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BCCI seals TV equipment deal.

THE Indian cricket Board on Thursday allotted the " prestigious" telecast equipment related contract to the Singapore- based Broadcast Solutions for the next three years for around ` 93 crore.

Zoom Communications of India was the only other bidder that met the eligibility criteria of the Board of Control for Cricket in India ( BCCI), but eventually it lost out. Sources in the BCCI said that Zoom Communications bid around ` 114 crore, thus losing by almost ` 21 crore.

The two bids were opened at a marketing committee meeting on Thursday and the winner was announced after they were cleared by the Board's legal consultant, Amarchand & Mangaldas.

" We were the successful bidders.

It's a very prestigious contract and we are very pleased to have won it," Richard La Motte, director ( UK) of the Broadcast Solutions ( UK Ltd), told MAIL TODAY . Asked how his company, which has supplied telecast equipment to various broadcasters for international matches played in India, proposes to go about it, La Motte said: " We have done cricket production for many years. Our contract will start from the ODI series against England [ starting with the Rajkot game on January 11]. The contract is till the end of 2015." The Board used to hire specialists broadcasters earlier, but launched the BCCI Broadcasting Services before deciding to plunge into broadcasting. The first international series that was broadcast by the BCCI was the home Test matches against New Zealand in August. It thus became the first national cricket Board in the world to turn into television production, besides managing the The contract is for three years, starting with the ODI series against England on January 11 Broadcast Solutions bags rights for ` 93 cr game and organising matches.

After hiring equipment on a series to series basis for the New Zealand series and the ongoing Tests against England, the BCCI decided to float the tender.

The BCCI had invited bids by floating a global tender, prepared with assistance from its legal consultant, on November 22. But, interestingly, the Board had posted the advertisement only on its website besides sending emails to some prominent companies around the world, said a source.

" Besides posting the tender on the website, we sent emails to 11 prominent outdoor broadcasting companies of the world that are well known for supplying equipment for telecast of cricket matches," he said.

The 11 companies that were sent emails were Broadcast Solutions ( Singapore), Zoom Communications ( India), AlfaCam ( Belgium), NEP Visions ( UK), Telegenic ( UK), CTV OB ( UK), SABC ( South Africa), Prestiegne Charter ( UK), Global OB ( Australia), SIS Live ( UK) and Gearhouse Broadcast Ltd ( UK).

The last date for seeking clarifications was December 5 and December 12 was the last date for submitting bids in two envelopes -- one answering the eligibility criteria and the other financial bid and signed contract.

The bids could not be opened after marketing committee chairman Farooq Abdullah told the qualified bidders to provide some clarifications.

After the meeting was adjourned on Wednesday, Abdullah said that the bids would be opened on Thursday. " We haven't opened any bid today because we have sought some clarifications from them.

Three bids have met the criteria -- two of them from abroad and one is an Indian company," Abdullah told MAIL TODAY on Wednesday.

A source said: " Broadcast Solutions were asked to explain some seven- eight points and Zoom Communications a couple of them." Four companies, including AlfaCam and Gearhouse, bought the tender document. Gearhouse didn't bid while AlfaCam could not meet the technical criteria.

" The tender invited bidders to supply broadcast equipment for India's home international as well as domestic matches. These matches included the IPL too.

And we specially mentioned in the tender that the equipment should conform to the modern technology and highest global standards." One of the conditions for bidders was that they should have a net worth of ` 20 crore. " There were several conditions, including the one that made it mandatory for them to provide a bank guarantee of ` 5 crore within 15 days after the award of the contract. The other important clause was to provide six sets of equipment for the nineweek IPL," said the source.

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