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Content Regulation on Private TV Channels

As per existing regulatory framework, programmes and advertisements telecast on private satellite TV channels are regulated in accordance with the Programme Codes and Advertising Codes prescribed under the Cable Television Networks (Regulation) Act, 1995 and rules framed thereunder. The Programme and Advertising Codes contain a wide range of parameters to regulate programmes and advertisements on TV channels....

The Cable Television Networks Rules, 1994 have been amended vide Notification No.GSR 416(E) dated 17.06.2021 thereby providing for a statutory mechanism for redressal of grievances/complaints of citizens relating to content broadcast by television channels. These rules are called the Cable Television Networks (Amendment) Rules, 2021. The Rules provide that in order to ensure observance and adherence to the Programme Code and the Advertising Code by the broadcaster and to address the grievance or complaint, if any, relating thereto, there shall be a three-level structure (complaint redressal structure) as under: Level I - A self-regulation by broadcasters; Level II - Self-regulation by the self-regulating bodies of the broadcasters; and Level III - Oversight mechanism by the Central Government.

Any person aggrieved by the content of a programme of a channel as being not in conformity with the Programme Code or the Advertising Code may file his complaint in writing to the broadcaster or to Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI) if such pertains to the Advertising codes laid by it. A broadcaster shall establish a grievance or complaint redressal mechanism and appoint an officer to deal with the complaints received by it. The broadcaster/ ASCII shall, within the stipulated time, takes a decision and communicate the same to the complainant. The grievances/ complaints which have not been addressed by the broadcaster shall be dealt and disposed of by the Self-regulating bodies (Level-II), registered by Central Government, within stipulated time.

As a part of oversight mechanism, Central Government has established an Inter-Departmental Committee (IDC) for hearing grievances or complaints and refer to the IDC grievances or complaints arising out of the decision of the self-regulating body, or if no decision has been taken by the self-regulating body within the stipulated time, or on receipt of such other complaints or references relating to violation of Programme Code or Advertising Code as it may consider necessary. The IDC is chaired by the Additional Secretary in the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and consists representatives from the Ministry of Women and Child Development, Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Ministry of External Affairs, Ministry of Defence. In March 2023, domain experts from Press Council of India (PCI), Bar Council of India (BCI), Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI), Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) have been included as IDC member.

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.(website of EMMC- www.emmc.gov.in File size unavailable) Ministry issues advisories to TV channels to adhere to program and advertising codes and in relation with other important issues from time to time.

A.  Grievance Redressal Mechanism To ensure observance and adherence to the Programme Code and the Advertising Code by the broadcaster and to address the grievance of complaint a three-level structure, as under, has been formed: -
Level I - A self-regulation by broadcasters
Level II - Self-regulation by the Self-Regulating Bodies of the broadcasters
Level III - Oversight mechanism by the Central Government

Filing and processing of Grievance and Complaint
i.  Any person aggrieved by the content of a programme of a channel as being not in conformity with the Programme Code or the Advertising Code may file his complaint in writing to the broadcaster: Provided that where such complaint relates to Advertising Code laid down by the Advertising Standards Council of India, such complaint may be addressed to the said Council and that Council shall deal with such complaint in accordance with the procedure laid down by it: Provided further that Advertising Standards Council of India shall take a decision on the complaint within sixty days of its receipt, and communicate the same to the broadcaster and the complainant.
ii.  The broadcaster shall, within twenty-four hours of complaint being filed, generate and issue an acknowledgement to the complainant for his information and record.
iii.  Every complaint shall be dealt with in the following manner, namely: -
(a)   the broadcaster shall dispose of the complaint and inform the complainant of its decision within fifteen days of receipt of such complaint;
(b)   if the decision of the broadcaster is not communicated to the complainant within the stipulated period of fifteen days, or if the complainant is not satisfied with the decision of the broadcaster, he may prefer an appeal to the self-regulating body of which such broadcaster is a member, within fifteen days therefrom;
(c)   the self-regulating body shall dispose of the appeal within sixty days of receipt of appeal and convey its decision in the form of a guidance or advisory to the broadcaster, and inform the complainant of such decision within a period of fifteen days;
(d)   where the complainant is not satisfied with the decision of the self-regulating body, he may, within fifteen days of such decision, prefer an appeal to the Central Government for its consideration under the Oversight Mechanism.

