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Modify or shift 'double entendre' progs, cautions broadcasting council

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NEW DELHI: Action was taken in 18 cases relating to telecast of content of indecency/obscenity/vulgarity in the last three years, the Parliament has been told. This included some general advisories issues by government. The punishment in most cases was a warning or the running of an apology scroll.

Minister of state for information and broadcastng Rajyavardhan Rathore revealed that there had been no action in 2017.   

The minister said apart from action taken by government, the Indian Broadcasting Foundation (IBF) had set up a Broadcasting Content Complaints Council (BCCC) to examine the complaints relating to content of television programmes.

The council had informed the ministry that they have received complaints against usage of double meaning dialogues of sexual nature that might not be suitable for children. In such instances, BCCC has passed directions on case to case basis, either asking the channels to modify/ edit the content, not to repeat the episode, shift it to a late night slot or run an apology scroll on the channel.

To ensure that the channels do not cross the thin line between comedy and vulgarity, the Council has also issued an advisory on 27 December 2012 to IBF?s member channels to use friendly banters without being derisive to any community, religion and individual.

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