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MIB acts against two FM broadcasters for airing objectionable content

NEW DELHI: The Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (MIB) has taken action against two private FM radio broadcasters—Clear Media (India) Pvt Ltd and Next Radio Delhi—for violating the GOPA and the programme and advertising codes of All India Radio.

The action was taken against Clear Media for broadcasting an obscene programme entitled ‘Naacho Pancho’ on its FM channel Hit 95 FM. The ministry issued a warning to Clear Media on 6 January 2017.

A similar warning was also issued on 2 March 2017 to Next Radio Delhi for broadcasting the programme ‘Delhi Open Up’ on Radio One 94.3.

In the last two years, the MIB has warned six radio stations for airing obscene and objectionable content. The radio stations that came under fire were ENIL’s Radio Mirchi in Patna, Malayala Manorama’s Radio Mango in Kochi, Digital Radio Broadcasting’s 93.5 Red FM in Delhi and a private FM radio broadcaster in Tamil Nadu. On 13 June 2016 and 5 July 2016, the ministry warned all FM broadcasters.

In June 2016, the FM players were warned against broadcasting excessive political news, whereas in July 2016, the warning was for incomplete broadcast of song and abrupt cut of songs.

In the last three years, the MIB also issued four show-cause notices to 93.5 Red FM, Hit 95 FM, 94.3 FM Radio One and Radio City 91.1FM on 23 January 2015, 17 February 2016, 1 August 2016 and 2 September 2016, respectively. The notices were issued for airing obscene and objectionable content in violation of the programme and advertising codes.