Court restrains two channels from showing IPL cheer girls

April 17th, 2009 - 10:25 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, April 17 (IANS) The Delhi High Court Friday restrained two private television news channels from telecasting “entertainment” footage like cheer girls in action while showing clips of the Indian Premier League (IPL) that begins in South Africa Saturday.
Justice S.N. Aggarwal in an interim order allowed the two channels - Aaj Tak and Headlines Today - to telecast only three-and-a-half minute of deferred live visuals of a match, but minus any entertainment footage.

The official broadcaster of IPL, Sony Entertainment, reached an agreement with the news channels on using the deferred clips of a match in the first 10 days of the league tournament.

Senior Advocate A.S. Chandiok, appearing for Sony Entertainment, pleaded that such an arrangement should be binding on all news organisations.

But the court turned down the contention as other news organisations were not made party in the case by Sony.

The court modified its previous order in which it had, April 1, restrained the channel from broadcasting footage of a match beyond 30 seconds without permission of MSM Satellite (Singapore) PTE Ltd, a part of Sony Entertainment, which has the telecast rights for these matches.

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