Star India bagged the IPL media rights for Rs 16347.5 crore for next five years. In an intense bidding war, Star India pipped Sony Pictures Network and other 13 contenders to pocket India broadcast, India digital and the rest of world broadcast and digital rights for the cash rich T20 league from 2018-2022.
With the 11th edition of IPL to get underway on April 7, the BCCI and broadcasters Star are yet to get a mandatory uplink permit from the government.
Running against time and following up on an earlier request made by the broadcasters, the BCCI has written a letter to the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Smriti Irani on Wednesday night about the delay.
BCCI acting Secretary Amitabh Choudhary writes in his letter accessed by India Today, “We’re given to understand that the permission has not been granted yet. Given that we’re close to the event, we request your kind intervention in ensuring that the permission is granted urgently to ensure that our Indian audiences are able to view and enjoy the event and to prevent significant commercial losses to the parties involved.”
The letter also adds: “The Event is scheduled to commence on April 7, 2018 and we understand Star India Private Limited has made a compliant application to the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting for permission for temporary live uplinking of the Event from 06 April, 2018.”
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Doordarshan will telecast the Indian Premier League 2018 matches starting April 7. However, the matches will deferred by one hour on Doordarshan. Star India acquired the media rights of the Indian Premier League for five years in an auction in September last year.