Leading TV channels to shun IPL

Leading TV channels to shun IPL

New Delhi: Some television channels in India on Tuesday decided not to cover the third edition of the Indian Premier League (IPl) cricket tournament because of certain guidelines and contentious clauses regarding footage of the Twenty20 event.

The News Broadcasters Association (NBA), which has 34 channels as its members, said in a statement that IPL authorities and the official broadcaster “arbitrarily" refused to abide by the 2008 norms endorsed by NBA.

“In view of this position unilaterally taken by IPL/SET MAX, members of the NBA are unable to offer to their viewers any coverage in relation to IPL or its proposed matches," the association said.

International news agencies had boycotted the first two editions of the cash-rich event because of certain contentious clauses in the media accreditation guidelines.