This fee was introduced during the regime of the then I&B minister, SmritiIrani. IBF feels that this is not in line with the Prime Minister’s vision of promoting sports and ease of doing business in the country.
The IBF also has sports broadcasters as its members. It also said that even the broadcasting regulator, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, had opposed the introduction of processing fee for live telecast by non-news and current affairs channels and questioned the ministry why such a step was taken without a due consultation process.
IBF in its letter to the then Secretary, said, “as any change in the permission fee affects or alters the terms and conditions of the license or permission” MIB should have avoided introduction of such a regime without its recommendation which is mandatory as per the provisions of the TRAI Act,1997.
IBF said: “The lifeline of a sports channel is to have at least three or four live sports properties in a day and a processing fee of Rs 1 lakh per channel per day for live telecasting sporting events will soon become economically unviable for sports channels. It not only put heavy burden on sports channels but introduced huge cost on the emerging sports like badminton, table tennis, shooting, wrestling, weightlifting, and others.”