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Govt mulls change in content code of TV programmes

delhi Updated: Aug 09, 2008 14:50 IST
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The Centre is planning to have a fresh look at the Content Code in television programmes as it feels that the current one has become outdated.

"We are contemplating a review of the existing Content Code as it needs to be at par with changing times," Secretary in the Information and Broadcasting Ministry, Sushma Singh, said here today while addressing the News Television Summit 2008.

Admitting delays on part of the ministry to finalise the code, Singh said, "The matter is being viewed seriously."

She said there is a high demand for an effective content regulation code on TV programmes as a number of channels are coming up on a regular basis.

Referring to the opposition of the Content Code by some private news broadcasters, Singh said, "Instead of opposing it, they should discuss the matter with Government."

She expressed concern over the coverage of violent incidents and riots, and said it leads to "violation of public order".

Singh also called for a consensus on content regulation between government and private broadcasters on the issue.

The Secretary said the Delhi High Court has also asked the ministry to bring out a legislation on the subject.

"Delhi High Court has asked for our views on Content Code and what we have done about it. The ministry will send its reply by September," she said.

Singh also pointed out that though the broadcasters are against the government's intervention in the field of content regulation, "We have given licenses to 33 new TV channels this year. This shows our liberal attitude towards television channels."

On the much delayed Broadcast Bill, Singh said a decision is yet to be taken on the matter. She said the Bill is posted on the ministry's website and views of various stakeholders have been taken on it. "It is awaiting Parliament's nod."