Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (Ficci) has said the proposed norms for uplinking of television channels from India would affect revenues, quality of programming and the investment climate, as these will have a direct bearing on popular sports broadcasts such as cricket matches,Olympics and the Commonwealth Games.
The chamber has cautioned the government against the detrimental impact on private TV channels of any move to impose sharing the feed of events of national importance, including sports, with Doordarshan.
In an advocacy note to the Chairman (Pranab Mukherejee) and Members of the Group of Ministers (GOM) on uplinking and downlinking of TV channels from India (Jaipal Reddy, Kapil Sibal, H.R.Bhardwaj, and Kamal Nath), a FICCI delegation, which included CEOs and senior representatives of STAR TV, Sony International TV, Zee Telefilms, Ten Sports and ESPN Star Sports, vehemently opposed the idea of mandatory sharing of content with Doordarshan.
The chamber expressed apprehensions that the media industry would be up against anti-competitive forces and this would adversely affect the development of sports, would encourage piracy, scale down revenues and stunt the overall growth of the media industry.
It pointed out that it would adversely impact sporting federations and sportspersons, severely reduce the value of sporting properties besides substantially reducing the ability of sporting federations to invest in infrastructure to develop sport and would ultimately impair the remuneration available to sportspersons.