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News channels can air 5.5 min. of match footage a day during T20 World Cup

MUMBAI: The International Cricket Council (ICC) today released its News Access Regulations for broadcasters in India intending to report on the ICC World Twenty20 2016, which will be staged across India from 8 March to 3 April.

According to the ICC, on each match day a news channel can air 5.5 minutes of match footage. Footage can be repeated for a maximum of two exhibitions in an hour.

No more than a maximum total of five and a half (5½) minutes of footage (whether the first broadcast of any such footage or any repeat thereof) may be broadcast per news day.

The ICC also said that there has to be half an hour delay of airing match footage following its live airing by Star Sports.

News broadcasters are permitted to interrupt regular news programmes and/or other news programmes to broadcast footage using the caption ‘Breaking News’ or its equivalent for a period not exceeding 15 seconds.

News channels can report the achievement of an important personal milestone by a player (such as a hat-trick of wickets falling, 100 wickets being taken, etc) or other exceptional events that may occur during any match day for no more than one exhibition of footage within 30 minutes following the broadcast of such live footage by the official/host broadcaster.

These regulations are solely for bona fide news broadcasters registered under the category of News and Current Affairs channels according to the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting’s downlinking guidelines.

News broadcasters are not permitted to use any footage to make their own compilation or ‘mix’ the footage with footage from other television events, sports events, documentaries, interviews, etc.

It is specifically clarified that Star has the exclusive rights from IBC to produce and broadcast, among other things, studio-based programmes in relation to the event and the matches and that under no circumstance should any content from such programmes either be considered as ‘footage’ under these regulations or used by a news broadcaster in any manner whatsoever.