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Free-to-air sports coverage on state broadcaster Doordarshan (DD) must now be highlighted to those viewing live events on rival pay-TV channels, India’s Ministry of Broadcasting has decreed.
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A ticker must run during live coverage of sporting events of national importance stating the event can also be seen on DD Sports channel via terrestrial or FreeDish satellite TV transmission, the Ministry has said.

The subscription-based channels will also have to repeat this ticker every 15 minutes, from the start to the end of the live broadcast.

The edict covers events such as the Summer Olympics, Paralympics, Commonwealth Games, and Asian Games. Meanwhile, cricket competitions covered by the MIB order include all official one-day and twenty-20 matches played by the Indian Men’s Cricket Team and Tests, and Semi-finals and finals of Men’s World Cup and International Cricket Council Championship Trophy. Tennis events include all Davis Cup matches featuring India, finals of Men’s Singles and Women’s Singles Finals in all Grand Slam tournaments, as well as the matches featuring Indian players from the quarter finals onwards.

For Hockey, the Ministry considers of national importance all World Cup and Champions Trophy matches featuring India, along with the semi finals and finals; plus the semi finals and finals of the Indira Ghandi Gold Cup.

Finally, for football, the opening match, semi finals and finals of the FIFA World Cup; the matches featuring India along with the semi-finals and finals of the Asia Cup, and the Santosh Trophy semi finals and finals fall in the MIB’s classification.

“The broadcaster companies concerned shall adhere to the above instruction strictly. This order will come in force with immediate effect,” stated the MIB.