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Bids for Indian cricket media rights touch $6bn, Amazon pulls out – Al Jazeera English



Bidding began on Sunday for broadcast and digital rights, and spilled over into Monday as the price soars

The bidding war for media rights to the Indian Premier League (IPL) is ongoing, with Disney, Sony and India’s Reliance in contention for what could fetch the Indian cricket board up to $6bn.

The bidding began at 05:30 GMT on Sunday for the broadcast rights, digital rights, a bespoke package that includes rights for high-value matches as well as rights to broadcast the world’s richest T20 league in foreign territories.

“We are very happy that things are going the way they were planned,” Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Treasurer Arun Singh Dhumal told Reuters.

“The participants are very enthusiastic. The bidding is still on and we are hoping for a good number tomorrow,” he said, adding: “This is the first time we went for an e-bidding to ensure a fair and transparent process.”

The IPL, counting top Indian industrialists and Bollywood stars such as Shah Rukh Khan among its franchise owners, is often seen as a surefire ticket to high TV ratings and growth in India’s booming online streaming space.

But while the digital and television rights for 2023 to 2027 are expected to more than double the 163.48 billion rupees ($2.09bn) that Star India, now owned by Walt Disney Co, paid in 2017, observers say caution may be setting in.

“There is also a global shift toward saner valuations, where investor expectations have shifted from ‘growth-at-any-cost’ to ‘growth-with-profitability’,” said Mihir Shah, vice president of consultants Media Partners Asia.

Gujarat Titans, owned by European buyout firm CVC, won the 15th edition of the league, beating Rajasthan Royals in the May 29 final in front of more than 100,000 fans in Ahmedabad.

The glitzy T20 league attracts the world’s best cricketers for two months of fast-paced matches played in packed stadiums with cheerleaders and live music. Indian viewers, coming out of two years of pandemic-led curbs, are steadily pivoting towards consuming entertainment online and away from TV – the staple source for middle-class Indian families until a few years ago. Acquiring IPL’s rights is a sure-fire way for any media firm to attract millions of eyeballs in the cricket-crazy nation of nearly 1.4 billion.

Amazon pulls out Inc pulled out of the bidding process on Friday, saying it did not think it was a viable growth option for the company in India. While Amazon has already invested more than $6bn in the country, more spending merely for the online streaming rights to the league did not make business sense, Bloomberg News reported, citing people familiar with the matter who asked not to be identified.

Amazon, which identified IPL among a half-dozen global sports franchises it is interested in, had initially been determined to score a victory, Bloomberg News reported. The retail titan has spent hundreds of millions of dollars on European football rights and has forged a deal to broadcast Thursday Night Football in the US at $1bn a season until 2033.

Reliance Industries Ltd is bidding through its broadcasting joint venture, Viacom 18. Sony Corp’s India unit and local broadcaster Zee Entertainment are in merger talks but are bidding separately.

Last time, Star India won a consolidated bid that gave it broadcasting rights on both television and digital platforms.

“At renewal value of $5 to $6bn or more, the rights would require the winner to attain significant scale in the $20bn competitive streaming and TV industry,” Shah said.

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NB Media Co-op is looking for a video journalist – NB Media Co-op



Applications are invited for the position of a full-time Video Journalist with the NB Media Co-op (one year term)

Position: Full-Time Video Journalist

Employer: NB Media Co-op

Location: Anywhere in New Brunswick (Remote)

Date Posted: July 2022

Application Deadline: Friday, July 29, 2022 at 4:00 PM Atlantic time

Salary: $25/hour, 35 hours/week

Anticipated Start Date: August/September 2022

Term:  This is a one-year term position.

Description: The NB Media Co-op is looking for an experienced reporter to work as a video journalist covering social, political and community affairs in New Brunswick.

Topics may include systemic racism in New Brunswick, migrant justice, Indigenous struggles, poverty reduction and economic justice, disability rights, queer and trans rights, and gender equity.

We especially encourage applications from journalists from under-represented groups in the media including but not limited to Black, Indigenous, People of Colour, newcomers, people with disabilities, seniors or LGBTQIA2+.

The NB Media Co-op, established in 2009, is an independent media co-operative providing news and critical commentary from our location on the stolen territories of the Wolastoqiyik, Mi’kmaq and Peskotomuhkati. The NB Media Co-op is committed to social justice journalism. Our flagship online publication is called the NB Media Co-op. We also publish a bi-monthly broadsheet called The Brief and collaborate with CHCO-TV on a political talk show called the NB debrief. 

The reporter will produce public affairs stories including stories about actions being taken by traditional and band councils, municipal, provincial and federal governments, the courts, school boards, and health authorities – as well as community and grassroots responses.

