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Anil Jayaraj, the CEO of Viacom18 Sports is confident that the Women's Premier League (WPL) will be a huge success and will help to promote women's cricket in India. He believes that Viacom18's efforts to broadcast the tournament will help to reach a wider audience and will inspire more girls to take up the sport. With the WPL, the future of women's cricket in India looks bright and it's an exciting time to be a fan of the sport.
Viacom18 is pulling out all stops for its upcoming broadcast of the Indian Premier League (IPL) as well as its inaugural edition of the Women’s T20, WPL.
Anil Jayaraj, the CEO of Viacom18 Sports, is highly optimistic about the future of women's cricket in India. He believes that the Women's Premier League (WPL) has real potential and that Viacom18 is leaving no stone unturned in its effort to promote the league. The company is putting in a lot of effort to broadcast the Indian Premier League (IPL) as well as its inaugural edition of the Women's T20, WPL.
“We were very excited when the opportunity to bid for the rights for media for WPL came up because we believe that it is a sport that has real potential,” he said.
The biggest sporting extravaganza of the year IPL is happening in less than two months and the inaugural edition for Women’s T20 league WPL is also happening just in the month of March.
In June 2022, during a three-day auction, Viacom18 won the IPL digital rights for a whopping sum of Rs 23,758 crore and then more recently, Viacom18 grabbed the media rights for the upcoming Women’s IPL for a sum of Rs 951 crore for five years for both TV and digital.
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There is a lot of excitement around both these events and especially for IPL, the broadcaster is estimating a reach of 500 million in terms of viewership.
Viacom18, with its digital push is also trying to lure TV viewers and hopes to attract linear TV advertisers too.
When it comes to disrupting IPL digital viewership, they have identified three barriers and the focus for this season of IPL is to bust each of them.
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