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Cricket board inks exclusive TV pact

JOHANNESBURG — South African sports authority the United Cricket Board has concluded a 108 million rand ($17.5 million) deal with the South African Broadcasting Corp. (SABC) for TV coverage of all international matches played in the country in the next five years.

The pubcaster’s sporting arm, Topsport, has purchased the free-to-air terrestrial TV rights for test matches and one-day internationals played in South Africa between April and March 2005, UCB manager Ali Bacher said.

As part of the arrangement, a regular half-hour slot, dealing specifically with cricket development of black players — who were not exposed to the game during the apartheid era — would be introduced, Bacher said.

INDIA

Bollywood in Canada

NEW DELHI — Indian movie channel B4U (Bollywood for You) is set for a launch in Canada on Christmas Eve. The channel — jointly owned by London-based steel baron M.N.Mittal and Kishore Lulla, a film distributor also based in London — will be the first pay-per-view channel telecasting Indian movies.

B4U is targeting other markets such as the U.S., the U.K., Europe and the Middle East.

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