Govt. re-visits issue of Trai mandate over broadcast sector

NEW DELHI: Even as the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai), the broadcast and cable regulator, takes it own sweet time to come out with recommendations on various industry issues, the government is checking out whether the mandate given to the organisation is legally valid or not.


According to information and broadcasting ministry sources, bureaucrats have got indications from I&B minister Jaipal Reddy to see whether authorising Trai as the broadcast and cable regulator - a move undertaken by the previous government - is legally valid. If one reads this from the flip side, it also means that Reddy is looking at ways to take powers back from Trai.


The latest moves come at a time when Trai is being increasingly accused of taking important decisions late or delaying the whole process, which has resulted in keeping in limbo the broadcast industry.

Take, for instance the case of the price freeze on cable subscription prices mandated by Trai, effective from 26 December. It is almost six months now since the directive came from the regulator and even now the recommendations related to conditional access system (Cas) are awaited by the industry.

As one broadcaster pointed out, "The whole chain is getting delayed because Trai has not been able to put out anything on the issue till date, except hold discussions and have some market surveys and research work produced. Because Trai's recommendations would not be the final word, as the government would have to take a final call, every passing day is adding to the financial burden of industry players."

Apart from having IMRB conduct a survey on Cas, Trai had also commissioned the Hong Kong-based Media Partners Asia, a research agency, to undertake a study of the India market vis-?-vis the global scenario. Both the agencies have submitted their reports.

Though Trai had said that it would come out with a series of recommendations in July, it now transpires that this may happen only towards the end of the month as the regulator grapples with complex issues of an industry that has grown sizably. The cable industry itself is estimated to be generating revenues worth Rs 16 billion.

But the government too, is hampered by ground realities. Wish as much he may, even Reddy knows that his dream of bringing about a separate broadcast regulatory authority cannot come true immediately. Ministry sources indicate that work on a new broadcast bill is in progress, but a new Bill is unlikely to be introduced in Parliament before the winter session, which would mean the third quarter of 2004.

Latest Reads
TV is story-teller's new novel; audience is Bharat, not India: Star's Banerjee

MUMBAI: Since five to six years, television has become the talking point. Th series such as 'Breaking Bad' to Transparent to Narcos to 'Game of Thrones' to 24, and now POW (Prisoners of Wars) has changed the experience of television viewing.

Television TV Channels GECs
Star World to air 1-5 of 'Homeland'

Star World and Star World HD is all geared up to air the pulse-pounding action series 'Homeland.' The show tackles geopolitical moral conundrums of our current world. It has recently unveiled the teaser for the upcoming season 6 shows how Carrie Mathison will circumvent around another international...

Television TV Channels English Entertainment
Share all World Cup, T-20 feeds with Prasar Bharati, rights holder told

The telecast of all official one-day and Twenty-20 matches played by the Indian Men’s Cricket Team will henceforth have to be shared by the rights holder with the public broadcaster Prasar Bharati under the Sports Broadcasting Signals (Mandatory Sharing with Prasar Bharati) Act 2007.

Television TV Channels Terrestrial
Saregama returns to film music acquisition with Pen pact

Saregama India has inked a two-movie deal with Pen Movies. With this agreement, Saregama has acquired the music rights of upcoming Bollywood releases of Pen which includes Kahaani 2 -- Durga Rani Singh, featuring Vidya Balan and Arjun Rampal.Kahaani 2 is slated for a release on 2 December.

Television TV Channels Music and Youth
Q2-17: Zeel numbers, PAT up on higher Ad and Subscription revenue

The Subhash Chandra led content and broadcast player Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited (Zeel) reported a 23 per cent hike in consolidated revenue for the quarter ended 30 September 2016 (Q2-17, current quarter) as compared to the corresponding quarter of the previous year.

Television TV Channels GECs
Best Deal TV appoints Hari Trivedi as COO

MUMBAI: Best Deal TV has appointed Hari Trivedi as the chief operating officer with immediate effect. Based in Mumbai, Trivedi will be responsible for overall sales and marketing. He would also be initializing lowest price offers and deals on Best Deal TV.

Television TV Channels People
Disney announces successor of MD Siddharth Roy-Kapur

MUMBAI: Walt Disney International has announced the successor to its former managing director Siddharth Roy-Kapur. As a second stint with the organization, Mahesh Samat has made a comeback and will lead The Walt Disney Company India as the managing director. He will pursue his new responsibility...

Television TV Channels People
Life is more imaginative than fiction in a story like POW, says writer-director Gideon Raff

MUMBAI: Sometimes, coming back home after 17 years is not always a happy ending. "Prisoners of War" is the story of three Israeli soldiers, who were held captive for that many years following their kidnapping while on a secret mission with their unit.

Television TV Shows Thriller
IPL media rights bidding postponed sine die

MUMBAI: The BCCI has made it clear that the media rights auction cannot take place till the time it gets a concrete go-ahead and a formal approval from the Justice RM Lodha committee. Till the evening of 24 October (Monday), BCCI did not receive the okay from the committee which said, "it is in...

Television TV Channels Sports

Latest News

Load More

Sign up for our Newsletter

subscribe for latest stories