Swaraj pushes for Broadcasting Regulatory Authority

NEW DELHI: Trust India's information and broadcasting minister Sushma Swaraj to drive to the hilt the advantage she has gained in recent times. Now she is pushing for a Broadcasting Regulatory Authority.

Egged on by her, the Parliamentary Consultative Committee, attached to India's information and broadcasting ministry, in a meeting earlier today, came out strongly in favour of forming a regulatory body to monitor unregulated content on television channels in the country as soon as possible.

Members of Parliament, cutting across party lines, said that this was necessary in order to address the concerns of public order and decency, preservation of cultural diversity, prevention of excessive depiction of sex and violence, national security, integrity and sovereignty of the country and protection of children from undesirable programmes and advertisements, government sources told

The issue is being seen as another step taken by I&B minister Sushma Swaraj in recent times to have in place a legislation to regulate the broadcasting and cable sectors in a piecemeal fashion, ahead of an omnibus legislation being proposed to govern the three sectors of media, information technology and telecommunications.

According to the sources, presiding over the meeting, Swaraj fully shared the concerns of the members and said that the ministry would consider setting up of an independent Broadcasting Regulatory Authority. According to Swaraj, the earlier Broadcasting Bill was not pursued in view of the introduction of the Communication Convergence Bill 2001 that had a provision for setting up of a panel for content regulation.

The members felt that in case of a delay in finalising the Convergence Bill, the government should move ahead towards regulating content since the programmes on various television channels were becoming increasingly unwholesome.

Merely waiting for the Convergence Act would not help, they are reported to have chorused ---- something which Swaraj, on being criticised by the Communist Party of India (Marxist) for getting legislations passed in a piecemeal fashion, had reiterated in Parliament earlier.

IT, telecom and parliamentary minister Pramod Mahajan had some time earlier told that he does not foresee the Communications Convergence Bill, envisaging a super-regulator for IT, broadcasting and telecom, being discussed by policy-makers in Parliament before May 2003.

Meanwhile, arguing strongly for the immediate need of content regulation, Saroj Dubey, a BJP Member of Parliament during the meeting today said women are projected in a very bad light through some serials and advertisements on some channels.

Another MP, Vijay Darda, said that the proposed Authority must have adequate powers to punish the defaulters and should not be like the Press Council of India, which is unable to enforce its decisions. Kartar Singh Duggal said that the Authority be set up immediately without waiting for the Convergence Bill's passage in Parliament and, at the same time, the script writers, artists, producers, broadcasters, advertisers and the viewers may be made aware of their obligations.

E. M. Sudarsana Natchiappan said the glorification of drinking, smoking, sex, violence and degraded values must not be allowed to be carried on. Abdul Rashid Shaheen shared the concerns but wanted detailed discussions both in and outside the Parliament.

Other MPs who wanted immediate action included C Narayana Reddy, G Sukhender Reddy, D Ramanaidu, Ram Naresh Tripathi, Lalhmingliana and Ajay Maroo.

Latest Reads
Sunny Leone in Discovery JEET’s show Man Vs Wild

Sunny Leone will be displaying her adventurous side as host of the mega-popular survival series Man Vs. Wild. The iconic series will telecast in Hindi on the soon-to-be-launched GEC Discovery JEET. The new GEC will premiere in the second week of February 2018 and the series will feature the...

Television TV Channels GECs
Times Now appoints Sujeet Mishra as marketing head

Times Network, part of India’s media conglomerate, The Times Group today announced the appointment of Sujeet Mishra as head of marketing, Times Now.

Television TV Channels People
Experience space with BBC's new VR experience

The BBC is giving you a chance fly. Home - A VR Spacewalk is an interactive virtual reality (VR) experience launched today for the HTC Vive and the Oculus Rift, and is available to download for free via the Steam Store and the Oculus Store.

Television TV Channels Factual & Documentary
Sony BBC Earth presents the Best of 2017

Sony BBC Earth revisits some of its most popular episodes of the best shows in a special programming line-up titled Best of 2017 starting 18 December 2017, every night at 7 pm and 11 pm.

Television TV Channels Factual & Documentary
Increased revenue from traditional media boosts Shemaroo numbers

Integrated media content house Shemaroo Entertainment Limited (Shemaroo) reported 18.3 percent higher year-on-year (y-o-y) consolidated total revenue for the quarter ended 30 September 2017 (Q2 FY 2017-18, the quarter under review) stood at Rs 1,345.7 million as compared with Rs 1,138.6 million in...

Television Production House Film Production
21st CF spins-off into new live news & sports co Fox

MUMBAI: After the blockbuster acquisition of 21st Century Fox by The Walt Disney Company, the former has announced that it will spinoff into a new brand Fox’ that will seek to replicate its own success in the newly focussed verticals of live news and sports brands. Using fiscal 2017 as a base, the...

Television TV Channels News Broadcasting
With Star India, Disney emerges as India's largest M&E firm

MUMBAI: Unlike the US, where the merger of The Walt Disney Co and 21st Century Fox’s entertainment assets is between two near equals, the scenario in India is totally different. 21st Century Fox’s India venture Star India is a $1.7 billion dollar media and entertainment behemoth while Disney India...

Television TV Channels People
Disney to buy 21st Century Fox assets for $52.4 billion

The Walt Disney Co has set up a $52.4 billion, all-stock deal to acquire 20th Century Fox and other entertainment and sports assets from Rupert Murdoch’s empire.

Television TV Channels Movie Channels
MOVIES NOW brings #StopDreamingAndStartWinning with 100 Mania Season 5 for its viewers

Movies Now, India’s english movie channel, rings in the festive season with its property ‘100 Mania’, beginning Friday, 15 December at 9pm. In its 5th season, the channel has curated a line-up of some of the biggest Hollywood blockbusters like Furious 7, Jurassic World, Disney’s The Jungle Book,...

Television TV Channels English Entertainment

Latest News

Load More

Sign up for our Newsletter

subscribe for latest stories