The Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (MIB) has asked for suggestions / feedback from the general public and stakeholders on the draft ‘Cable Television Networks (Regulation) Amendment Bill, 2020’.
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The amendments proposed to be included in the Cable Television Network (Regulation) Act, 1995 has increased the monetary penalty amount and insertion of a new subsection regarding penalties for violation of the Programme Code & the Advertisement Code Punishment for contravention of provisions of this act.
For the first offence, with imprisonment for a term which may extend to 2 years or with fine which may extend to one ten thousand rupees or with both; and for every subsequent offence, with imprisonment for a term which may extend to five years and with fine which may extend to five to fifty thousand rupees.
In the proposed amendment, the Central Government may specify the names of Doordarshan channels or the channels operated by or on behalf of Parliament, to be mandatorily carried by the cable operators in their cable service and the manner of reception and re-transmission of such channels.
Another proposed provision includes the inclusion of ‘Broadband Internet Access’ in right of way, shifting data maintenance from manual to electronic form “Maintenance of register, inclusion of certification of the equipment by BECIL or any other technical auditor, power to seize equipment used for operating cable television network and addition of other relevant laws and updating the existing ones.
The proposed amendment has deleted the existing provision of subsection (1) of Section 4A, the notifications as regards to the prime band are considered shall be limited to the carriage of two Doordarshan terrestrial channels and one regional language channel of the State in which the network of the cable operator is located.
The MIB invited all stakeholders / individuals to send their views / comments / suggestions on the proposed amendments before 17 February 2020.