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I&B asks TV channels to show censor certificates before airing movie trailers

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NEW DELHI: All television channels need to show the censor certificate before telecasting any film or movie trailer, the Information and Broadcasting Ministry has clarified.

The Ministry has reiterated its advisory sent on 6 January 2011 in this connection.

Any further violation of the programme code may attract strict penal provisions as detailed in Section 20 of the Cable Television Networks (Regulation) Act 1995 and as provided under the Uplinking/ Downlinking Guidelines.

The Ministry said it had come to its notice that a number of TV channels continue to telecast films without displaying Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC).

The notice said: “It has also been noticed that channels are sometimes showing trailers of new films without showing CBFC. Showing films/film trailers without CBFC is a violation of the cinematograph Act, 1952 as enshrined in Rule 6 [l] (n) of the Cable Television Networks Rules 1994 which also provide that no film or film song or film promos of film trailer or music videos or music albums or their promos, whether produced in India or abroad, shall be carried on cable service unless it has been certified by the CBFC.”

The Ministry therefore has advised all TV channels again to display the CBFC before telecast of any film/film trailer which is clearly visible to the viewers.

They have also been advised to strictly follow Rule 6 (1) (n) while showing any film, song, film promo, music video, music albums or their promos.

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