Mon­i­tor Con­tent Aired by Ra­dio Sta­tions: Cen­tre to States, UTs

The Economic Times - - Companies & Economy -

New Delhi: The Cen­tre has asked states and Union Ter­ri­to­ries to mon­i­tor the con­tent aired by pri­vate FM and com­mu­nity ra­dio sta­tions through the ex­ist­ing com­mit­tees set up to keep a watch on tele­vi­sion broad­cast.

As of April this year, state and district level mon­i­tor­ing com­mit­tees have been set up in 19 states, five UTs and 327 dis­tricts for mon­i­tor­ing the con­tent tele­cast on pri­vate satel­lite chan­nels.

“It has been de­cided that these com­mit­tees will be hence­forth au­tho­rised to mon­i­tor the con­tent broad­cast on pri­vate FM, com­mu­nity ra­dio sta­tions in ad­di­tion to pri­vate satel­lite TV chan­nels,”Ad­di­tional Sec­re­tary in the In­for­ma­tion and Broad­cast­ing Min­istry Jayashree Mukher­jee said in a let­ter to all states and UTs.

“I re­quest you to con­sti­tute these state and district- level mon­i­tor­ing com­mit­tees wher­ever these have not been set up so far and to ef­fec­tively mon­i­tor all types of con­tent,” she added. FM chan­nels and com­mu­nity ra­dio sta­tions are re­quired to fol­low the All In­dia Ra­dio Broad­cast Code, which bars crit­i­cism of friendly coun­tries, at­tack on re­li­gions and com­mu­ni­ties and any­thing ob­scene and defam­a­tory etc.

While pro­nounc­ing the judge­ment in a case, the SC had in Jan­uary ad­vised the gov­ern­ment to for­malise the ex­ist­ing com­plaint re­dres­sal mech­a­nism for con­tent mon­i­tor­ing of pri­vate satel­lite TV chan­nels and to fi­nalise a sim­i­lar frame­work for pri­vate ra­dio sta­tions as well.

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