MIB asked 3 channels to go off air in 2016, NDTV India not on the list


24 Mar 2016
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The Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (MIB) has prohibited transmission of only three TV channels in 2016 for different duration, Minister of State (MoS) in the MIB Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore said in the Rajya Sabha.
Incidentally, Hindi news channel NDTV India, which was earlier banned for a day, is not part of the list provided by Rathore in the upper house.
The MIB had put its order against NDTV India in abeyance following a meeting with the media companies’ promoter Prannoy Roy. NDTV has also moved the Supreme Court against the Centre’s ban order. The matter is listed for 5 December.

The MIB had prohibited transmission of NDTV India for a day on 9 November for allegedly violating the content code during its coverage of the Pathankot terrorist attack.
Rathore further stated that as many as 31 TV channels including news channels were asked to prohibit transmission for specific periods of time ranging from 1 day to 60 days between 2005 and 2016.
In the last three years, the MIB had taken 22 TV channels to task. These channels were banned for different durations. In 2013, 14 TV channels were banned while in 2014 just one channel was banned. Four channels were banned in 2015.
Responding to a question in the Rajya Sabha, Rathore said that action is taken against TV channels whenever any violation of the aforesaid programme and advertising codes is noticed or brought to the notice of the ministry.

The ministry, he added, generally issues warnings or advisories to comply with the programme and advertising codes, or asks the errant channel to run an apology scroll on their channel. Occasionally, the channels are also taken off the air temporarily for a limited period depending on the gravity of the violation, he noted.
Meanwhile, responding to a question in the Lok Sabha, Rathore said that the ministry has received 218 complaints related to the violation of programme and advertising codes during 2016–17. In the previous fiscal year, the ministry had received 139 complaints; the number was 160 in 2014–15. For fiscal 2013–14, the ministry had received 227 complaints.

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