Star, Dish, and IPL

IN Media Watch Briefs | 05/09/2017

Now that Star has won the global television and digital rights for the Indian Premier League for the period 2018 to 2022, for a humongous Rs 16,347.5 crore, what happens to Dish TV's complaint to  the  Competition Commission of India? The DTH broadcaster had objected to Star participating in a bid for IPL with the rather original logic that to bid for yet another cricket property was to monopolise broadcast rights! Its a free market surely, and the Zee Group can destroy the monopoly by outbidding Star, so why doesn't it?           

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Two months after a journalist was killed in Tripura by mob violence, another scribe was shot dead today by the personal security officer of a commandant of the Tripura State Rifles. Shantanu Bhaumik's murder in September this year was followed by the murder on Nov 21 of Sudip Datta Bhaumik who was a senior journalist with the Syandan Patrika, a leading Bengali newspaper in Agartala, reports The Indian Express. He had gone to meet the commandant with an appointment, and had an altercation with the PSO.                         

Thenortheasttoday.com  reports  that  Imphal-based newspapers left their editorial columns blank to protest  the burning down of a daily on Nov. 18,  allegedly by members of the BJP’s youth wing. "Copies of the vernacular newspaper   Poknapham were set on fire by unidentified miscreants in front of BJP’s party office at Nityapat Chuthek on Saturday over alleged disparaging content against the prime minister", the website said. The All Manipur Working Journalists Union has termed the act of burning the newspaper copies as  "promulgation of mob culture."                      

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