SC adjourns hearing on tri-series telecast

Published: Tuesday, August 1, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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New Delhi:The Supreme Court yesterday adjourned till August 4 the hearing of the application filed by TEN Sports seeking directions to the Prasar Bharati not to interfere with the exclusive right of the sports channel to live telecast the forthcoming tri-series starting from August 14 in Sri Lanka.

A bench, comprising Mr Justice A K Mathur and Mr Justice Markandey Katju, adjourned the hearing on the request of senior counsel Harish Salve with counsel P H Parekh appearing for the petitioner.

The issue of whether or not the ODI series -- featuring India, Sri Lanka and South Africa -- will be live telecast by Doordarshan shall be decided by the apex court on coming Friday.

TEN Sports is prepared to share its feed with the DD, subject to Prasar Bharati agreeing to compensate the Sharjah-based sports channel for the loss of revenue in terms of advertisements and reduction in viewership.

According to the Taj Television Pvt. Ltd., owner of TEN Sports, the channel had bought exclusive live telecast rights of all international tournaments from the Sri Lankas cricket board paying Rs. 100 crores.

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