CWC 2019: Channel 2 mulls legal action against Sports Flashes over ‘non-payment’

In a press release, Channel 2 categorically stated that the non-payments issue was entirely a matter between individuals and Sports Flashes Pvt Ltd and in no way, it has any connection with it.

Written by July 15, 2019 20:34

New Delhi: Channel 2, the official radio feed broadcaster of the ICC World Cup 2019, is mulling legal action against its Indian partner, Sports Flashes for the alleged goof-up in transmission of the marquee tournament.

Sports Flashes, a sports radio channel, is believed to have defaulted on payments to cricketers and commentators (selected for live audio broadcast), thus disrupting the audio feed of the Cricket World Cup.

In a press release, Channel 2 categorically stated that the non-payments issue was entirely a matter between individuals and Sports Flashes Pvt Ltd and in no way, it has any connection with it.

According to a media report, former cricketers including Mohammed Kaif, Atul Wassan, Syed Kirmai and commentators like Charu Sharma were roped in to lend their voice for audio broadcast of world cup matches but they are still awaiting payments and some even considering legal recourse.

In fact, Newsroompost.com spoke to Atul Wassan who went to record to pin blame on the Sports Flashes and its owner Raman Raheja.

Wassan called it a dodgy outfit and said that he got a whiff of things after one match only. He pulled no punches in stating that it was this brand brining bad name to Channel 2.

Atul Wassan’s statement:

 

How the controversy broke out :

Dubai-based Channel 2 earned the digital audio rights of World Cup 2019, which it further sub-leased to multiple radio stations across the world to reach out to 1 billion cricket fans.

Sports Flashes, run by Raman Raheja, was one among them and was entrusted with the task to produce world feed.

It is learnt that strong differences cropped up over some issues, which resulted in bouncing of cheques, non-payments and finally a mess of the radio broadcast. The ICC is reportedly at odds with itself and still remains clueless about how to pursue this matter to clean the mess.