TDSAT to hear IBF case on tariff in November

MUMBAI: It has been a busy week for the courts. While on one hand, the Telecom Disputes Settlement Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) on 21 August heard a case from the Indian Broadcasting Foundation (IBF), Viacom 18 and MSM India challenging the tariff order amendment of 16 July that was passed by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI). On the other, Star India’s case challenging the TRAI order dated 18 July was heard in the Delhi High Court.


Taking into account the Delhi HC order for the Star India case which came out on 19 August, the TDSAT today postponed the next hearing date for 18 November.


The Federation of Hotel and Restaurants Association of India (FHRAI) had asked for refund from broadcasters for deals signed before the order came into existence that will be applicable for the current duration. However the IBF counsel stated that the order only talks of deals taking place in the new regime and the deals for which the FHRAI is asking for refunds have been done in advance.


Considering the Delhi HC order and also IBF’s proposition that in a 2012 judgment, the TDSAT had itself said that when an arrangement is ongoing between parties and a tariff order is issued, it is not applicable with retrospective effect unless mentioned in the order.


Therefore, the current deals signed will be dormant but not terminated till the end of the case. It has asked both parties to ensure all their pleadings are in place by 28 October so that a final verdict can be given on 18 November.


Star India’s case is set for its next hearing on 26 September where it has challenged the regulation itself to which Zee is also a party.


Click here to read order

Latest Reads
South Asia FM allotted Surat, Amritsar, Patna, Chandigarh and Jammu FM channels

NEW DELHI: M/s South Asia FM Ltd has been declared as the winning bidder for five Radio FM channels, just a day after the commencement of the auction for the second batch of Phase III. The company will be allotted FM Channels in Surat, Amritsar, Patna, Chandigarh and Jammu. The details of the...

Regulators I&B Ministry
Govt seeks professional help for DD revival

NEW DELHI: Fazed by private sector television channels’ stridency in terms of revenues and viewership in an increasingly digital India, the government is seeking outside professional help in “transformation of Doordarshan.”

Regulators I&B Ministry
Prasar Bharati lacks content & marketing; open to tie-ups: MIB Minister

NEW DELHI: Conceding that Prasar Bharati is lagging in both content and marketing, Minister of State for Information & Broadcasting (MIB) Rajyavardhan Rathore on Wednesday said there was a need to bring in outside experts for improving these aspects.

Regulators I&B Ministry
MIB favours self-regulation, TRAI says some regulation mandatory

NEW DELHI: Even as he favoured the idea of self-regulation in the media, Minister for Information and Broadcasting (MIB) M Venkaiah Naidu stressed that “regulation should not become strangulation” and added the government wants to be a facilitator for creating a good business environment for the...

Regulators I&B Ministry
FM Phase III e-auction tomorrow

NEW DELHI: The e-auctions for the second batch of Radio FM Phase III has been put off by a day to 26 October 2016.

Regulators I&B Ministry
TRAI tariff order, interconnect regulations; date for responses extended

NEW DELHI: Stakeholders wanting to give in their reactions to the latest draft Tariff order for Digital Addressable Systems, the Quality of Service and Consumer Protection Regulations, and the draft interconnect regulations have been given time till 15 November 2016 to respond.

Regulators TRAI
FM P-III auction: EMD, bidders initial eligibility declared

NEW DELHI: Even as the day of the e-auction of the second batch of FM Phase III on 25 October 2016 approaches, the Government has released the earnest money deposit (EMD) by the pre-qualified bidders and the initial eligibility points (IEP) of each of these.

Regulators I&B Ministry
FM P-III second batch auction from 25 Oct; 14 in fray

NEW DELHI: The e-auction of the second batch of FM Phase III will commence on 25 October 2016 from 09.30am.

Regulators I&B Ministry
Free data, net neutrality: Discussion on TRAI paper to be held

Given the complicated issues around net neutrality, an open house discussion is to be held in Hyderabad this month on Telecom Regulatory Authority of India’s consultation paper on free data. The OHD will be held at Hotel Trident in the Telangana capital on 24 October 2016.

Regulators TRAI

Latest News

Load More

Sign up for our Newsletter

subscribe for latest stories