MIB warns broadcasters, teleport ops against unauthorised use of broadcasting equipments

MUMBAI: The ministry of information and broadcasting (MIB) has issued a notice asking all broadcasters and teleport operators against unauthorised use of Satellite news gathering (SNG) and Digital Satellite News Gathering (DSNG) equipments.

The notice was issued after the ministry observed that some entities/persons are unauthorisedly giving on hire SNG/ DSNG equipment to news channels/news agencies for commercial use of uplinking/broadcasting through illegal means.

The ministry said it has taken a serious view of it and action is being taken against such entities and the owners of news channels/agencies which have indulged in hiring such equipment from the unauthorised entities/persons.

It further stated that the use of SNG/DSNG equipment for news gathering/uplinking content is regulated under the ‘Guidelines for Uplinking of Television channels from India, 2011’.

The guideline provides that a broadcaster/news agency/teleport operator permitted by the ministry is required to seek permission of the ministry for use (including for taking on hire) of such equipment. Further, only a teleport operator having a valid permission or Doordarshan are permitted to provide on hire such equipments for broadcasting/uplinking.

No other person/entity is authorised to provide such equipment for broadcast/uplinking, on hire or by any other mode, the ministry stated.

“All news channels, news agencies and teleport operators are hereby notified to strictly adhere to the extant Guidelines and to ensure that (i) SNG/ DSNG equipment are purchased/ hired only after obtaining due permission of Ministry of Information and Broadcasting; and (ii) SNG/DSNG equipment is hired only from a permitted teleport operator or from Doordarshan, under permission of this Ministry, and not from any other entity or person,” the ministry said in the notice.

“Any illegal purchase/ hiring of SNG/ DSNG. equipment shall be viewed seriously and penal action will be taken against both the user as well as the owner of such SNG/DSNG equipment.”