The ideal candidate will have a strong understanding of video journalism, an understanding of how local issues affect residents, and a passion for storytelling and solid media production skills, especially in video. It is equally important that the candidate understands the principles of community-based media — they will collaboratively create professional quality content delivered through video, web, podcasts and social media with volunteers.

This position is funded by The Local Journalism Initiative and has been made possible by the Government of Canada, administered by The Canadian Association of Community Television Users and Stations (CACTUS).


Passion for storytelling through a decolonial, anti-racist and anti-oppressive lens

  • Have a keen interest in civic issues and politics
  • Able to work independently with a high degree of self-motivation
  • Proven ability to generate story ideas
  • Experience working with audio/video, including editing
  • Experience working with volunteers
  • Experience interviewing sources for stories
  • Strong organizational and time management skills
  • A valid driver’s license
  • Willingness to work evenings and weekends when necessary
  • Excellent language skills in either French, English or both

In addition, preference will be given to candidates who:

  • Identify with an equity-seeking group. However, all qualified applicants will be considered
  • Have a demonstrated understanding, or experience with, community-based media organizations
  • Have a strong understanding of online reporting and social media, and the appropriate integration of those tools to complement video products

How to apply: Interested applicants are invited to submit a cover letter and resumé to the NB Media Co-op hiring committee at: by Friday, July 29, 2022 at 4:00 PM Atlantic time. Applications must include “NB Media Co-op – Video Journalist – Your name” in the subject line of the email. Short-listed candidates will be asked for demo reels or samples of their video work.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only selected candidates will be contacted for an interview.

The NB Media Co-op particularly encourages applicants who are Indigenous, Black, or People of Colour; low-income; women; LGBTQ2S+; disabled and other equity seeking groups. If you would like, please indicate if you are a part of an equity-seeking group in your cover letter. The NB Media Co-op is an advocate for equity and is committed to ensuring representation in its community. 

Funded by the Government of Canada. Administered by The Canadian Association of Community Television Stations and Users (

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Media Release – July 5, 2022 – Guelph Police – Guelph Police Service



Charges laid for driving on closed road

A Guelph male faces impaired and dangerous driving charges after ignoring officers and driving on a closed road late Monday.

Approximately 11:45 p.m., Guelph Police Service officers were investigating a single-vehicle collision during which a light post was knocked down on Willow Road at Silvercreek Parkway North. Willow Road was blocked off during the investigation and clean-up.

A driver signalling to enter the closed portion of Willow Road was directed by officers on foot not to do so, but ignored this direction and accelerated past them. The vehicle was located at an address in the area and officers detected an odour of alcoholic beverage on the driver’s breath. He refused several demands to provide a sample of his breath.

A 34-year-old Guelph male is charged with refusing to provide a breath sample and dangerous driving. His driver’s licence was suspended for 90 days and his vehicle was impounded for seven days. He will appear in a Guelph court August 16, 2022.e

A 60-year-old Toronto male was charged with careless driving in relation to the original collision. Willow Road was closed approximately two hours while the post was replaced.

Downtown business entered

The Guelph Police Service continues to investigate a break and enter last week at a downtown business.

Sometime late Tuesday or early Wednesday, a business on Wyndham Street North near Woolwich Street was entered by prying open a front door. A 48-inch Samsung TV, computer tower and external hard drives were among the items stolen.

Anyone with information is asked to call Constable Matt Simpson at 519-824-1212, ext. 7318, email, leave an anonymous message for Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or leave an anonymous tip online at

Blood trail leads to suspect

A male who injured himself breaking a window Monday evening was caught after leaving a blood trail.

Police were called approximately 7:15 p.m. to an apartment building on Silvercreek Parkway North. A male had been involved in a verbal altercation, following which he punched and broke a window in a stairwell door. The injury bled profusely, leaving a trail of blood down five floors and out of the building.

The male was located in the area and treated by Guelph Wellington Paramedic Service personnel before being transported to hospital for further care. He was later released from hospital and returned to the apartment building, where he was arrested while trying to gain entry.

A 38-year-old Guelph male is charged with two counts of mischief under $5,000. He will appear in a Guelph court August 19, 2022.

Total calls for service in the last 24 hours – 200

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4 Takeaways From Canadiens' Pre-Draft Media Availability – The Hockey Writers



The 2022 NHL Draft is finally upon us as members from all 32 NHL teams begin arriving in Montreal for one of the biggest weeks on the hockey calendar. To kick off the festivities, Montreal Canadiens general manager Kent Hughes and Vincent Lecavalier, special advisor to hockey operations, met with the media on Monday to discuss the team’s plan heading into a very important few days for the future of the franchise.

