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Published: Thursday, February 19, 2004, 23:51 [IST]
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TRAI unlikely to entertain Prasar Bharti
Thursday, February 19 2004 18:21 Hrs (IST)

New Delhi:Broadcasting regulator Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) is unlikely to intervene in the tussle between Prasar Bharti and Ten Sports over the issue of live telecast of Indo-Pak cricket series on the ground that it may not have the jurisdiction on the issue.

Prasar Bharti had earlier sent an SOS to TRAI for helping it secure terrestrial telecast rights for the upcoming Indo-Pak cricket series so that a larger section of Indian viewers can watch these matches.

"I did write to TRAI," Prasar Bharti CEO K S Sarma told on phone from Fiji Island.

When contacted, TRAI chairman Pradip Baijal said he had not received the letter from Sarma and that he would be able to comment on whether or not the regulatory authority had the jurisdiction to intervene in this issue only after reading the communication.

TRAI sources, however, said the authority might find it difficult to entertain the public broadcaster as the issue raised by it related to getting telecast rights from another TV company Ten Sports which had bagged the rights much earlier through bidding.

On whether Ten Sports Chief Peter Hutton had met him recently on this issue, Baijal said Hutton had met him last week but it had nothing to do with the issue between his company and Prasar Bharti.

"Hutton had made a presentation in general about his company when he came to meet me last week," Baijal added. As the TV broadcast rights for these matches are with Ten Sports, Doordarshan will only be able to telecast match highlights.

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