Zee approaches SC for telecast rights

Published: Friday, October 1, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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New Delhi:The row over telecast rights seems to be growing by the day as Zee TV today approached the Supreme Court challenging the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) decision to allow Sony TV and Ten Sports to telecast the first Test between India and Australia starting on October 6 and offering to produce the TV coverage of the match free of cost.

A Bench of Justice N Santosh Hegde and Justice S B Sinha said as the matter was being heard by a five-Judge Bench, it could not give any interim order but directed the matter to be posted for hearing before the larger Bench on Tuesday.

Zee counsel Ram Jethmalani said the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) was acting in the "worst possible" arbitrary manner by asking Sony TV, whose bid for the telecast rights was the lowest, to arrange for the live telecast of the match.

The Bench said the Board has asked Sony TV and Ten Sports only to cover the first Test as against Zee's claim for the telecast rights for all matches played in India between 2004-2008.

However, it asked the Board to clarify as to how Sony TV and Ten Sports have been given the task of telecasting the first Test when it had submitted before the Court earlier that the telecast would be on Doordarshan.

Appearing for the Board, senior advocate A M Singhvi said that the matches will be produced by Ten Sports with live feed to Sony, which would also provide live feed to Doordarshan.

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