No mandatory sharing of signal, condition for India-S Africa series

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New Delhi, Mar 24 (UNI) The holder of rights for telecast of the India-South Africa Test series starting form March 26 in Chennai will not share its signal with the Prasar Bharati as the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has decided not to declare the test cricket series as sporting event of national importance.

Under the existing law, signals of sports events of national importance have to be shared with the public broadacster.

The Ministry took the decision in view of the Delhi High Court Order of Februaray 2 this year in the Ravi Dev Gupta V/s Union of India and Another case.

The Sports Broadcasting Signals (Mandatory Sharing with Prasar Bharati) Act, 2007 has provided for mandatory sharing of sports signals by right owners for all such events which are notified by the Central Government under Clause (s) of sub-section (1) of Section 2 of the said Act and after following the procedure prescribed under the provisions of said Act and rules made thereto.

The first Test of the three test match series is going to be played in Chennai from March 26 to 30. Ahmedabad will hold the second Test from April 3 to 7 and Kanpur the third test from April 11 to 15.

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