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Saturday, March 04, 2006

Tamil Producers to sue Sun TV

This ghost keeps springing up every year and this time with some legal twist. According to Screen, the tamil producers council has decided to sue Sun TV for Rs.2000 crores , which they claim is a compensation for the losses incurred due to Sun's non-adherence of the guidelines.

Certain guidelines and restrictions were issued to the channels regarding use of film clips and trailors but the Sun TV Network refused to adhere to the guidelines and continued to misuse the telecast rights given to the Indian channels, by airing the clips in foreign countries and south east Asia, which resulted in losses in overseas collections. Because of this, the members of the council decided to sue the Sun Network.

Hereafter if any film other than those for which Sun TV bought the satellite rights is aired on the channel, then it will have to pay the council a daily compensation of Rs.50 lakh. This was the other demand from the council. The programme Thirai Vimarsanam (a film review programme) came in for criticism since it showed all the important scenes of the films along with a review and thereby killed the curiosity for the film. They claimed that the channel aired the clips in this programme without even acquiring the satellite rights and the programme as a whole caused immense losses to the producers.

With the Tamil Nadu elections just a few weeks away, this might restrict Sun TV's political mileage ( If they take this seriously) or it might be just another issue which has always died down after some noise. Its also the foster son becoming more powerful than the dad. Afterall, Sun TV started off by being heavily dependant on films ( They still are) and film based programmes. All was well then but not any more.


  • any connection with sun's IPO

    By Blogger Arun, at 7:31 PM  

  • seems unlikely. This has been an on-off issue for a long time.

    By Blogger Cogito, at 9:48 PM  

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