Cease dissemination activities, use Prasar Bharati route: Center to States

The Center has issued a notice requesting Union Departments, State Governments, and Union Territory Administrations not to directly participate in the broadcast or distribution of broadcast activities.

In the notice, the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting asked those who broadcast their content to route it through Prasar Bharati. It also asked the entities distributing the audiovisual content to “extract” from it by December 31, 2023.

The notice is likely to impact Kalvi TV, an educational channel launched by the government of Tamil Nadu which is available on some DTH platforms, and IPTV, launched by the government of Andhra Pradesh.

“No ministry/department of central government and state/UT governments and related entities will engage in broadcast/distribution of broadcast activities in the future,” the notice posted on Friday reads.

“In the event that central government ministries, state/UT government and related entities are already broadcasting their content, this will be done through the public broadcaster,” he said.

“In the event that central government ministries, state/UT government and related entities are already distributing the broadcast content, they will be required to opt out of the distribution business,” he said. declared.

Entry No. 31 of Schedule I (Union List) of the Seventh Schedule to the Constitution of India covers “posts and telegraphs, telephones, radio, broadcasting and other forms of communication similar”.

Only the central government, in accordance with Article 246 of the Constitution, can legislate on such matters, the council said.

In 2012, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), which is also the broadcasting regulator, suggested that central and state governments, their companies, enterprises, joint ventures with the private sector and entities funded by governments should not be allowed to enter the broadcasting sector.

The notice noted that the TRAI recommendations had been taken into account by the Department of I&B.

Existing operational broadcasts regarding some central government ministries and departments and some state governments have already been brought under the umbrella of Prasar Bharati through a Memorandum of Understanding to ensure the continuity of these societal initiatives, a- he declared.

The entry of central and state governments and UT administrations into the educational broadcasting business should be done through appropriate agreements between Prasar Bharati and the concerned governments, he said. .

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