Indian govt tightens norms for television channels

New Delhi: The Information and Broadcasting Ministry has amended the rules regulating Cable TV networks, providing for a ‘statutory’ mechanism for complaints raised by citizens regarding any content broadcast.

Currently, there are over 900 TV channels that are required to comply with the Programme and Advertising Code laid down by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting under the Cable Television Network Rules.

In a statement, the Information and Broadcasting Ministry said the amendment will provide “a statutory mechanism for redressal of grievances/complaints of citizens relating to content broadcast by television channels in accordance with the provisions of the Cable Television Network Act, 1995”.

It is said that this will bring the television’s self-regulatory mechanism at par with that being set-up for OTT players and digital news publishers, as envisaged in the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021, issued in February.

 

NT Bureau