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I&B Ministry took action against 17 channels for violation of programme code in 2015
NEW DELHI: The Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (MIB) has taken action against 17 television channels in 2015 for violation of the Programme and Advertisement Code, as per information provided by the Minister of State for Information & Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore in the Rajya Sabha.
In the period between 2012 and August 2015, the MIB took action on 91 complaints against different TV channels. The ambit of action included warnings, advisories, apology scrolls and prohibiting transmission of channels for a fixed period.
Of the 17 channels that faced the flak in 2015, the ministry had issued orders prohibiting transmission for varied duration against four channels, namely NTV, Satlon News, Jai Hind, and Al Jazeera.
The remaining channels were let off either with a warning or with the direction of running an apology scroll on their channels. Colors TV was directed to run an apology scroll for telecast of ‘Fear Factor Khatron Ke Khiladi: Dan Ka Blockbuster’.
The ministry had also issued two advisories for news channels. One advisory prohibited the news channels from airing documentary ‘India’s Daughter’. Another advisory concerned the telecast of Republic Day Parade with sign language commentary on 26 January. One advisory for all TV channels pertained to telecast of live coverage of counter-terrorism operations.
Rathore said that the MIB has constituted an Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) to look into the violations suo motu or whenever violation of the Programme and Advertising Code is brought to the notice of the ministry.
The IMC has representatives from the Ministry of Home Affairs, Defence, External Affairs, Law, Women & Child Development, Health & Family Welfare, Consumer Affairs, as well as an industry representative from the Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI).
The IMC meets periodically and recommends action in respect of violations.
Rathore also stated that the Electronic Media Monitoring Centre (EMMC) monitors TV channels uplinked from and downlinked into India with regard to violation of the Programme and Advertising Code as contained in the Cable Television Networks (Regulation) Act, 1995 and the rules framed thereunder.
The MIB has provided an EMMC budget of Rs 22.41 crore (budget estimate) for 2015–16. The amount was Rs 27.46 crore and Rs 20.54 crore for 2014–2015 and 2013–2014.
Name of the Channel
Reason for Show Cause Notice
Details of action taken
|1||Colors TV||Telecast of programme namely " Fear Factor Khatron Ke Khiladi-Dan Ka Blockbuster"||A order dated 08.01.2015 was issued to the channel thereby warning the channel and directing it to run an apology scroll for on day|
|2||Lemon News||Telecast of programme namely "Khauf Ke 10 Destination"||A warning dated 1 9.01 .2015 was issued to the channel|
|3||NTV||Telecast a song-based programme'Cine Colors'||An order dated 19.01.2015 was issued to the channel for taking the channel off air for seven dav.|
|4||All News Channels||Telecast a programme of Republic Day Parade with sign language commentary on 26th Jan., 2015||An Advisory dated 19.01.2015 was issued to the all News channels|
|5||All News Channels||Telecast of documentarv programme India's Daughter||An Advisory dated 03.03.2015 was issued to the all News channels restraining not to telecast the said documentary proqramme.|
|6||AII TV Channel||Telecast of live coverage of counter-terrorism operations.||An Advisory dated 20.03.2015 was issued to all TV channels.|
|7||24 Ghanta TV||Telecast of news report showing death of a young man without morphing or blurring||An Warning dated 23.03.2015 was issued to channel|
|8||NTV||Telecast of news reDort revealed the identity of sexual harassment minor bov||An Warning dated 23.03.2015 was issued to channel|
|9||Satlon News||Telecast of News report about a private corporate party organised in a five star hotel on the Pune-Mumbai hiqhwav||An order was issued on 27.03.2015 to the channel to prohibit the transmission or re-transmission of channel for 30 dav.|
|10||TV9||Telecast a 'Bullet News' political satire targeting Chief Minister of Telanqana||An order was issued on 27.03.2015 to the channel for running apology scroll.|
|11||Jai Hind||Telecast of 'A; certified film, titled'Hai Harithe'||An order was issued on 07.04.2015 to the channel to orohibit the transmission or re-transmission of channel for one dav.|
|12||Aljazeera||Telecast of News report carried wrong graphical map of India repeatedly.||An order was issued on 10.04.2015 to the channel to prohibit the transmission or re-transmission of channel for 5 day.|
|Telecast of a programme called BINDAAS BOL making allegation about non-salutation of National Flag on the Republic Day by the Hon’ble Vice President.||A warning dated 17.06.2015 was issued to the channel.|
|14||Raj News||Telecast of disturbing visuals of dead bodies without blurring.||A warning dated 22.06.2015 was
issued to the channel
|Telecast of obscene|
programme ’Crazy Alert'
|An Advisory dated 06.07.2015 was
issued the channel.
|16||Raj News||Telecast of disturbing visuals of a women body burning up into flames without blurring.||A warning dated 02.07.2015 was
issued to the channel.
|Telecast of disturbing visuals|
of a man dead body without
|A warning dated 22.07.2015 was
issued to the channel.
|Telecast of live coverage of|
any anti-terrorist operation by
|An advisory dated 27.07.2015 was issued to all news channels.|
|19||A2Z News||The Channel telecast news reports on various date and revealed the identity of Sexual assault minor victims||A warning dated 07.08.2015 was issued to the channel.|
|20||DY 365||Telecast of News story defame the image of MLA and denigrating women.||A order dated 07.08.2015 was issued to the channel thereby warning the channel and directing it to run an apology scroll for one day|
|Telecast of News story|
defame the image of MLA and
|A order dated 07.08.2015 was issued
to the channel thereby warning the
channel and directing it to run an
apology scroll for one day.
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