B.  Self-regulating Body (SRBs) Cable Television Networks (Amendment) Rules, 2021 provide a three level structure for to ensure observance and adherence to the Programme Code and Advertising Code. It provide for Self regulation by Self Regulatory Bodies (SRBs) of the broadcasters as Level II. SRBs are independent bodies constituted by the broadcasters and registered by the Ministry of I&B. They are headed by a retired judge of the Supreme Court or of a High Court or by an independent eminent person from relevant field. The SRBs shall have members being experts from the relevant fields. At present two self-regulating bodies have been registered by Ministry of I&B as under:
(a)   Broadcasting Content Complaints Council (BCCC) for regulation of content non-news Private Satellite TV Channel:
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(b)   News Broadcasters Federation - Professional News Broadcasting Standards Authority" (NBF-PNBSA) for regulation of content non-news Private Satellite TV Channels
Click here to see TV channels registered with NBF-PNBSA
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C.  State/ District Level Monitoring Committees This Ministry has issued detailed guidelines subsuming all the earlier orders regarding constitution of State/ District level Monitoring Committees to monitor the content broadcast on private TV channels and also authorizes these committees to monitor content broadcast on private FM Radio Channels and Community Radio Stations. So far, State Level Monitoring Committees have been set up in 18 States, 5 Union Territories and District Level committees in 347 Districts.
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S.No. Title Details Date
1 Advisory dated 02.04.2020 on constitution of a Fact Check Unit in Press Information Bureau on COVID-19 - reg. Download (928.73 KB) pdf 29/05/2024
2 Guidelines for providing financial assistance for content and broadcast Download (1.12 MB) pdf 27/05/2024
3 List of MSO Registration Surrendered, Cancelled and Expired as on 30.04.2024 Download (868.34 KB) pdf 09/05/2024
4 List of Application Cancelled, Closed and reject as on 30.04.2024 Download (556.97 KB) pdf 09/05/2024
5 List of Registered MSOs as on 30.04.2024 Download (1.13 MB) pdf 09/05/2024
6 List of Commissioned Community Radio Stations in India having Valid GOPA as on 01.05.2024 Download (902.13 KB) pdf 02/05/2024
7 List of State and District Level Monitoring Committee as on 12.12.2022 Download (53.22 KB) pdf 15/12/2022
8 Sharing Raw Level Data with Broadcasters Download (309.46 KB) pdf 23/08/2023
9 GAZETTE NOTIFICATION DATED 22.11.2021 REG SANSAD TV RAJYA SABHA Download (1.11 MB) pdf 23/11/2021
10 Extension of Last Date for Entries for Antarashtriya Yoga Diwas Media Samman till 8th July, 2023 Link 04/07/2023
11 Inviting entries for 10th edition of the National Community Radio Awards. Download (1.43 MB) pdf 12/03/2024
12 Advisory for the celebration of Poshan Pakhwada Download (148.14 KB) pdf 11/03/2024
13 National Register for LCOs - reg Download (31.33 KB) pdf 08/03/2024
14 Order of Constitution of IDC Download (54.86 KB) pdf 01/03/2024
15 Requisition of Registration Details and Certificate of Registrations from Local Cable Operators (LCOs) under Rule 10A of the Cable Television Networks Rules, 1994- reg. Download (47.41 KB) pdf 27/02/2024
16 Cancellation of MSO Registration Order dated 14.02.2024 Download (210.34 KB) pdf 14/02/2024
17 Revised Policy Guidelines for setting up Community Radio Stations in India - 13.02.2024 Download (810.35 KB) pdf 13/02/2024
18 Requisition of Registration Details and Certificate of Registration from Local Cable Operators (LCOs) under Rules 10A of CTN Rules, 1994- assignment of National Registration Number-reg. Download (44.38 KB) pdf 09/02/2024
19 Advisory to Cable Operators to comply with the extant regulations on broadcasting of News and Current Affairs- reg Download (129.24 KB) pdf 02/02/2024
