Regulators

Trai, govt lock horns over revenue share

http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/smartcrop_800x800/public/images/tv-images/2016/05/20/Trai_0.jpg?itok=n50qZXNn

NEW DELHI: Broadcast and cable regulator, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai), has reiterated some its earlier suggestions on FM radio broadcasting, while "strengthening" some other aspects after incorporating suggestions from the government.

In this connection, for example, Trai has said instead of all applicants being requested to provide only 50 per cent of the entry fees of phase I, as earlier recommended, they may be asked to provide 50 per cent of the amount bid as a demand draft along with their bids.

This will be refunded if the bidder is unsuccessful. If the bidder is successful, it will have to pay the balance 50 per cent within seven days of being informed that the bid has been accepted.

This is in response to a government observation that Trai's recommendations relating to FM radio broadcasting does not adequately protect the former's interest.

The government had said that Trai's recommendation, with regard to adoption of closed bid tender system without any reserve entry fee and adequate penal provisions for withdrawal and with a provision for a waiting list, is "considered to be susceptible to both pre-tender and post-tender cartelization" and, therefore, unacceptable.

The information and broadcasting ministry had also pointed out that there is a case for prescribing a reserve entry fee, with sufficient withdrawal penalty to deter a non-serious bidder, from participating in the tender process.

To an another suggestion from the government on the method of licensing and arresting loss of revenue, Trai, in its response to the government today, assured that under-reporting of revenues earned by the private FM radio players could be effectively neutralized.

"One of the ways that advertising revenues can be under reported is by appointing an agent for collecting advertisements and then paying such agency heavy commission. It is (now) recommended that the maximum permissible agency commission may be fixed as 15 per cent of gross advertising revenue and this limit may be specified in the license agreement to ensure that there is no wrongful loss to the government," the regulator has said, conceding a government point.

However, Trai has stoutly defended its recommendation on migration to revenue share (4 per cent) from the existing license fee regime despite the government objecting to this on the ground that revenue earnings of a radio operator are expected to be in the form of advertising revenues, which are un-metered, unlike the earnings of a telecom service provider, amongst other things.

Pointing out that decline in revenue for the government cannot be the only criterion for not accepting a revenue share regime, Trai has countered, " The objective of a license share of 4 per cent is to bring down the burden on the industry."

It has further added: "If companies make large profits due to the lower license fees then this can always be mopped up by (imposing) corporate tax. On the other hand, if the license fees are kept very high, there will neither be revenue through license fees or corporate tax, nor will there be any development of the radio industry."

Latest Reads

http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/08/18/TRAI-Story_0.jpg?itok=MDxV4B3O
TRAI to host APAC regulators' meet in Delhi

Delegates from more than 23 countries will be participating in the Asia-Pacific Regulators’ Roundtable followed by the International Training Programme being organized next week by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI).

Regulators TRAI
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/08/18/Narendra-Modi.jpg?itok=42OSj1_u
Modi invites Indians' 'Mann ki Baat', to be aired by AIR, DD, pvt channels & DTH platforms

NEW DELHI: Telephone lines opened on 16 August for people wanting to give their viewpoints to the prime minister Narendra Modi. Indians can call on toll-free number 1800 11 7800 before the 34th installment of his monthly Mann Ki Baat is broadcast. Messages can also be sent via the mygov.in website...

Regulators I&B Ministry
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/08/18/FM_Tadka.jpg?itok=5qx_zM03
Rajasthan Patrika's FM Tadka to launch four stations

MUMBAI: Rajasthan Patrika Group’s FM Tadka that recently launched two new stations in Ajmer and Bikaner, will soon be launching four new stations in Jammu, Srinagar, Aligarh, and Muzaffarpur. Amongst the four, Aligarh and Muzaffarpur will be launched within a month.

Regulators I&B Ministry
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/08/16/MIB-2-Story_1.jpg?itok=DYd9KL89
MIB: Set up cable TV regulatory panels, Century, Chinar & Pan India among 6 FM licences revoked

NEW DELHI: The information and broadcasting ministry has issued directions to states to set up district-level and state-level monitoring committees to regulate content telecast on cable TV/FM radio channels/community radio stations to ensure adherence to the AIR Broadcast Code.

Regulators I&B Ministry
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/08/14/RS-Sharma.jpg?itok=1JepJjaG
TRAI's final recommendations on net neutrality likely by September

NEW DELHI: India’s telecoms and broadcast regulator Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) is expected to come out with its final recommendations on net neutrality next month.

Regulators TRAI
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/08/12/Madras-High-Court.jpg?itok=SERzLcsT
TV content: Madras HC seeks Centre's clarification on regulatory mechanism

NEW DELHI: Joining issues with a petition presently being heard by the Supreme Court on a similar matter, the Madras High Court yesterday directed the federal government to clarify on the existing regulatory setup governing contents aired by television channels in India.

Regulators High Court
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/08/11/trai1-800x800.jpg?itok=2bSfPiH-
TRAI starts process of STBs' interoperability, issues consultation note

NEW DELHI: Realising that lack of technical interoperability of set-top boxes creates problems for consumers wanting to switch over to another service provider, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India today issued a consultation note on the solution architecture for technically interoperable STBs...

Regulators TRAI
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/08/11/rajyavardhan%20rathore.jpg?itok=Ax3zLbGm
Govt warned 55 violators of programme & ad codes in 3 yrs, says Rathore

NEW DELHI: The government issued 55 advisories or warnings since 2014 to various channels for violation of the Programme or Advertising Codes, the Parliament has been told. These include four advisories to all channels of which two were issued this year, one relating to telecast of Republic Day...

Regulators I&B Ministry
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/08/10/Nirmala%20Sitharaman%20AND%20Smriti%20Irani.jpg?itok=MS3Kh0FB
Four FDI media proposals await govt. nod

NEW DELHI: A total of 99 proposals including four relating to the information and broadcasting sector for foreign direct investment are pending before various ministries, the Parliament has been informed. This follows the decision to entrust the work of granting government approval for FDI...

Regulators I&B Ministry

Latest News

Load More

Sign up for our Newsletter

subscribe for latest stories