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Broadcasting Legislation in the offing

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Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Mumbai(UNI): A comprehensive broadcast legislation is in the offing to codify all the related executive decisions, Information and Broadcasting Secretary S K Arora today said. Addressing the inaugural session of 'Frames 2006', the three-day global convention on the business of entertainment organised by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) here, Mr Arora said so far all the regulations in broadcast industry have come through only by executive decisions and time has come to codify them. ''A draft legislation in this regard is being prepared in consultation with all stakeholders,'' he said.

On the need to regulate content of the broadcast industry, he said the Government has taken a 'middle path' to protect the interests of the industry and the civil society, as well. ''We would prefer the industry to go for self regulation and if it does not happen, the Government would go for codifying executive decisions,'' he said. Referring to the synergy between telecom and broadcast, Mr Arora said the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has taken a stand that content and the carrier need separate regulators. ''We would like the synergy to take place first as in the case of Indian industry, growth precedes regulations,'' he said.

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