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New bench to hear TRAI tariff order case in Madras HC as another judge backs out

TRAI tariff order matter has taken a new turn with another judge also recusing himself from the case. One of the reasons for the judge’s recusal is that he is hearing another matter involving TRAI.

TRAI reviews policy issues related to broadcasting sector, seeks views on improving ease of doing biz

TRAI wants to remove entry barriers by laying down well-defined and transparent procedures and processes, thereby creating a level playing field and competition in the sector.

MIB to take informed decision on TRAI’s infrastructure sharing proposal for TV broadcast sector: Rathore

MIB will take an “informed decision” on the sharing of infrastructure in television broadcasting sector as suggested by the TRAI, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore said.

DTH inactive subscribers grew 5.2% to reach 34.4 mn: TRAI

Inactive DTH subscribers are growing at above 5% for the last two quarters ending Dec, data provided by TRAI showed. It rose 5.2% QoQ to reach 34.4 mn in quarter ended 31 Dec. Active subscriber base rose 1.2% to 62.65 mn. Overall, total subscriber base of the private DTH operators increased 2.57% to 97.05 mn.

TDSAT directs Asianet, Star to sign interconnect agreement on RIO terms

TDSAT directs MSO Asianet and broadcaster Star to sign interconnect agreement based on RIO terms with effect from 1 April within a week from 31 Mar.

TRAI tariff order case to be heard by new bench of Madras HC after judge’s recusal

Two-member bench comprising Justice Nagamuthu and Justice Anita Sumanth has recused itself from hearing TRAI tariff order and interconnection regulation case. A petition to the Chief Justice claimed that Justice Nagamuthu had sought P Chidambaram’s help in becoming the judge. The matter will be heard by a new bench.

Broadcasters required to declare MRP within 60 days from publication of tariff order

Broadcasters will now have to declare the nature of a channel as pay or FTA and the MRP of the channel after 60 days from the date of publication of the tariff order in the official gazette.

TRAI recommends infra sharing among DPOs, asks MIB to make suitable amendments

While recommending infrastructure sharing among MSOs, LCOs, HITS and DTH operators on a voluntary basis, TRAI has asked MIB to make suitable amendments to licence conditions. The move would reduce capex, lower entry barriers for new players and provide more bandwidth for niche channels to reach targeted customers.

Broadcasters will have to publish RIO by 2 May, TRAI to Madras HC

Madras HC refuses to pass interim order on Star and Vijay TV’s petition seeking a stay on TRAI’s tariff order and interconnection regulation following undertaking by the latter. TRAI tells HC that order and regulation will only come into force a month from date of publishing in gazette. Tariff order and interconnection will be published on 3 Apr and will come into effect from 3 May.

TRAI set to recommend infrastructure sharing among DPOs

TRAI is set to announce its recommendations on infra sharing among DPOs. It will be sent to the MIB for its nod.