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Smoke screen blocks Narain on DD

June 27, 2005 20:34 IST

You may see him zipping away to glory on the Formula One circuit on private sports channels but Indian racing hero Narain Karthikeyan may never figure on our very own Doordarshan channels, thanks to the government's obsessive adherence to ban anything related to tobacco on television screens.

Despite being given the mandate to telecast anything of national interest, the public broadcaster could not show Karthikeyan racing on F1 tracks as the Health Ministry struck the proposal down because cigarette company Marlboro figured on hoardings on the kerbs of the track as well as on some of the racing cars. "Prasar Bharati was offered millions of dollars by F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone to telecast the event on Doordarshan, more so on DD I, but the proposal could not see the light of day as the Health Ministry struck it down," the public broadcaster's CEO, K S Sarma, said.

"The F1 boss said 'Sky is the Limit' and we were optimistic that his proposal should be cleared. But the Health Ministry refused," he said, adding that they had sent the offer around September last year.

The refusal comes even as the Information and Broadcasting Ministry, which has banned smoking scenes in films and television serials from October 2, clarified that live telecasts of any event have been left outside the ambit.

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Number of User Comments: 14

Sub: !!!

guys..which century are we all living in...???????? sometimes this stuff sounds so ridiculous..dunno whether to laugh at it or cry over it..!! keep rocking..

Posted by rahul g

Sub: Re: Smoke screen blocks Narain on DD

If this block is going to save some lives, it is well justified. I do not mind missing Narain zipping on the F1 tracks, I ...

Posted by sp

Sub: Well Done

The Health Ministry has a moral responsibility in safeguarding public health, and educating the public. It is common knowledge that such "surrogate" ads does have ...

Posted by Anoop

Sub: Smoke screen blocks narain on DD

Union Helath Ministry has lost the capacity of judgement. People will not start smoking by seeing the hoarding on race track. They are much interested ...

Posted by Deviprasad

Sub: Well a rule is a rule

Its unfortunate that Mr Kartikeyan is in a sport that is mostly sponsored by Tobacco. But bending the rule just to allow an Indian on ...

Posted by Nagendra Pratap Singh



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