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Will Delhi govt get MIB nod to launch TV channel on the lines of Lok Sabha TV?

MUMBAI: The Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi government is planning to launch a television channel on the lines of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha TV to cover the proceedings of the Delhi Assembly live.

However, the Delhi government’s plan might run into regulatory crosshairs as the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) had earlier recommended to the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB) against allowing government or government-owned entities to enter into the business of broadcasting or distribution of television channels. This had got the tacit support of the successive Union governments.

Arvind KejriwalDelhi Assembly Speaker Ram Niwas Goel has reportedly written a letter to the MIB to accord permission to the Delhi government to launch the channel.
The proposed channel will air a variety of programmes to discuss issues including the Constitution, the idea of democracy and government policies besides televising the assembly proceedings live.

Will the MIB grant permission?

It may be recalled that the TRAI had recommended providing appropriate exit route to state governments or its entities that have been granted permission to enter into broadcasting or distribution of television channels.

The ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government had rejected requests from the state governments of West Bengal and Punjab to enter into broadcasting activities.

In the wake of the TRAI recommendations, the successive governments have shied away from granting digital addressable system (DAS) licence to Tamil Nadu government-run multi-system operator (MSO) Arasu Cable TV Corporation even though the corporation had applied for licence in 2012.

Meanwhile, the Delhi Assembly has invited applications for the position of consultant (TV project) on contractual basis from professionals for an initial period of three months extendable to a maximum period of six months subject to requirements.

The consultant is expected to submit a detailed project report (DPR) (financial and technical) for setting up of the TV channel and also the mechanism for giving out official feed of the House proceedings until the channel becomes fully operational.

Interested candidates need to have a minimum of 15 years of experience in TV channels with at least five years of experience at the management level.

Candidates having first-hand experience in i) preparing DPR (technical and financial), ii) completing requirements/formalities necessary for obtaining licences/permissions/clearances from all agencies concerned, iii) Setting up/commissioning and supervision of the day-to-day working of the channel will be given due preference.

The candidate must have attained the age of 45 years but not 60 years as on 1 January 2016.

The fee for consultation is negotiable and will be determined on the basis of candidate’s expertise, experience and professional standing, as judged by the selection committee.

The last date for application is 2 February by 5 pm. The applications, duly filled, will have to be sent to ‘The Dy. Secretary / Head of Office, Legislative Assembly, Old Secretariat, Delhi 110054’. Candidates may also send their applications through email to dysecyhoo.dvs-dl@gov.in.