The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has directed all cable operators to carry Doordarshan channels on their cable services as per the various notifications issued by Prasar Bharati. According to these notifications, certain Doordarshan channels are required to be carried in prime band and some other DD channels in non-prime band.
The TRAI stated in a press release on May 29, 2007, that some cable operators were not following these notifications. Non-compliance of these notifications by cable operators result in the poor reception of these channels in some cases and in totally depriving viewers of these Doordarshan channels. “All cable operators are required to follow the notifications of Prasar Bharati as mandated by sub-section (3) of section 8 of the Cable Television Networks (Regulation) Act, 1995,” the statement said.
The provisions contained in sub-section (3) of section 8 of the Cable Act provide that Prasar Bharati may, by notification in the Official Gazette, specify the number and name of every DD channel to be re-transmitted by cable operators in their cable service and the manner of reception and re-transmission of such channels.
TRAI, in order to ensure adherence with the provisions of the Cable Act by the cable operators and to protect the interests of viewers in particular, has directed all cable operators to strictly follow these notifications. It warned that any violation of this direction may lead to prosecution of the errant cable operators under section 29, section 34 of the TRAI Act, 1997.