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Comments Invited for Formulating National Broadcasting Policy

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has released a consultation paper seeking stakeholder inputs on specified issues for formulating the National Broadcasting Policy. Comments on the same may be shared by April 30, 2024.

In July of last year, the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting sought inputs from TRAI for the policy’s formulation. Subsequently, a pre-consultation paper was released to determine the issues that need to be considered for the formulation. The issues have been finalised based on the comments received on said pre-consultation paper, study of relevant reports, documents, and so on.

Months after the Ministry sought TRAI’s inputs, the draft Broadcasting Services (Regulation) Bill, 2023, was released. Under the draft Bill, which seeks to replace the Cable Television Networks (Regulation) Act, 1995, the definition of broadcasting network operators encompasses over-the-top (OTT) broadcasting service operators as well.

Under the consultation paper, suggestions are invited on strategies to be adopted for propelling the growth of the broadcasting sector, measures for the creation and expansion of quality Indian content to make India the ‘Global Content Hub’, and to promote the uplinking of television channels owned by foreign companies from India, which is now permitted by the Government to make India an ‘Uplinking Hub’, etc. Notably, comments have also been sought on policy measures and regulatory aspects for encouraging the growth of Indian regional content through OTT platforms, and for the orderly growth of online gaming in the country.

 

Date: April 12, 2024