About Broadcasting

1. Broadcasting Wing (BC Wing) is the concerned wing for all matters related to regulation of content telecast on private satellite TV channels and transmitted/re-transmitted through cable television network in terms of the Programme and Advertisement Codes prescribed in the Cable Television Networks (Regulation) Act, 1995 and the Cable Television Networks Rules, 1994 framed there under and private FM Radio channels and Community Radio Stations as per the GOPA guidelines and AIR Broadcast Code. Every broadcaster through various Policy Guidelines has been mandated to follow the Programme and Advertisement Code prescribed under the Cable Television Networks (Regulation) Act, 1995 and Rules framed thereunder.

2. For regulation of content on private Satellite TV channels, the Ministry has constituted an Inter-Ministerial Committee headed by Additional Secretary, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. The Committee comprises officers from Ministries of Home Affairs, Defence, Law & Justice, External Affairs, Health and Family Welfare, Women & Child Development, Consumer Affairs and a representative of Advertising Standards Council of India. The IMC functions in a recommendatory capacity. In order to enforce the Cable Act and Rules at the State/District level, the Ministry issued an order on 06.09.2005 for “Monitoring Committee for the Programmes and Advertisement telecast by Cable TV Channels” at the State/District level. Detailed guidelines were issued on 19.02.2008 providing for State/District Level Monitoring Committees. Subsuming the earlier orders, detailed guidelines regarding constitution of State/District Level Monitoring Committees have been issued on 26.04.2017 to all Chief Secretaries of States and Union Territories. The guidelines are available on the Ministry’s Website https://mib.gov.in

3. The Government has also established Electronic Media Monitoring Centre (EMMC) as state-of-the-art facility with a view to monitor and record the content of satellite TV channels with regard to violation of Programme and Advertisement Codes enshrined under the Cable Television Networks (Regulation) Act, 1995 and Rules framed thereunder. EMMC is equipped to monitor and record around 900 channels and currently monitors all permitted channels.

4. Further, there are Self-regulatory mechanisms regarding monitoring content violation, telecast/broadcast on private TV channels are also available where complaints can be lodged by public as mentioned below:

5. TV(I) Section in Broadcasting Wing is concerned with grant of licenses for uplinking/downlinking of TV channels, uplinking Hub/Teleport, uplink facility by a News Agency, permission for use of SNG/DSNGs and related regulatory aspects, as per the uplinking/downlinking guidelines, 2011 as amended from time to time.

6. BP&L Section in Broadcasting Wing is concerned with policy matters related to administration of Cable Television Networks (Regulation) Act, 1995 and Rules thereunder, The Sports Broadcasting Signals (Mandatory Sharing With Prasar Bharati) Act, 2007 and Rules thereunder, DTH Guidelines, HITS Guidelines, IPTV Guidelines and TRP Guidelines and miscellaneous policy issues pertaining to broadcasting sector.

7. Apart from dealing with framing of Guidelines for DTH, HITS, IPTV and TRP agency, the requests for grant of permission/licence/registration under these guidelines from applicants are processed in BP&L Division. The issues related to amendments in the policy/guidelines are undertaken by the BP&L Division.

8. The proposals to declare the sporting events/games of national importance under the Sports Broadcasting Signals (Mandatory Sharing with Prasar Bharati) Act, 2007 are processed in the BP&L Division in consultation with Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Ministry of Law and Justice and Prasar Bharati and the sporting events/games which are identified as national importance are notified in the Gazette of India.

9. Further the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) gives its recommendations from time to time on Telecommunication and Broadcasting sectors on request from the Government or suo-motu. The recommendations given by TRAI in respect of Broadcasting sector are processed by BP&L Section and if required, arranges to convene meetings of the Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) formed to examine such recommendations.

10. To provide efficient and transparent regime for the growth and management of Broadcasting Sector, an online portal “Broadcast Seva” has been developed and launched. The Broadcast Seva portal provides single point facilities to the various stakeholders and applicants for various permissions, registrations, licences etc. issued by MIB for broadcast related activities.