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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The  Deccan Chronicle and Asian Age have reported that Parashuram Waghmare, the last of the six suspects arrested in connection with the killing of journalist-activist Gauri Lankesh, was her assassin. The confirmation is attributed to a senior official in the Special Investigation Team. He also said the same weapon was used to shoot Gauri Lankesh, as rationalists Govind Pansare and M M Kalburgi. The weapon has not been traced.The SIT suspects that three more people were present when Gauri Lankesh was shot dead at the entrance of her Bengaluru residence on September 5, 2017.                      

PTI reports that the West Bengal govt plans to come up with a law to tackle fake news and social media posts which cause unrest. The report quotes a Home Dept official saying that the state govt has kept data bank on fake news circulated on social media in West Bengal and other parts of the country in the past couple of years, and has records of past offenders to consider while framing the new law.  recent incidents in Shillong, Godda in Jharkhand and Karbi Anglong district of Assam have added to the concern, the report says.                    

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