New Delhi: A government task force has been
set up for holding detailed talks with stakeholders in the
information and broadcasting sector for a consensus on the
draft content code for TV channels, the Lok Sabha was told
In her written reply to a question, I&B Minister Ambika
Soni today said the task force was looking at the
recommendations of the committee for reviewing programme and
advertising codes that included self-regulation guidelines.
The development comes after the government issued
directives to Imagine TV and Colours TV channels to air
reality shows `Rakhi ka insaaf` and `Bigg Boss` after 11 pm.
Asked if there was any proposal for the government to
regulate the broadcast of reality shows, the Minister replied
in the negative but added that action was taken whenever there
was a violation of programme and advertising codes.
Soni said government does not propose to allot TV
operators broadcast licences through auction and pointed out
that permission was granted to companies as per uplinking and
downlinking guidelines, 2005.
She said operational status of 40 channels has not been
received despite the notices given to this effect asking them
to indicate immediately their operational status, failing
which action would follow.