UK firm may be broadcaster for Commonwealth Games
18 Oct 2009,

NEW DELHI: A UK-based firm is likely to be selected as broadcaster for the 2010 Commonwealth Games with Prasar Bharati recommending it to the
Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.

Official sources said that the ministry is likely to grant its approval to Prasar Bharati's recommendation of choosing UK-based Satellite Information Service live (SIS) by Monday after going through the details of the matter.

The public broadcaster had shortlisted two companies, namely SIS and Mumbai-based Nimbus Communications Ltd, out of which it had to select one for broadcasting the mega event to be held in Delhi next October, for it.

Prasar Bharati is the host broadcaster for the event, but SIS (subject to its clearance by ministry) will be outsourced the work of telecasting the Games as Doordarshan plans to beam it on high definition (HD) format. The selected company will facilitate the transmission in HD technology to it, the sources said.

With the public broadcaster having almost decided on the broadcaster, it would now be able to focus on the upcoming World Broadcasters Summit, to be held in Delhi on October 26.

There was pressure on the I & B Ministry to finalise the broadcaster before the summit, as it would be a platform where Commonwealth nations are to discuss the preparations of the event's telecast.