TRAI moves SC against TDSAT order on landing page

The matter is scheduled to come up for hearing today

by exchange4media Staff
Published - Aug 9, 2019 8:55 AM Updated: Aug 9, 2019 8:55 AM

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The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has moved the Supreme Court against Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal’s (TDSAT) order on the landing page issue, according to media reports.

The matter will reportedly come up for hearing in the apex court today (Friday). It is said to have been listed with a Bench headed by HMJ Arun Mishra.

On May 29, 2019, TDSAT took a landmark decision to set aside TRAI's directions on landing page, making it legal for television channels to place their ads on the landing page. TDSAT also mentioned that the regulator doesn’t have the powers under the TRAI Act to issue such a direction. TRAI had asked the broadcasters and distributors of TV channels not to place any registered TV channel ad, whose rating is being measured, on the landing page. The authority had contended that it influences TV ratings.

The TDSAT ruling led to much debate among the broadcasters, with some of them favouring the order while others opposing it.  

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