The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting on Tuesday issued a list of music albums that have been certified by the Ministry since October 2005. The list includes mostly Hindi, Marathi, Punjabi, and English music albums and a handful of Bengali, Telugu, and Bhojpuri albums as well.
A total of 318 music albums or songs have been certified during the last eight months, out of which, 34 in October, 28 in November, 32 in December were registered, while during the period January-May 2006, 224 albums have been registered. The albums have been certified in various categories.
Recently, the Ministry had issued directions to music channels like ITV, B4U, MH1, and ETC to run an apology on their channels for showing music videos that had been certified A or U/A. The channels were asked to run a scroll, which said, “The Information and Broadcasting Ministry issues a warning to the music channel for violating the programme code. The TV channel assures to be more careful in future.” The channels were penalised for alleged violation of the Cable Television Network (Regulation) Act.
The government has set up a 30-member committee to formulate Content and Advertising code for the television industry under the chairmanship of the I&B Secretary. Meanwhile, the Ministry has proposed to set up a Broadcasting Regulatory Authority of India (BRAI), in line with the telecom regulator TRAI, under the new Broadcasting Regulatory Bill, which is expected to be tabled in the Monsoon session of Parliament.
Speaking at the 26th Commonwealth Broadcasting Association (CBA) General Conference, S K Arora, Secretary, I&B Ministry, had said that the proposed legislation would refine and define the various parameters of broadcasting regulation. “The regulatory body will keep an eye on both the content and the carriage platform. It will also clearly differentiate the responsibilities. When content is carried on a platform, the content creator will regulate the content,” he had said.
Commenting on the developments, an industry insider, who spoke under the condition of anonymity, said, “If the government is planning to set up a broadcasting regulatory authority, then it has no business to formulate a content code for the television industry. Let the task be done by an independent regulator like Ofcom in the UK, FCC in the US or the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.”