Sky requests Cricket World Cup rights
20:40 GMT, Friday 29th November 2002 -- by James Welsh
Sky has asked the Independent Television Commission for the live and exclusive broadcasting rights to the 2003 Cricket World Cup, the Commission announced today.
Parts of the event - namely, the matches involving teams from the home nations, the semi-finals and the final - fall under the ITC's 'Group B' for listed events. Group B rules permit a satellite channel to broadcast exclusive live coverage if highlights or deferred coverage are available on a national free-to-air channel, such as BBC1, BBC2, ITV1 or Channel 4 - or if the channels have been "given a genuine opportunity" to broadcast such programmes.
The ITC says that as far as it knows, none of those broadcasters is interested in broadcasting highlights or deferred coverage - and therefore, since the opportunity was given - in principle, Sky may broadcast the event live and exclusively.