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MRTPC issues notices to seven TV companies

05-May-2001
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MRTPC issues notices to seven TV companies

MRTPC has issued notice on the basis of four complaints received by it to seven TV companies -- IndusInd Media Communication Ltd., News Television (India) Ltd., Sony Entertainment Television (SET), Turner International (India) Pvt. Ltd., Discovery Communications India Ltd., ESPN Software India Ltd. and Modi Entertainment Network Ltd. the complainants alleged that the TV companies had adopted restrictive trade practices resulting in manipulation of prices.

Notice under Section 10 (a) (I) and 12-A of the MRTP Act, 1969, has been issued to seven TV companies -- IndusInd Media Communication Ltd., News Television (India) Ltd., Sony Entertainment Television (SET), Turner International (India) Pvt. Ltd., Discovery Communications India Ltd., ESPN Software India Ltd. and Modi Entertainment Network Ltd.

The matter is sub-judice before the Commission. The first complaint has been filed by Nirmal Jain. He alleged that the trade practices adopted by the seven respondents resulted in the prevention, distortion and restriction of competition, manipulation of prices and indulging in various restrictive unfair and monopolistic trade practices.

The other complaints filed by Nodia Network System Pvt. Ltd., against Star. Jammu Communications Networks Pvt. Ltd. against Star TV and News Television (India), IndusInd Media and Communications Pvt. Ltd. against Zee Television Pvt. Ltd. and against four other alleged that the respondents have been increasing the subscriber fees frequently and arbitrarily, resorting to discriminatory prices and similar other restrictive and unfair trade practices.

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