Govt. must intervene in telecast rights : Keheliya
June 29, 2012
If the unprofessional handling of the tender procedure to sell TV telecast rights of international cricket matches played in Sri Lanka has deprived millions of cricket lovers from watching Sri Lanka – Pakistan cricket matches, the government must intervene to correct that, cabinet spokesman, Information and Media Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said yesterday.

When the media personnel raised the question on the alleged arbitrary decision of the SLC management to give three year telecast rights for a mere Rs. 125 million to CSN, Minister Rambukwella declined to elaborate as a court case is pending on the issue.

However, Minister Rambukwella admitted if the tender has been offered to CSN by the top management of the SLC in a manner that warrants many a question and is almost frequently depriving other TV channels of applying for telecast rights ‘It is a matter for concern as the incident is a violation of the rights of cricket lovers’. Journalists have said this particular TV channel does not have the necessary resources or experience to a clear and wider telecast of a major sporting event like an international cricket match. Minister Rambukwella said he would direct the attention of the government on the issue and added ‘We must wait until the court order is delivered’.

Media personnel have said the cricket lovers in many parts of the country have been deprived of viewing matches of the current cricket series between Sri Lanka and Pakistan as the quality of transmission of the CSN is extremely poor.

Source: Daily Mirror - Sri Lanka