bench as saying.

Parasharan then said that even though BCCI was not a public authority it was performing a public function and hence its actions were subject to judicial review.

Speaking for the BCCI, counsel and senior advocate KK Venugopal went so far as to say: "If India plays England, it is a match played by the official team of BCCI and not the official team of India."

"We do not even fly the national flag nor use any national emblem in the activities of the board," PTI quoted Venugopal as saying. Venugopal said India as a country was not represented at the International Cricket Council (ICC) and that the Board uses its own flag.


It has not been all hunky-dory for Dalmiya however. While he has managed the the installation of his man Mahendra as the next president of the BCCI, one part of the script which was to have seen him take charge tomorrow as the board's patron-in-chief, and importantly its permanent representative to the ICC, remains on hold.

The Madras High Court today refused to interfere with a Chennai court order restraining till 11 October the BCCI's confirming the appointment of Dalmiya as patron-in-chief of the world's richest cricket board. The case will come up for hearing again in the high court tomorrow. Dalmiya was appointed the first ever patron-in-chief of the BCCI at a special meeting on 12 September and the board was to have ratified it today.

The "ratification meeting" has now been postponed to 26 October by which time the board is hoping that this legal irritant is out of the way.

On another "anti-Dalmiya" front, D Agashe of Maharashtra Cricket Association, whose disqualification yesterday led to the defeat of Pawar by a single vote 16-15, has said he is contemplating moving the court. 'I am taking legal opinion in the matter and if I am advised so then I will move court,' Agashe was quoted in the media as saying.

Latest Reads
Disney+Hotstar VIP to stream Cosmos-Maya's animated series Dabanngg

MUMBAI: Indian animation studio, Cosmos-Maya and Arbaaz Khan Productions have come together to adapt the Dabangg franchise into an animated series. This news comes right in line with the tenth anniversary celebration of the film franchise that introduced the character of Chulbul ‘Robin Hood’ Pandey...

Television TV Channels Kids
News First stings on launch day, gets Karnataka assembly talking on second day

News First, Karnataka’s much awaited Kannada News Channel, didn’t disappoint on launch day. The channel chose to live up to its tagline of Pratikshana Nimmondhege, Every Moment with You, with a sting operation that showed the rampant spread of drug usage amongst children and youth alike, in...

Television TV Channels News Broadcasting
Eros International unveils new identity for Eros STX Global Corp

KOLKATA: Eros International Plc has changed its corporate name to Eros STX Global Corp. Along with the change in the corporate name, the brand has come with a new logo, a new website, and a new stock ticker ESGC for New York stock exchange. Eros Intl Media CEO Pradeep Dwivedi shared the new...

Television Production House Post Production
Nickelodeon unveils its ninth indigenous animated IP 'Ting Tong'

MUMBAI: Every year, India’s premiere kids’ entertainment destination has introduced characters that are endearing and have gone on to emerge as icons amongst children across the country. The comic capers of Motu Patlu, the magic of Rudra, the adventures of Shiva and the mischiefs of the Golmaal...

Television TV Channels Kids
Virtual Fireside Series: Watch BARC India CEO Sunil Lulla live on 25 September

MUMBAI: Taking ahead its virtual fireside series with leading professionals spearheading the broadcast industry in India, will be hosting BARC India CEO Sunil Lulla on 25 September 2020. The session will be helmed by our founder, CEO, and editor-in-chief Anil Wanvari. During...

Television TV Channels GECs
SWA announces nominees for TV Shows category of SWA awards 2020

MUMBAI: Screenwriters Association (SWA), the Indian guild of screenwriters and lyricists, announced the nominees for the TV Shows category of SWA Awards 2020. A jury comprising of eminent screenwriters selected nominees separately for story, screenplay and dialogue under two sub-categories: TV...

Television Production House Post Production
Cutting-edge, robotic, animal spies infiltrate the wild again in Sony BBC Earth’s premiere ‘Spy in the Wild 2’

Nature's spies are back undercover and this time, their mission is to go deeper into the animal world than ever thought possible. Spy in the Wild revolutionized wildlife filmmaking with the use of cutting edge technology and now with Season 2, the makers have set new benchmarks as they placed more...

Television TV Channels News Broadcasting
200 million tuned in to watch the opening match of IPL: Jay Shah, BCCI

Season 13 of the Indian Premier League has opened to a grand start with millions of audiences across the world watching it on their television and mobile screens. It is one of the biggest live sports events that is happening after a gap of nearly six months. The matches are played in UAE. Star...

Television TV Channels Sports
GoQuest Media signs international distribution rights for RATS

MUMBAI: Global independent content distributor GoQuest Media has partnered with Czech production company Heaven’s Gate to take the international distribution rights for the gripping crime thriller RATS (6 x 55') - a bold, hard-hitting drama about the Czech drug trade.

Television Production House Post Production

Sign up for our Newsletter

subscribe for latest stories

* indicates required