MPs’ panel concerned over violence on TV

A Consultative committee of members of Parliament on Monday raised concerns about the violence and gore beamed on TV channels to raise TRP ratings....

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: February 10, 2009 11:42 pm

A Consultative committee of members of Parliament on Monday raised concerns about the violence and gore beamed on TV channels to raise TRP ratings.

The MPs also said there was a need for a “consumer grievance redressal system relating to both programming content as well as hardware” in the sector.

MPs across party lines had raised the issue of the unregulated coverage of the Mumbai attacks by TV news channels in the last Parliament session and a department-related parliamentary standing committee had also called for the creation of a regulatory system.

Information & Broadcasting Ministry officials are learnt to have informed MPs in the consultative committee meeting on Monday that there was a proposal to set up a Standing Media Consultative Committee in the ministry which will keep the dialogue between the Government and the media open in a positive way.

The meeting chaired by the Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting and External Affairs Anand Sharma discussed the range of issue on the broadcasting sector besides the nature of television content.

Minister Anand Sharma informed the committee that the latest digital TV technology of Headend-in-the-sky (HITS) will be finalised shortly and enable the rural as well as urban viewers to have a digital TV viewing experience of better quality at reasonable cost. HITS with its wider operational coverage area through satellite would help spread digital distribution of signals throughout the country at one go with lower investments by cable operators,compared to the present cable networks.

The members of the consultative committee also emphasised that regional language channels should be given priority in the local bouquet offered by cable and DTH operators.

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