NCN to broadcast World Cup opening ceremony By Tony Cozier
Stabroek News
March 11, 2007

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The National Communications Network (NCN) kicks off its coverage of the Cricket World Cup (CWC) 2007 tomorrow with live coverage of the opening ceremony in Jamaica from 6 pm.

The opening game in the group stage between the West Indies and Pakistan on March 13 will also be carried live.

According to a release from NCN programme manager, Martin Goolsaran, it was important to note that Group matches stage, which concludes on March 28, will see two matches played each day.

Goolsarran said the match which has greater significance and interest will be aired live on radio with the same scenario applying for television which will also involve a delayed broadcast of the other game of the day from 10 pm. In addition to the televised airing of all 54 matches there will be highlights of each game at 9pm,the release stated.

NCN said the broadcast are being undertaken at a very high cost and they would like to acknowledge the support of those sponsors who have committed to the broadcast and is also encouraging others to show their support for the effort.

The company, which has exclusive broadcast rights in Guyana, said it was expecting that those rights would be respected. NCN also advises that entities planning to broadcast the games in commercial arrangements and settings such as sports bars should note that this was illegal. It added that decisive action would be taken in cases where the license is compromised.