The two-month-long ban which was imposed on television channel AXN following the telecast of the programme ‘World’s Sexiest Advertisements’, has been lifted 15 days ahead of the deadline imposed by the Information and Broadcasting Ministry. The channel will be on air from Thursday, March 1, 2007.
AXN Country Head Sundar Aaron said, “We are happy that the ban has been lifted and our channel will be again watched by million of viewers.”
The ban was imposed in January this year after AXN refused to pay heed to the warnings of the I&B Ministry. According to the Ministry, the programme content of ‘World’s Sexiest Advertisements’ was against good taste or decency and was likely to adversely affect public morality.
In a statement issued on January 24, AXN had stated: “We acknowledge that the I&B Ministry’s ban on the distribution of AXN in India from January 17 is based on programmes and advertisements that had been previously exhibited on the channel. We understand that the ban is based on legal procedures contained in India’s Cable Television Networks (Regulation) Act, 1995.”
Though the ban was to be in place till March 15, the Ministry has taken back the earlier order in view of the apology tendered by the channel.
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