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Central Government to recognise television self-regulatory bodies, amends Cable TV Rules

The amendment provides a statutory mechanism to redress citizen’s grievances and complaints against content broadcast by television channels and seeks registration of self-regulating bodies of broadcasters with the Central Government

Prakash Javadekar

The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting amended the Cable Television Network Rules, 1994, on Thursday to strengthen the grievance mechanism and recognise statutory bodies of broadcasters under the Rules.

The amendment provides a statutory mechanism to redress citizen’s grievances and complaints against content broadcast by television channels and also seeks registration of self-regulating bodies of broadcasters with the Central Government.

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At present, there are over 900 television channels in the country. “The above notification is significant as it paves the way for a strong institutional system for redressing grievances while placing accountability and responsibility on the broadcasters and their self-regulating bodies,” reads a release issued by the government.

For citizen grievances relating to violation of the Programme/Advertising Codes under the Rules, at present there is an institutional mechanism by way of an Inter-Ministerial Committee. Similarly, broadcasters have their own internal self-regulatory mechanism for addressing grievances.

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Sharing on Twitter, Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar said, “The @MIB_India has by amending the Cable Television Network Rules, 1994, developed a statutory mechanism to redress citizens' grievances & complaints against programmes of TV Channels. The @MIB_India has also decided to recognize Statutory Bodies of TV channels under CTN Rules.”

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