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BANGKOK – A court on Wednesday ruled in favour of the holder of Thai broadcasting rights for the 2014 World Cup tournament, rejecting an administrative order to provide the games free on public TV.

RS International Broadcasting and Sports Management had threatened to scrap the Cup’s live broadcast entirely if the court upheld the order of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission.

The commission argued that the World Cup fell under its “must-have rule’’ that requires seven major sports events to be broadcast for free to the public.

But the Supreme Administrative Court said RS had secured the rights to the Cup in 2005, while the commission’s rule came into effect only last year.

The company has agreed to broadcast 22 of the 64 matches live on public TV, and has sublicensed a pay-TV operator to broadcast all 64 matches on its cable and satellite platforms.

RS will also broadcast all 64 games via its own pay-TV service.

It hopes to generate 20 million dollars in revenue from the 2014 World Cup, mainly from sponsorships, the Bangkok Post reported. (dpa/NAN) ————————————————————————————————

National Identity Card: LG urges commission to introduce mobile registration units (metro)

SOKOTO – Alhaji Zayyanu Gandi, Chairman, Rabah Local Government Area of Sokoto State, has called on the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) to introduce mobile registration units, to ensure massive registration of Nigerians.

Gandi told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Sokoto that it would enable Nigerians to register and collect the card with ease.

He called on the commission provide more registration machines at the local government areas to capture the rural people who were in the majority.

Gandi explained that the success of the exercise depended largely on the massive participation of Nigerians.

He said “a situation where only a few Nigerians are registered at the state capitals will certainly affect the success of the exercise”.

“We have already mobilised and sensitised our people to the importance of being issued the cards but lack of data capturing machines to register our people is preventing the people from coming out to participate,” he said.

Gandi called on the management of the civic registration to work out modalities that would ensure that all Nigerians were registered and issued the cards. (NAN)

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