SC asks in favour of an exclusive CWC15 channel

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday asked the Prasar Bharti to see whether it is possible to start a new Doordarshan channel exclusively to telecast 2015 World Cup cricket matches.

The view was sought on a suggestion made by Star and ESPN, which have resisted telecast of cricket matches by DD through all the cable operators on free-to-air platform.

A bench led by Justice Ranjan Gogoi asked Prasar Bharti to examine the technical feasibility and otherwise of starting a new channel, subscription of which could be regulated for the cable operators.

While extending the interim order allowing DD to telecast all matches till Thursday, the bench also asked Star, ESPN and BCCI to give an estimate of losses they were likely to suffer in case DD was permitted to beam matches after sharing live feeds with cable operators.

The SC has made the move to make the World Cup available to a larger number of people.