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=rQbOufVY

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/2020/01/18/TRAI_800New.jpg?itok=9WoQKCqk
TRAI report: Broadband sector saw growth of 36.52% in 2019

MUMBAI: TRAI in its annual report has stated that in the last ten years a substantial number of HD pay television channels have been launched by broadcasters. As on 31 March 2019, there are a total of 99 operational HD channels. Let’s have look at detailed description below: Internet and Broadband...

Regulators TRAI
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2020/01/14/trai.jpg?itok=sXQD1k-u
Bombay HC grants no interim relief in IBF's NTO case; matter posted for 22 Jan

MUMBAI: After the broadcasters moved to Bombay High Court on Monday, the high court has issued notice to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) for filing response. The matter has been listed for next hearing on 22 January. No interim relief till the next hearing.

Regulators TRAI
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2020/01/13/bombayhighcourt.jpg?itok=y_yJGLpg
IBF files writ petition against TRAI in Bombay High Court

MUMBAI: Amid the ongoing dispute in the broadcasting industry regarding amendments to the tariff order, the Indian Broadcasting Foundation (IBF), along with other broadcasters, has filed a writ petition in the Bombay High Court against the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI).

Regulators High Court
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2020/01/13/trai.jpg?itok=YOMOhnkd
TRAI backs NTO 2.0, says amendment to create level playing field

MUMBAI: The Telecom Regulatory and Authority of India (TRAI) has backed the amendments made in the New Tariff Order (NTO) claiming it to be consumer-friendly. Issuing a statement, TRAI said that it will create a level playing field for all stakeholders in the broadcasting industry. The regulator...

Regulators TRAI
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2020/01/10/tv.jpg?itok=mLiBca2S
Comment: Divide and rule – TRAI's way of regulating the broadcasting sector

Indian broadcasting has been going through a challenging period not just because of competition from new digital platforms and falling ad revenue but by a hyper-regulator, the Telecom Authority of India (TRAI). 

Regulators TRAI
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2020/01/09/trai.jpg?itok=3L_JLULA
Broadcasting and cable TV services grew marginally in Q2: TRAI

The Telecom Regulatory and Authority of India in its 2019 September-end quarter report has shown a marginal growth in the broadcasting and cable TV services with respect to the number of private satellite TV channels permitted by the government and pay TV channels as reported by broadcasters.

Regulators TRAI
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2020/01/04/IBF.jpg?itok=QQh8FykF
NTO 2.0 will affect viability of pay TV industry: IBF

MUMBAI: The broadcast sector has expressed its shock and dismay with the latest notification from TRAI issued on 1 January 2020, amending the new tariff order (NTO) and interconnection regulations. Indian Broadcasting Foundation (IBF) believes that both the amendments will severely impair...

Regulators TRAI
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2020/01/03/tvvvv.jpg?itok=adRcxe8m
India Ratings: NTO 2.0 negative for broadcasters, neutral for MSOs

MUMBAI: Credit rating agency India Ratings (Ind-Ra) & Research believes that Telecom Regulatory Authority of India’s (TRAI) amendments to the tariff and interconnection regulation are largely negative for broadcasters and neutral for multiple system operators (MSOs). The rating agency, a...

Regulators TRAI
https://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2020/01/03/trai.jpg?itok=0b11LUxV
TRAI releases consultation paper on net neutrality issues

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has released a new consultation paper that deliberates on traffic management practices (TMPs) and multi-stakeholder body for net neutrality.

Regulators TRAI

Sign up for our Newsletter

subscribe for latest stories