SLC forensic audit reports irregularities in broadcasting rights

Sri Lankan Cricket forensic audit has revealed irregularities in allotment of broadcast rights. Suspicious transactions reportedly also include broadcast rights contracts for local matches.

The transactions, reportedly revealed in the SLC forensic audit, reportedly were in breach of a Cabinet memorandum on allotment of the broadcast rights.

A Cabinet memorandum of June 27, 2011 states that broadcasting rights of international cricket matches in Sri Lanka or overseas should be given to a State media institution, whereas any private TV or radio station dedicated solely to sports can only be given such rights following discussions, Sri Lankan has reported.

According to forensic report details, Sri Lanka Cricket had not followed the necessary protocol or tender procedure when awarding broadcasting rights to local stations. It has also  been revealed that the Chief Operating Officer of SLC had made these transactions through his personal e-mail account and not via the official account.

Broadcasting rights for the 2018 Nidhahas Trophy had also been awarded without the approval of the management committee of Sri Lanka Cricket or the Executive Committee. It has also been observed the broadcasting rights of the Nidhahas Trophy had been awarded only 4 days prior to the commencement of the tournament.

Also although the tax invoice, released to obtain the funds for providing the broadcasting rights of the tournament, had been issued to a company by the name of VIS Broadcasting Pvt Ltd, the cheque which was issued (transferring the funds) had said it was issued by SKY Media Network.