The Information and Broadcasting Ministry is keeping a status quo on revising the sports sharing guidelines that list the sporting events to be shared with national broadcaster Prasar Bharati as the case is pending a final order at the Delhi HC. The ministry’s goal is to make content available to the largest number of listeners and viewers, on a free-to-air basis via Prasar Bharati.
Prakash Javadekar, Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting, said in Lok Sabha, “The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting had initiated a proposal to amend Section 3(1) of the Sports Broadcasting Signals (Mandatory Sharing with Prasar Bharati) Act, 2007 in consultation with various stakeholders to enable Prasar Bharati to retransmit the live broadcasting signals on its terrestrial network and DTH network, and on other television distribution platforms/networks where it is mandatory to broadcast mandatory channels notified by the Union Government under Section 8 of the Cable Television Networks (Regulation) Act, 1995.
“A writ petition challenging provisions of the Act is pending before Hon’ble High Court of Delhi. The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has decided to maintain a status-quo in the matter,”
The Sports Broadcasting Signals Act, 2007 was established to provide access to the largest number of listeners and viewers, on a free to air basis, of sporting events of national importance through mandatory sharing of sports broadcasting signals (by private TV channels or any other platform that holds the broadcasting rights) with Prasar Bharati.
Keeping in mind the provisions of the Act, MIB has been notifying national or international sporting events, held in India or abroad, as ‘sporting events of national importance’ for sharing of the live broadcasting signal, without its advertisements, of these sporting events with Prasar Bharati by the content rights owner or holder.