NEW DELHI: The Broadcast Content Complaints Council, a self-regulatory
body of non-news television channels, has advised TV channels
to air after 11 pm award shows which have any adult content
in them including vulgar dialogues, double-entendres and smutty
puns from the anchors.
After its meeting, the BCCC headed by Justice A P Shah in
its advisory noted that "sometimes, the content of the
so-called jokes is demeaning to women and other communities."
noted that it had received several complaints relating to
the telecast of film award functions and shows.
It said: It is not the BCCCs intention to censor
these shows, which are, after all, live events. But we believe
that if the content is to include adult humour, then the telecast
of these shows should only begin after 11 pm. Nor should any
repeats be broadcast before 11 pm.
BCCC noted that in many cases, the shows were not telecast
live but aired at a later date. It, therefore, wondered why
the channels were not able to remove inappropriate content
from telecast during prime time.
BCCC advised all channels to exercise discretion while telecasting
award functions, to guard against the inclusion of adult content
during prime time and to refrain from airing any content that
is demeaning to women and other communities.