March 2020


Who owns the rights to telecast Gurbani from the Darbar Sahib? Details have been obtained by Sikh activist and Lok Bhalai Insaaf Welfare Society head Baldev Singh Sirsa through a Right To Information (RTI) application.


The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) had given sole telecast rights of Gurbani from the Darbar Sahib to G Next Media Private Limited, the company that owns and operates the PTC channels.

These rights also include telecasting or broadcasting through technologies which may emerge with time. The agreement reads that the company has "all rights to record, broadcast, telecast, webcast, stream or reproduce live or recorded audio-visual recitation of Gurbani Kirtan from Darbar Sahib to the whole world or any part thereof for free to air or subscription-based."


The rights were obtained on 24 July 2012, by G Next Media in lieu of an annual payment of ₹ 1 crore with 10% increase every year. No ads are to be placed 5 minutes before or after the Gurbani telecast.

The agreement is "irrevocable" for its entire duration of 11 years. The SGPC will add the proceeds to its Education Fund.

The agreement also permits G Next to assign and transfer the rights in favour of any sister concern/subsidiary company/joint venture.


ETC Network originally procured the rights vide an agreement signed on 15 Sept 2000. ₹ 2.10 crore was paid upfront & an additional ₹ 50 Lakhs per year from 2001-02 onwards.

The SGPC was also to receive 10% of gross ad revenue earned from ads immediately before and after Gurbani.


The SGPC allowed ETC Networks to transfer its rights to G Next Media, in July 2012. n