Financial Daily from THE HINDU group of publications
Thursday, Feb 10, 2005

News
Features
Stocks
Port Info
Archives
Google

Group Sites

Marketing - Courts/Legal Issues
Variety - Sports


Zee plea: HC tells BCCI not to finalise deal

Our Legal Correspondent

Chennai , Feb. 9

ZEE Telefilms on Wednesday got a breather from the Madras High Court which directed the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) not to finalise any tender or contract for telecast of the forthcoming Indo-Pak cricket series till February 17.

Zee TV, in its petition, contended that the BCCI having awarded to it the contract for telecast of the various matches in India to be played in March-April, had by a communication dated September 21, 2004, informed the cancellation of the contract.

Zee submitted that among the bidders, its bid was the highest at $260 million (Rs 1,260 crore) with the ESPN/Star Sports being the second with $230 million. Zee said it had also paid $20 million as advance to the BCCI.

Mr Justice K.P. Sivasubramaniam, who heard the preliminary submissions by counsels of both sides, adjourned the case to February 17. He asked the first respondent (BCCI) not to finalise the bid or contract till then. The respondents were directed to file their counters by February 14.

The BCCI, according to the petitioner, had invited tenders for telecast of cricket matches in India for the period October 1, 2004 to September 30, 2008. In response, the petitioner had submitted its tender on August 14, 2004. Having bid for the highest amount, the tender was awarded to the petitioner. Subsequently, however, the BCCI communicated the cancellation of the contract "on reasons and grounds" that were "frivolous", the petitioner said.

From media reports, the petitioner said it had learnt that even when the BCCI had decided to award the contract in its favour, the cricket board was reported to be negotiating with all other sports channels whose bids were lower than those of the petitioner, to cover the Indo-Pak series. The petitioner was ready to cover the forthcoming series and was also willing to deposit the entire advertisement revenue before this court. The petitioner prayed that to protect its interest and that of the viewers, the court might issue appropriate orders for telecast of the series.

The petitioner also prayed for issue of an interim injunction restraining the BCCI from permitting coverage of cricket matches in India, by other than the Prasar Bharati, which allowed free-to-air broadcast, on the basis of signals to be provided by the petitioner.

Article E-Mail :: Comment :: Syndication :: Printer Friendly Page


Stories in this Section
Zee plea: HC tells BCCI not to finalise deal


Early bird offer from Singapore Airlines
Cox & Kings tie-up
Pizza Corner parent to bring in sandwich, ice-cream chains
Coffee Day plans 500 outlets by 2007
`Soya, yoghurt drinks fastest growing'
BPL Comm stakes claim to use brand BPL till 2008
Walt Disney launches Telugu channel for kids
BPL unveils GSM mobiles in Kerala
Oxford Press unveils 7th edition of dictionary in CD
IndiaMART launches online payment gateway


The Hindu Group: Home | About Us | Copyright | Archives | Contacts | Subscription
Group Sites: The Hindu | Business Line | The Sportstar | Frontline | The Hindu eBooks | The Hindu Images | Home |

Copyright 2005, The Hindu Business Line. Republication or redissemination of the contents of this screen are expressly prohibited without the written consent of The Hindu Business Line