Following an evening of high drama, ICC has agreed to lift the ban on coverage of the World Cup Final by news channels after initially not agreeing to do so. It may be recalled the earlier in the evening the Broadcast Editors’ Association (BEA) had called upon ICC President Sharad Pawar to review the ban decision.
Along with shifting the telecast timings of ‘Bigg Boss’ and ‘Rakhi Ka Insaaf’ to after 11 pm, the I&B Ministry has also restrained news channels from showing clippings of these two shows between 5 am and 11 pm, terming them as ‘adult’ content. News channel editors have called it a move in the right direction and stressed that news should have some sensitivity.
The Government was likely to implement content regulation in three tiers for news channels, said Uday Kumar Varma, Special Secretary, MIB, at the three-day Convergence India 2010 conference that got underway in Delhi on March 24. While the first two tiers will be offered for self-regulation, the third tier will be an independent autonomous body.