20 Advisory dated 25.01.2024 on Sign Language Interpretation reg Download (26.25 KB) pdf 25/01/2024
21 Advisory on change of name of existing mandatory TV channel DD Podhigai as DD Tamil in the list of channels to be mandatorily carried by DPOs-reg. Download (107.98 KB) pdf 23/01/2024
22 Advisory dated 20.01.2024 to the Media and Social Media Platforms in light of Ram Lalla Pran Pratishtha at Ayodhya Download (477.05 KB) pdf 20/01/2024
23 Advisory for Local Cable Operators Download (47.18 KB) pdf 19/01/2024
24 List of Operational Community Radio Stations In India as on 08.01.2024 Download (733.44 KB) pdf 08/01/2024
25 Advisory for MSOs with respect to their non-compliance status- reg. Download (4.41 MB) pdf 05/01/2024
26 SOLICITING SUGGESTIONS/FEEDBACKS/COMMENTS/INPUTS/VIEWS FROM GENERAL PUBLIC/STAKEHOLDERS ON THE DRAFT BROADCASTING SERVICES (REGULATION) BILL, 2023 Download (2.29 MB) pdf 07/12/2023
27 Notice for fresh CRS Applications that received frequency spot not available (FSNA) comments in past. Download (156.1 KB) pdf 01/12/2023
28 Revision in the Guidelines for Empanelment of Community Radio Stations (CRS) with CBC - Change in rate of advertisement Download (2.02 MB) pdf 30/11/2023
29 Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Advisory to all Private Satellite TV channels covering the ongoing rescue operations at Silkyara, Uttarakhand dated 21.11.2023 reg. Download (449.08 KB) pdf 21/11/2023
30 SOLICITING SUGGESTIONS/FEEDBACKS/COMMENTS/INPUTS/VIEWS FROM GENERAL PUBLIC/STAKEHOLDERS ON THE DRAFT BROADCASTING SERVICES (REGULATION) BILL, 2023 Download (2.1 MB) pdf 10/11/2023
31 Order for Cancellation of MSO Registration Download (1.63 MB) pdf 23/10/2023
32 Compliance with Order dated 02.08.2018 of Supreme Court of India. Download (296.38 KB) pdf 03/08/2018
33 Minutes of 42nd Open House Meeting Download (1.41 MB) pdf 23/07/2019
34 Antarashtriya Yoga Diwas Media Samman (AYDMS) 2nd Edition - 2023 - Guidelines Download (672.53 KB) pdf 09/06/2023
35 Advisory on Obligation of Public Service Broadcasting Download (1.09 MB) pdf 14/02/2023
36 Clarification regarding Policy Guidelines for Uplinking and Downlinking of Satellite TV Channels, 2022 dated 09.11.2022-reg Download (348.38 KB) pdf 28/03/2023
37 LIST OF 9TH NATIONAL COMMUNITY RADIO AWARD WINNERS Download (30.56 KB) pdf 19/07/2023
38 General instructions for CRS applicants (Bilingual) Download (524.48 KB) pdf 23/08/2023
39 Advisory to Community Radio Stations for timely GOPA renewal Download (396.98 KB) pdf 07/07/2023
40 Community Radio Compendium 2023 Link 25/09/2023
41 Registration Procedure for Platform Services Download (515.61 KB) pdf 22/09/2023
42 Advisory to Pvt Satellite TV channel for Adherence to Section 20 of the Cable Television Networks Regulation Download (524.69 KB) pdf 21/09/2023
43 Hon'ble High Court of Delhi order dated 28.08.2023 passed in WP (Crl.) 2456 of 2023 - Court on its own motion Vs Department of Women and Child development & Ors. - reg. Download (1.15 MB) pdf 19/09/2023
44 Advisory to all CRS opeartors to add Community Radio in the name of their Community Radio Stations Download (103.24 KB) pdf 04/09/2023
45 Cancellation of Registration as Multy Seystem Operator-reg. Download (2.97 MB) pdf 24/08/2023
46 Advisory dated 11.08.2023 on Sign Language Interpretation Download (22.13 KB) pdf 11/08/2023
47 Advisory on MSOs who are Non Compliant but having interconnection Agreement with Broadcaster Download (1014.53 KB) PDF 02/08/2023
48 The List of TV channels for the purpose of waiver of processing fee for temporary uplinking of live events dated 27.07.2023 Download (599.3 KB) pdf 28/07/2023
49 Advisory on Obligation of Public Service Broadcasting Download (244.87 KB) pdf 25/07/2023
50 Hon'ble High Court of Delhi's Order dated 19.04.2023 passed in WP (Crl) No. 1090 of 2023 - State of NCT of Delhi Vrs. Union of India & Ors. - reg Download (341.36 KB) pdf 18/07/2023

