The Ministry of Information & Broadcasting has banned satellite channel FTV for two months. The transmission or re-transmission of this channel on all platforms has been prohibited with effect from April 1, 2007 to May 30, 2007, throughout the country for showing programmes that are against good taste and decency, denigrate women and are likely to adversely affect public morality.
The ministry claims that some cable operators were transmitting/re-transmitting programmes such as ‘Midnight Hot’ wherein skimpily dressed and semi-naked models are shown. Therefore, the Government prohibited the transmission of the channel exercising powers under sub-section (2) of Section 20 of the Cable Television Networks Regulation Act, 1995.
I&B Minister Priyaranjan Dasmunsi had earlier said that the government was concerned about the content being aired on the electronic media. He had noted that some of the programmes 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 this month, the Minister had told Parliament that a total of 195 showcause notices were issued channels for violations of Programme/Advertising Code prescribed under the Cable Television Networks (Regulation) Act 1995, a majority for telecasting obscenity.
The Central government had constituted an Inter-ministerial Committee under Section 20 of the Cable Television Networks (Regulation) Act, to look into the violations of the Programme Code and Advertising Code.