ICC stops SLBC from broadcasting Champions Trophy

Published: Thursday, September 19, 2002, 20:10 [IST]
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Colombo: The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Thursday obtained a court order preventing Sri Lanka's state-run radio from carrying live broadcasts of the ongoing Champions Trophy tournament.

The ICC had moved the Commercial High Court here against the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC) over broadcasting rights of the 12-nation tournament. The ICC said it owned the television and broadcasting rights for the tournament and demanded $ 70,000 from the SLBC for carrying radio commentaries. SLBC chairman Dhammika Ganganath Dissanayake said the ICC had obtained a stay order against the broadcasts, which had now been stopped. "As a state media organisation, the SLBC is obliged to broadcast the Champions Trophy games to millions of listeners," Dissanayake said. "We have not decided if we should move the Supreme Court against the order". The ICC also rejected a formula offered by the Ministry of Cultural Affairs to settle the dispute, by which the SLBC would pay the ICC 10 per cent of the total revenue earned from the braodcasts. The SLBC radio commentators were giving live broadcasts by watching the proceedings on television from their studios located near the Sinhalese Sports Club grounds, one of the two venues of the tournament in Colombo.

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