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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) 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 25.01.2024 on Sign Language Interpretation reg Download (26.25 KB) pdf 25/01/2024
2 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
3 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
4 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
5 Advisory dated 11.08.2023 on Sign Language Interpretation Download (22.13 KB) pdf 11/08/2023
6 Advisory on Obligation of Public Service Broadcasting Download (244.87 KB) pdf 25/07/2023
7 Cancellation of Registration of Multi-System Operators (MSO) for violation of provisions of the Cable Television Networks (Regulation) Act, 1995. Download (277.61 KB) pdf 13/07/2023
8 Advisory to TV channels regarding safety of Media Personnel covering Cyclone Biparjoy Download (635.16 KB) pdf 15/06/2023
9 Adherence to Programme Code prescribed under the Cable Television Networks (Regulation) Act, 1995 by Private Satellite TV channels. Download (535.94 KB) pdf 08/06/2023
10 Advisory to Print/Electronic and Digital Media entities for compliance of legal provisions of Electronic Cigarettes (Production, Manufacture, Import, Export, Transport, Sale, Distribution, Storage and Advertisement) Act, 2019 while organizing conclaves Download (386.38 KB) pdf 09/05/2023
11 Advisory to private satellite TV channels dated 20-01-2023 Download (24.21 KB) pdf 20/01/2023
12 Advisory to Private Channels for adherence to Programme Code under the Cable Television Networks (Regulation) Act, 1995 Download (1.01 MB) pdf 09/01/2023
13 Implementation of the provisions of the Juvenile Justice & POCSO Act 2012 regarding prohibition on disclosure of identity of children by media. Download (947.2 KB) pdf 11/10/2018
14 Supreme Court direction WP(Civil) No.754 of 2016 in Tehseen S.Poonawalla vs Union of India and others regarding lynching and mob violence Download (457.97 KB) pdf 28/09/2018
15 Supreme Court Dated-07.08.2018-TV Channels not to display the photographs of the victims of sexual abuse either in morphed or blurred Download (481.37 KB) pdf 11/09/2018
16 Compliance with the order dated 06.08.2018 by High Court of Judicature at Bombay Nagpur Bench regarding using the nomenclature Dalit. Download (408.7 KB) pdf 13/08/2018
17 Directive for surrogatie advertisement to all TV channels dated 17th June 2010 Download (359.13 KB) pdf 10/06/2016
18 Advisory to all channels on Rule 7(10) of the cable Act dated 21 th June 2010 Download (359.13 KB) pdf 10/06/2016
19 Advisory to all private satellite TV channels regarding Reporting and Telecasting of Proceedings of Parliament Download (705.33 KB) pdf 19/03/2020
20 Letter dated 8th Feb 2017 for compliance with court order relating to National Anthem of India Download (1.88 MB) pdf 08/05/2017
21 Advisory on displaying castings/credits/titles of Hindi / Regional language TV serials in the respective languages. Download (231.46 KB) pdf 14/06/2019
22 Implementation of Accessibility Standards for Persons with Disabilities in TV programmes Download (471.81 KB) pdf 14/08/2019
23 Advisory to All Private Satellite Channels to use the New Political Map of India Download (1.47 MB) pdf 19/11/2019
24 Advisory dated 11th December, 2019 under the CTN Act, 1995 to all Private Satellite TV Channels Download (360.46 KB) pdf 12/12/2019
25 Advisory dated 20.12.2019 to all private TV channels Download (346.77 KB) pdf 20/12/2019
26 Advisory to all Private Satellite TV channels to ensure strict compliance of Programme Code and Advertising Code Download (2.66 MB) pdf 26/02/2020
27 Remuneration of Persons engaged in Broadcasting Sector Download (1.4 MB) pdf 29/05/2020
28 Advisory to all private satellite TV channels to abide by Rule 6(1)(j) of the Programme Code and Rule 7(5) of the Advertising Code of the Cable Television Networks Rules, 1994 Download (437.02 KB) pdf 04/02/2021
29 Media Coverage on cases under enquiry / investigation, etc. - Compliance of Judgement dated 18.01.2021 of Hon'ble High Court of Judicature at Bombay in the matters of PIL (ST) No. 92252 of 2020 and Criminal (ST) No. 2339 of 2020 Download (1.05 MB) pdf 08/03/2021
30 Advisory to comply with the Order of the Hon'ble Supreme Court of India in the matter of Sampurna Behura Vs. Union of India & Ors. in WP (C) No. 473 of 2005 Download (349.01 KB) pdf 20/01/2022
31 Compliance with provisions of Child and Adolescent Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Act, 2016 and Child and Adolescent Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Rules, 1988 in media production Download (28.71 KB) pdf 27/12/2021
32 Advisory on Advertisements of Online Betting Platforms Download (1.77 MB) pdf 13/06/2022
33 Advisory for adherence to the provisions of Section 20 of The Cable Television Networks (Regulation) Act, 1995 including to the Programme Code laid down thereunder Download (554.36 KB) pdf 23/04/2022
