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MIB to set up regulatory body for broadcast content-related complaints

MUMBAI: The Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (MIB) is planning to set up a one-stop regulatory body to look into content-related complaints against TV and FM radio channels. The move is seen as a blow to the self-regulation mechanism that has been the norm in the industry.

There are two mechanisms whereby citizens can file complaints against content violations. One is to lodge a complaint with district magistrates and the second one is to approach self-regulatory bodies such as the Advertising Standards Council of India, Broadcasting Content Complaints Council (BCCC) and News Broadcasters Standards Authority (NBSA).

With the setting up of a new regulator, audiences will have a centralised mechanism to report violations, The Hindustan Times reported.

The report further stated that the decision has been taken to comply with a Supreme Court order.

“Last year, the Supreme Court had asked the ministry to set up a statutory mechanism for redressal of complaints against the content of private TV channels and radio stations. It has asked the ministry to use the power under Section 22 of the Cable Television Networks (Regulation) Act to set up the mechanism and rules to formalise the complaint redressal mechanism and accord adequate publicity to it so as to enable the public approach it with their complaints,” a source told the daily.

An NGO named Mediawatch India had filed a PIL seeking a regulatory body for media on the ground that the centre has failed to regulate the content of broadcast media.