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Broadcasting regulator on the anvil: I&B Secy

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



Mumbai: 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 here.

"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.

PTI

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