34 Compliance of Orders passed by Central Consumer Protection Authority (CCPA) under Consumer Protection Act, 2019 against Misleading Advertisements Download (6.13 MB) pdf 11/04/2022
35 Launch of Emergency Response Support System (ERSS) on Women Safety / Persons in Distress - reg. Download (5.33 MB) pdf 30/01/2020
36 Advisory dated 14.02.2019 regarding adherence to the Programme and Advertising Codes of the CTN Act, 1995 Download (274.09 KB) pdf 15/02/2019
37 All Private TV Channels are requested to carry TV programmes with sign language interpretation for accessing by differently abled people Download (313.54 KB) pdf 08/02/2019
38 Scroller to be carried by broadcasters in support of self-regulation for grievance against objectionable advertisements-reg Download (400.78 KB) pdf 24/01/2019
39 Letter dt. 05.06.2018 to all Private Satellite TV/FM Radio channels for consider to A&N Islands in all their weather forcasts and similar generic topics Download (340.67 KB) pdf 07/06/2018
40 Advisory dated 13.06.2016 to all TV channel to carry the same language captions and audio description for accessing by persons with disabilities Download (392.3 KB) pdf 19/08/2016
41 Implementation of the recommendations of the Bezbauuah Committee report on the concerns of the people of North East living in other parts of the country Download (429.8 KB) pdf 19/08/2016
42 Reference from NCPCR - Disclosure of identity of the minor accused in media reports and reference from DCPCR - Protection of children from sexual offence Download (1.1 MB) pdf 14/06/2016
43 Advisory to TV Channels on quiz based game shows Download (195.53 KB) pdf 14/06/2016
44 Telecast of Programmes apparently encouraging superstition and blind belief Download (108.28 KB) pdf 14/06/2016
45 Advisory dated 29 May 2014 regarding display of CBFC certificate before telecast of films Film trailers Download (371.14 KB) pdf 14/06/2016
46 Cable TV Network (Amendment) Rules, 2015 Download (939.85 KB) pdf 14/06/2016
47 International Yoga Day Download (584.13 KB) pdf 13/06/2016
48 Advisory dated 27-07-2015 to all TV channels regarding live coverage of anti-terrorist operations Download (244.9 KB) pdf 14/06/2016
49 Advisory to all TV Channels not to telecast any content which shows ill-treatment and cruelty to animal Download (82.61 KB) pdf 14/06/2016
50 Advisory to TV channels regarding coverage of public demonstration Agitations Download (55.54 KB) pdf 14/06/2016

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S.No. Title Details Date
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
51 Advisory on NCPCR Guidelines for Media Reporting on Children Download (7.48 MB) pdf 14/06/2016
52 Advisory against speech of the Honble Prime Minister of India with the speech of other political leaders on Independence day Download (525.23 KB) pdf 14/06/2016
53 Advisory dated 23.01.2014 to all News Television channels, telecast of the Republic Day Parade with commentary are, advised to carry the signals of DD with sign language interpretation Download (545.09 KB) pdf 14/06/2016
54 List of State level Monitoring Committee as on 11.02.2014 Download (202.82 KB) pdf 14/06/2016
55 List of District Level Monitoring Committee as on 11.02.2014 Download (874.78 KB) pdf 14/06/2016
56 Details of Orders Warnings Advisories are issued to Private TV Channels for the period from April 2011 to March 2014 Download (3 MB) pdf 14/06/2016
57 List of District Level Monitoring Committee as on 7th May 2014 Download (691.43 KB) pdf 14/06/2016
58 Broadcast of public Interest Message with regard to Shri Amarnathji Yatra 2014 Download (1.94 MB) pdf 14/06/2016
59 letter reg Facilitation of Monitoring of TV Channels by EMMC 1 Download (621.63 KB) pdf 14/06/2016
60 Advisory to News Channels regarding availability of free DD News Signals with Sign Language for Indepedence Day Telecast Download (429.9 KB) pdf 14/06/2016
61 Notice for 1st meeting of expert committee on WIPO for 2 September 2014 Download (265.15 KB) pdf 14/06/2016
62 Swatchh Bharat Abhiyan Download (372.34 KB) pdf 14/06/2016
63 Notice Open House - Rescheduled regarding Download (79.89 KB) pdf 14/06/2016
64 PM Broadcast Man Ki Baat Download (280.53 KB) pdf 14/06/2016
65 Advisory dated 19-01-2015 to all News TV channels, telecast of the Republic Day Parade with commentary are, advised to carry the signals of DD with sign language interpretation Download (48.74 KB) pdf 14/06/2016
66 PM Broadcast Mann Ki Baat on 27-01-2015 Download (264.2 KB) pdf 14/06/2016
67 Advisory dated 3-3-2015 to all News and Current Affairs TV channels regarding telecast documentary India s Daughter or any axcerpts Download (399.07 KB) pdf 14/06/2016
68 Advisory dated 20-03-2015 to all TV Channels regarding live telecast of anti-terrorist operations Download (33.57 KB) pdf 14/06/2016
69 Notice regarding compliance of Delhi High Court order dt 19th January 2016 in CS Comm No 38 of 2016 Download (1.31 MB) pdf 14/06/2016
70 Telecast of programme for disabled presons and inclusion of the facility of captions for the hearing disabled etc Download (437.28 KB) pdf 14/06/2016