MTV Channel (Pvt.) Ltd. and MBC Network (Pvt.) Ltd. have been allowed to telecast the London Olympic Games 2012 despite state run television channel, Rupavahini attempted to get exclusive telecast rights for the event.
The Supreme Court Bench comprising the Chief Justice Dr. Shiranee Bandaranayake with Justices Nimal Gamini Amaratunga and K. Sripavan gave a ruling yesterday nullifying the order issued by the Commercial High Court preventing the private TV channel from telecasting the London Olympic Games 2012.
The Court noted that Olympics would continue for 16 days and would have a minimum of 3000 programming hours which a single channel would not be able to cover. Stating that the main objective of the Olympic Charter and the spirit of the Olympics was the widest possible audience coverage the Court observed that the public would have no access to the balance programming hours of the Olympic Games that could be telecast if the telecasting rights are given only to one channel.