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Govt gets tough on DD carriage by MSOs & DTH services

NEW DELHI: Indian Cable TV MSOs operators had better watch out. The Government has once again reminded all state governments and union territories to ensure strict compliance with its mandate for carrying Doordarshan and Parliament channels on cable TV networks and DTH services.


Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting C M Jatua told Parliament today that a fresh letter was sent to all states and UTs on 8 December in view of complaints of non-carriage by some DTH and cable TV operators.
 
The Ministry said compliance should be ensured through authorized officers such as the sub-divisional magistrates, district magistrates, or commissioners of police who responsible for implementation of the Cable TV Networks (Regulation) Act 1995.


Instructions have also been issued on 14 October to all DTH service providers in this regard, he said. 
 
Meanwhile, the minister said that the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India is carrying out a de novo tariff exercise for cable TV services in non-CAS areas according to a Supreme Court order of May 2009.


While TRAI has not issued any subscription rates for DTH services, the Minister said the regulator had issued a consultation paper in March this year which tariff at the subscriber end is one of the issues.

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