The Ministry of I&B has
sought the recommendation of TRAI regarding the entry of central / state
Governments and their entities into the broadcasting sector. The
ministry made this reference recently as the issue of granting
permission to the State Government or its organs to run Cable TV Network
has been drawing its attention from time to time particularly with
reference to the TRAI recommendations restricting such entities to enter
into broadcasting and distribution activities. The ministry has received
requests from central government ministry and from several state
governments in the past.
The ministry has sought the views of TRAI regarding the entry of the
following entities in the broadcasting sector:
(i) Central Government Ministries and Departments / Central Government
owned companies / Central Government undertakings / Joint venture of the
Central Government and the private sector / Central Government funded
(ii) State Government Departments/ State Government owned companies /
State Government Undertakings / Joint venture of the State Government
and the private sector / State Government funded entities.
TRAI in its recommendations on “Issues relating to entry of certain
entities into Broadcasting and Distribution activities” dated 12.11.2008
was of the view that the State Government and their organs may not be
permitted to enter into broadcasting and distribution activities.
As per extant policy guidelines for uplinking and downlinking of
Television Channels, an applicant seeking permission to set up an
uplinking Hub / Teleport or Uplink/downlink a TV Channel should be a
company registered in India under the Companies Act,1956 irrespective of
its management control. This assumes significance in view of significant
growth in the Broadcasting sector wherein the number of TV channels and
cable connections in India have grown exponentially.
(Release ID :90383)