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104 pay non-news channels aired ads beyond 12 minutes per hour in Jun–Sep: TRAI

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TRAI has found 104 pay non-news channels to be airing more than 12 minutes of ads on an average per hour during 7 pm–10 pm during quarter ended 25 Sep 2016. Along with 23 pay news channels, there are 127 channels that are showing ads in excess of the 12-minute ad cap rule that is being currently contested by broadcasters in the court. The 104 non-news channels aired 14.15 minutes of ads on average.

23 pay news channels aired ads in excess of 12 min in Jun–Sep

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Among national news channels, NDTV Profit/Prime was at top with 16.43 mins of ads per clock hour. IBN Lokmat topped regional news channels with 21.76 min of ads.

Supreme Court adjourns TRAI tariff order case till 27 March

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In view of the Madras High Court hearing the case, the apex court today decided to adjourn the case. The matter has been listed for hearing on 27 March.

Madras HC dismisses IBF’s plea to implead in TRAI tariff order case

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Madras HC dismisses IBF’s plea to implead in TRAI’s draft tariff order case; it will consider AIDCF’s impleadment plea in next hearing on 22 Feb.

TRAI tariff order case: IBF and MSOs press for being allowed to implead in Madras HC

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Madras High Court continued hearing the all-important TRAI’s draft tariff order and interconnection regulation case, with both the IBF and the AIDCF arguing to be impleaded as parties. The matter will come up for further hearing on 22 Feb.

ZEEL, Ortel fight it out in TDSAT over subscription dues

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TDSAT on 9 Feb directed Ortel to pay Rs 2 crore immediately to broadcaster ZEEL for re-instatement of signals. ZEEL will have to reconnect the signals of its channels along with those of Turner and Zee Media following the payment.

TRAI bats for entry of private players in DTT, phasing out analogue terrestrial by 2023

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TRAI is for introduction of DTT in three phases, starting with metro cities by 31 December 2019. It has also suggested that the maximum number of DTT providers should be capped at five at a particular place, as per availability of spectrum.

Madras HC adjourns TRAI tariff order case till 17 Feb

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Madras HC adjourns hearing in Star and Vijay TV’s plea against TRAI’s draft tariff order and interconnection regulation until 17 Feb as senior counsel P Chidambaram, who is representing the two petitioners, was not available.

TRAI can’t notify tariff order without SC’s nod; Madras HC case to continue

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SC asks TRAI to notify its draft tariff order and interconnection regulations only if it has a strong reason to do so. But TRAI has to place the draft before the SC to satisfy the issue of jurisdiction. Apex court will decide whether or not the draft tariff order and regulation can be notified.

All eyes on SC as Madras HC adjourns tariff order case till 19 Jan

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Madras HC adjourns Star and Vijay TV’s petition challenging TRAI’s draft tariff order to 19 Jan as the latter’s SLP in SC is listed for hearing on 16 Jan. Meanwhile, Union govt has come out in support of TRAI, stating that the regulator is within its rights to issue a tariff order for TV channels. It has also stated that the proposed tariff order is not in violation of the Copyright Act.