Bigg Boss 4 will continue to be aired at prime time. The Bombay high court on Monday allowed the reality show to be telecast at 9pm on Colors channel on the condition that eight earlier episodes that had created a controversy would not be aired on news channels.
The channel also gave an undertaking in court that it would censor objectionable scenes and dialogue and would not provide clippings of the earlier episodes to news channels. The court also restrained Colors from telecasting those episodes again.
The information and broadcasting ministry had earlier issued notices to Colors, directing it to move the show from 9pm to 11pm, saying it offended “good taste and decency”.
A vacation bench granted the ministry the liberty to approach the court without giving the channel a showcause notice if it violates the undertaking.
The ministry had issued the first notice to Viacom18 Media Private Limited, which owns Colors, on November 16. On December 8, the high court directed the ministry to issue a fresh showcause notice to Viacom18, specifying material against which it had objections.
The ministry had told the channel it would monitor the show for two weeks.