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MIB extends deadline for comments on Draft Broadcast Bill to January 15

The earlier deadline to submit comments was December 9, 2023

The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has decided to extend the deadline for furnishing comments by stakeholders on the draft 'Broadcast Services (Regulation) Bill, 2023' up to January 15, 2024.

The earlier deadline to submit comments was December 9, 2023.

"In response to the representations received from the various quarters with reference to this Ministry's Public Notice dated November 10, 2023, this Ministry has decided to extend the deadline for furnishing suggestions/feedback/comments/inputs/views by any person/stakeholders on the draft 'Broadcasting Services (Regulation) Bill, 2023' up to January 15, 2024," the Ministry said in the latest notice.

In November, the government unveiled a Bill that seeks to consolidate the regulatory framework for broadcasting services, including Over-The-Top (OTT) and digital media content.

The Broadcasting Services (Regulation) Bill, 2023 seeks to replace the Cable Television Networks Regulation Act of 1995 and other rules and guidelines governing the broadcasting sector and strengthen self-regulation on content.

The Bill has provisions for setting up Content Evaluation Committees by broadcasters and strengthening self-regulation. It also seeks to set up a Broadcast Advisory Council to advise the government on advertisement code and programme code violations.

The Broadcast Advisory Council, which will be headed by a sectoral expert and have eminent persons and bureaucrats as members, is set to replace the Inter-Departmental Committee, which comprises mainly bureaucrats.

The Bill also seeks to empower self-regulating bodies to penalise its members for contravention of norms and articles or the programme and advertisement codes through monetary and non-monetary penalties.

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