Govt working on consensus to regulate TV news content
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Last Updated: Friday, July 17, 2009, 19:05
New Delhi: Government is in the process of working out a consensus on formulating a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) to regulate content on television channels for sensitive issues, including Mumbai terror attack-like incidents, official sources said.

Minister for Information and Broadcasting Ambika Soni recently spoke to Home Minister P Chidambaram to discuss what kind of shape can be given to SOP, which would be a nodal agency for news television channels, which will provide them with regulated footage in the likelihood of a terror attack taking place again, they said.

A consensus is currently being worked out within the government over the issue, official sources in the I&B ministry said.

This step on part of the ministry comes even though Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had assured news television channel representatives after the Mumbai attacks last year that there will be no clamp down on them.

Even Soni, soon after assuming office last month, had said with PM himself having given an assurance, the government does not plan to bring in any regulation on news television channels.

However, with efforts having begun on formulating the SOP, the government has indicated that it is serious about controlling media coverage of sensitive incidents.

Bureau Report

First Published: Friday, July 17, 2009, 19:05

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