Govt ready to give self-regulation by brodcasters a chance: Dasm

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New Delhi, Aug 25 (UNI) Indicating that the proposed Broadcasting Services Regulation Bill was as good as gone for now, Minister for Information and Broadcasting Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi today said the Government would like to see how the self-regulation mechanism put in place by private news broadcasters worked.

''Yes I have seen the news broadcasters proposal. I would like to watch how it progresses,'' Mr Dasmunsi told reporters here.

Replying to a question on the fate of the Broadcasting Services Regulation Bill, the Minister said,'' I am not thinking of the Bill at present.

He also said no decision had been taken on the TRAI recommendation that the telecom regulator should be given the responsibility of content regulation.

The controversial Broadcasting Services Bill, which provided for a regulator of the Broadcast sector was held up by the Government after fierce opposition by private broadcasters. They also fiercely opposed the Government move to bring in a TV content code, and had said the industry would bring in its own code and would like self-regulation.

The News Broadcasters Association (NBA) last week constituted News Broadcasting Standards (Disputes Redressal) Authority to enforce its Code of Ethics and Broadcasting Standards.

The code was recently submitted to the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting after over two years of tussle between the broadcasters and the Government that followed the latter's move to bring in the controversial Bill.

The Minisry had earlier said that the Government itself felt that self-regulation was the best, but in the prevailing scenario, it could not completely abdicate its role of regulation of the broadcast sector in certain aspects.

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