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Jun 20, 2007 at 07:46am IST

Prasar Bharti slaps notice on Nimbus

New Delhi: Prasar Bharti on Friday served a notice to Nimbus Communications for giving it a delayed feed of a cricket match and defying a government ordinance.

The public broadcaster served the notice after the Delhi High Court refused to order the company to give Prasar Bharti live a feed of the India-Sri Lanka one-day cricket match on Sunday.

Counsel for Nimbus Mukul Rohatgi said, "As of now matches on Saturday and Sunday will be shown with a 7 minute delay feed as per existing order of the high court. Whatever the correct position will emerge out we will tell on Monday afternoon at 4 o'clock."

The court had in an interim order asked the company to give Prasar Bharti a feed of the match with a seven-minute delay, and on Friday refused to change that interim order.

Going against that interim order, the Government on February 2 announced an ordinance, which says that private broadcasters must give Prasar Bharti a live feed of all important sports events without advertisements.

The High Court will hear the Prasar Bharti-Nimbus dispute on Monday, and this means the match on Sunday will be most likely shown on Doordarshan with a seven-minute delay.

Nimbus has decided to challenge the Sports Broadcast Signal Ordinance 2007 in court on the ground that it cannot be applied on the matches played outside India, as it has no jurisdiction to control the signals of the matches played there.

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