Centre to identify events of national importance

New Delhi, Nov 13 | Updated: Nov 14 2005, 05:30am hrs
With downlinking guidelines mandating sharing of feed of key programmes, including cricket, by private players with Doordarshan, the government will kickstart efforts to identify events of national importance at a meeting later this month.

According to sources, the meeting will also address issues raised by private sports broadcasters, who have expressed reservation on the must-share clause of cricket rights with Prasar Bharatis Doordarshan and its free-to-air DTH platform.

The government will be represented through officials from the information and broadcasting ministry as well as from the ministry of youth affairs and sports.

The sources said senior I&B ministry officials have also indicated that the government could consider allowing a window of exclusivity to private players, most likely for Test matches.

The main agenda would, however, be for drawing up a list of events which are considered of national importance, and thus need to be shown on the terrestrial as well as DTH network of Prasar Bharati.

The events of national importance shall be determined by the ministry in consultation with ministry of sports and youth affairs, Prasar Bharati and the concerned sports channels/sports rights management companies, the I&B ministry said in its new downlinking policy announced on Friday.