Jawahar Goel chairman of Dish TV has accused Star India of exploiting its commanding position in airing cricket matches by competing in a bid for the IPL, explaining that such an eventuality will create a monopoly in cricket broadcast and force distributors and viewers to pay very high subscription rates.
Goel has forwarded a letter to the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, on this matter, along with the chairman of the Competition Commission of India, TRAI, and the BCCI urging them against the Star India for the possible absolute majority on cricket broadcast rights.
Goel’s letter shows that Star India has earned BCCI’s media rights for all the cricketing matches to be shown in India for the next 6-7 years. For example, Star India also has the media rights for the Asia Cup (from 2016 to 2023); all ICC games, including the World Cup, ICC World Twenty20, Champions Trophy; and rights for all the bilateral series of the cricket broads of England, Australia, and Bangladesh.
Dish TV is asking the cricket regulator to ensure fair auction of IPL telecast rights to protect the competition in the industry as well as to prevent the creation of any monopoly to the detriment of public interest.