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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Cable operators must carry over 20 Doordarshan channels


The Centre is contemplating a policy to enhance its focus on implementing a rule which requires cable operators in urban areas that have undergone digitisation, to mandatorily carry over 20 Doordarshan channels.A day after he took charge of the ministry, Information and Broadcasting Minister M Venkaiah Naidu held a meeting with officials and discussed the issue that several cable networks do not carry all the mandatory channels. The issue had been raised in the past by Doordarshan officials also.“The Minister said it should be ensured that Doordarshan and other channels which have to be mandatorily carried should be shown by all operators as per norms,” an official said.The ministry had earlier issued a notification according to which cable operators must show over 20 Doordarshan and Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha TV channels to all their subscribers in cities where digitisation has been implemented.Some Doordarshan and the two Parliament channels are also mandatory in areas which have not undergone complete digitisation. Officials said it has been noticed that not all networks are showing the required channels. Last year, I&B Ministry had issued a notification asking all local cable operators and multi-system operators to show all the mandatory channels.In his meeting, Naidu also directed the ministry officials to prepare a comprehensive policy on information and communication at the earliest.

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