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MIB asks states to monitor content on cable channels

MUMBAI: In order to keep a tab on content aired by ground-based cable channels, the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (MIB) has asked states to form committees at state and district levels to monitor content on these channels, according to a report in the English daily ‘Asian Age’.

I&B Minister Prakash Javadekar has written letters to all the state governments urging them to ensure that the cable channels comply with the Cable TV Network (Regulation) Act 1995, and the rules framed under it, the report adds.

prakash-javdekar-mainThe ministry has already notified district collectors, subdivisional magistrates and commissioners of states as authorised officers to take action in case of a violation.

“Unless these committees are constituted, it will be difficult for the state governments to implement the provisions and rules of the Cable Act,” Javadekar said.

Broadcast sector regulator Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has already floated a Consultation Paper on “Regulatory Framework for Platform Services” to bring local cable channels under regulatory framework following a reference from the MIB.

The key issues discussed in the Consultation Paper include inter alia:
i. Definition of Platform Services (PS);
ii. Types of programs that can be carried on PS channels;
iii. Eligibility criteria for registration of PS;
iv. Security clearance of PS channels;
v. Registration of PS channels;
vi. Penal provisions for non-adherence to terms and conditions of registration;
vii. Other obligations to be imposed.