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Broadcasting regulator on the anvil: I&B Secy

business Updated: Jun 10, 2010 17:19 IST
Information and Broadcasting Ministry

The Information and Broadcasting Ministry on Thursday said it will set up a broadcasting regulator and will draft a blueprint on the same soon.

A task force comprising senior ministry officials and others will work on the formulation of the blue print, I&B Secretary Raghu Menon told reporters in Mumbai.

"The idea is to create a body that will exhaustively look after the issues related to the broadcasting sector, which are now being addressed by the Telecom Regulatory Authority (Trai) in the absence of any such body for the sector," Menon said.

Besides, the government is also setting up a committee of professionals to come up with suggestions regarding an improved system to monitor the television rating points (TRPs), he said.

"Now, private agencies --TAM and aMap-- are doing TRP analysis. But these two do not have adequate infrastructure across the country to come up with a comprehensive rating system," he pointed out.

According to Menon, the earlier idea of having a regulatory body only to monitor the content on channels had been dumped. Now, the newly proposed regulatory body will look into all aspects of the broadcasting sector, he said.