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MIB show-caused four TV channels in 2016 for alleged content violation
NEW DELHI: The Ministry of Information & Broadcasting ( MIB) has issued show-cause notices to four TV channels in 2016 for alleged violation of Programme Code under the Cable TV Networks (Regulation) Act, 1995 and Rules.
As per information provided by Minister of State in the MIB Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore in the Lok Sabha, the four TV channels are Care World TV, FTV, CVR English and Oscar Movies.
Care World was issued a warning by the ministry on 24 May for telecast of a programme ‘Kya Karun Main AB?’ on unnatural sex.
FTV was issued an advisory dated 25 May for telecast of a programme in alleged violation of the programme code.
CVR English News Channel was issued an advisory dated 25 May for telecast of news bulletins showing disturbing visuals of dead bodies.
Oscar Movies was issued an advisory dated 6 June for telecast of ‘A’-certified films on various dates.
In 2015, the ministry had issued show-cause notices to 11 channels. In the year before that, the total show-cause notices stood at eight. At 26, the year 2013 saw the highest number of show-cause notices being issued.
As per existing regulating framework, all programmes and advertisements telecast on TV channels and transmitted/retransmitted through the cable TV network are required to adhere to the Programme and Advertising Codes prescribed under the Cable TV Networks (Regulation) Act, 1995 and Rules framed thereunder.
Action is taken as per rules suo motu as well as when violation of codes is brought to the notice of the ministry.
These codes contain a whole range of parameters to regulate programmes and advertisements including provisions to address content of obscenity, vulgarity and violence in TV programmes and advertisements.
The MIB has an Electronic Media Monitoring Centre (EMMC) to monitor the content telecast on private satellite TV channels. Prima facie violation of the Programme and Advertising Codes is reported by the EMMC apart from the various other sources and the ministry then pursues to look into these violations.
The ministry has constituted an Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) to look into the violations suo motu or whenever violations of the Programme and Advertising Codes are brought to the notice of this ministry in respect of private satellite TV channels.
The IMC has representatives from the Ministry of Home Affairs, Defence, External Affairs, Law, Women and Child Development, Health and Family Welfare, Consumer Affairs and a representative from the industry in Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI).
The IMC meets periodically and recommends action in respect of violations reported, whenever warranted. The government has encouraged self-regulation in electronic media by the broadcasting industry.
The following are the self-regulatory mechanisms established by industry bodies:
(i) News Broadcasters Association (NBA), which is a representative body of news and current affairs TV channels, has set up News Broadcasting Standards Authority (NBSA) to consider complaints against or in respect of broadcasters relating to content of any news and currents affairs TV channels.
(ii) Indian Broadcasting Foundation (IBF), which is a representative body of non-news and current affairs TV channels, has set up Broadcasting Content Complaints Council (BCCC) to examine the complaints about programme on non-news TV channels.
The ministry has also issued directions to the states to set up district-level and state-level monitoring committees to regulate content telecast on cable TV channels. These are recommendatory bodies that function to aid and assist the authorised officers under the Cable TV Networks (Regulation) Act, 1995.
The ministry also follows up with the state governments and the nodal officers in all the states from time to time for strict enforcement of the Cable TV Act, Rathore said.