Govt appoints 4-member committee on ratings system
Seeks recommendations for a ‘transparent and accountable’ system
The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB) has decided to form a committee to review the guidelines on Television Rating Agencies in India.
“Based on the operation of the guidelines for a few years, there is need to have a fresh look on the guidelines particularly keeping in view the recent recommendations of Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), technological advancements / interventions to address the system and further strengthening of the procedures for a credible and transparent rating system, a Committee is hereby constituted to study different aspects of the television rating system in India as they have evolved over a period of time,” read a statement by the ministry.
“The Committee shall carry out an appraisal of the existing system, examine TRAI recommendations notified from time to time, overall industry scenario and addressing the needs of the stakeholders and make recommendations for robust, transparent and accountable rating system through changes, if any, in the existing guidelines,” it read further.
. The composition of the Committee will be: Shashi S. Vempati, CEO, Prasar Bharti (Chairman); Dr Shalabh, Professor of Statistics, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, IIT Kanpur (Member); Rajkumar Upadhyay, Executive Director, C-DOT (Member); and Professor Pulak Ghosh,Decision Sciences Centre for Public Policy (CPP) (Member)
The Terms of Reference for the Committee shall be as under:
- Study past recommendations made by various forums on the subject of television rating systems in India and matter incidental thereto;
- Study recent recommendations of Telecom Regulatory Authority on the subject;
- Suggest steps for enhancing competition in the sector;
- Review of the presently notified guidelines to see if the intended purpose(s) of issuing the guidelines have stood the test of time and has met needs of various stakeholders involved. The lacunae, if any, shall be specially addressed by the Committee;
- Any issues related or incidental to the subject;
- To make recommendations on way forward for robust, transparent and accountable rating system in India; and
- Any other related issues assigned by MIB from time to time.
- The Committee may invite any expert as a special invitee. The Committee shall submit its report to Hon’ble Minister for Information & Broadcasting within two months of the date of issue of this order.
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