DELHI: The Information and Broadcasting Ministry has taken
umbrage at the manner in which some private FM channels broadcast
vulgar and objectionable content.
The Ministry has also noted that some radio jockeys are 'indecent
and offensive' in their presentation of programmes. These
jockeys made 'defamatory and derogatory comments, particularly
in night hours, which do not appear to be in good taste.
that the FM channels are duty bound under the Grant of Permission
Agreement (GOPA) to follow the Programme and Advertising Codes
being followed by All India Radio, the Ministry advised all
channels to strictly adhere to these Codes and not air anything
in violation of the Codes.
said that violation can constitute violation of Sections 7.6
and 11.2 of GOPA, and the channels have been asked to exercise
discretion and restraint, as any violation can attract penal
action as laid down in the GOPA.