Provisions to deal with errant broadcasting sectors considered adequate: Rathore

NEW DELHI: The Government considers the existing provisions under various policy guidelines of Ministry of Information and Broadcasting are considered adequate as far as the electronic media goes.

The permission of 73 TV channels has been cancelled till date for violating the provisions of Uplinking Guidelines, the Rajya Sabha has been told.

Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Rathore said 24 FM Channels of 6 Private Broadcasters have been revoked for violation of provisions of the Grant of Permission Agreement (GoPA) signed by them with Government under the FM Radio Phase-II regime.

All the registered agencies mentioned above under print, audio and visual media are required to abide by the rules and regulations prescribed under various policy guidelines of Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.

He said the country at present has 892 permitted Private Satellite TV channels registered in the country, as on 30 June.

A total of 42 Private FM Radio Broadcasters have been granted permission to establish, operate and maintain private FM Radio Stations in the country.

More than a decade after the scheme was launched, only 196 Community Radio Stations are operational in the country.

The Press in India 2014-15 published by the Office of Registrar of Newspapers for India (RNI), shows as many as 1,05,443 publications, having different periodicities are registered with RNI, as on 31 March 2015.

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