NEW DELHI: Twenty of the 48 show causes issued to regional
television channels in the last three years were referred
to the self-regulatory bodies of the news and general entertainment
Only one complaint was referred by the Information and Broadcasting
Ministry to the Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI).
of the matters referred to the regulatory bodies - as many
as 18 to the News Broadcasters Standards Authority and two
to the Broadcasting Content Complaints Council - have been
resolved by imposing fines or advisories to the channels.
Advisories were issued by the Ministry in nine cases, and
warnings issued in five cases. While one matter is sub judice
because it relates to reportage by TV 5 about the death of
a former chief minister of Andhra Pradesh, two cases were
closed because no violation was found.
relating to programmes by News Live, Jaya Max, Asianet Plus,
Kolkata TV, India Vision, SS TV, and NTV are under consideration
of the Ministry, and the reply of the Central Board of Film
Certification is awaited with regard to telecast of song of
adult nature in the case of Raj Parivar TV.
Only one channel SS Music was forced in the
last three years to stop beaming for about a week in February
this year, while News 9 was asked to run an apology scroll
for three days for telecast of an obscene programme.