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‘We are legit’ – CSN insists

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The management of Carlton Sports Network (CSN) insists that the network has been transparent with regard to its dealings and would be meeting government officials this week in a bid to clarify certain issues.

Speaking to The Nation, Chief Operating Officer (COO) of CSN, Janaka Ranatunga, said they have sought meetings with both the Media and Sports Ministers this week to explain to them the policies behind the development of a dedicated sports network. He said the CSN management hoped to meet the Media Minister and the Media Ministry Secretary tomorrow (February 2). A meeting with the Sports Minister is also due to be held later this week.

When queried whether CSN would be able to pay the hefty Rs.1 billion one-time tax imposed by the government on dedicated sports channels through its interim budget, Ranatunga said they would be speaking on this issue as well.

He denied allegations that CSN had not paid a single rupee in taxes to the government.

“We have indeed been paying our taxes. However, it seems as if this particular tax has been imposed by the government specifically targeting our network”.

However, Ranatunga said as of now, there was no obstruction for network to telecast the 2015 Cricket World Cup matches to be hosted jointly by Australia and New Zealand. CSN is the official Sri Lankan broadcaster of ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, which is set to get underway on February 14.

“We obtained the rights from ESPN, which is the legitimate international rights holder for the World Cup matches. As such, there is no problem when it comes to us telecasting the World Cup,” the COO emphasized. 

Last modified on Sunday, 01 February 2015 00:17
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