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International Media Might Boycott IPL

Update: So much for hollow threats. Despite the News Broadcasters Association stating that they’re going to boycott the IPL, we’ve just received a programming note from CNN-IBN and IBN7 with details of IPL programming before and during the tournament.

Earlier: “Indian cricket (administrators), on the other hand, are a bit like George Bush, arm-twisting without grace and flexing their muscles vulgarly.”– Fake IPL Player

Rules thrust upon news broadcasters, websites and magazines by the BCCI (BCCI) has led to the media ensuing a threat to boycott the Indian Premier League. This time, like last year, the international media body News Media Coalition has issued its stand against the “excessive” rules being forced upon them by the BCCI.

Last year, in April, the body went through a similar process of objecting, asking for a compromise and then finally reaching an agreement – regarding editorial content syndication.  This time the body is objecting against “aspects of the terms and conditions of journalist attendance which seek to define news platforms that are acceptable to the IPL in terms of their ownership and/or the scope of their business operations. Other concerns relate to the imposition of updating quotas, which also need reconsideration.” The NMC had previously called upon the IPL to find a solution to widespread press concerns about coverage of the 2010 tournament due to begin on March 12, 2010.

Just recently, the (Indian) News Broadcasters Association has decided that its members will not offer their viewers any coverage related to the IPL or its proposed matches. The Indian Broadcasters Federation (IBF) wanted India’s Information & Broadcasting Ministry to step in.

What do we think will happen next? Well, with just 9 days to go before the IPL beings, our guess is that the issues will be resolved in a weeks time. This is posturing, and neither the IPL nor the News Media Coalition wants there to be no media coverage.


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