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HC says both ESPN and Zee don't qualify

Published: Friday, September 17, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
 
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Mumbai:The Bombay High Court hearing the ESPN-Star Sport's petition challenging BCCI's awarding cricket telecast rights to Zee Telefims Ltd on Friday observed that if the conditions of the tender were strictly adhered to, then both Zee Telefims Ltd and ESPN-Star Sports would not be qualified to bag the rights.

The Court told Zee Telefilm Ltd's counsel Harish Salve "if we strictly stick to your line of argument then both the parties (Zee Telefims Ltd and ESPN Star Sports) would be ineligible".

The observation came when Salve was arguing ESPN-Star Sports' contention that Zee Telefilms Ltd did not have the required experience and it did not own "production facilities" required for the live telecast of cricket matches.

The Bombay High Court hearing the ESPN-Star Sport's petition challenging BCCI's awarding cricket telecast rights to Zee Telefims Ltd on Friday observed that if the conditions of the tender were strictly adhered to, then both Zee Telefilms Ltd and ESPN-Star Sports would not be qualified to bag the rights.

The Court told Zee Telefilm Ltd's counsel Harish Salve "if we strictly stick to your line of argument then both the parties (Zee Telefims Ltd and ESPN Star Sports) would be ineligible".

The observation came when Salve was arguing ESPN-Star Sports' contention that Zee Telefilms Ltd did not have the required experience and it did not own "production facilities" required for the live telecast of cricket matches.

He pointed out that ESPN-Star Sports just hired the production units and said going by the records submitted, in the last two years, ESPN-Star Sports has produced only one series exclusively and that also did not fulfill the required "minimum two years of experience criteria."

Salve told Court that like ESPN-Star Sports, even Zee Telefilms would hire "specialist" production professionals and equipments thereby submitting that the criterion on which ESPN-Star Sports was deeming Zee Telefilms Ltd as ineligible was incorrect.

After the Court's observation, however, Salve said that in case of strict adherence to tender conditions, none of the parties including Prasar Bharti would be eligible to get the telecast rights as all of them are merely licensee's and hire production units to telecast matches.

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