Olympics coverage battle heats up in Sri Lanka

Updated: Jul 24, 2012, 00:10 AM IST

Colombo: A privately-owned television channel, which is battling a state television network to win telecast rights of the London Olympics, was given a legal boost today following a court decision.

A three-member Supreme Court bench vacated a restraining order imposed on the MTV by the Colombo Commercial High Court in May.

The state TV Rupavahini had obtained the restraining order against MTV, claiming exclusive rights for the coverage of the London Games.

MTV challenged the order enabling it to share telecast rights.

Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage, commenting on the court decision, said it was pleasing that more stations are carrying the Olympics coverage.