Sumathipala says TNL given Asia Cup telecasting rights by host nation

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Deputy Speaker Thilanga Sumathipala told Parliament yesterday that it was the host country of the Asian Cricket Cup that had given the telecasting rights to the TNL channel. Sumathipala was in the chair when NFF leader Wimal Weerawansa demanded to know how the TNL had secured the Asia Cup rights.

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This is hard to believe unless he can produce some evidence..... How can the host nation decide on what is best for us! This makes my previous assumption wrong about dialog sponsoring it for TNL to make sure that dialog gets to sell some DTV packages to people who are not covered by TNL

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Lol.. parliament jokes... these politicos should get a crash course on how to construct a good lie.. the ones they are coming up with are worse than a five year old's..

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It would be better if you do some research when publishing on topics that the original source hasn't covered adequately enough.

They seem to have misinterpreted what Sumathipala said in the parliament. I was listening to the parliamentary proceedings when this topic was discussed. It was just a small interruption to Weerawansha's speech and basically Sumathipala was trying to say SLC can't decide on the TV rights of this series because the cricket board of the host country has that authority. To be honest, I didn't hear this part in particular, "They have decided to give it to the TNL" from Sumathipala. It was more like his words got caught in Weerawansha's go at TNL. Not everything was clear so not sure. But it's hard to believe Sumathipala said that, because there is this more realistic explanation that I've heard in few other places as well;

Azzam Ameen
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Clarification - Dialog has won the TV rights for Asia Cup beating SLRCs bid, Dialog has given it to TNL to locally telecast it #SriLanka

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Dear Azzam Ameen,
Thanks for highlighting the mis-reporting.... I do not think the contributor of the news item to the site nor Island Cricket should be held responsible for doing the research to validate content on a meta-news (news aggregator) site. It is up to readers to comment and disclose if they find any misrepresentation.

Thanks also for highlighting the dialog involvement which confirmed my doubt! It will not be possible to stop this type of deal as it is free/open market.

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Amidst speculations that nepotism came in to play in Dialog TV awarding the telecasting rights of the T20 Asia Cup to TNL TV, the Chairman of the channel, Shan Wickremesinghe, has claimed that his channel received the telecasting rights from Dialog after several other television channels had turned down the offer made by Dialog.

Shan Wickremesinghe, brother of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe further noted that suddenly everyone is making a big fuss that TNL TV is telecasting the matches. “Call up and ask someone in Ratnapura if they can watch Rupavahini, CSN wasn’t available all over the country but no one spoke then,” he charged.

Wickremesinghe also added that it was his channel that telecasted the 1996 cricket World Cup which Sri Lanka won, as well as the Asian Football tournament among many other sports programmes.

“Dialog received the telecasting rights, and had approached several local television channels to show the matches, however these channels had declined and then we agreed to telecast it on TNL,” he said.

“There is no family involvement as speculated by some. If we had the backing of the government then we could have easily got about 500 advertisements. We have always had difficulties, and we continue to have difficulties, but I assure you there was no favouritism in awarding the telecasting rights to us by Dialog,” Wickremesinghe added.

Chairman of the Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation, Ravi Jayawardana
Chairman of the Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation, Ravi Jayawardana

Meanwhile, Chairman of the state-run television, the Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation, Ravi Jayawardana said that his channel made a direct offer to Star TV to obtain the telecasting rights, but it was not accepted, and it was instead given to Dialog TV.

“So we made an offer to Dialog since they don’t have terrestrial TV. But they have given it to TNL. However, we got exclusive rights for the ICC World Cup matches till 2019,” he told Colombo Telegraph.

Chairman of Derana TV, Dilith Jayaweera said that the deal between Dialog TV and TNL was a ‘clean deal’ and the Prime Minister had no involvement in Dialog awarding the telecasting rights to TNL. “I checked and double checked. It is a clean deal between dialog and TNL” he said.

“Dialog even spoke to us, but it was not financially viable to run these matches during prime time, and we would have had to compromise on our regular programmes,” he told Colombo Telegraph.

Jayaweera also added that the financial benefit offered by Dialog was insignificant and hence his channel turned down the offer.

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I would like know the order in which dialog offered the rights. They would have started from the lowest covered station to maximize on the sale of dialog connections which was on special promotion at Rs 3999/- Their is no issue with the business practice but it could damage the branding..... But the media seems to be silent.

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