Broadcasting Content Complaints Council (BCCC) has introduced some suggestions and recommendations in order to stop the telecast of TV programmes that violate the rights of children and women. BCCC has submitted a report in this regard to the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.
BCCC is the independent self-regulatory body for non-news general entertainment channels set up by the Indian Broadcasting Foundation (IBF).
Justice (Retd) AP Shah, Chairman, IBF said, “The BCCC has taken a serious note of complaints relating to women and children and has issued advisories in this regard. Broadcasters should strictly avoid showing children below the age of 12 dancing to item numbers. The treatment of children during the course of the programme is also important. Stereotyping of women should be discouraged in TV programmes.”
He further said, “We have made certain suggestions and recommendations to the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting with regard to Clause 10.2 of the uplinking guidelines. We feel that a provision for graded financial penalty can be introduced for serious violations by channels.”
Shah also suggested there should be different slots to telecast movies with adult content. “Movies such as ‘Dirty Picture’, ‘Delhi Belly’ and ‘Bandit Queen’ should be telecast in unlisted hours,” he said, adding, “There should be some sort of coordination between the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) and BCCC regarding telecast of such movies on television.”
According to Man Jit Singh, President, IBF, “Self-regulation is the most appropriate way to handle content on television. The BCCC is a truly independent Council that looks into complaints from all over the country. Broadcasters take all recommendations, directions and advisories of the BCCC very seriously and will continue to support the Council’s efforts.”
Agreeing with Singh, Rajat Sharma, Vice President, IBF remarked, “The BCCC is a credible and successful system of self-regulation that has been functioning for 21 months now. It has done good work and we are sure it will continue to do so.”
The BCCC has decided to hold similar sessions in other parts of the country in the coming days.