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1 Advisory on Online betting surrogate advertisements Download (4.39 MB) pdf 03/10/2022
2 Advisory to Private TV channels to carry sign language interpretation of Independence Day Ceremony. Download (329.75 KB) pdf 12/08/2022
3 Order dated 29.03.2022 passed in D.B. Habeas Corpus Petition No. 37 of 2022 by High Court of Judicature for Rajasthan Bench at Jaipur Download (825.53 KB) pdf 08/04/2022
4 Advisory to All Private Satellite TV Channels to screen events on Kargil Vijay Diwas Download (2.12 MB) pdf 17/03/2022
5 Advisory dated 25.01.2022 on Sign Language Interpretation Download (627.06 KB) pdf 25/01/2022
6 General Advisory on adherence to COVID appropriate behavior Download (167.11 KB) pdf 25/10/2021
7 Advisory to all private satellite TV channels to carry sign language interpretation of Independence Day Ceremony Download (26.2 KB) pdf 13/08/2021
8 Advisory on Covid-19 dated 30.05.2021 Download (124.87 KB) pdf 30/05/2021
9 Advisory to all private satellite TV channels - Covid related information Download (417.39 KB) pdf 06/04/2021
10 Advisory to all private satellite TV channels to comply with the Order of the Hon'ble High Court of Delhi in the matter of WP (C) 6568/2020 - Rakul Preet Singh Vs. Union of India Download (2.26 MB) pdf 09/10/2020
11 Advisory to all private satellite TV channels to comply with Hon'ble High Court of Andhra Pradesh's Order dated 15.09.2020 in W.P. No.16468 of 2020 - reg Download (3.05 MB) pdf 17/09/2020
12 Advisory to all private satellite TV channels regarding telecast of Surrogate Advertisements Download (30.81 KB) pdf 16/09/2020
13 Advisory to all private satellite TV channels to carry sign language interpretation of Independence Day Ceremony Download (557 KB) pdf 14/08/2020
14 Observance of International Day of Yoga 2020 Download (376.7 KB) pdf 19/06/2020
15 Advisory on COVID19 - Television Commercial by Shri Amitabh Bachchan on basic dos and don'ts of COVID-19 Download (3.11 MB) pdf 19/03/2020
16 Advisory on COVID19 Download (1.29 MB) pdf 03/03/2020
17 Compliance with the directions of Hon'ble Supreme Court of India Judgement dated 17.07.2018 and 24.09.2018 in the WP(Civil) No. 754 of 2016 in Tehseen S. Poonawala Vs. Union of India & Others on the issues of lynching and mob violence, etc. Download (510.55 KB) pdf 27/01/2020
18 Advisory for carriage of sign language interpretation of Republic Day Ceremony Download (765.8 KB) pdf 24/01/2020
19 Advisory to all Private Satellite TV Channels and FM Radio Channels to give wide publicity to Intensified Mission Indradhanush 2.0 Download (679 KB) pdf 27/11/2019
20 Advisory on the Judgement of the Hon'ble Supreme Court on the Ayodhya title dispute Download (475.26 KB) pdf 09/11/2019
21 Advisory on 20th Anniversary of Kargil Vijay Diwas Download (324.77 KB) pdf 25/07/2019
22 Advisory dated 24.01.2018 on sign language interpretation Download (342.53 KB) pdf 24/01/2019
23 On the occasion of Birth Anniversay of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Download (394.92 KB) pdf 29/10/2018
24 Mission Indradhanush Download (586.93 KB) pdf 22/10/2018
