Telecast tangle: Zee files petition in SC

Zee Telefilms has filed a petition in the Supreme Court today against the BCCI decision to cancel a tender awarded to it.

updated: February 25, 2007 10:09 IST
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New Delhi:

Zee Telefilms has filed a petition in the Supreme Court today against the Board of Control for Cricket in India's (BCCI) decision to cancel a tender awarded to it to telecast Indian cricket team's matches over the next four years. Its petition says the contract for cricket telecast rights with the BCCI was signed and was not incomplete as the BCCI maintains. It also says that all 14 BCCI members had unanimously agreed to give telecasting rights to Zee, that they also agreed that Zee had the competence to execute the project, and Zee had already paid 20 million dollars to the BCCI which it accepted. The BCCI has reacted sharply to Zee boss Subhash Chandra's allegation that the BCCI chief was promoting the interests of the rival sports channel ESPN-Star Sports which had also bid for telecasting rights. Jagmohan Dalmiya said that the board had to resort to cancelling the tender process due to the "fight" between the two channels. "We were now trying our level best to arrange for live telecast of the India-Australia series which begins in Bangalore from October six," he said. ESPN-Star Sports says it is shocked at the "irresponsible statements made to the media by Subhash Chandra alleging collusion between BCCI and ESPN Star Sports" It has also demanded an "unqualified aplogy " from the Zee Chairman and has threatened legal action if he fails to apologise And as the controversy moves to the courts there is a very real chance there could be telecasting trouble when the India-Australia matches begin.