Deadlock between ICC and TV channels remains unresolved

Last Updated: Friday, April 1, 2011 - 00:40

New Delhi: Electronic media seems all set
to be out of Mumbai`s Wankhade stadium on Saturday for
India-Sri Lanka finals with the deadlock between ICC and the
channels remaining unresolved despite Information and
Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni taking up the issue.

Soni is understood to have raised the issue with
Agriculture Minister and ICC President Sharad Pawar after the
Cabinet meeting on Tuesday.

Sources said Pawar said that if the only problem was
with the formatting of the scoreboard as claimed by the
channels then he will look into it.

However, the news channels who had a more than three-
hour-long meeting with ICC officials said the issue has not
been resolved as ICC is just claiming that they are
commercialising the content without giving any details.

"They (ICC) have asked us to sign an undertaking
saying that the footage will not be commercialised which is
not right," Annie Joseph, Secretary General of News
Broadcasters Association, said.

She said that the channels were following the News
Access Guidelines for T-20 and one-day matches adding that "if
the ICC had an issue they should have come before and not
before the semi-finals".

Channels were allowed to cover the world cup
semifinals between India and Pakistan after ICC lifted the ban
on accredited journalists from the news channels for a day
following intervention by Soni.

The Minister has already written a letter to Pawar
requesting him to allow the electronic media to cover the
event as was the case earlier.

Before the semi-finals, television news channels had
decided to desist from accessing ongoing cricket world cup
venues including Mohali and covering press conferences and
practice sessions in the wake of ICC barring them from these
events for alleged violation of media guidelines.

PTI

First Published: Friday, April 1, 2011 - 00:40
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