The Supreme Court today stayed an order issued by the Commercial High Court which prevented a private TV channel from telecasting the London Olympic Games 2012 and ruled out exclusive telecast rights for the state run television channel, Rupavahaini.
The Bench comprising the Chief Justice Dr. Shiranee Bandaranayake with Justices Nimal Gamini Amaratunga and K. Sripavan gave this ruling sequel to an appeal filed by MTV Channel (Pvt.) Ltd. and MBC Network (Pvt.) Ltd. against the Colombo Commercial High Court order.
The Supreme Court observed that the main objective of the Olympic Charter and the spirit of the Olympics was the widest possible audience coverage. The Court also noted that the duration of the Olympic Games was 16 days and the games coverage was approximately a minimum of 3000 programming hours and the maximum coverage that could be given by one channel even if it telecast 24 hours a day was 384 programme hours and the public would have no access to the balance programming hours of the Olympic Games that could be telecast.