Star Television India Private Limited has got the high court nod to telecast the Oscar Awards Presentation Ceremony live on their channels on February 24 along with all the clippings of the nominated films although it does not have the certificate from Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC).
A division bench of Chief Justice Swatanter Kumar and Justice J.P. Devdhar permitted the telecast of the Oscar ceremony live on Star network on a petition filed by its Senior Vice-president Sameer Rao.
Star filed a notice of motion seeking permanent permission to telecast the Oscars live with the nominated movie clippings although it does not have the appropriate certification from the CBFC. The channel contended that they had moved the application apprehending adverse effect of the live telecast where the nominated films’ clippings will also be shown.
On November 21, 2005, the high court had restrained satellite television channels from beaming movies or programmes without obtaining certification from the censor board.
The order was passed on a public interest petition by social activist and St Xavier’s College lecturer Pratibha Naithani. The channel contended that they had the exclusive rights to telecast the show. Since the show was live, it was not in their control to monitor the clippings telecast.
Besides, all the films nominated for the Oscars have not been released in India, and hence there was no way that they would have acquired a CBFC certification. According to the petition, Star holds exclusive rights since 1999 to beam Oscars live.
In 2007, there were 1.02 million television viewers who watched the Oscars live and 2.49 million viewers watched the repeat telecast the same night, this shows the popularity of the show, states the application.