Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here

Home > News >

IPL 2013 opening ceremony: Media have torrid time

IPL 2013 opening ceremony: Media have horrid time

Made to sit far away from the stage, and the unruly crowd blocking the giant screens, the journalists barely managed to witness the event © IANS

Kolkata: Apr 2, 2013

The dazzling IPL 2013 opening ceremony might have enthralled the Kolkata crowd today, but inadequate media facilities stumped hordes of scribes gathered from across the country.

With no separate media facilities at the grand venue with a seating capacity of 120,000, the journalists were seated among the crowd and were not allowed to carry basic devices like a laptop.

As the ceremony began, the excited crowd stood up on their respective chairs to have a better view of the proceedings and the scribes had no choice but to follow suit.

The scribes also faced difficulties in accessing telecommunication networks with jammers put in place. This added to the woes faced by journalists, who were already bearing the brunt of a disorganised programme.

“This is so disappointing…I am getting erratic phone signals due to the jammers. I am texting my story to my office and they are doing the needful,” a miffed Mumbai journalist said.

The Salt Lake Stadium does have a spacious media box but that was being used for some other purposes by the Shahrukh Khan co-owned Red Chillie Entertainment Limited, the opening ceremony organisers.

“The media box facility is unavailable as that has been taken over by RCE and the big stage has been erected in front of it. Mediapersons are requested not to carry laptops and manage on their own,” read a statement from local Cricket Association of Bengal.

This was unlike opening ceremonies in the past editions when basic facilities like WiFi and telephone networks were available.

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 25, 2014 (16:00 IST)   at Dubai

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 25, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Dubai

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 26, 2014 (16:00 IST)   at Abu Dhabi

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 26, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Abu Dhabi

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 27, 2014 (16:00 IST)   at Sharjah

More

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 24, 2014  at Sharjah

Kolkata Knight Riders won by 2 runs

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 23, 2014  at Dubai

Chennai Super Kings won by 7 runs

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 22, 2014  at Sharjah

Kings XI Punjab won by 72 runs

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 21, 2014  at Abu Dhabi

Chennai Super Kings won by 93 runs

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 20, 2014  at Sharjah

Kings XI Punjab won by 7 wkts

Photos

CSK vs DD, IPL 2014 Match 8 at Abu Dhabi

Videos

IPL: Tanmay Mishra talks shows the contents of his kit

Sachin Tendulkar — One of the hardest terms to optimise for any SEO professional

Sachin Tendulkar changed the fortunes of cricket journalists in India

Sachin Tendulkar — the greatest batsman of India

Sachin Tendulkar: A timeless fairytale

Sachin Tendulkar: The child, the father, but sexy? Not quite

Chennai Super Kings Delhi Daredevils Glenn Maxwell India IPL IPL 7 IPL 2014 Kings XI Punjab Kolkata Knight Riders MS Dhoni Rajasthan Royals RCB vs KKR RCB vs KKR 2014 Royal Challengers Bangalore Sunrisers Hyderabad

Moin Khan hints at change of captain for Pakistan’s ODI side

Chris Lynn helps Kolkata Knight Riders escape with stunning 2-run win over Royal Challengers Bangalore in Match 11 of IPL 2014

PCB change Muhammad Akram’s role from bowling coach to national selector

RCB need 18 off the last 2 overs against KKR

RCB lose Virat Kohli bust stay in control against KKR

Sachin Tendulkar given out off a wrong replay on his birthday in IPL 2011

Happy birthday! A bouquet of CricketCountry’s best Sachin Tendulkar features

Sachin Tendulkar – The century of centuries in tweets

Sachin Tendulkar — One of the hardest terms to optimise for any SEO professional

Sachin Tendulkar changed the fortunes of cricket journalists in India

Fan of the Day

Suraj Gowda

Suraj Gowda

622 Posts | 7 Fans

Video Highlights: Virat Kohli's 77 during India vs Sri Lanka ICC World T20 2014 final at Dhaka

New Indian-South Africa `academic bridge` launched

Are Himesh Reshammiya and Yo Yo Honey Singh overconfident about The Xpose?

Are electronic cigarettes actually safe for you?

Russia starts border army drill after Ukraine attacks rebels

Xbox users are spending 5 hours a day on the console!

7 health benefits of eucalyptus oil

IPL 2014: Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) vs Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), Match 11 at Sharjah

Vic Gundotra, Google+ head leaves company

Also on cricketcountry.com