TDSAT appoints mediator in Tata Sky-Sun TV pricing row

Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) has appointed one of its former members to mediate between Direct-to-Home operator Tata Sky and broadcaster Sun TV after the two companies failed to resolve differences over pricing of channels.

During the proceedings at the TDSAT, counsels appearing for Sun TV said that the agreement drafted between the two sides would have to be reworked due to the new interconnection regulations issued by the sector regulator TRAI, a report by PTI said.

Thiswas objected by the Tata Sky counsel, who stated that Sun TV should respect TDSAT’s earlier directions. The tribunal had in August this year disposed of the case and asked the two sides to settle their dispute.

At that time, they had informed that the issue between them has been resolved and submitted a paper having a list of channels to be offered by Tata Sky in its entry packages in the southern states. Despite that, differences between them over signing an agreement remained and both of them filed separate execution applications before TDSAT, the PTI report says.

Responding to the execution applications filed by Tata Sky and Sun TV, TDSAT has appointed its ex-member Lt Gen D P Sehgal to mediate between the warring sides.

TDSAT Chairman Justice Arun Kumar directed the DTH operator and the broadcaster to hand over all relevant papers and documents to Sehgal, who retired only a few months ago. The tribunal also made it clear that Sehgal was free to fix his fee for that job and both the parties would pay in equal share.

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