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Government lifts ban on FTV before deadline

28-May-2007
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Government lifts ban on FTV before deadline

The Ministry of Information & Broadcasting has lifted the ban imposed on transmission and re-transmission of FTV.com India channel on all platforms with immediate effect. The 60-day ban was supposed to continue till May 30, 2007. The channel was banned on April 1, 2007.

The revocation is subject to the condition that the suspended period of prohibition of six days will be added to the penalty in case of any future violation of the Cable Act/Rules.

FTV has regretted its error and assured the ministry that such an error will not be repeated in future. The channel has assured that it has put in place a strict vigilance committee to oversee the programme content telecast on FTV.com India so that there is no violation of the Programme Code contained in the Cable Television Networks (Regulation) Act, 1995, and also assured that any programming considered inappropriate by the Ministry will be immediately removed.

The I&B Ministry had imposed a ban of two months on FTV.com India for telecasting programmes such as ‘Midnight Hot’ which it found to be against good taste and decency and were likely to adversely affect public morality.

I&B Minister Priyaranjan Dasmunshi has gone on record saying that some of the programmes being telecast on different channels had poor quality content and women were depicted in a degrading fashion in advertisements, etc. “We have to be very tough in this regard,” he had noted.

Earlier in March, the minister had told Parliament that a total of 195 showcause notices had been issued to television channels for violation of Programme/Advertising Code prescribed under the Cable Television Networks (Regulation) Act 1995, a majority of them for telecasting obscenity.

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