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Action taken in 75 complaints of violations by TV channels in last three years, Govt not considering independent mechanism

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NEW DELHI: The Government has reiterated that there is no proposal under consideration of the Information and Broadcasting Ministry for an independent broadcasting media authority/separate mechanism in the country for complaints relating to media

I and B Minister Arun Jaitley told Parliament that the adequate provisions in the form of various Acts / Rules / Regulations/ Guidelines already exist with regard to print and electronic Media.

He also referred to the Inter-Ministerial Committee for TV channels, self-regulatory bodies Broadcasting Content Complaints Council (BCCC) headed by retired Judge Mukul Mudgal for general entertainment channels, the News Broadcasting Standards Authority for news television channels, the Consumer Complaints Council (CCC) of the Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI), and the Press Council of India for print media.

The BCCC took action in a total of 5036 cases between 2013 and 2015, while the NBSA took action in 1464 complaints between 2012-13 and 2014-15.  

Thus BCCC had 2298 complaints in 2015, 1791 in 2014 and 947 in 2014. The NBSA -had 110 complaints in 2014-15, 1143 in 2013-14, and 216 in 2012-13  

Action was taken in 75 complaints relating to violation of Programme or Advertising Codes for Television channels, while the Press council of India heard 521 complaints between 2012-13 and 2015-16.

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