25 Off-Air Order dated 5th September 2018 in respect of CVR Health TV Channel Download (1.19 MB) pdf 11/09/2018
26 Telecast of Independence Day Celebration with Sign Language interpreters. Download (385.82 KB) pdf 14/08/2018
27 Guidelines for Media Reporting on Children- Reference from National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) Download (1.65 MB) pdf 06/06/2018
28 Advisory dated 24.01.2018 on sign language interpretation Download (400.51 KB) pdf 24/01/2018
29 Telecast of Condom Advertisements between 10:00PM -06:00AM while telecasting advertisements on TV channels Download (595.51 KB) pdf 11/12/2017
30 Advisory dated 19.09.2017 on programmes Floral Tribute and Run for Unity Download (132.31 KB) pdf 21/09/2017
31 Advisory dated 14.09.2017 on Swachhta Hi Sewa Campaign Download (441.53 KB) pdf 15/09/2017
32 Advisory dated 14.08.2017 on sign language interpretation Download (370.75 KB) pdf 14/08/2017
33 Advisory dated 14.08.2017 on sign language interpretation Download (370.75 KB) pdf 14/08/2017
34 Advisory dated 21.07.2017 requesting to TV channels to give publicity to Mission Indradhanush Download (390.19 KB) pdf 27/07/2017
35 Advisory dated 27.07.2017 requesting to TV channels to run the scrolls on GST Download (534.42 KB) pdf 27/07/2017
36 Compliance of provisions of Drug and Magic Remedies Act 1954 and Drug and Cosmetics Act 1940 while telecasting advertisements on TV channels Download (231.51 KB) pdf 17/07/2017
37 Commentary of Republic Day/Parade on 26th January 2017 Download (407.89 KB) pdf 08/05/2017
38 Order dated 19.02.2008 regarding Monitoring Committee for Private TV Channels at the State and District Level Download (295.34 KB) pdf 08/05/2017
39 Warning dated 29.11.2016 to MBC TV Channel for violation of the programme code Download (1.27 MB) pdf 05/05/2017
40 PM Broadcast Mann Ki Baat on 27.01. 2015 Download (255.12 KB) pdf 26/09/2016
41 Advisory dated 13.9.2016 on Cauvery water dispute to all news and current affairs TV channels to exercise restraint while covering incidents of violence and rioting Download (558.72 KB) pdf 26/09/2016
42 Video Azadi Ke Rang 2016 Download (339.94 KB) pdf 19/08/2016
43 Advisory on Sign language Interpretation Download (338.26 KB) pdf 19/08/2016
44 Details of Orders Warnings Advisories issued to private TV Channels for violation of Programme or Advertising Code Download (91.09 KB) pdf 14/06/2016
45 Order dated 19.02.2008 regarding Monitoring Committee for Private TV Channels at the State and District Level Download (295.34 KB) pdf 14/06/2016
46 Order dated 28.07.2008 regarding Monitoring Committee for Private TV Channels at the State and District Level Download (73.16 KB) pdf 14/06/2016
47 Advisories Download (17.72 KB) pdf 14/06/2016
48 Advisory on programmes on Troop movement - order of the Honorable Allahabad High Court Download (110.78 KB) pdf 14/06/2016
49 Guidelines for Media Reporting on Childern- Reference from NCPCR Download (1.51 MB) pdf 14/06/2016
50 Advisory dated 7.6.2013 to tv channels not to air content encouraging superstition blind belief and misleading advertisements Download (412.46 KB) pdf 14/06/2016

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