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Delhi HC adjourns Kantar case till 11 July

NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court has adjourned the hearing in the Kantar case till 11 July as the government’s counsel is not available for hearing.

Kantar counsel Diya Kapur and News Broadcasters Association (NBA) counsel Anup Bhambhani confirmed the news to TelevisionPost.com.

The adjournment means that the stay on the clauses related to cross-media holding in the ‘Television Rating Agency Guidelines’ will continue till final orders.

The HC bench comprising Justice Manmohan had on 12 February stayed four clauses in the ‘Policy Guidelines for Television Rating Agencies in India’ pertaining to cross-media ownership, thereby preventing a rating blackout.

Additionally, the bench had also given more time to Kantar to comply with the remaining provisions of the guidelines. It had asked Kantar to register itself within two weeks under the new policy guidelines.

The bench also directed Kantar to upload a list of affiliated advertising companies on its website along with the list of its major clients.

“Needless to say, the aforesaid interim arrangement is without prejudice to the rights and contentions of either of the parties and has been put in place only to promote transparency and to ensure that in the interregnum no party suffers irreparable loss and injury,” the bench had said in its interim order.

Kantar had moved Delhi HC on 20 January to seek relief from the guidelines. It had contended that the cross-media restriction prescribed in the guidelines would result in the closure of TAM and force Kantar to sell its stake in the rating agency.

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