The Indian Broadcasting Foundation (IBF) in a online meeting with the Minister of Information & Broadcasting (MIB) requested regulatory stability with a request for New Tariff Order (NTO) 2.0 being held back. The Minister is said to have responded positively.
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IBF President NP Singh, Sony Pictures Network India Head, The Walt Disney Asia Pacific President and chairman of Star and Disney India Uday Shankar, Punit Goenka MD & CEO Zee Entertainment, Rajat Sharma president News Broadcasters Association and chairman India TV, Aroon Purie, chairman India Today Group attended the meeting.
The meeting discussed BARC, NTO 2.0, dues from the BOC, permission for film and TV content shooting, among others. While the NTO 2.0 matter is sub judice the Minister is reported to have said that he would consult with TRAI about NTO 2.0 and BARC. He is reported to have said that there would no regulatory disruption.
It remains to be seen as to how the Ministry plans to hold back NTO 2.0 since it is already in play with partial implementation by the Direct to Home (DTH) operators.
The Broadcasters & Cable operators are only temporarily getting away from it due to their High Court cases.