Telecast rights; ESPN-Star claims highest bid

Published: Sunday, August 15, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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New Delhi:ESPN-Star Sports claimed to have made the highest qualifying bid for the telecast rights of cricket matches in India from 2004-05 to 2007-08.

"ESPN-Star Sports bid was the highest qualifying bid under the rules of bidding specified by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI)," R C Venkatesh, managing director of the private television network, said in a media release in New Delhi.

"Although Zee Network had offered a larger bid, they clearly did not qualify as they have had no experience of broadcasting or producing live international cricket event as specified in the tender," the statement said.

The deadline for submission of sealed bids for the telecast and radio broadcast rights ended at 2.00 PM on Saturday.

BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya confirmed to PTI from Kolkata that the bids were indeed opened in the presence of all the bidders along with BCCI finance committee chairman N Srinivasan, and joint secretary R S Shetty.

"Audit firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) were asked to receive and open the bids which were signed by the notary public as per law," Dalmiya said.

"The papers are however yet to be received by me, so I am in no position to say who has bid the highest," he added.

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