Times Now has filed a complaint with the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) against Den Network and Republic TV for running the channel on two LCNs.
In a letter to the TRAI, a copy of which is with BestMediaInfo.com, Bennett Coleman & Company Limited (BCCL) accused that Republic TV was available on Den Network’s channel No. 368 which is in the English News genre and on 299 which is in the Hindi News genre.
Republic TV has defined itself as the English News channel. “Availability in the two genres violate TRAI’s Telecommunication (Broadcasting and Cable Services) Interconnection (Digital Addressable Cable Television Systems) Regulations 2012 and TRAI’s directions, vide press release titled ‘Listing of TV channels on Electronic Programme Guide’, dated May 31, 2017,” the letter said.
The channel has also mentioned of having reported several other violations at TRAI through multiple letters sent in August 2017.
Times Now has also demanded immediate action citing that ‘inaction by TRAI is leading to continuous exploitation and is detrimental to other channels of the same genre.’
Confirming the various complaints filed by Times Now, Sunil K Gupta, Secretary I/C, TRAI, said, “We are investigating the same.”