In a move that will bring cheer to thousands of cricket lovers, the Government has told the Delhi High Court that private TV channels would compulsorily share with public broadcaster Doordarshan the live feed of all official One-Day Internationals, Twenty20 ties and some Tests of public interest abroad.
Submitting a copy of a notification adding certain clauses in the Sports Broadcasting Signals Mandatory Sharing with the Prasar Bharati Act, 2007, issued in New Delhi on October 4, a statement issued by the Government said that ODIs, Twenty20 matches and selected Tests would be shown live to Indian viewers.
In July 2007, the High Court had issued notice to the Government and Prasar Bharati on a petition seeking direction for telecasting all cricket matches, including India-England series held in England earlier this year, live on Doordarshan under the provisions of a recent law.
According to the Act, any channel telecasting live sports events featuring India was bound to share the live feed with Doordarshan for the benefit of the public, the petition pointed out.
The Government also notified ‘semi-finals and finals of men’s World Cup and ICC Championship Trophy’ as sporting events of national importance.
Earlier, Prasar Bharati had submitted that ODI matches were bound to be telecast on Doordarshan, but there were some difficulties in telecasting the Test matches.