Television

IBF to intervene in TRAI's SC petition on 15% discount cap

TRAI's SC petition on discounts cap likely to be heard early 2019

http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/smartcrop_800x800/public/images/tv-images/2018/12/19/ibf.jpg?itok=9VMXcqjx

MUMBAI: The TRAI tariff order, which remained a topic of intense debate and discussion in 2017 and 2018, is likely to dominate discourse early on in 2019 too, at least from a legal standpoint as the Supreme Court resumes work after the winter vacations.

A source close to the development has told Indiantelevision.com that the Indian Broadcasting Foundation (IBF) is set to intervene in the matter --- a special leave petition (SLP) filed by the regulator seeking clarifications on 15 per cent discount cap --- when it gets listed.

All parties, including Star India, which were part of the Madras High Court proceedings, are involved in TRAI’s petition on the issue of 15 per cent cap on discount on a bouquet price or a la carte price of TV channels to consumers.

The IBF was not originally a party, but an intervener. Hence it wasn’t incumbent upon the TRAI to make it a party in the fresh SLP. However, the IBF will now implead itself in the petition.

Currently, the tariff order and regulations are getting implemented without the 15 per cent cap as confusion prevails over its validity, though a section of the industry is of the opinion that the Madras High Court had struck down the discount cap issue. TRAI had not issued any clarification on this while setting a roadmap earlier this year for the new tariff regime’s implementation after the Madras HC order.

On Monday, Star India’s MD Sanjay Gupta during a media roundtable, responding to a question from Indiantelevision.com on the broadcaster’s position on the 15 per cent discount cap said, “It is up to the court to decide that. Now, as an SLP is in the SC…the courts will decide. I don’t have a view beyond that. In the current ruling, there is no discount cap. It may change going forward depending on the SC ruling.”

Gupta, however, was confident in adapting to a new pricing structure should the SC uphold the high court’s view on the 15 per cent cap.

“In case the court has a new ruling that discounts have changed, pricing [too] needs to change, both a-la-carte and bouquet pricing in that case, because the distance between them has to be only 15 per cent. I think we are still awaiting the court’s decision and if we need to adapt to it, then we’ll adapt to it. But there will be a shift again in pricing if that comes through,” he added.

TRAI’s petition demands that the SC set aside the portion of the high court judgment that frowns on the 15 per cent cap on discounts on bouquet prices of TV channels.   

The Madras High Court, while upholding most of the TRAI tariff order --- issued middle of 2016 and challenged by Star India and Vijay TV later that year on grounds of overstepping of jurisdiction --- had struck down as arbitrary almost 18 months later the 15 per cent cap on bouquet prices.

With the case finally disposed of by the Supreme Court earlier this year, upholding the high court’s views, TRAI had issued a notification stating that India’s broadcast and cable industry stakeholders implement its tariff regime in phases and report on compliance.

Latest Reads

http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/05/24/heros.jpg?itok=kLjSUnVK
Inaugural India cricket heroes takes place at lords cricket ground to commend the very best of global indian cricket excellence

Yesterday saw the exclusive ‘gold’ carpet event for the inaugural India Cricket Heroes at Lord’s Cricket Ground with eminent cricket legends, international TV, film and sports stars and business stalwarts in attendance to recognise the best Indian cricket performers from around the world.

Television TV Channels News Broadcasting
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/05/24/india.jpg?itok=SeE8cfwx
India Today Group-Axis-My-India exit poll delivers most accurate forecast

The India Today Group-Axis-My-India’s exit poll has come out as the most accurate prediction of the country's general elections, beating all other polls on the outcome of the massive exercise.

Television TV Channels News Broadcasting
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/05/24/vk.jpg?itok=Q5SGPCTD
This ICC World Cup, follow the Men in Blue on Star Sports’ special show ‘Follow the Blues’

Star Sports, India’s leading broadcaster and the ‘Home of Cricket’ has premiered its third season of ‘Follow the Blues’.

Television TV Channels Sports
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/05/24/colgte.jpg?itok=0DlsOijA
BARC week 20: Colgate Dental Cream becomes the top brand

The Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC) India has released its data for top advertisers and brands for the period between 11 May 2019 and 17 May 2019.

Television TV Channels Viewership
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/05/24/manmarziyan.jpg?itok=kiOipEpo
Kya karegi Rumi jab Pyaar hai full of Passion but Dil hai full of Confusion?

A love story that is unlike any other, Manmarziyaan is a romantic comedy-drama that revolves around a love triangle starring Vicky Kaushal as Vicky, Taapsee Pannu as Rumi and Abhishek Bachchan as Robbie.

Television TV Channels Movie Channels
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/05/24/andflix.jpg?itok=o13fKRdz
Knock Knock, let the Venom in! Witness the malevolent Anti-Hero as &flix inspires viewers through a powerful anthem #VenomInMyVeins

“I’ve been living on that dark side, where everything is alright on the outside. But in my veins, it’s Venom” goes the anthem as it tells us that sometimes it takes a little bit of bad to do some good.

Television TV Channels Factual @ Discovery
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/05/24/Eros_Now.jpg?itok=L2zU52dG
Eros exceeds Rs 1,000 crore annual revenue once again

The Sunil Lulla-led Indian film and media company Eros International Media Ltd (Eros) reported a 12.8 percent jump in total revenue for the year ended 31 March 2018 (FY 2019, period or fiscal or year under review) as compared to the previous year FY 2018.

Television TV Channels GECs
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/05/24/Sun-Tv.jpg?itok=PYNCgjuS
Sun TV Network profit up; SunRisers Hyderabad revenue triples

The South Indian television and radio broadcaster behemoth, the Sun TV Network Limited (Sun TV), reported consolidated total comprehensive income of Rs 1,432.87 crore (37.9 percent of consolidated operating revenue for the year ended 31 March 2019 (FY 2019, year or period or fiscal under review),...

Television TV Channels Regional
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/05/23/bangla.jpg?itok=_y7UQwmT
BARC wk 20: Zee dominated Bangla, Marathi, Kannada segments

In the Bengali market, Zee Bangla stood first, followed by Bhojpuri Cinema leading in the Bhojpuri space.

Television TV Channels Viewership

Latest News

Load More

Sign up for our Newsletter

subscribe for latest stories