Sports broadcasters irked at latest ministry fiat

IN Media Watch Briefs | 02/05/2018

 On April 25 the ministry of information and broadcasting made it mandatory  for private sector sports channels to display a ticker during the live broadcast of  “national interest” events that the game can also be viewed on Doordarshan. These broadcasters who are already made to share the feed of such events with the State-owned DD, are  considering seeking legal protection against the latest order.  The MIB order says that  a scroll/ticker needs to be run “in appropriate colour, font and size making it prominently visible every 15 minutes”.                         

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