The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has issued a pre-consultation paper seeking inputs for formulation of "National Broadcasting Policy". Written comments on the pre-consultation paper have been invited from the stakeholders by October 10, 2023.
While explaining the issues for pre-consultation, TRAI said that the stakeholders are requested to provide their comments on the possible structure and content for National Broadcasting Policy, clearly outlining the specifics along with the justification.
“Stakeholders may provide specific comments and suggestions for identifying objectives, goals and strategies for National Broadcasting Policy including the following aspects: Public service broadcasting, policy and regulation, promotion of local content, including piracy and content security, technology innovation and standardisation, convergence, specific regulatory authority for broadcasting, robust grievance redressal mechanism, role of broadcasting during disaster, audience measurement system, social goals, environmental responsibility, animation, visual effects, gaming and comics (AVGC)Segment,” TRAI added.
As per TRAI, through the said letter dated July 13, 2023, MIB requested TRAI to give its considered inputs under Section 11 of the TRAI Act, 1997 for formulation of the National Broadcasting Policy.
In its letter, MIB has mentioned that the Broadcast Policy needs to identify the vision of a functional, vibrant and resilient broadcasting sector which can project India's diverse culture and rich heritage and help India's transition to a digital and empowered economy. In light of the potentialities and intersection with national goals, a National Broadcasting Policy stipulating the vision, mission, strategies and action points could set the tone for a planned development and growth of the broadcasting sector in the country in the era of new and emerging technologies.
With this background, a pre-consultation is being done with all the stakeholders to elicit the issues which are required to be considered for formulation of "National Broadcasting Policy", TRAI said.