Govt Amends Cable Television Network Rules To Provide Statutory Mechanism For Grievance Redressal

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The government on Thursday (17 June) announced amendment to the Cable Television Network Rules, 1994, to provide a statutory mechanism to redress citizen's grievances or complaints relating to content broadcast by TV channels.

The rules have been amended in accordance with the provisions of the Cable Television Network Act, 1995, the Ministry of Information and Broadcsting said.

The ministry also said that the notification is significant as it paves the way for a strong institutional system for redressing grievances while placing accountability and responsibility on the broadcasters and their self-regulating bodies.

"The Cable Television Network Rules have been amended to provide for a statutory mechanism, which would be transparent and benefit the citizens. At the same time, self-regulating bodies of broadcasters would be registered with the Central government," the ministry said in a statement.

At present, there is an institutional mechanism in the form of an inter-ministerial committee to address the grievances of citizens relating to violation of the Programme/Advertising Codes under the rules. Similarly, various broadcasters have also developed their internal self-regulatory mechanism for addressing grievances.

Some broadcasters had also requested for giving legal recognition to their associations/bodies, it said.

The ministry further said that the Supreme Court in the matter of “Common Cause Vs Union of India & Others” while expressing satisfaction over the existing mechanism of grievance redressal set up by the Central government, had advised to frame appropriate rules to formalise the complaint redressal mechanism.

At present there are over 900 television channels which have been granted permission by the MIB, all of which are required to comply with the Programme and Advertising Code laid down under the Cable Television Network Rules, it said.

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