Kolkata: While the glitzy Indian Premier League (IPL) opening ceremony at the Salt lake stadium Tuesday might have amused the spectators, the media which was relegated to mere audience by the organisers, were a harried lot.
The organisers, who already had barred the participation of photojournalists, ensured the reporters covering the event had a torrid 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.
With laptops banned inside the stadium, the smart-phones were thought to be the saving grace, but they too were rendered incompetent courtesy completely paralysed mobile networks.
Rendered completely incompetent, most of the journalists had to rush back to their offices much before the show ended to try and cover the event watching it on TV.