Regulators

TRAI files appeal against TDSAT’s landing page judgment in Supreme Court

A bench headed by HMJ Arun Mishra will hear the matter today

https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/smartcrop_800x800/public/images/tv-images/2019/08/08/trai-aug19.jpg?itok=k0U1zo7Q

MUMBAI: In a move that can have far-reaching implications for India's broadcasting sector, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on Thursday filed an appeal in the Supreme Court against Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) order on landing pages. A bench headed by HMJ Arun Mishra will hear the matter, listed as item 21, today.

The sector regulator’s action comes in the wake of TDSAT, by virtue of its 29 May order, setting aside TRAI’s 3 December directive to broadcasters and distribution platform operators (DPOs) to refrain from placing registered television channel, TV rating is released by BARC India, on the landing page or boot up screen.

According to TRAI, its order was aimed at protecting the interest of service providers and consumers while ensuring orderly growth of the sector. This, however, was successfully challenged by Bennett Coleman & Co. and other in TDSAT.

“In our considered view, the impugned directions are beyond the provisions of the act, which empowers TRAI to issue directions. Therefore, the impugned directions must be set aside on this point alone. We order accordingly,” TDSAT Chairperson Justice S K Singh and Member AK Bhargava said.

A series of controversies have been triggered post the landmark TDSAT order that resulted in disruption in viewership measurement of channels with a relatively smaller audience like English news.

Data for week 22, first since the landing page ruling, saw CNN News 18 upset the English news apple cart to top the chart, followed by Republic TV, Times Now, DD India and India Today Television.

BARC switched back to its previous methodology from week 23 onward claiming it had received multiple representations from stakeholders and the mandate of its board.

BARC’s flip-flip with its outlier policy implementation further fueled the landing page row, raising concerns among stakeholders.

Reacting to stakeholders’ issues, the BARC board gave its nod to form a two-member committee to carry out an independent review of BARC’s data validation and outlier policy.

With opinion divided within the industry, some broadcasters have also written letters, highlighting the negative impact of landing pages, to TRAI and BARC’s technical committee.

With the matter now landing up in the top court, industry will be hoping to get more clarity on this very controversial issue.

-->

Latest Reads

https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2020/08/12/high.jpg?itok=8eHJtb7b
Bombay high court's NTO 2.0 verdict on 24 August

KOLKATA: The Bombay high court's verdict on the NTO 2.0 case between broadcasters and the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) is expected on 24 August. Until then, all parties have agreed to wait before taking any further decision.  During a hearing last week, the court asked both parties...

Regulators High Court
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2020/08/11/ib.jpg?itok=x4tnHfzt
I&B ministry grants registration to 15 new MSOs in July

The ministry of information and broadcasting (MIB) has granted registration to 15 new multi-system operators (MSOs) in the month of July. As per data released by the MIB, the total number of registered MSOs now stands at 1679 as on 3 August 2020.

Regulators I&B Ministry
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2020/08/07/trai.jpg?itok=18vjJN7R
NTO 2.0 hearing postponed, TRAI assures no action till next hearing

KOLKATA: The uncertainty regarding the implementation of NTO 2.0 prevails, as the broadcasters’ petition against The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India's (TRAI) move to make them comply with the order by 10 August, went unheard for the second day on Friday due to paucity of time. The case has...

Regulators TRAI
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2020/08/07/bmc.jpg?itok=2Oz4EGwi
Bombay high court permits persons above 65 years to work on film, TV sets

MUMBAI: The Bombay high court has quashed Maharashtra government’s order for age limit on set. After constant appeal from the Indian Motion Pictures Producers Association (IMPPA) and Cine And TV Artistes' Association (CINTAA), the high court has finally allowed all people above 65 years of age...

Regulators High Court
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2020/07/30/Untitled-1_1.jpg?itok=fTAimz7K
Tata Sky had the largest pay DTH subscriber base in CY 2019

Telecom Regulatory Authority of India’s (TRAI) The Indian Telecom Services Performance Indicator Report October - December, 2019 says that there were 6.998 crore (69.98 million, 699.8 lakh) direct to home (DTH) subscribers in India as on 31 December 2019 that paid for their subscription.

Regulators TRAI
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2020/07/29/paper.jpg?itok=Vo5jqTur
I&B ministry’s print media advertisement policy 2020: BOC to empanel publications suitable for issuing ads

The information and broadcasting ministry issued the print media advertisement policy 2020, effective from 1 August 2020. The objective of the policy guidelines is to maintain a list of approved publications for release of advertisements by empanelling acceptable publications.

Regulators I&B Ministry
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2020/07/27/mib.jpg?itok=lKwisXI1
I&B ministry urges home ministry to reopen movie theatres from August

MUMBAI: Due to the Covid2019 pandemic, cinema halls across India were shut from March. While several businesses started operational work in Unlock phases 1.0 and 2.0, movie theatres are still waiting for the government's nod. Now, as India is approaching  Unlock 3.0, the information and...

Regulators I&B Ministry
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2020/07/24/TRAI-Story.jpg?itok=mLguK2-X
TRAI directs broadcasters to implement NTO 2.0 by 10 August

NEW DELHI: The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has directed all broadcasters to comply with the provisions of the New Tariff Amendment Order (NTO 2.0) by 10 August. Broadcasters must publish details including maximum retail price per month of channels and maximum retail price per month...

Regulators TRAI
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2020/07/21/sc.jpg?itok=rXbL20pC
Delhi govt slapped with CCRGA notice over political messaging

A Supreme Court-mandated committee on content regulation in government advertising (CCRGA)  issued a notice to the government in Delhi (AAP) over an advertisement which had appeared last week.

Regulators I&B Ministry

Sign up for our Newsletter

subscribe for latest stories

* indicates required