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June 2018


The I&B ministry has issued a directive that a broadcaster carrying a Sports event of national importance, must carry a ticker indicating:

"This match/ game can also be viewed on DD Sports channel on DD Free Dish DTH and DD's terrestrial network on free-to-air basis."

Further, this ticker must be carried in appropriate colour, font and size (making it prominently visible) & repeated every 15 minutes.

The ticker must be displayed from the point of start of the live broadcast to the end of live broadcast related to the sports event.

"The broadcaster companies concerned shall adhere to the above instruction strictly. This order will come in force with immediate effect," the MIB said in the order dated 25 April.

Games of national importance are typically those in which India is playing global sporting events and the finals of popular Indian tournaments.

The Sports Broadcasting Signals (Mandatory Sharing with Prasar Bharati) Act, 2007, made it compulsory for private broadcasters to provide access to such sporting events, so that they are available to all Indians, via Radio & TV.

Recently, the I&B ministry had tried to get Indian Premier League (IPL) matches listed as games of 'national importance' but the move was opposed by the Sports ministry.


"This diktat goes way beyond the remit of the Sport Mandatory Sharing Act. If this notice is not challenged or allowed to be implemented, then it will undermine the investments made by private broadcasters in acquiring rights from sports federations," opined a broadcaster's executive.

Given Star India's penechant to move court, the order is most likely to be challenged in a court of law.

We will keep viewers informed. n


Vide its notification dated 27th January, 2017, the Central Government has notified following events as sporting events of national importance:

1. Summer Olympics

2. Commonwealth Games

3. Asian Games

4. Special Olympics

5. Paralympics

6. Events relating to the following sports,-


a) Davis Cup-All matches featuring India;

b) Grand Slam Tournaments,- Finals of Men's Singles, Women's Singles and all matches featuring Indian player from quarterfinals onwards; and

c) Grand Slam Tournaments, - All such matches featuring Indian Player in men's doubles, Women's doubles or Mixed doubles from quarterfinals onwards.


a) World Cup - All matches featuring India and semifinals and finals;

b) Champions Trophy - All matches featuring India and finals; and

c) Indira Gandhi Gold Cup for Women-Semi-finals and finals.


a) World Cup - Opening match, semi-finals and finals;

b) Asia Cup - All matches featuring India and semifinals and finals; and

c) Santosh Trophy - Semi-finals and finals.