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Nimbus has to explain ?racist? ads

The Govt serves a notice to Nimbus for showing ads with alleged racist overtones, reports Chetan Chauhan.

india Updated: Feb 16, 2007 13:03 IST

Private broadcaster Nimbus Communication is in trouble for showing two sets of advertisements — allegedly with racist overtones — on its Neo Sports channel.

The government on Wednesday slapped a notice on Nimbus, asking for an explanation. Nimbus has to file its reply by February 19.

The advertisements, meant to promote the cricket series against West Indies and then Sri Lanka, had led to protests from several social organisations who lodged complaints with the Information and Broadcasting Ministry. “The ads were perceived to be derogatory to the nationals of the two countries,” said a ministry official.

HT was the first to report on the “racist” ads. Neo Sports faces a minimum 30-day ban if the charges of violating the advertising code are proved.

Nimbus chief Harish Thawani said: “I am not aware of any such showcause notice.”

First Published: Feb 16, 2007 03:33 IST