| 22 Sep 2023
Government lists cricket events that have to be shared with Prasar Bharati

NEW DELHI: All official One-Day and Twenty-20 matches played by the Indian Men’s Cricket Team will henceforth have to be shared by the rights holder with the public broadcaster Prasar Bharati under the Sports Broadcasting Signals (Mandatory Sharing with Prasar Bharati) Act 2007.

A Gazette notification issued on 22 October 2016 and placed in the Information and Broadcasting Ministry website also says this includes "such Test matches as are considered to be of high public interest by the Central Government".

In addition, the notification says this also includes Semi-finals and finals of Men’s World Cup and International Cricket Council Championship Trophy wll also figure among the the sporting events of national importance with respect to cricket.

The notification has been issued by the Government under Section 2 (1) of the Act read with Rule 6(1) of the Sports Broadcast Signals (Mandatory Sharing with Prasar Bharati) Rules 2007.

The notification says this is in supersession of the notification of the Government of 23 August 2012.

A Ministry source told that the notification had been issued in view of some cases filed earlier in the different courts and to avoid further litigation with regard to sharing the feed with All India Radio and Doordarshan with regard to cricket.