StarTimes was announced as the television rights holders for the 2019/2020 season league, prompting a rebuke from GBC.

The state broadcaster said it was “unfairly” treated by the local football governing body, contending its 1.1 million-dollar bid per year was higher than the 1.05 million dollars by StarTimes.

According to 3news, officials of StarTimes have since Friday morning “been calling and sending text messages to senior [GBC] officers seeking collaboration to telecast the GPL”.

GCB management and the staff union resolved on Friday at a meeting not open its doors for StarTimes and directed its head of technical production not to release any GBC staff and equipment to StarTimes to telecast or broadcast the GPL matches this weekend.

An unnamed source told 3news that: “Any staff who will violate this directive is expected to face the full disciplinary procedures of the corporation.

“Staff are therefore to stay away from any unapproved collaboration with StarTimes until further notice."

GBC staff and equipment have heavily been used by StarTimes in recent times for most of its productions.

The latest development is likely to impact on the production and telecast of the premier league.

Nonetheless, StarTimes assured on Thursday that it has the capacity to broadcast the league with or without the support of GBC.