New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday asked state-run Prasar Bharti to consider a proposal by private broadcasters that it should create a separate channel for sharing feed from the ongoing cricket World Cup tournament.

The response is to be filed before Thursday, when the court next hears the case.

A bench headed by justice Ranjan Gogoi also asked the parties, including the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and private broadcaster Star India, to submit accounts for the anticipated losses from having to share feed from nine matches that are considered to be of “national importance".

Private broadcasters are required by law to share the feed from matches of “national importance" with Prasar Bharti.

However, where there was an intermediary -- like a private cable operator -- sharing the feed in March will lead to revenue losses for Star, which had paid 3850 crore to BCCI and 30,000 crore to the International Cricket Council for the broadcasting rights, Star’s lawyer P. Chidambaram said.

The tournament began on 14 February. Meanwhile, an interim stay on a Delhi high court verdict directing Prasar Bharti to share match feed only on its terrestrial network, will continue till 19 February.

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