Information and Broadcasting Ministry has made it mandatory for the Broadcasters to share the signals of the Commonwealth Games, Asian Games, Summer and Special Olympics, Paralympics and some tennis, hockey and football events with Doordarshan . The I&B Ministry has declared them as sporting events of “national importance”.
In a gazette notification, the Government said that the broadcasting rights holders of these events will have to share the feed with Prasar Bharati under the Sports Broadcasting Signals (Mandatory Sharing with Prasar Bharati) Act, 2007.
The Act mandates private broadcasters to share live broadcasting signals of such sporting events with Prasar Bharati simultaneously, to enable it to re-transmit the same on its terrestrial networks and direct-to-home network.
The ministry has also identified all matches of Davis Cup, Grand Slam tournaments (men’s and women’s singles finals, all matches featuring Indian players in quarter-finals onwards and all such matches featuring Indian players in men’s and women’s doubles or mixed doubles from quarter-finals onwards) as nationally important events.
For hockey, the sports-feed of World Cup (all matches featuring India, semi-finals and finals), Champions Trophy (all matches featuring India and finals) and Indira Gandhi Gold Cup for women-semi-finals and finals) will be shared by official rights holders with Prasar Bharati.
In Football, the Ministry has named World Cup (opening match, semi-finals and finals), Asia Cup (all matches in which Indian team plays, semi-finals and finals) and Santosh Trophy (semi-finals and finals) as important events.