Here are the highlights from the 45-minute press conference which covered a variety of topics regarding the draft and the Habs’ offseason approach.

A Three Horse Race

To no one’s surprise, Hughes continues to play a good game of poker when it comes to who the Canadiens will be selecting with the no. 1 overall pick at the Bell Centre on Thursday night. It’s not in his best interest to unveil his plans to keep his leverage in trade discussions with his colleagues. The uncertainty surrounding the first pick is suiting the Habs just fine right now.

Kent Hughes, Montreal Canadiens GM
Kent Hughes, Montreal Canadiens general manager
(Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

Hughes did confirm that the decision will come down to three players: Shane Wright, Juraj Slafkovsky, and Logan Cooley. With their scouts now all together in Montreal, the plan was to meet with everyone on Monday night to ensure that each person around the table can contribute to this crucial choice as well as the overall strategy. In other words, with 72 hours to go before round one, the Canadiens still don’t know who they are taking, and the suspense lives on.

They aren’t looking to draft the best player right now, but rather who they project will be the best players four or five years down the road and help the team win when they hopefully enter their contending window. Hughes also mentioned that character would be an important factor in the decision. Beyond their talent and intangibles, they need to determine which player is most suited to handle the pressure that comes with being Montreal’s first overall pick.

#Habs Lecavalier spoke to Shane Wright and will likely do the same with Slafkovsky & Cooley. Part of the conversations are trying to determine how the prospects will deal with the pressure of being picked first overall in the Montreal market. @TSN_Edge

Lecavalier has spoken with Wright about how he is handling everything that comes with being the projected top pick and shared some words of wisdom with the 18-year-old about his own experience as a former no. 1 overall pick himself. The intention is to have the same type of conversation with Slafkovsky and Cooley before Thursday.

Hughes Keeping All His Options Open

It’s safe to say that Hughes is ready to explore any and every scenario from now until Friday, including leaving the door open to trading the first pick if an offer he can’t refuse comes his way. There’s even a chance the Canadiens could end up with both picks one and two.

Related: Who Canadiens Would Target with a Second Top-10 Draft Pick

There’s a stronger possibility that the Habs will use their plethora of selections in this year’s draft, which includes picks no. 26 and no. 33, to move up in the first round. It has been reported they are actively looking to acquire a second Top 10 pick and they have the assets to make that hope a reality.

Shane Wright Kingston Frontenacs
Shane Wright, Kingston Frontenacs (Photo by Robert Lefebvre/OHL Images)

The fact that these options are even on the table could make for an interesting week for the home team.

The Assistant Coach Search Has Begun

In other offseason business, Hughes indicated that head coach Martin St. Louis has begun speaking to potential candidates for the now-vacant assistant coach position behind the Canadiens’ bench following the departure of Luke Richardson who was recently named head coach of the Chicago Blackhawks.

Related: Canadiens’ Candidates to Replace Richardson as Assistant Coach

Hughes and executive vice president of hockey operations, Jeff Gorton will also meet with the candidates once the dust settles on the draft and free agency to determine who will ultimately be appointed.

Looking for Financial Flexibility

In addition to a successful draft, the Canadiens’ top priority this offseason is to create some financial flexibility and ease their salary cap woes. This means they’ll be looking to subtract players from their current roster before adding to it.  

It’s been well-documented that the player most likely to be moved is Jeff Petry, but Hughes said Monday that the veteran defenseman may very well be in the Habs’ lineup come October if he doesn’t get back the pieces he’s looking for. This is not the same situation as the Tampa Bay Lightning found themselves in with Ryan McDonagh, who was traded to the Nashville Predators over the weekend for a minimal return. The Habs can hang on to Petry. It might be more beneficial if they do because he’s a rare commodity and will be difficult to replace. 

Jeff Petry Montreal Canadiens
Jeff Petry, Montreal Canadiens (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers)

If Petry stays put, Josh Anderson, Christian Dvorak, and Mike Hoffman are all potential trade bait, but Hughes isn’t going to just give them away to save money.

Given all the intrigue surrounding the Canadiens right now, Hughes and company are well-positioned to set off a few fireworks in front of their fans later this week. After months of speculation and preparation, all that’s left is to sit back and enjoy the show.  

Melissa has been covering the Montreal Canadiens for The Hockey Writers since March of 2020. She is also THW’s Social Media & Marketing Manager as well as co-host of Chicks & Sticks, a weekly show produced by THW. In 2006, she spearheaded the social media initiatives for Tennis Canada and Rogers Cup and was the primary person responsible for their upkeep for over 10 years. She has written articles for multiple tennis websites and interviewed the likes of Roger Federer and Serena Williams. While her career in sports started in tennis, her first love has always been hockey. She has a journalism degree from Concordia University.

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